You see, with the industry – whether we’re really in it or not – comes a need for fakery. Be it with an inspired-by-Chloe pair of boots, a faux air kiss, or the atypical allusion of confidence (hands up here, I’m more than guilty of this), there’s something about the ol’ blogging game, isn’t there?
Weekends, for me, are spent meandering away from the digital realms that I immerse myself in for my 9-5 client work. Freelancing means that I’m ever guilty of blurring the lines between work and leisure, often slyly scrolling through my Twitter feed and worming in tales of Internet tat and memes to daily conversation, but recently I’ve made an effort to turn it down – or off completely.
Having done so, I’ve cut myself a generous portion of humble pie. So you may have XYZ number of followers on Instagram, who love seeing snippets of blog/press events and your newest lipstick or a preview of your new outfit post… but consider those non-blogging followers of your Instagram. Are you accidentally showing off an exclusive world? Perhaps you are secondhand boasting about your fashion-inclined world, the hidden undergrowth of your interests. Outfit of the days and lipstick swatch selfies are commonplace in my head but possibly not so for my real-life friends. “Look at you and your swish new life,” “I bet we’re no match for your XX thousand followers,” … I earnt myself a hearty bump back to Earth when I noted a few ‘DB’ inspired Instagram posts and real-life comments on my feed.
So sometimes I enjoy sharing my style endeavours with likeminded people on the Internet, but along the same lines of finding an amazing hidden community of fashionable faves, I’ve found myself guilty of bringing my blog too far into real life and realised once more that there’s a whole other world outside of blogging. A crazy reality where a dress is a dress, your best friends don’t care about how many likes your new post got, a lipstick comes in ‘a couple of shades’ and hashtags are a very, very ironic thing – but you’re still their friend and a human with feelings regardless. In short, I’d been a bit overwhelmed by the online world, losing a little part of myself in the process. Ah the blogging world and reality, what a fine (so fine) line to be treading today. x