I actually wrote this post a few months ago, and have been pretty nervous about putting it up, as it deals with what could be quite a shocking admission for some...I'm just not a fan of the big 'fashion' blogs. I just find them...well...dull.
I'm not talking about style blogs, where you lovely people post pictures of what you're wearing - I love those. I'm talking about the biggies, the 'street style' type blogs, with 'aspirational' photos of people going about their daily business in their fancy clothes, with a couple of words underneath as a caption. I really just don't find them interesting or inspiring in the slightest and don't understand the cult following they have. It's all well and good seeing perfect photography of skinny 'fashion-y' looking people in designer clothes, if that's what you're into. It might have something to do with jealousy, maybe, that I'm not lithe and long-limbed and photogenic. But I could never fit into, look good in or afford these clothes - and I know for a fact The Sartorialist would never stop me in the street - so I'd much rather be looking at sites that are actually relevant to me.
Also...I actually find most of the outfits on such websites really dull; if I wore a basic dress and shoes would I get snapped in the street? No, because I'm 5ft 1 with wonky teeth, and I find with these blogs, it's more about how the 'subjects' look than the outfits - so if you look like you'd fit in a fashion magazine shoot, you're good to go. This attitude alienates me from these blogs, so I look for a little something closer to home. For me, it's the personal style bloggers, the 'high street' and charity shop bloggers, the bloggers who put their own spin on talking about fashion and the latest trends, the lifestyle and beauty bloggers and the 'whatever-I-damn-well-feel-like bloggers' that make being involved with blogs so enjoyable.
Now I've had my stampy-feet rant, I'm going to talk about some things I do like in blogs. This is by no means a 'HOW TO BLOG PROPERLY' post, and I don't want anyone to think of it that way. There are plenty of people who love the type of blog I've mentioned above, and there's a place for all bloggers in the big wide world of the interwebs. This is purely about me (ME ME ME, yeah), and the things that make my favourite blogs so ace.
Putting the 'personal' in personal style
The style blogs I follow and enjoy all have one thing in common - the personal touch. I love looking at people's outfits and how they've styled them, and reading about how they put the look together and why. Some of my favourite blogs are style-based, but they give a real insight into the person behind the blog too. I have an inbuilt nosiness for other people's lives, wardrobes and beauty routines.
I find photography interesting, and it's something I'd like to do. But if I wanted to JUST look at pictures, I'd go on Tumblr. I do go on Tumblr. I do post pictures on there, and look at other people's. But when it comes to actual blogs, I want to read something interesting too. I love 'how to' posts, tips, DIYs..I want to devour words and ideas as well as looking at pretty pictures. Although I'm a sucker for a nicely made infographic...
One of the most wonderful things about blogging is that you can find blogs that actually show the kind of clothes you'd really wear. From the best picks from the high street and well-priced online boutiques to charity shop and car boot rummagers, I want to know how people my age and living in my kind of world put their wardrobe together. I want to see clothes I could genuinely afford and that are wearable. Chances are, if you post pictures of yourself in head to toe designer, I won't be that interested. However, if you style a charity shop dress with high street brogues and a Mulberry, you'll be much more 'up my street'.
Call me shallow, but a badly designed blog really puts me off. You don't have to be a HTML whizz to make your blog easy to read and navigate. One of my biggest things is a blog looking clean. Images that fit the page, sidebar organised. And contrary to the popular 'white background is best for blogs' theory, I actually like an interesting background (as long as the text background part is still a light, plain colour so I can read the text!).
What are your personal likes and dislikes in a blog? (remember - this is about personal taste, not bitching or getting angry about others' opinions!)