The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
I also learned a lot about Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB), a fashion blogging community which I’d never paid much attention to before this week, other than noting the occasional badge on the sites of some of the style bloggers I follow. From what I’ve learned, I’m not planning to try to join, and I don’t expect they shall miss me.
Alison Gary at Wardrobe Oxygen, and fellow paralegal Natasha at One Woman’s Style Evolution, are among the many style bloggers that shared their thoughts about a post written by Taylor Davies on IFB last week. I’m not sharing the link to that post here, because apparently it has been edited considerably since it was initially published.
But in essence Davies stepped in it big time when she tried to start a dialogue about [ridiculous] fashion industry ideals, but instead offended many female bloggers by inferring (in the original article) that lack of fame and success by non-traditional bloggers is due to lack of high-quality images, regular posting, and terrific style. And by non-traditional, she meant not thin, young, or conventionally beautiful. I know too many non-traditional but really beautiful bloggers with great content and loyal followings to believe that their blogs haven’t made them household names or rich because they don’t work hard on them. In fact, I don’t think fame or big-name sponsors matter much to them – they blog for the joy of it.
I can accept that I fall deep into the non-traditional blogger category, and that by IFB standards, I am not a successful or well known style blogger. But you know what? In terms of what I get out of being a middle-aged and working mom on a limited budget style blogger, I feel successful. I’ve been gifted with wonderful friendships by bloggers I would have never otherwise met. Reading and commenting on their blogs – and recently starting to pin looks I just love or would like to try – is a highlight of my day. I’ve been inspired by so many different women to wear my old clothes with more style than I did in the past, and to be more creative and intentional with my personal style. As I rapidly approach the Big 5-0 mile marker, I am more confident and better dressed than I was when I was 30.
I also got a beloved cat out of blogging, but IFB really doesn’t care about that.
So this week I found out why I’m not famous, according to IFB standards, and certainly by fashion industry standards, which are so unrealistic that advertisers actually think I’ll buy face cream modeled by a 20-year old with razor-sharp cheekbones. Helloooo, Corporate America. I’m more likely to buy face cream from another 40+ style blogger who tried it and recommends it, or favor clothing lines (new or thrifted) I’ve seen on real women who share pictures of themselves wearing it to work on a regular basis.
As a way to support my fave non-traditional bloggers – and expand the style content in my RSS feed reader – I’d love it if you guys would share the name and link to one style blog you follow that you think others might like to know about – and why you love that blog. I’ll start. Via EBEW this month, I discovered Reading in Skirts, and love me some Mia, because well, she’s beautiful, vibrant, original, and pretty darned fabulous.