Feeling Like A Dinosaur...

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I recently cleaned up my browser bookmarks. Something I hadn’t done in years...so many years (maybe a decade?!). I also recently had my camera body professionally cleaned for the first time ever, so as you can tell I’m a very organized and tidy person. Looking through those ancient bookmarks though was a real trip down memory lane; bookmarked were dozens of blogs I used to read daily and nearly every link was dead. A few had updated for the last time three years ago or so, but most links just loaded empty pages. It’s wild to think of all the blogs I used to read, the people who inspired me to start blogging, and realize how long ago they disappeared. Names like Agathe and Liebemarlene used to get a mountain of response from other bloggers; we would all discuss when we had first discovered their blogs and how they helped us realize how accessible vintage fashion could be. These days when I mention old bloggers to current bloggers the names don’t ring any bells. The girls who paved the way used to be on everyone’s lips, their pictures dominated WeHeartIt but you’ll never find them on Pinterest; even Google image search with their blog names yields fewer and fewer results every year. They say things on the Internet last forever, but these fading records of early fashion bloggers are proof that even the Internet’s memory isn’t forever. This exercise also served to make me feel like a dinosaur; it's easy to feel out-of-touch, fossilized and irrelevant in the fast-paced world of the web. Can you believe I have been blogging for a dozen years now? My blog is practically a teenager! In an age of pre-teen influencers I'm a virtual grandmother. And yet while my blog and my body grows older, I feel much the same as I did when I began. I even dress the same--to an extent; I like to think I have become the polished version of my rough-edged self. Some people say my look is a bit too juvenile and it's become fun to make people guess my age. However, like blogging and feeling out-of-touch, wondering if my style is age appropriate or if other people approve or like what I wear, feels less and less relevant as I do get older. And if you ask me how old I am, I'm going to say "older than I look, but younger than I feel." cath kidston-37 cath kidston-6
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15 comments:

  1. I know what you mean! Sometimes I google blogs that I used to read and find out they no longer exist... that's when reality sets in. Bittersweet!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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  2. Oh my goodness, I relate so much! I miss some of the older blogs so much - which is one of the reasons I'm so glad you have been such a constant source of light and inspiration over the years <3

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  3. Very interesting, I know the feeling you are talking about. It's sad to see how many gogood quality blog disappeared and I really hope you will go on.
    Today there are too many llow quality fashion bloggers, and there are just a few of them I can follow without getting tired of them after a little time.

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  4. Oh my Rebecca, when I read Liebemarlene I felt so overwhelmed with memories! I kind of miss those years when I woke up in the morning and I read blogs with my coffee and a kitten-Julius on my lap :) But even if time has flown and so much has changed in our lives and even my Rosaspina has disappeared to turn into new things, today I still do read your lovely blog, with a grumpy-old-Julius on my lap and it puts a smile on my face. Some good things don’t change, thank you for being still here and inspiring my days. Ale xxx

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  5. A little bit sad but also kind of liberating from a blogger's point of few. I remember using 7 different search engines to get information and then Google changed everything. Being an older millennial with an online presence makes you extra aware of how fleeting this all is. So might as well have the best time ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  6. I’ve been following your blog since you lived in washington state. It’s been so long I can’t even remember how I stumbled upon you but I think it was from another blogger who is no longer around. You inspired me to have confidence in dressing as myself and showed me another way to dress that wasn’t/ still isn’t the norm. Even now, I still follow along as it’s not the vapid “influencer” style posts that are all over the place nowadays. It has heart and that’s why I come back.

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  7. I'm not a fashion blogger but I am a blogger, so I know exactly what you mean. I started out around 2001 when I was at university and wrote about my lectures and stuff. That blog is long gone, my current one is 8 years old this year. I really can not imagine ever stopping blogging.

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  8. Oh girl, you're anything but a dinosaur. I feel old a lot lately and every time I see one of your lovely posts I think "My god, she must be ageing in reverse! I'm sure my skin doesn't glow like that" :P

    In all seriousness, I remember when I used to wear vintage style. It started around when I was 14, and I remember a blog and forum...I think it was called Miss Vintage? I learned everything from how to Pin Curl my hair to appropriate stockings for daytime from that blog, and I can't find a trace of it anywhere! I wonder if anyone here remembers it?

    -Jacqueline x | Jackieomy.com

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  9. I'm very glad that you are still "old school" blogging and haven't switched over entirely to Instagram. It made me really sad when most of the bloggers I followed back in the 2000's made the switch to Facebook and then IG. I prefer the long-read format, I guess because I am a reader!

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  10. I am certainly glad you've stuck around though <3

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  11. I'm glad you've been blogging for so many years :)

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  12. I was thinking about this exact thing last week. You along with Miss Pandora (Louise Ebel) must be the only 2 blogs that I still follow after 10 years!

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  13. Serial Lurker here just wanting to tell you how much I appreciate that you're still writing and sharing!

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  14. Ha ha, I can relate to this. I've been following your blog since that era (cca 2010) and I'm also very grateful that you haven't completely switched to Instagram; also that you still have pretty same style - everybody online seems to dress minimalistic which is not my cup of tea. Greetings from the Czech Republic!

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  15. I'm so gratefull that you are still active on your blog! It's my favourite, it's really unique and inspiring. Your dress in this post is just amazing!

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