When I first started blogging I had no idea what a fashion blog was, I had never gone on one or even heard that term. I just kinda started documented my life and outfits and the transition happened naturally. The way blogging has completely blown up blows my mind (pun intended). But my concern is how bloggers are now being idolized and looked upon like celebrities. It’s almost the whole reality star syndrome, famous for no talent. I think it’s great to find outfit inspiration and love the way someone dresses but let’s be careful not to idolize people merely based on the way they dress.
Many times we have no idea if these people are nice people, good people, or even authentic and most importantly they are just PEOPLE with nice clothes. I think it’s awesome that blogging has emerged as a career and can be very lucrative but there is a lot vanity that goes on behind the scenes that I think is being idolized. It concerns me that the younger generations seem to be more into #ootd and #selfies and being #instafamous then actually working on a talent. Number of Instagram followers seems to be trumping level of education and it’s kind of mind boggling that you can get paid more for having a lot of Instagram followers than a job would pay for someone with a higher education.
I mean if I were a kid growing up and I knew I would get paid $500 to post one instagram picture or $500 a week after I finished school full of student loan debt, I know exactly what I’d pick! It’s human nature to idolize people but it saddens me when I see people idolizing the wrong values. But at the same time, you can argue that bloggers do offer a service and many of them are very talented and creative in their own right and work so hard at their craft. There’s an an entrepreneurial spirit you must have to make a blog truly successful and in the end they are creating content to entertain the masses. Not to mention its always nice to zone out sometimes and scroll through pretty pictures and admire great photography and style. But sometimes I feel weird because I’m not sure if this wave of blogging is because people really love sharing their style with the world and have something genuine to offer or if it’s a cop out from getting an “actual” career. I guess it’s all the politics involved in it that make me question this world, but I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard of a career path that didn’t involve some sort of politics.
But don’t get me wrong, I LOVE blogging. Music was always my number one and even though you don’t see it here much yet I’m working really hard at it behind the scenes. Because my music is about sharing my thoughts and feelings with the world, blogging came very natural to me as a great partner to my love and now I can’t see one existing without the other. Nevertheless, I’m curious to see where this fashion blogging world evovles to. I got caught in the whirlwind so I’m going where the wind blows….
What are your thoughts on the matter?
Great post~ I was thinking the same thing,that’s one of the reason why I stopped blogging for a while.The idolization of bloggers is becoming ridiculous,I’m all for inspiration I appreciate goof blogs but the obsession is getting out of control.
Exactly! It made me want to stop for a while too but then I remembered why I love blogging, despite the craziness surrounding it lol
BRUH—-YOU BETTER PREACH TO THE DAMN CONGREGATION. Blogging is now being looked at as a profession than a hobby. Yeah for the small minority, it is a profession but for the vast majority of us, it’s a hobby and should be treated as such. I used to feel guilty when life’s drama would pop up and I wouldn’t be able to blog for a while…because I felt I was letting my “job” down. However, I’ve had to slap my self quick and realize that it’s a hobby. It’s supposed to be fun. The blogger idolization irritates me because people act like bloggers are some unicorns. They’re regular day to day people sharing their outfits. PERIOD. Anyone can pose for 30 minutes and upload their outfits. I think it’s awesome when bloggers turn their hobbies into careers but at the same time, people shouldn’t feel pressured to do the same. It’s just not that serious.
Thank you! I love that you said treating bloggers like unicorns lol! But it’s so true, we are all just people and I think anything we do in life should be for authentic reasons and not because we are fantasizing someone else’s journey. xo
I think the reason why bloggers are becoming these instant stars is because they are major free advertisement for the stores and manufactures of the clothing. Even if bloggers get paid a little something it’s nothing compared to if they had to pay you like a real celebrity. In the long run bloggers get used and never make the kind of money that the stores and manufactures make. Some bloggers get a little celebrity and attention they are happy. The big stores and the manufactures are “banking” on this.
I have one request ladies, even though you love clothing and style please do not spend all of your money on it. Because you are only making big business richer and yourself poorer.