Fashion Blogging Culture: Demanding Substance Over Style

Confession: I’ve stopped reading personal style blogs almost entirely. Not as rejection of the individual bloggers I spent years following… rather, more as a rejection of dominant fashion blogging culture, and how I kept seeing it repeated in the same derivative formula, over and over again.

Over the past few months, I’ve been thinking pretty intensely about fashion blogging. I spent a fair bit of the early winter immersed in researching the fashion industry, specifically in a Canadian context, but it lead me in all kinds of directions… questions about consumption, production, ethics, design… none of which I saw explored in the conventional fashion blogging world. I began to wonder: what has made it so that the one most popular kind of fashion blog – the personal style blog – seems to be the only kind (especially with a subject as vast and rich as fashion)? Which fashion blogs get attention, and why? How is a fashion blog/ger deemed successful, and why do countless young people strive towards that singular version of “success?”

These kinds of frustrations came to light in a slightly different incarnation last week, when I came across a few tweets sharing links to Kelly Faircloth‘s article “Fatshion Police: How Plus-Size Blogging Left Its Radical Roots Behind.” The headline itself obviously drew me in, and it is definitely worth reading (RECOMMENDATION: Read the article before you read my disjointed ramblings). Erin over at Zero Style shared it on her Facebook page, leading to thoughtful debate and discussion amongst a few of her followers, including myself. Here’s my take on some of the issues raised in the article:

As someone who spent a fair bit of time lurking on the fatshionista Livejournal communities back in 2005-2007, I think this is an incredibly important conversation to be having. How can your anger and frustrations towards the fashion industry, when you are a fashion lover, be productive? Do the end goals have to be inherently capitalist? It speaks to larger conundrums facing fashion blog culture, which inevitably seems to favour the fluffy over more substantial content. Fatshion culture in particular, as noted in Faircloth’s article, started flourishing in the form of Livejournal communities, fostering discussions and sharing of knowledge and insights and opinions and styles… but now, the vast majority of fashion blogs (fatshion or otherwise) seem to adhere to more of a “LOOK AT THE PRETTY THINGS I WEAR- THE END” like! heart!

Browse the comments on the average popular fashion blog, and no one is surprised to find that a good 75% of the comments are left by new bloggers trying to bring traffic to their (own attempts at) blogs. It’s harsh, but true – it’s even lead to some of the most popular bloggers to close comments altogether. Whatever the reason behind their choice, the overall message is that even the most succesful fashion blogs can be a one-way street: Look at me, enjoy, keep your thoughts to yourself, shop where I shop. The radical potential that the web and social media originally seemed to have opened up now look about as radical as a herd of lemmings throwing themselves off a cliff…

Screencap of comments left on a popular personal style blog. Short repetitive comments are standard, with links to their own blogs becoming the focal point.

Screencap of comments left on a popular personal style blog. Short repetitive compliments are standard, with links to their own blogs becoming the focal point.

Where did the conversations go?

Moving away from discussions and conversations between the real people behind fashion blogs and their readership is just one incarnation of the middle-of-the-road mediocrity facing fashion blogging culture. Focusing on the capitalist-consumer side of fashion – what I often refer to as “shopping blogs,” not fashion blogs -  has brought us to the point where even a passing reference to the word politics seems to strike fear in the heart of bloggers and readers. Certain goals that fatshion lovers were pushing long and hard for have been, to some extent, accomplished: more brands offer clothing in a wider variety of sizes, some designers and magazines feel more comfortable showcasing “plus-size” models, there is more visibility to a certain extent… but where does that leave former followers and members who enjoy fashion from a more political perspective? Where are the dissenting voices, the concerns over the negative impact of fast fashion, the conversations about?

I’m more perturbed by the fact that the success of a fashion blog is deemed by the amount of traffic it gets, by brand sponsorships and affiliations, by numbers of Instagram followers, as opposed to the quality of conversations, the originality and strength of the content shared! This bothers me more than the tendency of being apolitical because you’re either

  1. apathetic or
  2. fearful of ruffling feathers or
  3. not getting brand sponsors.

I understand wanting to make money from your blog. I understand the importance of acknowledging that fashion blogging is work.  I understand some of those bloggers want careers in the fashion industry as it is, unchanged, without a need for upheaval – but that isn’t showcased when you are simply reproducing the status quo in incredible unoriginal ways.

A highly decorated colourful ampersand by Kirsten McCrea (2012) Ink on Paper

& by Kirsten McCrea (2012) Ink on Paper

I also think some of the criticisms and concerns raised by Faircloth could easily overlap with those who call themselves “feminist fashion bloggers” (but maybe that’s just because I call myself one). In reality, it may be more appropriate to describe the aforementioned as “feminists who have fashion blogs” – since they never ever write criticisms of fashion culture from a feminist perspective. Does wearing a barrette with a female power symbol really make you a “feminist fashion blogger” when you don’t care about what kind of labour was involved in making your H&M sweater available for 20 bucks? It’s awesome that you volunteer at a women’s shelter and go to rallies or whatever incarnation your feminism may take, but does that make your “what I wore” personal style blog inherently political? I’m not so sure…

But I digress – there’s nothing inherently wrong with just having a “what I wore” blog, but it is a bummer that some people feel stifled by the format to the point that they feel obliged to simply go with the pack/status quo. Like Erin and many others have stated, it’s fine to be a “fat fashion blogger” and not be a particularly politicized person yourself, but don’t purport to be part of a political movement like fatshion just for the sake of saying it – it takes balls, work, and action to be critical!

Another absolutely essential point raised by Rachel Kacenjar:

I think it’s hard for any intensely personal political movement to see its offspring reap capitalist “rewards.” This is supposed to be ours- we are supposed to harness the power- and then when we hand over that power for free clothing and publicity, we lose the original oomph. We also have lost vast representation. This movement was originally very queer, multi-sized, and from my standpoint, welcoming of POC, and now it seems that the most cherished bloggers are not representative of that. They tend to be on the smaller end of plus, and if not, they are of a mainstream desired shape and size, they tend to be upper middle class, and they tend to be white or light skinned as well as mainstream feminine presenting.

I’m down for all of us getting exposure for all of our passions and I think accepting compensation in all of its forms is a choice. But I totally understand where the vision of our origins and roots are being clouded here, and how that can totally feel disappointing.

After reading that I basically looked like this:

Animated gif of Orson Welles clapping

Animated gif of Orson Welles clapping emphatically

Phew! That covers the basics… and then some.

These aren’t new ideas. These are conversations I’ve been hearing and echoing and sharing for years. In January of last year, Eline shared her thoughts with me about why more radical and critical perspectives will always be pushed to the margins in fashion blogging culture.  Jenny Zhang addressed a lot of these questions in this great interview with Chictopia in April of 2012. Danielle Meder is one of the few bloggers that tackles issues as varied as different illustration styles to insightful analysis of fashion blogging culture without seeming muddled or aimless. Isabel Sloane’s now defunct Hipster Musings struck a nerve back in 2011 with “Why Fashion Blogging smells like raw fish,” the same year as Kat George’s article on the “Un-democracy of fashion blogging.”

These conversations are happening – we just have to look for them. It all comes down to why people started their own fashion blogs in the first place, and what the creators and readers hoped to get out of them. Do we make them because we think we have original ideas and thoughts and style we want to share with people? Or because we want our wardrobes subsidized by brands we couldn’t otherwise afford on our own? Is fashion blogging culture, dominated in large part by straight (in size and sexuality) middle-class females, helping young women develop their writing and photography skills? Are we any better off because of fashion blogs?

Those dissenting voices should show you it’s not hopeless. People like Eline and Natalie who speak not only about the important role fashion plays in their lives, but are open and candid about their struggles with depression and mental illness – not to mention, how that affects their chances to be deemed fashion blog “it girls” and showered with money and career possibilities. We shouldn’t ignore that bloggers with the most press and attention also tend to live in urban centres, in North America, and fit within certain acceptable parameters of what it means to be fashionable and feminine. In the end, the more we look at it, the formula for who is “most likely to succeed” in the fashion blogging world isn’t all that different from any other industry.

2010 Hand-embroidery on cotton by Lauren Dicioccio

50$ (2010) Hand-embroidery on cotton from Lauren Dicioccio’sCurrency” Series

The last elephant in the room I want to tackle is money. “Monetization” has a category all to itself on the Independent Fashion Blogger website. Years back it was, “how do we make money from our blogs?” Today, questions like “Do we disclose?” It seems every blogger either makes money from their hobby, or wants it to seem as though they do.  Do we brag? Do we pretend it’s something we don’t care about to create a nice illusion for our readers? Or do we reject it altogether? and look for alternatives?

In the end it all seems to come down to capitalism – which, whether we want to acknowledge it or not, is a political structure. Whether we be challenging fatshion bloggers, style bloggers, or lifestyle bloggers,  it is an overarching element we can’t take out of the picture. Are we selling ourselves? Are we – dare we even say the word – sell-outs? We want to be paid for our work, but when the only option are brands and companies who pay is in the form of clothes and accessories, it seems we either do it for free or not at all. This isn’t a problem unique to fashion bloggers, though: if you want to work as a freelance blogger, good luck finding regular well-paid work (and I say that from experience).

As I finished writing out these thoughts, I stumbled across this parody of the “carefree white girl” variety of online oversharer. It reads like a comedy skit, but it really is a commercial for a brand of clothing. Even if it’s nice to look at, makes you laugh with its incisive parodying of a pervasive online embodiment of femininity… in the end, it’s selling you something.

What an appropriate note to end on.

FASHION FILM from Matthew Frost on Vimeo.

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31 responses to “Fashion Blogging Culture: Demanding Substance Over Style

  1. a. I can’t stop cheering at this.
    b. I don’t know what to say that doesn’t make me sound bitter. I want to do something about my feelings on this, but at this point, I feel like things have changed past the point of no return.

    • a. Thank you!
      b. I know what you mean, and have often debated throwing in the towel myself… but I think even just in the voices I point to here, to Natalie, Eline, Iris, Erin, Jenny, etc. – there’s hope. People need a bit of a push to think outside the box. If we redefine what fashion blogging success means, if we demand more, I think it can be done.

  2. Speak on, speak on.

    I love the theory of personal style blogs, but if the person exhibits no style then what’s the point? I want to think about fashion with people who have panache – as I learnt that word from Quincy I can’t separate it from ‘one who is mouthy about justice and fairness in various forms’.

  3. kittysdrawings

    Fantastic post. It’s cleared up to me why I’ve shied away from “popular” blogs. I read a lot of Vogue Forum Australia and there is a big thread there about new bloggers to discover. I’ve stopped reading because it regurgitates what I call “The Fashion Blogger Look” – I know it’s HIGHLY generalized but the middle-class white female that you talk about is exactly it.
    I wonder how the vintage bloggers fit into the fashion scene? I read a few big names – Vixen Vintage and Esme & the Laneway – I feel they have enough original content and originality to be inspiring, and toe the line when it comes to sponsored posts and the free things they get. But I stop reading those that used to be vintage, and all of a sudden all their clothes come from ModCloth or Anthropologie.
    I blog – and have done so for many years…have been offered a few ‘free things’ but declined because I don’t feel that anything given to me for free would really relate to the things I blog about. It’s a weird feeling to want blog hits and traffic, and love being part of the community, but then feel weird about responding to comments and engaging in a really meaningful way – even though about 90% of the people I call my friends I have met online through blogs and forums.
    Rambles aside…I think the people that want original content and something a bit left of centre are that, left of centre and always will be. Always ‘on the fringe’. Most people I think, don’t want to be challenged. The tides will change eventually, but historically, how long does it take for society’s definition of beauty to change and swing to the polar opposite?

    Does my waffling make sense? I dont usually get into these conversations even though I think about them a lot!

    • I think your waffling makes a whole lot of sense! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

      There’s a lot to be said for how vintage bloggers fit into this – to be perfectly honest, they were most of the ones I followed very closely and no longer have much interest in. Part of that is because I used to learn about vintage clothing through forums, livejournal communities, where even people with just crappy webcams could take a photo of a dress on a hanger and have educated and informed strangers tell them about what era it might be from, or how to wear it. We would talk, that’s how we would learn! Today, it’s almost as though if you don’t have a digital SLR and a professional photographer for a husband, no one will care if you photograph whatever interesting or gorgeous vintage garment.

      Also, the ethics of sponsorships and showcasing new retro-styled garment is a whole other can of worms. Even one of the bloggers you mention bought a dress back when I ran a tiny vintage etsy shop. I was so excited, but then she shared photos and didn’t link to my shop. She said “dress – etsy.” Not even the name! It was one of those moments that could have helped make or break my online vintage selling career, but since she only purchased from me and we had no agreement for any sort of advertisement, why would I expect something as minor as a link? Why did I expect her to mention me “for free?” Because that’s how some bloggers do things. That’s how I would have done things. It was really disheartening at the time, but in the end had more to do with my expectations of what a relationship between a vintage blogger and vintage online seller should be.

      I think a lot of the problems you raise are issues that face every kind of hyper-gendered blogger – and I’m interested in looking a bit more deeply in how some of this is tied up in certain rigid ideas around femininity. If you’re curious for more insights into the blogosphere I’d strongly recommend this article published in Bitch a few years back: http://bitchmagazine.org/article/better-homes-bloggers

  4. Oy, I have many feelings about this. As someone very new to the game, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I actually want from all this. What do I want to get back from all the hours I put in to writing up things, and researching, and endlessly spreading the word in the hope someone will hear me?
    My conclusion that far is that it’s not free stuff. It would be NICE, don’t get me wrong. But I don’t think it’s enough of a motivator to keep me going. What makes it worthwhile is knowing that people have taken something away from reading one of my posts, even if it’s just “What the hell was that about?” I am loving a little conversation that has sprung up in the comments of one of my posts about how being popular/unpopular at school affected our current style. I’m thrilled to notice little by little some of my friends who previously showed no interest at all in beauty products shyly starting to post pictures of their pretty nails. I’ve noticed beauty bloggers of my acquaintance who never wrote anything personal before slipping in little bits of political commentary, and it thrills me too. It’s this melding of worlds that I want to facilitate – I want to encourage girls who never thought beauty was their “thing” to try it out, and also girls who never thought feminism was their “thing” to try it out as well. I feel like feminism is discussed over in it’s own corner far too much, where one can be very easily preaching to a static, agreeable choir.

    I agree with you that personal style blogs that are just pictures and that’s all contribute nothing, and I don’t want to be one of those bloggers. But I want to do a good enough imitation of them every now and then I might be able to lure some of their readers away, and then hit them with some Anais Nin.

    ….and I probably should have just written my own post in reply to this, but here we are.

    • “I feel like feminism is discussed over in it’s own corner far too much, where one can be very easily preaching to a static, agreeable choir.”
      This. A million times THIS.
      A friend of mine posted on FB, asking if anyone had any recommendations for ‘women’s blogs’ that discuss feminism. I told her that she should look at makeup and fashion blogs, because there is, surprisingly, some awesome conversations going on in these forums, and it’s exciting to see young women who may not be there for feminism engage with it for the first time.

  5. Oh man you are heaven sent. This has been on my mind for fucking ever but I’m too incoherent to make a good point, but this, THIS is well said my friend. I’ve been following blogs for a really long time, but I’ve just started blogging (I’ve avoided it since I feel almost obliged to post ‘outfit photos’, which would be fine, if I weren’t so goddamn insecure about all the great ones out there already…but ah I digress) and I’ve noticed that a lot of ‘fashion blogs’ are just – for the lack of a better term – robots? Or so they appear. All they seem to care about are those god forsaken neon necklaces and getting ‘followers’ (funny story – this girl left a comment on my blog twice, on different days – I’m guessing she didn’t even remember actually visiting my blog haaaaaa).

    I don’t know if I’m being conceited, or cynical or whatever, but I’ve realized that maybe these bloggers have a different goal for me or you; like maybe they just simply don’t want to see or think about fashion critically. Anyway, as long as there are bloggers like you still out there, I’m good!

  6. HANDS DOWN, my favorite post from you!
    I completely agree, it’s so frustrating to following ‘feminist’ fashion bloggers whose feminism is hyper-individualized (ie, not taking into account the women who were exploited making their clothes) and then, what do you do about the beauty bloggers who are touted for being more ‘democratic’ because they promote discounted items? There is a beauty blogger/youtuber who is always showing her clothes from Wal-Mart, and people go nuts over the fact that she’s ‘not buying into’ high end items, but ummm..what about shopping at a retailer that has no respect for labor rights? It is just so frustrating. And then, there are those bloggers who are really into DIY aesthetics but again, don’t make the connection or think critically about WHY DIY is a better alternative than buying into fast fashion that fills up landfills and exploits workers.

    The thing that kills me is..there is SO much feminist potential in beauty and fashion blogs, because it’s a largely women and queer space that is somewhat immune to sexist straight male trolls who would never comment on a beauty blog. Too bad it’s been hijacked by mostly male-run corporations who are hooking these bloggers up with free stuff.

    I wanted to send this to you but there is no way to contact you on this blog. I am actually writing a series on ‘Ethical Fashion’ that is attempting to connect the dots between culture and labor, and will be featuring interviews with garment workers, designers, sustainable fashion activists, and more. I will also be writing about cultural texts (like Gossip GIrl) and fashion blogs that will be touching on some of these issues you raise. I hope you can check it out! (added you to my blogroll too, I always love your insights!)

    http://listengirlfriends.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/ethical-fashion-introduction-to-an-ongoing-series/

  7. I also wanted to add something else. I have been teaching as a graduate-student instructor for the last several years, and many of my posts touch on various topics that I have taught (actually, I would say, most of them do). In fact, one of my students mentioned to me, “your blog is like taking a class from you, only with more information.” And yet, I am getting paid nothing for it. That’s not to say I am getting massive benefits from it. These include:
    1) Connecting with other bloggers/public scholars who do similar work
    2) Other writing ventures
    3) For me, public scholarship has motivated me to keep up with my dissertation, which will be on fashion and democratization. The engagement of a blog motivates me far more than writing something that few people will see
    4) Creative outlet
    5) Knowing that like you, I am doing something good, educational, and even activist by writing a critical fashion blog. It has also given me some major cred with other people in the movement.

    I would say the benefits outweigh the downsides. But it is a bit of a sting that I work so hard and get no monetary compensation. It’s not a biggie because that’s not the reason why I started a blog-I wanted to educate and try to change how blogs were being written. But once I really got into the blogosphere, I just couldn’t believe that people who looked like they spent a total of 10 minutes on their blog post and benefited from, as you said, their photographer husbands/boyfriends’ presence, were able to reap so many benefits-advertising, features in huge magazines, etc.

    I am an optimist, but how are a small group of critical fashion bloggers supposed to change things? It’s not like the huge presence of style bloggers who are receiving these benefits are going to start engaging with us. A really popular style blogger who is totally uncritical (I think his tagline is “The cure is not to care” LOL) started following me on Twitter because I think some designer tweeted a post I wrote. Within two weeks he had ‘un-followed’ me, I’m guessing because he figured out that I wasn’t the type of style blogger he thought I was…

    It’s so challenging to navigate through all of this. Thanks for adding your voice to this much-needed conversation!

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  9. Ah this really resonated – I’ve spent so much time wondering why a field so ripe for critical discourse has so so little of it. I’m new to blogging but what you point out is exactly why I wanted to start writing & your point about the homogeneity in image/femininity that is fuelled by the capitalist structure of fashion blogs is super interesting and something I haven’t given enough thought to before. Thank you for this!!

  10. I don’t advertise, affiliate or do product placement on my blog for years… My blog is stricto my hobby.

  11. As a 20 something living in the 21st century, I feel that narcissism and fashion are some what inseparable. I mean…the fashion industry is always portraying vanity in the eyes of the majority instead of the individual. The spirit of what you wear is what you are and how you carry yourself as an individual.

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  13. First of all, I love you. Always.

    This was so good to read for so many reasons, even though it’s frustrating. I think part of the issue is that all bloggers get the same nomenclature as “bloggers” and the assumption is that everyone wants to be like the most well-known class of bloggers (news items or pro-c/o-bloggers). I wish there was a term that showed intent of the blogger for several reasons – firstly, it’d create a space for the non-pro bloggers; secondly, it’d be easier to find those folks and thirdly, it’d be nice to have a term I want to identify with. (Although, to Cassandra’s point, sometimes just being a part of a larger lump sum of bloggers – even if we are the ones with smaller voices – we get exposed to others bloggers’ perspectives and vice versa, which is a benefit.)

    I struggle with highlighting “better than bad” and “good” brands and not highlighting any brands at all due to concerns about capitalism/consumerism. The main reason I still post outfit photos is to show I’m not totally inexperienced and unfortunate with putting clothing on and hopefully a somewhat ethical and considered wardrobe can still be palatable (and to keep myself accountable since many times a sweatshop purchase falls by the way of selective memory).

    I actually ended up writing a preface to my blog’s comment box that encourages text – and indicating that no apologies are necessary or wanted for writing a LOT. That is what blogs are for – when did people start apologizing for communicating via them? (Also, thank you for the link you included here!)

    In summary, I’m very glad you posted this.

  14. I’m so glad I’m not the only one thinking about this. I have always been a bit muddled about my feelings with fashion blogging. It’s a complicated love story, maybe I will write about it at some point, but it essentially boils down to the topics you’ve elaborated on here.

    So glad I discovered this blog. Didn’t think anything like this existed. HUZZAH

  15. Very inspiring and insightful post. Thought provoking too.

  16. Mary

    What is so complicated? Really, this requires an in depth conversation? Its fashion not brain surgery. Many women don’t like to shop and are simply looking for some direction from someone with similar tastes. Unless the purpose of you blog is to show off your writing skills, photos are often all that’s necessary. Do we really need to analyze fashion and make it more complicated than it should be? What’s wrong with making money doing what you love? Fortunately, we have the freedom to choose what we like and don’t like. If you don’t like a blog, don’t follow it. It’s that simple!

    • Just as a note, Mary – in response to “If you don’t like a blog, don’t follow it.” The very first line of this article is, in fact, “I’ve stopped reading personal style blogs almost entirely.” So I do follow your advice, in that sense.

      I completely disagree in regards to your view of fashion as uncomplicated and unworthy of analysis – which would have been clear to you that this blog’s sole purpose is, in fact, to analyze fashion. “To give voice to feminist concerns about fashion, to deconstruct, and to celebrate how liberating and exciting fashion can be for people.” Every individual blogger decides what his or her blog should be about, and what form it will take. I’m questioning why these dominant scripts – the idea that it should be a money-making, image-centric, how/where to shop! blog requiring little to no writing skills isn’t one I’m particularly fond of, which is partly why I spend the time challenging it here.

      Your final sentiment could also easily apply to you taking the time to skim this article and leave this dismissive comment.

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  20. arashmazinani

    Wow, where do I begin.

    This is a great post because it doesn’t just bash the concept of blogging like so many do, but it actually explores it in a lot of detail.

    I’ve been blogging now for three years and as a male fashion blogger who discusses both men and women’s style and retail I have found it difficult to gain the same sort of attention or following I think I would have done had I posted personal style pictures of myself.

    I love learning about success (I’ll come onto that into a moment) so I had a look back through the archive of one of my favourite blogs. They’ve been going since 2009ish so you can see in their early posts they had very little interaction when they posted. Now they regularly receive 30+ comments on a post. I wanted to find out if it was just a matter of time that had led to more people finding the blog, or whether it was something else.

    Surprisingly the shift in engagement came when they switched from posts discussing fashion/lifestyle related topics to actually posting personal style photos of themselves. Granted their style is good but it was interesting how literally within a week they went from getting 0 comments to regularly getting 30, 40, 50 +.

    When it comes to success I always tell people and other bloggers that you determine what ‘success’ is. Success to me is having an archive of interesting, helpful content that would just be as helpful to someone if they found it 3 years or 5 years down the line. That’s success to me.

    A lot of people only have one model of success, they see success as advertisements, sponsorship and ‘gifted’ items. Which really brings a blog down. I’ve had offers but personally have kept from any form of advertisement on my blog.

    Am I against people making money from their blogs? No …

    I really love to see people be more creative with the way they make money, selling their artwork, illustrations, giving consultations on their niche subject matter these things to me are an extension of the persons personality and character and it makes it fit in with the blog.

    If I buy a copy of Vogue I usually shake it, to get all the leaflets out then quickly flick through the first 5-10 pages of ads to get to the content. Blogs that are filled with ads and sponsored posts tend to be like this in my opinion.

    The additional thing is, if I’m a business I want a return on my investment, I’m not going to give out my product or pay someone to advertise unless there is something in it for me. Some can’t comprehend that and think that if they just blog for a while it’s almost a right that they’ll get offered things.

    It’s why we see the same sorts of bloggers getting a lot of ‘success’ take a look at ‘women’s fashion’ on pinterest and you’ll notice a lot of them women look the same.

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  24. I cant agree more. But im sure you wouldn’t mind if their post had some honest substance huh? Sadly people who do this rarely achieve what they want. Blogging just to put your URL is very pointless. Most people scroll right over it anyways. But what needs to happen is moderators have to decline posts that try to spam. It keeps threads clean and fresh.

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