Thursday, February 3, 2011

Access Granted.

Blog is a space where we can just share with the world. No matter how substantial or nonsensical what we're sharing might seem, it's a relief for bloggers to be able to express whatever we have in our minds to others, even more when our blogs can facilitate a forum of inspiration and or discussion.

I appreciate all the pros and cons that happen in life. In any aspect, there will always be a wide, various range of opinions which can be complementary or opposing towards each other. I have to be honest though, that sometimes it saddens me when I read negative views about bloggers. I even feel that the negativity is even larger when it comes to bloggers who tend to blog about fashion.

Therefore, through this post, I would like to express my thoughts about these views. And before I do so, I would like to make it as clear as possible, that this post does mean to be offensive nor defensive. It's just merely an opinion....:)

1. Fashion bloggers have nothing else to do besides dressing up and taking pictures of their outfits.
With all due respect, fashion bloggers DO have other things to do. If you were kind enough to spend more time getting to know more about us bloggers, you would actually be amazed by our backgrounds. Some bloggers do work in the fashion industry, some others work as accountants, media planners, journalists, graphic designers. I myself used to work as a quantitative researcher who then hopped on becoming an assistant brand manager. Only recently did I decide to resign and pursue my dreams as an entrepreneur. So yeah, we do have a life, and we do have other things to think about or do. We just happen to enjoy slipping some hours within a day to take a break from our daily activity, take pictures of what we're wearing that day, blog about it, then resume. That's all...:)

2. Fashion bloggers know nothing about fashion, they embarrass the fashion world.
Now my question would be, "who ever claimed that we know so much about fashion?". I can't recall any blogger I know who loudly stated "I know so much about fashion, hence you all should dress like me". We never asked anyone to follow the way we dress, because yes, some of us do dress weirdly, but we're happy that way. Everyone has their own's that simple. Our blog is simply a gallery of ourselves, us who have the guts to take pictures of our outfits and post them up on the internet. The way we dress was never intended to offend anyone who sees it, but if it does, then I apologize on behalf all of us bloggers. We might not know much about fashion, but we can't deny that we love it. Would you actually make fun of someone who loves photography and has a photoblog up on the internet even though his photos are not that good, and consider him as an embarrassment to the photography world? I think even the most professional photographers would actually appreciate him for even loving photography, some would even guide him to slowly learn and become a better photographer...:)

3. Fashion bloggers are overrated, they don't deserve the exposure they're getting.
Sometimes I actually do agree with this. As a blogger myself, I am often confused why blogs and bloggers are becoming so much news material. But whatever the reason is, do we actually have to bother so much? Besides, everything comes and go anyway. Like Friendster, who got outdone by Myspace, then Facebook, then Twitter, bloggers will be replaced one day. So I guess we bloggers are just grateful for the moment we're getting, even more grateful because we never asked for it. But come to think of it, I think bloggers do deserve some credits, because to some extent, we have been contributing. You see...for every clothes we wear and mention on our blog, we're actually giving free advertisements. We bloggers provide an alternative to entrepreneurs, brands and companies who are seeking other ways to promote. And not all of us charge for it! I have been more than happy to receive items from random local and international brands and promote them on my blog for free if I know they have the potential. Magazines charge high rates for doing such promotions, and even when they don't charge, it's not easy to gain the access. Given this, is it that wrong if bloggers get at least some credits for it? :)

So I guess that's all I have to say...and everyone has the right to agree or disagree. For those of you who hate me or us bloggers so much, I really don't know what to do to make you not hate us. And you do have the right to hate, but we also have the right to not bother your hatred and just continue what we've been doing..:)

Thank you for reading, everyone! And I apologize if I said anything wrong..:)

Much love,