Gone Fishing (Blog Thoughts)

 Happy Easter weekend! I hope the sun deigns to make an appearance…! 


We’re staying with friends in Sussex before setting off for some warm spring sun in the Algarve next week. So things will be a little quiet on the blog for a few days, although I won’t be able resist posting photos once we get to Portugal! 

I have though been pondering some thoughts on ‘slow blogging’ I came across on this blog by Jenny Purr. She talks about taking time to publish a couple of really top quality posts a week rather than scrambling to churn out 5-7 maybe not so good posts. I know I’m a bit addicted to the rush of publishing – I do love to get things out and I’ve always loved seeing published pieces I’ve created take life; it was a lot more long-winded in the print world, while digital allows such incredible immediacy (as well as the chance to correct typos which always used to make me feel sick to the stomach when I worked in print. There are still typo-gate mares that haunt me in the small hours!). 

Despite loving the thinking behind ‘slow blogging’ – taking life slowly, cherishing peacefully – I don’t think I’ll ever post less than 3-4 times a week, I have just too much content I want to get out, I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie and the backlog would be unmanageable! Also I’m one of those people who is terrible at waiting – if I have something to share or tell you, I want to do it now!

I have been thinking a bit about the whole blogging thing though. What incredible momentum it has accumulated in so many forms and how it is picking up speed every day. I’ve definitely noticed how much busier the blogging world is for bloggers in all areas and with a real emphasis on it being a full-time job for people with brand budgets now being directing towards collaborations acknowledging creativity and quality of content plus the impact bloggers have with their readers. I love this part so much! I love readers discovering things as I discover them and my urge to share new finds through creating content ever grows. 

And it always comes back to content. The urge to create a personalised editorial with words, my own styling and photography is what drives me furiously. Being able to create the whole package brings such incredible satisfaction and I love the freedom of doing it all myself – I don’t have to wait around for anyone! 

Of course, the challenge you face as a blogger showcasing your style is how to keep the quality of your personal style pictures as high as everything else you shoot. Obviously working with blogger friends and photographers is the answer but then you get into that whole comparison game. How far do you go to create really great Vogue-worthy street style shots or perfectly composed pictures that could appear in a magazine? Because we all aim high. I don’t manage to achieve either and I admit I do end up on occasion beating myself up about it. But then I have to remind myself, I’m not a model – getting shots I’m happy with is hard, trust me – and I don’t have a photographer boyfriend on hand to snap me round the clock. 

When I shoot with a blogger pal (hallo Erica!) we try to make it as painless as possible for each other and get it over super quick without being too pernickety (sorry Erica when I’ve been a pain!) and on the few occasions I’ve worked with a professional photographer on a brand collab shoot I pay them out of the fee. Funnily enough, some of my favourite outfit posts recently are ones I’ve done at home where I can take my time and be more of the photographer shooting considered self-portraits and details so I end up with a set of pictures that I feel completely in control of and have executed just the way I envisioned. Ok, these are the words of a total control freak, I know. It gets worse with age, trust me. 

So, what’s my point? Not sure really! Just that, as ever, I’m endlessly inspired by amazing photography and style – Instagram is like my second life – and all I want to do is keep creating, curating and refining until it’s all just as imagined. An ongoing never-ending project, obviously, which is why I am endlessly grateful to the people who sponsor my blog and work with me on collaborations as this allows me to continue doing what I do. Although a whole new world shaping itself as it develops day by day. 

Anyway, on that note, I’m off on a few days hol, back soon! Keep up with me on insta & snapchat @stylonylon. Happy Easterz. 

PhotoFever London gingham dress*, Dune espadrilles, Olympus Pen E-PL7, Mansur Gavriel bag

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  1. Algarve??? Oh lucky you!!! We were there a couple of years ago and we still can’t get it ut of our minds!
    Regarding blogging, we post less and have decided to forget our niche. I know, I know, you are supposed to have a niche and stick to it but … If we wan’t to share something, we just do. We want to have fun and don’t overthink things!
    Have a great time in Portugal!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com
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    1. Ah, that’s interesting – yes, I think at the end of the day you need to blog about what inspires you and what feels right. Sticking to ridgid criteria can be stultifying for creator & reader!
      Yes, can’t wait although we have a few days rain it seems … Xx

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