Looking at the home page, you might notice that we haven't posted here for a while. Over the last few years, IFB has gone in ebbs and flows, I've really tried to post only when I'm inspired, and a few times I thought about shutting the whole project down. Thankfully the greater part of this year, I've been very inspired about what was going on in the fashion bloggosphere, and I still am, but I think I'm at a loss to how to relay this to the community.
What is happening with the fashion blogging community today?
I don't want to say, ‘back when I first started blogging, it was like this…' because there are a lot of factors there, mostly around my own eagerness and enthusiasm for my new found voice. I don't want to say we had a stronger community then, because, well, we didn't, or there was less gossip then, because there wasn't. But I do think that the fact that back then a ‘famous' fashion blogger only meant famous amongst people who blog, and not everyone knew what a blog was. Today, bloggers are sat one seat away from Anna Wintour at fashion shows and are becoming more visible every day.
Does that change things? I think so. It certainly has a factor into what a bloggers goals are. My first goals simply revolved around having a blog and growing it. Today, in the community, there certainly seems to be an element of wanting to be a star, and if you're not a star, your blog is somehow not successful. I don't really want to give wind to the negative posts and comments along with the backlashes that have been going on, but there seems to be something tense in the air between those who get attention and those who do not.
I'm not going to say that I don't roll my eyes, or that I'm immune to feeling insufficient, nor do I feel ungrateful for the successes I have experienced as a blogger. But something is changing here, and I'm not sure what it is. I'm not sure if that changes the goals of my blog, and with that it's direction. Do I keep pushing to make it better? Of course. Do I know what a ‘better blog' even means? I'm not so sure, as lately, it seems that SOME of the hottest blogs aren't necessarily the best ones, and best, well, that's subjective.
So please bear with me. I'm very sorry for this absence. I haven't forgotten about IFB, and I certainly haven't forgotten about the community. It just feels like there's a lot of cleaning house with my own fashion blog that needs to be done, and with that, I feel that it's hard to blog authentically about fashion blogging when I'm not even sure where it's going.
Do you have any idea? I'd really, truly would appreciate your wisdom now…
And if you're interested in contributing posts to IFB, please email me jennine (at) heartifb.com