give a shout out if you’re a boy blogger! and throw me an airkiss if you’re a tranny blogger.
are you part of a secret society? are you part of a movement? do you even know if you are?
this is one of those epic “will the real slim shady please stand up? i repeat, will the real slim shady please stand up?” kind of moments.
call me ignorant, but i was just blogging! or so i thought. when i started freebird on april 19th 2007, it was my first blog in english, and my japanese blog was a couple of months old. after a while, i realised that i was a little different from the other fashion bloggers out there. by that, i mean that i have a completely different sense of style and aesthetic.
ok ok, that’s a nice way to put it. sometimes i do get stared at and i’ve received insane glares at some of my outfits before. i don’t dress like that every single day. but i usually do have something quirky on me everyday. i don’t know why i dress the way i do. maybe the fact that i don’t have a mirror in my room plays a part. but that’s how i dress, and that’s how i act. and the nice comments far outweigh the meanies.
when i write how-to articles, i never ever write something that i don’t know about. when i put up my outfit photos and talk about finding your own style, my intention is to share with my readers, that you can find your personal style that works with who you are, and still be comfortable in your own skin!!
just a few days ago, it was brought to my attention that there was a comment/question/article or whatever it’s called, on ask metafilter. personality-based design/arts/fashion blogging – new trend? is there a name for this?
i’m not sure how i should even respond to something like that. while i’m quite honored to be part of this new “movement”, i’m actually more amused than anything else. a lot of blogs i know and read regularly, that were not mentioned in that article, are full of amazing personality. personalities belonging to the fabulous people who write those blogs, whom i’ve gotten to know through my own.
i love getting to know my readers, and while they keep up with my blog, i try to keep up with theirs too. i honestly think it’s amazing how our blogs have brought us all together – people from all over the world who otherwise might not have become friends at all.
my blog is that stamp, that reflection of my everyday life. i don’t put on airs, i don’t pretend to be someone i’m not, i write happy things when i’m happy, and during the odd moments that i get upset with something, i blog that too. i’m keeping it real. i’m happy with who i am. and i’m putting it out there. maybe i should have come up with a “glamorous pen name”, like the rest of these 5 gorgeous girls, instead of just adding the word “queen” to my real name.
and while we’re on that topic, let me clear the air. it started long ago because i’ve always loved crowns. i use to draw them everywhere. then one day a friend of mine who always called herself “princess”, called me her queen, and being the 13 year old that i was, i started writing HRH along with the crowns that i drew. and it stuck ever since.
other than that, i don’t think i’ve tried to market or brand myself in a certain way. have i? and if so, did i ever overdo it? maybe i’m blind to my own actions and i can’t see. but, i don’t think that’s a bad thing at all. as humans in the real world, i think it is important to put a stamp on yourself that says, “hey this is me!”
that metafilter thingy also questioned if we were friends. i’m thinking, yeah we are – not all of us, but many of us know and have met each other in real life. which is great! but, is that the point? i can’t put my finger on it. does it really matter whether we’re friends or not?
what i love about all these blogs is, that we’re all such different people. we’re all doing different things in life, aiming for different goals. the most important thing to me, is that we’re all comfortable with who we are, who we’ve become, and who we want to be. we’re all living our dreams, and obviously having fun doing it.
i’ve never put myself above other blogs, and i don’t pretend to be an amazing blogger. especially since i don’t devote all my time to this blog, and i do have plenty of other things going on in my life to want to do this full-time. plus, i’ve never been much of a writer anyway.
but! what i do think sets us apart from, not above of, other blogs, is the simple reason that we’re all girls with strong opinions, our own sense of style, and an evident love of life.
i need to give this topic a little more thought and will probably add to this in the comments later. but what about you? do you blog? why do you blog? do you brand yourself? do you love life? and what colour undies are you wearing right now? ;D
“ha ha! guess there’s a slim shady in all of us.
fuck it, let’s all stand up!”
more for nosey parkers:
we’ve been outed! by star
‘personality girls’: a new blogging movement? by doe deere
the secret society of lady bloggers by nubby twiglet
fight club, lady blogger style? by agent lover