Saturday, July 21, 2012
• 5:44 PM •

Fashion Shoot – Sick of Myself

wriggly portrait

“Sick of Myself” suits the title of this fashion shoot because at the moment of its publication I am completely sick of myself – go figure.  I’ve been blogging since February of this year.  That means it’s been barely 6 months since my cousin Susan and I launched this website.  If you’re a blogger then you know exactly how I feel.  Blogging, like any business (or should I say “aspiring business?”) is tough work and it is extremely frustrating not to get the support of those you know.  It’s tough to stay rational and tell yourself that your closest friends may just not be in the right demographic for what you have to offer online, but at the same time, you become so obsessed with your work that it hurts to think that your best buddies don’t care much about its achievements.  Conversely, you hate yourself for being a spammer and feel pathetic for all this self-promotion.

Online success does not come easy which is why I think I am so obsessed with it – you’re competing with millions of people and you either step up your game or get lost in cyberspace.  There are countless ways to improve and I have acquired many skills since the start of this blog, most of which would not be worth trading for instant success.  I am confident that Snob Affair will succeed and help us reach larger goals in mind – it will probably experience many more transformations by the time we’re done with it, but I know that we have what it takes to make it.  We just have to be patient and stay focused on reaching the right crowd.

“I like to tell people that all of our products and business will go through three phases. There’s vision, patience, and execution.”

- Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft 

There are few professions in this world whose success does not rely on the approval of others.  If you want to do something and you don’t have a rich daddy, a huge supporting posse or personally know a celebrity, then I would recommend putting it on the net and seeing how far that can take you.  I am not exactly a great example right now, but I can tell you that the act alone of working towards something is extremely rewarding, and I mean this in the least cheesy way possible!

Many thanks to friend and photographer Wriggly for this portrait shot.  A fashion shoot with you increases my cool factor by infinite orders of magnitude.

8 Comments

  1. Talya

    Wow! What an amazing shot! The editing is so cool, you should totally wear lipstick more often! Very inspiring post! It’s tough being a fashion blogger these days, there are so many well-established and well-paid bloggers out there. You can’t help but say “What’s the point?” I say, just have fun with it. When you feel like you have to put out the most amazing materials each post, the pressure that comes along with it and the fact that you might have to second-guess what you post, ruins the purpose of blogging, which is to have fun.

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  2. Marie L.

    I couldn’t agree more and relate to you more! Now I simply blog about what I feel like blogging and it makes me happy! I think it’s important to enjoy what you’re writting about. P.S Your pictures is beautiful! xo

    Marie L.

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    • Marie L.

      picture* Sorry for the mistake!

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      • Dorothy

        Thanks a lot Marie. It makes me happy as well to blog as well. I realize that I just need to change my way of thinking :)

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  3. Dorothy

    Thank you Talya! I actually wasn’t wearing any lipstick, this was the photog’s doing. You’re right, I should experiment more with my makeup, it’s something I’ve always been bad at.

    I now feel less pressured to blog for the sake of getting exposure and see it as a fun hobby again – as it should be!

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  4. Pamela Chiu

    I’m not a blogger, but I had no idea how hard it was! I mean getting support is hard but I think you’re doing great :). Keep at it!

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  5. AnneM

    i just started blogging and i can’t help but religiously check my stats and followers, which are both embarrassingly low. i have no idea what i’m doing since i’ve only been blogging for a month but would like to make something of it one day. hopefully. i really like the advice you gave in this post. thanks!

    p.s. this picture is CRAZY! i love it. x

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