I’m here at BlogHer 11 in San Diego and my wardrobe for the event comes courtesy of Karina Dresses, an independent designer in Brooklyn, New York, who makes what I’ve disovered are the most travel-friendly dresses imaginable. I’ve never been able to get three dresses into a carry-on bag before, but these lightweight lovelies take up virtually no space and the best part is they simply refuse to wrinkle AT ALL. What a treat to be free of ironing my evening outfit. Here’s a picture of me as I arrive at the conference in one of the coveted garments, which goes from day to night with a simple switch to high heels.
Notice the Twizzlers backdrop? Food is a major theme here at BlogHer, especially CHOCOLATE. Dove ice-cream bars, brownies and chocolate-covered strawberries are just a few of the complimentary confections that help make break time sublime.
As usual, my Air Canada flight was delayed leaving Toronto, so I arrived in California late afternoon. The palm trees always surprise me and make me giddy, like I’m on a true vacation a la the Caribbean or Hawaai. Normal urban life seems so incongruous with the exotic greenery lining the highways and it never fails to move me and remind me I am indeed far from home.
Out of curiosity I attended a seminar here entitled “Faith Bloggers”. Over the past year I have encountered a renewed sense of spirituality, so the name drew me in even though I blog about fashion. Other attendees expressed a similar interest combined with a sense of being reticent to write from a faith-based platform although they held those values dear in their personal lives.
Whether Jewish, Christian, Muslim or Shaman (yes, there was one of those), what these bloggers shared was a fear of alienating readers by vocalizing their beliefs about God. I must admit to feeling the same fear, but then recall the words of Gala Darling who said “Be Yourself. People won’t like you anyway.” If you talk about your faith publicly you will lose some readers, but you may gain more. And perhaps it’s not a popularity contest. One blogger noted that you could be depriving a reader who may be seeking spirituality by NOT expressing your views and that’s selfish.
Authenticity is the blogging buzz word and sharing one’s faith could come under that umbrella. However, there are bloggers like Sonia Simone of Copyblogger who say authenticity does not mean you reveal everything. And another blogger at this afternoon’s seminar asked “If you wouldn’t say it in real life why would you say it on your blog?” Yet another blogger, Christina from Windshield Rosary, mentioned that although her blog reveals her faith by its very title, she often does not even mention God: “Faith is your foundation even when you don’t write about it all the time.”
Would you be turned off by the mention of Faith/God in a blog?