An Open Letter to Blogging

I wanted to a do a weekend recap for today’s post – untiI realized it would consist of fake moments that looked curated to perfection. The truth is (as is with other bloggers): real life can sometimes be boring, or unexciting – just stagnant. And it seems that although as readers we claim to cling onto “real life” posts, sometimes the truth is just boring. And I wouldn’t lie to you guys. 

I guess that’s the thing with being a blogger – sometimes you can take inspiration from your life and other times you can’t. But it feels like lately people are making up lives that don’t exist, crafting amazing moments on Instagram, and putting reality aside in favor of perfect aesthetics. 

Something both Laura and I have noticed recently in the blog world is the lack of unique content. Everyone has a true voice – I’m not claiming that I’ve seen anyone write in a style that’s not their own. Simply put, I’m calling attention to the circulation of the same topics on every blog. I can’t say that my blog is an exception – that would be highly hypocritical. I just mean to present the problem and see if anyone else agrees with the idea that all of the content is highly saturated. 

Call it the College Prepster syndrome, if you will. Carly Heitlinger runs the blog of all blogs – most of us teen bloggers aspire to be her and hope that our blogs can attain even just 1/4 of the success that her blog has. In our desire to emulate her and learn from her success, we’ve all fallen into a bit of the same pattern. That’s not to say that there aren’t bursts of uniqueness – there are, and most blogs I read definitely publish amazing posts on a weekly basis. It is the posts we don’t concentrate as much on, the ones we neglect and simply just release into the open that fall into this “College Prepster Trap.” 

I love Carly and I don’t mean to accuse her of anything – she has definitely paved the way to make blogging a more acceptable and widely known hobby. In fact, I’m grateful for Carly – she showed me how powerful being a blogger can be. During times when people at school “ridicule” the fact that I have a blog, I think about Carly’s immense success and outreach. I just get mad when people try to be her, or think that the only way to gain success as a blogger is to copy her techniques outright.

Again, it’s not to say that just because Carly has Kate Spade and Vineyard Vines none of us can have Kate Spade or Vineyard Vines – it’s just that we have to stop making blogging seem to only fit into just one category. The world of blogging is not just about what Carly is doing or saying, it is about freedom of expression, and expressing your true thoughts.

As I said before, I know I am being a bit of a hypocrite in this post. But I had been thinking about these things and I knew I had to express it and write it down. These thoughts have increasingly pushed me towards higher creativity levels – I know that I want to put up outstanding pieces every time I hit the “publish” button. I think back to when I published The Fashion Newcomer 2.0 and I remember how incredibly motivated I was.

In that post, I wrote…

Bottom line is: I want to make an impact. I want my voice to be heard. I want to be the powerful newcomer that I am – but this time, I want to be the PERMANENT newcomer.

I may be new to the scene …. But this time I’m here to stay. It’s not going to be easy, but I’m going to push myself to complete several blogging goals I’ve contemplated for quite awhile. I don’t know how long it will take me to get where I want to be, but it’s time for reinvention!

And I completely agree with that statement again today. I am definitely a more permanent newcomer than I was then, but now I’m going to kick it up a notch and be even more motivated than I have been before.

Feel free to comment – even leave anonymous comments (if you have to leave an e-mail address, I promise I won’t share who you are with anyone). I’d love to hear people’s thoughts on this, maybe even get a debate going. I’m just curious as to what people think of the blogging world’s current evolution path!

xoxo, Jamie

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11 Responses to An Open Letter to Blogging

  1. Alexandria says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! I have seen this happening and I’ve caught myself doing it, whenever I start feeling the need to do something like Carly I have to remind myself that I’m not her, and to just take the time I need to come up with a good post!

  2. Taylor says:

    Jamie! This is a great post. I definitely agree with you that there is an over saturation of certain topics in blogs. I see some of the same types of posts, some even using similar writing formats. i guess everyone has to take the time to figure out their own unique blogging style and voice. I think mine has definitely changed since I started reading other blogs. I used to not take it so seriously, and I only kept up with a couple other blogs. But now I am constantly reading other people’s content, and I think that can affect your own writing. For many of us, sometimes it is a purposeful choice to work off of what other bloggers have done well, and sometimes it just happens that we see something so many times that we start writing in a certain way.

    I also think that seeing the same topic again can be helpful, because every blogger has her own opinion and perspective. I think the most valuable things I have learned is to not compare yourself to other bloggers and to be as authentic as possible. Great post.

    • The Fashion Newcomer says:

      Could not agree more – comparing yourself to other bloggers is so difficult and ends up compromising the content we could create on our own. I used to not read as many other blogs too and since the summer I started reading so many that it definitely impacted what I decided to post about. So glad you liked the post, thank you for commenting!!

  3. Mary says:

    Excellent points, Jamie. Honestly, this truth is what makes blogging a bit saddening for me at times. There are so many headlines concerning, for example, fashion and blogging, that get so overdone. But the fact is those are often the posts that get views, SEO recognition, and shares. Hardly of my posts are like that. I enjoy being contemplative about the world around me and tackling difficult issues as my life experiences have shaped myself to be that way. I also enjoy blogs that do this or at least do this on occasion from perspectives different from mine. It takes a great deal of digging to find these blogs or posts but once I find them, I’m basically a loyal fan because I don’t feel so alone in the blogosphere anymore. So yes, I’m glad to have found this post. I definitely resonated with it. :)

    • The Fashion Newcomer says:

      Thank you so so so much for your kind words! This comment meant so much to me. I could not agree more – sometimes there is pressure to just post about what everyone else is just to get attention, and it shouldn’t be that way! It should be about passion and writing pieces that you truly believe in, even if they are not going to be the most popular things. I absolutely love the posts on your site – they are so original and definitely keep doing what you’re doing!

  4. Stephanie says:

    I have to say I know exactly what you’re talking about! Even though I don’t keep up with Carly and her blog often, I do understand what you mean about how sometimes blogs all seem similar. I really enjoyed this post, Jamie!

    • The Fashion Newcomer says:

      Everything just blurs together sometimes! Thanks for leaving a comment, I am so glad you liked this post.

  5. Marissa says:

    Love, love, love this Jamie! You totally hit the nail right on the head because these are all such important things to remember. There’s room for all of us here — we don’t need to be a carbon copy of what we feel the image of success is.

    xo,
    Marissa
    http://www.makinitwithmarissa.com

    • The Fashion Newcomer says:

      Thanks so much Marissa! You said it perfectly – the internet is big enough for all bloggers! :)
      xoxo

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