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The point of having a fashion blog is to show your readers your style and your opinions. One could say that being a personal style blogger is extremely self obsessive, and I can see where they're coming from. Posting pictures of yourself day after day can give off that vibe. So, are we obsessed with ourselves or just doing our jobs?
|Thinking of making this my background for the blog. Thoughts?|
I personally believe that we have to be confident in ourselves to have a fashion blog. For example, if the blogger in question is a personal fashion blogger, then it is his or her job to post themselves looking fashionable. We have a target demographic and this demographic is interested in fashion that average people would wear. And, if bloggers leave thoughtful comments, it builds a strong network of people who are interested in one another. This includes criticism, since having a fashion blog means getting judged.
That is in a perfect world, though. Bloggers don't leave thoughtful comments all of the time, so it's difficult to build a relationship with a blogger who posts "nice shirt" and never returns. But it certainly inflates our ego. And, if self promotion pays off, people will follow your blog, which results in comments and pageviews. Which, of course, inflates our ego even more.
It starts small. Maybe GOMI will feature you for thinking you're the greatest thing because a fan knew who you were in public. And you focus an entire post on yourself - not on clothing, fashion, or the person who approached you - but on yourself. This may have been completely unintentional. But talking about yourself all of the time comes across as self absorbed (whaaaa?).
Then you start doing crazy things. Like getting your twitter verified and publishing books full of content that a person could get from your blog.
|(Slightly) Exaggerated to get the point across.|
So, to answer the question "are we obsessed with ourselves or just doing our jobs?", I find that it takes a bit of the first to accomplish the "job", especially if the blogger is a personal style blogger. However, when our ego starts getting too inflated, the job becomes self promotion with fashion on the side.
So, do you guys think fashion bloggers are a little too obsessed with themselves? Do we forget that the point of blogging is fashion and not trying to get pageviews?
Thanks for reading! Feel free to defend yourselves.
Edit: If this offends you, of course I'm sorry. I felt that this was something to bring up. Many of the bigger bloggers have some sort of clique, which excludes regular bloggers (like me). I feel that if they were more open to their audience and not so focused on themselves, we would have a stronger community. In no way am I trying to offend my readers - I'm thankful for each of you! But as fashion bloggers, big or small, we run the risk of becoming self absorbed. Do you know of any ways to prevent this?