The Random Writings of Rachel: Craziest Things I've Done for Blogging

Craziest Things I've Done for Blogging


As bloggers, we might find ourselves doing odd things from time to time. Today, I've compiled a list of some of the oddest things I've done or blogged about doing over the past few years...although I find that it's a little bit hard to draw the line. Are these really crazy things that I've done for blogging? Or are they 'crazy things that I would have done anyways, but since I'm a blogger, I blogged about them'?

You decide.


Documented my Captain Jack Sparrow notebook collection.


Wrote a post explaining why I wear saris because of readers who were very concerned about cultural appropriation. I know there's plenty of people who think white girls shouldn't wear saris regardless of circumstances, and they are perfectly free to think that. 


My uncle gave me this window because he thought it should be made into some kind of cool craft. So I painted it, taped photos to it, and I definitely blogged about it.


Took a photo of my junk drawer. Why???


Shared this photo of the 'authentic mexican' section of the grocery store. Blame this one on Angel.


Took outfit photos inside the grocery store when it was too cold outside. We usually went grocery shopping after church, so this was a very convenient, if odd, system.


Showed off my superb photo editing skills.


Took photos in the cat food aisle of the grocery store. While holding flowers. At least the flowers were for my grandma, so they weren't totally random.


Showed the world what a helicopter perm looks like. 


Shared my first diary entry with the world.


Photobombed my sister while she was looking cool on a truck.


Took outfit photos of Angel while he posed like a fashion blogger...inside Papa John's.


Took outfit photos inside Sam's Club.

Are you noticing a trend? It's hard to be a fashion blogger in Michigan, y'all!


Took a picture of three different shoes I loved but didn't buy.
I should have bought these shoes. I still think they're all keepers.


Took this "bear hunting" photo. Don't get me wrong, Angel would definitely still have bought a bear costume if it wasn't for blogging. However, only our families and real life friends would know about it.


Took photos of the really....inadvisable....hairstyles for men in my beauty school's hairstyle books.



Admitted that sometimes our cat (this one is Narcan, Morphine was the other one) was purple because sometimes Angel was left home alone with the cats and my purple hair color for too long.


Proved just how interior designer-unfriendly I am by painting a mural on my wall to distract from the uneven patch job. (protip: if you patch ancient, uneven plaster with a piece of drywall, the results wil be uneven)


Wore kitty ears. Bought for me by Angel, who was inspired by Carolynn's Kitty Ears blog.


Took a picture of a baby in a precarious position. (Placed there by Angel to freak out my little sisters)


Took this photo. This one was definitely for blogging purposes only, it was for a themed link-up.


Made my own version of a meme. Also due to blogging, because otherwise I wouldn't know what a meme is. Also, Angel really did build the picnic table, so this meme is true.


Shared my husband's weird instagram account with the world.


Trust me, it's weird. You don't want to go there, but if you do, it's @angelofrachel


Posted misleading photos.


Froze to death actually attempting to take outfit photos outside.


Dumped the contents of my tiny purse out on the floor for a "what's in my purse" post. If you need change, or even a pressed penny, I'm your gal, apparently. 


Took photos of comment cards that were taped to the wall of a public restroom. Don't skip this picture. Read it. You'll be glad you did. It's crazy to take photos in a public restroom but I couldn't let the rest of the world not know that these exist.


Took photos of the husband changing a flat on an open highway in Oklahoma.

 And I didn't even mention things like trying to trick everyone into believing I got a tattoo on April Fool's Day....or putting all sorts of stuff in Mason jars in an attempt to become pinterest-famous...or attending a blogging conference...

What's the craziest thing you've done for blogging? If you're a long-time blog follower, how many of these shenanigans do you remember?

36 comments:

  1. Haha oh, these are awesome!!! Can you send me the link to the post about saris? Some of my friends and I are totally into saris and would love to wear them, but I have this weird feeling that everyone in the world would hate me if I, a white girl, wore a sari. So, I'd love to hear/read your thoughts on it!

    This is really funny timing on your post, because just earlier today, I was thinking through my years of blogging-and there were a couple moments where I was like, "Did I do such-and-such for the blog, or would I have done it anyways, regardless of whether or not I blogged it?" After much thought, I think I can safely say that I haven't done anything too crazy specifically for blogging purposes, although I recently almost decided to go on a stint of only using chopsticks for utensils "for the blog" (since I'm terrible at chopsticks). And maybe I'll still do that, though I may decide it's not worth it. I dunno!

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  2. The tattoo thing wasn't real? I had no idea lol

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  3. Ah, this is so funny! What an awesome post - it cracked me up!

    Emma | www.creativexplorations.com

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  4. I read your whole blog a few years ago when I first found it, but I don't remember some of these. Memory is getting hazy. I guess that means I can read it all again and it will be new to me!

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  5. This is such a great collection. I had so much fun going through the pictures, and reading all the things you have done as a blogger :) I find it super inspiring and create, so that you for sharing that with us <3

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  6. I love your quirky sense of humour and creativity to be able to blog about anything. That's a skill! What a fun collection you have here, awesome work!

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  7. I remember almost all of these! I don't remember the picture of the baby, but it's cracking me up right now.

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  8. Ha ha! I love that Authentic Mexican and of course I was a huge fan of all the bear photos. Also that baby hanging is pretty darn funny.

    I think the weirdest thing I ever do for blogging is taking photos in public spaces "like a blogger" in a way that Angel has demonstrated so nicely here.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  9. LOVED this post!! Oh my goodness. these photos are too cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Too funny! I love all these pictures, and especially the ones in the grocery stores or Sam's club. Love it!

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  11. I think this is great and very creative. It is cool to see all the things you have done. Its nice to look back and reflect. You have some great pictures.

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  12. haha brave soul taking photos outside in winter so I definitely don't blame you for the Sam's club and grocery store photos! haha

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  13. I'm cracking up!! These are all hilarious. I especially like the word puns and the first diary entry!!

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  14. I just launched my blog and found this post and the photos to be hilarious! Thank you for being you!!!

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  15. Hahaha oh gosh...these are great. Some were before I started reading your blog and now I want to go back and read the entire archive!

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  16. This is so great! I love seeing all the fun things bloggers have done for their blogs... it's still amazes me the things I will do/try to do just for a blog post ha! I love the journal entry one.. I might need to write about my old journals. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Love all of the photos - so funny! It really is interesting what bloggers do for their blogs! haha

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  18. Very funny post. And...oh my...you were only 7 in 1998. I graduated high school in 1998. I feel old.

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  19. Lol! This is why I love blogging! We get a chance to do some things we wouldn't normally do!

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  20. Funny post. I love that you found your first journal. I recently found a letter I wrote to myself when I was 16. It was so great to read.

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  21. Haha I love these! Oh the things us bloggers do :)

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  22. Omg, I've yet to take outfit photos indoors because I can't get the lighting right. You guys look like you have fun with it though!

    Laura | Laura Aime Vous

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  23. This is hilarious!! I love that you post about random things like bear costumes and placing a heart in a picture to hide a cow (ha!!), it really shows your personality in a great way.

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  24. Hahaha I love this! My phone is FULL of random blogging images. My husband has witnessed me take photos of my food, my clothing, the scenery. I've stopped to take a selfie in the perfect lighting and have asked him countless times to take my photo when I can't do it myself. He's even helped me rearrange our table at restaurants in order to get the perfect photo haha I love it!

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  25. Haha I love love LOVE this! I have so many insane pictures just from blog tasks on my phone! Your photo editing skills are amazing haha! Have a great weekend!

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  26. Haha. Oh goodness, bloggers really are a strange breed of people. ;-)

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  27. This entire post was just pure perfection. And on the same account, I feel like I've done some version of a bunch of these :-P Oh, my! We're crazy! :-P

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  28. These are great! I will admit to having trailed a truck for longer than was strictly necessary to get a picture of it because it had a funny advertisement on the back...

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  29. I love your photo editing skills, hehehe. :D That window is awesome! I don't think I could ever show anyone my first diary entry/entries. There's a reason they're buried deep in my closet somewhere!

    I have no words for those hairstyles, hahaha. I love that mural though! :]

    This post was awesome! I don't think I've done anything too crazy for blogging. The food-photo-taking and the billions of piles of boxes in my apartment were sometimes a struggle though!

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  30. This post really made me smile--and laugh! Blogging is a lot of fun. I was really surprised by how much I hadn't seen before though--I thought I was a much better follower/stalker than it appears I am! Ha! That is interesting that some would leave a note requesting a dentist at the rest area!! I know once when we were little we left a note in the comment book after a long hike that said, "I'm tired. I'm hungry. I'm thirsty." Which were my siblings' and my comments after taking the hike with our parents! I wonder what those who read it afterwards thought.

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  31. We started writing in journals at the same time!! My first ever journal entry was in a my 101 Dalmatians diary (with a lock & key naturally) on January 3, 1998. It was an entry all about how I went to my friend Melinda's house and we painted our nails and she told me about the boy she liked. ;)

    The outfit photo in Sam's Club... I have no idea what you call the blue thing with coins wrapped around your hips, but I have one too! Mine is white and it's one my sister brought me from one of her many travels. I have never known how to wear it, but I like the way you paired it with white pants!

    That comment card is pretty hilarious! Really this whole post is great. So many fun things we do because of blogging. :)

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  32. The one with Angel in the Mexican aisle is too cute!!! Also the Bear hunting one made me almost choke on my breakfast.
    I think it'd be interesting to see what a bunch of us would write in a similar post too ;)

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  33. LOL...wait, why is your cat named Narcan? Is it a coincidence that your other cat is named morphine?

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  34. You. Are. Awesome. This post made me laugh. Thanks for linking up!

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