This could be us!
Those of you who've been with me for a while will know this about me: I have an opinion on almost everything. If I am asked to hold forth on an issue, even if I haven't ever considered it before, I will think of something to say. Whether I am brilliant at thinking on my feet or simply like the sound of my own voice, YOU DECIDE.
The point is that I like commenting on what's going on around me. Which would make you think that I like commenting on blogs. But I don't- I loathe it. It makes me feel sycophantic, so even if I loved a post I will rarely mention this to its blogger. Unless I feel urgently about it, I just let my mind turn the resulting thoughts over and either write it up here or in my notes for the ol' Ph.
So I've never thought it strange that I don't get many comments on Fashademic (cause everyone is exactly like me, right?) until last night when my friend/PR guru/life coach Ash floated the suggestion that maybe it's because people are intimidated by the blog's academic angle.
Not that I am an academic (yet?) but that this blog certainly makes a claim to be thoughtful about fashion, and readers might be reticent to put their thoughts forward in case... I slam them? Or disagree? Or it sounds unclever? I was saddened and a little horrified to think that this could be the case.
But the more I think about it, the more sense it makes. A lot of you write to me on Twitter or email me with responses to what I've written but rarely comment directly on this forum (with the exception of a few of you, whose names in my mind are accompanied by an angelic chorus of gratitude for taking me to task when I am wrong/have unintentionally made a gaffe/you liked what I did.)
So was Ash right? Are you reticent about committing publicly here? Some people have said they don't want to 'interfere' with my research (cause they know me outside of the blog) but you're already part of the research if you're reading this! Your response is as important and interesting as that of someone I don't know because you're a reader, too.
Fashademic is one big experiment for me. I have no idea what people will enjoy (the Charlotte Rampling post has so far generated over 500 searches. Welcome, rampant Rampling fans) or what to write half the time. I bash out (literally- have you heard me type? Yes, 'heard', I'm that girl) whatever comes to my mind, sometimes with typos or long-windedness and you, in the goodness of your hearts, come back for more. I'm certainly not the type to look at anyone else's thoughts at the end of a sneering nose, and I'm genuinely curious to hear what you think. I can't promise that your responses won't end up in my thesis (if they're in the public domain they're fair game, I'm afraid) but you're welcome to submit them anonymously. I mean, you don't have to- but you should feel free if you want to say something because I'm only here out of a spirit of curiosity and eagerness to engage with what you say (and what I say, of course.)