Do you like reading “How to” blog posts? Here’s some thoughts on the subject which I expect will annoy some people. That’s OK, we’re all entitled to our opinion, right?
The number of blogs focusing on style and fashion for Midlife women is exploding. I come across new ones daily. To be honest…because that’s what I’m being here…some are educational and helpful, some are pretty and fun and some are frightening. Told you I was being honest.
I love “How to” posts. They make life simpler. They teach us how to do something better. In short, they’re lessons. Google also likes them so titling a blog post “How to…” makes it easily searchable and found…which makes blog writers love them.
Now I don’t want to piss anybody off…but I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest there are differing values to some of these posts. Duh. When I read a real estate agent or dentist, who writes a blog on the side, telling me how to choose the best item for my body shape, I have to wonder how she knows. What are her qualifications to teach me? Remember, a “How to” post is a lesson and not all lessons are created equal.
Having good taste and knowing how to dress your own body doesn’t always qualify you to give advice for someone else’s body. Which is why I don’t advocate shopping for clothing with your girlfriends.
So how do you decide if a “How to” post has information that’s going to help you? Take the source of information into account. It’s that easy. If the blogger’s aesthetic appeals to you and they have a track record of providing information you’ve found consistently valuable, then you’re pretty safe to assume it’ll be helpful.
Writing about fashion and writing about style are very different. Fashion is what’s in the stores, style is how you use it to represent your personal taste. Fashion advice on what to buy, where to get it, and ways to style it are fun to read. But when I read a “fashion blogger” give styling advice on silhouette, coloring and proportion, I get concerned.
Many women and bloggers are self-taught on these subjects and know a lot about it. This isn’t rocket science ladies but there is a science behind proportion, silhouette, color and fit. It’s knowledge you can learn if you choose to spend the time studying.
I encourage you to look at “How to…” style advice posts, with a critical eye. Question it’s validity for you and your body, and listen to your own intuition.
Perhaps some of these posts should be titled, “How I…”, but then Google wouldn’t find them as interesting. Would you?
Have a great day!