“Blogger” and The Negative Connotation Behind It

  • June 3, 2014
  • Written By Timothy Nguyen

What is a blogger? Are they defined by content quality? By commercial success? Readership? What’s a proper blog to people and what’s just a stream of reposted content?

Recently, there has been a significant amount of articles and discussion around the death of “blogging.”

I want to talk about the negative connotation of the title “blogger.”  Basically, you don’t want be classified as a “blogger” anymore. Nowadays anyone can hop onto Tumblr or Squarespace, download and install a theme, then proceed to post a bunch of random thoughts or pics and call themselves a “blogger”.  There is nothing inherently special about the title “blogger” anymore.  There is no prestige in calling yourself a “blogger” other than the ability to say you own a website.

Now, when someone approaches me and tell me they are a blogger, I am skeptical on what they mean by that.  Are they Jesse from Puthison.com or some random Joe Schmo from JoeSchmo.tumblr.com?

Those amateur bloggers will give you their business card (not eggshell by the way) and when you visit their website, it’s full of shallow one-liners followed by six hundred regurgitated images or info graphics that have been around since the dawn of the internet.  Even Buzzfeed thinks the images are reposts.

A blog at its core is a site with information or discussions displayed in reverse chronological order so it is correct to call Something Bespoke a blog but I feel like it has the ability to be so much more than that. I don’t want this just to be a blog where I am talking about fashion rather I would like it to be a dialogue with open minded folks who share the same passion as I do. Instead of a collection of one man’s thoughts and selected images, Something Bespoke will strive to be a community of fashion lovers engaging in conversation.

What is your opinion on the title “blogger”? Let me know in the comments below.

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I'm someone currently based in Houston, Texas that asks "What is your opinion of Thom Browne and the Thom Browne aesthetic?" a lot.
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  • Jeremy Scott

    Let me address the elephant in the room. Blogs that are disingenuous are seen right through like organza on a light summer day.

    A blog, for whatever it’s worth, is suppose to be fun, insightful, thought and discussion provoking, and original.

    No one wants to see reposts of silly images and trite unoriginal thoughts.

    -JS