People always tell me that they can tell when I am angry because that is when my Jamaican accent comes out. With that said, what a piece of mix-up and blender over on the supposedly community of Independent Fashion Bloggers, (aka heartifb.com). I only wish I had waited to buy my IFBCon ticket and book my hotel room because after that appalling post and their even more appalling attempt at damage control, I am not feeling IFB, their founder or their conference.
I am not going to attempt to rehash the drama that opened the floodgates of emotions from bloggers, who like me, work very hard to grow and maintain our publishing endeavors (aka our blogs). There are plenty of well-articulated, balanced, posts around the blogosphere which includes the history and here are a few of them:
- Requesting Your Assistance
- White Slim and Pretty – But what about me! (my response to IFB’s Blogging and Body Image + the Founders Open Letter to YOU!)
- Breaking The Silence: A Response To “Bloggers & Body Image”
- Race, Body Image and the Conversation Bloggers Should Be Having
If you are a blogger/publisher, or a woman who comes to my site because you are feeling under represented elsewhere, I strongly recommend that you read those posts and add your voice because we can’t have the blogging community mirroring mainstream media and that is what is taking place.
Word of advice, it’s better that you voice your opinion on these offsite posts because it seems that the sargeant of arms of moderation feels that the “pot meet kettle” comments have reached capacity on the IFB site. Also, the people who were trying to add constructive criticism in the wake of the post(s) are being labeled as “bullys”… Can you imagine the audacity of these people to label us as bully’s because of our dissenting opinions?
In any case, here is my Friday outfit post (consistent posting schedule) featuring, little ole me with my graying forehead and temples, in my size 10 frame (relatable and honest) wearing a $10 dress (nothing to aspire or covet because you can actually afford this!) that I bought (nope, not a c/o piece) at Target.
By the way, I was planning to make a few changes to this blog in the next few weeks. In the wake of the IFB controversy, I am open to your suggestions on ways that I can improve this blog so that it meets your needs as well as mine (to inform, educate, and entertain).
Ossie took these photos!
Love unuh, Natasha