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22 Things Only Fashion Bloggers Will Understand

Last week I wrote about the things bloggers do that tend to annoy their readers, so this week I figured it was only fair to turn the tables, and take a quick (and very tongue-in-cheek, I hasten to add!) look at the things that annoy bloggers.

Not all of these apply solely to fashion bloggers – if you blog in any genre, or even just use social media regularly, you might recognise some of them –  but here, in no particular order, are some of pet peeves of fashion bloggers…

22 things only fashion bloggers will understand

1.  Wearing a great outfit, on a day when you can’t take outfit photos: such a waste of good clothes!

2. That outfit that looked awesome in the mirror looks like ass in the photos. It doesn’t REALLY look that bad… does it?

3. Your skirt is ruched up around your hips in every single one of your photos. Your photographer didn’t think to mention this at the time, because he “thought it was supposed to look like that”.

4. Only one photo out of 100 didn’t come out blurry. You look like Voldemort in it.

5. You write a post entitled ‘Here’s my new Topshop dress‘,  in which you talk at length about your new Topshop dress, and finish with a link to the Topshop dress. Someone immediately comments to say, “Where did you get the dress?!”

6. People who tag each other in your Instagram comments so they can discuss your outfit as if you’re not there. (Or just to have a private conversation which doesn’t have anything to do with you or your photo. Seriously, if you’re looking for somewhere to have a nice chat about things which will only make sense to the two of you, find somewhere else!)

7. It’s the best outfit you’ve ever worn: but all anyone can talk about is how COLD you must have been for the two minutes you were taking photos of it. If you’d worn a coat, however, they’d have said they can’t see the outfit and couldn’t you have just taken it off just for a quick photo?

8. You write a long, heartfelt post about something really important to you. It gets two comments, both of which say, “GREAT SHOES! ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!” (And your post wasn’t even about shoes…)

9. You find the most perfect, totally secluded place to take outfit photos in. The second you turn up, so do 15 other people, who all proceed to stare as if you have five heads. Awkward.

10. Unsolicited advice. Just… unsolicited advice.

11. PRs who decide Twitter is the best way to contact you about a possible sponsorship. Why, yes, I DO want to negotiate my rates in public, breaking each message up into 140 character tweets: if only there was an easier and more private way to do that, though!

12. PRs who email you about something (good), and then tweet you to let you know they’ve emailed you (bad). Why not also send me a Facebook message to let me know you’ve tweeted me to let me know you’ve emailed me?

13. Not being able to take decent outfit photos for approximately the ENTIRE WINTER.

14. Having to explain over and over again what it is you do, exactly, and being met with blank looks when you say you’re a fashion blogger.

15. Knowing that people secretly think you’re really vain because you POST PHOTOS OF YOURSELF ON THE INTERNET. WHO DOES THAT?

16. People assume you’re an “expert” on fashion, and ask your advice about it: actually, you just enjoy shopping, and have no idea what would suit anyone except yourself.

17. You’ve run out of space for your clothes. You still have nothing to wear.

18. Every place you go is now a potential photo backdrop.

19. Speaking of backdrops: you just found the best one ever. But your camera is sitting on your desk at home.

20. When people do the follow/unfollow, follow/unfollow, follow/unfollow dance on Twitter or Instagram. Just make up your mind already!

21. Comments which begin with the words, “I’m not being rude, but…” If you have to SAY that you’re not being, then you’re almost definitely being rude. So don’t.

22. Or end with “just sayin’!”  I hate it when people do that. I’m just sayin’…

Of course, these are all “problems” of the first world kind, and as I said above, my tongue was inserted firmly in my cheek when I wrote this. Personally, I think blogging is the best job in the world: I genuinely can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing (Well, other than relaxing on a beach with a cocktail in my hand…), but no job is 100% perfect, 100% of the time, so if you’re a blogger who has some pet peeves to share, now’s the time to do it!

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  • Jayne
    March 15, 2015

    Your conclusion hints at another annoying thing in blogging/social media: those eejits who comment ‘first world problem!’.

    As if you would have any other kind! As if you aren’t allowed to express annoyance unless someone dies or you lose your job! As if people in developing nations are only ever troubled by proper problems like war and Ebola!

    • Amber
      March 16, 2015

      Yeah, I have to admit, I really hate having to caveat everything like that, but I know that if I don’t, someone will tell me that children are starving in Africa while I’m complaining about having to run a fashion blog! I find it particularly annoying because on the one hand you have people saying they want bloggers to be “real” and “relatable”, but on the other hand you have people who’ll jump down your throat the second you say anything even remotely “negative” – you really can’t win!

  • Fran
    March 15, 2015

    Yeah, the first world problem hashtag always bothers the hell out of me. Also because it is usually used by men to put women down.

  • CiCi Marie
    March 15, 2015

    The ‘you look like Voldemort’ point – that made me laugh out loud while driving to a Mothers Day lunch with my boyfriend’s parents. And of course I couldn’t even attempt to explain that one! It also made my boyfriend laugh a lot – which is worrying, as he clearly is laughing at the resemblance :S

    • Amber
      March 16, 2015

      That one comes from all those times I’ve tried to take photos in blinding sunlight, and my face has come out so white and featureless that as soon as I look back at it I’m all, “OMG! Voldemort! Aaarrgh!”

  • Heather
    March 15, 2015

    I have really been enjoying these blogging specific posts! (I mean, I enjoy your outfit posts as well, your personal style is so lovely) I’m not (or will ever, even I know boot cut jeans and a graphic tee will be boring to look at more than once) be a fashion blogger but the million blurry photos and one not blurry but awful? Ugh times a thousand on that one!

    As always, you write with flair and wit that always makes me grin (I’d say lol but not really since I usually read blogs alone and the laughing is internal)

  • Lisa
    March 15, 2015

    This list is so true… although regarding #9, in LA there are other bloggers showing up to shoot at your location…. that pink wall on Melrose, LACMA, etc…

  • lily kate
    March 15, 2015

    This made me laugh, all so relatable! So annoying when the good outfit days or good hairdays or good backdrops or whatever happen when there isn’t a camera in sight isn’t it? And the dog walkers and cyclists allllll come out when there’s a blogger around too!
    lily x

  • Kelly
    March 15, 2015

    I’m not a fashion blogger but I’m nodding my head in agreement on almost every point and having a giggle – I really love reading your blog Amber. My pet peeve is the follow unfollow dance – there is a travel blogger that does it constantly to me – my evil blogger devil is telling me that the next time he follows me that I need to follow him back and then spam him via DM…but the good blogger angel is telling me to ignore him and buy shoes instead!

    • Amber
      March 16, 2015

      Just to make it even more awkward, I’ve ended up blocking people on Instagram for doing it constantly (I was getting follow notifications from them multiple times per day), only to then have them email asking why they’re blocked. So awkward!

  • Wendy
    March 15, 2015

    Awesome post and my biggest peeve is the twitter follow /unfollow routine. After the third or fourth time, wouldn’t someone get it that I’m not interested in their tweets?

    • Amber
      March 16, 2015

      I know! I mean, do they think you can’t see what they’re doing?!

  • amy
    March 15, 2015

    Great post. I can relate to each and every one. The vanity one really struck a chord with me. I remember when I first started doing fashion posts (and I only do one or two fashion posts a week, the rest of the time I post on many other topics) and one of my old friends wrote on FB ‘Vanity is ugly’. Needless to say, we are no longer friends.

    • Amber
      March 16, 2015

      Oh wow, that’s horrible! I’d have been so tempted to reply with, “So is being sanctimonious!”

  • Roisin
    March 15, 2015

    Laughed out loud reading this – YES. Just yes! To ALL the above <3

  • Erika
    March 16, 2015

    Number 13, exactly!

  • Anca
    March 16, 2015

    Number 3 is my favourite, hubby says that often :))

  • Retro Chick
    March 16, 2015

    All of those, and 2 more words “Dear Blogger”, because it’s so hard to find out my name.

    Oh, and very specifically to me “Dear Retro Chic”, especially when followed by the phrase “I’m a huge fan of your blog” 😀

    • Amber
      March 16, 2015

      Haha, I get, “Dear Forever.” Because yes, that’s totally my name – and ‘Amber’ is my surname 😀

      • Alison
        March 30, 2015

        I get Dear Wardrobe, so ridiculous!

  • Elizabeth Rose
    March 16, 2015

    Many of these are incredibly annoying, but number 8 kills me. Makes me feel like I did all the work for nothing, though I suppose personal enjoyment is something. But anyway, spam makes me sad. Speaking of which, how do you handle that? Is it rude of me to delete spammy comments?

    • Amber
      March 16, 2015

      No, I don’t think it’s rude – I honestly don’t think they’ll even notice, to be honest! I normally give comments like that the benefit of the doubt, and only delete them if the person keeps on doing it – there’s one blogger I had to block completely, because she was coming onto literally every single post and writing, “GREAT POST! ” Now that she’s blocked, the comments go into my spam folder rather than onto the blog, and she STILL posts them every day – she obviously hasn’t even noticed they don’t get published, because I’m presumably just one of many blogs that she does that too: so annoying! I also deleted comments a couple of weeks ago because as well as just writing “GREAT POST!” the blogger was then pasting ShopStyle affiliate links underneath them (they’re the kind that you get paid for each click, so basically SHE’D make money from my content/readers) – that kind of thing gets instantly deleted, but only because it’s so blatant – they’re not even trying to pretend that it’s a genuine comment!

  • Jessica
    March 16, 2015

    Oh my god – all of this is so true! Well, I can’t say I have to deal much with how PR people contact me, but no outfit photos in the winter? So frustrating. I could only shoot on weekends because I had zero sunlight to work with during the week. And I’ve definitely begun looking at each and every interestingly textured wall or picturesque alley with something akin to longing. “This would make such a great shot!…”

  • Harlow Darling
    March 17, 2015

    I love all of your tongue in cheek posts about blogging because they are so comforting to read knowing that you are not the only person that has these issues (basically all of the above). I actually often say to my partner “There’s this blogger called Amber and she actually WRITES about these things happening, she doesn’t just act like taking blog photos is just a walk in the park – that thing that happened to us with that farmer happened to her too and she WROTE ABOUT IT ON HER BLOG.” Because normally as a blogger you are supposed to admit the totally awkward and annoying things that happen to bloggers. I’m not joking though, a farmer drove up to us when we were taking photos in a field and wanted to know what we were taking photos for. And then asked if we took photos of livestock….err. So I stood there awkwardly behind my partner pretending to fiddle with the camera like that wasn’t just happening. Then, finally when the farmer insisted on knowing what the photos were for, we both looked at each other and said “….facebook…” – hoping it would be easier to explain than “blog” to this guy who was probably a few hundred years old and didn’t know what “an inter net” was.

  • Sarah V
    March 17, 2015

    Did I miss the joke with two 18 & 19’s?

    • Amber
      March 17, 2015

      Nope, the joke’s on me with that – just an embarrassing mistake…

  • Eilidh
    March 18, 2015

    I’m not being rude but ……just kidding, all of these are so true! The ‘great post!’ comments are frustrating, but the ones I hate the most are ‘let me know if you want to follow me, and I’ll follow you back’ – as if you need to persuade them to follow you!

    Love these kind of blogger posts – looking forward to more!



  • OMG still laughing! Soooo true and thank you for bringing up the comment issue and the clothes totally in the wrong place as well. I just loved your post. Jessica shared it on FB. Would love to connect with you. Hope you will get a chance to stop by. Sabina | Oceanblue Style

  • Autumn
    March 23, 2015

    Oh my gosh, this post is so true! Thank you for writing this because this made my day! Even my family laughed. xx

    A Fabulous Hippie

  • Alison
    March 30, 2015

    YES YES YES to all of these! Another great post, Amber!

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