Friend Friday: Bloggers and Blog Negativity

It’s Friday so you know what that means?  Another installment of  Friend Friday, a weekly feature headed up by the creator of Modly Chic where a group of bloggers (like myself) answer a set of questions based on a the chosen topic. Today’s topic is all about putting a person or fellow fashion blogger on front street if they’re wearing something that the writer considers a big fashion disaster.  Here’s my take on it:

 

Do you post pictures on your blog, or would you if the opportunity came along, of people with poor fashion//beauty sense?

Personally, I haven’t and I won’t.  I’m a firm believer that someone has to be able to take what they dish out.  If I go ahead and do that, and someone else calls me out on what I’m wearing or how my makeup looks, I can’t be too mad.  Negativity begets negativity and it always comes back to you – karma works crazy like that!  Being that I know myself quite well, I’m not ready to open up that can of worms. I’m just learning effectively deal with negative comments!  LOL
Do you read any blogs that highlight the bad? Why?

I don’t because it isn’t something that’s up my alley.  Personally I think if someone doesn’t have at least some type of constructive criticism when it comes to a beauty or fashion don’t, then I’m not feeling it.  Do I occasionally read things about bad fashion choices in general or beauty don’ts – sure out of curiosity to see what made the list.  As far as reading blogs that consistently bash others for their fashion and/or beauty choices – I don’t entertain that.
Should these bloggers get permission to post the pictures from the subject in the same way the street-style blogs do?

Absolutely.  Any person whose personal photo is used in any form of written work should be asked permission.  Good or bad, their photo is being used to further someone’s written publication a.k.a blog.  It’s only right to ask their permission.
As human beings we are fascinated with disasters – of all sorts – why do you think that is? How do the blogs/websites that highlight the negative thrive?

I think many people are obsessed with the negatives of others because it takes the attention off of their own negative traits and attributes – even for a little while.  I think it also provides an outlet for those people who LOVE to criticize others.  Another thought – these stories, blogs, etc. always have shock value – saying the things you won’t say in public.
For many, fashion is subjective. Do you think, there can be anything that is objectively bad in the fashion world?

I don’t think there could ever be something objectively bad in the fashion world.  Fashion, among so many other things in life is determined by society standards.  What is considered fashionable can quickly turn into unfashionable, depending on what the masses believe.  In the 50’s it was crazy to show skin, especially if your were a woman.  It was thought back then that a woman should always be modest and conservative.  In reaction to that line of thinking, fashion followed suit, from over the knee skirts to one piece bathing suits.  Then the tides changed and showing skin is now acceptable – in the form of mini skirts, plunging necklines, and cut off tops.  The opposite is also true – some fashion designers  go against what is socially acceptable labeling them either cutting edge, an emerging trend, or a fashion flop (the line is rather thin!).  In any event, society plays an important role and because society standards are always subjective, fashion will be also.

What are your thoughts ladies??

10 thoughts on “Friend Friday: Bloggers and Blog Negativity

  1. Suze says:

    I agree! And I appreciate that you don’t post photos on your blog and make fun of them. There were a few blogs I followed that did that, and I’ve since stopped following them because i don’t like the negativity they’re promoting.

    • MJ says:

      Thanks Suze! This is one of the reasons I like our group so much because we are all so positive and supportive of each other! Its good to know that others don’t fall into this negativity trap!

  2. Nadia Marie says:

    Hey girl! I love your post! I love how positively you look at things and how you encourage all of us to always be constructive rather than destructive. It’s very sad to see the amount of negativity that is going on out there in the blogosphere when it comes to fashion. I personally like to stick to the reads that encourage positive outlooks. Great post! Love you!

    • MJ says:

      Thanks so much sweetie! You’re right, there is too much negativity in the world and the world certainly doesn’t need me to add to it!

      Besos mama! :)

  3. Ethnic Skin Care says:

    Hi there-

    Here’s my response:

    1- I don’t post pictures trying to dis’ anybody. I wouldn’t want anybody to do it to me. My fashion sense may be different from someone else. Not only that, I don’t think people should rag on people’s choice of clothes since they aren’t the ones paying for them.

    2- Negativity is contagious so no, I don’t read blogs that talk about anything but negative stuff. Now a little controversy here and there is healthy for a blog but it shouldn’t be overdone.

    3- People thrive off of gossip so that’s usually the basis behind negative info. Hence, they thrive.

    4- The only thing I think is really fashionably BAD is to show too much of what you are born with (if you know what I mean).

    This is fun. Have you considered posting it on other blogs and then we all participate with replies that point to participating blogs?

    Michelle

    • MJ says:

      It is a lot of fun and I enjoyed your answers and yes, showing too much of what the Lord gave you can always be a bit much! LOL

      Katy from Modly Chic just started a discussion group for all of us who participate in Friend Friday (which you should join by the way! Its great!) Just go here for more info:

      http://modlychic.blogspot.com/

      • Michelle says:

        Thanks MJ! I am so far behind on posts and reading, its ridiculous. I tried a weekend with no work and just having fun with the kids. Now I pay the price..

        Michelle

      • MJ says:

        Girl I know how it feels! I went on vacation a few weeks ago and when I came back I was working so hard I needed another one! LOL

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