Sunday, 4 May 2014

Gal Blogging is Dead; Long Live Gal Blogging!

I first got into gal/gyaru through blogging on livejournal before taking blogging seriously and migrating to Blogger. I started off just posting some outfit and makeup shots and people would give me advice on my blog on how I could improve...

Three years later I'm still blogging but there seems to be a huge drop in the gaijin gal blogging "market", as it were. It seems that more and more people prefer posting on other social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr, and I can count all of the active bloggers (that I know of) on one hand. There used to be tons of gaijin gal blogs! Reading and commenting on other gal's blogs was the only way I could communicate with them, and it was fun!

It's quite sad to see that gal blogging has been diminishing and it's because I love reading blogs. I feel that there's a lot more to blogs than just flicking through someone's photos on Facebook. Sure, it takes more time to write a post than to upload a few pictures and #hashtag like crazy, but to me it's just nice to read what was on someone's mind or what their day was like.

Then again, it's just so much easier to "like" or comment on someone's photo than to read a blog post. You don't have to know the details; if you like the photo then you "like" it, and if you had more time you posted a comment. Simple as. You don't have to scroll through your blog feed to then read a whole post of what so-and-so did on so-and-so day. You just look at their photos and reblog, like, comment, etc.

I feel that this lacks that kind of "connection". It's quite hard to explain but I just find the whole process of actually reading blogs more interesting. I don't really like adding people I don't know on Facebook so blogging is a nice way to meet new people without them having to know every personal thing about you. You just post what you want the public to see.

But what can we do about it? Like I said there are a few people left who still blog, and I'm definitely sticking around so don't think you can get rid of me that easily (hahaha). I was tempted to start vlogging but blogging is really where my heart lies. 

I wish there were more people who continued blogging and bring their own flavour to the gal style. I guess that's why I love reading gal blogs like Sakurina's and Chie's because they updates theirs so regularly, even if it's just an outfit post or of their recent buys. If only I could blog as regularly as I used to! Fingers crossed that I have more time for this blog after uni.

So what d'ya think? Please leave a comment below, I would love to hear your views on this! 

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36 comments:

  1. I left for almost a year and came back to a huge void in bloggers!! It's like no one is around anymore!! It's so weird!
    I totally feel the same way about my personal facebook being private and how a lot is lost when a 'blogger' just puts up pictures instead of doing a proper update, too.
    Don't get me wrong, the reason I read a lot of blogs is to see the pictures, but I like there to be some context as well!

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  2. Oh I remember you! You helped me a lot when it came to figuring out if I needed circle lens and what I should do about it... It's good to see you back! ^^


    But yeah that's exactly what I'm feeling at the moment. I feel that uploading photos on FB isn't really the same as getting the "story" behind them, if you know what I mean?

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  3. Yup! That's me! But, I'm no longer an optician! I'm back in Japan doing the teaching thing again. It's good to be back! It's been ages, but for once I have a ton to blog about again!

    I totally get what you're saying! And, sites like tumblr and the likes are kind of confusing to me. I'm just now working out how to use pages on facebook. (insert shameless plug) I just started my page there:
    http://www.facebook.com/ravinmodelling

    lol!
    But, yeah, I'm glad to see you're still around! So many other bloggers that I enjoyed have disappeared into the ether it seems!

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  4. It's sad because it's not just gal bloggers, its bloggers in general. Nobody interacts either. i remember when Susie bubbe used to get hundreds of comments on each entry she posted and now she hardly gets any.

    I feel like someone's going to invent a new blogging platforms that's far more integrated than how blogger currently works atm because blogger sorts of just sits in its own little world away from FB, twitter, tumblr ad instagram but it'll change. the gals are still around, just they arent as active as bloggers

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  5. Damn really? That sucks so much! I hope that bloggers will be able to pull through and that it'll be like good old times...



    Yeah that's exactly what I'm thinking. There are loads of gals out there but they're mostly on FB, twitter, tumblr etc~ It's a shame really ;_;

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  6. Ooh nice one! You're so lucky~ I have still yet to go there!

    Yeah I've got a page too to try and keep up with this recent trend of using it. Awh you cutie <3 I hope some other bloggers would return soon ;_;

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  7. I stil will always enjoy reading a blogpost over just watching some pics on tumblr. Yes, of course tumblr is a huge inspiration and gives you the opportunity to browse through fashion, landscape and food the same time, but it rarely let you enter you the world behind that picture. Maybe it's just because I've always been the book-reading-type, but I'm always interested in what bothers a person or what brings someone to do certain pictures/coordinates etc. So I really have to agree with you that it's sad, most of the bloggers rarely blog or stopped at all. And l also have to agree with emmie (down here in the comment-section) that it's not only the gyaru blogs who kinda died. A lot of fashion blogs nowadays basically just consist of pictures and where-to-buys. What's even the matter of blogging, when you don't actually blog? Argh~ I really hope there will be a lot more gals and fashion blogger in general who find their love for blogging back.

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  8. Yeah exactly! I'm more of a book-reader myself so I totally get what you're saying. I've noticed the same thing too about fashion bloggers... I have been trying not to fall into that and post more about my day rather than the clothes I wear.


    Well hopefully more gals will see this post and start blogging again! :D

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  9. I mean there's nothing wrong with the fashion.. I mean that's why we call it a fashion blog XD But I kinda just prefer the "I went on a date and it went well and that's what I wore"-post than the "T-shirt H&M, Socks Primark" one. Though I can fully understand that there's not always time to write a book about your life. I mean I'm really lacking with posts at all right now just because of my busy life. But welp, I guess you get my point XDDD

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  10. I've also noticed the decline of gal blogs, and it's sad. I too enjoy reading blog posts, and sure it takes a bit longer and more effort, but it really is more interesting and detailed than just a photo with some hashtags. Once I get more organised I shall endeavour to create some outfit/makeup posts etc, since I do love gal and wish to share it!

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  11. Yes it would be lovely if more people would start blogging again! At least I'm not the only one who thinks this :D I can't wait to start blogging properly once uni is finished.

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  12. Yep same here~ Hahaha yes I understand what you mean :D I have done posts like that several times when I haven't had the time to blog ;_;

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  13. at least you kept blogging :3 and that's all what counts! I won't give up blogging as well (even though their really is time between my entries)! Let's keep up with the gal-love!! <3

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  14. That's true! Yes please don't give up :D We can do it!

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  15. This is so true! I went back to post a blog about a month ago, after not soing so since before uni' started, and my Blogger Reading List is now pretty much devoid of gal posts (which still make up the bulk of my many subscriptions). :( Blogs are definitely a more informative and 'tidy' means of communication and getting information out there, even though they do take more time of course! It's also kind of nice to go back years later and read about something you did on your own blog and how you felt about it, what really excited you then etc.. :P



    It's especially sad since the magazines are disappearing, too, so people pretty much only have social media (including Tumblr) and J!blogs for inspiration... I still love gal but it really does feel like it's dying. </3

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  16. Totally agree about your blogspot. I see less and less gaijin gyaru & there are less fashion blogs about gyaru fashion. Maybe the gal activies in Japan is one of the reason. I'm just seeing "gyaru secret" and it's dead ! No Gals - No secret [That's not a bad point haha]

    I hope to see new gals & gal vip will never die. We are survivors !

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  17. I actually really like the idea of vlogging - it's much less time consuming (if you can edit quickly) and there's a lot more social network connection and less effort (but not as little as just a FB like) to comment and discuss! Blogging will always be the best though, there's only so much you can articulate through a quick video ><

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  18. Its sad that we want things that can be consumed quickly. instagram for a quick pic, vine for a quick vid.... has our attention span decreased THAT much in a matter of years?


    I do wish there were more gal bloggers out there too!

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  19. Yes I find that too! Although for me it actually takes less time to blog because of the fact I'm an absolute n00b when it comes to editing videos haha. I am tempted to start vlogging on the side but it all depends on how much time I have...


    I agree. I don't think I could vlog on a gyaru meet unless people are actually okay with me videoing them?

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  20. Yes it's a real shame really because I think that blogging is great to know people if you don't want to add them on FB and have them know everything about you. I think that there are still a lot of gyaru bloggers in Japan but it's just outside Japan that's diminishing...


    We will survive! :D

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  21. It sucks doesn't it? I was flicking through my feed as well to find only one other person having uploaded a post that's a gaijin gyaru; the rest were beauty and fashion bloggers.


    Exactly! I was reading an old post the other day and thought, "wow, that's what I used to be like?!" It's amazing.


    I do love Tumblr but yeah, it's a shame that all of the mags are gone ;_; I feel the same... Oh well, we can keep it alive!

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  22. Wow that's actually an extremely good point! I never thought of it that way... I just thought that it's easier to upload pictures. Hmm. Now that you mention it... It might actually be the cause of the decrease in blogging?


    Well I'll still be here :D

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  23. Yes, I also noticed that many bloggers got realy lazy.... I'm following so many gaijin gyaru blogs but.... they all hardly never make new entries o.O
    There are days when I look into my dashboard and there is maybe just one single new post... Q___Q
    I realy try my best to blog at least twice a week....(I'm not always reaching this goal ^^°...) but I will keep blogging. Sometimes it's exhausting but most often ist fun ^o^ It's like a diary + a photo album of myself!
    But I think nobody can stop this development. Social networks are changing everything and the internet will always be changing itself. Let's see what future will bring!
    I'm happy when you will keep blogging ^o^
    bye bye (Lau-paint-the-sky.blogspot.de)

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  24. It's a shame isn't it? ;_; I especially love reading blog posts where gaijin gals go to Japan and meets!


    Yes I know exactly what you mean. I used to blog twice a week and sometimes more but it's just too draining now ;_;


    Awh thank you :D

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  25. Yea I agree! I actually just made various social media accounts recently to try and connect more through other platforms!

    Would love if you check out my blog
    raincouverbeauty.blogspot.comJust and if you'd like to follow me in any of them, I would really appreciate it! :) I just followed you on facebook!

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  26. I got fed up of tumblr so I came back to blogger. It became very samey after a while and really impersonal when you're just reblogging other peoples photos. Sure it's quick and easy but not very original to be honest. Blogging takes more time and effort and I think it's way more rewarding!! I just find it hard to find cool blogs out there I only seem to know about them from people's facebook pages, twitter, instagram etc...

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  27. yes...that's the most difficult thing with privacy :/ with writing, I just put people's initials in, but it's not like you can realistically blank out people's faces for videos LOL

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  28. I'm so glad you made this post because I also noticed there are less gyaru bloggers now and everyone is moving to facebook groups :( I prefer blogs more than facebook, it is more interpersonal than looking at a picture. Although I haven't had time to blog lately, I hope others aren't going down that slope as well ><

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  29. I totally agree! I used to follow a lot of blogs and most of them are dead now and I've been struggling to find new replacements which in turn has made me lose interest a little. I love reading blog posts and it's just so sad that it's dying out because they used to give me so much inspiration that I never used to get just from 'pictures' of girls on the Internet.

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  30. it was so refreshing to read all these comments, to see so many people feeling the same!! its so sad that blogging is dying, and even i have been the same ;__; i posted my first entry today since NOVEMBER ;____; blogging sadly takes up time, but its much more enjoyable to post and read blogs imo than just surfing through tumblr. its really nice to see so many people agree! im gonna make so much more effort with my blog from now on, esp now that many gal magazines have ceased publication, we have to make more effort to stop gal from dying

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  31. Oh gosh, this post is so true. I think that it takes real effort to have and maintain a blog where you have to write content that is engaging. Actually, writing anything seems to be a challenge for a lot of people. :-p Tumblr seems to be this panacea for lazy people who think a 'blog' is comprised of sharing and re-sharing other people's photos. Anyway, I've observed the same things you talk about here, but it really became an annoyance with the sponsorship requests I keep receiving for my store. 90% of them are girls who submit their Tumblr and call it a 'blog' - and there is just absolutely nothing there there. I mean, they want free items from me in exchange for posting a photo of them?! I mean, I can do that myself! I've had to include a whole section in our FAQ page about sponsorship submissions just to try to cut down on the sheer volume of them I receive that have been nothing but a Tumblr.

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  32. Yes, the same for me! I'm so glad that I'm not the only one.
    You can do it! :D I look forward to reading your future posts!

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  33. I feel that with sponsors etc that actually writing a post on blogger or on an actual blogging platform is much better than on Tumblr. Whenever I do posts for my sponsors I ask them how they would like me to format it; some just want me to wear their product and just leave a link of where I got it from, others want a full review.

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  34. Either is fine with me really as I'm not terribly picky, but without any way to actually interact with people, answer their questions, etc. for me it's not really beneficial for my shop. They're really not offering anything of value. I can just post pictures myself - what I want is people who will talk about their experience with my shop or at least be able to answer questions people might have. TBH it's really annoying to get all these sponsorship requests that basically amount to, 'Here's my amazing Tumblr 'blog', I have 5,000 folllowers, none of whom I've ever really interacted with, give me free stuff and I'll post pictures of your things that people may or may not see.' Maybe I'm disillusioned now; I expected to receive some sponsorship requests, but I guess I was also expecting effort from those who request it. I think it's a reflection of what you're talking about: how so many people are just dropping out of blogging. It requires effort and I really am seeing less and less of it. Really sad. It's bloggers like you, and many of the gals posting comments here, who really inspired me! <3

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  35. I think you're totally right! I don't like blogger "switching" to social networks like facebook or instagram either. I just love reading blogs so much. T_T I think it's just so much more personal.

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