Trends are a big part of the blogging community—of any community really. They can start off innocently enough, presenting a new take on a drab idea, but slowly begin to appropriate the entire sentiment. I feel like the marble trend epitomizes this appropriation and I thought it would be interesting to discuss its role in what is now considered mainstream blogging. I’m going to preface this by saying that I love the aesthetic of marble and enjoy using it myself from time to time in my own blog photos. What I want to address is the overwhelming misconception that without a specific element, your blog, your idea, or your overall platform isn’t quite cutting it. This can apply to any aspect, not just marble aesthetics, but I thought it was the most prevalent and notable at the moment.
This past week my friend came over so that we can work on our fiction blog and take a few pictures for her own personal blog. Seeing as she would be using my layouts, I showed her a few of my tricks to achieving the look of my pictures—one of those being my faux marble slab. I say ‘faux’ not because it isn’t real marble, but because it is just an adhesive cover wrapped around a vinyl tile purchased from the dollar store. My creativity has no bounds sometimes. When I created this I was seeing the marble background on all the blogs I was visiting and I loved the look—it screamed casual elegance and made any products laid against it really pop.
She was dumbfounded by this revelation thinking I either had a marble table of some sort or purchased a slab of marble from Rona. In retrospect, purchasing an actual slab would have looked much more realistic. Regardless, she had reflected the same desire to change my lifestyle in order to mimic an unnatural aesthetic that I once ached for. Thirteen Thoughts also discussed this desire in her post about layouts, and a lot of it rings true to how I felt when starting my blogging journey. I tried to find tables that were made of real marble so that I could get that noteworthy look without considering the waste of money and space it would be.
As I stuck to my blog, uncovering different ways to make it unique and represent my own style, I realized that these trends are all as fleeting as a bad highlighter. One second the dazzle is there, the next it’s worn away and lustreless, reminding us of what was once considered extravagant.
The point I wanted to make with this post is not to hate on anyone who uses marble backgrounds (seeing as I still do), but rather to emphasize the insignificance of any insecurity we feel about not following a trend when it comes to our blogs. Our artistic endeavours should not depend on seeking out the newest trends, but rather developing them with our individuality and peculiar ideas.
How do you feel about blogging trends?