Who could have predicted this age of social media and shameless self-promotion.Well I think George Orwell sort of did. I guess everyone wants their fifteen minutes, or maybe not. Not everyone likes to share everything with everyone online but it seems a lot of us do. And nothing is more self-promoting then a blog. Or at least personal blogs. I originally started my blog as a way of expanding on my skill set as a graphic designer and learning new things and exploring the brave new world of social media. I never really thought about it as self promotion but on some level it is. I may not be branding myself as a personality but it is a platform for me to show the world what I think. In addition if I do start an online print shop then of course it will be a tool to market my products.
I actually had a blogger tell me her goal with her blog was to brand herself. The success of blogs like the Man Repeller and Bryan Boy is just that—they branded themselves and turned themselves in to celebrities. We often see them at events and fashion shows along side what I like to call more traditional celebrities. With reality TV and “traditional” celebrities instagramming, tweeting and posing for selfies it seems that art is definitely imitating life. Remember when reality TV was only about “real” people? So if all is fair in love, war and the art of self promotion, do you think personal and fashion blogs deserve some of the negative flack that have been thrown their way? Where do you draw the line between a self made celebrity and those that clawed their way in to the lime light? If you have a blog why did you start it? If not, how engaged are you with social media? I know some people that steer clear of it all together. What do you think of a life lived online?
And now to this tee from French Connection, is this the bomb or what? I love it, and will be adding it to my must have list for sure. And I am still thinking of opening an online print shop and doing a hash tag series, so stay tuned…whoops I just did it—shameless self promotion!