Why I’m giving up on fashion blogs

I’m formally announcing that I’m no longer reading fashion blogs. It’s been my dirty little secret for over a year now, but it’s time for that habit to end.

It’s not that I don’t still enjoy it, it’s just about time. There are hundreds of things I’d like to be spending time on, and fashion blogs just isn’t high enough on the list anymore. And I don’t need the distractions keeping me from spending time on other things.

Like my kid, for example. What a time suck. (cutest time suck ever!)

However, like most addictions, I’m keeping a foot in the door. I’ve created a Google Reader bundle, and you can drop all 129 of these blogs into your reader any time you’d like by clicking here. How’s that for convenience? Should I ever find myself with some down time and a desire to peruse daily outfit blogs, I can just add them all back into my Reader again. Then delete them again.

Oh addictions, I wish I knew how to quit you.

NOTE: If you view only one fashion blog ever, please let it be Kasmira’s What I Wore 2day.

Fashion Blog Controversy

There’s been a lot of fun going on around the interwebs tonight. With my wife off at a baby shower all night, I’ve been left alone at home with sweat pants, sweet potato fries, soda-pop, and South Park streaming instantly over Netflix.

But it’s the fashion bloggers that have kept me entertained this evening!  I confessed a few months ago that I’ve filled my Google Reader with women’s fashion blogs.  Did y’all know that there is a huge online community of women who post their Outfit of the Day (OOTD) every single day?  And some of these women are dedicated to wearing only clothes from Anthropologie!  Seriously!  Some of these women have the Anthro catalogue totally memorized, they know the official name of every item, and they know which ones are available in store and which are available only online.  And most of these blogs have a readership WAY higher than I do here at SingleSpeed.  This fashion blogging is serious business y’all.

Well, there’s been some controversy on the fashion blogs after one blogger (who typically wears size 6-8) posted some photos of her OOTD and said the following:

I do believe this is my favorite dress ever! It just works so good with my body type – a rare thing. I’ve seen some of the less curvy bloggers try this on and where everything usually looks fantastic on them this dress just kinda hangs on them. Finally a dress that looks better on curves! LOL!

The “petite bloggers”(which are legion), took offense at this comment, and all of a sudden this turned into a curvy bloggers vs. petite bloggers thing.  People were offended.  Posts were removed. Apologies were given.  And people are still over there accusing each other of being either insensitive or overly sensitive of body type issues.  I even threw in a comment or two of my own just to stir the pot a little bit (although I was promptly ridiculed for being male). It’s been pretty entertaining, I have to admit.

So, what did you do tonight?

Mel Discovers My Secret

I stepped inside the front door and closed it behind me. Mel is sitting at the computer. She spins around quickly, glaring before I can flip the deadbolt on the door.

“Uh oh.” I thought. “This doesn’t look good.”

“What is this?” she asked accusingly. I could hear the emotion in her voice.

“What?” I said, confused. “What’s wrong?”

“On the internet,” she said. “Did you think I wouldn’t find out? Did you think you could hide it from me?”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” I said.

“You left your Google Reader open,” she said. “I saw it. I know what kind of sites you’ve been visiting.”

“Bike blogs?” I asked, hoping for the best.

“You KNOW what I’m taking about,” she said, folding her arms across her chest.

I sighed. “How could I be so careless to leave my Google Reader logged in while I wasn’t even home????” I thought. “How careless of me!”

We stood there in silence. I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t know where to begin.

“Just tell me,” she said. “How long have you been reading fashion blogs?”