Blogging is a rather odd hobby and a foreign concept to some people. Let's be honest here. It IS a strange phenomenon which has spread to all corners of the earth faster than the current virulent epidemic, thanks to a colder than usual winter. Every man, woman, kid and dog (remember Boo, the Pomeranian?) has a blog. Calling yourself a blogger gets you the same response as announcing to your friends that you're an Amway distributor.
It's completely narcissistic in nature. It can also make you feel depressed about your own life after seeing nubile gazelles in their jet-setting lifestyle, carrying the latest It bag with a wardrobe which probably cost the same as a hefty down payment for a house in an exclusive area. Humans are more like magpies than we realize. We're strangely drawn to beautiful things yet we detest the fact that we do. You may call it a form of escapism when for a brief moment in time, you're living a different life until the green eyed monster rears its ugly head. But it's not reality.
You see, it's a case of editing the yucky bits out of the blog and maintaining a positive and deliriously happy front. Kind of like Disney World if you know what I mean. It's a balancing act being successful in your field yet remain resolutely humble (Garance Dore and Wendy Nguyen come to mind as well as the majority of bloggers I'd featured on Pass It Forward. You know who you are ). It's uplifting and a relief to hear both successes and struggles to know that we're not alone. That it's okay to fail and pick yourself up again. A braggart may draw temporary applause but a gracious and self effacing individual earns the respect of others.
It's also a numbers game akin to the statistics I have to collect for my psychology paper in university. Let's face it. It's a popularity contest, not all too different to our experience in high school. To succeed in the blogosphere, it's important to multiply the number of followers on your blog and every social media that has ever been invented to date exponentially. Likes, comments and retweets are the currency to measure the amount of love you're getting from the cyberworld. The posts that get plenty of hits would be "how to get more traffic to your blog".
Despite my incoherent whinging, blogging has exposed me to a community of like-minded and inspirational women that I never would have the opportunity to meet otherwise. The friendship alone nullify any drawbacks to blogging. Reading YOUR blogs has opened my eyes to a whole new world (cue music from Aladdin) whether it's fashion, ideas or life.
What are your highs and lows, blogging wise?