For the past 5-8 weeks, I have been working on a massive research paper for my Art History class. I wanted to make this paper special for me, so I picked something close to my heart: blogging. I have been doing this job for over 3 years now and you know what…I’m horrible at being a blogger! Okay, that’s not entirely true because I devote an insane amount of time to creating this content and making it great, but when you think of a fashion blogger, I don’t fit that mold! I really do love what I do, but let me explain to you 4 reasons why I’m not the best fashion blogger in the world.
“Fashion bloggers are a kind of species of fashionistas that dedicate their lives to their fashion blog, a place where they post pictures of the latest runway trends that no one can ever afford (including themselves) …wearing things they considered fashionable” – Urban Dictionary
Okay from the definition above, you can obviously see that their perception of fashion bloggers is inherently negative, which is not that great in terms of this post. In my research for my paper, I have found some key differences between myself and the fashion blogger mold. I definitely don’t fit this mold at all, but let me explain to you why.
1. Fashion blogging requires money. I’m on a student budget aka NO $$$!
When you look at the top bloggers, you’ll notice a pattern. The majority of bloggers either have grown up with money or worked their butts off in work outside of blogging in order to make money. I don’t fault anyone for having money, but I do know that it’s a lot easier to make it as a blogger when you have money. Being able to create new outfits in every post is a definite bonus and trend I see across the blogger world, and I don’t have the funds to do that, plain and simple.
2. I’m a full-time student at a top 20 University, so I don’t have the time I need to devote to blogging to be a great fashion blogger.
Not only do I attend an incredibly rigorous university, but I also am completing a double major. For the next 2.5 years, I will be getting increasingly deeper in my studies and traveling around the world for study abroad programs (which will help create content). I will find the time to devote to blogging, but I don’t know if I will be posting every day, every week. I wish I could devote more time, but at the end of the day, school comes first…until blogging income becomes a liveable income, then school can flutter away.
3. I have a passion for blogging, but not exclusively fashion blogging.
I love blogging, I really do. When I started out, I thought “Oh fashion blogging is going to be my thing!,” but when I think about it now, I was a naive 16 year-old girl. I love blogging and fashion, but I do know that fashion blogging is not the endgame. I love traveling and photography and want to explore lifestyle blogging, more so than fashion blogging in the coming year.
4. I don’t have the typical fashion blogger body.
I don’t need a million people in the comments telling me, “oh my gosh, you’re gorgeous babe,” and I know that I’m slim. I’ve been working out nonstop since I was about 17, so I can see where it’s paid off. That being said, fashion bloggers are typically a US size 0-2, but I’m a size 4-6. It doesn’t show in some photos, but in others, it is easily seen. Especially on Instagram, people tend to drift to the thin and tall girl with the tiny body and right now, I just don’t have that.
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I’m very hard on myself. To the point where I will often not post videos and posts for weeks until I am happy with them (ahemm…right now). Being a perfectionist, I find the need to make things great. I’ve really struggled in the last few weeks Okay, now that I’ve given you 4 reasons why I am a good blogger.
1. I’ve evolved with my blog and showcased these new points in my life through my blogging.
If you haven’t figured out by now, I’m in my second year at college. I’ve evolved so much in the last year and it’s become really evident. I’ve figured out how to work through my struggles and new points in my life with the blog as a method of doing that. I’ve changed my blog layout multiple times in the last year, each time with a new layout that showed a new part of my life. The newest one is a great change from my old one and it feels very adult and minimalist, like most things in my life right now.
2. I have an eye for photography and I can edit my photos the way I want.
Photography is my love right now. I love doing it and it really helps me create my aesthetic when it comes to blogging.I’ve downloaded tools, which I’ve got a post coming up real soon about what I use to edit all of my photos, that have really helped me create tailor my photos and blog posts.
3. I know what I want, who I want to work with, and how I want to run my blog.
For the majority of the blogging world, if you want to make money, you can’t be choosy (that’s not a word but roll with me). I don’t have the option to make serious choices, but at the same time, I know what brands I want to work with. You all will never know how many brands and opportunities I turned down this year. Ever since I hit 10,000 followers on Instagram, the same system of brands not wanting to pay bloggers has still not died. I have to make serious choices between brands who truly value my time and work and brands who do not, but at the end of the day, I work with brands who I truly believe in and the work and products are valued on both ends.
4. I have a passion for this and I honestly love what I do every day.
I can’t say this enough, but I love my job. It’s not a hobby or a joke, but it’s a job. If everyone knew how long I spend curating content, planning trips and bits, or planning social media content. I love what I do and if I didn’t or was just here for the money, I wouldn’t have been here for 3 years. Because I’m not the perfect blogger, I don’t have the most followers or the most engaged people following me, but I continue on because I love it.
Well, that was quite a welcome back right?! I’ve only been gone for a week, but I wanted my first post back to be epic and I think this accomplished that goal in some way, form, or fashion. What makes me unique when it comes to blogging is my take on what I do and my nonchalance when it comes to my attitude. I have been struggling for the last year to find where I belong in many ways, but I think I’ve found where I belong in the blogging world and I’m excited to share it with you all in the new year.
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