Friday, January 21, 2011

FBFF ~ Blogger Authenticity

Katy, over at ModlyChic, is the founder of FBFF, and emails us questions every week that we post our answers to on Fridays. This week's subject is:

Blogger Authenticity



 1. Most readers and fellow fashion bloggers value authenticity in the blogs they read. How would you describe blog/blogger authenticity?
To me, blogger authenticity is when I can feel who the blogger is through their posts. I like to read blogs that have a true voice behind their words. I don't think they always have to be witty, but they do surely have an extra kick that shows you who they are in their every day life, not just on their blog. Also, I enjoy blogs that have something original, for example, something that they do on certain days of the week, or outfits posts with a unique feature or quality.

2. When it comes to your blog how to you infuse it with that true/authentic feeling?
I think I am still learning how to do this. I have mentioned this before, but I definitely write how I talk. I don't worry about grammar as much as I would in other writing, because I want to show my true, passionate, sometimes dramatic self! *smile* I want my readers to really get a feel for who I am. But this question gives me an appropriate segue into an issue I have been pondering about mentioning on my blog. I have been battling chronic illness for over a year now. There are days {sometimes weeks} that I am in severe pain and cannot function in life the way a typical woman in her 20's can.The part of this I struggle with is, balancing between being honest about what's going on with me on "bad days" with not making my blog a pity party. I can't promise I will be perfect with that but I can promise I will be real. {My first time talking about it is here}More on this on #4.

3. Have you stopped following a blog in the last three months? What made you lose interest?
No, I have only been blogging for about three months!

4. We can't communicate effectively on our blogs, something we don't live in real life... what are some ways you try to live an authentic life?
My first priority in life has always been integrity. My aim is to always be the same person in the dark when no one is watching, as I am when all eyes are on me. Integrity is something I truly value in myself and in others. This is why I seek to be transparent in my blog and why I have struggled with the illness situation. I don't feel right posting something that sounds enthusiastic when I'm actually laying in bed with my heating pad feeling miserable. For now I have been just choosing not to post when I don't feel well, or to just not mention it at all, but I think at times, I may just say how I feel. I can't promise that I will always post what others agree with, but I can promise I will always be true and I hope it shows.

5. Give a shout-out... Which bloggers do you think are truly genuine and why?
SkinnyRunner - She is probably my favorite blog! I love her sense of humor. I also enjoy that she is completely transparent. She writes about her faith openly, but without being pushy or judgemental of others. She also seems to always be trying to interact with her readers by posting frequent Q/A posts. I really like her silly photos of herself! They make me laugh!!

AHastyLife - Ashely, from a Hasty Life, has some unique ways of doing outfit posts, which I really enjoy. I also appreciate that she has posted openly about her chronic illness. She has been open and honest but not asking for pity. She has been really supportive of me as well. Thanks, Ashley!!

ChareeLenee - Charee is new to fashion blogging, just like me!! I like her style and have had fun supporting each other back and forth with comments and tweets and everything! It will be fun to see how both our blogs evolve over time.

PolkaDot - Jill has been a major support for me "behind the scenes." She has sort of taken me under her wing early on, helping me with my layout and just providing encouraging words. Thanks, Jill!!

Paper Packages Tied Up with Strings - Check out her blog!! As a fashion blogger she has a different style... her blog is "newer" as well, and she's another person I have had fun sharing support with!

{Katy, at ModlyChic, is the founder of FBFF- Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday; visit her blog here}

What blogs do you favor authenticity in??


11 comments:

  1. thanks. TM, so much!! I feel so much better now, hearing your responses! It's hard and kinda scary to just put it all out there like I did. You know?? So I appreciate that it was well received, and that you ladies are so kind! I am truly humbled! Oh, and I am even more in love with Disqus now!! It's so much better to be able to respond individually to everyone! I love it! :) I hope you had a fab weekend!

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  2. Ashley, I am finally getting a chance to sit down and respond thoughtfully to this!! I agree when you say "writing about your experiences rather than writing about your misery." That's an imortant detail in this that I will try to always remember! I am so happy I met you as well, and I am excited to share support, empathy, and FASHION as we move forward! :) I am also STOKED that you know about FBFF now, and I hope you'll get involved!!

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  3. thank you!! this is so important to me!!

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  4. you're welcome, isn't that cool?? I have enjoyed finding some new ones through #5 as well!! Thanks, Jill from PolkaDot so kindly did it for me!! :)

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  5. You're welcome!! Thanks for the ongiong support back and forth! I have enjoyed that with you so far!! Isn't so fun?! Happy Monday!!

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  6. Great answers. I really like answer #4!! Thanks for the shout out!! :)

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  7. Oh my gosh... all the various answers to #5 has me checking out so many new blogs. It's crazy really. Thanks for introducing me to a few more new ones. - Katy
    PS Forget to mention this earlier but I like the custom-made header.

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  8. Thanks for the kind words, you all!! I want to respond thoughtfully and don't have time, so I will next week. XOXO, have a great weekend!!

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  9. "My aim is to always be the same person in the dark when no one is watching, as I am when all eyes are on me. " This is key - well put!! :)

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  10. Your write up about me and my blog made me want to cry. Thank you so much. Living with a chronic disease is difficult and I found writing about my experiences was interesting to others who would never go through it and comforting to those who have. I also found writing about my experiences rather than writing about my misery also kept people from pitying me but empathizing with me. Understanding what I was going through and thus supporting me along the way. Being authentic includes both the good and bad times. We want to know when you aren't feeling well so that we can support you through it (not pity you.) I hope you'll be more open about your experiences with chronic illness...there are a lot of people out there who can relate and a lot of people out there who just love you and want to support you and want to know when you're not okay.

    I'm so happy I met you!

    <3 Ashley
    www.ahastylife.com

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  11. Love your answers! (and my shout out too!) I definitely think your blog is authentic and love that you write from your heart. Don't be afraid to share how you're feeling on the bad days, we will all be here to support you and make you feel better during those times! xxoo.

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Your comments mean so much to me!! Thank you for the support!!

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