A few days ago, I shared part of my motivation behind redesigning my blog, and how I did it. This is about the ethics of the redesigning process.
I'm not gonna lie, I dream of being rich and famous and well liked and useful to society in the future, but I never want to forget to do what I love in order to achieve that goal. And looking at my old blog design, it was obviously trying too hard. I was trying too hard. There was not, nor is there now, any need to advertise my "credentials" on my blog. So what if I wrote for this company or submitted to that magazine? This site is my own personal corner of the blogosphere, and this is all I really want people to see.
The amount of effort I was putting into building a list of fashion related things began to detract from the amount of time I spent thinking up original content, or observing my surroundings and other websites for inspiration, and it took away from the amount of time I spent on schoolwork, which is extremely important.
I decided to take a few hours to reflect on what I wanted to get out of having a blog in the first place. I am someone who loves color, loves making people just a tiny bit happier, and loves being seen. And I don't think there was a better way to connect all three of those traits other than fashion. It wasn't conscious, but clothing was the easiest way for me to make art without having to pick up paints and brushes and the like (plus, I'm not very good at art).
I wanted this blog to show as many people as I could reach who I was, and maybe bring a smile to their faces for a short amount of time before they continued on with their lives. I don't necessarily want this blog to turn into a self-promotion company and miss out on the joy and the fun of it.
I really just want to be respected in whatever field I go into, fashion or otherwise. I don't want my readers to be put off by the advertisements or badges or anything else. I want the plainness and cleanness of the blog to draw attention to the content, and from there, que será, será.
No, I don't want to be like every other fashion blogger in existence, no one wants to be, but I don't think there's a better way to advertise your uniqueness other than stripping yourself, your thoughts, and your actions of all the bells and whistles. Yes, it leaves us a little bit more vulnerable, but I think it's worth it.
For me, the point isn't gaining a following, and it isn't necessarily about becoming popular. It's about having fun doing something I love, sharing it with the world, and learning enough to eventually land me a respectable job in this industry.
Doing anything else would feel...wrong.