Fake it till you make it. Does it really work?
I’ve always supported and praised authenticity. No matter what it was, design, writing, music…arts and communication in general. You name it. Therefore, of course for me it was important to be real and authentic from the beginning, not only the beginning of this blog but you know, in general, working in fashion industry and what not. I’ve always looked up to people who kept it real and weren’t afraid to have their true opinions and who they shine through.Instead of hiding who they were, they made it their advantage despite of how much hate and or negative attention they got. They sticked to who they really are and grew from there. But we always hear the term “fake it till you make it”. And it mostly refers to faking one’s skill set or knowledge on something rather than faking personality or in this case numbers. And looking at recent events that happened both Instagram and on Twitter I guess some bloggers out there (and in which I happen to knew few personally but I’m not going to drop names) have bought followers. And that’s the main issue.
My thoughts regarding the #instafraud
I get emails almost every single day “Hi, do you want to buy followers? it will help you! it only costs £££” and every single one of them I ignore. Because I know buying followers is bullshit, it’s like buying friends, you can’t buy friends. Spending money on fake followers won’t bring engagement, it will just make you look good on Instagram, for a bit. Because as I’m sure most of us have seen on Twitter, that many bloggers are coming forward about buying followers in the beginning of their careers in order to rank them higher on Instagram. Fake it till you make it I guess. And I guess thought that they have gotten a real relationship with real followers, but for what price? Will they ever be seen as authentic? Will their followers will ever truly believe any word they will say? Who knows. I know I wouldn’t. But I can smell a fake from miles away and I don’t follow them, what’s the point? If followers and numbers are that important to you to fake your way through social media and blogging than maybe you’re only in the blogging game just for the financial and material gain. And like I’ve always said blogging should be about creating, sharing and connecting, thought blogging people got careers and found their voice. Don’t be that blogger who doesn’t appreciate the real engagement and followers. I do blame PRs on one side, many brands and PRs do care most about the numbers rather than human interaction between a blogger and a reader, and it’s sad to see. Hopefully thought all of it and all the exposing they will learn the difference between real passion and commitment to blogging and a fraud.
It’s funny because I’ve always surrounded myself with people who were someone, who meant something, who did work super hard for what they have achieved, and more power to them! I could easily turn into a hater and bash them instead of trying to help them rise, but when I support someone, there’s always one sole reason why I do, and it’s simple. I believe in them, their talent, voice whatever they have to bring to the table. But being surrounded by people who are more successful than you has it’s consequences, at least for me and even now it still greatly affects me. Because I compare myself to them all the time, the followers, the likes and engagement, because I wish to have the same level of support as they do. But that makes me feel worse, and question everything that I do. My last two blog posts (here and here) didn’t do as well as I’ve wanted them to. And it really hurt and they meant a lot to me and I worked hard on that content, putting so much heart and passion into every word and image. And I don’t want you to feel bad that you didn’t comment or click in the link. I just wanted to make it aware that despite of the #instafraud there are still bloggers who do are about their content. And I would recommend you to support them.I’m sorry if this comes across as a negative post, that’s not the intention at all. I am just really frustrated at how things are looking in the blogging world. Hopefully thanks to all the exposing it will stop. And I would talk about my outfit, why or how I’ve worn it. But it’s and old shoot and I just wanted to be warm, presentable for these photos and you guys have eyes anyway.
What are your thoughts on this matter? Do you happen to know some of these creators involved? What was your reaction to the whole situation? Please let me know in the comments below! ^_^ Love xxx
Scarf – Killstar
Coat – Primark
Jeans – Forever 21
Rings – Shop Dixi
Shoes – Coast (similar)
Top – All Saints (similar)
Leather Choker – Camden Town (Similar)
Crystal Necklace – Regal Rose (similar, cheaper version)
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