Thoughts on blogging, narcissism and Me-Made-May
Thoughts on blogging
Karen’s recent-ish post made me think a bit about blogging, and why we do it.
To me, blogging is unavoidably a narcissistic activity – broadcasting your activities to the world and hoping for some sort of validation in return However, the whole world is becoming more narcissistic, so the base line has moved. What would have seemed unimaginably boastful 50 years ago is now rather sweetly modest.
Will a more narcissistic society necessarily be a worse one? It will seem normal to our grandchildren.
I recently read the book ‘Extras‘ by Scott Westenfeld, which is a dystopian YA novel. It’s set in a future Japan where everyone in society is ranked by their level of online fame. Money has been abolished, and reputation is the only currency. The amount of people that subscribe to your ‘feed’ determines everything about how you live, what you can buy and how you’re treated. Journalism has disappeared as a profession, and everyone is a ‘feed-kicker’, trying to break stories to increase traffic. It struck me as a remarkable prediction of what the future could look like.
For myself, I prefer reading blogs that bring something new into the world, whether it’s a viewpoint or a piece of hand-made clothing. I do think there can be value in the ‘curation’ style of blogging but it has been vastly overhyped.
That’s why I can’t really get on with Tumblr, although I do acknowledge it’s an amazing way of discovering new inspiration.
For some much more interesting thoughts on the future of blogging as it relates to fashion, read this post by Final Fashion.
These thoughts were also prompted by the news that a lovely blog called A Beader’s Life had nominated me for ‘A Versatile Blogger’ award, which suggested I name 7 random things about myself.
7 random things about myself seemed like an impossible task, as they would either be extremely dull or very well-covered on this blog (DID YOU KNOW – that I am obsessed with Clarks and the V&A museum? Yes? Thought so), but in the narcissistic spirit of the future, here are five things:
- I will read basically anything and find it difficult to eat without reading something at the same time. The exception is detective novels and murder mysteries. I just can’t abide them. (Do you like reading? Are you on GoodReads? Be my friend!)
- I love Victorian history, especially if it relates to London. Here is a rather brilliant page of Victorian jokes.
- I am very interested in the crazy world of dreams, and frequently attempt to teach myself lucid dreaming, without success. Whenever I try my tricksy brain rewards me by giving me dreams about the most extremely boring subjects imaginable. For example: washing up, sitting in a chair reading the paper, cycling my usual route to work, eating toast with Marmite, etc etc.
- My favourite singers in the world are Jonathan Richman, Lou Reed, and Ella Fitzgerald.
- When I was young I wanted to be a scientist (aged 10, heavily inspired by the guy on the Weetos packets), or a writer for the NME (ages 14-18).
Thoughts on Me-Made May:
MMM to me doesn’t feel narcissistic, even though it involves taking pictures of yourself on a daily basis (or can do, as obviously it’s a very broad church). I think that’s because I find it so useful and interesting to keep a record in this way, it’s a great perspective on what you actually sew and wear. Also, I love seeing what other people make and how they style it. And finally, the outcomes are so positive: increased sustainability and creativity.
Follow my exciting adventures at the MMM 12 Flickr group! I have many more specific thoughts on what I’ve learnt about my me-made wardrobe, but I’m saving them for the half-way mark.
If you’d made it this far, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on blogging and why you do it (or don’t)…