For whatever reason, it's 3:00 in the morning and I decide that this post had to be written. :) Get ready for a novel...
First off, my main "excuse" for having a blog was/is to easily share pictures and stories with friends back home about my new MA life. That's not entirely true. I've grown increasingly self-conscious about the blog and even talking to people in real life about this space because I think to myself that I'd be judged because I'm just a normal girl with a normal life and having a blog is highly abnormal. So let's start at the beginning and we'll get to where my state of mind is at the current moment...
I assume that like any other girl, I was sucked into Pinterest by a girlfriend. I started looking through the popular pins and was always drawn to these beautiful pictures from this gorgeous girl. I didn't think much of it other than...well hey people like pictures of her. She has the messy bun thing down and her Ray-Bans are her signature look. It bothered me eventually that I didn't know anything about this face that I kept seeing so I came to found out that she was Keiko Lynn. I started checking on her blog every few days out of curiosity. My friend, the devil that introduced me to Pinterest, was a PR major and read blogs too. We would kill time together on the computer looking at blogs and I still can't explain to you why blog reading is fun but somehow it is.
Eventually, I bit the bullet and got me a snazzy SLR. Bam. Life changed. I tried telling my friend to start a blog. It made sense to me that she should do it! She's in PR, knows about writing, design...all the fun stuff. I had a nice camera and I could take pictures of her. She was always more adventurous than I was with clothing. More colorful. More bold. She had a distinct personality and it showed through her clothes. It was going to be magic buttttt she had no interest in starting a blog and I realized...I was bummed because I really wanted an online space to contribute to. I was tooooo timid to even think of creating my own online space.
Years pass and I spent this time continuing to dive into Blogland and reading more blogs. This did amazing things for me because it really pushed me to develop better camera skills. I can't say I'm a photographer at all but I love creating images with a camera and learning how to transfer what my eyes and mind see into a digital image that I could keep forever and share. I loved what I could capture with a camera.
During that same time of developing an eye for capturing images, blog reading also exposed me to all different types of fashion. I was amazed at the art behind it all - clothing and expression mix to form this beautiful medium that is delivered through a human canvas. All of this started because I was captivated with Keiko's blog. I developed an admiration for fashion and how I presented myself became very important to me. I want the best first impressions possible when I meet people. I want to feel confident that I'm presenting myself at my best because I believe that no one deserves to be around someone [me] if I'm not giving them 100%. So for personal reasons and definitely professional/academic reasons, wardrobe styling became a very important thing to me.
Fast forward to more recent years, I moved to MA for graduate school. I started blogging and told people that it was to share my new life with everyone back home. That was the "safe" reason. I secretly wished it was a fashion blog but I was afraid I'd come off conceited. I don't know why I think this because I don't think my favorite fashion bloggers are at all conceited. I used the blog as a platform to connect with other bloggers, learn more about fashion and fashion photography, and I'd even sneak in outfit posts in between all of the "look at what beach I discovered this week" posts.
Nowadays, my blog reading time is spent mostly reading fashion and lifestyle blogs. Both types of blogs typically heavily incorporate photography (duhhh) so blog reading really is "fun" to me. I also can't forget to mention that I enjoy the connections that are made through this crazy internet medium. I've "met" a lot of great women and I completely appreciate each of them. They don't judge, they're supportive, and they're doing the same thing too (blogging) so we're all in this together. And here I was thinking people would hate me because I take and post pictures of myself. I'm sure those people exist but I don't care to give them any attention.
So friends, that's my blogging story. I do believe I have an idea of what direction I want to take with this blog and it's towards lifestyle and fashion blogging. This blog allows me to document memories of daily life, fun travels, and explore the world of fashion. All of this will challenge me from a photography standpoint and I hope I can create quality content for you guys but ultimately, I'm doing this for the images that I'll reflect on when I'm wrinkled and my memory fades if I'm blessed to live that long.
Thanks for joining me on this adventure!!! Share your blogging story! :) I'm naturally a curious person. ;)