Is Being A Basic Fashion Blogger Enough Anymore?

Nearly two and a half years of blogging and I’ve kept my posts to a pretty regular theme. I share my favourite outfits, nothing too fancy, nothing too expensive (unless it’s a one-off or an exciting purchase), and I might share the odd personal/lifestyle or beauty post. I don’t really delve into posts that involve what’s going on in the world, whether it be life events, politics or that kinda thing because I find my blog to be my happy place and my creative outlet where I can escape bad things happening in the world. Although this is a slightly controversial subject, it’s my personal decision for my blog to be full of “here look at this cute jumper I bought for only £15 and you won’t believe where I bought it”.

With the blogging community growing, and also with the world becoming what I feel more opinionated and generally more argumentative, is it enough for me to be a basic fashion blogger? Should I be sharing my views on world topics to help spread messages and to perhaps educate younger viewers? Should I be proving a good example that I’m interested in these things by talking about them publicly?

Occasionally on my blog I may link an outfit post to a slightly more lifestyle topic, and these posts always receive more views because it seems like the reader is getting more out of it. Maybe the topic interests them, or generally they can already get the outfit information on Instagram/Twitter so they have no need to read the full blog post (so if there’s wordy lifestyle writing attached, it brings them in to read). I’ve majorly gone off these types of posts recently because I’ve found I’m just looking for topics to write about and I’m not really ‘feeling’ them or interested in them. What I want to talk about is simply what I’m wearing, and where I got it all from.

Is it basic? Yes. But it’s what I started doing all of those years ago, and it’s still what I want to do.

The problem is I feel like it’s not keeping up with the rest of the blogging community. I’m worried it makes me look like I’m not supportive of everything that is happening in the world, but will people still know I’m here if I’m not keeping up?

I always feel so much pressure to keep up with the times and produce relatable and fresh content, whether it be lifestyle content (alongside the fashion post) or content surrounding world issues. But if it doesn’t fit with what I’m writing, then why write it? I’m happy to keep writing my basic posts, even if less people read and share them.

So speaking of basic girl outfits… this outfit features another favourite knit for Autumn matched with jeans and ankle boots. What more could you need, am I right?! The pale blue jumper comes from Superdry and the studded boots are from Ego (you can get 15% off with code ROBYN15).

Loving the bag? Anything monochrome gets my vote, as you’ll all know if you’re a regular reader, but this Fiorelli bag is extra special as it’s part of a collaboration between Fiorelli and Breast Cancer Care – £10 will be donated from every pinstripe bag sold! There are 4 different bags to choose from, I went for the Mia Grab and it’s the perfect work bag. Click here to find out more about the campaign and how to purchase one!

SHOP MY LOOK

Jumper – c/o Superdry

Jacket – Old (similar here)

Jeans – ASOS

Boots – c/o Ego (15% off with code ROBYN15)

Bag – c/o Fiorelli

What do you guys think as readers? Do you go to blogs because you like the usual content, or because of the topics they write as a one-off basis? Should we be using our audience as a way to share and teach our knowledge and opinions? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments!

R x

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* c/o shows items gifted to me for the purpose of the post.

4 Comments

  1. 9th October 2017 / 6:45 pm

    I don’t like to post about politics or world issues because I don’t feel like anything I say is valid. Like, it may sound silly but I don’t feel educated enough to comment on those types of things. I feel like I’d need to do a load of research before I even think about pressing publish.

    Sometimes I read posts because they sound interesting, other times I read posts because I like the blogger and know what I’m going to get with them.

    At the end of the day, you have to write about what you want to write about. I think the fun stops the minute you start trying to please others. It’s your own space, you can do what you like with it!xx

    • 15th October 2017 / 6:19 pm

      Ah me too sometimes! It depends what the topic is but sometimes I don’t feel like I’m educated enough on topics!

      R xoxo

  2. 11th October 2017 / 10:49 am

    The best posts are the ones that are YOU. This is your space, no one else’s! If you were called “phases of EVERYTHING” than, yes, maybe people would expect more comments on Donald Trump and Brexit and the latest drama between famous vloggers… but you’re not. YOU’RE ROBYN.

    I’ll admit that some of my favourite posts of your have been when you refer to anxiety/how fashion has helped you with confidence etc… but i still read your blog with every post you do! (Just often feel too anxious to comment, hence the reason I’m doing a comment overload now and making up for anxiety-lost time!) I love seeing your outfits put together and you’ve provably inspired me more than any fashion blogger, if we’re measuring it by the *adds to shopping basket* button 😀

    Keep being you. Authenticity is one of the most important things for a blog – keeping up and being ‘current’, in reality, is simply being YOURSELF. That’s a forward-thinking approach! Being yourself in a world that tells us to be like someone else.

    Robyn is Robyn and ROBYN IS ENOUGH *cue arrival of cheeseboard because this was ever so slightly cheesy – but it’s true!*

    • 15th October 2017 / 6:21 pm

      This was such a lovely comment to read! I think the whole ‘authenticity’ is what resonates with me the most. It may not be everyones cup of tea, but surely if it’s what I enjoy writing about, then the reader is going to enjoy reading it too! I’m so glad you like reading my posts and means the world to read comments like these. Thanks so much!!

      R xoxo

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