Fashion Blogging is Dead. And everything you did with it is crap. Please ignore the obligatory photos.
Ever since I mounted Konichiwear, I’ve tried my very best to refrain from posting anything that is introspective, controversial, and argumentative in nature. I leave that for conversations with good friends, select family members, and sometimes my twitter (if you’re subscribed to my twitter feed, I apologize profusely as that thing is basically my trash bin for word vomit). I guess it’s because I want to foster a light-hearted environment within my blog, talking about the bright side of the fashion industry, and basically not attract possible drama or reveal too much of my pretentious nature, this is taking into consideration, the fact that I am a relative newcomer in the blogsphere.
Recent Events in the Philippine Blog Sphere or the Philippine Fashion Industry (take your pick)
However, recent events (which I will no longer mention out of respect to the person who’s taken the blunt force out of this entire hoopla) have got me into thinking: what’s the point of having your own platform if you can’t even express your opinion? Moreover, if you do choose to reveal your inclination or your thoughts, does this mean it’s immediately available for public consumption? If so, then should we anticipate the village mobs with their pitchforks, negating your principles, and giving out personal attacks?
So yes, as of today, I’m ready to be negated and I’m open to criticism. If I haven’t made that clear yet, I’ve always been open but I’m trying to be more explicit here—if I believe in something, I will fight tooth and nail to get my point across but simply to explain my side and not to convert anyone. Personal attacks however, may be shoved somewhere deep and warm, preferably in a place where the sun doesn’t shine.
Blogging for Fashion
If you scour the bowels of Google, you will find hundreds upon hundreds of blogs dedicated to fashion. A good number are hosted in blogging sites while some are masked with their own domain names; to think, this does not yet include a chunk of blogs not archived by Google.
All these blogs tackle different topics at a time, mostly to vent out their thoughts—think, an extended, free-flowing essay about anything and everything. With fashion, on the other hand, a good portion of bloggers blog to express their style and to share it with a variety of people—those who they think might appreciate their thoughts and their sense of fashion.
Another breed of bloggers blog for money and freebies as well but I’m not in the mood to delve into the intricacies of that.
Fashion Bloggers as Fashion Authorities
It is not unheard of to have internationally renowned bloggers, whose breadth of influence is extensive. As their number of readers grow, so does their clout—their popularity will entitle them to sponsorships from various corporations and micro-enterprises. Does this make them even more credible? Believable?
Well, if you would ask a big-name blogger if they’d liken themselves to a fashion authority, I highly doubt any of them would say “yes.” Fashion, if you ask me, is 70% subjective, 20% intuitive, and 10% based on society-stipulated trends—and trust me, bloggers know this. They know that fashion is very arbitrary and very finicky so it’s best if we don’t underestimate their grasp on the subject.
Nevertheless, no matter what they tell you, they will always have a “say” in regards to the industry. It doesn’t mean that whatever they say is the be all and end all of things, remember, these are individuals who are merely stating their ideas as well, but they will be given opportunities to express their thoughts more vocally through various outlets.
And the thing that people overlook is that, these bloggers have readers for a reason. If they are able to communicate with such a large crop of readers, then it means, they have influence and trust me, the readers won’t care if you think this blogger is not worth listening to. That’s up to the readers to decide, right?
To deny that bloggers aren’t believable or aren’t influential enough is to be likely ignorant and/or petulant. Hello there, we’re year 2011, step out of the time machine and join us in the future!
When Shit Hits the Fan
What then, when a bloggers words are blown out of proportion and taken out of context? Well sir, it’s going to be a shit-storm, I assure you. If you’re famous enough, then your words will be scrutinized; as if what you say, what you do, and how you live your life is inspected under a microscope.
It doesn’t matter if what you say is offensive or misconstrued; whatever your reason may be, people are going to judge you and they aren’t going to stop. That’s the way life works. People will have expectations, yes, even those who you don’t know personally, and just when you thought you don’t owe them anything, the moment you fail to deliver, these people will join in the petty parade of mobs with pitchforks. They will be vicious and cutthroat, putting words into your mouth and making personal attacks, probably to feel like they’ve contributed to the industry and the society.
These can be people you look up to: various experts in the field, celebrities, and what have you. Is it to attend to their whims and satisfaction? To be relevant? To prove anyone wrong? Nothing is inconceivable. I just feel sad however, that these are people who foster that idea that fashion is shallow when there’s so much more to it but I digress.
Your only recourse is to wade through it, stay strong, and offer an apology whether you’re guilty of the accusations or not. Be the bigger person and be more mature. It will be yesterday’s news soon enough.
On a wholly unrelated (or maybe related) news, our lovely Senator, Miriam Defensor-Santiago has filed a bill for cyber bullying. Kudos!
Fashion Blogging is Dead
I’ve read in another blog fairly recently that blogging, if you are able to map yourself in a person’s mind as a frontrunner in the blogging industry, will give you your recommended 15-minutes of fame and power.
But what happens after? What if people get tired of you eventually? What if everyone’s tired of hearing your thoughts? Moreover, what if you’ve surpassed your shelf life and are unable to bring forth a more novel perspective towards fashion or blogging in general?
Sure, you have the likes of Rumi blogging for the past 5 or so years, but is there really longevity to fashion blogging, where the content is somehow contingent to time?
It’s a thought I’ve been toying with for a while now—even before I set my blog up. So what, all our efforts are pointless if all things are going to be left forgotten? My only solution? If your blogging is integral to you, then at the end of the road, you shouldn’t be afraid of your blog’s imminent future.
We blog for a higher purpose—nothing concrete but we blog not for blogging’s sake but because we want to. Of course, it would be great to think past just “having” a blog and lolling in the “now”, make use of your blog and make it your cornerstone to achieving your journalistic endeavors, self-expression, communication, and basically to learn more out of things.
Anyhow, here’s the rest of the photos:
Photo by: The Giant Flying Robot
Scarf: Marks & Spencer | Black Top: Mango | Rosary Necklace: Forever 21 | Belt: Anne Smith | Tulle Midi Skirt: Guangzhou | Clutch Bag: Coach | Leopard Print Heels: So Fab!