Life, Writing

When blogging just isn’t enough anymore

These days it’s not good enough for us bloggers to merely write about our lives. No it seems we need be experts on whichever topic we write about, we need to be able to take Steve McCurry calibre photographs, cooking tutorials that would put Gordon Ramsay to shame, create Pinterest worthy DIY projects and products (all available for sale on Etsy of course) and have a decent Twitter and Facebook following.

Can I not just write for the sake of writing? Or for the pure enjoyment it brings me, to be able to share my thoughts and maybe just maybe connect with one like-minded soul who can relate to what I am going through. There seems to be more pressure on bloggers, all competing for more views, shares, likes and followers. We can’t just be a fashion blogger, We need to be able score free clothes and front row seats at Paris fashion week. Yes, dahlings, I’m sitting next to Anna Wintour this season, didn’t you know? We can’t just be a travel blogger, we need to be able to have all our trips sponsored by hotels or tour companies and give them all glowing reviews. All the while telling our readers how, when and why they must travel to said destination.

If that wasn’t enough we also need to entice our readers with monthly newsletters and promote our self-published upcoming e-book. Blogging is no longer merely about self-expression and sharing. It has evolved into a commercialised and capitalistic beast. Are our words, thoughts and opinions no longer our own? I wonder when I will fall victim to this trend or maybe I already have. But wait let me get back to working on my e-book, hopefully it will be available for sale by the end of this year.

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Photography, Writing

I sooooo wanna be freshly pressed

and if you think this is a blatant and shameless attempt for WordPress to find me well then you are most likely correct. So for those not in-the-know getting freshly pressed is like winning the blogger lottery. Todays stats at this point in time is: The best of 454,352 bloggers, 912,843 new posts, 1,420,249 comments, & 198,873,981 words posted today on WordPress.com and on average only 10 posts are selected daily to be featured on the WordPress home page. I mean what blogger doesn’t love more traffic or subscribers?

I love reading the freshly pressed posts everyday and I usually have the following responses upon reading them:

1) OMG! This blog is so awesome, this blogger has managed to move me with an image or a few words. I wanna be just like them. I’ll subscribe immediately so that I can get a daily dose of this awesomeness. This is way better than getting piggyback ride up a mountain by Edward Cullen to see him sparkle.

2) Why didn’t I think about this first? In fact I did think of this first but I just never got around to publishing my draft. I wonder if I can sue? Intellectual property theft is really not cool people. Unless maybe this is my twin and we’ve been seperated at birth.

3) Seriously? This gets to be freshly pressed? A monkey with a typewriter could have written a better post. My stuff is way better than this so why don’t I ever get freshly pressed. What exactly is the criteria here?

Oh let me throw in some photos to seal the deal. Only 3 types of pictures makes it onto Freshly Pressed anyway: Food pics, nature pics and travel pics.

Home made sushi

La sagrada familia - passion facade

 

 

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fashion, Life, travel

Pop Ya Collar – Interview with La Muse

Oh, for the love of Blog!

You’ll notice on my blogroll that I have a link to Pop Ya Collar and as any habitual bloggee or blogger knows there are just certain blogs that you find you must read daily. This one happens to be one of the first blogs I started reading as well as being the inspiration for my own.  La Muse is all about keeping us abreast with urban street fashion as well current and past trends. When she is not busy blogging she is working for one of SA’s biggest fashion retailers as the ladieswear denim buyer and recently had the opportunity to interview Bryanboy when he was visiting Cape Town. The lovely thing about this inspirational blogger is that she works one floor up from me. And despite me gushing like a Bieber fan on Prozac La Muse agreed that I could interview her.

1. How and when did you start blogging and why do you call yourself La Muse?

I started blogging 2 years ago, and I called myself La Muse for fun. My boyfriend (now fiancé) used to call me The Muse on his blog 2oceansvibe so it kind of stuck.

2. It seems you do a lot of research before you post anything? How do you find the time to post everyday?

I am addicted to blogging. I am passionate about it so writing every night after work is no bother to me at all.

3. How do you think you differentiate yourself from other fashion bloggers?

I try to have original content where ever possible.

4. Does fashion blogging bring you any other career opportunities?

Yes, if you have many readers and you get your name out there other opportunities do come.

5. What has been your greatest achievement?

I have 15 000 unique readers a month and for me that is a big achievement.

6. What motivates/inspires you?

Everything inspires me, I have my camera with me all the time as every passing moment could bring about a chance to capture something inspiring and that you want to write about, especially when it comes to fashion. If I see a pair of shoes someone is wearing I take a photograph.

7. You went from lingerie buyer to jeanswear buyer, was it a big adjustment for you?

Yes, in the beginning I had no knowledge of denim so I had to start from scratch. I have spent a lot of time with suppliers and technologists , I am still learning every day and enjoying every minute of it.

8. What do you love/hate most about your job?

Being around creative people all day! Hate that I cannot blog all the time.

9. Describe your personal style.

My style has changed over the years, I use to be very fashion forward, always wearing the must have item, but now I tend to buy more timeless items with a few very trendy things in-between.

10. Any must haves or recent splurges?

Anything orange – Loving all things orange at the moment.

11. You travel a lot, what’s your favourite country to shop in? Would you want to settle down there?

I love France ! We go to the South of France every year and I love shopping at the vintage and antique markets!

12. What 5 staple pieces should every girl have in her wardrobe?

A kaftan, moccasins, Haviannas flip-flops, panama hat and something from Chanel.

13. Favourite store/designer or fashion icon?

I love the store Cos overseas and I also love Afraid Of Mice in Town – Vintage store selling second-hand brands like Chanel and Marc Jacobs. Fashion Icon would be Audrey Hepburn.

14. What’s in your handbag right now and what do you never leave home without?

I don’t leave home without camera, iPhone and iPad.

15. What’s your goals for the future, you have achieved so much already?

I would like to have my own clothing line one day.

16. What other passions do you have other than fashion?

I love painting fashion Illustrations.

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Life

Rookie mistake

As I’m all new to the world of blogging I think I made a rookie mistake. I started blogging like crazy, 3, 4 posts a day. What was I thinking? Have I never heard of quality over quantity?

But I feel like I have so much to say so. And whoever I am subjecting to the mundane drab of my life I apologise profusely. I promise I’ll get better, please be patient.

However I do hope you are enjoying it and finding it entertaining and informative enough.

Ok, now let me be cos  I’ve still got 3 posts I need to publish.

XOXO

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