Killing the Blog: Fashion Instagrammers

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]logging isn’t the same as it used to be.

That’s a double-edged observation, especially coming from someone in their ninth year of blogging. I’m actually surprised this blog made it into 2015, to tell you the truth. I’ve been sort of not-so-into it for a couple of years now, as the three of you left reading this blog must know. Some days it feels like just too much effort compared to Instagram, which is definitely my favorite place to lurk and share.

Blogging, for many years, was the preferred channel for inspiration, whether you were into fashion, beauty, or home decor. As the blogosphere matured, however, new channels for creativity and social interaction emerged. Facebook was there practically from the beginning, and some bloggers learned to leverage it quite successfully as an blog adjunct. When Twitter ramped up, it made sense for bloggers; it was a channel to promote new posts and a place to chat in real time. Pinterest became the new, more user-friendly Tumblr, but nothing really put a dent in blogging (and blog engagement) until Instagram dropped in 2010.

I’m not going to bother quoting stats here, because we all know Instagram was a major game-changer, and a quick Google will reveal a plethora of articles and numbers to support this theory. But why? Well, in the beginning, it was pretty simple: A fashion blogger’s currency is a great outfit shot. Instagram made it insanely easy to share gorgeous photos, without the expense of a DSLR and the hassle of serious photo editing. It was free and still is, and it capitalized on the fact that we have become a society with a smart phone literally in hand, up to 10 hours a day.

That number is no exaggeration. According to the recently published, You Won’t Believe How Many Hours You Spend on Your Phone Each Day:

“…researchers at Baylor University polled 164 college students on their cellphone habits. They found that the women spent 10 hours on their phones per day, men spent eight, and 60 percent of the whole lot admitted to being addicted to their devices (getting agitated when their phones weren’t in sight, etc)…And—get this—researchers found that Pinterest and Instagram are among the most addictive activities.”

Fashion and lifestyle bloggers clearly like sharing and trolling pretty pictures on their phones. That fact was not lost on Amber Venz Box and Baxter Box, founders of RewardStyle, the smashingly successful content monetization platform that enables publishers to earn commission on products featured on their blogs. Eventually the Boxes took RewardStyle mobile, making it possible for fashion bloggers to monetize Instagram posts using LIKEtoKNOW.it, and the rest is history.

Since 2012, Instagram has become a micro-blogging powerhouse. Really. Where else can you share images and video with no character limits, enjoy hashtag cross-pollination, engage through commenting, re-share posts, and make money off featured products…on a free platform with very few issues, that’s always within reach? Instagram isn’t just a game-changer. It is brilliant.

Enter the New Social Media Persona: The Fashion Instagrammer

As Instagram has matured these last few years, a new social media persona has developed: The Fashion Instagrammer. These ladies (and gents) clearly got the “micro-blogging” memo…they have no website (or hosting and domain fees) to accompany their Instagram accounts. All their drool-worthy outfits, accessories, flat lays, and travel adventures are delivered exclusively via Instagram, often in conjunction with LIKEtoKNOW.it, but not always…which is a key point, I think. Overuse of LIKEtoKNOW.it is extremely irritating, but that’s another blog post.

That aside, Fashion Instagrammers are seriously giving me pause. I wonder, more often than ever, why I continue to blog here. Why even have a web-based blog? I know I’m not the only one of our circa 2010 circle that’s wondering what the point is anymore. There are lots of you who haven’t folded, but also haven’t posted. Why?

That said, if you’re wondering why you should have anything other than an Instagram account, check out a few of my favorite Fashion Instagrammers. Take a look and you might just be converted…

@mjsicilia

Instagram: @mjsicilia
Instagram: @mjsicilia
Instagram: @mjsicilia
Instagram: @mjsicilia

 

@style_by_aggie

Instagram: @style_by_aggie
Instagram: @style_by_aggie
Instagram: @style_by_aggie
Instagram: @style_by_aggie

 

@bycamelia

Instagram: @bycamelia
Instagram: @bycamelia

 

Instagram: @bycamelia
Instagram: @bycamelia

 

What do you think? Kill the blog? Go to Insta? Have you done it? And what are your thoughts on using LIKEtoKNOW.it?

35 comments

  1. I too have been blogging for a long time. Since 2009 to be exact. I have gone through many stages and changes with my blog. I stopped blogging for a while thinking no one really cares to read anymore. And I still think that is true to a certain extent, however I like writing! I also found reward style which helps me make a little bit of money here and there. I do the liketoknowit posts occasionally on Instagram however I don’t think the app has been working properly for me lately. I am on Instagram, FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr. It’s hard to know which one actually works for me the most. I would say unfortunately Facebook is where most of my fans originated from, but I am starting to hate how FB filters everything now. Half my original fans don’t even see what I post, so therefore, they are more than likely no longer my fans…. I do like Instagram, but my blog is where I feel like my true personality really comes through. Will I continue to write? You bet. I think we all need to continue to write and utilize our blogs before it becomes a lost art! We can’t let that happen! BTW, I love your blog and recently posted it on my blog as one of my “blogs that I read daily.” It is up to us to keep this blogging community alive!

    1. Hi Laura, thanks for your comment and for your support! I do kind of feel like we need to keep the written word alive. It’s nice to read posts that aren’t always centered around what we’re wearing.

  2. I just started blogging a couple of years ago. As much as I love social media (including Instagram), I hope it doesn’t make blogging completely obsolete! I plan on blogging for as long as possible. As Laura said, it’s up to us to keep the “blogosphere” alive. 🙂 I’ve decided to not post as many blog photos on my IG (or at least, not as many straight outfit posts) just so it feels different from my blog. As far as LIKEtoKNOW.it, you couldn’t pay me to sign up for the service because I know the blogger receives affiliate income from those who click those links and they are never upfront about it! They always just say to like the post to receive the links to the products in their (the reader’s) inbox…which is true, but it’s not disclosing everything.

    xo Kimi

    1. Thanks for chiming in here, Kim. I admire you for even starting a blog as recently as a couple years ago…it seems so daunting and competitive out there now. Good for you for keepin’ on!

  3. Oh Vahni, girl, have you ever hit it on the head. I am still blogging, I haven’t folded, but I do think that people just want to look at pretty pictures on Instagram. Meanwhile, I want to write and I still enjoy reading blogs. The picture isn’t enough for me and it never will be! What an excellent post, with so many good points. You are still (and always will be) one of the best writers out there my dear! XO, Jill

    1. Oh, Jill, thank you! Every once in a while (as I mentioned in this post) I wonder why I even continue with G&G. But it’s for comments like this! I love when we have a connection, when we can discuss topics and get engaged beyond “You look fabulous!”

      I hope you are well and staying warm!

  4. Hey V!

    Very, very interesting observation!

    Got around to checking in and read your post. Well, if you have any updates to building a better blog (for those sticking left around with the platform) I’d add – factor in cost for CloudProxy Firewall and malware security monitoring to the list. Both my sites were taken down in a large scale hack which is becoming more and more common. I’m going to lose my blog- blog – sad-ish as I was getting decent sponsorship offers rolling in and got a big link-back & namecheck from an airline for the travel stuff but decided to salvage my professional site only, and have the fun travel/outfits/hair etc. just through Instagram. In fact, like you mentioned in an way earlier post, I’ve barely checked into Facebook, Pinterest since. Tumbler? Too much effort. Zzzz.

    I think in the last five years, whereas once independent fashion on the web was somewhat of a revelation, with so many players and platforms, now it’s become so utterly homogenized – irrespective of where it’s posted. It’s the reign of the basic bitch, sponsored by sea-punk hair, floppy hats, Forever 21, Zara, boho chic, lip-arse injections, tired tatts, brought to you by Instagram. Same with blogs. Unless they have something to say. A strong, personal editorial etc. to accompany…

    Only and only then do I check in to read.

    Like, how many pictures depicting “street style” as ( yet another!) mid-length skirt paired with a fey sweatshirt on some chick fake-rushing across a Paris street with Carrie Bradshaw heels, whilst trotting out some tired retro notion, or bleh-big sunglasses still qualify as actual “fashion”? Seen it. Nothing original. It’s been all the same the last 4-6 years…

    How many blogs and IG’s out there really make me sit up and take notice? Frankly, next to none. So completely watered down. All sameness. Whether it’s a proliferation of long or extended hair, buff bods ad nauseam, another generic Anthropologie-infused outfit post in the golden hour? I’m losing interest. Ne, lost interest. And don’t even get me started on those nausea inducing, banal inspo-quotes. Spare us all. Please.

    Having researched for a published an article on “famous” IG’s last year I have also come to some major conclusions. The vast majority of fashion bloggers and even average people are purchasing influence and use other people’s images to inflate their profile. (Hell, the average, un-famous user with more than 2500+ , is.)

    For the article, I monitored a local fashionista for the piece who went from 546 to 23K followers in three months with no more than 50 interactions on any given mostly-reblogged pic. (Oh, yes, you can buy likes too!) Also monitored another IG’r who had genuinely witty, fun posts who grew his influence organically and he had around 1000 followers but over 100 interactions per post. It’s so manipulated. And so easily. Everyone wants to be followed, no one wants to be a follower. So how do all these average folks maintain 5000-15000 followers and follow only 500 back. Well, Fivvr of cour$e. The math doesn’t lie. Plus looking at all the so-called “followers” of popular IG accounts that are locked behind privacy, one to ten followers, one or two photos, etc. it’s easy to know the score.

    The best blogs I still actually read are those that are brazen, from the heart, and have a good literary accompaniment to whatever their photographical presentation may offer to add context. Fashion used to jolt you awake on the street, surprise you when you least expected it, make you want to interact with some one, or to get you thinking about the juxtaposition of items they have paired together, want to know a bit about the wear-er. I have very few moments like this anymore. Looks all the same.

    It’s easy to see why in this brave new world where you can buy a pair of fake Louboutins on Amazon, used Louboutins on Ebay, make your own Louboutins on Etsy, or real Louboutins at Barney’s, – and share it all the same. Leveraged for the masses. Unexciting.

    I know, V, you are no fan of Karl-isms but the man nailed it when he said trendy is the last stage before tacky. We are in a sea of tacky-trendy right now.

    I wonder where will it go from here?

    1. Di, you know how I feel about this comment, per my email to you. I always love your comments! And you really nailed what so many of us are feeling about blogging at the moment. I do want to circle back to the article you mentioned, though. I think others will find it so telling. To be continued…

  5. I’m into my 6th year of blogging and I grew bored three years ago. As new websites come along blogging becomes less and less interesting, more and more tiring and too much of a workload.

    If you don’t blog for business is there any point to it any more? I don’t have much to blog about, but if my life was more active I probably would. Constantly trying to come up with ideas you haven’t done, pictures to take or make, new templates and freshening up the website is all too much sometimes.

    I decided to come back this year (only this week after a two month break) and only blog three times a week on my style blog and once a week on my author blog, doing a weekly wrap up. I’m not sure whether I’ll continue next year, I take each year as it comes and it depends on how tired I get. I was sick for ten xmas/new years in a row and that bad luck was finally broken this year as I didn’t get sick. We wear ourselves out during the year blogging and finding things to blog about that by Nov/Dec we’re stuffed which is why I’ve taken Dec/Jan off for the last two xmases.

    Unfortunately, having a business where I make and sell jewellery and write and sell books I need some sort of website for people to land on. So at sometime they will stop being blogs and just be websites.

    I do prefer Instagram and Facebook for instant updates but don’t live on them as I find social media tiring in general. I always have the weekend off and take long weekend public holidays off to rest or make jewellery or do other things.

    And yes, I do still follow you, but like everyone else, only comment on posts where I can relate or know something about. So don’t fear, some of us are still here or on FB.

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here, Ms. Jewel, and for your continued support. I suppose this post kind of proves that we all want/need blogs that offer more than OOTD posts, right? It’s nice to engage a little more deeply sometimes.

      As for continuing your blog, my approach has always been to post when I want. I’m not sure how you even manage more than one blog, so hats off to you!

      1. Well I started my author blog first in 2009 but back then it was more a place to let rip about anything and everything so I could swear and insult anyone and everyone. Over the years I’ve toned it down a bit as my books became published but even then I could barely come up with new things to talk about. This year, I do a weekly wrap up on Fridays and so far it’s been great. A paragraph or two about different subjects, tv shows, news, movies etc and I have a post.

        My jewellery blog started seven months after my author blog and was sadly neglected for so long I only did a post or two every month, if that. After a couple of years I refreshed the template and logos and posted twice a week, showing off my own personal jewellery collection to show that I could make it and what I sold was well made.

        After a could of years it got another refresh and another logo and I made it more about my style. Sure I post clothes and jewels I buy or make, as well as everything else, like you would on a normal blog (which is how blogs were when I started). There was no sponsored posts back then that I knew of and I certainly hadn’t heard of big name style sites or foodie blogs. Back then it was pure blog what you like when you like but times have changed so much it’s a shame, but evolution I guess.

        As I have to sides to me and two businesses to run I get to keep the two sides separate and that helps. Having scheduled topics for scheduled days helps too.

  6. First of all, let me say, I TOTALLY agree with D above. She perfectly nailed my sentiments! One of the things that first drew me to fashion blogging was the “real”ness of it. The every girl quality. The first blog I followed was What I wore and I loved how she showed how to take what’s in your closet and make it unique. And then I started seeing the C/O. I didn’t even know what that was! But after seeing every post with at least two courtesy-ed items, I couldn’t help but feel it was losing it’s relateability. Ditto to the product reviews. I have yet to read ANY negative product review. So those hold no credibility to me either. Now, it’s at the affiliate link level of blogging and so many blogs feel like no more than an ad to me. And in December, I’m not looking at ANY blogs because all the “gift guides” are just too much.

    I have LOVED IG for quite a while now, and it feels like it is slowly going the way of blogging. So many IGs are saturated with hashtags, ads and the like to know it. It doesn’t feel as sincere any more. There seems to be a mad scramble for instafame. And Twitter had me disgusted with people following me and then unfollowing just so I’d politely follow back. I finally just deleted my twitter account.

    This may be the year I quit fashion blogging completely. I haven’t blogged in at least a couple of months. My father passed away in early December, my youngest son will graduate high school in June and I’m going to have an empty nest for the first time in 24 years. To say it’s been (and is) emotional is an understatement. Do I really want to spend time on something that no longer feels enriching? That is no longer the creative outlet that it once was? Not taking pictures of myself for the first time in 4 years has actually renewed my love of style! I no longer think about what would photograph well or if the outfit is interesting enough. I jumped the shark WAY too many times on my blog!!

    Last but not least, there are so few blogs or IGs any more who really have something new or interesting to say. It’s style, not rocket science but there is only so much that it can be dissected. If I DO keep my blog, it will be more writing based. The days of self photography are dead for me!
    Vahni, great post! Thought provoking and well written and the comments are just as fun to read as your post! I love that!!

    Serene

    1. Hi sweet lady! Thanks for sharing your thoughts here, and for your kind words. I agree…unfortunately IG is going the way of blogging with the affiliate links. The problem is that some bloggers blog for a living, and they kind of feel like they have to. The ironic thing, as you mentioned, is that the very content they are pushing to try to keep their blogs afloat and generate revenue is the kind of content that’s making them boring and causes followers to bail. I think it comes down to two types of blog consumers: Readers who want real engagement, and readers who really just want to know where to buy that stuff so they can try to look just like you. We know which camp we’re in!

      Asa always, thanks for your readership and support!

    2. Hey Serene,

      I have to say, I cruised over to your latest post. “All roads lead to size 10/12” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      Thats GOLD. So there right now, myself!

      Cheers, D

  7. Such an awesome blog post. This is something that I never really could put my finger on or recognize as an issue until you wrote it so beautifully. I still love reading blogs (I’m one of your three), but blogging has changed SO much. I still have a links page on my blog (so 2012 right?). I’ve been blogging since 2009 but really felt I just hit my stride in 2010/2011 when I started blogging about thrifting and shopping second hand first. I started out blogging on a very regular schedule (three times a week), but am starting to feel that I really just want to blog when I have good content and things to share, not just to keep on a schedule. I read several blogs that do that (yours included) and I don’t read or follow you any less because you aren’t regimented. In fact, I probably enjoy reading the posts more. I have definitely noticed an uptick in liketoknowit and it strikes me just like many of the “c/o” posts do, very unreal, just a ploy to get more money and just comes across as insincere. Can’t we just post things now to post them? Not to be sponsored or to get something?

    1. Hi Sydney! Hey, thanks for being one of my “three”! I do appreciate it.

      Thanks also for your comment. I wholeheartedly agree that the constant c/o and affiliate links are off-putting. When every post is like that it’s just one big marketing push, and it definitely doesn’t feel very genuine.

      And I love this: “Can’t we just post things now to post them? Not to be sponsored or to get something?”

      EXACTLY!

  8. I’ve enjoyed reading this post and all the comments. I still follow your blog, as I like hearing your thoughts on things.

    I too have noticed the shrinking audience/readership engagement on blogs largely due to Instagram, and it does beg the question of “why continue to blog when it seems no one is reading them anymore?” I ask myself often, but after years of blogging it’s definitely a difficult decision, deciding when and how to hang it up.

    In addition to Instagram, I think a variety of things have attributed to the decline of blogging. Paid reviews/ads/affiliate links/sponsorships/ambassadorships equaled a lost of genuineness in the eyes of many (I don’t think micro-bloggers are beyond this). Then there’s getting older and experiencing big life changes (careers/mortgages/kids/caring for elderly parents and loved ones) which no longer afford people the time/effort they had a few years ago to blog, and read & respond to blogs.
    And, Instagram certainly changed things. Everyone has a platform now.

    The key reason I keep & run a (self-hosted) blog is ownership, control, and the knowledge that I’ve built something from nothing and shared it with the world. Sure I “own” the pictures I take and post to Instagram, but Instagram is not mine. What happens if the owners of Instagram decide to close their site – not likely, but possible – or if they start charging for picture views? We’ve seen this over the years with the discontinuance of Google Reader, when Facebook changed it’s feed viewing algorithms and started charging users to boost post views, etc.

    I don’t know. I guess Instagram as a sole posting platform makes sense if you’re only posting for fun and/or don’t care about the potential for loss, or costs.

    I’ve never heard of LIKEtoKNOW.it. Then again, I don’t follow many fashion bloggers on Instagram.

    1. Hi Christina Marie, thanks for your support and comment! I do appreciate both. You actually mentioned something I never really thought about: That all those photos I think I can refer to at any point in the future on Instagram could actually be held for ransom, if you will. I seriously doubt it would happen, but it could. Valid point.

      You are right about another thing, and probably the reason why I do keep blogging: control. It’s nice to have a place that is all yours, and you control every aspect of it. 😉

  9. First of all it’s great to see a new post from you. I’m in a weird place with blogging. I started out way back in 2010 so it’s been 5 years now. My blog last year got put on ice temporarily as I updated (still am) my website. I think I got sucked into the blogosphere and forgot my initial goals when I first set out.

    I totally agree with one of the comments above, D I think it was, blogging as almost got to the point of being tacky. I’ll provide an example to illustrate. When I first stumbled upon the infamous Man Repeller blog I hated it, I just couldn’t stand her tone. Fast forward a year and a bit and now I I find her refreshing. So what changed?

    I find a lot of blogs are just after whatever they can get for free. Many started out as fashion blogs and have now switched to lifestyle because it means more events, more reviews and more freebies. I feel like many blogs are one advertisement after the next. No one’s actually saying anything interesting anymore. Now when I go back and check a blog like Man Repeller amongst the sea of mundane blogs pushing reviews and sponsored stuff at me it stands out it’s something different.

    I think bloggers have almost killed blogging in the traditional sense. I kind of feel you on the different mediums. YouTube is big, though not as accessible as something like Instagram. Which I love, I feel you’ve described the benefits of it perfectly. My time line is pretty cool, that could change if brands start demanding Instagram photos in addition to their blog content in the future.

    1. Hey Arash, thanks! We have both been around the blogging block a few times…I know we’re on the same page. And I totally agree with the Man Repeller example. It IS something different, because it’s about more than just pretty pictures and freebies. It’s a blog I’ve always liked, but don’t read regularly, though I don’t know why.

      Maybe it’s time for us to start a back-to-basics blog revolution!

      And as always, thanks for sharing your thoughts and being one of my loyal supporters. 🙂

    2. Hey Arash,

      Oh, my. The whole sponsored post thing went from the initial excitement of receiving free products in the mail and feeling like it was Christmas when I first started, to straight up… “Are you kidding me?! No, thanks!” when I was contacted to blog about the virtues of a rough heel sloughing contraption. That is where the end of the line came for me. That, and being asked to blog about two action films with a coy suggestion that I label my post “date night!” There were some really good offers I availed myself of, but mostly a growing slew of ludicrous suggestions. 😛

      Cheers, D

  10. will be blogging for 7 years this June. When I started out I didn’t have a clue about famous blogs/bloggers etc. For some strange reason I didn’t search to find other bloggers out there until 2011!! (oh yes) So in those years of ignorance I posted whenever I felt like, but since 2011 I’ve been caught up with social media, posting regularly etc. The good think is that my photos improved, the bad thing is that I still don’t have a concrete following (e.g. people to comment on my posts). I started out as fashion (commentary mainly)/travel blogger and the travel part is what drives me the most and gives me ideas and inspiration and that’s probably the reason I don’t plan to stop blogging, although I’ve been frustrated and unhappy with my blog.
    Now as for Instagram as a fashion blogger I started out following only fashion/beauty bloggers. Upon my arrival in Boston back in September I stumbled upon a local Instagram “community” and I realized that there is more “out there”. There are really good photographers (with no blog on their back) taking pictures “just” for Instagram. I was mind-blown because these people are really good…since then I unfollowed some fashion bloggers and followed more photographers and it’s really good for me because I strive to become better at Instagram in terms of photography and not show off my outfit…was never good at selfies anyway!!

  11. Great post, Vahni! For me Instagram is a little refuge on the Internet, where I get to look at pretty things. I deleted my first Instagram account and built my second one with a lot of intention. I don’t do that many posts and don’t have that many followers, but I like how it looks at feels. I like that you can curate a gallery of your photos.

    Funny thing–I actually *stopped* following a lot of fashion instagrammers and bloggers. I found their photos with so much c/o items and “look at me, look at me!” attitude was depressing me. I follow mostly photographers and travel-oriented accounts now. Funny thing is, I don’t even know if most of them have blogs. If so, I don’t read them because a lot of times people pretty much say what they would say in a blog post but on IG instead.

    Just my two cents!

  12. As you probably know I stopped working on my blog over a year ago. I still maintain it, but I just completely lost interest in posting. Part of it was that I realized that for all the time and effort I put into it, I just couldn’t make much money. And your totally right, if I want to share an image or thought it’s so much easier to do with Instagram. Every so often I think about starting up again, but unless I have A LOT of time on my hands, I don’t think I will.

    I’m following your suggestions on instagram! They look like fun.

    Heather

  13. Well, I guess I’m the exception as i started my blog in 2012 and it has been hugely successful and still growing. While my instagram is growing very, very slowly my blog has grown immensely and making me good money too. I still think it’s wise to direct people to a blog as it’s much easier to monetize. Don’t forget about mobile either. People still search for all kinds of questions on their phones and if you can answer those questions they will land on your blog. I don’t see that changing any time soon… (I hope not!)

    1. Hi Sylvia, thanks for your comment! So encouraging to hear that your blog has grown, and is a good revenue-generator too. I agree that people searching via mobile is a great way to get them to your blog, where a more elaborate answer or example awaits. That definitely can’t be achieved on Instagram.

  14. Hey V,

    Great post, also I love your blog. This is my first comment but I’ll try to do it more often.

    I was very excited about liketoknowit at first but then it became a bit annoying seeing all these bloggers asking you to sign up in order to get the name of the brands they wear. I believe blogging should be firstly to engage with your readers and be helpful and after that to look for ways to make money. If a fashion blog doesn’t say what they wear what is the point of it?

    When I was going thorugh instagram I spotted this @stylrcom account and they mention where is the outfit from and who wears it, it’s also from non bloggers too but really nice images and outfits

    Best,
    Lora

    1. Hi Lora, thanks for your comment! I do think LTK is kind of a blessing and a curse. But apparently, it’s working for a lot of bloggers, and I guess their readers don’t have a problem with it. I’d like to see a little more of a mix between the plain editorial and the affiliate link-laden posts, but to each their own!

  15. Well, you know I haven’t seen you since my former Belk days, but 4 years later and here I am, still reading your blog! I hope you don’t give it up… I love reading your posts. I hear your voice in them, and you just don’t get that with pictures (as much as I love Instagram too.) Plus, every now and then, when I’m wondering how to handle something blog-related, such as monetizing or advertising or finding pictures that you can legally use for free, I come over to G&G, and I’m usually able to find the answer somewhere here. Your “build a better blog” section has helped me countless times with the sites I’ve built. So, even if you don’t use this space for fashion-related stuff, you can definitely still use it to write about other topics where photos might not be as relevant or helpful! If you ever do discontinue this blog, you should put that content somewhere – publish an e-book or create a mini training course for people who don’t know the ins and outs of fashion blogging and sell it for a little extra cash. Definitely don’t let this site go to waste – there’s a ton of awesome content on here, and you never know who’s reading! 🙂

    1. Hi Selwa, thanks for your sweet comment! Hope you and your little one are well. Glad that after all these years, someone still finds my blog helpful! I’ve kind of lost my desire to cover personal style and get the camera out, but knowing I still have devoted readers certainly keeps me coming back. Thanks again!

  16. I used to have a blog, and I was never good at keeping up with it, but I enjoyed reading blogs until Google Reader was discontinued. I never could find a blog reader that I liked, so I just stopped reading blogs.

    I love IG for quick inspiration, and I absolutely love PInterest, but when I am learning something new, or want to dig deeper, I still google topics and enjoy reading articles. I love watching youtube videos, but I find that many Vlogs just go on and on, and I just don’t have time for a 20 minute video.

    I believe that talented writers who are adept at generating relevant content will continue to maintain blogs. IG will never be able to replace that.

    1. Hi Vera, thanks for your comment. I wholeheartedly agree that a compelling storyteller/writer will always have a place in the blog world. IG is fun and fast, but very superficial in that regard.

      Have you ever tried Bloglovin’ as a blog reader? I love it. It’s the only one I’ve ever used, and it’s great. It also aggregates popular blog posts by category, which I find very helpful for discovering new blogs and pinnable content. Should you decide to try out it, you can start by following G&G here: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/grit-glamour-1191017

      😉

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