Monday, October 27, 2014

Celebrating 700 Posts

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Hello! I can hardly believe it but I am currently writing the 700th post on this blog. 700. I've now written and published 700 posts on this blog. It seems almost unreal. However, it's true; I've had my blog for over five years and am now working on post #700. But I still can't believe it. It's just crazy to think about how much time, thought, energy and effort that I have put into my blog over the past five years.

When I first started my blog, I didn't go into it with specific intentions for the blog or plans to keep it up for such a long period of time. It seemed like a fun way of expressing my opinions about style and trends as my friends had no interest in fashion so I really had no one to talk to about it. But over the years my blog has certainly evolved. Last week, I was going through my blog with one of my friends and we were discussing how much it has changed. Some posts are so embarrassing that they are slightly cringe-worthy.

As I was browsing through the older posts from the first two or so years, I couldn't help but thinking to myself "Tori, what were you doing???" There are outfit posts with nothing written about the outfit, posts containing poor grammar, numerous posts with no photos and overly hyped posts and post titles. To my credit, I did start my blog when I was merely 14 years old.

While going through these posts may make me want to do everything I can to forget certain posts (this post and this post are especially embarrassing), it also demonstrates how much I've grown both as a blogger and as a writer. My writing and knowledge of style and the fashion industry have both greatly expanded. Blogging has also provided me with a plethora of opportunities, from being featured in a magazine to helping out with Fashion's Night Out, that would not have otherwise presented themselves to me.

Running this blog has also pushed me towards a career in fashion and is one of the reasons behind why I'm studying fashion merchandising at Philadelphia University. If I had never started my blog, I'm not sure fashion would play such a large role in my life or if I would have a desire for a career in fashion. My blog has given me an outlet to write about fashion, give my opinion on current trends and elaborate upon my personal style which has nurtured my love of fashion and desire to work in the fashion industry.

In the past couple years, fashion blogging has exploded and you can now discover some fashion or personal style blog in practically every nook and cranny of the internet. Rumors are that fashion blogging is in decline because of the oversaturation of fashion blogs. This oversaturation of fashion blogs leads to decreases in quality of blogs as well as less original content. With more sponsored content and less original content, blogs are losing a touch of their originality and becoming less genuine. However, I have no intention of giving up my blog anytime soon. I'm going to continue to try to increase the quality of my posts and keep my voice on my blog and not let it be overrun by sponsored content.

Cheers to many more posts in the future!

If you'd like to browse my blog for more posts, here are a few of my more popular posts from the past year or so:

"Twin Peaks Fashion Inspiration"
"Bohemian Inspired"
"3 Ways to Transition Your Summer Wardrobe to Fall"
"5th Year Blog Anniversary"
"Take Me to Woodstock"
"Oh Lawdy, How High is Too High?"
"Acid Washed Denim"

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