The Pros and Cons of Fashion Blogging

While I may not consider myself a high-fashion blogger and I certainly do not blog full time, I think I now have a good idea now about what goes into being a fashion blogger. I've gotta admit it's a lot more work than I originally thought it would be, but, like anything worth doing, it has both its ups and downs.


It's funny because when I first started this blog, I wanted to fill a niche for young professionals who can't afford high fashion but like to look put together on a budget - a blog for the inbetweener if you will. I still try to keep this in mind when I put together outfits and blog posts but I think my blog can definitely do more. But until I find myself in a place where I can keep up with my blog's growth, here are some things to think about if you are thinking of starting a fashion blog:

Pros:
  • It's so much fun "meeting" and making friends around the world: I'm genuinely surprised and honored to meet such fantastic people on the blogosphere. I always hear about people making great friends online but I never truly understood it until I started blogging. I even did an international beauty swap with a new friend, Jenny, from across the pond! I've received nice messages and so much encouragement from people all over the globe! I probably never would have been able to make such great friendships without a blogging platform
  • It's an outlet for my creativity: Living in Washington, DC, there are some unspoken rules about how one should dress and how one should look and how one should behave, etc. In a sea of black, white, grey and navy (for the daring), a girl can start to feel so bland! While I love living here and love the people who live here, I desperately needed a place to store all the outfit ideas I had but couldn't always wear. I'm incredibly glad that DC people are starting to embrace color, patterns, prints, and relaxing the dress codes though. 
  • There's so much positive encouragement from the blogging community: I think one of my biggest fears about blogging is that people won't like what I'm trying to accomplish. I stumbled upon a forum online where people were bashing some big-name bloggers for reasons as small as, "I think she's ugly." It almost turned me off from starting a blog in the first place. I'm happy to say that so far every comment I've gotten has been positive! I always feel so encouraged whenever I scroll through the comments section :]
  • It gives me an excuse to talk about fashion: I love fashion - I haven't always liked fashion but when I embraced it, I found that it started opening up a lot of doors for me. However the people around me aren't always as into fashion as I am so I feel like I sound so superficial when I talk about it for too long (especially around my broworkers). Blogging has been an outlet for my sartorial obsessions and the people I've met here are just as fashion-conscious as I am so I don't sound super shallow.
Cons:
  • It's scary to post pictures of yourself online: I remember once this 40 year old guy told me he met a "girl" on an online chatroom who used my picture to seduce him. It was the most unflattering picture of me stuffing my mouth with a cookie from when I was 16 and said 40-year-old guy wanted to meet me - this girl from that ugly picture. I found it appalling that someone would use my picture like that (turned out to be some crazy man in South Korea) *and* that some much older guy would find my 16-year-old self attractive. Gross!! That was also a big deterrent for me when I was thinking of starting up this blog. That's also the reason why I watermark my images and disabled right click - that whole event was quite traumatizing.
  • I work in politics - it's a weird combination: Like I mentioned above, DC isn't exactly known to be the most fashionable city and a lot of times when I start talking about mixing prints or the latest trends and such, a lot of people start giving me the side eye. I get a bit self-conscious when I hear my coworkers talking about the national budget and ideas that would fix our debt crisis and I'm sitting there thinking about the new Kate Spade collection or something. Not that I think fashion blogging is something to be frowned upon, but try arguing that with people who are discussing the government shutdown. 
  • It's time consuming: As much as I love browsing other peoples' blogs and getting inspired through others' creativity, it's a lot of work and it takes quite some time. Right now our government is going through a shutdown and having to deal with that while constantly thinking about what my next blog post should be has been incredibly exhausting to say the least. 
  • It can be expensive: The whole reason I started my closet strategy posts is so I can get a cap on my spending. I sort of view this blog as a style diary and I like seeing new things. But it kind of makes me want to shop for more stuff - stuff I don't necessarily need. I think sometimes fashion bloggers can sort of fall into the trap of wanting to buy more things instead of being resourceful with what they already have. 
So let me ask you guys - what do you guys like or dislike about blogging? Is there anything on my pros/cons list that you disagree with? Let me know and let's get discussing! :]

28 comments

  1. Omg that's so scary that someone used a picture of you for that! Wtf, people are disgusting. It can definitely be expensive! When I see someone wearing something I would have otherwise a) never seen b) never wanted before seeing said person with it, it's tempting to get it for myself

    Mili from call me, Maeby

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  2. Wow, this was very interesting to read. I'm not a fashion blogger myself, so wouldn't say I have to deal with all these things, but I can definitely relate to quite a few! Especially pictures of yourself online, time consuming. All the pros I'd also say are the same for all bloggers!
    Lovely post! It was truly a joy to read!

    x leah symonne x

    itsleli.blogspot.com

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  3. I can definitely relate to all of these! It is definitely more time consuming than other people understand! I work in the environmental consulting field in Colorado, so I have zero people who could relate to it at work! That said, it has let me express my creativity and Ive made so many friends! Great post, good to know everyone else sees the ups and downs too. I hope you're having a wonderful day!
    xo Hannah

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  4. Great post, i totally agree with you on most things, especially as a fellow politics student and soon to work in the industry, it's tough. I really love your last point about being resourceful - go vintage! It;s the way forward, nothing better than being original.

    Love reading your posts as they are so full of great content :)

    Lucy xxx

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  5. This is a great post. I love reading your blog!

    agirlandhersparkles.blogspot.com

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  6. Dearest Deborah, I really appreciate your cleverness and your smartness and that you are able to write down in such true words some truth about blogging :)

    To be honest I like blogging really. I never had tought that it makes me so happy as it in fact does. Although I haven´t acutally the time for blogging with my family, our children and my full-time job, I´m astonished by myself that I nevertheless find somehow always the time which I need for blogging :)

    I like it really that I meet so many interesting people and that finally I can do what I love most - to tell my stories which happens during the day to me - and this not only as before my time when I became a blogger only to my family - no, now I write them and writing is one of the things which I like most in my life.

    Further I think my English became much better (please don´t be shocked I think it was even more bad than now) and this is really important for my job.

    And last but not least now it has finally a sense that I spend so much time and money for clothing because now I can show them to a bigger community ;) I for myself don´t spend as much money than in the past for clothes - with the simple reasan that I don´t have the time to shop!

    Wish you further many success with your wonderful blog, I like you, your texts and your outfits really and thank you for posting and commenting on my blog, and sharing your interesting insights with us.

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

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  7. Great post,thanks for advices, how do you disable the right click on photos? I would like to change this too :D

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  8. This is a great post! I definitely agree with the points that you make. :)

    http://www.leopardmartini.com/

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  9. So strange but I was having thoughts about this very subject matter as well! I love having my blog as a creative outlet for me to talk about the things I really love and share it with other people. Unfortunately, having a job, internship, and being a full time student means I don't get to blog as much as I would like and I find myself getting frustrated for not having the inspiration or time to post quality material everyday but I guess it's all apart of balancing life! Great post :)
    xo,
    Megan
    Bespeckled With Freckles

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  10. Haha navy for the daring- that made me smile. And I was wondering if you were in politics since you were in DC- if you don't mind me asking, what do you do (and if you don't want to share that, just ignore I asked!) And about that mean forum, were you talking about Get Off My Internets? That place reminds me of the Burn Book from Mean Girls, it's such a petty site! And I'd definitely agree with blogging being super time consuming! It always irks me when some people tell me blogging is so easy and a "get rich quick" type of plan. No bud, no. Quite the opposite, haha!

    This was such a fun post to read :)

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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    1. I'm so glad you liked reading this post. I do indeed work in politics, although I'm a bit reluctant to reveal which party I'm affiliated with. I will say that I am campaigner (I basically help people get elected to a post) and I work primarily in fundraising and communications.
      You're right - I was referring to Get Off My Internets. The people there just suck away all of the positive energy! It is definitely super petty!

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  11. you can be the elle wood of politics! ^^ your story about that 40 yr old person is scary and alarming :S i also agree with everything you said about the pros of blogging. its nice to meet genuinely good bloggers like you here :)

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  12. Wow this is really a great post for starter (: and I love blogging as I can share the same interest and passion with others and learn fashion tips from each other but I got to agree with you at the cons part where we are spending more than we need to get new clothes and the creepy man one seem so scary! x

    http://birdiethgirl.blogspot.com

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  13. Hi Deborah, love this post. It is so true. Although I have not gotten any rude comments yet but sometimes some comments are just too cold. It seems like they paste and copy the same comments to all the blogs that they visited. Such interesting combination, fashion and politics.

    xo
    Sam
    http://fabulouspetite.blogspot.com

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  14. I think every blogger fears their photos will be used for catfishing or posted on undesirable sites. On the upside, I love that blogging became an avenue where I got to know a lot of people I otherwise wouldn't. It's a great community to build support for each other too!

    Abi
    aka The Belated Bloomer

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  15. great post! really enjoyed reading your thoughts. i like blogging for similar reasons as you. i feel like its my place to be creative and sorta post whatever i want to post. i can simply be myself! but yea, it can be scary posting photos of yourself. and whats even more scary is posting videos of yourself on youtube. i just started getting into that and boy does it make me nervous sometimes.

    xoxo Sarah (xlicious girl)
    Japanese Gyaru Makeup Blog
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  16. Lovely blog! I agree fashion bloggin has its prons & cons..best part is meeting new friends :0

    Renisha
    She Rockin Them Stilettos

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  17. it definitely has its ups and downs, but it's very rewarding in the long run!

    http://oyouclassy.com
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  18. Great post it's amazing you work in politics I say keep the blog up as this can be your creative side :D it dose not have to be expensive you can mix and match clothes for different styles and posts :) I was afraid about putting my photos online also but once you get into it everyone is very supportive and it gives you the confidence to keep going <3

    www.krystelcouture.com

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  19. So interest, this post.:)
    The thing I agree with the most is that blogging is very time consuming. Much more than I expected. But on the positive side is that at least we're spending time doing something we love :p

    mykindofjoy.blogspot.com

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  20. I think my most favorite pro about blogging is I get to be more daring in styling my outfit. coming up with 3 new posts (I try!) every week is a challenge and I try to bring something new in each post

    my least favorite thing about blogging is how people label you. being a personal style blogger (not fashion. I am definitely not fashionable) you get labeled as a shopaholic, shallow, and only care about appearance. I get my share of people in real life who I know asking me questions like "will you ever like someone who's not fashionable?" or "oh no. the fashion blogger, I don't look good today. She's gonna kill me" and all that stuff. Which was funny at first when it's not so much but now it just downright hurtful you know..

    anyway, sorry for rambling here! haha

    great post you have :)

    <3
    The Sweetest Escape 

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  21. Very interesting, dear!!


    xx


    http://www.madridforniagirl.com/

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  22. I agree with so much of what you had to say! I wanted to blog to be more creative, but sometimes I feel like I don't have enough funds to blog! I don't have the money to buy endless items to style. It's sometimes really a deterant! It's also scary what people can do with your pictures. For now, that's why I'm not including my face in the pictures of my outfits. Maybe as I get more comfortable I will! How creepy what happened to you. Good thing is, blogging is so positive! I have yet to receive a negative comment, and I'm crossing my fingers it stays that way :)

    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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  23. Love your navy is daring comment! It is so hard to keep your personality in work outfits, I love the quirky but chic (and affordable!) outfits you post :-) xx

    peachymakeup.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  24. Interesting post! I have definitely have thought each of these things before in regards to blogging. I love having "regulars" that come back to my page and building relationships with people all over the world. It is definitely time consuming and I don't even blog that much. I can't imagine blogging almost day like you! Very impressive. Haha, and it can be spendy. I always want to shop and use the excuse that I will wear it for my blog so I can buy it : )

    xox,
    anna-lamode.blogspot.com

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  25. My favourite thing about blogging so far is how much I'm learning! I feel like I'm learning a lot about the writing process, network, basic HTML, basic photography and photo editing.... so many things I wouldn't have even bothered with if I hadn't decided to start this. Everyday I'm learning something new and improving and learning skills I can keep forever!
    The thing I don't like? It eats up a lot of time. A simple entry that takes a minute to read takes 4 hours to write. It's a bit of a bummer but a labour of love!

    Suzanne
    A Coin For the Well

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  26. I definitely agree with you!! And OMG, how did that crazy scary incident happen?! ;O that's really freaky! Reminds me of when I accidentally added the wrong number of my friend's into my cell and I started texting her- she never replied. However, I got a phone call from an angry lady who was really scary! She thought I was a third wheeler in her and her husband's relationship. My text messages were like "hey, you off work yet?" And "how was your day sweetie?" Crazy!!! It was quite an experience for me.. Learned to always listen carefully and carefully input people's numbers into my address book. Haha. X,
    -Nikkie

    Chicnikkie

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