State of the Blog: A Few Responses
Mar 29, 2012
On Tuesday, I asked you to talk about what you like about Capitol Hill Style and improvements and changes that you’d like to see. There were some recurring themes, so I thought I would respond to a few of the mentioned items publicly.
Specificity. There are many of you who wrote in looking for more specific advice or different advice than I provide here. Some of you needed maternity advice, others needed advice for women with fuller figures, more petite frames, etc. I don’t write about these things, because I don’t know much or anything about dressing these body types.
If you have a specific concern or need more specific advice, you really need to find a blogger who has that issue as well. There are a handful of maternity fashion sites like Expecting Chic, Nola Baby Bump and Jaclyn Day (who just had a baby) that might be of interest to you. For curvier women, try the Curvy Fashionista or some of these recommended blogs.
If you’re petite, Extra Petite and Alterations Needed are great. And if you’re in college and want advice on what to wear for Spring Break (something most of my readers won’t relate to, because we no longer get the privilege, jealous), try College Fashion. There are many lovely fashion blogs out there and a couple of Google searches will usually land you in the right place.
This is not a lifestyle blog. A number of you left comments asking for my lifestyle content (recipes, decorating, restaurants, etc.). This is not a lifestyle blog. I’m not Cupcakes & Cashmere, I don’t hit the flea market on the weekend and turn my $4 purchase into a blog post. This is a professional fashion blog, and it’s going to stay that way because there are so many great lifestyle sites (Mimi + Meg, Coco + Kelley, etc.) that there’s no void to be filled there.
Two Ways. By far everyone’s favorite post, and that’s good, because it’s mine too. Maybe one day I will expand it to more days per week, but it’s an incredibly time-consuming endeavor, so not right now. But I’ll try to think of some other ways to accomplish the same thing that aren’t as labor intensive.
Beauty Posts. I didn’t realize Splurge vs. Save was such a popular feature! I’ll see what I can do to bring that post back in the future. However, it may appear in a slightly truncated form i.e. one product at a time.
Some of you also raised the point that I have a very specific skincare issue (adult acne), which not all of you share. Lucky bitches. So I’ll make an effort to work in some more universal product recommendations.
Link Issues. Last year, the House made a decision to block Shopstyle as a malicious site (yeah, malicious to my wallet). So some of you cannot click on the links aggregated through Shopstyle. Unfortunately, these links are the blog’s primary source of revenue. Revenue that pays for domain fees, hosting costs and pays for the reader giveaways (because I very rarely accept products for free).
I’m not willing to give that revenue up, but the majority of the items linked here are also found on my Polyvore page. So I’ll start putting the Polyvore link in the posts as well. I’ll also try to use more complete descriptions of items so that you can find them through a Google search as well.
Archiving and Search. Unfortunately, Squarespace, the company that hosts this blog, has the worst archiving and search tools imaginable. It and the Captcha in the comments are the company’s fatal flaws. I’ll look into ways to improve this, but I can’t promise that there are any.
Dislikes. For those of you who hate or don’t read The Hill Life, Discuss or Happy Hour, these posts aren’t going anywhere. Why? Because they’re some of the most read posts on this site. In fact, of the top ten CHS posts ever, eight of them fall into one of these categories. Plus, I like writing them.
Alright, that about covers the comments for which I have immediate answers. The rest I will think about and look into. Thanks to everyone who put in their two cents.