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Fashion Blogging is so the New Black.

Posted in fashion and society by bluewellesleyblue on August 19, 2008

Via the New York Times: an article from their magazine dedicated to the youngest segment of the fashion blogging set. The bloggers mentioned are 12, 15, and 16. This after an article published earlier in the week connecting privacy risks on the internet with young fashion bloggers, which was linked by both Miss Couturable and Moohoop of The Fashion Void That is DC (who linked to a slightly different version here). Both the articles in question are focused largely on the blogger behind Style Rookie, who just so happens to be a rising seventh grader. It’s hard not to be impressed by her, by the way. Even though that particular blog is not written in the same style as the ones I usually follow, the enthusiasm and spirit behind everything she posts makes me smile.

I’m just surprised that fashion blogging is so popular amongst teenagers, mostly girls, and enough so that it’s practically mainstream. As late as sophomore year of high school, all I was doing online was writing in a Xanga and using bad grammar and smiley-faces! In truth, it makes me feel a little old, but it’s very interesting to see the way blogs, twitter, etc. are becoming such a significant force.

I agree with Miss Couturable that it is fallacious to connect issues of youth internet safety with fashion blogging per se. Though style is a pretty personal thing it’s also very loosely connected with one’s personal life and every fashion blog I’ve encountered is authored by a pretty internet-savvy person who is hardly going to be victimized by an online predator. Fashion blogs and any well thought-out blog in general =/= Myspace. Sometimes there is anonymous nastiness directed at fashion bloggers, often on their own turf, but also posted publicly elsewhere – as detailed in the second version of that article on internet safety – but no more or less than in any online venture. I find all online misbehavior – especially when the sniping is done from behind the shield of anonymity – highly distasteful, but ultimately, it’s best to ignore it, I suppose.

Every blog I’ve linked in this entry is excellent, by the way. Also, I feel like such a dinosaur! Oh my.

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