I’ve been away for a while recovering from the christmas period. However, normality has ensued and I have returned. My first post of the new year is something that I have been wanting to do for a while. If you’re a fan of fashion blogs you may have come across modlychic’s Fashion Beauty Friend Friday. It took me a while to figure out what it was but when I kept seeing the posts on gritandglamour I enjoyed the topics that were covered. For those that are not familiar with it FBFF was started by modlychic to help fashion bloggers connect and share more about themselves. It had been on my ‘to-do list’ for a while but I finally pulled my finger out and signed up last night.
This week’s friend friday topic is about how you view your own blog and how you feel it stacks up against others.
Have you ever looked at someone’s blog and thought yours will never
Hell yeah, all the time, but recently I’ve snapped out of it. I used to be obsessed with statistics looking at page views, unique visitors and followers thinking that was what determined a successful blog. But everyone has their own goals and aspirations and therefore an individual definition of success. As soon as I stopped worrying about the statistics and just ‘let it be’ I started enjoying the blogging process a lot more.
But it’s like most things in society we are constantly competing with each other, in the work place, trying to keep up with the joneses etc This fuels a state of mind where you’re constantly worrying about what other people think instead of letting go and focusing on you. To bring it full circle and back to fashion this mindset often stops people from really wearing the clothes they want and expressing themselves in the way they’d like.
Do you feel pressure to meet some undefined standard for fashion bloggers?
I don’t really feel any pressure to be honest. When I started I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do with this blog, then afterwards I became aware of the fashion blogging community. So for a good couple of months I was writing articles unaware of other fashion bloggers other than the huge ones like the sartorialist. Then when I did find some of the big well known ones I just didn’t get the hype.
Many established fashion bloggers are also extraordinary DIYers, bakers, and crafty people. Do you think you need to combine all of these things to be successful at blogging?
Definitely not. I mean blogging is huge there are blogs on every topic imaginable. I think the main thing you need to do to be successful is just enjoy yourself. Don’t get caught up in the statistics, pick a topic you like and then just put your soul into it. After that, let the chips fall where they may.
There some really cool blogs that do feature DIY, crafty stuff and baking but there are plenty of others that don’t. Personally if I want to cook I reach for a cook book, usually Jamie O.
The most successful blogs are the ones that have their own personal voice – How are you developing your voice or how did you find yours?
I don’t really consider myself a good writer, in fact when I first started out my girlfriend used to pick apart my posts point out grammatical errors. I also think that when I started, my voice was a bit clinical. I’d say I’m still finding my voice, the more posts I write the more I try and put my own personality and character in to them. It’s something I’ve had to learn to do. I’m also trying to make sure I still bring a male perspective to fashion, especially women’s fashion as we’re a bit of a rare breed in the fashion blogosphere.
Toot your own horn…what’s one thing you do that’s unique to you and your blog? What gives your blog an edge?
I think again bringing a male perspective on female fashion topics. I also want to make sure that the majority of my content would be as relevant in 3 years time as it is today. So someone wanting some style advice could read a post that was written a while ago and still learn something from it.
I also keep the place advert free. Big bold advertising on blogs puts me off reading it so it’s not something that I’d want my own readers to endure.
But hey if you’re reading what makes you visit this place?
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