Man Repeller started to get popular a little over a year ago, I became an avid reader because Leandra Medine has a humourous outlook on fashion, dresses for herself and didn't give a damn about being single if she could dress the way she wanted with harem pants and furry shoes included.
But when she announced earlier this week that she was engaged in a (now deleted but good thing there's CACHE) post, many readers were supportive. But others blew up and were angry. A part of me doesn't know how to feel. I'll keep reading her blog because I find it entertaining a lot of times, but like many, I feel a bit cheated.
I believe honesty is always the best policy when it comes to writing even if it is just a blog. But for the past 18 months or so, Leandra has been pulling off this whole schtick about being perpetually single because she dresses weirdly. I understand the whole point of her blog being solely a fashion blog with the perspective of attracting females who appreciate "fashion that men hate". But to suddenly drop a bomb and reveal something personal like being ENGAGED after 18 or so months of coming off as a single girl who couldn't score a date because of your odd outfits is kind of wrong to me.
Reading this thread, I gathered a lot of opinions from readers and GOMI, the poster. I agree.
All writers (whether you blog or not), need to be honest with their readers and by doing so, they must pick one specific lane and stick with it. If you're going to be a fashion blogger talking about weird fashions men dislike, then stick to that and be subtle about your personal life or not mention it at all!! You can't pretend to be single for a year and a half while acting like you're best friends with devoted readers and fans when you say you want "your private life private". If you want to go with the whole "man-repelling" theme, then be consistent with it. If the whole purpose of your blog is to show women that being single is okay and to dress the way you want, then there shouldn't be a need to be too personal and get attached. Because then, people will feel betrayed and lied to.
I'll still continue to read her blog. But this definitely changes my perspective on her. Don't be personal if you're going to not share something with your readers. Pick one theme and stick with it.
Even though my blog doesn't have a specific theme, I know for a fact that this blog is a way to express issues that matter to me.