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In the midst of craziness called life, there are moments that call for attention. Life has a tendency to go off-balance every now and then, and most of us spend all our lives figuring out and trying ways to bring some balance in our lives. Along the process, we fall, we fail, we learn, we grow, we regret, we feel hurt, we feel all these overwhelming emotions and all this happens as time is still running on …we may feel that our life is stuck and isn’t going in any direction but time moves on and so our life …then comes the moment when we heal from the past and somehow get courage to look back and see how far we have come along the way and how much we have grown out of the situation that once made us feel that our life is over… Continue reading
Warning: Longread and no pictures 🙂
Fashion blogging is pretty saturated, this is what we read these days. But I will not dwell on it today.
I am instead compelled to streamline my thoughts on the changing environment of the fashion and lifestyle blogging world.
I read a few posts (by Indian bloggers) which talk about how most new bloggers are generic with no distinct taste and style. This made me think on this whole issue of changes that fashion blogging has seen recently and how unfair it is to judge new bloggers in the block for getting the blogging wrong.
Well, I have been an avid blog follower and reader since 2009-2010. I always believed that one thing that made blog -a blog – was the freedom to own it and use it as your creative space. And creative abilities my differ from person to person. NONE of those blogs were anyway meant for making money because, simply put, there was no market AVAILABLE for the blogs.
Ever since I watched our iconic bollywood actress “Sridevi” prancing around in bright chiffon sarees in Switzerland, my young adoloscent years were shaped by many dreams and most lucid one was of visiting Switzerland and wearing sarees when I grow up. I must count my blessings and be thankful that I am actually living this dream .
My love for sarees is so deep that I even wrote a poem about my most favourite attire in the world.
Wow! feels great to be back on this webspace. Can’t believe I was away from blogging for that many months, its surreal to log on to my blog today 🙂
Did I miss blogging ?
Hell yeah I did !
Do I regret being away for this long?
Hie friends ! thanks for stopping by! Hope you are doing very well today 🙂 I feel like having heart-to-heart chit chat , its Friday after all 🙂
So yeah guess what, I will finish my first month as a blogger by the end of January, I am very very new, so new that I am still figuring out how to categorize my blogging into a specific theme: is it style blogging, fashion blogging , lifestyle blogging? Huh ! but seems like this is not necessarily a struggle only new bloggers go through. Some seasoned bloggers have also been adding themes to their introduction lately. To my mind, lifestyle blogging is an all-encompassing theme, which pretty much covers any topic under the sun and no wonders it is a safe bet for many to promote themselves as lifestyle bloggers indeed, isn’t it?
…so yeah its been 5 days of blogging for me and I already write about why my blog can’t survive the challenge of thriving in the dense fashion blogosphere.
Have I accepted the defeat already??….
Hell NO 🙂
When this defeatist thought came to my mind, I simply told myself- My intention for blogging is not to make money out of it but to have a playground for my styling acumen.
However, the second time this thought crossed my mind, I realized that I am indeed feeling a bit lost and pressurized to establish myself as a blogger. My individual-self drowned in self-doubt and blamed me for joining the rat race but my rational-self told me somethings that I would like to share with you all, who knows how many of us go through defeat in our minds when we just start out with a new blog.
When I was wondering about why I feel so overwhelmed, many reasons came to my mind. let me share with you these two :
- I was a blog stalker before I became a blogger myself- It was easy to pass by any blog, glance through some glossy pictures or read a para or two and move on to the next blog. Now I know- Not only it is hard work to post those glossy pictures and write those paragraphs, there are blog stalkers just like me out there who do exactly the same. They come, they glance through and move on to the next blog. Honestly I am getting the taste of my own medicine, and believe you me- just like any medicine this one tastes aweful alright !
- I started my blog post-Instagram revolution- With Instagram around, I feel we do live in the insta world, where everything is quick and lasts only for a few seconds literally. I try to keep up, but of course I am 5 days old in the buisness, I am the smallest drop in the big ocean. I am talking about the ocean, which inhabits mega giants (Chiara, Wendy, Aimee, Kristina, Julie and the list goes on…) who have proved themselves through thick and thin. They have seen it all, the pre and post Insta period of blogging. They were well known to their readers before Instagram came in and it was a winner supplement for their ever growing blog. But for a beginner like me, Instagram is a scary weird place. I am still figuring out this phenomenon, I call “Follow-Follow-UnFollow” where some people start following you (and of course you oblige by following them in exchange) and then after a day or even before that, they unfollow you 🙂
I have found new respect for fashion bloggers really, I have seen them grow to new heights with the passion, determination, consistency, patience and hardwork.
Although we beginners may get anxious about our decision of starting the blog, I believe , the itch to own a blog will always motivate us to keep our blogs alive. In no way we can compare our web traffic with our inspirations from the blogging world , what we can do is to understand that there is no shortcut to success. The key is to never stop believeing in oneself and keep being honest with oneself. Rest will follow.
Keeping a track of my favourite bloggers, I can be certain of one thing, with time, I will also evolve as a blogger and so will you, so keep hanging in there mates !!!