the everyday things

Last year I went on a Social Media course with Beth to learn about using social media effectively in her business. In one of the breaks, a group of us were discussing how Instagram could be used to capture the “behind the scenes” aspect of a business, which sounded a good idea to me. I suppose it’s like a peek into the kitchen of a restaurant or looking through a craftsperson’s sketchbook seeing the progression from initial doodle to finished article.

Perhaps more often, Instagram users record the everyday occurrences. The mundane and the ordinary. But of course your everyday and ordinary may not be the same as mine. Your glut of fruit may be an exotic and expensive import that I use sparingly. I take clouds for granted but to you they’re a rare delight.

I had a brief fling with Instagram but it seems to be fizzling out, mainly because my phone takes such mediocre photographs and I lack the inclination to keep checking to see what everyone else has snapped. As they said on the course, it’s better to do one thing well, than everything badly.

So, instead of posting the everyday and the ordinary on Instagram, maybe I’ll put it here instead. I suppose it’s a bit like the “About” page on a blog; we write it at the beginning and never think to update it because it we’re too busy writing about something more interesting.

in the snow 2012

in the snow 2012

What could be more everyday than where we live? I’ve never thought to tell you about it before yet it’s possibly not at all like yours. No cute thatched roof or beams and plaster but a solid, brick house probably built in the early 1800s, though it sits on the site of a much earlier farmstead. In England we take for granted the history that surrounds us every day; excavations have unearthed the remains of Iron Age settlements nearby and we’re next to the route of Stane Street, an important Roman road. It’s strange to think that Roman centurions may have tramped past only metres from where I sit now.


And for something a little different but still typical Instagram fodder – today’s loaf of bread that I managed to catch on the side of the oven as I slid it in.

Do you use Instagram? Are you a Social Media junkie or are blogs enough for you?

30 thoughts on “the everyday things

  1. sophiezest says:

    But this one does deserve a comment. Thanks so much for the photo of your house! I always enjoy seeing the view of your vegetable beds from the window, but it’s nice to see the whole abode!
    As to the rest of your post: no, I don’t use Instagram or Twitter. I already find that I spend (waste) too much time surfing. I like the fact I can keep up with people on Facebook and I enjoy writing my blog, but I think that’s probably enough. On the other hand I’m not trying to promote a business…


  2. Fiona says:

    This post really resonates with me Anne, as I try to resist being lured down too many social media avenues. I too flirt with Instagram (and enjoy it) but also have a phone that takes dodgy photos, so would much rather have my big camera on hand. I do think blogs may be becoming a relic of yesterday, but the whole blogging concept really works for me, as I try to chronicle small pieces of our life and keep a little record that I hope my kids and theirs will one day appreciate.
    I loved seeing your house, it is nothing like I’d imagined. It makes me think, I must show you mine! (And not a speck of snow to be seen). This is why I love blogging, the connections made worldwide. You and I for instance are involved in the same industry, so similar in many ways yet vastly different in others, mainly due to weather.
    Keep blogging, I love it.


  3. mandala56 says:

    I don’t use Instagram or Twitter, and I think most of the photos I’ve seen from Instagram look like very poor quality, and on purpose! I carry a small but good camera with me all the time.
    Love the photo of your house. I just enjoy seeing blog links in my email and going through to look at them all while I’m working 🙂


  4. Julie's garden blog says:

    Hey Anne .. Just love your home. How splendid! I also play with Instagram but I also do twitter and Facebook for our business. So many forms of social media and to do a couple well is the trick! 🙂


  5. Jane @ Shady Baker says:

    Hello Anne. Great post, your house looks like a postcard! It is beautiful.

    I enjoy Facebook for keeping up with old friends and long distance cousins, photos etc. Of course there is also a lot of junk on FB but I am getting better at deleting unwanted ‘friends’ and hiding feeds that I don’t want to see.

    I like Twitter for connecting with fellow bloggers, bread people and news services. At certain times the speed of Twitter is great for things such as bush fire warnings and other information.

    I have resisted Instagram because I don’t think my brain can handle one more distraction and also…I don’t think I would have much material left for my blog if I was constantly on Instagram.

    When did all of this get so complex!? Keep blogging, I love it too!

    Jane – I’ve hidden so many feeds on FB that it’s not worth even checking. Like you, I use twitter for information and as I can add photos it seems to make instagram a bit redundant. I love blogging too – much more depth and connection. Anne For some reason I can’t reply to your comment the proper way – no idea why, it’s all beyond me.


    • andreamynard says:

      I feel very archaic/inept when it comes to the world of social media although I am becoming a little addicted to blogging and twitter has led me to some really interesting discoveries. That bread looks so wonderful, I do hope you continue blogging to show us such gorgeous sights. Now I want to know how you made it….


  6. Jane says:

    Ah I like your new intro to the comment box! Agreed entirely! Hmm my brief and possibly inaccurate impressions of Twitter and Instagram are like blogging without the pictures, and blogging without the words. I have an archaic phone that cannot participate in Instagram and kinda like it that way. Facebook has been a great tool for our fabric store business, and I like it personally as well for keeping up with friends. I still love blogs for the depth of connection with thoughtfully-chosen photos and words with space to ramble and muse.
    Your house looks very charming to me and the idea of digging up Roman and Iron Age relics nearby sounds very romantic. Would I get to know these things about you any other way than blogging?


    • Anne @ Life in Mud Spattered Boots says:

      Your store’s FB page is one of the few feeds I read (though I’m not very good at checking FB). Twitter has been very good for Ruth trying to find tutors for her arts & crafts courses – you can reach so many people in a way that you can’t do with FB.
      I hope blogging doesn’t disappear; “space to ramble and muse” puts it very well!


  7. Julie says:

    I have blog, and Facebook, had to move my pinterest logo down my blog (I cannot see it when I open up my blog) as that took up hours in the day collecting ideas, may stop it altogether but it is a good source for ideas! My phone only texts nothing else – very basic, but it does what I want it to do!
    I love reading your blog posts, and the bread looks lovely


  8. Sarah says:

    Your house looks lovely – it reminds me of the pictures children draw when they’re asked to draw a home… just needs the swirl of smoke coming out of the chimney! I don’t use instagram – mainly because I don’t know how it works or what it’s for.


  9. Misky says:

    Anne, I don’t use Instagram; my mobile is rubbish and the camera is pitiful, but it serves my purpose. I use Twitter for news. I use Facebook with very tight privacy settings so that I only see friends and family. I’m mostly a blogger, and writer. That’s the extent of it, really. 🙂


  10. Mrs Thomasina Tittlemouse says:

    So nice to see your farmhouse in the snow – it has a lovely presence about it. Blogging is the only form of social media I am involved in – there aren’t enough hours in the day for that let alone anything else I find! E x


  11. dianeskitchentable says:

    Your home is beautiful. I can’t even imagine living where you have so much history – we have Boston with some our oldest, most historic buildings but it doesn’t come anywhere near the age of where you are.
    I’m hopeless with social media…I give you a lot of credit for trying it.


  12. Glenda says:

    Anne, I love your house it is so different to anything in Australia. I refuse to get involved with social media. I think you can spend to much time on the computer and not enough time actually living.


  13. thecompletebook says:

    I absolutely love your house! What a beautiful home it must be inside.
    I like the theory of rather doing one thing properly.
    I don’t fully understand Instagram or Pinterest but believe I would spend far too much time on either or both. I am sure they have their benefits but I have managed just fine without them.
    Have a super day.
    🙂 Mandy xo


  14. Urvashi Roe says:

    I love Instagram. I also learn a lot about food styling/recipes from people I follow on Instagram. And then there are just the pics that make me smile. So it’s a nice way for me to break up a boring meeting or cheer myself up whilst on a dull conference call.


  15. knitsofacto says:

    However hard I try to take on board the importance of social media I always end up putting blogging first … I’m a blogger, I guess it’s that simple.

    Fascinating post Anne, and somehow your house is just as I imagined 🙂


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