A Recall to Simpler Times

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Do you recall those simpler times? When our blogs were written for fun and not for the number of unique monthly page views, when your Instagram account was instantly pretty just by sharing a pair of red heels, elevated with two filters, one uneven frame and the most inconsistent usage of hashtags. When our engagement rate was measured in quality comments, and not from comments such as: “Cool love it! Here’s my blog and my dozen of social media accounts to spam you. x”. Yes, the number of likes were cool too but we weren’t obsessed counting them, we didn’t had to compare ourselves with others bloggers’ reach because our sponsors didn’t ask us for a 5-digit number of likes. Everything, or most of it, was made for fun and we thought we were the shit.

I wanted to get say this because lately, I’ve been feeling anxious every time I post on Instagram. “Will I get the number of likes I need?”, “Is this photo good enough?”, “Did I wore something similar last week?” and many more are the questions I do to myself every time I’m ready to post. This is so real, that even if you don’t have a blog or work on Instagram, you probably feel the same way. We’re so deeply affected by the massive consumption of visual images and advertisement that we only double-tap a perfect photo, the kind of photo we wouldn’t be able to do and therefore, it deserves a like. What’s selling? Who cares, it has latte art on it.

Aquellos tiempos más simples, cuando nuestros blogs se escribían por diversión y no por el número de visitantes al mes, cuando tu cuenta de Instagram ya era bonita por el simple hecho de compartir unos tacones rojos, adornada con dos filtros, un marco raro y hashtags de uso inconsistente. Cuando nuestra participación se medía en comentarios de calidad, y no de comentarios como: “Love it! Aquí está mi blog y una docena de mis redes sociales para hacer spam. x”. Sí, el número de likes también era importante en ese entonces pero no nos obsesionábamos contándolos, no teníamos la necesidad de compararnos con el alcance de otras bloggers porque nuestros patrocinadores no nos pedían likes de 5 dígitos. Todo, o en su mayoría, estaba hecho para divertirnos y nos creíamos una chingonería*.

Quise hablar de esto porque, últimamente, me siento ansiosa cada vez que publico en Instagram. “¿Tendré el número de likes que necesito?”, “¿La foto es suficientemente buena?”, “¿Ya usé algo parecido la semana pasada?” y muchas preguntas similares son las que me hago cada vez que estoy lista para publicar. Es tan real, que seguramente si no tienes un blog ni trabajas por medio de Instagram también te pasa por la cabeza. Estamos tan profundamente afectados por el consumo masivo de imágenes visuales y anuncios que únicamente hacemos doble toque a fotos perfectas, el tipo de fotos que no podríamos hacer nosotros y que, por ende, merecen un like. ¿Qué está vendiendo? A quién le importa, tiene latte art en una taza de café.

 

in this photo –
& Other Stories mohair cardigan, Zara sheer t-shirt, Mango blush trousers, Josefina knot sneakers (similar here & here), Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, Kapten & Son watch

 
 

Six years ago or so, we created and consolidated the blogging world and we actually were the shit, for real. There was no rules nor paths to follow in order to monetise your blog, no specific schedules but only following our impetus was good enough to create a multimillion industry based on our own ideas, our most honest opinions and our raw creativity, from people who actually studied fashion, to doctors and engineers looking for a way to step out of their comfort zone.  What’s stopping us now to say what we really believe in and follow the people we sincerely admire? Competition, it is everywhere.

Evolution in the industry is understandable, it’s also unavoidable. Blogs are read less and less since social media has taken over with tools that not only provide us with the eye candy we desperately need in order to function every morning (I watch cats accounts, but that’s my personal preference), and I’m also guilty of this.  So, in this completely non-sponsored post, made with the single purpose to get this out of my chest and the need of a ‘reset’ button in my head for creativity, I invite you to be active in social media to get in touch with the people you believe deserve it, have a word or two of reasoning and especially, to read blogs more often, ’cause man, we are forgotten.

Hace más o menos seis años que creamos y consolidamos el mundo de los blogs y de hecho sí fuimos una chingonería*. No había reglas ni pautas para monetizar nuestros blogs, ni horas específicas para publicar sino que nuestro ímpetu era suficiente para crear una industria multimillonaria basada en nuestras propias ideas, opiniones sinceras y la creatividad cruda de personas que estudiaron moda, hasta de doctores e ingenieros que buscaban una forma de salir de su zona de confort. ¿Qué nos detiene para decir lo que verdaderamente pensamos y seguir a las personas que honestamente admiramos? La competición, está por todos lados.

La evolución de la industria es comprensible, es incluso inevitable. Los blogs se leen cada vez menos desde que las redes sociales se armaron de herramientas que no solo nos proveen de imágenes bonitas que necesitamos cada mañana (yo veo fotos de gatos, pero ya es preferencia personal), y también soy culpable. Por eso, en este post completamente no patrocinado, hecho con el único propósito de sacarme esto del pecho y mi necesidad de un botón de reiniciar en mi cabeza, los invito a ser activos en las redes sociales y en su vida con personas que verdaderamente sientan que lo merezcan, que tengan una o dos palabras que decir y que sobre todo, lean blogs más seguido, porque la verdad, estamos muy olvidados.

 


 

This ain’t my best outfit for sure, but it’s what I wanted to post without any pressure to fit within the trends. Simpler times were better, but I’m excited to break the cycle and join the newest adventures the Internet has to show us. Thank you for reading, you guys are the best! Este outfit está lejos de ser mi mejor, pero es lo que quise publicar sin sentir ninguna presión por encajar en las tendencias. Los tiempos sencillos eran mejores, pero estoy emocionada por poder romper el ciclo y unirme a las nuevas aventuras que el Internet tiene para ofrecernos. ¡Gracias por leerme, son los mejores!

 

SHOP THE POST:

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Wearing: & Other Stories mohair cardigan, Zara sheer t-shirt, Mango blush trousers, Josefina knot sneakers (similar here & here), Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, Kapten & Son watch

 

*Para mis amigos que no son de México, 
sustitúyase por “grandiosos”.

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33 Comments

  1. Yas Reply

    Hola Adriana,
    Ya te lo he comentado antes, me gusta leerte, además de subir fotos bonitas :P siempre tienes algo que decir de la vida diaria, lo que comúnmente aqueja o siente cualquier mujer y eso es algo valiosísimo para uno como lector. Para ser sincera hace varios años empecé a leer “The chriselle factor” el primer blog de moda y estilo de vida que seguí y que ya no lo leo más (el último par de años me ha desilusionado), hay otras bloggers de tu camada que también empecé a seguir (a partir de leer tu blog) y déjame decirte que muchas de ellas ahora parecen adolescentes tontas, no han evolucionaron están estancadas en que su instagram sea el más popular.

    Así que debes sentirte orgullosa de brindar ese extra que te caracteriza: Brindar parte de tu sentir a quienes te leemos y logramos identificarnos en la vida diaria (aunque no seamos bloggers de moda) <3 <3 <3
    :)

  2. Un articulo lleno de razon y escrito con el corazon. Estoy completamente de acuerdo contigo Adriana.
    Desafortunadamente muchas personas se olvidaron de visitar los blogs y de valorar el contenido de ellos.
    Tanto fotográfico como en su texto.

    Desde que me mude a San Diego hace como (casi) 5 años, me senti (y vi) en la necesidad de expresar mi creatividad de una manera diferente a la que estaba acostumbrada (Era directora creativa en diferentes empresas de Calzado) viviendo aquí creo que era la unica manera de sacar un poco de mi furia creativa.

    Yo te leo y me encanta tu trabajo. El mundo sigue evolucionando y con el nosotros.
    Buenas cosas vienen

  3. I found your blog at the beginning of its foundation. I liked it very much because in addition to beautiful pictures, interesting styling always contained interesting text. He always forced me to think. I was intrigued by your beauty, slightly different from standard in Poland. By visiting your blog I learned what professionalism is. Since I started my blog I know how much time and effort it costs. I am aware that your quality is still lacking, but I hope that I will never lose the authenticity just as you do. You have gained a devoted reader in me a long time ago.
    Regards
    Ela

    http://www.themomentsbyela.pl

  4. Te he mencionado que me salvaste la vida? Yo nunca te olvido. Hay blogger que tienen mas liles que tu y no te llegan a lod talones ni en estilo,ni en redaccion. Le das espiritu algo tan material,gracias por hacer lo que haces.

  5. Ana Claudia Reply

    ¡De acuerdo! Me embrujaste con tu post. Abrazos desde Brasil :)

  6. 👏👏👏👏 me encantó el post…

  7. Alina Reply

    Dime por favor que esto no es una despedida de tu blog :( Te leo desde hace varios años y es un placer (como un trago de agua fresca) porque tus posts son muy reales, muy naturales, admiro cómo has mantenido tu personalidad y tu sencillez (aunque tu estilo se ha ido sofisticando mucho :P ) y se agradece muchísimo. Espero no dejes de escribir porque hay un (no tan) pequeño grupo de personas que adoramos leerte y no sólo disfrutar las fotos bonitas <3

  8. Johanna Reply

    I love you Ig-account cause it gives me that satisfaction of getting more sneak peak a bit more often. Of details and of pics thats may not- in your standard- be ‘blog worthy’. But- I can not wait for the next blog post bevause it’s just a different thing, which IG cant replace. Here you can put together a comprensive story, post bigger photos and just put them in an appealing context which instagram does not allow. I think some blogs can be replaced by instagram, where the blogger merely posts snapshots of outfits or partypics or similar ( can’t think of good examples right now..) But not your blog, I think.

    So please don’t stop blogging!

  9. Lizvet Reply

    Amen sister! haha… Oh man, I’ve actually been wanting to email about this topic for a while now. I’ll email you this weekend. I agree with so much of what you have stated. I think it’s harder to feel unique and creative when everybody is doing the same thing. I like your simplicity. It’s what I value as well – good design, smart layouts, the “less is more” approach. You’re doing great. and I’m definitely still a fan. Un abrazo Adriana!

  10. Adriana, tú fuiste una de las personas que me inspiraron a abrir un blog y fue precisamenge por tu autenticidad. Supongo que me tocaron otros tiempos pero aún así, puedo notar cómo día a día crecen más bloggers que se autodenominan así sin siquiera tener un blog. Es cierto: la presión es más grande, la hipocresía, el cinismo, la falsedad y me da mucha tristeza, porque ser blogger es algo de lo que me enorgullezco; es un mundo donde puedo ser yo misma y conectar mis pensamientos e ideas con los demás. Creo que con el tiempo se irán quedando los buenos e iremos ignorando a los falsos. Te quiero mucho Adriana y gracias por inspirarme en tantos aspectos💖💜 abrazos desde México!

  11. I think its still a personal choice to keep it simple. I know I do.
    And I think you look fabulous and REAL in that outfit.
    Hugs

  12. I absolutely love this post Adriana, I do miss the simpler days too like you said when it was just about bloggers expressing themselves and when the pressure of having a perfect feed or pressure of posting for deadlines were just something to not worry about because we just wanted to share and be in touch with the readers. I do agree that numbers has become more and more important and competition and comparison is definitely evident but I do love seeing my fave bloggers still keeping true and still engaging with their readers like yourself <3
    Glad to have read this post, it's so honest and the fact you're sharing this to your readers who feel the same way, it's just relatable and to know that even bloggers like yourself feel the same way and notice how the industry has changed makes me feel even closer as a reader to you :)
    Your work is amazing Adriana, your content is always flawless and you're an inspiration to other bloggers like myself, keep being you and keep being awesome, I cannot wait to see what adventure the internet has to offer too <3

    • Hello Mariel, thank you so much for your words :)

      I get anxious every time I meet a new person and he/she discovers I blog for a living, they think we are able to create content and never stress about it. We are just like anybody else, and sometimes it’s hard to follow all the trends.

      xx

  13. I read all your posts babe, while i do adore your instagram, I must prefer your blog posts. They are so beautiful but also SO well-thought out and perfectly compiled. I love that about everything you create. It’s very much personal but so professional too.

    Honestly, I am right there with you when it comes to instagram. It is a consistent, irritating source of anxiety for me. There are dogs who have more followers than me on the app. I cannot help but wish it would vanish entirely. But it won’t so here I am struggling to embrace social media… while simultaneously using it to pay my bills. It’s an awkward duo.

    • Thanks, babe! I always prefer blogs over Instagram, they’re like the true soul of every blogger. Instagram might censure your photos because of X or Y reasons but our blogs are only place where we can curate, write and post anything we want to.

      The dog/cat accounts with thousands of followers is pretty hard to assimilate too when you’re trying to engage with the whole Internet just to get enough likes :( it’s silly! But it puts food on the table so… awkward is the right word for it. xx

  14. Adri que lectura tan refrescantes, es verdad que los tiempos cambian y que hay que adaptarse, y tu lo has hecho excelente yo sigo recordando como era desde esa vez que fuiste por primera vez al nyfw es increible como todo pasa tan rapido, y tomo tus consejos de ser mas activos en las redes sociales y tambien en el mundo real, un fuerte abrazo

    Andres

    thepocketstyle.blogspot.com

    • Hola Andres, muchas gracias por comentar :) Hace ya tanto tiempo que no voy a un Fashion Week, en gran parte por las mismas razones por las que el mundo blogger ha cambiado tanto. Fashion week ya no es lo que era antes!
      Un abrazo :) xx

  15. I read your blog posts. And I really enjoy reading them and looking at your outfits and combinations. But yes, everything today is about how to get more followers or likes, how to get attention of some big influencer to your little blog, comments are stupid and non imaginative, and definitely not sincere. I see that all the time. And the people that are not sincere destroyed the possibility that any small blogger get in touch and grow a relationship with big influencers and bloggers because the big ones are so afraid to connect any more. Nevertheless, I believe there is no place for competition and fight, there is space in the world for everybody and the right content will find the right followers and readers.

    • Hey Tina, thank you for always commenting and your words :) there’s definitely a market for every single blogger out there, thing is, great bloggers are getting less and less recognition every day, and that makes it harder for newcomers :(
      xx

  16. 🙌🏻 it’s amazing how we stop being creative and focus on what others needs and wants are. I definitely am on board with you girl! No nos debemos de rajar jiji ☺️

  17. What you wrote definitely resonates with me. Believe it or not, I was thinking the same thing the other day. We read blogs less and less these days and we only scroll down our social media feeds. No wonder more and more bloggers started relying on clickbait titles. I mean, you have to stop them from scrolling right? And, as you said, things were simpler back then. You just couldn’t wait for someone else to post so you could visit their blog, read, and get inspired. Save a bunch of photos on your phone or PC while you are at it. Leave a meaningful comment before you leave. I miss those times too.

    I, for one, always preferred reading and following blogs by people who always wrote something meaningful and who used their blog to share something about them that was edited, of course, but still raw in the sense that you could feel the passion it went into making that content. That was what got me into blogging. I wanted to share what I loved doing and inspire other people in the process. Putting my foot into the industry was another goal in order to lay the foundations for the bigger picture I have of the future me. I never minded sponsored content. I was happy instead that the people whose content I was enjoying were getting paid to do it. But as you said, with the heightening of the competition, our simple pleasures suddenly became too complicated and too noisy to deal with.

    Many lost their integrity in this perpetual numbers game, but others stayed very loyal to their original voice.

    You were one of them.

    • {just to make it clear, one of those who stayed original! ^^}

      • I completely agree, everything now seems fake and overdone by other bloggers. I admire those bloggers who speak their minds and are not afraid of not being sponsored by brands who only care about numbers.

        • The key is to diversify! Some bloggers rely solely on their Snapchat or Instagram sponsors. I, for example, prefer to have a day job in order to be able to reject brands that don’t really connect with me or my readers. I truly care about the quality I present you guys :)

    • Hi Dilek, I think you said everything I wanted to mention within the post but in a much coherent way. Numbers are definitely important but not every time, some bloggers have tons of comments with no meaning at all (those “i love it check out my blog” comments) yet some small bloggers are able to put together a small community of people who are passionate and inspired by them. Comments like yours are always my favorite!

      Thank you for your words, especially the last ones. I’ll treasure them forever :) xx

  18. Pablo Parra Reply

    Hola Adriana!

    Qué post más maravilloso, de hecho siento que me leíste la mente porque esto es exactamente lo que pienso últimamente (más habiendo trabajado en el área de RRSS por unos meses y habiendo contactado con gente que se dice “blogger”, de hecho también siento que esa palabra ya está un poco manoseada jaja). A pesar de que ahora tenemos más herramientas todo parece menos auténtico, más forzado y por ende menos real… A veces me dan ganas de volver a la época del tamagotchi y olvidarme de todos los likes, los hashtags y las publicaciones promocionadas.

    Luego me acuerdo que hay bloggers y creadores de contenido como tú y siento que el esfuerzo de seguir creando vale la pena. Creo que en estos tiempos de internet donde estamos tan saturados de todo lo más importante es ser buenos curadores de contenido y saber que vale la pena leer y que no. ¿Podríamos tal vez volver a esos tiempos donde se bloggeaba por el puro placer de hacerlo? :p

    Yo por lo pronto voy a hacer una limpia de Instagram para ver lo que de verdad me inspira y me interesa (pero tus fotos se quedan, eso seguro!). Y no te preocupes por el OOTD, la simplicidad (también en tiempos de Instagram) sigue siendo lo mejor :)

    Un abrazo!

    • Hola Pablo, muchas gracias por comentar. Es muy refrescante saber que no soy la única que se siente presionada. Si te soy sincera, he tenido días en los que llego del trabajo tan cansada y harta de las redes sociales que lo único que quiero hacer es leer o jugar con mi Nintendo y olvidarme que hay un mundo digital hambriento por imágenes nuevas cada día.

      En realidad pienso que sí hay mucha gente que bloguea por el puro placer de hacerlo, el problema para mí es cuando damos más alcance y notoriedad a los bloggers que son copias de sí mismos, las chicas guapas de cuerpo perfecto que no proporcionan ni dos renglones de texto en Instagram y la gente que se nota que solo está en la industria por dinero. No voy a decir nombres, pero si quieres con un café podemos hablar más del tema :)

      Un beso!