Friday, January 7, 2011

FBFF: Weighed, Measured, and Found Lacking? Blog Envy.

1. Have you ever looked at someone's blog and thought yours will never measure up?

I think the better question is, "Have I ever looked at someone's blog and not negatively judged my blog" and if I am brutally honest with myself the answer is generally, "No." I'm not sure why that is per say, maybe it's the culture we live it where we seem to be conditioned to compare ourselves and our things to other peers and their things. I suppose it's only natural...

2. Do you (did you) feel pressure to meet some kind of undefined standard for fashion bloggers?

In terms of my personal style I really don't feel much pressure at all. I think I have a decent sense of fashion, what looks good on me, and what doesn't. If anything I am honestly inspired by, all of the people whose blogs I come across to try new things with what I already have!

There might have been more pressure in terms of what you see when you first arrive at any blog, that "home page" per say... people make quick judgements and I'm not sure 260 Days, No Repeats will always make the cut. I think my blog has experienced somewhat of a genesis since it's inception and that is continuing to improve the but, the layout and graphics are where I get the most critical and compare-crazy. I am not a graphic designer and I am not super savvy with HTML and such. If I had more money I could pay someone to create a header for me, design some buttons, change the font... In terms of layout I could probably manage that myself. We'll see what happens.

3. Many established fashion bloggers are also extraordinary DIYers, bakers, and crafty people. Do you think you need to combine all of these things to be successful at blogging?

It definitely doesn't hurt to share your creativity with everyone else, I think the reason that increases your level of success is because not everyone is going to be able to do what you do! It might be negative for me that I can "do it myself" bake, and be crafty but, that's not necessarily what I want to write about.

4. The most successful blogs are the ones that have their own personal voice - how are you developing your voice or how did you find yours?

I think I'm coming into the voice I want to share with people; It's the more loquacious version of my everyday self. I am sarcastic and silly but, generally more reserved. What? I work in HR. I find that it is similar to some other fashion bloggers and think we all must have been destined to be friends from the start!

5. Toot your own horn... what's one thing you do that is unique to you and your blog? What gives your blog an edge?

This is a hard question to answer! I thought one year of not repeating outfits to work would set me apart. That was what my intention was from the start but, there are people who have done this for a full year. Maybe I should have done that from the get go or maybe I should not wear the same outfit to work for 2 years or 5 years! Now, I'm getting ahead of myself... but, with so many other creative blogger out there how does one set themselves apart? The short of it is: I'm not sure but, I'll go with that no repeats thing. O, and maybe the handful of challenges that I have tried to get of the ground.

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8 comments:

  1. Hello...saw you on FF....great answers...love that you dont feel pressure..its a great sign you are having fun:)

    Stop by and say Hello:)
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  2. I totally agree with you about the creativity thing. Yes, I can bake, and do other crafty things (at least I think so, haha), but 9 times out of 10, I really don't feel the need to blog about them. Great answers!

    xo,
    Kirstin Marie
    http://www.kirstinmarie.com

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  3. Great responses! And I think your no work outfit repeats angle is pretty unique.

    Kendra
    http://closetconfections.com

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  4. not wearing the same thing for 260 is quite a feat trust me! I get so sucked into my "favorite things" I rewear like crazy. ha.

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  5. I really enjoyed this. Both the questions and answers are very honest. I think it can be challenging sometimes, trying to figure out exactly which direction your blog should go in. I know I struggled with that for a while, but finally feel comfortable with the things I share. What's most important, I think is not to give in to what's "in."

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  6. It is natural to see someone else's blog and think about what they are doing that is different from your own. In one way, it is a bad thing, because we shouldn't feel like we have to do what they are doing. But, it can also be a good thing, right? It pushes us to be our best version of ourself.
    Either way, your whole blog concept is unique. I could NEVER go that lone without repeating. I'm a total outfit repeater. What you are doing is amazing!

    The Auspicious Life

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  7. You know, I agree with Linda above. I tend to be inspired by ladies who keep their blogs normal, you know, not any "in the woods" "at the cementary" photoshoots. I mean they look pretty...but I have a life outside this blog, I'm a mom and therefore I am busy. This Christmas I thought about buying a camera, you know one of those that takes really nice pictures, but they are so expensive and I rather buy something else. I Like girls like you and many others that keep their blogs real. =)

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  8. I liked your answers....
    I think we are all in this for similar reasons which is also what brings us together :)
    I can only say sometimes I wish I knew more about blog design!

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