I was sitting on a train the other day when the women sitting opposite me struck up a conversation. Which in the first instance, got my pulse racing because you know – crazy people! After a while the conversation naturally flowed onto the subject of work.
Her: What do you do for a living?
Me: I have a few projects on the go, but it’s blogging that brings me the most joy.
It’s at this point in any conversation about blogging that I gird my loins for the inevitable, “So how DO you make money from that?” question. However, this lass seemed to not only know what a blog actually is, but was pretty clued up on blogging in general.
Her: Oh I bet you love rose gold, cupcakes, ombre hair, avocado on toast, smoothies and candles, don’t you?
Me: Umm, (my brain whirling with thoughts of how this woman could look into my very soul) well yes.
So does this mean that I am becoming a cliché? Are all bloggers turning into a cliché?
Some may point to my rose gold sunglasses and my breakfast smoothie and shout a resounding yes! Yet I would disagree. Does being part of a community make me susceptible to the likes and dislikes of others within the same community? Absolutely.
As a blogger it is inevitable that I spend time, either physically or virtually, in the company of other bloggers. As bloggers we have shared interests, so it seems only natural that we would have other things in common too.
Yet surely it’s how we present these things rather than the act of participation that makes us unique. Putting our own spin on a style or trend can often give our readers a completely fresh perspective. Experimenting with fashion also means trying the latest trends, then either embracing or discarding them.
There’s nothing wrong with following the lead of others down the fashion and lifestyle road, it’s how we journey along that road that makes us stand out from the crowd.
It’s true that I meander around Instagram and sometimes sigh at the feeds full of endless cookie cutter images, but that doesn’t mean I don’t dip my toes in the rose gold water from time-to-time.
So yes, maybe there’s a part of me that’s a bit of a blogger cliché. I eat avocado on toast, I’m decorating my dressing room in all white and my home smells of perfumed candles. But I stand firm in my stereotypical choices. After all, they make me part of a community that I love, and I think we all take comfort in feeling part of something bigger than ourselves. Is that such a bad thing?
What do you think? Are all bloggers turning into a cliché or do you enjoy clichés with a twist?
I’m now off to untangle some fairy lights 😉