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1. With all the blogging events out there how do you determine which ones to participate in and which ones to avoid?
That's easy: I just avoid all of them! Except for Friend Friday of course - that must count as a blogger event and a pretty hefty one at that! I signed up when there were something like 30 members and now there are apparently ten squillion.
I joined Friend Friday because I love writing and was new to blogging. I wanted to exercise my brain and structuring my writing around a set of challenging questions every week (or two) seemed a good way to do that. And it is a great way to meet other bloggers too!
What I haven't participated in and probably never will are the style challenges limiting you to not shopping, remixing with a limited selection of your wardrobe etc... I understand the reasons people do this. I get it, really I do. But to quote Gauguin: "my brain is allergic to instruction."
2. Be honest, have you ever jumped on the bandwagon of some blogging movement/event for the wrong reasons? How did that turn out?
No. I tend not to sign up to blogger events because I feel most of them have inflexible and unattainable goals that I don't feel the need to set myself. Like having to post daily for 30x30 or leaving 500 comments in one month. I just wouldn't be able to make the time to do those sorts of things.
I recently put my name in the hat for a British Bloggers Society regular write up for guest posts and it was for good intentions. I was keen to get more involved there as a guest writer and get given some interesting topics to post on. They came back with a cracking subject about covering style in your area this month. But unfortunately I think I've overextended myself there as I just won't have time to do it before the deadline and now feel a little silly for signing up in the first place. Maybe next month!
3. How do you give your own flair to a blog event while still maintaining the general mission and purpose?
I can only account for what I do with Friend Friday and that is write what I really think and in my own writing style. I generally don't read what anyone else has posted before I finish writing and post myself so I don't get swayed by what anyone else says on the subject. I also take my own pictures for the blog and I do outfit shots in a way that I am comfortable with.
4. When determining the best content for your blog what criterion do you keep in mind?
I just focus on things that inspire me to write a post whether that be an outfit, a piece in my wardrobe and a personal story behind it, a good photo or image, a magazine article or something that gets on my nerves. If I'm not inspired, I don't post. Simple.
5. While everything will not suit your blog, how do you try and support your fellow bloggers who are participating in something worthwhile but not your style?
I have been cheering several bloggers from the sidelines in various blogger style challenges like Cynthia from Be Fabulous Daily when she was doing the GAAD and all the 30x30 remixing ladies. I also posted on my admiration for them on my own blog even though I'm never likely to participate. I think these types of challenges can be fascinating to watch and wanted to publicise their efforts as someone else reading could be inspired to join in.