June 25, 2015 Berlin
Let’s hit a new topic today, shall we? I want to discuss the power of social media and the harsh reality of it sometimes. I’m aware a lot of people think that because bloggers open up their lives to the public, we should be accepting of everything that comes with it. The good, the bad and the ugly.
The issue with this job is that it’s fairly new to the industry, which raises a lot of assumptions and questions on what we actually all do. I will be the first to admit that there are many glamorous aspects to being an online influencer. I’m very grateful for them, and I never take them for granted. However, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine all day, every day. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been in conversations where someone asks the question, “so you just take pictures of yourself and earn money?” (usually followed by a laugh and a chuckle). It’s always a little hard to digest as I try to remain calm and explain the full business process behind it all. However, I can hear myself becoming monotonous and I fear I’m delivering the explanation on the defence.
The reason I felt the need to write this article today was all because of Snapchat; the social media platform that allows us all to document every moment of our lives in 10-second segments. As I sipped on my americano this morning, I decided to open up some messages from readers who follow along. Not the best way to start your day, let me tell you that. I began reading, how boring my life is, that I’m too shy and that I shouldn’t even be on Snapchat in the first place if I can’t speak up. Followed by lovely messages about the blog and feeling inspired when they read it every day. I felt touched by the positive ones, but the negatives kept replaying in my mind all morning long.
I hate that I let them get to me, but the reality is we don’t all have the thickest skin. I entered this business because I love creating, I love fashion and I feel there are so many elements in this world that can be shared in a beautiful way. I’m a perfectionist with my work, which means not every day is glamorous and a lot of it is spent at my desk making sure all the details fit together. I have mundane administrative weeks so that I can enjoy the luxury of traveling. So, yes, there are a lot of days that are spent answering emails, editing photos, brainstorming new concepts and shooting around the neighbourhood. I apologize if sharing this on Snapchat bores you, but I feel this new platform is a good way of showing my unedited point of view. I’m going to try and make an effort in accepting the negative comments as constructive criticism and the positive ones as the inspiration of why I keep going each day.
“A strong woman accepts both compliments and criticism graciously, knowing that it takes both sun and rain for a flower to grow.”