I've started to write this blog a hundred times over. And have deleted it as many times. Partly because I don't want to get dragged into what I can only class as drama, and partly because I don't think I need to justify myself. BUT, obviously there is a part of me that does and a part of me that wants to contribute, and besides, this is my blog so I can talk about whatever the heck I like!!!
Now let's get a few things straight. I'm pretty new to this blogging malarky so my observations might be ill informed and for that I apologise.
It would seem that some people feel there is some discord in the community, and honestly? No I don't think there is. On the whole I've been met with warmth, enthusiasm and generosity. As with any large gathering of people, there are the odd few who are less than warm, not particularly enthusiastic and well.... a bit bloody rude at times, but such is life!!! In all communities, be it your neighbourhood, school, work there are bound to be clashes in personality, difference of opinion and general annoyance at other peoples conduct.
There is no rule book for blogging, if there is I'd like to see a copy please. If someone wants to shout about their stats from the rooftops that's their decision, I can pretty much guarantee its not bragging, in most cases it's sheer amazement that that amount of people have bothered to stop by and read their ramblings *ahem* so to speak, and utter pride (quite rightly so) that what started out as throwing thoughts into the ether has grown into something quite different.
Along with that success sometimes does come the offer of working with brands, and yet again it's down to the individual if they accept that offer. Don't frown upon some for it, and if a blogger approaches a brand and says, "hi, I have a blog, I'm pretty proud of it, if you happen to read it and like it, and maybe want to work together in the future" the so be it, I'm a firm believer that if you don't blow your own trumpet in this life, no bugger will.
A blog can be many things, a blog can evolve into many things, and for some much quicker than they imagined.
For me I started blogging because as for most I'd been influenced by so many strong, stylish, witty women, I'd also been inspired by some truly awful blogs to do better too!!! I've had a deep love of fashion since I was a child, and having been plus size all my life had had to find creative ways to recreate those fashions not available to fit a plus body. I'd also had a very bad relationship with said body and wanted to try and build a good relationship with it by taking photos, forcing myself to look at it, enjoy it and realise it wasn't the hideous mess I thought it was.
I feel privileged to receive every single view I get, every comment made, every mention, RT, compliment and yes, every invite & piece of clothing too.
So what now? I'll continue to do what I do because I love it, it completely and utterly rocks my world, and what should "we" do? Just be nice to each other, it's really not that hard. At worse be polite, civil? As good old Jerry Springer once said.... Be good to yourself, and each other.....