Some of you might be aware of this piece of news already, especially if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook. One of Malta's principal and talented designers, none other than Ron Van Maarshalkerweerd, from the designing duo Charles and Ron, has written a very interesting article on last Sunday's Femme Magazine. In this article, Ron presented his view on fashion bloggers and, wait for it, at the end the he listed yours truly amongst his favourite blogs at the moment.
Needless to say, I was completely surprised with the news, and I was really happy that two of my personal favourite local fashion blogs, Bon Ton Fashionista and Pavli Style, made the list too! Additionally, I was also struck by the fact that such a renowned designer chose to speak in favour of fashion bloggers. Well, you know, for many designers looked down on bloggers, just like a member of the high social class looks down on someone from the middle class. Things, however, have changed, and even though some designers persist in their aversion against the 'typing addicts', many others have acknowledged their efforts!
The article, which I'll link in the 'PRESS' section when the issue is uploaded online, made me think about the fashion blogosphere. What makes a good blogger? What should bloggers do? Who are my favourite bloggers? I came here to share the answers to these questions with you, dear readers.
I follow many blogs, probably too many for my own good, but I still have a very strict list of requirements that blogs need to meet before I hit the 'follow' button. I categorically refuse to follow bloggers that are faking who they are. I strongly believe that those bloggers who try to imitate another blogger aren't fooling anyone but themselves. People can tell. Fashion is about innovation, so I can't fathom how such bloggers can speak about fashion when they don't embrace one of fashion's main pillars.
What I really like are bloggers who have specific aims. You know, the kind that know what their blogs stand for. For instance, I love Dyna from 'Dyna's Random Blog'. We do completely different things in the blogosphere - Dyna is mostly a beauty blogger - but you can sense her commitment from miles away. Whenever I log on her page, I know what to expect but she's not predictable..if that makes sense! More importantly, this girl is objective! When she doesn't like a product, she says it. Readers can relate to her, or at least, I do!
Obviously, I almost feel obliged to mention the local scene to conclude today's - rather different - post. Well, I've noticed that the Maltese fashion blogging team has grown quite significantly in the last months, and that fills me with joy. When I started, I always felt very lonely (lol) in this endeavour but now I feel like, there's someone out there doing it too. I have one particular criteria with Maltese bloggers: I simply follow everyone. Whether I like the blog or not is another thing, because yes, there are blogs which I don't particularly enjoy. Some, for the reasons mentioned above. However, I'm thrilled to see an increase in bloggers and I always look forward to reading their posts!
What is your opinion on fashion bloggers? I'd love to know what your fave blogs are, especially if you're from Malta!
This is the last bit I promise. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, and I apologise if I'm a bit weird when I meet you in person. It's kinda overwhelming to meet a reader, especially one who wants to take a photo with you and gives you compliments. I'm still getting used to all of this!