The very first two blogs I started following were the Vagenda and Esme & the Laneway. Between them, these two say a lot about me, I think, and they go some way to explaining my confusion in terms of what I want this blog to be. I love so-called ‘lifestyle’ blogs, where people share their adventures, recipes, their day-to-day living – I just enjoy getting an insight into other people’s lives, and I guess it’s a sort of wish fulfilment. Esme, for instance, has the most amazing vintage wardrobe and style, and is always getting up to such interesting things (so many brunches!). She’s made me really want to live in Melbourne! On the other hand, the Vagenda is packed full of the sorts of articles I love to read – funny, tell-it-like-it-is honesty on everything from Grazia to victim blaming. It deconstructs the sorts of ideas and ideals that are fed to us wholesale. It made me realise that I have opinions on things, and that I want to get those opinions out there.
Bringing these two strands together, though, seems like a huge challenge.
Lifestyle blogging is often seen as trivial or twee, and it doesn’t help that many lifestyle bloggers seem to perpetuate this by rehearsing very conventional roles or ideals. But does it have to be this way? Can you reconcile lifestyle blogging with more ‘highbrow’ pursuits?
I want to write about the issues I care about: current affairs, feminism, literature, art, politics, but also cooking, music, and life in Oxford. I want this blog to be a space where I can be creative, where I can feel free to express myself, share my thoughts and feelings. I think I need to get over my fear of ‘not being intellectual enough’, and admit that, actually, I do enjoy food, fashion, homewares etc, just as much as I enjoy reading articles and having debates/rants with my friends. I love the idea of documenting life as you live it and appreciating the here and now. And I guess that is where my interests intersect.
Ultimately, I want this blog to represent me, which means it will end up being a mish-mash of things. But that’s ok. A feminist lifestyle blog? Let’s see what happens.