Wednesday, 3 December 2014

My Experience with Fashion Blogging

Journalism has been an interest of mine ever since I noticed I excelled in subjects such as English and Media at school. I even studied them in my A-Levels. For a long time, I have been set on become a journalist; but as I grow older and learn more about the industry, doubts begin to set in. The same goes for the fashion industry. This is something I have admire from being very young as my mother is a designer. Her incredible knowledge and experience in textiles only fuels my interest and by the age of 9 I was designing my own range of clothing. However, I soon realised I don't like sewing at all and focused on other jobs I could find. Within the fashion industry, there are so many different areas to work in, and all take dedication, and balls.
It's a hard-shelled, cut-throat market, and very competitive. Which could be said for any field of work really. I have watched fashion-based programmes and read my fair share of magazines religiously trying to figure out exactly what I want to do. Until I came across blogging. My first fashion blog was called Mannequin Mode and I was obsessed. I wrote about the latest trends and my style icons, posting every single day. After outgrowing 'MM' I moved onto Anika May. At first, this was a hobby, I could still talk about my favourite industry and follow the highest in fashion while learning along the way. But my experience has taught me that fashion blogger takes solid dedication, and a big closet. I have the dedication down, motivation comes very easily to me as I can be inspired by my surroundings. But I began to compare the clothes I did own to well-known bloggers who were already established and worked with impressive brands. So I worked harder.
Eventually, my blog following began to grow - and that was all that mattered to me. I realised I was blogging competitively instead of as a hobby and Anika May was no longer my little corner of the internet. I stopped expressing myself creatively and rather just tried to keep up with everyone else. Reading and writing are my first loves and I want to continue to develop my journalistic skills to one day become successful, to my own standard.

Learning not to compare yourself with other is difficult, and it's something I still stop myself from doing. Yet, I think it's something you must learn to do yourself to then master the skills.

1 comment:

  1. The biggest problem in the blogging comunity is comparisom. Everyone compares themselves to someone else, and it's so hard to reward your success as much as you should even if it's not as big as someone else's success! x

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