I am so excited (and a little starry-eyed) to be co-hosting the Weekend Rewind with Bron from Maxabella loves, Sonia from Life, Love and Hiccups, and Kelly from Kelly Exeter . I love a good party, I love hosting a good party and being invited to co-host a great party is even better. Like any fabulous party the Weekend Rewind is a place to make new friends and catch up with old ones. Please link up below to feed the mutual blog addiction.
It occurred to me that my blog addiction has replaced my magazine addiction. And I used to have quite the problem. As soon as a new issue hit the newsstands, it hit my bedside table. I would buy every issue of Vogue, Marie Claire, Harpers Bazaar and InStyle. Their covers were full of promises that were seldom fulfilled by the pages. But that never stopped me searching news agents, coveting my next magazine hit. Nowadays, I have a Collective Magazine subscription and I will sometimes buy Frankie or Peppermint magazine. At some point spending nearly $10 on glossy pages full of advertising lost its appeal. It was probably at around the some point that I discovered blogs.
These are the reasons I think blogs are better than magazines.
Blogs don’t make me feel bad about myself. I often feel like a big, fat frump after reading a fashion magazine (and I am a pretty standard size 10-12). Skimming pages of pre-pubescent girls, posing as women, wearing clothing I could never afford is hardly an exercise in building self-esteem. On the other hand, the fashion blogs I admire are written by women I can relate to. They promote clothing I can afford and can wear. Magazines need to balance the aspirational, the attainable and the inspirational. Blogs don’t have that kind of image pressure and they don’t pass the pressure onto their readers.
Blogs don’t assume my intelligence or limit my interests. Most main-stream womens’ magazines assume that my interests begin and end with fashion, beauty, interior design, cooking and celebrity gossip. Newspapers (in particular my local paper) assume a primary school education and extreme right views. Blogs are generally written for a more specific audience. Thankfully there are a large selection aimed at intelligent women with moderate political views who are concerned about issues like human rights, climate change and welfare. I can access opinions, thought pieces and news that does not belittle or insult me. Writing that challenges me and makes me think.
Blogs allow for interaction and community. I can write to a magazine editor. My letter may get published. Three months later. Blogs allow for immediate community and engagement. Blogs are accessible and responsive in a way that magazines struggle to be.
Blogs are honest, real and raw. Often people are pouring their hearts onto the keyboard. There is a real-ness in so many blogs that is lacking in other forms of social and print media. Brave bloggers move away from the glossy, canned imaged of perfect life and tell it like it is. Good blogs feel like an invitation to sit with the blogger inside their (imperfect) home and share a cup of tea together. Looking through a magazine feels more like pressing my face to a window and peering inside at some impossibly perfect dream.
The one magazine I do subscribe to, the Collective, challenges the conventional magazine approach. It features stories that are real and inspiring. It allows for interaction and community through a strong social media presence. I never feel my intelligence is insulted and always feel inspired after turning its pages. I feel similarly about Frankie and Peppermint and I have notice a few new titles creeping onto the newsstands that are finally understanding what women actually want to read. And it does make me wonder – how much did blogs have to do with that shift?
And, yes, I am a bit of tight arse, so the fact that blogs are free does play into my bias.