There is no doubt in my mind that fashion blogging requires a huge investment of time, energy, and money. More often than not, I find fashion bloggers spending beyond their means to produce high quality photos and keep up with the trends. We don't all have hundreds of dollars to drop on a nice DSLR...but we all want to express our style and madness. I know I certainly want to. Is there another way?
I don't know how many of you follow the US economy (I'm an Economics major in college so it's practically a requirement) but we're pretty much about to default. This basically means that we'll exceed the debt ceiling; the legal limit on borrowing by the federal government. If you still don't understand, this is an awful situation to be in.
In an economy where it's difficult to pay for phone bills, groceries, rent, gas, electric, childcare, education and just about everything else, how are fashion bloggers still excelling in their craft? I think the drop in the value of our currency (the dollar) has forced us to become more and more creative. Remixing and thrifting have grown in popularity immensely and now, more than ever, fashion bloggers are feeling the crunch.
It's no wonder that numbers mean so much. If a fashion blogger feels she'll be getting free products, clothing, or cash because of a sponsorship, she'll obviously attempt to gaining a following as quickly as possible. I don't really see that as a bad thing. I wish there was a way for all of us to get outside credit for what we do. But will fashion blogging remain in it's consumerist stage forever? Will it always be about money? And, if so, is it because of the economy? Is it just whatever you make of it? These questions bounce around in my mind all the time...