I thought it would be good to write about the many upsides to blogging. I’ve been doing it for a little over 2 years now so I am no longer a novice, but not quite the expert either. Although, since blogging is all about feeding your curiosity and documenting your discoveries, I am glad to say I’ll never be an ‘expert,’ per se. Below are 10 reasons why it rocks to be a blogger. Why not consider blogging for yourselves, if you aren’t already. I hope my reasons will one day become yours, too.
10: Great Locations
I’ve mentioned that I used to travel with my mother as a kid, since her work demanded we be constantly on the go. I got to see a lot of Africa and Europe before I’d even set foot in Bristol. It’s been an interesting road since those busier days and I can tell you I have not been as internationally active as when I was six! But, as I mentioned on my Instagram, you don’t have to travel the world to take in the beauty around you. Because I am constantly on the look out for the picturesque, I have to admit Bristol has been looking pretty good these days… Above are also images of London, Marrakech and Kribi.
9: Being Creative
I never thought I’d need an excuse to be creative, but let’s just say I had very little interest in social media before I took up blogging. Now, Instagram is my digital joy, Pinterest is home to my inspirations, Twitter keeps me informed, Snapchat, entertained and Facebook? No, I’m still not a huge fan of Facebook. But isn’t it nice to be able to share your idle bursts of creativity with a supportive audience? From flat lays to outfit updates, I’ve learned that being creative can incorporate more than serious work. It can be light, silly, frivolous even – and that’s okay. For example, I recently took my mother to a China decorating workshop, which we both loved and will be doing again. When I do feel like making more of an effort, however, it’s great to know I can upload the outcome of my hard work to a community of like-minded individuals. The aspect of blogging that definitely takes the most work are the editorials, with my team of talented friends. The effort is worth it though, as editorials allow me to go all out – without hesitation.
8: Meeting New People
Whether we meet at Fashion Week, through friends, on social media or in a coffee shop, View Avenue has given me a great excuse to be a lot more outgoing than I would normally be. When Pedro and I shot the editorials for Stefanel, Italy, that was my first experience of meeting incredibly talented people through (and for the sake of) the blog. This first official collaboration stood me in good stead when meeting others, who were impressed with the blog’s editorial quality and invited me to be creative director for another project. There, I met photographers I later worked with, models I later hired and a great barista I still rely on! And so on. When it comes to professional matters, there’s nothing quite like a great collaboration.
I’m not going to spend too much time
bragging telling you about this one. It’s great to get things for free, especially when you haven’t had to chase for it. It’s also a sign of your platform’s strength. Is it the be all and end all of blogging? Absolutely not. After all, the blog existed before the allure of freebies ever reared its smug (but much appreciated) head.
6: Great Events & Shows
I have to admit that the images above are kind of a cop out, since many of them come from my role as Features Editor at XXY Magazine. But, getting that role was hard work and I can confidently say I might not have even had a look in had it not been for my commitment to rambling – I mean, blogging – on this digital platform. Press events are also rather good fun, as it’s lovely to see beautiful work up close and to get the exclusive on new designers and businesses. Again, I’m a people person, so the chance to natter away to an often friendly bunch of creatives is one that I relish. Blogging also allows you to take unreserved interest in culture, in case you don’t do so naturally. This is one of my favourite aspects of blogging: you can get away with being aspirational without seeming pretentious or overly privileged. The trade off, of course, is sharing these things you hunt down so that others a can live vicariously through you – as you no doubt do with those who inspire you.
5: Food/coffee culture
I’m a real foodie. Not a snob, although I am worryingly particular about what I choose to ingest, but someone with a genuine LOVE of food. It started from a young age when I witnessed my dignified grandmother take real pride in cooking and feeding her loved ones. It was in her nature to be overly hospitable and I recall the small smile She had as she got into the routine of cooking dinner. I got the distinct impression that she not only enjoyed her role as matriarch, but that cooking (a.k.a the act of playing with food until it’s irresistibly edible) was a lot of fun. It was catching, and a deep rooted appreciation for food was instilled in me. Mostly for eating it though.
This is (secretly) my absolute favourite part of being a writer, and by extension, a blogger. More than networking and making new friends, the opportunity to peer into a corner of an artist’s mind is unlike any other. From designers to painters, musicians to photographers, I am in awe. Writing about them is an honored and I hope to share more insights with you via an upcoming segment of the blog… 😉
The blogging community is really not competitive. Just look at some of the comments I get here on View Avenue, some of which are from other bloggers. And FYI to the haters: the fashion industry, at least where London is concerned, is really not catty either. The community in London is so small that you’d be a fool to act like a mean girl and think you’d get away with it. As I said above, there is nothing quite like collaboration – or at least the spirit of such endeavours – when it comes to the professional world. There’s a funny, but sobering saying in the community: Be nice to people on the way up, because you never know who you’re going to meet on the way down… Almost creepy in it’s cynicism, this phrase always makes me smile. C’mon, guys, it’s funny.
I can be a little…flighty in nature. (A quality that does not bode well in school, by the way, but I managed!) There is something about having an idea and decding to pursue it, no matter what. Some people would eventually talk themselves out of it, but not me. I don’t like the notion of being too ambitious in general, but when it comes to ideas I have to admit I don’t know how not to be ambitious. If it’s humanly possible, then it’s happening! It’s a risky quality to have in your work, but when you get it right it’s so worth it.
1: Freedom of Expression
Turns out I’m quite opinionated on certain topics. At least, when it comes to View Avenue. In real life, however, I am the opposite. It’s like I still operate on a don’t-speak-until-spoken-to-mindset, not out of some finishing school golden rule worship, but because I think it’s so easy for opinions to fly around, without a specific destination. That’s my polite way of saying it can be pointless to just ‘run’ one’s mouth, without real thought or purpose. I prefer to observe, since it allows me a little more insight than just reeling off thoughts at 100 miles per hour. This observing then lends itself to blogging, where I can offload some thoughts on my my little corner of the vast Internet. Of course, I constantly ask for readers to comment, as I am always keen to find out what others think so please feel free to share your thoughts – as freely as you wish – here.
Reason w/out number: The Learning Curve
Where to start? I suppose it’s difficult to summarise, since I consider learning an on-going process. The biggest learning curve, however, happened when I lost the website. Apart from total panic, I eventually felt it was an opportunity to evaluate what the blog meant for me and what I wanted it to represent. It helped me fine tune my stand on ethical fashion, my love of independent designers who then encourage others to cultivate their own style. Oh yes, there’s another learning curve: my first time at Fashion Week, wide-eyed and newly eighteen, I wore heels. And lived to regret it. This time around, I wore trainers. My only regret was – still – fretting too much about what I was wearing. The morning of, however, I chose not to care too much. After all, I was there, not to be seen, but to see. I’m all about seeing and sharing.