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I'm Caitlin Wilson, a twenty-something midwesterner with a penchant for neutrals, donuts, and makeup. Thanks for reading!

FBFF: Photos + Writing = Authenticity

It’s time for Fashion Beauty Friend Friday again, courtesy of Katy from ModlyChic (a personal favorite blog of mine). This week’s topic is all about authenticity. This is what Katy had to say about authenticity when coming up with this week’s questions. “Some of you may have read on my blog that I met with a researcher this week who was studying fashion blogs. At the end of the interview, I asked her some of the common themes she was seeing through all her interviews. One of the most interesting things she said was that the majority of people she has spoken to value authenticity in a blog….” Here are my thoughts:

1. Most readers and fellow fashion bloggers value authenticity in the blogs they read. How would you describe blog/blogger authenticity?

Authenticity regarding blogs, particularly fashion blogs, is two-part. The first part is authenticity regarding what fashions they choose to convey. The reader/viewer can tell when an outfit is more of a costume than an actual personal style preference. This is your personal style blog, which means you should be authentic and true first and foremost with yourself and your likes. Dress for you, not for your blog. The second part of authenticity is writing. Writing can enhance your blog’s photos, so take advantage of the opportunity to discover and personalize your writing voice.

2. When it comes to your blog, how do you infuse it with that true/authentic feeling? 

I make sure that what I photograph and what I write are my own and that I truly believe in them. Writing is a powerful tool, so I try to convey my thoughts and originality through the writing I put in each post. 

3. Have you stopped following a blog in the last three months? What made you lose interest?

I have stopped following a blog or two in the last three months, mostly because of the massive amounts of pictures and absolutely no personalization of their thoughts. I’ve been paying attention to whose blog posts I actually read, compared to those whose pictures I view. Writing is the easiest way to add authenticity to your blog.

4. We can’t communicate effectively on our blogs something we don’t live in real life. What are some ways you try to live an authentic life?

I try to be open and honest with people, particularly the women on my wing of the dorm in which I live. Friendships are extremely important, and the best way to build a solid friendship is to admit shortcomings and ask for help. There is nothing more genuine than admitting you sometimes fail and having someone come alongside you to help. 

5. Give a shout-out. Which bloggers do you think are truly genuine and why?

I love that Alex of Delayed Missives talks about everything from her gothic high school past to her favorite items in each outfit. She’s genuine and reaches out to newbies like me!

I also love Kendi of Kendi Everyday. Her writing voice is so distinct (funny and sarcastic) that I look forward to reading her posts every day, along with seeing her outfits. 

Jessica of What I Wore is also a favorite of mine. She’s not afraid to post outfits even when she thinks they’re just “okay,” and she’s also not afraid to admit when she’s not pleased with an outfit (even though they’re always spectacular!). 

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