OMF: Why, thank you!
OMF: So tell me about your blog.
OMF: Well, I’ve been posting every day since around January. I like finding current fashions for women in unusual places (Pottery Barn Dorm, the men’s department, teen catalog companies, maternity sections, bookstores) that can save people money. I don’t post photos of myself on the whole; I post links to the clothes; pretty much everything is available online.
OMF: How’s it gone these past 6 months? What have you learned?
OMF: Most of the time it’s been great! I’ve learned how to post, tweet, retweet, pin up, mention, shout out, comment, and basically connect with people around the world. I’ve made new friends from coast to coast, overseas, and here at home in Colorado. I’ve learned what it takes to flourish in social media, and I've learned what not to do.
OMF: What shouldn't you do?
OMF: Sell yourself out. One day I liked a whole troop of organizations just to get followed back. But I didn’t really choose carefully, and most of them weren’t my target audience. I felt like a FB/Twitter slut. Lol. But it wasn't the worst thing in the world. I got to know some new people and organizations.
OMF: Any other drawbacks?
OMF: Well, sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself. Oh wait, I'm doing that now :-)
OMF: And what should you do?
OMF: Keep it fun and gracious and helping others. My favorite thing to do is to promote individuals and small merchants (like those on Etsy) and help spread the word about good causes.
OMF: How much has your blog cost you so far?
OMF: About $100: 2 years of domain cost and a little of this and that (business cards, a contest prize). And an uncountable number of hours of time and thought.
OMF: Have you purchased every clothing piece you’ve posted?
OMF: No, but I buy many of them. Sometimes posting about an item has helped stave off the desire to buy now! Other times, posting has made me even more convinced that I must have that outfit.
OMF: What was your best post?
OMF: Well, the one that got the most comments on Facebook was one I reposted from another source--it was a photo gallery of things men should stop wearing right now by Adam Fox, a luxury fashion buyer based in New York City. The one that got the most likes on the website, though, was one about customer reviews and a great simple, go-everywhere black dress for about $28.
OMF: What’s your favorite thing on the blog?
OMF: Well, often I have the most fun with the title of the blog post. I liked my post Mini, not skirt, which features Asics tennis shoes that look like Mini Cooper cars--so cute! I also love all these red suede shoes: Who can be blue in red suede shoes? On the OMF webpage, I like the Lost Forever page where people tell stories of their lost clothing.
OMF: What other blogs do you visit?
OMF: I visit tons of blogs every week and often like and comment! Some that stand out for me: Pretty Shiny Sparkly, Trend Hungry, the Queen City Style, Penny Chic, Colorado Mountain Mom, School Gate Style, The White List, but I like it, and Style à la Mode. I also love the new fashion community of bloggers, photographers, fashion students, and designers at Rivista di Moda.
OMF: Where are you going from here?
OMF: Well, my new plan is to post when I have something irresistible to post rather than every day. I’m sticking closer to my mission of finding great things in unusual places.
OMF: Anything else you want to add?
OMF: Yes, I’d like to thank my family and friends for supporting me and putting up with me. My husband has been wonderful, always praising and supporting OMF. My son has served as an occasional photographer and trusty consultant. My friends, especially Christina, Tami, Lisë, Juliet, and Paul, have put up with me talking too much about OMF. I'm so grateful for Jessy's, Courtney's, Chadijah's, Glenn's, Katie's, Lisa's, Sarita's (@saritacoren), and Janis' (@Patches60) support. I especially want to thank Susan for her support, and it's been wonderful to reconnect with her!
OMF: Well, thank you so much for talking with us!
OMF: My pleasure—really—thanks for interviewing me :-).
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