Monday, 3 August 2015
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
I was reading Hannah Gale's post on The Blogging Rut of 2015 which got me thinking about my own blog and the trials and tribulations I go through in trying to achieve my personal blogging goals.
Blogging is something I started as a creative outlet to share my fashion ramblings, to express my creativity that I felt was being stifled. When I first started blogging, I was in love with fashion. I wanted to make bold statements and stand out with my sartorial choices. At the time, I was about 13 or 14 and the prevailing trend amongst my friends was wearing skinny jeans with a vest top and a cardigan. I was extremely bored and longed to wear outfits that would make me stand out from the crowd - I wanted to wear lots of colour and clashing prints and unique pieces. Then, I was passionate about blogging.
Fast forward seven years (where did that time go?) and I'm not so much about the bright colours and clashing prints and I'm not so passionate. Blogging sometimes feels like a chore. I want to get posts out, but I don't feel that same creative push that I used to. It almost feels like blogging is stifling my creativity. When I started blogging, I didn't scrutinise my pictures with a such fervour. I was using a little point and shoot camera and knew nothing about lighting or f-stops or shutter speed. I never thought about my blogging voice, or my stats - I just wrote.
When I first started blogging, I followed bloggers whom I felt were mavericks like Susie Bubble and Flying Saucer. Their pictures were taken with point and shoot Cameras in their full length mirrors, Their styles were unashamedly atypical, and they wrote pages and pages. Nowadays, it's okay to post beautiful imagery and only write two sentences, it's almost a requirement that your photos are shot on a DSLR and we're all wearing the same things and writing about the same things.
Now I'm not saying that I'm going to become Anna Dello Russo and sport some rather untraditional ensembles, because that's not really my style. I'm just longing for a simpler time, when I didn't feel so much pressure to be like other bloggers, which brings me beautifully on to my next point.
I think it's so important, now more than ever, to really embrace your individuality as a blogger. To really be your authentic self on your blog because ultimately that is your best selling point.