Tuesday, December 21, 2010


go with the flow



 dress: yayer
Don't really have a proper post to show you so hey, here's some photos of me. I know... POSER ALERTTT.  I got a new flashgun for my camera so I was playing with that earlier!  I was supposed to do a outfit post today, but I ended up going to lunch with my Aunt and Cousin and then went to see my Dad. So by the time I got home it was too dark to take photos proper photos. Although thanks to my new flashgun it may help my indoor late night photography... maybe. It was seriously so dark this evening, although I think it supposed to be the shortest day of the year?

I often get comments that are simply just "nice photos" or "liked the images". I often ponder the importance of the written word is in blogging. I like to write text to go with my posts not just post photos,  Although I am by no means a writer. I left school over 5 years ago now to focus on art and design, and despite getting a A and a A* in English at GCSE, my grammar, spelling, punctuation and stuff are awful. I write how I talk and how things flow out of my mouth rather than trying to write formally and "correctly" in a style that doesnt suit me. I know most of the time my posts are a bit TL;DR! They do have a bit of a formula normally, a bit about the clothes, a bit about my day. Not only so you can know what I did, It helps me remember what I've done and when. One day when I'm old and grey I can look back and remember all the daily goings on in my life.
 
To me, photos are very important in what I believe makes a good blog. But it is only a component in successful blogging. I love reading about other peoples thoughts and feelings. Diary style posts are my favorites, Blogging is voyeuristic by nature, You want to know about the person behind the blog and who they are. Its not just looking at what someone wears or the eye makeup they use. I want to know what they did, where they wore something, how they felt about it. I think the way someone writes says alot more about a person that a photograph. Milly's blog for example is an actual JOY to read!

Things like Tumblr, which personally I think is purely just a website for photo dumps, not necessarily a legit blogging platform, have really made me question how important I feel writing is on a blog. Its all well and good posting 10000 reblogged photographs, but what does it really say about you as a person? Maybe I just dont get it because I dont really find images "inspirational". Like I touched on earlier, I think alot of people follow the person behind the blog, not the blog itself. Personality is a major thing when it comes to successful blogging. Words say so much more than about you photo ever could. But never worry if you cant write "properly". Its a blog not a column for a magazine. Just write, say anything, It doesn't matter if its professional or not.

So just to add a disclaimer, I'm not complaining and this is by no means an attack on anyone. Just touching on some thoughts really. Its not really a very comprehensive or well constructed out post. I just typed as I thought.

PS. I know my eyebrows look weird, I didn't fill them in today, the right one is the one that's been growing back no thanks to a bad eyebrow threading experience! I wasn't wearing much makeup, only liner and a contour so I didn't bother with it!

and PPS. To clarify, I dont HATE people saying nice pics or whatever, It was just the starting point that got me thinking about this! I too fall victim to the nice photos comment occasionally! I do appreciate those comments just as much as the others!

114 comments:

  1. These photos are lovely. It looks like a proper shoot!
    xxx


    www.katiewstyles.blogspot.com

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  2. I think you have some interesting points. Some people, I think, do focus on the pictures. Maybe it's an easy thing to say. Or maybe they are looking at the clothes and that's it, which is fair enough if that's what they like.

    I'm like you - I like blogs where the person seems interesting, or raises interesting issues, or expresses an opinion, or responds to comments in a nice or a funny way. Tumblr and all are all well and good, but I enjoy reading what people have to say - I like a little substance with my style. x

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  3. Heey!!
    Just wondering what products you use on you eyebrows?
    I want to experiment with filling mine in and you do yours so well!!
    Thanks :)

    "great picture" haha

    Charli...

    www.charli-dot-dot-dot.blogspot.com

    x

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  4. Ahem, Lily, you look a bit fit pal.

    xox

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  5. I was actually gonna ask you about your brows! They look really different.

    I completely agree with what you're saying about writing. I love looking at photographs but I don't like blog posts that are just full of images from weheartit/tumblr... I just don't get it. Blogs are definitely more about person than content! I follow a few blogs where the girls wear amazing outfits but I don't actually know anything about themad it's a bit uncomfortable. More like reading a magazine than a blog if you know what I mean.

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  6. Your eyebrows don't look weird! You look very lovely and natural.
    I think photos are an integral part of a blog post - it's what often draws me in to read. But ultimately, I come to read what people have to say - not just look at photos! x

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  7. You have such a lovely look, if you lived closer by I'd ask you to model for my photography...
    Your photos are always so well taken, love them!
    Belle
    xx

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  8. Lovely photos, and that dress is so cute x

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  9. I think that writing is oh-so important on a blog. As you pointed out, it's not Tumblr! Sometimes, all I have time to do is look at images but when I get a proper moment to sit down & read through everything, I love reading about people's lives, experiences, thoughts & opinions. I think it's because I like to ramble on a bit on my own blog posts, & I believe that all the sharing gives you a sense about the person "behind the photos". & I'm the same as you, I want to know when people bought the item, how they feel wearing it, what they'd like to do with it next time, maybe something funny that happened while they were shopping for it, etc.

    At the moment, don't get me wrong, I'm glad for every comment I get. But the standard "nice photo" comment gets a little bit tiresome when I'm mostly trying to engage response through questions in my post for readers to answer. I want to be more than just a couple of photos. Definitely not complaining though!

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  10. I think its important to write along with photos (although I am terribly lazy some days I do try and write a sentence or two along with my photos). I love finding out about other people and the things that make them happy/sad/angry. I think that's why Twitter is so great because you can interact with the people after reading their blog and get to know people and make friends (as much as you can be friends with someone online).
    either way, you are getting it very right and i love your blog :)

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  11. To be honest I always worry that I'm writing to much and my "long" texts put people off. I am new at blogging and I don't now if I'm doing it "right" or if people are just not interrested in what I want to say and what I want to show them. Anytime I blog I cut off stuff I want to say just to make it short.
    I don't feel that my personality is coming out in my blog, although it's entirely mine. And there is so much I still wanna do with my blog.
    I don't now..
    By the way your blog is fantastic, pictures are great. But it's some of your texts that stick with me.

    Greetings
    Lois

    lisforlois.blogspot.com

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  12. Hey, I agree with you about writing. From the reader side i can tell you that sometimes content in some blogs is not so interesting but with very nice photos and sometimes I have no power to read ... hehe. And from the blogger side, sometimes i 'm afraid that my content is not so interesting and i'm writing a little bit. My english also is not so perfect ..hm..
    Very nice post :)

    www.renebraun.com

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  13. Very true about following the person behind the blog. I love your personality and reading about your daily rantings. But ps. you do look great in these photos even without the makeup!

    xo L
    www.littleredpurse.blogspot.com

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  14. you look super pretty in the pictures, i love reading what you have been up to - but i am super nosey! I like blogs that have pictures and writing, it lets me get to know the blogger on a better understanding. I write my blog how i talk, usually it is a load of ramblings, but thats just me =) xx

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  15. Love this post, Lily. I too like to write and guess I feel a bit of pressure to be entertaining or something. I'm no good at writing though so just fumble through it. But you're right - it's what the actual person is doing that I care about because I'm so darn nosey! Also, though you hate people saying it, I genuinely really like these pics! xx

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  16. I agree, I think the words are so important for a blog! Anyone can source out pictures from the internet and re-post them. Anyone can take pictures of their current outfit, but nobody can write the exact same thing! I think that writing is what makes a blog unique!
    I love your blog, I am a follower!
    xoxo

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  17. I really liked this post and your thoughts on what makes a great blog. It's actually given me some inspiration and how to try and improve my blog which is very rare so thank you! :)

    ellie-walker.blogspot.com

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  18. Your hair looks lovely in those photos and you look amazing with very little make-up on too, jealous! I think that thing about growing old and looking back at your blog is so cute :)

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  19. I agree with what you said about the "writing part" in posts .. I love to write as well but I'm afraid that the writing will get ignored. Which sometimes is really obvious from certain comments which are totally irrelevant from the post itself lol, so I try to keep everything short and sweet. But yes, I think writing is really important to get to know more about the blogger rather than just seeing loads of pictures. Great post! xx

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  20. I love your blog for the pictures but what I really enjoy is reading what you write. I like that it sounds like the way you would talk rather than a formal and correctly written essay (not to say that your posts aren't well written because they are!), it always makes me smile when I see you've blogged something new. x

    Kittenish Behaviour Blog

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  21. wow, I love your blog :)

    http://itislikethesmelloffreedom.blogspot.com/

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  22. My favourite blogs are definitely the ones where I get to know the person.

    Though that said, I often wonder if I should blog more style and less me and my life.

    btw the images on your blog are usually lovely

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  23. Like you, I love reading words along with outfit posts! I think you combine them really well. I don't see the point of just looking at pictures of girls dressed fabulously if you don't kind of, get an insight in them or something. Otherwise, what's the difference between fashion blogs and just looking through a magazines at photos of celebs?
    Although, in Tumblr's defence, I find it really useful to have loads of random pics saved. I'm also an art student and I really like haaving a sort of online inspiration diary that I can go to when I'm feeling lost! :)
    x

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  24. yep! and that is what I want for my blog and how I write. I started my blog as a sort of 'emotional outlet' and big blobs (?) of texts and changed from subject to subject. And getting the hang of writing as I always loved to write and write and write and write. Then slowly began to know more about 'fashionbloggers' and all that, got interested in lookbook and everything was so new. Than came to a point where I didn't feel like I blogged for myself anymore: changed it not long after that and began writing things again I want to, but now with a better layout. LOVES IT! (or am I being overrated saying 'love' it;)? because I love my dog, I love my t-shirt and I love my boyfriend)

    have a great and jolly week/christmas girl:)!

    xx

    Check Zeh blog: CYLIAAAA.blogspot.com

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  25. Lily - I firstly really appreciate the mention, I am really chuffed that you enjoy my blog. As you will be aware, I believe the words of a blog do speak louder than any photos. Yes I adore pictures, taking and sourcing them, but writing, somewhat, (dare I say), whimsically, is what attracted me to start blogging. And it is too true that when a blog exudes the personality of the blogger, it becomes such an avid read.
    Thanks again, and needless to say that you blog hits the spot on all of the above :) x

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  26. Such a great post and totally agree that Milly's is such a great read!

    I love your style of writing and I always enjoying reading the text below your photos. Especially when its a full few paragraphs!

    I think next year I want to include more text in my posts. I get in from work and am tired and its easy to just post images. xx

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  27. I like reading blogs but a picture is worth a thousand words. When you look at big magazines like vogue and stuff like that, a majority of the magazine is just shoot after shoot. I think although writing is important, I quite like tumblr. Photos are more apealing to ones eye and I guess they are more important-er. They don't tell you much about that person but you sure get a feel of their aestetic if you get my driffft?

    BUT I do love your blog haha and I am not saying I like tumblr or photo diaries better, I am just...verbal diarrhoea, that's it.

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  28. I pretty much always read what people have to say on their blog, otherwise it's pretty one-dimensional. I'm nosy too and like to know what's going on in everyone's life, even if I don't know them!
    I guess everyone is different, and as long as you provide both photos and written word you'll be pleasing pretty much everyone!
    And, some people are just lazy..
    x

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  29. I disagree with you when you say your writing is awful - you have a great style and it flows easily. Writing is a hugely important tool, and whilst fantastic photography can make a blog stand out, words help the reader to relate to the author.
    And I agree Milly is a fantastic writer also - always a joy to read!
    Keep up the good work, you take gorgeous pictures but also have something to say - good on you!
    Lauren xx.
    www.the-details-in-the-fabric.blogspot.com

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  30. First of all, you look an absolute BEAUT in these pictures.

    I completely agree about the writing/personality thing when it comes to blogs. I was thinking about it recently actually. I love reading blogs that let you know what is going on in other peoples' lives, like you say, we're all voyeuristic by nature and as much as I love to talk about make up I like talking about myself too, as I think it can get a tad boring otherwise. I completely agree with you about Milly - she is a fantastic writer and her blog is a joy to read, as is yours! xx

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  31. I had to refrain myself from just saying "nice pictures" but seriously niceee pictures.
    Must admit that for me, pictures are most important. I tend to only read posts that have interesting photos. Bad habit.
    xx

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  32. I completely agree, although I love tumble for finding good images, I long for utterances!

    xxxx

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  33. I got exactly the same grades as you in English GCSE, and I can't spell or do grammar either! x

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  34. Just so you know, I read all the text in your blog along with the photographs. I agree with you-- I also feel that a good blog should be more than just photographs. I like that you write what's on your mind and we can get a real sense of your personality.

    I see a lot of blogs out there that are just nice pictures of someone wearing such-and-such. Sometimes, those blogs are huge hits, but I personally don't like reading blogs that have no writing or just a paragraph with no real personality behind it. Personally, I think blogs that are just photographs of a person with no real substance (by that, I mean personality, not the content itself) to the writing are platforms for gathering praise and an exercise in narcissism. It takes more than just a "pretty face/pictures" to make an enjoyable and memorable blog.

    Yes! Tumblr is a complete photo dump for the most part. I don't see the point in reblogging pictures, the majority of which are "pretty" and it's the sort of "pretty" that gets generic because all the pictures look like they belong on weheartit.

    And "nice photos" comments, I think, can be genuinely nice, but sometimes, you can really tell that the commentator really didn't read the post!

    This was way too long...

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  35. Your hair looks messy in a perfect way, I love it!

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  36. I think some people feel obliged to leave comments on every blog post they see, regardless of whether they've read the content or not. I guess it must be a little disheartening writing quite a long post, as you usually do, only to get some vague comments about the photo.
    I know what you mean about tumblr being more for photodumps too-I know some people use it for blogging like we use Blogger, but I prefer to use it to horde pictures and stuff I find online that I like but wouldn't use it as a 'proper' blogging platform. There are so many bloggers though, and not only on tumblr, who just reblog hundreds of photos from other blogs and become fairly successful just like that. These are the blogs that bore me the most as they don't seem to have any personal identity about them.

    I'm not sure if all that made sense! Hope it did :)

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  37. completely agree with you!!
    I've never really ''got'' tumblr... its practically just a variation photobucket imo...

    oh and SNAP on your English GCSE grades btw...

    LOVE reading your blog- and nice photos LOL (it had to be said) :-P

    xxx

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  38. This post pretty much sums up my feelings about blogging too! I tried Tumblr, but it was so odd to use. There was literally no way to communicate with your followers, which kind of defeated the object of blogging to me. I always try to leave a comment with a bit of something to it, otherwise I don't comment, aha. However, I'm always scared that I'm rambling on too much, but in all fairness I'd love it if someone was to leave a long comment on one of my blog entries, even if it did ramble on to other subjects in the process. But I dunno.

    And shush m'dear, I'm jealous of your lovely brows :')

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  39. First off, I agree totally with the your mentality of writing in a blog rather than just posting and reposting pictures. I can see how tumblr is fun and can showcase one's work... but it seems to almost just be matching other peoples'. I believe written word has so much more power.

    Honesty and openness goes a long way in blogging. I don't care how many followers I have, I know I won't get a lot just talking primarily about my cycling life, but it's sharing those experiences that makes it worth it to me. I hope people will enjoy it for what it is.

    Also... I only know how to type and write how I say things and hear them in my head. I don't have anything to prove by correctly punctuating or using the "big kid" words. "Nuck if I buck," I say!

    Anyway I do enjoy reading your blog and my god... your eyebrows (and you) look lovely in those photos above! Your looks are really intriguing and fun to look through. have a good one and happy holidays!

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  40. well i do agree with you on that...the best thing about blogging is definitely the social interactions among bloggers of diverse backgrounds......the writing keeps you going...and anyway watching a photo with no words is quite a bore it is the person we want to follow not a photo...
    and i must say i really like that you experiment with your photos...and the writing content must go on...cause its always fun to read yours...!!!!!!

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  41. ooooh i love tumblr so much! but i agree, it's not a great platform for blogging about yourself, the tumblr community are all about instant gratification and don't spend time reading long posts. i think my tumblr is a pretty good extension of my personality, but then i only use it to post stuff that i find funny or from filmsi like. tumblr is a pretty cut offcommunity, although yo ucan follow other people you can hardly ever "comment" on something someone has posted so there's that. but it's totally addictive and great for finding people who share interests :D

    haha sorry, tumblrs #1 fan over here!

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  42. i completely agree about the tumblr! it's so fake and all people to is 'reblog' i find that blogger is much more personal! as everything you post comes from you!
    fab pictures also
    xx

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  43. great photos.
    aha only joking ;).
    In all honesty sometimes I add blogs based on photos if I'm interested in their fashion and am looking for inspiration. But the ones that I always enjoy the most are the ones with writing as well :). I think both are important, really photos allow you to see someone on the outside, and writing allows you to see them from the inside hehe.
    emxxx

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  44. I really enjoy your pictures, you are very beautiful :)
    Take a look in my blog to see my yesterday and today's looks :b

    Sorry my English, but I'm Portuguese :b

    Kiss <3

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  45. but you do have such a nice pics! i sometimes think my blog should be less wordy (and it isn't wordy at all), i just don't think i have enough confidence in my writing, but you may have inspired me yet again! great post, lily!

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  46. Oh i always take time to read your posts Lily! Lovely photos too :)

    stylishoverflows.blogspot.com
    <3

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  47. I have Tumblr and photos really are such an inspiration for me but I love to read text,huge ones about daily life of many people from all parts of the world. I am following a lot of bloggers because of their style and I have to confess that I don'always read someone's text,just go through photos .. maybe because I dont find someone's life enough interesting ?! I don't know but you,ohbabyitsnatalie - from tumblr , vanityxo - from tumblr, kertiii,mariannann and some blogs more ,are only blogs that caught my attention ... I really consider myself a bit of stalker of your life ... :)
    And its so cool knowing someone and some parts of their life over the internet :) I have pen pals from England and Germany and that's kind of comunication between persons is very important to me.

    I generally don't write huge text posts about my life on my blog because english is not my native language and i just don't feel comfortable. Idk,it's weird,my way of thinking,but it's what is ...


    So once again,your blog is really amazing and you make my day with every single post ... keep doing what you're doing,you are great !!!

    lots of love from Serbia <3 Anna

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  48. great points lily...i love your photos but read your blog for what you say and how you say it. It is very readable and relate-able..i went to a blogger meet up in oct and got discussing blogs i read with another girl and she said the same thing, she loves blog for what you write..its personal.. :) xo

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  49. Interesting thoughts on the whole writing vs picture thing.

    I really like tumblr but much more for inspirational photos, I find it a bit odd when people write long text posts on it, as it just doesn't seem built for that.

    I think pictures are hugely important on blogs, too much text and I get a bit turned off. Plus I like a bit of mystery in my bloggers! There's got to be some text to give a sense of the blogger's personality though. Park&Cube is one I think gets the perfect balance of amazing photos and enough text to keep you wanting more.

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  50. You always look so effortlessly beautiful Lily :) I agree with what you wrote, I find two word comments annoying too. I often try to write detailed comments as I know it can be much more interesting getting full-bodied feedback rather than something that's kind of, dare I say it, meaningless. Of course it's nice to recieve any comments as you get a feel for who reads your blog and feel appreciated whatever someone has to write. The ones that really bug me are the ones that go; "Nice Blog! I followed, follow me back?" which is usually followed by ten links to their blog just incase you missed it. LOL. Sorry for ranting! x

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  51. I think your eyebrows looks lovely, i love plain natural eyebrows to neat structured ones; this is an amazing helpful post as i've just started blogging and completely agree on "free writing" (writing as you speak) you get a greater insight into the person. x

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  52. I don't really "get" Tumblr. Although it took me a while to get the hang of Twitter so I am rather slow to hop onto the bandwagon. I like blogs that also provide something to read and think about rather than just pictures. I like how you give details about what's going on in your life and your thoughts on various things and I also love Jen's (A Little Bird...)writing and her "Blog Issue" series.
    x

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  53. Your pictures are gorgeous. You have beautiful bone structure!
    I agree with all that you've said, but i will admit i have a tumblr which is my guilty pleasure and i look through and reblog the photography. I think blogger and tumblr are totally different. You have much more freedom here not only in text but also in design and things. Also with the profiles here, they're more personal, whereas tumblr just has pages and nothing like that. You're a wonderful blogger and i love reading your posts.

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  54. Wow, what a great debate your post has sparked. I too love a bit of writing on a post and I'm rarely put off, unless it's not paragraphed well. When i blog, I know I like to waffle on a lot but I try and break up the post with pictures for people who will like that sort of thing and to tell the story visually. I accept some people won't really read the post and I do get a few comments which show this, but I just take it in my stride and accept it's a part of it. I am starting to love tumblr though, it's great for keeping inspirational photos in order and preserving the credits. I see it as a separate thing to my blog though, it's more for me and my reference, though I might do a post with some of the interesting things I've found.
    Even though i write a lot, I do like to keep a bit of mystery, so I keep titbits about my personal life to a minimum.

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  55. haha, i saw the first comment and it made me laugh. but i agree, you look great in these pictures, as always. and i love reading your blog, im not much of a writer myself, i feel i should maybe keep a diary for practice or whatever but i keep putting it off, its just when ever i try to sit down and write something (for essays etc), nothing happens and i feel like i have to force it out of me, if that makes sense :/ anyway, im babbling now, so yeah, keep doing what your doing xxx

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  56. Love these!

    <3 Maja
    verveforsplay.blogspot.com

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  57. Gorgeous pictures!

    I agree; I love reading what bloggers have got up to during the day, but at the same time I don't always like to write these posts cos I don't think I'm interesting enough for people to want to read about! I guess it's finding the balance between blogging what you would like to read yourself, and blogging what your audience would like to read. But until you give new posts a try, how will you know if people like them!?

    I love Milly's blog and style of writing, but she's unique and it highlights the fact that you can find so many blogs with different topics and writing styles to follow. I think you've got the balance with pics vs. words just right. It's your pics that draw me in and inspire me, but I love the informality of your writing. But to me, it also stays professional too. Although chatty, I can tell you take pride in your blog and that's just another reason why I like it :)

    T x

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  58. you've definitely made a good point.
    sometimes i feel as if i shouldn't write at all because the people only write 'nice photos' - not a bad thing but you know, i'm not sure they would want to read my tl;dr. but personally text posts are just as, if not more, important than the picture posts...anyways you said it all!
    haha.
    on a side note, you look lovely as always.

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  59. It's actually funny seeing comments on this post simply commenting on the photos... haha. Good point, i do hate when people just comment on the photos on my blog, it's like - i just took the time to write up this post & you are just going to say "pretty pictures"?! Oh well. I agree with what you said though Lily :) And i love Tumblr (probably because i find images inspirational), but definitely not a legitimate blogging plaform for sure. xo

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  60. That dress looks cuuuuute! I know what you mean about those comments, what makes me more mad is when they are like 'nice pics URL HERE' it's just pointless! I wouldn't even waste my time trying to 'advertise' my blog like that! I do love a good read, always nice when the font is big enough and easy to read as well!

    PS. NICE PHOTOS! x

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  61. Hey I was just wondering how you got that caption on the top of your blog love it (: Love reading your blog thankyou x

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  62. I know what you mean! I always like it when bloggers post about themselves/their day. And in that case, I really like the photos here!

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  63. I love your blog, its so good :)

    raised a very 'debatable issue' here I see :)

    i love yayer!

    http://www.lydia-lee.blogspot.com

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  64. Nice pics ;)
    hehe!
    I agree with you, in the fact that yes, blogging is about both photos, and writing. Like you, I am awful at writing, I try my best- but at the end of the day, my blog is mine & so I want to still sound like me. Trying to act up, and write how I 'should' doesn't sit well with me, I write how I can, how I want & how I enjoy.
    I think people see the photos first though, I will take time to read posts every evening, but if I see a quick link on twitter then I may click in it, have a quick browse & the photos will be the thing that I notice first. I also think your photos are very good, so it's just something readers pick up on.
    I love Millys blog, I love her with all my heart too- I get blown away with it, could just sit there & read it all day long, she takes me to a little place that makes me smile (gawd LOSER!)
    Keep writing though! I, and I'm sure lots of others read it, and enjoy knowing about your days & your outfits
    ♥ x

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  66. Your points are very well put! When I started blogging I had one word on my mind "Honesty"! Being true to yourself! No matter how many tips on successful blogging you get being honest is the key to success foe me! So keep it real everyone!!!

    Kisses doll! You look lovely by the way!

    Love, Lena!

    styleloverlena.blogspot.com

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  67. The moment I saw these pictures, I was wow-ed. I think the color of your hair is just from the editing but I believe you would look great with a black dye. :) Anyway, I wanted to share a short testament on my experience with Tumblr bloggers. I also think that Tumblr is not much for a proper blog so I usually tend to ignore Tumblr urls and go for bloggers in blogspot or wordpress when I want something to read. But I have also met few of the most wonderful people I could have ever met there. I think some of them, they don't know how to express their feelings and somehow at some point in time, they think that the posts they reblog says something about what hey feel. And every photos has different meaning to every person and I just find it so nice having to connect with other people through photos they post/ reblog and vice versa. Cos there's just something about understanding them, feeling for them when they don't even know how to say the right words. Sometimes it's even just a plain white picture and it would define so much about the person. :)

    K. I talk too much. Hahah.

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  68. Yeah I completely understand where you're coming from. I love typing exactly what I would say. That's why I find that it sometimes makes no sense at all. I just say what comes to mind and type it up, I sometimes find myself talking out loud as I type.

    I don't think I'm inspired by photos as such but I find that they accompany some of the text very well. I love seeing photos along with text, I think they go hand in hand. But I agree with you on the fact that many photos require some sort of caption or text for meaning. Actually it depends on the context really. By the way I genuinly do love these photos, the lighting is great.

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  69. I agree with Tumblr being very photo dumping (great term btw..) but although I love the odd diary style post I find there's only a few personalties that get away with it because they have a talent for writing even if it isn't professional.
    The photography on some blogs is amazzing and I feel pulls off no writing to accompany it because of how talented the photographer is. Anyone can be a photographer these days but it takes something to make me stop and look rather than just scroll through them all.

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  70. I totally understand what you mean about this. To be honest, I cant stand it when people only comment with things such as 'nice photos' or 'you look so great here' or 'I love the skirt' when you're actually wearing a dress! I always read the text that goes with the pictures, it's just nice to know what people are up to and how their day has been and why they wore what they did. Fair enough people dont always have the time to write a massive comment or read every blog they visit, but I still think it's nice for people to actually read the blog post.

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  71. I always get scared to write too much on my posts because I don't want to bore people but, I actually LOVE reading what people write on their blog! It gives the blog a personality I quite love:)
    I will have to google what a flashgun is cuz I have NO clue! haha but you look Great as usual!

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  72. I was thinking this earlier - I love discovering new blogs but can't feel a bit put off when I'm looking at blog after blog of just photos of these wonderful looking girls & outfits and there's no personality there - just make up and clothes.

    Not that I'm saying my blog is perfect at all but I would like to think that someone could read my posts and come away with a sense of my likes/dislikes and where I'm going with my life etc.

    That said I think Tumblr is good for those photo posts - and its a good place for those who are great photographers and artists to express their work in a way which blogger lets them down. To me, having a tumblr and having a blog are two seperate things though - a blog is so much more personal and deeper (sounds soppy saying it lol) than a tumblr cos you're right - you can just 'reblog' other peoples stuff, which you can't really do with a blog.

    yay for posts with personality!!

    xxxZ

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  73. i have a blog and then a tumblr for reblogging images. i tend to go along with the phrase of a picture speaks 1000 words and i find photos more inspirational to me. i often find myself skim reading large chunks of text, ironic as in my blog i waffle on constantly and write the longest blog posts everrr.

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  74. This is pretty much exactly how I feel about blogging. There are a ton of super popular blogs with lovely photos and outfits out there, but the ones I connect with and enjoy reading are the ones where I can truly relate to the blogger, and I can sense their personality through the posts. I really like the way you write, it's very conversational, charming, and fun to read. Anyway, tl;dr: I agree!

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  75. When I started my blog, the point was to document what was happening in my life so I could look back on it later and remember. It's definitely changed a bit since the earliest posts, but I still think the writing is very important because for me, it is easier to share things by writing them down and it is nice to know that people are reading what you write and are interested enough to comment in response to something you wrote. I hope that made sense :)

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  76. Completely agree with you! Very well put. And like a fellow blogger said, your way of writing is very engaging, very conversational. That's pretty much great. I should put more text on my posts but then again there aren't a lot of people who take time to read what I say and only look at the pictures, and that kinda puts me down (not in a depressed way). But it is a little sad.
    Anywo, I love reading all your posts! And by the way, screw the poser alert, you look bangin'.
    Kiss
    Lula

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  77. great pics.




    was gonna post it but then realised it wasn't funny. *SIGH* I will never be a comedienne.

    I hate tumblr. It makes like no sense! Fair enough if you are just looking for pretty pics or whatever but calling it a blog is bullshit.

    xxxx

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  78. Your pictures look really great with that flash, but I also love black and white photos, so it's a combination of love here!

    I get really sad when people will leave me one worded comments! I really put a lot of thought and heart into my comments! For the record, I love reading your blog. Your outfits and pictures are amazing, but I love your blog because you are so relatable! You are just a normal girl writing about normal things, and that's exactly what I love in a blog!

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  79. It's true; I do also enjoy reading about people's lives -- the events of their day, thoughts on their outfits, and just random ramblings, really. Even if I have just a few minutes to spare I like "wasting" them reading little details from the bloggers I follow. I suppose that's what makes me feel truly connected to them.

    But I also have to admit that I frequently get lost in all the pretty pictures I see online, especially on Tumblr. I could spend hours on end just browsing and browsing and saving the occasional photo in my designated inspiration folder. I like to review them sometimes when I'm feeling stumped about outfits or just life in general.

    Anyway I like what you said about looking back on all of this a long time from now and remembering your daily goings on...which is ultimately the point of blogging, anyway! So keep doing what you're doing because I truly enjoy it, personally! That's why I keep coming back for more. (:

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  80. haha I shouldn't laugh or say this but its funny that the very first comment is basically a 'nice pics' comment. bit ironic??
    sometimes nice pic comments are all you can say, but i basically read most of the blogs i follow cos i find it interesting, as you said, knowing the info behind the photo. its always nice to get a comment relevant to what you've written, but i also appreciate comments relevant to the outfit im wearing. i always try to make a point about what i like in an outfit, not just 'cute outfit'.
    oh and i like your writing cos it seems real. :)
    Scrapbook de la Emma

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  81. Nice pic ;)




    Haha, just kidding (well I do like the photographs but I wouldn't say it in such a simplistic way). I agree completely with you. I never bother to simply write "nice" or something so cloned on people's blogs, mainly because I feel it lessens the value of the post. It's an odd thought, but when reducing a post and subjecting it to such comments, I just feel like it does injustice to that post and to the owner, who put so much effort into it. Sometimes, it just seems people post those kinds of comments so that they can A) get noticed, B) write something, ANYTHING. As for the writing aspect and Tumblr - I've never truly been drawn to Tumblr, I find it quite useless and I don't understand how it works. If I'm looking for inspiration, I want to find something raw, unknown and intriguing - not something overworked. I sometimes use Flickr for that, though it isn't my be all and end all, I often like to actually go on a photographer's website, and browse their photographs for inspiration. Also, in terms of the writing aspect, I agree. Writing is what makes a blog, to be honest. Sure, one can post beautiful photographs, but without something to accompany them (despite how short or how long) it doesn't do the photographs justice. Not only that, but I find a blog without words is like wearing pants without underwear - something is missing! Haha. Thank you for this post, it really made me think about the whole blogging process. xxx

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  82. you look pretty with less make up and no your browns are not looking funny and yes I enjoy reading your posts makes the fact that you post together nice photos a joy...<3

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  83. A lot of people don't want to read much, it's the disaster of my life because I'm a writer, I write a lot. I mean a lot. ;)

    I myself sometimes start to read blogs because I like a photo or something. And then some weeks later I loose interest because it's only photos all the time.

    So I agree, I want to know about the person whose blog I read, daily life isn't boring, sometimes it's very funny and inspirating.

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  84. honestly, i think this post is so refreshing to read. i really do enjoy your photos, as i think you have a great sense of style, but like you said, it takes so much more than good style and nice pictures to make a blog worthwhile. i see so many blogs that are just picture after picture, with no real substance. a lot of times it's so hard to tell who the person really is, not only because of the lack of writing, but because with pictures, it's so easy to blend in with all the other picture blogs out there. sometimes it's like these people are just copying the "bigger bloggers" with the same outfits, same poses, etc. just to fit in. it's sad really, because blogging should be about creativity and individuality, but that's all lost when you're just copying others to get approval and/or comments.

    i used to blog on a pretty regular basis and at the beginning i just posted a lot of pictures with little bits of writing here and there...then i started writing a lot more, sometimes just posts with only writing and people would comment that my blog had gotten boring because of the lack of pictures....it really put me off of the whole thing to be honest.

    anyway, soory if that was rambly and incoherent....what i'm basically trying to say is, AMEN to what you wrote!!

    xxx

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  85. Great shots Lily....I joke, although they really are, jealous that you have a flashgun, I don't even have one, been on my list for a while. I completely understand what you mean, sometimes I want to just write and have no pictures at al, but then I think well, will people find it stimulating, like if they clicked on the post and didn't see any pictures, would they actually stay and read? But my issues posts, where I mainly just write are my most successful, I guess I always feel that if there's no colour, my blog won't be visually stimulating to others, it's a hard one. xxx

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  86. it's most definitely already been covered, 84 odd comments later ha, but i just thought i'd share my agreement with you.
    photos are definitely visually stimulating but they almost seem worthless if they are not combined with some words.
    i always read your posts, your pics are bonus!
    X

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  87. Nice pics...

    I kid! Well, no not really, they are great pictures, you look so hot, model material right here! Phwoar!

    I know what you mean about people's comments, you can pretty much tell by people's comments whether or not they've actually READ your blog or just looked at the pics. I definitely agree that it's voyeuristic and I love getting to "know" the person behind the blog. I love personal pics, diaries, random thoughts etc! Even reading tweets makes me feel like I know bloggers!
    If I feel I know the blogger it definitely makes me want to come back to their blog again and again, to see what they've been upto, like I do with my 'real life' friends on Facebook! Stalkerish I know, but c'est la vie!

    Burn the Blonde

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  88. I agree with you
    content is king!
    oh and your pictures are also amazing btw :)

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  89. You look stunning in these photographs!!

    Georgie
    xx

    http://styleprincessdiaries.blogspot.com

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  90. I love reading your blog, everything in it even the stuff that might not seem important or fashion related is interesting and fun.

    I like tumblr. Even though its not a wordy platform, I find it almost as good as lookbook.nu for outfit inspiration! I also like to post my favourite pictures on there myself and I look back on them from time to time for inspiration. tis goood.

    xxx

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  91. I brought almost everything you did from Topshop! Absolutely love their winter collection!

    You look lovely as well :)

    Take care xxx

    http://kelseymaher.blogspot.com

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  92. Hey, I'd just like to say, That out of the mass of blog's i'm following on here, Yours is one of the best quality, You have nice little Bio's and VERY clear pictures of your outfits.
    I personally, don't see the point in posting a picture, say of your outfit, and then not explaining it, because technically that is what tumblr is.
    A Large amount of the things you say on here are very true,
    and i love your blog xo

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  93. no, keep on writing. i like your photos but only photos would be ''too tumblr'' and a tad boring x

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  94. I get your point. And wierd enough, even though I am a picture person, i like reading your blog. So nice text ;)
    xoxo irene
    www.myfashionfindings.com

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  95. Personally, writing and pictures are equally important to me when looking at blogs. I like reading, but not everyone does, and fair enough. I always enjoy reading your blog, and nice pictures!

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  96. I really like your writing style! It's simple and easy to read (:,xxx

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  97. Totally agree, sometimes its nice to flick thru pictures but i only follow blogs that have an interesting person and views behind it.

    love ur hair
    :)

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  98. A bit of writing is always good, otherwise you'd never know the meaning behind the photograph. It's always nice to read a quirky story to go along with it too.

    I have a little photography blog on here and I always write about each photo even if it isn't much. I say FU to Tumblr :D

    BTW your blog is fantastic!

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  99. Thank you for this post - someone really had to say it.

    I am new to blogger but have already fallen victim to the annoying 2-3 word comments like "nice top!" and "love your blog!" I appreciate (and I'm sure everyone does) hearing compliments. But sometimes I just wish that people would take the time to READ my blog and show some sort of evidence that they haven't just lazily scanned through the pictures and that's it.

    What perhaps annoys me the most is the people that self promote after their two word comment. And this part is in fact longer than the comment itself. "I'm having a giveaway, check it out!" or "follow me and I'll follow you" are prime examples. However I am fine with receiving links to blogs - although I will check your blog any way if you've commented, link provided or not. I just don't like being PUSHED to visit a blog / a link.

    I myself usually provide a link to my blog after I make a comment. But this is merely because I am a new blogger and I feel a bit unexposed - like I don't get seen. I don't do it to get more followers on board - I really don't mind how many followers I have. I have 15 at the moment and I am happy if it stayed that way. I'd rather have a few followers that are genuinely interested in what I WRITE as opposed to hundreds of people who comment "nice top!" and "I'm having a giveaway!"

    Also the "love your blog!" people really confuse me. Sometimes they'll post a longer version of this message saying "wow, I love your style of writing, it's so quirky and different" with other compliments. But despite loving you SO much, they do not click "follow". If I really love someone's writing that much, I'd want to bookmark them and read them again.... hence I "follow".

    Like you, I really do believe that writing makes a blog. Although saying that I also like pictures. I really don't like blogs that are just all pictures and no writing.

    I've seen some of the more popular blogs which have stunning photography but nothing interesting to say. I personally don't have an amazing camera (plus it's dying!) and I'm not lucky enough to have someone around who can take photos of me. I LOVE the power of the written word so I very much write my blog to....er... write. Like I said earlier, I feel a little unexposed at the moment as I'm new to this. Initially I thought it was because I don't have these amazing pictures on my page and that people are only interested in pictures.... but after reading this post and all the lovely comments, I can see that I'm not alone and that others are just as enthusiastic about the written aspect too. So this has been comforting. Thank you Lily for writing this post.

    At the end of the day, I write my blog because I enjoy it and I love writing. It gives me the chance to have a little outlet and to occasionally be creative. I write it for ME because I enjoy doing it. But if others enjoy what I write and feel engaged enough to stop by and leave me a non 2-3 word comment, all the better x x

    P.S sorry for such an essay!

    http://angel-in-this-dress.blogspot.com/

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  100. PART 1:

    Thank you for this post - someone really had to say it.

    I am new to blogger but have already fallen victim to the annoying 2-3 word comments like "nice top!" and "love your blog!" I appreciate (and I'm sure everyone does) hearing compliments. But sometimes I just wish that people would take the time to READ my blog and show some sort of evidence that they haven't just lazily scanned through the pictures and that's it.

    What perhaps annoys me the most is the people that self promote after their two word comment. And this part is in fact longer than the comment itself. "I'm having a giveaway, check it out!" or "follow me and I'll follow you" are prime examples. However I am fine with receiving links to blogs - although I will check your blog any way if you've commented, link provided or not. I just don't like being PUSHED to visit a blog / a link.

    I myself usually provide a link to my blog after I make a comment. But this is merely because I am a new blogger and I feel a bit unexposed - like I don't get seen. I don't do it to get more followers on board - I really don't mind how many followers I have. I have 15 at the moment and I am happy if it stayed that way. I'd rather have a few followers that are genuinely interested in what I WRITE as opposed to hundreds of people who comment "nice top!" and "I'm having a giveaway!"

    ............

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  101. PART 2:

    Also the "love your blog!" people really confuse me. Sometimes they'll post a longer version of this message saying "wow, I love your style of writing, it's so quirky and different" with other compliments. But despite loving you SO much, they do not click "follow". If I really love someone's writing that much, I'd want to bookmark them and read them again.... hence I "follow".

    Like you, I really do believe that writing makes a blog. Although saying that I also like pictures. I really don't like blogs that are just all pictures and no writing.

    I've seen some of the more popular blogs which have stunning photography but nothing interesting to say. I personally don't have an amazing camera (plus it's dying!) and I'm not lucky enough to have someone around who can take photos of me. I LOVE the power of the written word so I very much write my blog to....er... write. Like I said earlier, I feel a little unexposed at the moment as I'm new to this. Initially I thought it was because I don't have these amazing pictures on my page and that people are only interested in pictures.... but after reading this post and all the lovely comments, I can see that I'm not alone and that others are just as enthusiastic about the written aspect too. So this has been comforting. Thank you Lily for writing this post.

    At the end of the day, I write my blog because I enjoy it and I love writing. It gives me the chance to have a little outlet and to occasionally be creative. I write it for ME because I enjoy doing it. But if others enjoy what I write and feel engaged enough to stop by and leave me a non 2-3 word comment, all the better x x

    P.S sorry for the essay!

    http://angel-in-this-dress.blogspot.com/

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  102. We have just started following you and think you are hella rad. Loving the chunky knits... we are all about them these days. If you feel like having something new to read come over and have a little peek at us.

    http://www.ridinggiraffesinstilettos.blogspot.com/

    Merry Christmas,

    Precious and Jemily x

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  103. I use tumblr for fandom stuff, not an inspo blog for me. It's my hobby to make graphics on photoshop I guess, helps me procrastinate haha :)

    gorgeous pictures btw xxxx

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  104. Interesting thoughts here.
    I often leave those quicky comments, usually when I don't have time to say much else. And sometimes I don't really have much to say about what the blogger has written, but might have had my attention caught by a coat colour or a pair of shoes, and so mention that instead.
    I see Tumblr and blogs as two seperate things. I have a blog for proper posts, and use Tumblr as a quick way of sharing things that have caught my eye, be they pretty pictures or a link to a news story. It all depends on what your purpose is, I think.

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  105. I just started a 'proper' blog and I find it interesting the question of what makes a good blog? I'm very image driven because I'm an artist, I take a lot of pictures of everything but also writing is important to me too. But I think the thing that is important is making it personal and giving a sense of yourself. Its a fine balance of this and not giving too much. My artwork is the same, its personal work but I'm careful not to give too much.

    http://www.leche-vitrine.net

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  106. you look truly gorgeous in those pics, you wouldnt even notice that you filled your eyebrows in, they look fine :)
    i totally agree with your tumblr comment too though, whats the point in reblogging other peoples comments/photos, surely that makes you so much less of an induvidual!? just my thought.
    another great post lily!

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  107. the pictures are gorgeous!

    http://candyy-cane.blogspot.com/

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  108. i completely agree also. I love when bloggers actually have something to say so that it is more of a conversation and not just a one way street.I usually try and write something but unfortunately i am horrible at putting thoughts into writing. And the blogs i love the most are the ones that give you a little something extra.

    theneon-citylights.blogspot.com

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  109. I definitely agree that people follow the people behind the blog, and that writing is important, I read what you write, I enjoy it =) I always write how I talk, most of the time, I have bad english too... =/ But anyway, I think some people are too professional, and maybe some aren't professional enough. I'm trying to find the middle, I'm not there yet.. hopefully I get it soon.
    Bellesme

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  110. Ohhhh the irony as I scroll down... "These photos are beautiful :)". I feel a bit rude if I comment without reading the text, a bit self involved. I follow blogs for the text and photos, a picture may be worth 1000 words, but words to compliment a picture are worth more.
    It would be mine
    These photos are actually beautiful :) And love, tumblr= photo dump haha

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  111. Love the part about the difference between a Blog purely for 'inspirational photo's' and a Blog about someone, with content you can follow and relate to. The latter is much more productive and inspirational.

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  112. You look gorgeous in these photos! You look pretty with makeup, but even more so without :)

    I agree with what you had to say. I don't usually comment on people's posts unless I actually have something valid to add. I feel like it's less meaningful, but hey sometimes a simple "great photos" is all there is to say.
    LOOOOVE your blog!!

    Regan
    a-fashion-ado.blogspot.com

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  113. Hi Lily,
    I just discovered your blog! I really like it.
    And I love this pictures, they look really great with that flash and in black and white!
    What kind of flash gun did you buy?

    Well I am going to read your blog :)
    Have a nice evening!

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