2008-07-28

Insecurities and Comfort Clothing

Have any of you been through this scenario: you're about to make a blog post, you don't have a strong source of light for photos, your camera can't scale focus, your photos end up too blurry, or too dark, or your thighs look a little too round in this photo... You're basically worried that your recent posts aren't up to scratch. I think bloggers need a good amount of self-confidence, not to put up with criticism from others, but to battle that inevitable self-criticism. Does blogging have the tendency to make you scrutinize yourself in ways you wouldn't have done before? Does it make you paranoid about hitting the streets in a mediocre outfit out of fear of being recognized? I am very much interested in hearing about your experiences with these rough patches.

Night time is still rather chilly so last night I donned quite a few layers including a military-style blazer I share with my boyfriend. It fits like a glove on him, but I also like the casual looseness of it on me. It's like my cozy security blanket, with the added bonus of looking great on top of anything.

13 comments:

mondemoi said...

i'm sure it looks good on your boyfriend, but it looks amazing on you as well!

Jesse said...

Oh yes, I have insecurities. Being that my blog is fairly new, I have no idea whether anyone reads or cares what I'm up to. I KNOW my pictures aren't that great, but I'm just experimenting as I go along...hoping to eventually figure out what I'm doing.
But sometimes the blog is the only motivation I have to dress up. My "job" right now is taking care of my daughter. Stay at home mom doesn't exactly lend itself looking fabulous (or even put together) at all times. So that leaves me trying to strike a balance somewhere in the middle.
As you can probably tell I like your blog a lot...I think your pictures look good, and you have thoughtful, fresh things to say.

Shay said...

well, of course! I think all fashion bloggers feel that way from time to time. You can't come up with perfect content every day, and you shouldn't let the blog take over your life. I wrote on a similar topic back in April.

cupofstyle said...

definitely know what you're talking about. i take a zillion photos before i get one that i think is up to snuff. my bf says i'm vain, i just think i obsess too much over how i think it will look to others and whether it's "blog-worthy". oh dear, i've just exposed myself.

susie_bubble said...

The pics I take don't make me feel self conscious but of course the snidey remarks/comments do... because they are that blatant...

Fashion Is Poison said...

i feel that way all the time. but i still post anyway coz i don't have the time to fix it.

Mrs. C said...

i think it's pretty obvious in my blog that i don't want to be recognized. i haven't had the courage to show my face and i haven't told anyone about it..kinda worried they'll think i'm vain, or that i think too highly of the way i dress?

i guess thats why i dont fix my pictures either, just shoot and upload.

http://pursuitingstyle.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

which value village to you go to? you have amazing style!

Fruchtzwerg said...

Your point about being recognized as fashion blogger on streets but at the sametime wearing only "average" clothing is understandable. But still for me blogging is supposed to be fun, it's supposed to be a hobby. I don't want to be too obsess with it at all. Otherwise it wouldn't make too much sense for me. Surely I want to provide nice pics at my blog, but I do not have a DSLR only an average compact cam. I try my best and hope it works.
Isn't it naturally that you can't be dressed up every single day in your life? At least that's my opinion. I'm not expecting from people or fashion blogger to look outstanding every single day. I hope that people think the same of me if I'm not in the mood of dressing up.

Jimena said...

I face a lot of self-criticism when writing on my blog. There are two things that hold me back at times.
First, the language barrier. Even though my English is pretty god, I still have trouble managing to say something in the way I want to say it in a different language. So sometimes my writing comes out as too simple, when in fact I intend to say more complex things.
On the other hand, the photos also hold me back because well... my camera sucks and I always find it hard to shoot them anywhere but my room. I'm just terrified of someone seeing me while I take the pictures...

Lady Melbourne said...

An outfit post- I love your outfit posts!
You are right about boyfriend clothes, and how lucky you are that you can throw anything on and it just looks chic.
Very cool outfit indeed.
LM

-h of candid cool said...

i like your outfit. and not to worry about outfits. even kate moss steps out in mediocre outfits and she doesnt have a choice whether or not shes photographed.

ever since i discovered how to do face blurs and put darth vader masks in place of my head ive been pretty happy.

The Collector said...

I don't really want to be recognised. And if some of my friends found out that i blog I would die (don't ask me why, I just would).
About the darkness. Black and dark colours for that matter are very hard to photograph. I leave my house and get home when it's dark - so no natural light. I can't wait until Summer.