Not wanting to leave you all on a negative note, I’m back to follow up last week’s post with everything that makes my heart sing about fashion blogging.
Before I begin, I just wanted to say the biggest thank you for all the amazingly supportive feedback on my post about things that bother me about blogging. I’m so glad to hear so many of you share my sentiments and hopefully together we can drive the change to make fashion blogging the safe, inclusive space I know it can be!
Onto what keeps me coming back for more in this world we call fashion blogging…
It’s content created for women, by women. I remember reading this somewhere in response to a critique of blogging, and it was such a penny-drop moment for me. In terms of media for women, has there ever been a movement quite like this? Whilst commercialisation has worked its way into the mix, the original intention of fashion/beauty blogging is rooted in appealing to women, which in itself is an act of defiance. The success blogging has garnered is a mere testament to how much need there was for media of its kind, and to be a part of that is pretty cool.
It’s birthed a generation of #girlbosses. Continuing with the theme of female empowerment, I love that blogging has led the revolution of ladies establishing their own brands and businesses. Every day I scroll through my feed to see girls who’ve quit their 9-5 to pursue blogging full time; whether it be through freelancing, selling blog designs or the full-blown superbloggers owning the FROW at fashion week.
It’s a more authentic & accessible form of fashion media. Yes, all I said in last week’s post about lack of diversity still stands, but let’s not forget to celebrate the fact that, for the most part, fashion blogging still provides wider representation than your traditional fashion media.
It helps you meet likeminded people. And not just fellow bloggers (who continue to inspire me everyday!), but I’ve connected with so many cool people who’ve found me through my blog. Being a fashion blogger can be a great talking point!
It encourages me to be creative with style. Thanks to blogging, I’m always trying to come up with new ways to style items in my wardrobe. I feel more encouraged to try different silhouettes, bolder patterns, lighter colours…the list goes on!
It encourages me to push my boundaries – beyond my wardrobe. There’s always a new challenge with blogging – not just for fashion but in general. From sorting coding to designing graphics and figuring out widgets, I’ve lost count of the new skills I’ve learnt just from having this blog.
So if you weren’t already sold on the idea of fashion blogging, are you converted now?