*These are my own thoughts and words, none of this is scientific, and by no means, I'm not complaining, I love what I do and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Way back when I first started my blog, I didn't really think much of others about posting my life online. I just wanted to share content with everyone and for people to enjoy my images online that I'd post from a runway show, to outfit photos. Although back then I'd only get three to seven likes. I'd put all my heart and soul into it, and still, do now.
Now, four years later, a single photo can get over 600 likes and I have over 100k reach via instagram and website. It's a very different aspect online. I share snippets of my life with people who I've never met and those who can find me under a simple hashtag. I've been found on google over 80,000 + times by people looking at images online or key word search. My images have been re-pinned, re-grammed and I've been blogged about by others, it's safe to say internet knows my every move and I sold my data soul a long time ago.
Exposing my life online is by choice, I enjoy creating content, creating media, giving reviews and posting outfit photos. I don't overshare every little detail, but I am online and this is my choice.
I wanted to give you all a little insight into the pros and cons of posting myself online, it's been requested a lot!
So without further adieu listed below are my Pros and Cons aka The Advantages and Disadvantages.
Having an amazing following who read and message me and come up to me in public to say hey! You Foxes are THE BEST. I love how you inbox me, send me emails and comment on my photos. I do try to respond to everyone on time, but I do reply! You are all so beautiful each and one of you.
Working with brands that I never thought I'd ever work with in my dreams! I've had some amazing opportunities with collaborations with brands, a lot of 'pinch me' moments too. If I didn't create my blog, I wouldn't have had those opportunities; I've worked with globally recognised fashion and beauty brands. This is something I wouldn't of been able to do without posting online and exposing my online persona.
Turning a hobby into a freelancing career. I've been able to gain industry experience, gain knowledge and be as creative as I want. I'm my own #BOSS.
Experiencing some amazing events, ones I'll never forget. This is from putting myself online, being passionate about what I do and creating content really pays off for moments like that.
Giving lectures, guest speaker talks and having my own seminar. This has been amazing, giving my own advice in what I'm passionate about, showcasing my own personal research about social media and teaching others about the digital sphere.
Meeting other amazingly creative people, it's great to interact with others who also share the same passion for beauty and fashion!
Meeting celebs! haha, this has become an everyday thing, I no longer get 'star shocked' but it's pretty cool!
People judge me in an instant by just viewing my photo, they automatically assume, well some, that I'm this self-indulged, narcissistic, bimbo person. It's hard because my photos can't speak in the form of my personality whole. My photos are a creative expression of what I love to wear, with a short caption. That's why I enjoy doing Instagram stories, helps others understand who I am, I'm a funny, chilled and loving person.
The thought of how many people have screenshot my photo and sent to their friends kinda gives me the creeps.
People will speak about you, no matter what. They'll speak about how good you're doing, how shit your doing and how they just dislike you for no apparent reason. I'm putting myself online, I knew I had to accept this, and that's ok. I usually block out this shit, because those who speak about others are just shit themselves.
People not crediting your work and Googling yourself and finding images on other peoples sites!
Taking photos in public and being laughed at, it's not really a con to me, but I've had people mock me in the streets. I keep in mind while shooting that I'm creating what I love doing, so screw you, random person.
People not understanding what you do and the stigma of saying I'm a fashion blogger can give some snarks and remarks by others. Some people think blogging is a joke, but it's no joke. It's a full-time job and I love every minute of it.
Going over my phone bill monthly, it can be really costly scrolling on Instagram all day if you're not connected to wifi!
Not showing every detail, some days I actually do get down about life, and I can't write about that because I don't want others to be down or feel sorry for me because there are worse things out there than me just having a bad day. Sometimes i'm just too hard on myself.
In the end of the day, the Pros outweigh the Cons any day! But, I wanted to give you an insight to my own thoughts about online life, let me know in the comments below your thoughts about social media! Style notes are listed below..
Till next time Foxes
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