Hi everyone, I’m Brookelyn, and I blog at www.bestofbklyn.com. Since starting my blog in 2010, I’ve lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, Newport Beach, California, and presently reside in Charlottesville, Virginia. While all three cities have excellent qualities, and I’ve loved my time spent in each locale, they aren’t exactly fashion capitals.
It’s no secret that living in bigger cities seems to be the ideal for fashion bloggers. However, there are plenty of perks of being a blogger not living in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. I wanted to share five reasons why it’s great to be a blogger everywhere else, too, and share a few tips to help you make the most of your current location!
If you’re a fashion blogger living anywhere other than a fashion capital, you’re at an advantage because…
1. You have different backgrounds for outfit posts. I love reading bloggers that live outside of a major city – it’s a breath of fresh air to see someone posing in, to be blunt, fresh air. Get outside and show your readers bits and pieces of your town in your posts. I know I love seeing new places through the eyes of a local, and I’m sure others do as well.
2. You can cover different events. Yes, sometimes us non-metropolis dwelling bloggers get a little envious of those that can attend all of the different blogger events that seem to always be held in cities. However, I know I can’t be the only person that skims through the 7th recap of the same event in my Google Reader feed. Try interviewing local shop owners, other style bloggers, and stylish locals for your blog. Reach out to your local paper or magazine, and see if you can write a column for the publication from time to time.
3. You can use your blog as an opportunity to get involved in local fashion events and fashion weeks. Before I started Best of Bklyn, I was involved with Phoenix Fashion Week, and if I was still in Phoenix, you can bet I’d love to cover their events on my blog. Check into seeing if your town has a fashion week of their own – I’m sure they’d love to have you blog about their event, either on your blog, or even as a guest poster on their event blog! Your blog can be the “big fish” in a small pond, and in the process, you can become a local style expert.
4. Being a blog writer is a great way to make friends in your city. I moved across the country last year, and I reached out to another local Charlottesville blogger. We have met up a few times, and it’s the perfect way to meet people you share common interests with.
5. Living in major cities is generally a lot more expensive than small towns and suburbs. Less money on rent = more money to spend on shoes!