Are You Even a Blogger?

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This past week I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer as part of the social media team for Toronto Men’s and Women’s Fashion Week. Overall, it was a pretty cool opportunity and a chance for me to learn how to develop my skills in photography and social media, but it really got me thinking about my blog and why I started this in the first place.

I saw a few Toronto bloggers and content creators at the fashion shows that I follow on Instagram and realized that I would never be able to be like them. Not to say, I’ll never be successful, because hopefully one day I can do more with this blog and have more of a following. But I realized that blogging, as great as it is, has become so oversaturated with fashion and beauty bloggers. It seems like the only way to be successful is to post pictures of your outfits and lattés (okay, fine I like to post pictures of lattés too) and blog about your time at a gala for a brand that sponsors you.

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Remember when blogging basically acted as your online journal and a place to speak your mind and share experiences? I might receive a lot of backlash for this post. Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of fashion and lifestyle bloggers that I look up to for their down-to-earth personalities and the fact that they still use their blog for talking about what’s on their mind or their experiences. It’s just hard to try be a part of the blogging world without feeling the pressure of including fashion and beauty into the mix. I had a section on this blog that was titled “Beauty + Style”, I literally had one post about my acne journey on there, but I’ve since deleted the entire section, knowing that I probably won’t ever fill out that section of my blog.

Let’s face it, I don’t have the money to buy a Chanel bag to blog about. I rarely go shopping. I actually hate shopping and I’ll be honest, I definitely don’t have the same passion for fashion as so many people did at fashion week. I felt a little out of place. I appreciate fashion, enough to follow fashion bloggers and if I had more clothes, I probably would dress well more often. However, I also like to wear sweatpants pretty often and don’t live in the city where I can take cool pictures of my cool outfit.

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So are you really a blogger if you’re not a fashion blogger? Well, all I know is that I started this blog to not only work on my writing abilities, but to share what I myself am passionate about. I don’t want to feel the pressure to involve things in my blog that I don’t actually care enough about. I like food, I’ll post about food. I like to write out my personal thoughts, stories and experiences, I’ll be doing that. Lastly, I hope to blog more about travel in the future.

I want this blog to go back to the basics and I know that are plenty of bloggers out there who can relate to what I’m talking about here. So, I invite you bloggers to connect with me! Leave a comment about what your blog is about and I’ll definitely check it out. Follow me on social media and let’s get to know each other!

Happy blogging!

Sanah

2 thoughts on “Are You Even a Blogger?

  1. Great post, Sanah. You’re right, there is definitely a pressure to make your blog about beauty and fashion because that does seem to get the most engagement on social media, but stay true to what you actually care about. At the end of the day, YOU want to be proud of the work you create. Proud of you!

  2. I went to Fashion Week once and I absolutely hated the atmosphere. Everyone trying so hard to be seen and photographed. I can only imagine how bad it is now that being a blogger and instagramer can get you some level of fame.

    I have the same beef with travel vloggers. They all go on the same trips with each other and have the exact same videos and you can see them all in each others videos in the background taking stupid selfies. It takes a lot longer to be unique, and maybe you won’t get your trips/food/make up/clothes paid for but in the end you will be able to stay true to who you are without owing anything to any corporation. That will make what you say a lot more valuable to people who know your opinion isn’t for sale for a free latte

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