Today we’re talking about measuring up to others, something that came out of discussions about blogger resolutions.
1. Have you ever looked at someone’s blog and thought yours will never measure up?
Yes, I think we all have. I think it’s very common to fall in love with a successful blog and wonder why yours doesn’t match up. It took me a good six months to realize that my blog is MY blog, no one elses, so what I post has to be somehow related to me.
2. Do you (did you) feel pressure to meet some kind of undefined standard for fashion bloggers?
No. I like to meet my own standard, not anyone elses. Although I do hope that people find value in what I write.
3. Many established fashion bloggers are also extraordinary DIYers, bakers, and crafty people. Do you think you need to combine all of these things to be successful at blogging?
No. I think you need to be able to be successful in what you want. Whatever that my be. For me, I enjoy DIYing and outfit posts, so those are the things I strive to be successful at. I am not a baker or a very good cook (although I attempt to fake it), so you’ll rarely see recipe posts here.
4. The most successful blogs are the ones that have their own personal voice – how are you developing your voice or how did you find yours?
I found my voice by blogging and by writing for a newspaper. I also write for myself. The posts I publish and the outfits I wear are for me, whether or not anyone else likes them or reads them. I do want people to like my posts, but they’re a huge reflection of who I am. If you like them, you like them, if you don’t, you don’t. It’s all a matter of personal opinion anyway.
5. Toot your own horn… what’s one thing you do that is unique to you and your blog? What gives your blog an edge?
I think my unique approach is that I’m not just an outfit blogger and I’m not just an inspiration blogger. I have DIYs, how-to, outfit posts, longer articles and so on. My blog is a style blog, but it’s very personal and very me. I think it screams “SUZE!” in every post, so you learn about me really, really quickly. Sometimes it’s hard to learn about the writer in few posts, but I’m attempting to be myself and transparent enough that it’s possible.
I also strive to continue to be me and hopefully grow through the blogging process.