I was recently approached by one of the Faire’s official bloggers with the question of how many posts and items they were expected to blog. I might have confused her with my response, simply because I laughed. Then I explained to her that I don’t care about numbers. As long as the blogger puts her heart into her post, is inspired by the Fairelands and blogs the Faire as the wondrous event it is instead of, say, two items added in a look in a studio, I’m happy with even one post!
To me quality versus quantity is a simple no-brainer: I always prefer quality and quality takes time, it takes effort. It takes inspiration. This is why I do not check your flickr favourite numbers, I do not ask about the amount of your blog feeds or how many social medias you add your posts to. This is why I care only about if I can see your heart in your pictures, if I can see your enthusiasm for the Fairelands in your posts, if I can sense the excitement and fun you are having at the Faire in what you publish.
I am against blogger obligations fiercely: we do this for fun, as a creative hobby, and the best blogging comes from love and enjoyment, never out of exhausted obligated picture snapping. The only obligation I expect you to hold onto if you have applied and been accepted to the Faire bloggers is that you indeed do blog the Faire. How, when and how often is up to you and your muses.
Instead of numbers I wish that all of you go to the Faire: wander, explore, take part in events, quest, admire particle shows, dance with dragons, be chased by Tiny Pawlice, roleplay with the groups within Fairelands, party on FaireChylde, write stories of the Fairelands in Literary Festival, shop till you drop and then when your cheeks hurt from laughing and your spirit is so full of happiness you are about to burst, then I wish you capture that feeling in pictures and words and blog. Trust me, you will be proud of what you do, more than ever before.
You are an important part of the Faire Folk. Let it show. Let others read and see and glimpse the enchantment so they come over to experience the same. We have many blogger challenges, but that is the truest blogger challenge of the Faire.