4/01/2012

{mullings & musings} Why I Blog...

A few months ago, I wrote about an aspect of the blogging world that I've been thinking about a lot...Google Friend Connect, specifically and following blogs, in general.  Well I'm back today to examine an issue at the heart of it all: why I blog. Like many others, this started as a creative endeavor. Just for fun!  As this blog has grown, so have my skills and it's been even more fun learning to make this blog just a little snazzier. A lot of time goes into it, so at first I was excited and eager to attempt to monetize my blog. While I do still have some affiliate links and marketing, I have started to re-examine. I struggle some with the materialistic aspect of blogging. Please don't get me wrong, I love to shop! And I love to find good deals online and stylish new pieces. I get this inspiration from where else but other fabulous bloggers. I even have an online shop so I'm contributing to this culture too. 

But for me personally, I have to find a way to reconcile and balance this with my desire to help make the world a better place. (I donate a percentage of all my profits to a charitable organization that works with children locally & internationally...so I hope that helps, but it's still not a solution.) 
I don't have all the answers, I just know it's a process and I'm still trying to figure it out.  That's why I wanted to open it up to you all.  I would love to hear your thoughts on why you blog and what you think about the culture we create as bloggers.  Even if you don't have a blog, do you constantly feel the urge to go buy something because you saw it on your favorite fashionista? Bloggers and readers a like, do you feel you have to constantly purchase the next it item to stay current and on trend?

Can't wait to hear your thoughts, input & observations!
And now, the obligatory pretty picture! ;)


lots of love
xx  


{ps}:
As I said last time, I'm just trying to open a discourse and bring another level to blogging. 
I sincerely hope this doesn't offend anyone!

21 comments:

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

I blog because I love to! I would be insane if it wasn't for my little blog, I really need a creative outlet and it has been a blessing for me here in the island. I love all the support there is out there and it is amazing how we can build friendships with people we haven't even seen, that's the most rewarding aspect of blogging, in my opinion.
I honestly don't feel the urge to buy anything because another blogger has it or because it is what's trending, I know what I like and I don't have to prove anything to anyone, so when I get something is because I like it not because I have to stay current. Most of the times a product someone blogs about takes me to a site where I find something else I like better, so, of course you are exposed to more things but in my case I wouldn't say I'm influenced.

TheTinyHeart said...

I started blogging because I started reading other fashion blogs and thought, "hey, I could do that!". It fulfills my love of fashion (since I don't work in the fashion industry). I do sometimes lust after items that other bloggers are wearing, but blogging is teaching me how to wear things I already own with other pieces in my closet. I think that's more important than always running out to buy something new. :)

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

ari said...

I am a new blogger and I have to admit, i've been shopping more since I started blogging.. In my defense, I am building my wardrobe after taking a year off from shopping while i was pregnant. I have definitely learned how to shop my closet since I started blogging though. I have never felt so at one with fashion as I do now so blogging is a definite plus in my book!

Sam [The Peak of Tres Chic] said...

I blog because it's my creative outlet! In a perfect world, I'd be getting paid to do what I love to do- which is design. As I work towards that goal, my blog helps me develop my skills and gain inspiration from others. I honestly don't have the urge to go out and spend, and I have found that looking at all the beautiful fashion, accessories, and home decor on blogs all day keeps me from feeling like I need to go to a store to get my fix. In that regard, I think I have become even less of a spender! Still, you are right- you need to find a balance. And if you feel like it is causing you to spend more and contribute to something you don't believe in, you need to seriously think about that, as it sounds like you are doing!

XO,

Sam

Andi said...

I started blogging as a creative outlet. I loved reading other fashion blogs and thought it would be fun to give it a go. As I get more involved in the blogger community, I guess I'm getting exposed to the "dark side" of fashion blogging. It seems some bloggers criticize each other for every little thing - wearing things to frequently, only wearing each item once, photoshopping, accepting sponsors, not having sponsors, what type of blog interface they use, etc. I suppose that's somewhat inevitable, but I wish it wasn't like that.

So far, I haven't felt too much pressure to buy new things just for the blog. I just started in November, so it will be interesting to see how I feel next fall, when I will likely be repeating my fall outfits!
http://just-another-smith.blogspot.com/

Susan said...

I first started my blog because I wanted to kind of make it a positive advice blog, inspired by my life experiences. It has evolved into bits of everything! My life, things I would like, advice and of course I have to incorporate a bit of fashion and lifestyle in there. I have to say it is easy to be jealous of other bloggers and their creativity, and wanting everything. But everyday I take a step back and reflect on what I've got, and for right now I know that I'm doing just fine, the best I can. That's what keeps me grounded.

judy said...

Well, I'm not a blogger, but I do follow certain ones, and check out others on occassion. I do want to go shop!!! However, there's a few blogs that highlight only the higher end items, things I could never afford. While fun, I tend to stay away from those. Also, I've found I've been a little insecure in my dressing lately. Oh, I've always been very good at combining fashion, just comparing and feeling a little less for not having "the purse". I'm now reminding myself I'm me. Get great ideas, but remember my lifestyle and region. Jackets don't work here all the time. It's way too hot! Anyway, the positive, relationships!!! Honesty, several bloggers need friends. Todays society is not "lasting friendship friendly". Hope this helps with your question.

Marion said...

What a great post Mae... I started blogging because I sought a creative outlet that centered on my passion for style + design. I also was looking for a challenge. There was a huge part of me that doubted whether or not I could actually do it! I totally threw caution to the wind one night and started a blogger account (yes...red wine was involved). And it really was one of the best things I've done in a long time. :)

So although I have a TON to learn, I value the friendships I've made (including with you!) and I am inspired on a daily basis. That is what I focus on. I also think it's okay to say that you would want to generate a small income from your blog (because let's face it....we all spend a ton of time + energy on our blogs), but it's critical to keep values and priorities in the forefront.

XO - Marion

Lauren {Stylized Existence} said...

I first started blogging because my corporate 9-5'er provides me absolutely no creative outlet. I keep blogging because I really, truly enjoy it, and I believe it has made me a more adventurous person in my fashion-life. I used to be a rather boring dresser, but I think now I try things that I may not have a few years ago. I think it's an amazing community, and although it does tend to spur some feelings of "want, want, want", I also think it is balanced with a ton of inspiration and admiration for the ladies I have met via the interwebs (ahem: you). So there are definitely some negatives to the blogging, keeping up with the joneses, etc. but there are also some really great positives. I think it just helps to keep an eye on the balance of these to make sure you're still blogging for the right reasons, having fun, and not taking yourself too seriously. P.S. I owe ya a guest post and have NOT forgotten :-)

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Amy @ At the Pink of Perfection said...

It's funny you posted this, I've been doing blog-soul searching recently. I don't know where I'm going, what the point of it all is...but I know I don't want to be just an OOTD blog, or just a nail blog...I want to do something good too. And until I figure that out,mere I am, in limbo.

Nat said...

Great post! I blog because I need an outlet to vent and talk about my life. My husband is super busy and rarely ever home which leaves a lot of alone time for me so my blog is a way to occupy my time after work. I love that I get to share things I love and my life experiences and I've met so many amazing women from this experience!! Do I shop more because of it? Probably not b/c I had a shopping problem way before I started blogging or reading blogs but I definitely turn to blogs for inspiration for outfits, my house, etc. I also have never planned to make $$ off my blog if it happened I wouldn't complain but that's not why I'm out here doing this.

j'taimee said...

Hi Mae! What a great conversation construct! I started blogging as a way to keep my family and friends up to date with my on-goings when I moved to Israel... and I've been going ever since. I now maintain a couple of blogs - and I fancy myself an internet curator. But I haven't monetized. Mostly because I'm afraid that it would hamper my creativity.
And in all honesty? As someone who loves all things fashion blog? It's really obvious when folks write for-sponsor posts. Most aren't very creative and are pretty boring. In a "calling it how I see it" kind of way.

so anthro said...

Love this! I started blogging for the simple reason that I had to learn Wordpress for my day job. Now it has become a sort of therapeutic activity for me. It's a creative escape and really a stress reliever! And I'm constantly inspired by the other blogs I read :)

{The Design Daredevil} Jessie D. Miller said...

I blog because I LOVE connecting with other bloggers and I can share all of the images and ideas I've been mentally hoarding. In an ideal world I would host my own design show on TV...while I fantasize about that, my little blog lets me connect with other design/style minded people. Plus I'm a girl's girl and let's be honest I'm sure the only male who follows my blog is my boyfriend.

Emily | Recently said...

I struggle constantly with worry that I blog too much about material things. I want my blog to have substance, but I also realize that feeling beautiful and having beautiful surroundings can enhance our lives. It's a fine balance indeed. I blog because I love it and I'm incredibly passionate about it. I see it as my second job, and want to continue for as long as possible! I completely know where you're coming from!

Christine @Fancy Function said...

Great post! I blog because it's something that's just for me and I can do and write what I like on the blog. I'm been pleasantly surprised by the followers and comments I get and enjoy being part of a "community." I am always striving for bigger and better things, but I don't necessarily think that means monetary things. I just have my own set of goals that I would like to accomplish and I think that blogging has helped me to strive for them and get on the road to achieving them. :)

Christine @Fancy Function said...

Great post! I blog because it's something that's just for me and I can do and write what I like on the blog. I'm been pleasantly surprised by the followers and comments I get and enjoy being part of a "community." I am always striving for bigger and better things, but I don't necessarily think that means monetary things. I just have my own set of goals that I would like to accomplish and I think that blogging has helped me to strive for them and get on the road to achieving them. :)

Dee {Strings and Buttons} said...

As always Mae, you bring up issues that I contemplate every now and then and wish I could have brought forward myself so thank you for opening the door for this conversation. I started blogging because I was so inspired by others out there, because I had moved back home and wanted to stay in touch with friends without overwhelming them with emails, because I wanted to meet others, especially since I found it a bit hard to make more friends considering how busy my life was in DC. Honestly I'm super grateful that it led me to people like you and many others who have been genuine and thoughtful and supportive even though I have never met them in my life. I can fully attest to the fact that I have not bought one thing since I've started blogging. That may be because I don't live in the US anymore, but I've had many opportunities to do so here at home and even traveling which I've done a bit since I've come back here. I love to dream on my blog and when I dream, I don't feel the need to go out and splurge. Thanks again for bringing this forward- as always a great conversation starter! x

Fashion By Alicia said...

I blog mostly for myself. I am glad my blog has grown in followers (etc) but I have found myself growing annoyed with blogging when I do I take some time away from blogging because I need it.