Friday, January 7, 2011

Friend Friday--Do I Measure Up?

Happy New Year Everyone!  I bet most of you were thinking of improvements or changes to your blog over the holiday and I am right there with you.  Thanks to Katy over at Modlychic for asking these pertinent questions~

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

Everyday! I am envious (ugh!) of people who can write. I know I will never measure up to some of the other better writers out there, so I know I have to use MY own talents/specialties to compete.

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

I guess it’s the pressure I put upon myself— I want my blog to accomplish particular things and have a certain look. That standard is in my mind’s eye—and comes from a conglomeration of certain blogs that have inspired me.   

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?

Not at all! I’m crafty and artistic and I still think that writing is one of the most important skills for a blog. Photographic skills are key too. And some of the blogs I like the best are the ones that are funny! So throw in humor too!

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?

Right now, I am finding that my “voice” disappears when I write. I am using other tools to try and bring out my personality, like taping my thoughts rather than writing them. And I am thinking of video….although that brings out a whole NEW set of problems….

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?

It’s hard to have an edge in the fashion world when you are over 45—have I mentioned that before? Nonetheless, I am hoping that my artistic know-how and my creativity will give me an edge. Hope springs eternal~


  1. Paula, Your ability to sketch an outfit and then make it happen is so amazing. That is an edge for you that I envy!! You are a talented artist and stylist and i have received much inspiration from you....just look at those legs on my page!!

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  3. Hello...Saw you on your blog!! Great answers...and so true WRITING is blogging...great perspective:)

  4. Paula....I will always think your ace in the hole is that you are such a talented artist. You have such a great sense of color! Hugs! ~Serene

  5. Paula--I agree with Serene that your drawings (and in the future, your swimsuit designs) give your blog it's edge. I got to thinking about your video loading problems last night. Are you uploading things to YouTube first? I was trying to imagine why it took so long. I think this is a problem you will solve and soon.

  6. Video? What a neat idea to express your voice. Humor is so important to blogs, to remember that we can't take ourselves to seriously, but it can be hard to translate in writing. A video would be a fun way to share your personality!

    The Auspicious Life

  7. Thanks Pam--I am going to try and incorperate more art to try and communicate better--still so much to do but I am so gladto hear I can be an inspiration to you--XXX
    Collette~I still believe that writing is a big part of blogging...thanks for stopping by and I will do the same!
    Serene~~Must think of a way to use it more..thanks!
    Terri~don't know much about the video thing quite frankly Terri--its not the same as downloading from you tube--that dosent take much time. i'll have to consult my kids for the technical stuff!
    Hi Linda--welcome--yes, places like IFB have many bloggers that are saying that is the but it hasnt happened yet! Don't want to take fashion too seriously either! Will visit you back~