Do I Really Have to Dress Up All The Time to Have a Travel Blog?

(Note: Even if you don’t like my writing, I’ve sprinkled my pictures from my recent trips to NYC, Nashville, Vegas, and Lake Tahoe throughout – so just scroll on through if you don’t like reading. *Shrugs*)

We’ve all seen those perfect travel bloggers.

A candid picture of a girl with perfect hair, a flowy sundress, and even cute shoes (that don’t even look comfortable).

Like did you really do that entire hike in a dress?

If you did, props to you, but I don’t think I can commit to that…. in fact, I can’t even commit to wearing heels in Vegas for the whole night. (Yes, I’m that hot mess carrying her shoes standing in line for pizza at 4 A.M… So sue me, my feet don’t deserve that pain!)

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Vegas last week! I only wore heels for this picture. *shrugs*

To be clear, I don’t want to put anyone down.

If you want to hike Mount Everest in a ball gown, you go right ahead! I’m not here to hurt people’s feelings. I know blogging is a business for a lot of people, and maybe it’s worth going through all of that to get a great pictures.

Also, I guess some people have an entire team of photographers and assistants to help out. I usually just have a stranger taking my pics because I’m not famous, nor a model.

To be fair, I’ve definitely been basic AF at times to get a good picture, so I need to take my own advice sometimes…

“Mom, can you take a picture of me by the pool?”

“No, my arm looks fat in that one”

“Now, can you take one of me looking in the distance? Thanks.”

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NASHVILLE, TN — I asked my mom to take a picture of me after I spent the entire day trimming hedges / pulling weeds / planting flowers because I felt skinny that day.
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I got a new swimsuit and thought it looked cool with the pool area at my mom’s house.

But is that all people care about in a blog? Is that all people care about on Instagram?

*Carrie Bradshaw Voice*

I couldn’t help but wonder,  are we using social media to impress people, or impact people?

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Channelling my inner Carrie Bradshaw at Catch NYC with my friend Cara.

I know, at its core, that Instagram is a visual platform. Great pictures are better to look at than blurry iPhone pics. But I don’t ever want to be just one-dimensional. I want to hear the story behind the picture.

I know hot girls can get away with just putting an emoji for a caption or something like “thinkin’ bout tacos”, but to me, that just seems like a caption generated from an automated Insta-caption robot.

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“Thinkin’ Bout Tacos”

 

Obviously, sometimes you don’t feel like thinking of a great caption, and every picture doesn’t have to have a novel or some sob story about you overcoming something, to resonate with an audience.

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MOTIVATION MONDAY: How I overcame my hangover and bad lighting to take this selfie. #INSPIRING

But in the past weeks, I’ve thought long and hard about what I want to use my social media for.

Everyone has a platform. Whether it’s 20 followers or 20 million, someone is reading your posts.

What effect do you want to have on them?

I read something about “emotional shadows” — AKA the feeling you leave behind after interacting with someone.

Do you leave good vibes? Judgmental ones?

When I think about the friends I truly enjoy hanging out with – they ALL make my day better and make me feel happier, even after we’re done hanging out.

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My friend Dana, who always gives off good vibes.

 

Do I want to make people jealous of my life? Sometimes. ha. But I get tired of this crap where everyone always acts so put together while acting like it’s no big deal.

If I put on my makeup well and have on a cute outfit, IT IS A BIG DEAL to me, so that is why I post selfies. I don’t look like that all the time and I want to celebrate my achievement in actually covering the dark circles under my eyes!

If I leave any kind of “emotional shadow” — I don’t care if people think I’m weird. Or an oversharer.

I just want to be REAL. (insert 100 emoji)

And I want to make others feel good about themselves.

Because I know how it feels to feel unwelcome.

To be hurt. To feel lost. To be left out in the dark. Ok, so that’s lyrics from a Simple Plan song, but whatever. You get the point.

And if that means wearing a shirt and shorts that don’t exactly match accompanied by dusty tennis shoes on my hikes, WHATEVER! UNTIL I GET A STYLIST THAT’S THE BEST I CAN DO!!!!!

Sincerely,

Chelsa

P.S. Here are my pics from my hike at Lake Tahoe yesterday.

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2 Comments

  1. the harmony in our clothes

    I really like your sense of humour, I always have a great time reading your posts 🙂 I especially enjoyed this one since it’s so true: I’m pretty sure many bloggers just go to the place they want to shoot with a normal outfit, and dress up there again, I’ve seen that for lookbooks etc. Most things we see on blogs (especially big famous ones) aren’t very real, it’s staged but I guess that’s just how it is haha

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