Why Blog? Why Fashion? Why Not?

This afternoon I came across a post on Confessions of a Fashion Editor entitled “Why, ‘Fashion Bloggers, Why?’” which focused on a blog whose sole purpose – essentially – is to bash fashion bloggers. 
Well isn’t that pleasant.
So what did I do?  I went straight to Fashion Bloggers, Why? to check out what they had to say.
It was kind of like watching a train wreck – I couldn’t stop myself from reading the blog, and I found myself getting more and more irritated the more I read.

Then I began thinking – why do I blog?
Why did I pick a “fashion” blog?
It’s simple.  I love to write.  I love fashion.
Why not?
My love of writing was sparked by Mr. McMullen, an 8th grade English teacher who would prove to be unlike any other.  It was simple really – he assigned weekly vocabulary words we were to use in a sentence.  He told us to be creative.  He told us to make it fun and enjoyable for ourselves.  So I did.
I began writing a story.  Each week I submitted my newest chapter to Mr. McMullen, and each week I waited anxiously for his remarks. 
Each week he commented – not just on my use of the vocabulary words, but on what was unfolding in my characters lives.  He became invested in my story and I developed a passion for writing.   This passion extended into college where I became an English major.  There were times were I planned to become a writer or teacher, but ultimately I was led down a different path.  I became a non-profit fundraiser, and although I still use my writing skills, it is in a different capacity.

In November I’ll be 35 years old.  Before starting this blog, I couldn’t remember the last time I did any creative writing.  I couldn’t remember the last time I wrote something for me.  That is how this blog was born.
I know this blog will evolve as I get back into my writing.  I know that the subject matter will vary considerably, although I plan to keep the focus fashion-oriented.  There will be comments on relationships and movies and music and life in general.   There will always be lots of photography.  But it will all be in my voice.  They will all be posts that mean something to me personally. 
Do I want readers?  Yes.  Of course I do.  It’s nice to have followers and readers.  It’s nice to read comments.  It’s nice to feel like other people out there understand where you are coming from.  It’s nice to think someone else actually might care what you have to say.  It’s nice to be part of a community.  I know the content of this blog will never be for everyone.  I know readers will come and go.  Heck, I may bore everyone to death.  Sorry if I do bore you.  But ultimately I am writing for me.   

It’s easy to get lost in the blog world.  As a new blogger, it’s also really easy to think “why should I bother with this?” when you know you will never make any sort of dent in the world of fashion bloggers.  But it comes down to a question of “why?”  Why are you blogging?  Is it because you think that one day you will have thousands of followers and thousands of people reading your blog?  Ha.  Good luck with that.  

I’m not saying it can’t happen.  It can – if the content in your blog drives that many people to it.  If it’s unique enough.  If people really want to hear what you have to say.  But for most of us, very few people will read our blogs.  Very few people will decide to follow.  Hopefully we’ll become friendly with those that do – because something you wrote resonated with them.  Hopefully you’ll read their blogs and contribute to the blogging community as a whole.

My acquaintances don’t know I love fashion. They don’t know I like to follow trends.  That a great photography spread or a great pair of shoes can make my day.  That finding that perfect size 14 dress can make me smile for a week.  Some of my closest friends don’t even know, because they don’t “get it.”  It all seems so materialistic to them.  They don’t realize it doesn’t have to be materialistic – it can be about something else.

Fashion, as much as writing, is a way of expressing ourselves.  It’s a “voice” you can see, not just hear.


The writer of “Why, Fashion Bloggers, Why?” doesn’t understand that.  I am not saying she doesn’t make some valid points in her comments – there are some.  However, in my opinion, she loses any credibility she may have because of the way she is attacking the community of fashion bloggers.  It’s one thing to be critical.  If you can be critical AND witty, kudos to you.  I’d probably love to read your blog.  But her remarks aren’t critical – they are mean.  And they aren’t witty – they are childish.
I am all for freedom of speech, but I am sickened that someone out there is doing this.  Calling out individuals in the way she does just seems wrong to me.  Am I over-reacting?

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  • Melissa August 9, 2010, 4:25 AM

    It's hard to keep the moral high ground when you're either (a) making money or (b) gaining notoriety off an industry you openly despise. Such an endeavor is bound to be limited by its precarious stance and the fact that it invites attack against it because it's so virulent.
    We are left to assume that an author of un-constructive criticism is a rank opportunist. We've all heard the maxim about destruction "is easy; it's creation that's difficult." I suppose we can also assume the author's motivation is to profit off the buzz about fashion blogging without having to contribute something original or worthwhile.
    I think there are a lot of healthy points for criticism of the fashion industry or the efforts of bloggers. The rampant consumerism; the focus on a limited interpretation of beauty; the ignorance of perhaps unjust manufacturing practices; reliance on corporate-owned promoters (magazines) and products (mass-produced goods); the conflation of something so significant as personal identity with something so purchasable as items of clothing; the specter of branding and its holy place in people's self-identity; the addiction to consuming fashion imagery and the effect it has on one's self-image or on society on aggregate; the underlying message that (a) beauty ultimately means "worth", and (b) beauty can be manufactured if one can obtain just the right amount of body weight, flattering lighting and camera angle, and of course, all the latest goods made by moguls who are laughing all the way to the bank.
    If there's a blog out there that spends time on these issues, and not just on ad hominem bashing of individual bloggers, then let me know! It would at least be a source of positive information (bashing an industry, not just its adherents).


  • Beautifully Invisible July 15, 2010, 10:43 AM

    Your probably right about ignoring it – I just feel like it isn't fair that she is attacking people who probably have no idea! Some bloggers I absolutely adore have already been "featured" on her blog, and she is just getting started. As I said, being critical and witty is one thing. This is another.

  • John July 14, 2010, 3:39 PM

    Fashion is a form of expression and blogging just furthers that expression and amplifier's your passion for Fashion. My 13 year old niece is trying to make a difference by owning Fashion Expert Girl landing her the 4rth link out of 32 million Google results when you look up Fashion Expert, people are finding her worldwide.

    It would be a sad tragedy it she was being attack in this way . I will be passing your post through her channels. We would love to have you and Skylar AKA Fashion Expert Girl link together and collaborate on a few levels. She is starting to get sponsors and Shoes to give away online to her following..

    Maybe you can interview her and we can do the same:

    Bloggers School is handling this account my name is John Learn@Bloggersschool.com

  • lizzypunch July 14, 2010, 3:10 PM

    I agree with you, it's so disgusting and hateful. I mean having negative thoughts and writing them out so cruelly is different. I think the best thing to do is ignore it, because the more hype she gets the happier she'll be. Plus it's funny that all the people who like it make such a big deal, why don't they just top reading instead of complain all the time. It's kind of pathetic that while she's writing about how stupid it is, it's taking up more of her time but she's pissed, instead of all the happy people that enjoy blogs and come away better from it.
    So I guess the jokes on her.