I had all these big plans to get my blog up to date by the end of July and write up a big announcement about some changes I was going to make. What actually happened, was that I planned all these exciting changes and never got round to publishing them. So I’m writing this retrospectively, which doesn’t make a lot of sense. However, I’m a stickler for a plan and too stubborn to give up on one, so here goes. It’s a bit of a wordy one, so please bear with me!
First up – I’ve updated my cover photo! It’s been a summery scene since I started this incarnation of my blog, and I thought it was about time to give winter a chance. This shot was from a particularly cold and snowy day back in January (I wrote about it here). Perhaps more importantly, I’m mixing up when I post, and what kind of things I’m posting. Why am I doing this? A couple of reasons.
I had a rethink about what I’m actually trying to offer with my blog. I’m kind of running out of outfits to photograph. It wasn’t until I really got into blogging this year, and reading other people’s blogs, that I realised just how often a lot of fashion bloggers buy new clothes. Or are given new clothes to promote, at least. I went through a brief phase earlier in the year where I was buying new items often. And it felt wonderful. I was excited. But then I realised I’d actually spent way over-budget and was fast running out of room for new things. Yet I was still acquiring far fewer new looks than my seasoned shopping haul blogging counterparts. So I had a think about what I liked about other blogs that didn’t solely focus on new outfits, multiple times a week.
One of my favourite bloggers is Kate Hiscox at Wears My Money, who miraculously happens to work for the same company as me. We’ve never crossed paths at work, but I have followed her blog and social media for a while. Her blog posts are based on ideas, inspiration and advice. A self-proclaimed fashion lover, she painstakingly researches trends and timeless favourites and presents various ideas for outfits. Her site is clean and fresh, presenting outfit ideas and styling tips for current trends and classic wardrobe staples alike.
Another of my favourite bloggers is Lizzy Hadfield at Shot From The Street. Lizzy sometimes mentions her concerns about being a ‘bad blogger’ for wearing old clothes that aren’t currently available. Whilst I covet her wardrobe, I follow her for inspiration rather than wanting to buy the exact look she’s sporting. I could say the same for Lucy Williams at Fashion Me Now, Mary Seng at Happily Grey or Sheryl Luke at Walk in Wonderland. Those latter three have huge followings and designer togs aplenty, but I don’t follow them for a shopping list. I follow them for new ideas on how to create my own looks and interpret current trends.
Since I started this blog, I’ve always included a selection of available similar items to whatever I’m wearing. Now I’m rejigging my blog, I’ve realised I can share available items without actually owning a look myself. Sure, it might inadvertently feed my shopping desires, but it’s a way to incorporate new looks into my blog without having to get myself into wardrobe related debt. So one of my new things on the blog is a section entitled “Friday favourites”. I’ll be rounding up some of my favourite things from the week, both in the fashion world and elsewhere. Let me know if you like it, and share your favourite things too!
Following on from the idea of sharing favourite things, I want to talk about another favourite blog of mine. For some reason unbeknownst to me, I only started reading Man Repeller a few months ago, but I’m so glad I did. Even just their “About” page fills me with joy. It reassures me that a love for fashion doesn’t have to be an empty, vapid pursuit of vanity. I love how the comments section can go an on with some really interesting, varied discussions about anything and everything.
I’ve always written in quite an informative, conversational style. I don’t really know how else to write. It’s not like I’ve studied journalism, I just really like words! One of the new things I’m adding to my blog is like a diary, of things that happened in the week. I’ve no idea if anyone will be vaguely interested in my everyday life, but the concept of sharing my experiences as a clueless thirty-something appeals to me.
One of the most relatable blogs I read is Lipstick, Lettuce & Lyrcra. It helps that the author, Gemma, is a roller derby skater, so a when she writes about training and games I have a pretty accurate idea what she’s talking about. She’s a fan of retro fashion, but is living on a budget and not buying a new outfit every week. She also writes a weekly roundup which I really enjoy reading. I know my generation is sometimes criticised for living on the internet, but I think a blogging community has its plus points too. It is nice to feel an affinity with people I don’t know, all because they choose to share a bit of their lives on the World Wide Web.
Finally, I’m hoping that by adding a couple of regular new things, I can bring a bit of structure to my blog. Previously, I’ve just been trying to think of new things to write about the same clothes, whenever I get a chance to take pictures. If I’m aiming to post regular pieces, the rest feels like it might be less chaotic? That’s what I’m hoping, anyway!
I’m still aiming for an outfit post every week, and maybe a couple of random ramblings every now and then. I’m excited to be working on new things, and I very much hope you will join me on the way! Feel free to follow me on Instagram whilst I get round to updating the blog!