We’re proud to present Jamie aka Model Me Girl as our Power User of the week! Jamie shares her insight on modest fashion, beauty & lifestyle, and advice to encourage, empower, and inspire girls. She says, “Having the Zemanta window within my blogging platform means I can stay on that page without toggling back and forth to find what I need for my blog post. Gotta love order and simplicity!” Happy readings!
Who is Model Me Girl?
My name is Jamie. I’m just a girl who loves God more than anything; and incidentally possess a fondness for modest fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. I believe true beauty radiates from the inside out. I try to cover all the bases—from faith to fashion, and beyond. In my non-blogging life, I’m an awesome auntie (or so I’ve been told) who is relentlessly bullied by my high maintenance Shih Tzu. Depending on the day, I’m a singer/songwriter, worship leader, teacher, poet, and an undercover health professional. Not to sound like a personal ad, but I love: my family; animals; nature; hiking; things that sparkle; the letter “J”; art/design/photography; reading/writing; books; Bible study; stalking mommy blogs; imagining I can sew and draw; Glue Dots; Mod Podge; and DIY projects and crafts.
Do you consider yourself a blogger?
Yes, sometimes I consider myself a blogger. Other times I just consider myself a girl who writes.
What makes someone a blogger?
A blogger infuses their personality into their posts, whether it’s a corporate blog, individual, or group. I believe a true blogger participates in and interacts with a community. A blogger is someone who is engaging while being informative—and welcome or not, gives opinions. The awesome blogger offers more information and insight on a topic, issue, service, interest, or brand than what you’d get via the typical news coverage or static web page.
What do you blog about?
What don’t I blog about? I am Jamie of all trades, and master (or is that mistress?) of quite a few of them. I blog about modest fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. I blog from a Christian perspective when I talk about personal and spiritual development for girls, which includes: body and self-image, self-esteem issues, relationships, faith in Jesus Christ, and being a godly girl. I also blog about health, DIY/crafts, food/recipes, and whatever comes to mind. Watch out Martha and Oprah!
What made you launch a blog?
I ultimately launched Model Me Girl because I want to show girls that modest fashion isn’t boring, and does not equal wearing wallpaper; and that if we find our identity in God, we can embrace being beautiful and beloved—flaws and all. I grew up watching my mom design clothes and wedding dresses, and spending long hours in front of her sewing machine. She even made cute clothes for my fashion dolls. Although I’m a horrible illustrator, I used to sketch tons of outfits as a girl. What can I say? I like fashion. Even so, I want girls to see that true beauty and being fashionable is an inside job, manifested on the outside; and there is nothing wrong with humbly accepting and radiating the beauty we possess. Lots of girls are missing healthy doses of self-esteem. I want to be a positive and empowering light for girls and women through Model Me Girl. Oh, yeah, and being a good girl is not outdated.
What is the role of blogs in fashion? Who are they aimed at?
Fashion blogs are all about perception. What do you see as fashionable? What’s your personal style? Fashion blogs are reflection of culture. The role of blogs in fashion is to give more insight about styles, brands, designers, the industry, and most importantly, the people who wear the clothes and accessories. Us. I believe fashion blogs are targeted to whoever makes up a particular blogger’s audience. I do believe members of the professional fashion industry keep an eye on the fashionistas, street wear and fashion enthusiasts, etc. Some of them may even get ideas from us! It becomes a matter of who influences whom. It’s full circle. Each blogger finds their niche and goes from there. Fashion bloggers definitely have the power to influence the fashion industry.
What makes a good fashion blog?
The fashion finds and sets I create reflect what I wear and like. A good fashion blog is one that is authentic and birthed out of passion and purpose. It represents the true style and opinions of the blogger, and is not a copycat blog. A good fashion blog has consistency. People get behind people who are committed to their cause. A good fashion blog is inspirational and doesn’t have unrelated content just to fill empty spaces.
When did you start using Zemanta?
A little under a month ago when I looked at my Fashion Traffic account and said, “What’s this?” I checked out the Zemanta site and signed right up.
How does Zemanta help you blog better/easier?
Oh my! Zemanta is great. I don’t have to think about tags, keywords, or inline text links. Zemanta does the work for me. Having the Zemanta window within my blogging platform means I can stay on that page without toggling back and forth to find what I need for my blog post. Gotta love order and simplicity! Also, Zemanta lets me be in control of related content. I can choose to reference my own previously published post or someone else’s.
Have you integrated Fashion Traffic into your Zemanta assistant?
Why, yes I have! I discovered Zemanta through Fashion Traffic. The Zemanta assistant literally pulls the browse products capability into my blogging platform. Just put in a keyword and Zemanta pulls resources from Fashion Traffic. This is a time and resource saver. No need for multiple windows and tabs to be open.
Power User Tip (please share a Zemanta tip!)
Looking for more images and not sure what to search for or use to complement your post? Take a hint from Zemanta’s suggested inline text links. Works for me. In one of my posts, I didn’t think to add a certain image until I saw the inline text link.