A couple of times a month I like to spend some part of a day catching up on my favorite blogs, seeing what is interesting to other people who are interested in vintage clothing and fashion history. Unfortunately, I’m not very disciplined when it comes to this sort of blog reading, and I often find myself tumbling down the blog rabbit hole, many tangents away from my original intent.
And so it came to pass that I was sucked into a particularly nasty vortex last week, one that made me stop and see how lucky we vintage bloggers are to have a “community” that is seemingly free of the types of mean-girl-ness that I haven’t seen the likes of since junior high school. By following a link from a site for fashion bloggers, I came to a site that seems to exist purely for the sake of criticizing (mainly) women bloggers. The site, which consists mainly of a blog and a forum, calls out people for everything from “being fake” to presenting “dumb” DIY projects.
In ten minutes of reading, I found people who were made fun of for being “middle aged”, for having “ugly” hair, for not having televisions in their homes.
That’s when I decided to play a little croquet. You know how the game goes – your ball bumps up against that of the opponent you like the least on the lawn and now you get to slam the hell out of their ball. But with blog croquet, all you do is back out of the site quietly, and mentally croquet that blog out of your consciousness.
I’m really not a fan of most “fashion” blogs, but who am I to judge? I figure if someone can make a decent living (or even just score an occasional free handbag from some company) then more power to them. No one is forced to read any blogs so why take it all so seriously? I say it may be time for some other people to just chill, and maybe have a little blog croquet game of their own.
To be completely fair, they also seem to be very concerned with the issue of bloggers stealing ideas and content from others, which is a good thing. But it just gets lost in all the nastiness.
Thanks so much to Mary Jane at Poppy’s Vintage Clothing for the above photo.
Sorry about not posting a link, but I don’t want that site to get hits from The Vintage Traveler. Heaven knows I do not want to be on their list!