As a someone who writes/blogs about fashion, have you placed
yourself into some sort of blogging category? When I started out it seemed like being categorized was a part of the blogging world. If you don't know your niche what is your blog representing? And how are you going to stand out? I struggled for months with having a label or not. I like fashion but I don't blog about fashion persé. I like dressing up but I don't do daily outfit posts. Am I a fashion blogger? Or because of my physique, should I label myself a plus size blogger then? Personally I've narrowed it down to being a fashion lover the Emotionista way. As long as I know where I stand, I don't really mind what others define or label me as.
What keeps you from or encourages you to label yourself as a
certain kind of blogger?
I encourage myself to follow my own path in this blogging world. That may make me less popular. I may not be able to live off my blog. I may not have a lot of followers. But staying true to my own reality,means I'm doing something I love. With integrity. Knowing I am not selling out on myself. This is my drive. To keep my head clear in a sometimes blurry world. This is one reason I started MPS (mode plus series) to defy labels. In this case what is considered beautiful. By featuring different women with different backgrounds, the dominated labels will be challenged.
When picking blogs to read and follow are you drawn to ones that
indicate a certain group or way of thinking/being?
I am drawn to originality. Bloggers who are. You know Descartes words "je pense donc je suis". Women that speak out in any shape or form. Either through their fashion sense or point of view. This is what I look for in blogs. Of course I have categories like inspirational blogs, where I visit only for the visuals. But as far the reading material, I prefer the cartesian one's.
Do you think there are benefits in labeling yourself or others?
I'm sure having labels helps with identifying. It becomes tricky when these labels are obligated and considered the truth.
Agree or Disagree - We're all just people; we don't need all the labels.
In a perfect world, yes! Hélas, it is not the case. Our society thrives on labels and categories. As long as these labels don't limit my persona or someone else, I have no objection. I still am and so are you!