This is the first of the new forthnightly FBFF posts. This week Katy wrote a post about labeling and why she thinks it is detrimental. As she was casting around for a theme, B of Beautifully Invisible suggested that this be this week’s topic.
1. As a someone who writes/blogs about fashion, have you placed yourself into some sort of blogging category?
I guess I call myself a “fashion blogger” but that is a label we all use, right? Otherwise, I’m not sure I really fall into a specific blogging category. I guess I write quite a general blog which doesn’t really lend itself to any particular label as such.
2. What keeps you from or encourages you to label yourself as a certain kind of blogger?
I think that a lot of the time bloggers use labels for themselves when they are creating a niche for their blog. Certainly this is to be encouraged but it doesn’t necessarily reflect the blogger themselves, only the niche in which they blog.
3. When picking blogs to read and follow are you drawn to ones that indicate a certain group or way of thinking/being?
I enjoy personal style blogs but more broadly than that, I suppose I enjoy blogs that showcase fashion from the high street that I can afford. I certainly don’t find myself drawn to any particular “label” as I’m not sure where I fit into the labels given to fashion bloggers and therefore which would particularly interest me.
4. Do you think there are benefits in labeling yourself or others?
I think there are certainly benefits to the labeling that occurs within blogging but not within society in general. I think that, as I have already said, in blogging labels are a good way in which to define a niche.
5. Agree or Disagree – We’re all just people; we don’t need all the labels.
I do agree that we don’t need labels, per se. But I do believe that in life we all try to “figure” people out. I think we like to put people into neat little boxes so that we know who they are. This doesn’t always work. But we are all defined in some way by the things we do. And so, we are all bloggers and then this label (bloggers) gets narrowed further, to “personal style blogger” or “plus-sized blogger” or whatever. I’m not sure that these labels are necessarily to be fought against, unless you feel that our blog isn’t really about whatever the label is.
What are your views? Are we right to use labels or are they just another way of stereotyping people?