Thursday, May 30, 2013

Beyond Blogging

Detail of a 1938 ensemble by Elsa Schiaparelli.

If you get a chance do have a look at Traditional Home’s new digital issue, which premiered May 13. You can read the entire thing online and if you stop by page 42 and the article “Branching Out” you will see a feature showing the faux-bois trend in home decorating. You will also find a picture of a 1938 Schiaparelli ensemble with a wood-patterned print I took at last year’s Met exhibit Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations. The editor of the article wanted to include the picture and I was delighted to be asked!

This month I held the second of my two Brooklyn Public Library workshops as part of the Hive Fashion initiative. The workshop was on interviewing techniques, mainly how to get a good interview out of somebody you want to meet for a feature on your blog. It was great to give another workshop and I had a terrific time. I was oddly more nervous at this one than the first. Public speaking is not easy for me but it was great to push past the fear and just focus on the tips I wanted to share with everyone. As soon as I did that, the nerves faded away!

At my Hive Fashion Blogging: Interviewing Techniques workshop on May 14. Photo by Jennifer Thompson.

Both of these things reminded me that blogging has given me some unique opportunities I wouldn’t have predicted. I never thought of myself as a photographer or conductor of workshops when I started my blog but have loved expanding those skills.

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget) got it right when she wrote to me a month ago: Blogging is never what you think it’s going to be, is it?

Have you found this to be the case too, that what you thought blogging would bring to your life and what it’s actually contributed are wildly different? I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject!


Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

I would have loved to have taken your class : )

Blogging is totally different than what I initially thought. I thought it would just be marketing myself so I could get clients to style.

In the end it's been about learning to like myself in photos, accepting myself as I age, making new friends that support me when I need it and learning more about the industry and economics of fashion.

I haven't been pursuing the monetization of my blog because I'm too busy right now with my illustrations and designing. I'm sure at some point blogging will change for me or maybe I will grow tired of it. Most hobbies have a 7 years cycle...and I still consider this to be a hobby.

Right now I'm enjoying the unexpected journey it has taken me on.


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

YES! Blogging has brought me friends and opportunities I never would have imagined. What a new world I have been introduced to! This is so cool that they used your picture, Jill! Congratulations, what an honor! I love to go to my email, because I always find a surprise there every day and it has been so fun to develop friendships like I have with you...miles away!!

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Blogging is nothing like what I expected it to be. I thought it was going to be a lot more sterile for some reason. I couldn't imagine any connections being made from behind a screen but it has and it has been so much fun and I wish I did it a lot sooner!

PinkCheetahVintage said...

I totally agree about blogging. It has given me some opportunities to expand my horizons that I'd never even really considered... Congrats on having your picture featured. That dress is a stunner!
Becky :)

Serene McEntyre said...

Look at you! That is fabulous!! I can't remember what I thought blogging would be like...LOL....but I absolutely LOVE the friendships I've made! From the get go, you have been such a kindred spirit and I never would have "found" you if it weren't for blogging. I will have to dig around and see if I can find a picture of me wearing something floral...I don't own much floral....but I do have a dress in mind that I've worn before. I'll try to get it to you ASAP! Hugs my friend!! Serene

Jill said...

I'm so glad I offered this topic up for discussion, I can relate to so much of what you ladies have written here. I told the participants of my first workshop at the library that starting my blog was the smartest thing I have ever done and I still stand by that statement for all it has taught me about writing, photography, making contacts, and learning technology (which is sometimes so hard!). And the friendships it has provided me with have been the best part of all. Thank you all for your thought-provoking and heartfelt comments! XO, Jill

triskelos said...

I'd love to visit this class, honestly! Why an I not in NY?))

Adrienne Shubin said...

I am very proud of you for stepping outside your comfort zone. I for one detest public speaking so I am in awe that you were able to take that on and do it well!
I love that you never know what's around the next corner when it comes to blogging. You think you know what to expect, but you don't. The strangest and most interesting opportunities have come my way - some I jumped on and others I didn't..and some I shouldn't have. That in itself keeps me motivated to blog!
The friendships are pretty awesome too ;)
xo, A

Anonymous said...

When I started blogging in 2004, I had no expectations. Blogging was fairly new, and the blog culture of today just did not exist. I started my blog along with some online friends so we could share museum visits and fashion history information.

I had NO idea that 9 years later, I'd still be writing, still documenting those museum visits, still sharing with friends. But the biggest surprise is how information tends to flow your way just because you do a blog post. I've had all kinds of wonderful emails from people who wanting to share their memories of working at Biba or of their Aunt Vera (Neumann) or how they designed at Paraphernalia. It is these connections that make blogging worthwhile, not just for me, but for the information highway as a whole.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the request to use your Schiaperelli photo and on the workshop. It's true that blogging has taken me places I never expected.