15 August 2013

Cereal for Breakfast, Tuna for Lunch

I wanted to write this post further to a blog that the fabulous Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista wrote on Wednesday, found here at I am always more than just a blogger.

She was talking about her friend, who had been told that she was “just a blogger”.

I always find it interesting to note when people insult bloggers.  While some people understand blogging and enjoy reading/writing them, many others have no comprehension what blogging is all about and insult it instead.  Sound familiar?  Insulting what you don’t understand? 

One pre conception I often hear is that bloggers write down everything about their lives, from what they had for breakfast to what pyjamas they are wearing that night.  Everything is micro analysed in the smallest detail and written about. Maybe some do, but so what?  That’s their bag, what they enjoy doing, who are you to criticise?

Blogging can be many things to many people.  I for instance used it in the beginning as my own free form of therapy.  Talking through my fingers rather than saying it out loud.  Any issue I have or problem I am worrying about, I write about it and nine times out of ten, I find the solution right there in what I have written.
 
 
 
Now I blog about fashion, beauty, lifestyle, opinion pieces, whatever takes my fancy.  It is something that I adore doing and the fact that some people would insult you for that blows my mind a little.

I started to think today as well; how many people who have insulted bloggers actually read blogs to find out what a product is like?  I bet many do it without even realising it.

That mobile phone review on Youtube, that’s a blogger.  That detailed camera review you found that tells you everything you need to know, that’s a blogger.  That £1 miracle mascara that you have thanks to something you saw online singing it’s praises, that’s a blogger.

I spend the equivalent of a full working day (probably more) each week doing what I do, if I review something (either paid for by myself or gifted) I try to be as accurate as possible, and if once in a while something that I say helps someone else to improve their lives; well what is better than that?

I read the post, as did many, on Wednesday entitled "The Rise of the Fatshion Blogger" (since deleted).  The writer implied that bloggers were solely in it for the freebies these days and that we were all doing somersaults for the brands in order to get attention.

Personally, I feel extremely lucky to have been allowed to review anything.  I don't accept every offer that comes my way and if I don't like something or notice an issue with something I have been gifted, I say it.  I checked the count and I have reviewed 9 pieces within the last 150 posts. 

I got into fashion blogging because I love fashion, I adore the plus size fashion community and have felt welcomed by it.  There are some amazing people who didn't deserve the critique that they received from someone who was clearly following them and reading their posts, but then slating them behind their backs.

So having read the posts as above, I still say yes, I am a blogger, and I am damn proud to be one and part of the plus size community.  Are you? 

 

3 comments:

  1. I'm sorry I missed the deleted post, because it seems to have caused a total shit storm.

    As to people insulting blogging, if they knew how much work goes into it I bet they'd change their tune! x x

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  2. I'm proud to be part of the community, without a doubt! People who slate bloggers don't seem to get what it's all about, and how much time, effort, and dedication people put in to it. I didn't start blogging because I wanted freebies (in fact I can count on one hand with fingers to spare how many I've accepted); I began blogging for therapy, a distraction, and with hopes to improve my body confidence and self acceptance. Then some time passed and I began to love blogging, and now I'm so passionate about it it's almost a way of life! People don't need to understand blogging if they don't want to, but I wish they could see the positive sides of it- such as the way plus size bloggers inspire people to be proud of their bodies! xx

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  3. I like your point that blogging is a free form of therapy. To me it is, I use it as a way to get away and relax.

    Even though I am not a fashion blogger, blogging has helped my self-confidence in who I am. It also helps me see things in a different light.

    Patrick

    csuhpat1.blogspot.com

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