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This week, we're talking about authenticity.
1. Most readers and fellow fashion bloggers value authenticity in the blogs they read. How would you describe blog/blogger authenticity?
Violette: To me, authenticity is being the same person online and in real life. So in a blog, it means showing real outfits, saying what you really think and feel. Of course, we can't always be sure other bloggers are being authentic, but sometimes it's pretty obvious they're not!
Rose: Content is the key. I have trouble with blogs that are not representative of reality (i.e. people that wear cropped coats in -30 weather. I mean, really, you think your readers are that dumb?). The very definition of blogging is to express one’s personal opinions on a given subject – if you can't be honest to yourself and if you don’t follow that guideline, then you’re not an authentic blogger. I also think it’s important to mention to your readers when a post is sponsored or if you received some sort of compensation.
2. When it comes to your blog how to you infuse it with that true/authentic feeling?
Violette: I post real outfits and I'm being true to myself. I don't make stories up just to be interesting, even if it means our blog is not as cool as others. Now that I think of it.. I may be boring but hey, that's the real me! haha
Rose: there’s not much infusion going on, because everything we post is reality. We dress up in the morning, go through our day, take a photo and bam, there it is. With the dark circles, wrinkles and everything. And I agree with Violette, I don't care that our blog isn't popular (yet), we'd rather be real and boring than sold to monetizing and appearances (although some sort of income would be nice. Sponsors, are you reading this?)
3. Have you stopped following a blog in the last three months? What made you lose interest?
Violette: Yes I have. But it's the first time I think about what made me lose interest. I believe blogs that only show inspiration images, tips, trends or unrealistic outfits tend to make me lose interest over time.
Rose: I have too, most of the time because of the blogging style. When there’s too much bragging or sponsoring, I lose interest. On the other hand, if the blogger is witty I will stay tuned, even though I don’t always like the featured outfits. Fashion blogging goes beyond pretty photos and shopping, it has to have content otherwise it’s just a cheaper version of a glossy magazine, without the annoying perfume ads.
4. We can't communicate effectively on our blogs, something we don't live in real life... what are some ways you try to live an authentic life?
Violette: I don't do anything special to have an extraordinary life just to blog about it, haha! Anyway, I personally don't want to share my whole life online, this is mainly a blog about fashion. This isn't a lack of authenticity, it's a matter of privacy.
Rose: I try not to ask myself too many questions and just do it. Nothing more authentic than spontaneity! (and that's the reason you don't see many of my outfits, because most of the time I end up not liking what I wore, haha)
5. Give a shout-out... Which bloggers do you think are truly genuine and why?
Violette: Argh, this is so hard! There are so much truly genuine bloggers out there! Well... here are (only) five of them:
- Academichic - Three (four) girls who show real life outfits and speak their mind about fashion and feminism.
- Basic Cravings - This girl is real. I believe she doesn't blog to show off! She has great taste.
- Cubicule chic - Two girls (and a gentleman) who work in conservative environnement sharing their outfits and honest thoughts and feelings about dressing to work.
- Lizzypunch - This girl feels like your friend. You want to visit her blog again and again to know how she's doing, and even maybe... steal her outfits ideas haha!
- Kristine. Or Polly. - I must admit: I kind of have a girl crush on her. She's so sweet! I really love her true and genius style. This is also another girl who makes you feel like a friend.