Michelle Tells The Truth About What It Is Like Blogging About Lingerie
For over 5 months now I have been writing for the Tempestra UK blog and managing the social media profiles for this lingerie retail website. When I first came on board, Rachel the wonderful operator behind Tempestra.co.uk was quite clear about what she wanted. “Readable engaging blog content that is inspired by lingerie.” She directed me towards some of the most popular online lingerie themed blogs, such as Fullfigurefullerbust and asked me to do something similar for her website.
I won’t lie at first, I felt like there was a level of hostility against me as a lingerie blogger joining the community. Obviously being sponsored by one singular retailer made me different because the products that I received were products that Tempestra retailed specifically. It was also difficult to balance the demand for SEO and linking with honest content. However, Rachel and I agreed that quality was the most important and so I proceeded with that in mind.
In these months I’ve learnt a few lessons about blogging about lingerie that I would like to share with you. Some are bitter sweet and other really have made me really excited to continue to do this job.
1.) Don’t Call Your Self Plus Size In A Lingerie Review If You Aren’t Actually Plus Sized
I remember my first twitter message from an angry plus size fashion blogger who felt the need to point out that I was not plus sized, just busty DD+ (there is a difference). Obviously, for SEO purposes I have used phrases in my blog like plus size fashion, plus size lingerie, etc. With my measurement being on the “borderline” of what would be considered above average I never thought that this would be a problem. However, I suppose it is kind of like when your “not-so-fat” friend constantly calls herself fat all the time, it is annoying I can see how it may tick people off. (sorry)
Although my bust does cause me a fair amount of fashion dilemma’s it isn’t the same as being bigger in that way. (I don’t know how else to say it) There are so many great plus size bloggers out there who are truly inspirational at offering fashion advice and confidence to women who are struggling with their size and this comment really put things into perspective for me.
2.) The Internet Can Be Mean!
If you want to be a lingerie blogger you are also going to develop a thick skin. In spite of the fact that I have worked full time writing online content for various clients until I started blogging about lingerie I have never received any personal attacks related to content that I have written. It wasn’t too long ago that I received a comment attacking my body and saying that I “shouldn’t think that I look good”. This person, who obviously didn’t understand the purpose behind writing lingerie reviews seemed to think that I was trying to be a lingerie model in my review images. This hurt me at first especially when they pointed out my stretch marks. Any of you who have frequented this blog know that I do not photoshop out my marks because I feel like women deserve to see real bodies represented.
3.) Complete Strangers Can Be Amazingly Supportive!
For every “mean” comment I have received I have also had many people encouraging me to continue to write lingerie blog posts and reviews. Many people have told me that they are inspired by my honest approach to body image and how i speak candidly about my own struggles with my figure.
This has allowed me to take the blog beyond the initial task of creating promotional content for Tempestra.co.uk. Now, with the help of Rachel we are starting a new website www.betterbrascanada.com to help bring better bras, fitting advice, and confidence to women in Canada. I would of never been able to do this without the encouragment of both friends and strangers who have continued to cheer me on.
4.) Friends and Family May Not Get It!
Because I seemingly make money “playing around on the internet” my friends and family don’t often understand exactly what it is I do. When the tempestra.co.uk blog first went up many of my family members had something to say about me posting pictures of myself in my underwear online. However, they very quickly just got used to it. I like to think that the acceptance comes from the fact that they also now understand why I think that providing lingerie reviews for women in the DD+ range like myself is important.
Blogging for Tempestra has been such a wonderful experience so far. I am so excited to continue to write content for this site. It is true blessing that I get to pursue my passion of writing, and get to speak creatively about things that i enjoy like lingerie and fashion.
Until Next Time,