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I think the problem with blogs stems from the fact that most bloggers are either in their late teens or early 20es and come across as very immature, or either egocentric people who seem to blog to acheive a certain level of popularity above all. I avoid these altogether.
The blogs I follow are those of women around my age (late 20es) that have a story to share, interact with their readers and make me discover something new and interesting every time. That's the definition of quality content I believe.

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Yes, FrenchCactus, you may be right. And I like to discover when I go to a blog, so I prefer those that are maybe not only about fashion but which have posts on literature or music or fine arts, films and so forth. So not merely navel gazing and self promotion or self obsession.

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I have to agree that The Sartorialist has gone down hills. It isn't what it used to be. His photographs of streetstyle were unexpected and he found style in unconventionality. Now, he seems to photograph anyone that happens to be on the street. His blog has become rather boring and mundane.

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I think any opportunity for someone to express their creativity is a positive thing. Yes, it's not always artistic and it can be egocentric but no one is forced to read a blog. I really dislike people like Alexa Chung describing them as lame and 'mood boards' (not least because all the programmes she presents are basically her mood boards...)

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I think any opportunity for someone to express their creativity is a positive thing. Yes, it's not always artistic and it can be egocentric but no one is forced to read a blog. I really dislike people like Alexa Chung describing them as lame and 'mood boards' (not least because all the programmes she presents are basically her mood boards...)
I agree. Saying blogs a just mood boards isn't really a criticism, of course they are a kind of mood board, and some very inspirational mood boards at that...there is a huge variation in the quality of blogs just like any other kind of media (obviously), so I find it really ignorant when people just dismiss them altogether, not all of them are written by people who just want to take a dozen pictures of themselves in the same outfit (even though those people have a right to their place on the internet as well). There are some really amazing blogs out there written by people who are actually writers, or who do have a really interesting and strong view point..I actually find that type of blog more interesting than most magazines as they don't have to conform to the view of the magazine..Alexa owes a lot of her fame to bloggers who gush over her as well

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I meant saying blogs are just mood boards

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the flip side of this discussion on bloggers would be thoughts on fashion blogging.
it's very strange, for me anyway, to find myself motivated suddenly to start a blog. the first one i ever did (4 years ago) was very spontaneous. the original one, and then the successive blogs were all sort of project-oriented. i will limit myself to a 34-piece wardrobe, i will post a daily fashion question, i will illustrate my favorite items of clothing, i will examine this or that. once i am satisfied with the project, i end the blog. in that case, the blog is really for myself i suppose. but then i value reader response and participation. and i guess the readers that a blog attracts are satisfied. there is really a blog for everyone, if that one person is the author. when people blog as quasi-editors, evaluating fashion shows, commenting on trends, that rarely grabs me. that is just doing what magazines already do. so i suppose i like fashion blogs if they are in the form of personal style blogs (and the person's personal style resonates with me), or if they are fashion obsessed blogs, where the person has an aspect or angle of fashion they want to focus exclusively on (like the tomboy style blog, for example). i use both of these approaches for inspiration personally, and if a blog doesn't offer that to the reader (inspiration, i mean), then i don't know how they hold readers.
i wonder what does hold a reader. some blogs really develop large audiences, and they are rarely the ones that click with me. but at any rate, i'm a big fan of fashion bloggers, and i enjoy discovering new ones that i will want to revisit.

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I agree. Saying blogs a just mood boards isn't really a criticism, of course they are a kind of mood board, and some very inspirational mood boards at that...there is a huge variation in the quality of blogs just like any other kind of media (obviously), so I find it really ignorant when people just dismiss them altogether, not all of them are written by people who just want to take a dozen pictures of themselves in the same outfit
I agree. I'm not nearly as much of a blog reader as I was a few years ago, but back when I followed dozens of blogs I always tended to gravitate to the writing-heavy ones. Don't get me wrong, I love outfit pictures and collections of aesthetically appealing images, but I'll always be even more attracted to good writing, criticism, and analysis.

I think fashion blogging has gotten a bad rep in the past few years as the media attempts to puzzle through the odd phenomenon of well-dressed teenagers getting legitimately famous from their blogs. Something about being young seems to always inspire more loathing or doubt from large sectors of the population. But no matter what, I think there's too much variation in the world of fashion blogging for any sweeping generalizations by the media to be particularly accurate.

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I think any opportunity for someone to express their creativity is a positive thing. Yes, it's not always artistic and it can be egocentric but no one is forced to read a blog. I really dislike people like Alexa Chung describing them as lame and 'mood boards' (not least because all the programmes she presents are basically her mood boards...)
There is some weight and credibility in Alexa's Chung words. Most blogs are either mood boards or personal blogs serving as platform for wealthy and spoilt girls to show off their latest Chloe bag and expensive wardrobe. However there are some genuine bloggers out like like Susie bubble who actually spends time writing and contributing with thoughts as opposed to merely upload beautiful images.

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There is some weight and credibility in Alexa's Chung words. Most blogs are either mood boards or personal blogs serving as platform for wealthy and spoilt girls to show off their latest Chloe bag and expensive wardrobe. However there are some genuine bloggers out like like Susie bubble who actually spends time writing and contributing with thoughts as opposed to merely upload beautiful images.
I don't there is any credibility to her words. As you say bloggers like Susie bubble actually think about what they posts etc, Alexa's comment dismisses bloggers like her.. even though there are blogs that exist just for people to show off, I don't think Alaxa can dismiss an entire form of media and say they are all the same. It would be like comparing Vogue to a tabloid magazine.

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I don't there is any credibility to her words. As you say bloggers like Susie bubble actually think about what they posts etc, Alexa's comment dismisses bloggers like her.. even though there are blogs that exist just for people to show off, I don't think Alaxa can dismiss an entire form of media and say they are all the same. It would be like comparing Vogue to a tabloid magazine.
And I guess that's the problem with blogs, some are like Vogue others are even worse then a tabloid magazine.

I like reading blogs and I'm always looking for a new blog that interests me. Unfortunately there are so many bad blogs (I'm sorry but it is true) I just get tired of looking through them.

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And I guess that's the problem with blogs, some are like Vogue others are even worse then a tabloid magazine.

I like reading blogs and I'm always looking for a new blog that interests me. Unfortunately there are so many bad blogs (I'm sorry but it is true) I just get tired of looking through them.
I don't think you can compare blogs to things like Vogue and tabloids. Obviously you're referring to the quality of writing (which has to do with the research and consideration in producing an 'article' or post) and in that case you're right.

Personally I believe that blogging used to be more en bloc than it is now. You have those who refuse to be commercialized, like thisisnaive.com, and those who happily work with companies, like seaofshoes. Whereas before, bloggers would be this independent, anti-trends, we-do-what-ever-we-like thing, it has now become a field for marketing and commercialism too. On one hand I regret that, it takes out a little bit of the honesty, on the other hand, there are plenty blogs who still remain lovely (like cupofjo or garance dore) or those who refrain from doing so like jeanasohn or wit+delight.

Full on popular fashion blogs, like the cherryblossomgirl, stylescrapbook, sea of shoes etc. etc. have kind of lost their independent identity, which has stopped me from following them. They're also, as referred to before, incredibly focused on the blogger. All you see is pictures of the blogger or her view on things. The blogs I mentioned above tend to have guest posts and have a considerable amount of photos which does NOT include them, posing awkwardly with their feet in weird positions (lookbook anyone?).


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I love seeing real women interpreting style, but only in unusual ways. Personal style blogs become mundane - in my opinion - when you see everyday fashion.

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the flip side of this discussion on bloggers would be thoughts on fashion blogging.
it's very strange, for me anyway, to find myself motivated suddenly to start a blog. the first one i ever did (4 years ago) was very spontaneous. the original one, and then the successive blogs were all sort of project-oriented. i will limit myself to a 34-piece wardrobe, i will post a daily fashion question, i will illustrate my favorite items of clothing, i will examine this or that. once i am satisfied with the project, i end the blog. in that case, the blog is really for myself i suppose. but then i value reader response and participation. and i guess the readers that a blog attracts are satisfied. there is really a blog for everyone, if that one person is the author. when people blog as quasi-editors, evaluating fashion shows, commenting on trends, that rarely grabs me. that is just doing what magazines already do. so i suppose i like fashion blogs if they are in the form of personal style blogs (and the person's personal style resonates with me), or if they are fashion obsessed blogs, where the person has an aspect or angle of fashion they want to focus exclusively on (like the tomboy style blog, for example). i use both of these approaches for inspiration personally, and if a blog doesn't offer that to the reader (inspiration, i mean), then i don't know how they hold readers.
i wonder what does hold a reader. some blogs really develop large audiences, and they are rarely the ones that click with me. but at any rate, i'm a big fan of fashion bloggers, and i enjoy discovering new ones that i will want to revisit.
Agree with you. As you have said Mass blogs (and bloggers) doesn't appeal me in particular. I check the sartorialist and Jak&jil regularly, but I'm getting fed up of both (they haven't really evolved). I'm not loyal to anyone.

I have a blog myself: As you do, I don't end up a blog when I think I have conquered an objective, but I do work by objectives, I change from time to time and take moments of break (sometimes for months, as it has just happened). I think breaks are good to clarify your purposes and to see things in perspective, found out what you really want to comunicate.

At the same time, I concived blogging (even fashion blogging) as keeping your own diary or scrapbook of things to like, live, think and love... my way of express myself. I don't feel the responsability of fulfilling an audience with new and fascinating contents all the time, it's something for myself.

if I get people's attention or their intereaction (for a while my blog was quite active for the kind of blog I own, until I decided to stop) is great and very positive because you get orientations, criticism and another point of view.

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Being a blogger myself I'm obviously biased on this particular subject...
That being said, I loathe blogger oriented fashion/style blogs. I'm much more into mood boards than personal promotion! Freebies are cool but you lose your personal identity when you become contractually attached to some brands/stores, and then you're just another cute blogger with great clothes but limited (expressible) opinion. History repeats itself, this time not with magazines but with blogs. "Advertisers" ruin everything!

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