FBFF Q&A: Blogger authenticity

21 Jan
Some authentic love and bad helmet hair from last weekend’s trip

Our favorite run of the day

Will the real Fabienne please stand up? 

Readers value authenticity in a blog but defining what makes it authentic varies greatly. Who are we? How are we coming across? Who’s doing it well? Am I trying too hard? Does this blog make my butt look big? (Oh, I just couldn’t help myself!)

It’s Friend Friday and the topic this week is about what we deem authentic and how we express that quality in our blogs.

FBFF: Most readers and fellow fashion bloggers value authenticity in the blogs they read. How would you describe blog/blogger authenticity?
FJ: I would say there’s a level of humility that comes through somehow. I don’t mean self-deprecation, but rather a sense that the voice used to speak to me as a reader conveys friendliness and a desire to connect. This also something that consistency brings with time. I often check out a blog several times before deciding to follow. 

There’s a lot going on these days about authentic products, authentic experiences and behavior, it’s the latest in marketing jargon. Honestly, staying true to your character is as authentic as you can get. If someone is a super sharp dresser with the discretionary income one only dreams of it’s not any more authentic of them to try to play it down just appear “authentic”. Work what you’ve got, don’t apologize. If you’re flashy by nature, be flashy. If you’re a mom, be a mom.

FBFF: When it comes to your blog how do you infuse it with that true authentic feeling?
FB: Firstly, I will say that I definitely censor myself. What sounds funny when you’re with close friends does not always translate in the written word. Nor do I want to be remembered for the bad day I had or the like. 

That being said, everything you get is 100% me. My goofy sense of humor. My propensity for storytelling, my love of colors, nature, food, and let’s not forget snowboarding! I choose to represent myself accurately and also mindfully. I don’t mind having a good laugh at what I wore ten years from now but it would upset me greatly if a vignette of a bad day remained in the blogosphere to haunt me forever, especially out of context.

FBFF: Have you stopped following a blog in the last three months? What made you lose interest?
FJ: Yes. The blogger seemed to have a lot of negative energy. Maybe it was a bad or difficult time for her. By no means do I expect everyone to be a Pollyanna, that would be disingenuous, but the impression I got was that person’s outlook on life had a negative bent to it. Not only could I not do anything to help but it started bumming me out. I think it would have been different if she had reached out. Who doesn’t want to help a sister? 

FBFF: We can’t communicate effectively on our blogs, something we don’t live in real life… what are some ways you try to live an authentic life?
FJ: I don’t know if I can sum it up in just a few words! I’ll try. Honestly, I don’t find it too difficult to be genuine, I don’t let convention or assumptions bog me down. I’m probably a rebel in disguise! A rebel who can see both sides of the story. I try to live the life I believe in, I try not to pass judgment without in-depth knowledge, I try to stand up for myself when necessary and I’m not afraid of being super affectionate and letting those I care about know it. Lastly, I’m not afraid of being wrong, it happens to all of us once in a while. I think those are pretty good starting points. And I surround myself with quality people. Your peeps say a lot about who you are, I happen to think mine are the bomb!

FBFF: Give a shout-out… Which bloggers do you think are truly genuine and why?
FJ: Lol! How many of us are going to say “Katy”? Ok, there are quite a few so off the top of my head:

Katy (YOU!) from ModlyChic. Why? Your personality shines through even while you’re giving us advice and sharing your know-how with the community. At no point do you come across as authoritative yet you are so well respected. That says a lot about your authenticity.

Jodi from day2daywear. I just love her personality and enthusiasm. I enjoy all the little life tidbits she throws into her posts. You get the sense that even if she has a bad day she’s going to find something to laugh about. And you’re invited to laugh along.

Kendi from Kendi Everyday. I love the one post where she describes the sound of her voice. I swear it changed how I read her posts now.

Emma from Daily Clothes Fix. So much of her character comes across in the photos and her outfits. It feels so genuine. She’s got great ethics but has never appeared preachy. It inspires me.

Rose from Lovely Ladypants McGee. Her voice comes across genuinely. She’s creative, funny, eloquent. She, too, shares aspects of her life that just make me like her more!

Mackenzie from Whatever, Gatsby. I don’t know how she wouldn’t come across as authentic, seriously! If only I were that cool when I was twenty. Or that fearless!

Yvonne from Fashnlvr. I just started following her after signing up for Style Nation. I feel like I can basically say the same things about all of these ladies. I dig how they come across: intelligent, inquisitive, fun, personable, creative. They’re all different but share a lot of the same traits on their blogs.

I could keep going on and on: Collette from Statements in Fashion, Vahni from Grit and Glamour, Sal from Already Pretty…) The coolest thing is that I will keep discovering more bloggers that will inspire me, and so the cycle will continue. Yay for blogging!

Thank you Katy of Modly Chic, a very authentic blogger, for putting together these questions. Friend Friday is an opportunity for fashion and beauty bloggers to share their thoughts on a specific topic and read what others have to say on that same topic. For more information, check out Modly Chic and welcome to the wonderful world of blogging!


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  1. No Guilt Fashion

    January 21, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I appreciate your goofy humor and your story telling. Great answers especially #1

  2. Franca

    January 21, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Hi! I like your answers! And I'm *really* intrigued by who this nasty blogger is. Several people have mentioned a person like that, I wonder if its the same one?

  3. Jodi

    January 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    love your answers!!! just taking a peek between interviewing people.. so cant stay.. toodle dooo babes have a good one!! xoxo J

  4. KT

    January 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Love your answered, and totally humbled by your words about me and ModlyChic in response to #5. Thanks!!! – Katy

  5. Emma at Daily Clothes Fix

    January 22, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Thank you so much for including me. I'm so pleased (and relieved) that the ethical side of the blog doesn't come through as preachy. You are totally authentic yourself and I love reading your posts.

  6. Fabienne Jach

    January 23, 2011 at 11:13 am

    @Franca: I suppose we'll never know:P This person isn't by any means nasty, I just got bummed out by her outlook. My life isn't perfect by any means, I've smiled for a photo on days when I had cramps or insomnia again, but who wants to read about it over and over? I don't. I would depress myself if I kept a log of bad days! That's what a blog is!

  7. Colleen

    January 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I like your answers. The only thing I do differently is I write about my bad day if I have one. But if a friend annoyed me or something, I do not write about that. So in a way I sensor myself too. I had a friend tell me that I did a good job not complaining about other people on my blog. I didn't even try but ever since then I realize that I don't.

  8. Fabienne Jach

    January 23, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    @Colleen: I probably let on when I haven't had the best of days, too. I just don't like dwelling on it because then I get wrapped in it all over again!

  9. Mackenzie

    January 24, 2011 at 4:52 am

    i love love love this. i too struggle with authenticity, believe it or not. mostly in the "will anyone find this as interesting as i do? or funny?" arena. but a blog is a blog is a blog, and it's mine afterall, so i think we should all have some essence of enjoyment of our own blogs as a priority rather than worry about how many readers or comments we get. then it loses authenticity.

    and are you trying to make me blush?!?! i'm so so so flattered! thank you for making my whole week :) <3