The main reason that I like participating in FBFF is because it is so real! This weeks topic is about "labeling". The entire world is based upon other people's labels, expectations, ideas of how/what/why we should be like. Many times I see tweets or even whole blog posts about how many followers they have, what things they DON'T have, jealousy, envy etc. I think it is sad. I think most people start blogs to have an outlet for their passion and it turns into so much more. YES we would all love to have thousands of followers, freebies, modeling, guest hosting, designer opportunities. BUT it isn't going to happen for everyone. That doesn't mean that you are a bad blogger, you are boring or uninteresting, a bad dresser, awful style etc. It is LIFE. Stay true to why YOU blog, love your material and smile.
With that said...
Onto the questions.
1. As a someone who writes/blogs about fashion, have you placed yourself into some sort of blogging category?
The only category that I put myself in is "Fashion Blogger". I know that I have been labeled a "Plus Size" fashion blogger and a celebrity style blogger by others but I try NOT to make that an emphasis in my material, outfits or posts. I do not want to pigeon hole myself into any specific category so that I can talk about whatever I want.
2. What keeps you from or encourages you to label yourself as a certain kind of blogger?
The main reason that I don't label myself anything besides a 'Fashion Blogger' is because I am constantly changing and growing. My style is evolving, my love for different trends/styles/colors changes with my mood and my icons and inspiration is different every week! That is the beauty of style and fashion!
3. When picking blogs to read and follow are you drawn to ones that indicate a certain group or way of thinking/being?
I follow and read so many blogs. I tend to follow and comment on Fashion blogs the most. I read a lot of lifestyle blogs and some DIY or decorating blogs but I don't comment or interact on those very often. Everyone that I follow has different thoughts and opinions. I don't read based on their opinions. I read mostly for inspiration, to find new ways to wear things and to motivate!
4. Do you think there are benefits in labeling yourself or others?
I do think that there are benefits to labeling. But for every benefit is an opportunity or downfall. It happens whether we want it to or not. We all like to be labeled when we like the label! We hate to be labeled when it isn't what or how we see ourselves. Truth or reality labels can hurt!
5. Agree or Disagree - We're all just people; we don't need all the labels.
I agree that we don't NEED labels. I do know that living in a label-less society probably isn't realistic!