Friday, January 7, 2011

Friend Friday: Measuring Up

1. Have you ever looked at someone's blog and thought yours will never measure up? 

Yes.  But I'm ok with that.  I don't have a professional photographer, fancy equipment, high-tech editing software, or a lot of free time at my disposal like some (not all) of the more "famous" bloggers do.  But I wouldn't trade my life, or my blog for anyone else's.  All I can do is my best with the time and resources that I have.

2. Do you (did you) feel pressure to meet some kind of undefined standard for fashion bloggers?

Not really.  This isn't a competition.  And I'm not about to change or force anything that doesn't already come naturally to me and the essence of this blog.  What would that "standard" be, anyway?  Look at the really successful bloggers...they're all really different and bring their own tone, style and unique talents to the blogosphere.  Standardizing blogs would be...sad lame boring impossible.

3. Many established fashion bloggers are also extraordinary DIYers, bakers, and crafty people. Do you think you need to combine all of these things to be successful at blogging?

If that's the case, I'm screwed.  Ha.  I'm sure it helps, but I don't think it's NEEDED for a successful blog, no.

4. The most successful blogs are the ones that have their own personal voice - how are you developing your voice or how did you find yours?

Timely question.  Realizing that I'd hit the 2-year mark, I went back to the beginning to see how far I have come (which is weird, considering I didn't know where I was going).  I was surprised to find as much of 'me' in my first posts as I do in my recent ones.  For some reason, I thought I was serious and formal at the beginning, but it turns out, not really.  I've maintained a similar tone and theme throughout with little drifts here and there, but overall, my 'voice' has just always been what it need to find what's already there.

5. Toot your own horn... what's one thing you do that is unique to you and your blog? What gives your blog an edge?

My hope is that it's fun.  Fun to look at and fun to read.  I'm low-key, low-drama, and generally pretty positive.  I'm all about humor/sarcasm and don't think my wardrobe is all that impressive (though the price tags are impressive...uh huh).  Like a lot of style bloggers, I try to approach it like this:  I'm a normal chick, with a normal income, with an abnormal love of clothes, shoes, and shopping.  You want to hang out?  Cool.  Join me.

What makes my blog unique?  Me.

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Oh my gosh, you guys, I'm so pumped!

Steve and I have tried to be extra frugal lately.  We didn't buy each other gifts this Christmas and have been trying to spend a lot less in general.  We cashed in some flight miles and found a great deal on a Princess cruise out of LA.  We'll spend a couple of days prior at Disneyland...

We leave February 16th, just before SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) kicks into overdrive.  Have you been to any of these ports of call?  I'd love to know if there are any must-see/do's there.


heidikins said...

I actually just got back from a cruise that stopped in Cabo and Mazatlan!! I'm emailing you any tips or tricks I happened to glean. ;)


archives said...

so jealous of your winter vacation!!!!! esp a last minute one! :D

Linley said...

thanks for stopping by my blog! love your answers! especially your first one - i sometimes have to remember i don't have a skilled photographer to snap my photos and a nice editing software to make them even better! i just have to do what i can do!

and super jealous of your winter getaway! hope you have a blast!

orchidsinbuttonholes said...

Great answers, Jill! I completely agree with you that it's wonderful that there's not standard. We can make our blogs be anything we want them to be. Yours feels very you, though I don't really know you in real life. I like hanging out here!

Allie said...

Oh that trip sounds fab! Yay!

And I love Friend Fridays, you get to know so much about the blogger! Great responses, and your blog IS fun, and it's real - I love that!

Melissa said...

Okay first of all, congratulations on your trip! That's going to be so much fun!

Secondly, I love your answers. Especially the one about the DIY projects being necessary, because I would ALSO be screwed if that was the case! :)

Deborah said...

I've been to Ixtapa and some other place in Mexico (good grief! Can't remember).

I'd LOVE to see the ones you are going to.

I want to have a winter house in Mexico. I want to go there every SAD season, right after Christmas. I seriously love Mexico.

Linda said...

I need to plan a SAD preventive getaway stat. Yours looks great!

I love your answers. Wouldn't it be nice to have a fancy camera and cameraman? Ah well. We do want we can and I love that you reminded us that this isn't a competition. We all have different reasons for doing this and really, it should be fun!

The Auspicious Life

the peach chablis said...

I actually just cruised to all 3 of those ports in September on our honeymoon!! They were all awesome!

We swam with dolphins in Puerto Vallarta (highly recommend - it was such an experience) - relaxed at a resort in Mazatlan and shopped in the Golden Zone, and went snorkeling in Cabo.

One thing that surprised me - all the people with guns. Big ones. Like standing on the docks with AK's. I guess it was security, but it took some getting used to!