Friday, February 1, 2013
Fake it till you make it?
I'm gonna have to be frank with you and admit that at this point in time I don't enjoy the association with the term "blogger".
I am not in a place where I feel like I have to prove myself to anyone by the content I post, to me this isn't a competition or some sort of race to the top.
I have nothing to hide or flaunt, it just makes me happy to be able to share my style adventures with the world, but apparently there is a group of girls and boys out there that are so desperate to make it big, willing to do all kinds of wacky things.
Blogging to me is simply a platform where I can share my views, opinions and life with people (who care enough to pay it any mind) without feeling like I have to conform to anyone's ideas of what's beautiful or ugly, on trend or completely off the wall. It gives me an opportunity to be as unfiltered and open as I please. And that's freedom (USA style) baby. The moment money is involved, things always turn for the ugly. I may be a tad jaded as I have just finished watching the Zeitgeist trilogy (if you haven't, get on it!), but proof is definitely all around. Take for example a little story I read on Fashionista.com yesterday. Apparently there are bloggers posting looks and claiming that certain "swag" (does anyone else fucking despise that word? I have a hunch that Urban Dictionary might) was given to them by designers when in fact they had purchased it themselves. WHAT? Seriously?
Ok, let me get this straight. You think you will gain more popularity if you fake that you have affiliations with brands you don't actually have? Sounds like a great plan.... if you're a complete tool and don't have any dignity and don't care at all about honesty or being caught being completely full of shit. I could see how faking it until you make it applies itself here, but how do you go to sleep at night knowing that you have to pretend that hard to be cool? Isn't it cool and empowering enough to have your own platform to express yourself? That is a privilege an enormous amount of people will never have in their lifetime.
I may have over the top morals (Jewish guilt goes a long way I tell you, although it's not about going to heaven or hell at all, it's more about, if you put out crappy energy such as lying, cheating, stealing, killing it will come back to haunt you later and with all things we have to deal with already, who has time to also worry about all the bullshit they have done catch up to them) Yet at the end of the day, I'd rather be a nobody, and have 20 friends enjoy my blog posts, than make it, but have lied about who I am. I could have it all wrong in this cut throat fashion industry but I still feel like I will sleep better at night knowing that I didn't pretend that someone gave me something they didn't. Best part is, that in the Fashionista story they actually claim that sometimes this works, because at the end of the day as long as you are presenting these non gifted goods in good light, you are still helping the brand. So win win for the brand wouldn't you say? They are getting the publicity they want without having to dish anything out for free. Is it me or is this whole situation starting to sound just a tad ridiculous and a whole lot of lame. Do people really admire bloggers for their affiliations with brands? Or are they more interested in being inspired by what the person has to say and their style? Please tell me, cause I'm confused.