Monday, 1 November 2010

Blogging Confessions

Having taken a break from blogging for a while, which wasn't something I had planned to do but was unfortunately a necessity due to work load and a whole mountain of other commitments, I've decided that it's time for a change.

I started this blog for lots of different reasons but the main one was because I wanted to communicate with people. I wanted to share my inspirations, things that I loved, things that I didn't love and things that I genuinely felt passionate about. Above all however, I wanted it to be personal, for readers to gain a sense of who I was, what I thought and what inspired me. In regards to this, I think I lost my way.

Whether it was that I forgot why I'd started this blog or that I got to carried away trying to compete with other sites on news coverage that came across as enthusiastic and dull I don't know, but I want to take this opportunity to start a fresh.

From now on, I want this blog to be what I intended it to be, personal. Fashion, and online blogs in particular, give you the opportunity to take on any kind of persona or guise that you wish and, while this can often be a fun and exciting prospect, it can sometimes lead to trying to be something you're not. After taking a step back and looking at other figures in the industry, other bloggers such as Tavi and Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes, I've realised that people of all ages and personalities are being able to express themselves openly for who they are.

In an admittedly long winded way, what I suppose I'm trying to say is that I want to introduce myself, Brad Palmer, and my blog, FYI Blog.

One of the major things I tried to hide before was my age. Whilst many may look to the likes of teenage bloggers such as Tavi Gevinson and Jane Aldridge for inspiration, the reality is that young people in fashion are still facing difficulties when trying to be taken seriously within the industry. Although the fashion industry may be one that often celebrates youth amongst it's most desired qualities, many all to often dismiss anyone who isn't old enough to wield a credit card in their own name. Well, what many bloggers (me included) are striving to do is dismiss this misconception. At the age of 17 I have written for more than half a million readers, covered multiple shows over two seasons of London Fashion Week, attended my fair share of fashion parties and met some of the most admired people in the industry. This may not seem a lot compared the endeavours of Bryan Boy, Tavi and Co but it's something I'm very proud of and something which I can only hope to build upon.

So, in the posts to come, expect to get a personal take on all things fashion, youth and indulgence from me, seventeen year old Fashion Blogger and obsessive compulsive wardrobe hoarder, Brad Palmer.

See you later Alligator...


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