1. Have you ever looked at someone's blog and thought yours will never
I'll be honest an answer with a resounding yes. I am particularly aware of the shortcomings of my pictures, which are taken before or after work with my no-frills camera in my halogen-lit kitchen. I frequently wonder how I can measure up to the beautiful photos of women in corn fields shot by their boyfriends/partners/husbands who just so happen to be photographers. That is just not my life, and I do feel that my blog suffers a bit for it.
2. Do you (did you) feel pressure to meet some kind of undefined
standard for fashion bloggers?
Not really, in that I know my style is quite different from most bloggers out there (who aren't Orthodox Jews wearing a heck of a lot of clothing and a headcovering every day.) I know that this blog is rather unique, which helps keep that sort of pressure off.
3. Many established fashion bloggers are also extraordinary DIYers,
bakers, and crafty people. Do you think you need to combine all of
these things to be successful at blogging?
If you measure success in partnerships with big brands and millions of pageviews, sure. But I try to define success a little differently. For me, it is more about the community and conversations that this little blog sparks. That said, I do think that just OOTD blogs (mine included) can be a little too narsisitic and stale. I am making an effort to include other types of posts, like my recent Goodwill Outlet tips. While I may not be an amazing baker or crafter, there are elements of my daily life relating to style that can be helpful or interesting to others, and I would like to focus on them a bit more in the coming year.
4. The most successful blogs are the ones that have their own personal
voice - how are you developing your voice or how did you find yours?
I have always been a writer, so putting words on (virtual) paper wasn't too much of a stretch. In terms of developing unique content to match my voice, which I would say is equal parts sarcastic and sincere, I just write about what I know. I am not a fashion insider, so I don't pretend to be. I'm just a recent college grad who gets dressed every day, trying to do something creative with what I own.
5. Toot your own horn... what's one thing you do that is unique to you
and your blog? What gives your blog an edge?
I am limited in what I can wear, but it hasn't limited my style. I'd say that the casual reader might not even realize that I dress according to a specific religious code, and that longtime readers who know appreciate what I do within the restrictions of my faith. I am proud of sticking to my guns. I love that my blog is a resource for modest dressers but isn't limited to them.