So blogging is this thing now. It's an industry full of cash and advertising and graphic design and stuff. I started my blog because I wanted to talk about how I liked looking at children's magazines about ponies and cute cats, and how I like trying on stripy shirts and not buying them. My early posts were conversational and diary like and I guess now they have somewhat morphed into philosophical wells of words and cute shop wishlists. Which is fine, and I like that, and it's still me and there are still diary-like and personal entries, and of course things naturally evolve and you're not likely to blog the exact same way forever, but I was just thinking about how my engagement with blogging as a... field I guess, has influenced me. Everywhere now I see very editorial style blogging. Huge, popular blogs tend to have that magazine look and editorial tone to their posts.
I've enjoyed doing advice type posts and wishlists and outfits and all of that stuff, but some of my favourite blogs and blog posts are very personal rather than editorial in style. I don't want to lose that voice and personality in my own blog. I find myself worrying that what I post is too lo-fi or all about me sometimes, but that's what I love about other people's blogs.
Some of my favourite blogs read like diaries or just have such a sense of being what the blogger was thinking about as they wrote. Rose and Vintage has quite a consistent "here was my day out/adventure/month in disposable cameras" feel. Where Is Frank? has a great intensity to it because of the way Georgiana checks in periodically to dump a bunch of journal scans and talk about her recent life, MILK TEETH is nice to read because it feels organic to read all of Bethany's inspirations and thought fixations and topics. Here are some other blogs that I feel fit this kind of natural style in slightly varying ways: Perma Pupa, Perpetual Perplexities, Comfortable Cyberspace, Ditzy and Whimzy.
I want to feel engaged with this blog and like I am really right in the centre of it holding a big scrapbook or something. I like having segments and recurring ideas and neat blog posts on things I like from a shop, etc, but I also love jumbles of things and journals and memories and trinkets and thoughts that connect things together and everything that makes me me. Blogging to me is about keeping and sharing memories and connections between myself at different times as well as between myself and other people who resonate in some way with the things I think about and care about. This blog is like... me. It's like one of my limbs or my heart. I want to remember that and treat it like that, treat it like it is this big chunk of like, everything that I am.