When I first started my personal blog, I was living back in Seattle. I couldn't have felt farther away from the community that I was trying to establish myself in. I was just learning about Twitter, blogrolls, Bloglovin, (and IFB) and discovering what self-publishing online was all about. I didn't include outfit photos as part of my posting repertoire because I didn't really know if that was something I was ready to explore.
Flash forward two and a half years and as a blogger, I feel like a different person. Outfit posts make up half my content, I'm constantly online, and check my follower numbers compulsively. Living in New York City, ingraining myself in the blogging community through social media and meeting other bloggers at events and fashion week shows has helped me and my blog blossom. Sometimes though, I feel like now that I'm basically never not on the Internet, I have a completely skewed view of what's important, what's real and what matters. If you ask me, this is a sign that I'm becoming a real fashion blogger.
Here are 20 signs (both real and really silly) that you're a real fashion blogger:
- Your blog contains at least 60% original photography
- Each blog post you create contains at least three full sentences of text
- Your smart phone camera roll is 90% pictures of things you've worn or bought
- Even if you don't live there, you tend to dress for New York City
- You judge other bloggers based on who's on their blogroll
- To you, the blogroll is like sacred internet real estate – a privilege, not a right
- Your blog isn't just reblogs
- Your Tumblr is more than just images, or is just supplemental to your full site
- You've turned down a PR pitch because you knew it didn't fit with your blog's identity
- When any social plans come up, your first thoughts are: “Can I blog about this?”
- Sometimes you feel like an outfit wasn't worth wearing unless someone liked it on Instagram
- You will not apologize for occasionally feeling closer to your internet friends than your real life friends
- Your blog does not play music
- Your Twitter handle is some version of your blog's name, not your actual name
- Choosing your iPhone case was more difficult than picking your prom dress
- Your blog's Facebook page has more “likes” than you have Facebook friends
- When getting dressed in the morning, your outfit arranges itself like a Polyvore set in your mind's eye
- Shoes. Just, so many shoes.
- You can spot a Rebecca Minkoff bag from 3 blocks away
- In your vernacular, “Nasty Gal” is not a derogatory term for a woman with a certain way about her
If you agree with at least half of these, then you're probably a real fashion blogger too! What are some other signs that you might be a real blogger? Let us know in the comments!
Note: Just because you are exhibiting these signs of fashion-blogger-itis doesn't mean you're not also a real person. We all have lives off the internet, and it's important to balance the two as much as we can!
[Photos via my (shutupilovethat's) instagram account]