…Or: Mrs Bossa Bigs up her Fellow Bloggers!
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I’ve just checked my blog roll, and I’m signed up for over 80 feeds. That’s a lot – maybe less than some, but still a lot. Lately I discovered more blogs I want to subscribe to, but suddenly it felt a little overfacing. I’ll be honest: it stopped me enjoying it so much – like having tons of clothes, but feeling like you’ve nothing to wear. I know I chose to subscribe to all these, and that I don’t have to read them all…but if I received 80+ emails a day I think my brain would go into some kind of topspin.
Something needed to be done, my friends.
When I first started blogging, I subscribed to the ‘Biggies’, what I saw as the blog ‘style staples’…you know the ones I mean – the ones with VIP invitations, and hundreds of comments. It felt like an exciting foray into the world of fashion blogs. It was! Then one day it didn’t feel like enough – I felt as though I was ‘dressed’ like everyone else. I needed more interesting cuts, more quirks and colour. I started looking more closely at the people who were commenting; their blogs and the people who were interacting with them. (I discovered Make Do Style while scouting for Jess Cartner-Morley outfit pics!) My web grew. I signed up for International Fashion Bloggers, and it grew some more. Friend Friday introduced me to still more talented and entertaining people…and it continues to do so.
Yet now I find that my interest in the bigger blogs has waned. This is no criticism of them, might I add – just that I’ve started taking real pleasure in reading posts by people I can relate to, people whose lives and size of readership feel a little like mine. People whose blogs I comment on, and get a response from – even if it’s a simple “thanks for visiting!” I suppose I’m talking about the interaction; those cyber-conversations I never anticipated but which bring the most enjoyment – the ones that really make me think, often make me laugh…and even give me styling tips.
Ok, pull it up a bit, Mrs Bossa!
I’m afraid I might be veering onto slightly sentimental terrain here, but I really want to get this across. When I read through the posts written by my fellow Links à la Mode-rs, I got a jolt. The world would have it that the net is flooded with identikit bloggers, but in some ways this is misleading: in the 77 total entries for LalM alone, the array of styles, topics and voices was damned impressive. Pearl from Fashion Pearls of Wisdom summed it up perfectly on Style Eyes’ comment page: she said she ‘liked blogs with soul where you can get to know the blogger‘, and I have to say I agree. (Pearl’s, of course, is one of them.)
So I had a Blog Cull. Sounds brutal, and it was. It was almost like clearing out my wardrobe, only When did I last wear this? Does it still suit me? became When did I last look at this? Does it still interest me? Some were ditched altogether, some were put on the ‘review’ pile. Sentimentality held no sway. I went for quality, not quantity. And what do you know? As soon as I did it, I felt better. I may be a streamlining geek, but it’s paid off: my blog roll has nothing on it that I feel I should read, and everything on it that I want to read. It feels like there’s enough room for new acquisitions. I look forward to clicking every link, knowing that I’ll have an interest in the post that appears – and unlike a wardrobe overhaul, I have been able to keep certain ‘items’ just because I like them.
So this unashamedly earnest post is to some of my fellow bloggers – a virtual toast, if you like: thanks for being like the ‘one-offs’ in my wardrobe, the cunning finds, the surprise fits, the statement pieces and the beautiful bargain buys… It’s great to feel I always have ‘something to wear’.
Here’s to Blogs with Soul!
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