5 Things I Miss About The Early Blogging Scene

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For those of you who don’t know, I started blogging in 2012. Back then, Instagram was just starting, and bloggers weren’t really relying on this platform for fame or recognition. The term “Instagram Influencer” or “Instagram Fashionista” was pretty much non existent.

Nowadays, I feel like fashion blogging is on the verge of dying. Why you might ask? It’s simple! People are doing it for the WRONG reasons. I’ve actually discussed this topic so many times with fellow bloggers who have the same feeling about the industry.

So below are a few things I miss about blogging and bloggers:

1- The Genuinity

I feel a huge reason why fashion blogging is “dying” is because people are not genuine anymore. It’s always the same collaborations, the same projects, and the same events. If a blogger collaborates with one brand, you see everyone else working with the same brand as if it’s a must or a rule. I am also always confused whether a post or an article is sponsored or not. The Lebanese blogosphere is still not used to posting the hashtags #ad or #sponsored, so we are always wondering if the blogger is actually in love with the product or if it’s just a sponsored post.

I’ve also realized that some bloggers feel the need to post something about a place or a product just because they were approached by the brand or maybe sent a package, and this is a main reason why I feel the content is not genuine anymore. If you don’t love it, there’s no need to post about it.

2- The Writing

The rise of “Instagram Influencers”stopped bloggers from actually writing content. Why waste hours writing a post if you can get all the fame and the recognition just by posting a photo on Instagram? I admit, I’ve neglected blogging for a long time but not because of Instagram. I was actually demotivated to create any content which is an inevitable step in every blogger’s journey (Don’t you agree?)

3- The Identity

I feel like nowadays my Instagram feed is the same. Bloggers discussing the same products, places, and trends. Between every few photos, you have to spot the fishnet stockings, or the meal at that new trendy place. The content is pretty much becoming predictable, and bloggers are losing their sense of uniqueness or identity.

4- The Effort

In Lebanon we have a few profiles who actually put sweat and tears into their content. I have so much respect for these people, and they truly inspire me to become a better blogger version of myself. However, it’s fair to mention that the effort that was put few years ago has immensely diminished today. I used to blog every other day in the past, and today I can barely post twice a month.

5- The Discussion

I remember back in the day Β blog posts used to generate a lot of discussion and debates. People were eager to read new content regardless of their interest, so they interacted with the blogger or maybe tagged their friends. Nowadays, I feel people are not intrigued to click on a blog post and read it, perhaps they prefer reading a few sentences on Instagram and that’s about it. Let me know how you feel about that

Before I end this post I wanted to mention that I am not claiming in any way that I follow the best blogging practices in the industry, I make mistakes all the time. I just wanted to express through this blog post what many bloggers are feeling today. Maybe this can motivate us to write more and create more interesting and unique content.

PS: Here’s my first ever blog postΒ !!!! Those 5 years really flew by 😦

Let me know what you think of this unusual post πŸ™‚

Lara xx

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10 thoughts on “5 Things I Miss About The Early Blogging Scene

  1. Thank you so much for writing this! I’ve been feeling the same way! It really has gotten too mainstream. Fashion blogs used to post in depth fashion articles, instead of the latest crossbody bag. It was a mixture of fashion topics. Actually, fashion in general isn’t the same thanks to social media, which has been a blessing and curse to the industry. Like you mentioned some bloggers only want exposure and a front seat to fashion week. It worries me sometimes because people who actually love blogging about fashion are no longer being taken seriously. We are just clumped into one big stereotype.

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  2. I agree with everything you said. i lately came to unfollow many “influencers” on instagram only because their content became the same, same events, same products, same foodie gathering…. so why follow clones… i kept the ones that are fun to read and touched me from the beginning, as they contribute as well in writing lengthy content-full blogs. Society is restrained in Lebanon, hence bumping and being invited to the same event. Hence having everyone post the same things. + you feel when someone’s post is genuine about a product they like, from another who is just posting for the sake of showing off their free perks, don’t you think?

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  3. I agree with you Lara. Me personally don’t believe bloggers anymore and always think that they are recommending stuff because they are well paid in return. In the past years, I used to read some blogs and follow certain bloggers and at some time you feel like you trust what they say because they have given much effort and time to put these information into a blog especially that the experience is supported by details and examples. And one other thing is that even platforms are losing their genuineness, but as long as there are people like you who at least still try to do things in the best practices possible, I believe this will head somewhere beautiful.

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    • Awww thanks Halah for your lovely comment! There are definitely still many bloggers who are still passionately blogging regardless of all the changes in the industry.
      Hope to see you soon ❀ ❀

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  4. Can’t agree with you more!!
    I’ve been blogging since 2011 on and off again. I just started with my Instagram account, and it feels like people are parading everything! It feels like a competition more than about the content. I still love blogging and reading others blogs, but it feels as “if you don’t promote you are doing it wrong?!”

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  5. As I am new to blogging it is difficult for me to comment of how it was in the past but I agree πŸ’―% staying true to how You are is crucial. I enjoyed reading You post ! Well done xx

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