Do you see the badge above? If you are a fashion blogger, do you have one for your page?
If the answer is "no"...then I'd have to ask why, and immediately direct you to the Independent Fashion Bloggers registration page!!
Seven months ago, on August 9th, 2010, Statements in Fashion was born with my very first outfit post below.
August 9, 2010
Excuse me....has anyone seen the rest of my feet, or know where my eyes are for that matter?
Looking back at this photo makes me smile. I remember being so happy when I saw that I had twelve reader comments and a few blog followers.
How amazing I thought, there were people who were actually interested in reading what I had to say, and seeing "my take" on fashion. It was truly an exhilarating feeling that I will never forget.
Like many new bloggers, I felt I was failing MISERABLY at the start. I was self conscious about having my photos taken, I didn't know where or how to connect with other bloggers, and didn't think I would ever really "fit in".
I knew that interaction was going to be key in my blogging success, so I decided one day to just go for it and put myself out there.
I slowly started visiting other blogs, posting comments, and making new blogging friend connections.
While I pretty much browsed the internet looking at fashion blogs every chance I could get, I noticed one common factor at most blogs that I visited.
They were all Independent Fashion Blogger members.
I remember clicking on that very first badge and couldn't believe where it re-directed me.
I was instantly staring at a place where all of my fashion blogging questions could be answered. It was a community JUST for fashion blogging...I was amazed!
Jennine, like most of us, started out fashion blogging as a hobby and quickly realized there were no real resources or assistance for fashion bloggers. She was interested in monetizing her own blog and found that problogging websites were more geared towards tech blogs.
Jennine, in her own right, paved the way for fashion blogging from that day forward for those that followed.
The key to the Independent Fashion Bloggers community is just that.....the sense of "community". You will instantly feel at ease and at home, and will be connecting with other fashion bloggers before you know it. It's truly incredible how close knit everyone really is. Each member promotes themselves as well as their fellow bloggers.
As a member of the community, I have been fortunate to have two of my blog posts selected to appear in the Independent Fashion Bloggers Links ala Mode list.
Check out some of the amazing opportunities @ IFB:
- The IFB Social Network – Find other bloggers in your niche, city, country or just find other like-minded fashion bloggers to share your content with. The IFB social platform gives you a place to ask questions, get answers, as well as set up events and promote your blog.
- Links a la Mode – a weekly round-up where bloggers submit their top posts for consideration. Approximately 20 stories are selected each week. This has been a huge traffic and SEO driver for participants.
- Weekly member e-newsletter – features a blogger spotlight, highlights from the forums and Links a la Mode. This is how IFB became monetized (through a sponsorship with Gilt).
- Fashion Week Events in New York and London earlier this year – over 300 bloggers at each event – prizes donated from independent designers to consumer tech companies like Microsoft. American Express, G-Star RAW sponsored the NYFW event.
Seven months, 173 posts, and nearly 1000 followers later, I would like to say "thank you" to Jennine and the Independent Fashion Bloggers for playing such a large role in my success today. I have so much more to learn and I'm confident that IFB will take me there.
I am very proud and honored to announce that I will be an Editor for the Independent Fashion Bloggers Links ala Mode beginning this month through February of 2012.
I am absolutely thrilled and cannot wait to start!