For a very long time, I was a massive fan of Gala Darling, the internet's eternally cheerful, ever-lucky, fabulously dressed sweetheart. She's one of the most popular bloggers in the world for a very good reason - she clearly knows what she's doing - but quite recently Rachel and I started to go off her a little.
I've never really been able to adequetly explain why, so when my friend Katie asked me about her recently, I started thinking.
Why I went of Gala...
I think that the main reason I started to go off Gala Darling is - hilariously and ironically - because of a comment on Fashion Bloggers Why (you can read my articles on her HERE and HERE to appreciate the irony in this to its fullest):
I started to go off her because someone on the internet said she was mean - and, of course, we all know how reliable internet sources are (apparently, I'm a bad fashion writer and a country music obsessive... oh, no, wait, that's all true...!).
The thing is, though, once you have something like that in your head, your views of someone are automatically twisted: it started to annoy me that she was named Amy once upon a time and had had the guts to change it to something else. As many readers will know, I hate my name - and I started to begrudge her the fact that she'd done something about it.
It also annoyed me that she was a "trust fund kid" (something she clearly can't help) and that she is always so bloody happy.
Why I've changed my mind (again)...
The thing is, though, even whilst I was not liking her, I still read her blog. I still enjoyed a lot of her content. I was still cheered up by the Sad Trombone List and by Radical Self Love. And then, the moment that Katie asked me, I started seriously questioning my supposed dislike of her. How is it even possible to dislike someone when so much of what they do brings joy to your life?
The other day, one of my friends was feeling very down, and wanted to know how she could stop caring what people thought about her. My instant response was to download Love And Sequins #5 - Finding Happiness and Making It Stay and to give it to her. I listened to it myself, too, and it was very interesting, and enlightening, and funny. A lot of it made sense. And, I'd just paid $12 to someone I claimed to dislike in the name of cheering up a friend.
My dislike was starting to become less and less plausible.
Therefore, in conclusion, and the "etc" bit...
So, after much thought, I've come to the conclusion that I can't dislike Gala Darling. It literally makes no sense. Love & Sequins #5 made so much sense to me and helped me gain so much confidence in myself. Love & Sequins #7 taught me what I'm doing wrong with my blog, and how to make it better. Love & Sequins #10 is helping me prepare to move to Australia next year. A lot of her actual free blog posts, too, make so much sense to me, and make me so happy.
There are a few things that do still grate with me, though: the fact that she turned comments off on her blog after explaining on one of her podcasts that a blog was not a blog without them will never not annoy me, for example. The fact that she is charging for Radical Self Love Month this year, when I enjoyed it so much for free last year, is also a tiny bit annoying.
But, over all, I find it in me to dislike her. It's immature; it's silly; it's childish. I might not openly love everything that she does, but heck, I'm probably going to end up downloading one of her other podcasts in a few weeks, to get me through my train journey to London for fashion week. That would be like walking into a clothes shop, picking up a top you hate, and buying it anyway. It would be plain daft.
What do you think of Gala? I know that she's quite a controversial, "marmite" blogger!