Top: Old Navy
Dress: Banana Republic
Tights: c/o We Love Colors, gold
Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Only one more day left! Since today was the day to wear red and I’d already worn my red tights, I decided to just go bold and rock out the gold tights with my red shirt. I feel like and art teacher in this outfit, demonstrating the primary colors. Ha.
Katy says, “The launch this week of the 30 for 30 challenge, as well as the rise of EBEW and even the going red for women month, got me thinking how do we decide what content works for our blog and what doesn’t? Some bloggers commented that some of these ‘blogging events’ are full of people just interested in jumping on the bandwagon and trying to garner a little more fame out of it, while others are authentic. All interesting and valid points, which of course had me thinking what makes a blog unique and how do we are bloggers differentiate ourselves and our blogs from the thousands out there.”
1. With all the blogging events out there how do you determine which ones to participate in and which ones to avoid?
If I like it, it sounds interesting to me and I want to do it, I do it. If it doesn’t sound like something I would normally do, I steer clear.
2. Be honest, have you ever jumped on the bandwagon of some blogging movement/event for the wrong reasons? How did that turn out?
Usually, I’ve been pretty good at having my own reasons for doing something. But, I understand why others could think it’s a big clique or that it’s a bandwagon movement. Doesn’t that same mentality come out when an indie band suddenly becomes famous? We assume that, even though it’s a great idea, the participant is only doing it for exposure. I don’t think that is the case for MOST participants. I think some people are doing it to feel part of something, and there is nothing wrong with that. Everyone chooses to do something (or not do it) for their own reasons, and who are we to tell them they are wrong?
3. How do you give your own flair to a blog event while still maintaining the general mission and purpose?
My purpose and mission with this blog has been very simple from the start: do what I want and showcase what I’m wearing. It’s evolved into DIY fashion and showing how to dress professionally on a normal/small budget (we’re talking LESS than $100 spent PER MONTH). If something comes up like the 30×30 or EBEW, and I want to participate, I do.
I think the 30×30 is a brilliant idea and 800+ participants agree. It’s about showing how to work with what you have. Sure, some people have HUGE closets and some people own very little. But when you put certain restrictions on what you own (such as utilizing only 30 pieces) you begin to realize what you own and how to wear it in ways you didn’t think of before. If you want to read more about my thoughts on the 30×30, check out this post I wrote for the last one, after seeing some not-so-nice remarks on twitter.
4. When determining the best content for your blog what criteria do you keep in mind?
I see if I have the time, the ability, and the want to do it. I also don’t participate in things that I’d have to run out and buy something for. An example would be EBEW. If I didn’t own the item they were featuring, I wouldn’t do it, plain and simple. The items aren’t chosen to be crazy items most people won’t own, they’re picked because many people own them. But if I don’t I just don’t include myself in the mix. Pretty simple.
5. While everything will not suit your blog, how do you try to support your fellow bloggers who are participating in something worthwhile, but not your style?
Well, first of all, I’d never write a post talking badly about the project and projecting the idea of boycotting blogs that do it. Second, before I was ever involved in FBFF, I’d always go to Katy’s blog and V’s blog, read their answers and check out the others involved. You can support other bloggers by leaving comments, encouraging them to do their best and by just being NICE to them. You may not like everything everyone posts, but you don’t have to be rude about it. If you don’t like something, stop reading their blog. You don’t have to broadcast to the world that you’ve done so, but you don’t have to read about something you have no interest in.
I remember following Kendi on her very first 30×30 last spring, and I was very inspired by the idea and wanted to try it on my own, but knew if I did, it would be assumed I was copying her. Then, she opened up the summer edition to her followers, and I decided to participate. I had people like Jenni and Angeline right there, supporting me as I went through it. This time, neither of them are participating, but I am, and they’re both sending me encouraging tweets and leaving kind comments. So even though they’re not doing it, they’re still supporting me.
To learn more about FBFF or join the group, head over to ModlyChic.com. You can also visit the other blogs participating.