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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Just because I write a blog..

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This list is something which has been swirling around in my head for a little while now, after a conversation with a non-blogger friend of mine. She reads blogs (mine and others) and was surprised to find that I didn't fit into the pigeonhole which seems to be the "fashion blogger norm".

This list is by no means exhaustive and is meant purely as a bit of fun (none of my points are aimed at anyone in particular).

Just because I write a fashion blog:

  • Doesn't mean that I want to be a professional blogger. I can't think of much worse than turning your hobbies (things you choose to do in your spare time because you enjoy doing them) into a career. The pressure would ruin it for me. 
  • Doesn't mean that I spend my time wandering round looking for places to take photos. I wish I had the time to do that, but I barely have time to do all of the other things in my life.
  • Does not mean that I want a pug. I don't even like dogs.
  • Doesn't mean I will buy into all of the latest fashion trends. I love to shop and find new things, but I know what I like. Just because everyone else might be wearing those boots with the bits cut out of the leather, doesn't mean I'll be getting a pair. Same goes for co-ords. Not for me. 
  • I couldn't care less about blogger awards. 
  • Doesn't mean I spend all of my days eating cake. In fact, I've never even tried a macaron. Nor am I exactly dying to do so. OK, so sometimes I eat cake and sometimes I even take a photo of it. (Above was taken in Stratford last weekend with the other Mean Girls.)
  • I won't stop making my own clothes. As above, dressmaking is a hobby to me as well: I don't aspire to make it my profession. I like to make clothes which I can wear, and I like to wear them. I don't give two figs if my seams are a little tatty on the inside, or about machine stitching my hems. That said, I also don't think that just because I make my own, I won't buy RTW clothes. I still do.
  • Does not mean I'm fussed about being invited to all the press days and events which happen (invariably on a Thursdays afternoon in London, with a day's notice) . I'd much rather hang out with my blogger pals and do something fun, like a vintage clothes workshop or one of the other Into The Blue experience days, than join the blogger bunfight for some crappy lipgloss sample in a goody bag.
  • Doesn't mean I have a fashion-photographer BF. In fact, the OH utterly hates the concept of outfit blogging and certainly will not take any photos for me. 
  • Does not mean I "dress up" for my photos. My outfit photos are always what I've actually worn that day. I'm not a model (you can see that from my size / shape) and I don't see why else anyone would dress up just for photos. 
  • I am not driven by statistics. I don't care what the numbers say. I write about the things I want to write about, when I want to write about them. 
How about you? Do you have any more things to add to my list? 

43 comments:

  1. If you are a sewing blogger too, then surely you need a cat?! (I think I might be the only one who doesn't). Good list and I totally relate to point no 1. I'd love to have the time to spend while days sewing, but if it became my job, I would quickly start to resent it. Plus, then what would I do to forget about work?

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    1. Hahaha, yes, I am missing a cat - in fact, I probably ought to throw the sewing machine away.

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  2. ...and THAT is why I love reading your blog! Xx

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  3. I really agree with this, Char! I like blogging for the social aspect, and meeting likeminded people, and reading others' blogs, but I know it's not ever going to become my career (or much bigger than it already is) nor would I want it to be. It's a creative outlet, and a journal of sorts. I love your blog and how true to yourself you are. I also freaking love that you also don't want a pug and have never tried a macaron haha I'm no longer alone!! xxx

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    1. Yep, I'm super pleased to have met some of the people I have through my blog and it's lovely to see that I'm not alone (my dress sense has always been a bit different to my friends' but it's nice to see that I'm not the only one who chooses not to follow the crowd).

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  4. I agree with so many of these! Turning pro would kill it for me too, mixing business with hobbies has never been on my agenda.
    I am lucky to have OH who's arm I can twist but that's just my preference for myself.
    Cake? If only.
    S x

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    1. Precisely. Hobbies are for fun, they stop being fun if you have to rely on them to pay the mortgage.

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  5. I love your list and agree with everything.

    It really pisses me off when people assume we must all be in it for the invites and freebies. It is a hobby, I enjoy it as it's something that takes my mind off writing a 60000 word thesis on skin and UV. Writing about what I did at the weekend and taking some cool photos that aren't of cells is far more interesting sometimes (although I admit I do like my PhD).

    Thank you for bringing everyone back to earth!

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    1. No problem, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks some of these things!

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  6. Hear hear!
    Perfectly to the point and made me laugh out loud!
    Mind you...I'm going 'she machines her hems????'!!!!!!
    Z xx

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    1. I do - by eye, and often don't even pin or press them. What can I say? I'm a sewing ,slattern.

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  7. Ha! Love this.
    I don't have fairy lights and have never purchased a bunch of peonies :)

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    1. Same same. Although I do like peonies.

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  8. I loved this post, I'm fed up of seeing blogs that are all nearly identical and I love coming across blogs like yours that are different and let's be honest a little more realistic. I struggle to identify with so many big fashion and beauty bloggers because they buy hugely expensive things and that is not something I can relate to.

    Oops turned into a mini-rant. In short: I love that you and your blog don't stick to what's considered 'the norm' for fashion bloggers,

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    1. Don't panic, that's certainly not a mini rant! I've stopped following a lot of the bloggers I used to because I feel that as their reader count has gone up, the quality and content of their blogs seems to have gone down.

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  9. Sing it sister! Feels like everything is done for the money these days, it;s awful. :(

    http://keyboardkitten.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yep :( So sad to see a blogger sell out, and be talking about how they don't like something one minute and then say they love it in the next post because they've been paid to say so.

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  10. I've never tried a macaron either! xx

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  11. Blogging is a funny old game but just because it has changed, doesn't mean I have to right?

    Love your blog, especially your honesty.

    Maria xxx

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  12. Haha, I get you with some of these! I tried a Macaron for the first time at an event and was like 'wow am I a real blogger now' ;)

    I actually hate most fashion trends. I always love a good floral dress!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Yep. I like what I like and sometimes, depending on the current trend, I stick out like a sore thumb, but I can live with that.

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  13. Oh I love this post - I agree with you on all your points. For the photograph point sometimes it feels people go to places just for photos for the blog, whereas myself I go to places for the experience and if I remember my camera and get decent shots worthy of a blog post all the better.I certainly don't take photos of all my meals either to share on social media, i'm always too hungry for that malarkey.

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    1. Yes, I agree. I take photos of the places I go because I want to, and because I'm trying to learn how to use my camera better, but I don't drive to a place just to take photos and posts like that which are all done up like fashion shoots do grate on me.

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  14. Hooray you crept inside my head. I get so frustrated with the preconceived nonsense that people have about blogging. People have all different hobbies and I don't sit in judgement of them. Oh you read books so you want to be a novelist, no I like reading. Why is it you tell someone you blog and you get a condescending face, with misguided notions of why you do it drives me crazy Lucy

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    1. Haha, I'm glad you agree with my points!

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  15. I love this post, Char! I don't think I fit in to the blogger pigeon-hole, either, and often feel like an outsider of that world. My outfit posts are always outfits I was wearing, and I never look at numbers / statistics, either. I'm definitely not trend-led, and just buy / wear things I like regardless of whether they're in fashion or not. I've never wanted to look exactly like everybody else, anyway.

    I'd like to add these to the list:

    - it doesn't mean I'm only doing it for free stuff.
    - it doesn't mean I'm in love with myself.
    - it doesn't mean I'm an air-head whose life revolves around shopping. xx

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    1. Agreeing with all of these and thank you for linking to this post! x

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  16. I could apply a few of these to my lifestyle blog... and maybe a few more like "I don't just want free things". Hmm, I wonder if I can generate a list for a lifestyle blog. I'm feeling quite inspired now, thanks!

    No worries, I've never tried macarons either. Also, blogger awards, events and such... nah, I'm too antisocial for all that.

    ~ K

    bluehairinbelgium.blogspot.be

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  17. I like your list. I would concur on a lot of these. I write and post because I want to. Ive always written and done arty stuff in my spare time since I was about 5, be it stories, poems, mock reports, cards, paintings but it is great having an audience through blogging! I have opted not to be searchable through Google in my blogger settings though all those weird websites that do stats have unfortunately thwarted my anonymity.

    Blogging is a great thing but sometimes people do make assumptions about us. X

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    1. Exactly. I write my blog about what I want, because I want to. I don't want to be pigeonholed.

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  18. I bloody love this post! I'm a blogger, and there's lots of things I don't give a crap about. I've also never had a macaron, I don't have adorable pets to show off, I quite like swearing (which very few 'professional' bloggers do) and the ULTIMATE blogger crime - I'm not a Lush devotee. Oh my God I said it aloud and now I'll be rounded up and hanged. ;) x x

    Just Me Leah

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    1. Yep. I swear like a trooper, I have to say.

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  19. I just found a link to this from Polka Dots and Freckle spots and agree with pretty much all of the above. I just like blogging for fun and I've made some awesome like minded friends from blogging - in my opinion, that's the best part!

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  20. I absolutely loved this post! I've had a bit of an impromptu break from my blog over the last few weeks largely due to my life getting a wee bit to busy for me to find time to blog. I was actually questioning whether I should bother coming back and this post not only made me laugh but made me realise that it totally doesn't matter that my blog is not as professionally looking and well-written as some of the things you find out there! Thank you thank you thank you.

    PS I absolutely love your Nancy Boden dress. Gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks very much for your comment.
      Your blog is whatever you'd like it to be. I say that you shouldn't be driven by what other people do. x

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  21. Hahaha, yes, totally, all of that. Especially the macarons. I have never eaten one either. I don't think I'd like them, they seem like they'd mostly taste of sugar. Give me cake or savoury food any day.

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