One of my favorite perks as a blogger is getting to meet honest people who push you to see things in a different way. I met a fashion industry star at a media breakfast this summer, and our first encounter went something like this:
“Hi, I’m Blair Villanueva”
“Lovely to meet you, Blair. What do you do?”
“I’m a blogger.”
I said it proudly, with confidence identifying myself with the term ‘blogger.’ But it also left thinking about how bloggers might react otherwise, or use a different term altogether. From the outside looking into the fashion blogging world, there might be some misconceptions around all that we do or don’t do. Although it might seem like blogging’s been around forever, in the big scheme of things it’s a fairly new, arguably growing industry.
In my opinion, it takes an incredibly passionate, organized and motivated individual to persist as a fashion blogger. Even those of us who do it as a hobby still need to make time for blogging in a busy life full of work, family, friends and other priorities. The list of ‘hats’ we wear knows no end: writer, photographer, photo editor, copy editor, publicist, marketer, salesperson, contract negotiator, networker, social media junkie professional, web designer, etc. That’s just the tip of the iceberg!
I’ve been able to create my own professional path through blogging, and for that reason alone I am most proud to call myself a blogger. Never in my life did I imagine I’d be working for myself, and yet here I am, creating a career around my blog. My blog has become a platform for me to show various skills (social media, networking, personal branding for example) while also allowing me to help others, whether that’s sharing ideas, amplifying the reach of non-profits I support, and featuring all that I love and my insatiable curiosity for culture and life.
Just like a favorite sport or a traditional career, blogging is all about working hard and devoting a ton of time to do the best you can. As blogging evolves, I expect there to be less of a potential ‘stigma’ and lots more pride in ownership of what we do.
So now I turn the question over to you. What makes you proud to be a fashion blogger?