Last Thursday, Jasmine Park of Pike/Pine, a Seattle-based street fashion blog, came to speak to our Digital Literacy class. During the week, Jasmine does program management at Microsoft, but every weekend she walks around Seattle looking for fashionable people to photograph. She told us about how she started out and how her blog has developed since September, 2006, when she started it. She created four rules for herself:
1. Take good photos.
2. Make people look good.
3. Be nice.
4. Only post what she's proud of.
And she outlined three lessons she's learned:
1. Everyone's a critic.
2. Diversity is good (and hard to find).
3. People are nice.
It was in interesting talk, especially because fashion is never something I've paid attention to. It was cool to hear from a part-time blogger. It's still just a hobby for her, as it is for most people. I also liked to hear her thoughts on comments and her decision to delete mean comments in order to create a positive environment.
Moral of the story: If someone stops you on the street and wants to take your picture for a fashion blog, be nice and say yes.