Monday, June 20, 2011

Hello? Is Anyone Out There?

Hello?  Hello?  Are you there?


I've been writing this blog for 5 1/2 years.  For the last month, I've been tracking the time I put into it and it averages out to about 6 hours a week.  Yes, 6 hours.  Nearly a full work day.  I usually sneak those hours out of my weekend and they are spent searching my magazine archive for images, researching the subjects of those images, and writing about the designers, the clothes, the styles and the trends of the past for you.

In the last several months, comments on this blog have dropped off dramatically and I'm starting to wonder if anyone is actually reading what it takes all those hours to write.  I'm starting to wonder if I'm talking to an empty room, if anyone is listening.

I know we all have a lot to juggle these days.  There are now hundreds of blogs that talk about vintage clothing.  There are thousands of Facebook pages to like.  Following your Twitter feed can take all day.  Not to mention Tumblr, Flickr, and on and on............  And somewhere in there we have jobs and homes to take care of.  I myself am guilty of not keeping up with as many blogs as I used to.  There just don't seem to be enough hours in the day.

My original intention in writing this blog was to form a community where I could connect with fellow lovers of vintage fashion.  I wanted it to be a place where we could all fall in love with and talk about clothing from the past.  I wanted it to be a place to form lasting online friendships.  But now I wonder if I'm all alone.  Perhaps blogs are becoming passé.  Or maybe you just want to look at pictures for a minute or two before you move on.

Can you help me figure out where to go from here?  If you are reading the words it takes me all those hours to write, can you take a quick moment and just say "I'm here" in a comment?  If you have suggestions about what I can change to open up the conversation again, would you either post them here or send me an email?  If you'd rather just see pictures and the words don't matter, would you tell me please?


Please don't misunderstand.  I don't want this post to sound like a pity party.  I am asking for guidance from you as I make decisions about prioritizing my time and the future of this blog.  I truly appreciate you being here and listening!  And I would be grateful for your feedback!

125 comments:

Ant Queen said...

I'm here! I love Couture Allure, both the boutique and the blog. I read all the blogs I follow through Google Reader so I don't always take the time to open the blog to comment (actually I wonder if viewing blogs via feed readers is responsible for the drop off in comments). I don't comment often on blogs as I only comment when I really have something to say. However I love the way you present vintage fashion, both your writing and those gorgeous pictures. So many things I have never seen elsewhere on the other blogs I follow. I usually read your blog while enjoying my afternoon tea break.

I also follow you on Facebook, as do many of my friends. There are many times when we've shared links to various items you have for sale (often with the comment "if only I were several sizes smaller!").

I've enjoyed your blog immensely and as long as you have the time and it gives you enjoyment, I would love to keep reading.

Cheers,
Leonie

Anonymous said...

I will say that I love your selections and I appreciate the time it takes to find a theme each post and you are very generous with your knowledge.
But to be honest I have been put off getting very involved here because of the watermark you use.
I know that sounds petty, but your watermark is large and often spoils the image. I understand that it takes effort to scan, crop and prep these, but I see your name when I don't often see the model, the photographer or even sometimes the designer. I also understand you may not always have that available, but it's off putting to see you "take credit" when these artistic images were not created by you. I don't see it done on other blogs much and when it is used it's smaller and not as distracting.
I don't mean to offend, I may be being very fussy here, but you dd ask...and it's bothered me for awhile.
I'm sure others will chime in soon.

Anton said...

Hello and thanks fro your work. I love photos and information what i find there.
I read this blog for only month, or so.
Found it... dunno, maybe from some random blog or just google search.

I'm huge fan of 60s, womans from 60s and good fashion :D

And i'm from Ukraine, so sorry for bad english ;)

K2 said...

My favorite blog posts of yours are about past designers. What they did, the companies they formed, their family life, when they stopped designing, etc.

Jen A. Miller said...

I don't get a ton of comments on my blog, either, but when it came time for me to start selling my book, people came out of the woodwork as fans of the blog and wanting to buy signed copies.

I also comment less on blogs because I reply to people on twitter instead. It's more personal, I think.

Just my two cents!

Lexy Mademyday said...

I follow your blog but I usually don't comment if it's just to say "it's beautiful" so you'll hear about me when I have a question or a real connection with the subject of your post. Keep on with your good work lady!;)

Retreauxgirl said...

I too have a blog and I have a hard time blogging everyday, Etsying, Twittering, Facebooking and now Pinteresting.........what to do, what to do.

I enjoy your blog and the pictures, but I am not too good at commenting as I should.

You should keep blogging!!
Hugs ~ Leslie

Honore said...

I just love your blog, and am so glad I found you! (via Facebook) I always read it, although I rarely comment (but that's not you, I just don't comment in general on blogs) I hope you keep it up. But if you're getting really down in the dumps about it, maybe a little vacation is in order? I have a vintage knitting blog, which I'm sorry to say I've been neglecting for a long time now, but I'll get back to it one day when I'm feeling better. The only thing I'd warn against this plan is losing readers...I think when I get back to my own blog, I'll more or less have to start over. Personally, I think you should keep going -- your posts never fail to be both facinating, informative, and beautiful!

KCF said...

Your blog is one of my favorites on my blogroll. I love learning about new designers, learning history of designers, stores, etc. Especially enjoy the old magazine and advertisements.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Anonymous, I'm not offended, but I have also responded to your concerns in the past in comments here and on Facebook. Quite honestly, I have spent thousands of dollars over the years on the magazines I own here in my archive. Yes, I don't own the images, but I DO own the magazines. Placing my watermark on the images is in no way intended to imply that I am "taking credit" for the image itself, but that I did the work to find it, scan it, research it, and upload it for my readers to see. Stealing of images and text is rampant on the internet and I often find my scans and writing elsewhere with no attribution to me. Hopefully with my watermark on the images, readers who find my work elsewhere can figure out where it originally came from.

I don't agree with you that my watermark ruins the images and I've never heard this concern from anyone else. I always place my mark at the bottom of an image and never cover an important part of it.

If you would comment with your real name instead of anonymously, then at least I could contact you so we could chat about it.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Thank you all who have taken the time this morning to let me know you're here. I truly appreciate your words of support!!!!!!!

une femme said...

Hi! I do read your blog daily, and apologize for not commenting more often. I love the pictures and your commentary. I agree that watermarking the images is your prerogative, if they're images you've scanned or generated. I hope you'll continue with the blog, even if you take a little break or decide to post less often. Your images are often a "beauty break" in my day.

Bianca said...

I'm here... I'm just not much of a commenter online in general.

Carol said...

I read most blog posts in Google Reader too, and so I don't often comment on anyone's blog much anymore. Twitter and Facebook have made me lazy about writing out comments on blog posts too.
I've also cut down on many of the blogs that I read because they've become repetative. Yours is one of the blogs that I still do follow, because you have a variety of posts about fashion history.

The watermarks don't bother me, and I don't see it as you taking credit for the photos. You just don't want someone else taking the photos that you researched and scanned and posting them in their own blog or Tumblr etc.

Hudson & Gretel said...

I'm here and love you blog! Please don't stop as the content is interesting and an excellent read. Thank you!
H&G

Penny Dreadful said...

Hi there, I always read every post of yours, but don't usually comment just because I follow so many blogs these days that it just takes too much time if I comment on all of them. You are truly appreciated though!

Also, I do see what anonymous is saying about the watermark, but I can understand your own concerns too. I guess the only thing that I can add is that if I find a beautiful image on another blog I will often repost it on my own website, with a link back to the original. This is a great way for other people to find your blog, and I am always getting comments from readers that they have found loads of new blogs to read via this method. I don't like posting pictures with watermarks though, so perhaps that is something to add as food for thought? Totally understand how much work you put into them though, so I realise you want to protect them as far as possible! x

Renata said...

I love your blog and I read it everyday. I am glad I can actually read it every single day, because I love vintage fashion, I work in a fashion museum, so your blogposts are something I don`t wanna miss.
I never comment simply because I'm not used to. In internet, I usually keep to myself. Maybe this lesson is for me too!
When our online museum is fully working, I`m absolutely going to share it with you.
Thank you for your time and effort!

Anonymous said...

I'm here! I read your posts in my Google Reader. I come for the pretty pictures, but I love that you research the context and history of the photos! It wouldn't be the same without that info.

Anonymous said...

I read both the blog and Facebook, but it is easier for me to comment from Facebook. I love the photos you post, and I really enjoy looking at the clothing for sale even though I can't wear any of it. *sigh* Thanks for your work. You're the second blogger in a week to comment that there doesn't seem to be anyone out there. Must be frustrating.

Erin said...

I'm here too! I think I probably have only commented once before, on the post about furs, but I read frequently. What I appreciate most about Couture Allure is when you post lengthy, well-researched biographies of designers who somewhere or other fell through the woodwork.

I found you when I was googling fascinator hats at one point. I do love your hat posts, as well as your late 50's early 60's clothes posts, though I also like your not-decade-discriminatory joy about all fashion.

I have yet to buy something through your site, and I tried being a fan on Facebook, but found the posting there overwhelming for my tastes and left again. The longer, less frequent posts here are much more to my liking; please keep it up and know people enjoy it!

Erin said...

Jody, I read every post and enjoy them, even when the fashions aren't necessarily ones I would wear. I have learned a LOT from your blog, especially those informative posts about not being scammed, how to care for vintage clothing, etiquette, etc. The watermarks don't bother me. I also wonder sometimes if people are reading what I write. I don't get a lot of comments, then when I see people at work or at church, many will comment on what I last blogged about, so they are reading, just not typing. :)

Now, one thing I've nticed with your blog and a few others is that I have to press the "Post Comment" button several times for the Google sign in screen to pop up so I can sign in. This may just be an issue with Google and Blogger, which are the avenues I take to comment, but if others are having a similar issue, I suppose that may keep them from commenting as much. So you may check into whether there is a smoother way to comment?

I think if you stopped blogging, you may see traffic to the retail site drop off. That's the only way I remember to check out what's new and what's on sale. I link to you on my own blog and that's how I keep up with new posts.

Lastly, I haven't commented as much in the last couple months because the fashions have been largely modern art type dresses from the late '60s and '70s. They're just not my thing. I still read every post (and marvel that people actually wear these things) but I'm more of a '30s through early '60s gal myself. So I'm patiently waiting for some fashions from those eras to return, which I'm sure they will. :)

I love the blog and appreciate the work you put into it. If I had my way, you would continue to do just what you're doing. And perhaps a few more posts on customs and culture during the time periods you're covering.

Erin @ www.theconsummateamateur.blogspot.com

Bernadette said...

I'm here! I've learned so much about vintage fashion by reading your blog - it's one I don't ever miss. I don't know very much about vintage clothes or fashion in general myself, so I don't often feel I have anything to say. But I love reading your writing.

Also, your watermark does not bother me at all. I totally understand why you use it.

Welmoed said...

I only recently discovered your blog, and do love it. I don't comment much on any blogs, mostly because what I would say has already been said by a bazillion readers already. I read vintage clothing blogs mostly to get inspiration for details for my own clothes. I'm pretty ignorant about designers and appreciate learning about them. Your work IS valuable and much appreciated!!!

Casey said...

I'm still a faithful reader of the CA blog! :) I have gotten very bad about commenting on a lot of blogs over the past few months; I've had a lot going on in my personal life and sometimes I just want to *look* rather than *talk*. Especially since I have a blog and have to come up with words for that. I also have felt that so many of my comments have become repetitive; do people get offended if I keep saying "I love this!" over and over (granted with variations and sometimes more commentary)?

I too have noticed a drop-off in comments on my blog too. I think as one of the other commenters pointed out, feed readers may be the culprit here. As well as the season; summer is never a big comment time; most people are out enjoying the weather or on vacation! :) I tend to get a lot more comments and input over the fall and winter when you're stuck indoors.

Do know that all your work is appreciated! I always am inspired by your posts and rarely just skim over them. Nine times out of ten I like to sit and gain ideas and inspiration from them. So please don't be discouraged! :)

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Thank you so much to all of you who have taken the time to comment this morning. It is so good to know that the hours that go into this blog are worth it and that there are eyes and ears out there who read it. You inspire me to continue!

Anonymous said...

I, too, read your blog via Google Reader.
I very much appreciate all that you do!
I am an intermediate seamstress, and cannot begin to tell you how much inspiration and happiness your blog provides me.
Thank you!
Serra

Alicia said...

I am here and I relish every word you post! Seriously, yours is probably the most informative vintage blog I've found, and I've learned so much from you. You're like my unofficial online vintage mentor, seriously. THANK YOU for taking the time, and making the effort, to do what you do!

Elinora said...

Do not give up! I love your blog and it always inspires me. It is a great source of learning.

I always read your blogpost and will keep reading them.

Anonymous said...

I'm here, but normally read your blog from work, and don't have many possibilities to comment :( please, please, continue

Miss Rayne said...

Hi
I love reading you articles, though I don't read EVERY one, but I enjoy the images you post paticularly as they are often rom eras I don't know so much about, the watermark isn't an issue for me. You have introduced me to a lot of American designers I had never heard of probably as their clothes were never sold in england, I hope you will continue but if you miss a day or cut down the number of posts then
thats fine.

Miss Virginia said...

I think you are doing a wonderful job! Your posts are always well-researched and informative, and I've snagged many an inspiring dress image from your blog. :)

Anonymous said...

I read your blog everyday, however, in interest of my privacy, I normally refrain from commenting on blogs.

I enjoy the photos and information you give, as do the girls in my family!

Sallie said...

I'm here, I'm here! I start my day everyday with your blog. I haven't commented yet, but I'm here and am hoping you still think it's a worthwhile thing to do. Every morning. After I check the blog, then I check the things that are new on your online store. One of these days....

Sandra at Debutante Clothing said...

Great feedback for you! And I can't help but take something away from this too since I too feel comments have dropped off. They blogs, mostly fashion blogs, that seem to get the most comments aren't full of necessarily mind blowing comments. Quality over quantity I guess? I know it's very hard to keep up with a blog. Believe me I know! But I think that it's so worth it. I think of the blog as an extension of me, of my brand. Yours definitely that. Maybe we need to figure out a way to balance the types of posts we write so that they don't take so much time. But I know that very successful blogs outside of vintage spend at least 6 to 10 hours on their blog. but then again, they aren't selling physical products.

Keep going! I read it, but I usually comment on FB.

Katherine said...

I too am here and enjoy your words as much as your pictures. I just don't comment often and understand how that is frustrating. I don't get many comments on my blog either. Keep up the good work whatever direction you decide to go in! I'll be interested!

Anonymous said...

I read you every day. Keep on bloggin' ;@)

Anonymous said...

I'm an avid fan on Facebook. Read you every day and love, love, love your choice in photos. You're the only vintage blog/site I read, so keep up the great work and don't get discouraged. I think because you can have people post here and FB, if you add them up, you'll see a good fan base emerge!

Angela said...

I read your blog regularly, too! I don't know any other blog that gives its readers the history of the clothes and their designers that you do. I appreciate it immensely, and as I read your posts in the morning with my cup of coffee, I feel like I'm sitting with a fascinating friend hearing about a topic I love.

Have you kept track of readership? I bet that even if posted comments have dwindled a little, readership is still strong. I write for a popular perfume blog, and it seems like we haven't been getting as many comments lately, but readership hasn't dropped a bit.

Claire R. said...

I'm here. I read your blog each morning and I adore the photos and the bios of designers. I often click through to your website in my search for the perfect black cashmere beaded sweater in my size.

I'm just not much of a commenter. I appreciate your work. Your blog is intelligent, informative, and beautiful.

Lizzie - The Vintage traveler said...

Jody, I hear you and understand.

When I started my blog in 2005, there were only a handful of vintage themed blogs. Now there are hundreds, if not thousands. That spreads readership pretty thin. I have a list of about 70 vintage and style blogs I read, but I usually only read them a couple of times a week. I can't think of any that I read on a daily basis. I just don't have the time.

I comment when I can add to the conversation. And that is what we want our blogs to be - a conversation. Unfortunately people are overwhelmed by the amount of content on the web, and we have gotten used to the "like" button on facebook and the "heart" button on tumblr which enables us to "comment" without any effort.

Also, I really do think tumblr has had an effect on the written word. So many people are just looking for visual inspiration, that when they encounter a blog like yours with real content, they don't know how to react!

I read a lot about how to make blogs user-friendly, and the thing that is mentioned the most is making it easy for readers to comment. Since you approve each comment, you might consider removing the word verification. I know spam is a big problem, but the less hoops a reader has to jump through, the better.

About the watermarks... personally, I don't like them, but it does not keep me from reading and enjoying your blog. I know you are trying to protect your work, and as someone who finds my own images and writing all over the web, I truly sympathize. I'm not sure it is a true deterrent; I saw one of your images on another blog just yesterday.

There has been a lot written about whether or not the process of scanning, processing and uploading an image somehow makes it "yours." I've never gotten a definitive answer, but I was told that even with photographs that I own, that unless I took the photo myself, I do not own copyright. But when I am the actual source of a photo, I do expect to be credited.

A blog that deals with clothing HAS to have images, and all those images have to come from somewhere. Very few blogs have images that are 100% of the writer's own making. What I do like is when a blogger gives the source of their borrowed images. This also strengthens a Fair Use argument. Maybe if you gave the name and issue of the magazine that provided you with your material, it would satisfy readers like your anonymous poster.

And one last thing... you are a lot like me. You write the blog because you love fashion history and you love talking about it. I know you would miss it if you stopped.


Added later...

I just tried to post as open id, which allows me to post with my wordpress id and it would not let me do so. That may be part of the problem.

Anonymous said...

i'm here!

Shannon said...

I for one love reading your blog. It inspires and teaches me. I don't tend to comment much since I moved by reader to Google. In Google reader it takes an extra step to make a comment where as that was not the case in bloglines. It is funny how a simple change in technology can change how we interact so much. Please know that I love your posts and often forward links to friends.

Jenny said...

I'm here! I love coming here for the inspiration and original content. Please don't stop!

A future post idea: I'm getting a bit obsessed with the vintage undergarments of the "tap pants" variety. I love the bias cut silkies of the 30's and 40's. I recently found a 1970's pattern that included tap pants AKA "disco pants" (McCall's 6202). I guess that style of undies is made for dancing, no matter the decade!

Amber said...

I too read you through Google Reader and, as a result, commenting takes effort. Also, my comments would be boring - "ooh, pretty! oooh, pretty!" etc :-)

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

I am overwhelmed and astounded! 43 comments of support in 4 hours. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am so happy to know you are reading and that you love being here. I will most definitely continue and I will take your suggestions to heart!

catherine_sr. said...

I think a lot of people read blog posts on their smartphones now, which means it's a pain to type out comments. I actually don't comment that often on blogs anymore, but I do comment on FB pages. It's easier to keep track of responses that way and it's nice to have a centralized hub for friends and blogs.

Celia said...

I do enjoy reading your blog. I love to look at vintage clothing, though I do not wear it. My Grandma was a designer in the 40's and I think I got my love of vintage looking at her drawings.

elena daciuk - fabulous finds said...

i'm here too! i absolutely look forward to your blog posts...i am amazed at the beautiful pics & commentary that you post...being a blogger myself...i KNOW how time consuming it is...and i don't get a lot of comments...but i love sharing my passion...who knows...maybe one day i will be doing a post like this...haha...

but for you jody...obviously from all the comments...you are to continue the work that you do!

Anonymous said...

Consider putting Google Analytics or some other sort of statistical pageview tracker on your blog. Then you don't have to worry when or whether your page is being viewed, or where from. And you won't need to post something like this.

Frankly, if you're blogging for the hell of it, it shouldn't matter whether you're talking to an empty room. If you're blogging to make money, then you need to do the things that moneymaking bloggers do. Nothing wrong with blogging for money, but do some research. Join BlogHer or something. Don't post about how unloved you feel; people who read this because they're interested in your content may not be interested in your feelings.

verobirdie said...

I'm guilty! I confess it. Although I jump to your blog as soon as I see there is a new post, although I enjoy every picture you post, I never comment... The main reason is that I feel completely incompetent to do so. i mean, I love that style, many pictures remind me of what my mum or grandmother used to wear, and i appreciate the quality of what you are showing, but apart from saying "how beautiful" I don't know what to say... I would love to wear some of those dresses, but doubt I could afford the price, and if I could, I don't have the shape to wear them.
As I said I feel incompetent, but I would be sorry and sad if you dtop blogging. But I understand, my not commenting would be the main cause of my sorrow :-(
Funnily, even though I would not sew or wear one of the dresses you show, they are my main inspiration to sew, because of the quality and the soul they have.
Whatever your decision, a big thank you to you for the pleasure you bring me

verobirdie said...

I wanted to comment before reading the other comments. Which I've done now. I agree that reading through reader does not intice to comment.
And somehow I'm glad not to be the only one to be intimidated by my size :-)

Cheryl J said...

I'm new but I do like reading your blog. blogspot is just hard to leave a comment. so I smile and go on.

fancymeetingyouhere vintage fashion said...

Jody--I tried to comment this morning and I don't see it so I am trying again. I find the whole twitter, facebook, blog thing difficult to follow in the little time I have (and with my limited understanding of it). Yours is the only vintage blog I read. I would like to participate more--just need the time and know how. Do I have to join your blog as a member to comment and have a little picture? What I said this morning (and forgive me if I am repeating myself) is that there is too much out there on the internet about vintage and everything else, and the challenge is to separate the wheat from the chaff. Your blog is definitely wheat! Susan, Fancymeetingyouhere Vintage Fashion

Kathryn said...

Hi! I have been quietly reading your blog via Google Reader for over 2 years. I don't think I have ever commented. I love vintage fashion and your posts are always interesting and informative. I have only put my toe in actually purchasing vintage, but I think that stems more from being pregnant for the last couple years! Keep doing what you are doing and I will try to lend my voice in the comments more in the future.

KB said...

I am a reader and not much of a commentator. I enjoy seeing your beautiful pictures and descriptions everyday. Thank you for for all of the work that you do!

Lauriana said...

I'm here too! I read your blog every day, and I love it.
I am definately guilty of not commenting a lot, which is partly because a lot of the information is so complete and new to me that I would get stuck in 'great! pretty!'-style comments.
I guess the secret to getting a lot of response is including open-ended questions in one's blog posts (I noticed that at my own blog and I have been trying to change my blogging ways towards including more of those but lately I'm very busy and changing style takes extra effort)

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

I appreciate all the comments and suggestions today. You all are great! Anonymous, I did not write this post to say I feel unloved. I wrote it to find out if the hours I invest are worth the effort. As you can see, they definitely are.

Mayrozez said...

I look forward to your blog every day and never miss it. Since discovering it, I have learned so much and gained so much confidence in buying and wearing vintage. So much inspiration and information here. I'm not much of a blog commenter, generally -- in fact, yours is probably the only one I do comment on -- but I will try to make a point of letting you know how much I appreciate your time and talent.

Amanda Marie said...

Hello, and yes, I’m here! For what it’s worth, I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now, and it’s one of the best parts of my day, checking to see what’s going on! I recently became a fan on Facebook, as well. I’ve learned so much from you and the ladies that comment here that I know I wouldn’t be half as involved in vintage wearing and loving as I am today.

Personally, I don’t mind the watermarks. I’m a student, and I routinely come up against cases of academic dishonesty and to me, the watermarks are not only smart, but they’re needed in case some undergraduate tries some funny business. You do the work, you should get the credit, but that’s just one lowly lady’s opinion, and is not meant to start anything as I have only skimmed the comments!

Anyway, I know it’s a lot of work, but your passion for vintage is really inspiring and I’m thankful for it because this blog is one of the few ways I can de-stress. In another sense, I’m grateful to you because you’re preserving knowledge and understanding that otherwise might be lost and and as an academic, I think about that more than is probably healthy. As I see it, your blog is a mission that not many have the passion or understanding to carry out with humor and approachability.

Anyway, the reason I don’t comment is because it never occurred to me that it would mean anything to you! Knowing that it does, I will strive to do so more often. Even if they are just the ramblings of an overtaxed mind at the end of a long day....

Anonymous said...

I never comment. I love vintage, love your blog and would miss it, if you stopped. I learn from you every day
Susan S

Glen said...

It's seeming unanimous- WE LOVE YOUR BLOG. I just don't comment much. Sorry. Maybe I need to figure out how to 'like' the posts? I don't know- but you do amazing work and I find it very inspiring.

caelen teger said...

Hi!!! I read your blog everyday but I don't comment so much, because english is not my mother lenguage, so a can understand you but its difficult to write down properly a opinion everday. Have you already think about how many people are in the same situationas me, or just can't even read english?? Anyway, I think that visual inspiration is SO important and you are so organized doing your posts with dates, references, that makes it accessible for a biggest rang than you can imagine!!
I can understand how frustraiting it must be to talk and talk and talk and simply don't hear a word from the others... well... hope can make myself clear, and if its clear enough it cauld be usefull opinion to you!!

Caelen

Anonymous said...

Count me in as someone who loves your blog- it is 5-10 minutes a day that I can indulge my passion- vintage clothing. I look forward to each new post

Eden Hensley Silverstein said...

Your blog is one of my daily reads and would really miss your blog if you stopped writing. I especially like your words as they give additional background to the images (the watermarks don't bother me as the details are still visible; also allows me to track back to the source when I see an image on pinterest or similar site). I read on the train and often mark posts to comment on when I get home to more reliable Internet connection, usually forgetting to transfer comments to your blog.

K-Line said...

I love this blog - it's a beautiful and intelligent compilation of vintage style. I'm sorry I don't comment more often - and I recognize how long these posts must take to write. I too spend hours a week on my blog. Thing is, I've been so strapped for time in the past few months that I rarely comment anywhere these days. It's not an excuse, I realize, but I do love what you write about.

PS: Having said all this - if you aren't feeling the feedback, and if you believe your time should be spent otherwise, I think that's completely legit. It's not fun to do this kind of labour of love without the discourse.

Something White said...

I´m a happy follower from Belgium! :D
I think that it is quite normal that people comment less after a while. For a long time I commented on ALL blogs that I follow, but there are too many and I haven´t that quantity of time to only sit behind my computer and write comments. So, now many people do not comment anymore neither on my own blog. It doesn´t matter that much to me, since I´m not a ´professional´ blogger.
But I do enjoy reading and looking at the images here! So, thank you very much for your work and please, just continue! :)
Best regards, Marjolijn

Something White said...

I forgot to tell you that I get your updates through Facebook! :)

Audi said...

I'm here, looking at your great photos and reading every day. I'm not a frequent commenter only because I read SO many blogs that it's tough to comment on them all. But I'm always here!

Susan said...

I love your blog! And I'm as guilty as others about not commenting. I have the best intentions, and I don't know what happens to them. As a blogger myself, I know how much comments can mean.

Like others, I use Google Reader. There really should be a way to comment within Google Reader (maybe there is; I need to do some research). I've been thinking that maybe I'll pick a few blogs where I really want to connect and keep the sites open in their own tabs all the time. That would definitely make commenting easier and more efficient.

Your efforts are definitely appreciated. Please keep up the great work!

Nicole said...

your blog is one of my favorites. i found it about 5 months ago and have been an avid reader ever since.

i love all the pieces you do on older fashion designers I have never heard of. i am impressed with all the research you do and information you find.

I obviously love the look backs at the old clothes too. You find some fabulous images.

I think commenting can get hard for people, which is unfortunate. I find with my blog it comes and goes. I know people are reading, but the comments wane at times and it leaves me wondering if I am writing boring posts. But, I think it is more than people are very busy, reading, keeping up with what you have to say but not taking the time to comment. Which is funny as it really only takes a moment and helps to build a connection.

I do love your blog and the current format you have. Keep up the great work!

Jen Thompson said...

I love your blog and look forward to your posts! I can't tell you home many of your dresses have taken my breath away! I'm sorry I don't post comments, but as other people have mentioned, Google Reader makes it a less instant process. I'm spoiled by the ease of FB likes and quick commenting.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

It brings me such joy to know that my posts are a source of inspiration to you all. Thank you! I'm OK with no comments as long as I know someone is reading what I write. Now that I know you're there, I'll keep on!

Anonymous said...

I'm here enjoing every single one of your posts !

Suzy said...

I love your blog but sometimes read it on the go and have no time to comment. Most of times I can't managed to comment because I read it on my phone. I understand your feelings though, as I have a blog too and love it when people comment.

Anonymous said...

You make Couture so Alluring...many thanks and please keep on writing.

Anonymous said...

I am here.

I have never posted here before. I am a dedicated lurker who has read every post on this site and checks it at least weekly. As a matter of fact, I am a dedicated lurker who would not mind being subjected to some ads, or dealing with less frequent posts.

But the point is, I am here. I'm sure there are more people like me.

YYZ said...

I NEVER miss your blog posts. You have taught me more about vintage clothing than I would EVER have learned on my own and I often think of you when I find something truly lovely and wonder about it and wish I could ask you. Your passion for vintage is so gratifying to me-- I feel the same way and I care about the garments' construction, history, the designers, the context and the work of the people who produced the clothes.

I have tried to comment many times in the past, but could not because there was no option to comment as "Name/URL" and I don't use my google account for non-work related stuff, so can't use it to comment. I notice today, though, that there IS an option to comment using my name and/or url, so I will be sure to comment from now on! (Be careful what you wish for... :) )

Don't be discouraged-- I have a small, goofy blog and I get a bit bummed when I spend FOREVER on a post and then it gets no comments from my friends/family (the only readers!). I keep doing it, though, because it is fun and offers me another outlet for my creativity-- one that does not require my sewing machine and all my sewing supplies. :)

Heidi said...

Sounds like I'm not the only one who doesn't often click over from Google Reader, but I look forward to your posts. :) However, life gets busy and other priorities take precedence, so it is completely understandable if you decide to let this go. I'd miss you, but I'd understand.

happythoughtsdarling said...

I'm here too, reading every day! I think a lot of people (myself included) feel shy about commenting unless they have something smart and clever to say! After a while hearing me write "Ooh, how pretty!" would get old, right? ;)

Anyway, I love your blog and your shop -- both are the classiest and highest quality vintage spots around, in my opinion. Please keep up the good work. :)

Melissa

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Thank you everyone! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Leaking Moonlight said...

Oh gosh, I'm a regular reader subscribed through Google Reader. I so enjoy what you do and how you do it. Thank you, and a big hug!

Rebecca said...

I'm here! I love reading all of the information that you post, though I am quite guilty of not commenting. It seems completely understandable though if you had some posts that only had pictures and some posts that are more in depth. I'd stick around either way. Please keep up the good work!

Hannah said...

Just wanted to say "I'm here" and to just tell you how much I love you blog. It brings a bit of beautiful vintage fashion into my ordinary 21st century day. The pictures are always so exquisite, but more than that, it's the words that make the photos, otherwise they're just pretty pictures, without your comments they remain 2D but your words never fail to bring them to life. Thank you so much.

8:15 PM

Just wanted to say "I'm here" and to just tell you how much I love you blog. It brings a bit of beautiful vintage fashion into my ordinary 21st century day. The pictures are always so exquisite, but more than that, it's the words that make the photos, otherwise they're just pretty pictures, without your comments they remain 2D but your words never fail to bring them to life. Thank you so much.

Kaytoe said...

I'm here! I really enjoy your blog, both the picture focused and text heavy posts. I think my favorites are when you do an item throughout the decades (the Easter hat series comes to mind). I also enjoy the designer profiles...reading that stuff is like a fashion education!

I'm another who uses Google reader & comments rarely...but I'm here!

Paula said...

I love your blog and read it a lot. Its funny--why did I think it was more like a read blog than a comment one? I dont know. But I know what you mean about community--thats what I would like out of my blog--but I do notice some blogs lately are opting out of the comment thing--they will post a blog but wont take comments and wont comment on others blogs. Just look. Just takes up too much time, I guess. Dont give up--I love your blog! Paula

dahhlayne said...

I'm here!!!!!!!!! When I first discovered it, I knew I absolutely had to follow! And according to these comments, it looks apparent that your effort is definitely worth it. Keep doing what you do; we all love it!!

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Anonymous said...

This is my favourite vintage blog because it features real vintage photos, films, etc. I truly appreciate the wealth of information and the work you put into finding TV and magazine ads from the past. I don't comment because I am usually just absorbing the information. Thanks for all the work!

Anonymous said...

Here

The Red Velvet Shoe said...

If you were to stop blogging, there would be a cavernous gap in Vintage Fashion Blogs that I don't think could ever be filled. Your hours of research & scanning vintage magazines has enriched my education & passion for vintage fashion and has, on some days, made me buckle down and get to work when I am reminded at how hard you work to keep vintage fashion alive & respected. I may not comment often, but I am always here, reading, learning & marveling at the past via CAVF.

Val said...

I too am here reading every day (or most), though I don't always comment. I love the fact that you actually post real information about the clothing you feature, not just pictures. I really do enjoy checking in both for the eye candy value, but also for retro-inspired sewing ideas. Please keep it up!

beckhen said...

I'm amazed you are able to create so much completely original, not-found-anywhere-else content in only six hours a week. You're one of my favorite blogs. I know there are techniques to increase commenting—guest blogging, commenting on others' blogs, always ending with a question, polls and giveaways. I bet your stats for page views and Google search results are good, even if the space isn't as interactive as you want. Maybe your analytics can guide you.

Kay said...

Well, I've just discovered your blog, but you can count on me to comment (to the point of being a pest almost!). Your blog is delightful and something I've been looking for for ages. I had a blog for years on French Chic and readership withered to the point of non-existance, so I know that feeling. Please keep going...now that I've found you, I want to catch-up! I'm only now gathering my magazine collection for a different take on vintage...focusing on classic Hollywood. I envy you your marvelous images! Do you scan them all yourself? I'd love to hear how you do it! I'm just a baby blogger!

Warmly and admiringly,
Kay in Rochester, NY



http://moviestarmakeover.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

I love everything vintage.To be honest,this is the first post I read,and it was enjoyable.Please keep writing about vintage.

The Style Crone said...

I'm here. I haven't been as 'present' recently because of the death of my beloved life partner two months ago. But I want you to know that I love your blog. I wear vintage frequently and I find your posts to be informative, elegant, interesting, and beautiful. I value all that you do, so know that your passion is appreciated.

those tricks said...

Yay! Thank goodness there are lots of comments here.
Don't go!
I love this blog and don't know of another like it.
And yeah - twitter is the new blogosphere.
It's really easy and more direct/personal contact.
I jump to blogs from twitter and do a combo of tweet replies vs blog comments.
Tweeting is faster.

Tara's blogs said...

I'm here, too, Jody! Been moving around lately (and next week, too), and will be in the US early July. Staying in Boston overnight with friends the day I arrive, in fact, before heading south to prepare for work in August. I'll read more in July since I'll have more free, and down, time!

Hope you're summer's going well - Glasgow's covered in clouds all day (which is the norm)...

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Thank you to all of you who continue to comment. I am so pleased and proud to know that my blog touches your lives.

Lo-Lo said...

I'm hereeeeeeeeeeeee!!! I read every word and enjoy Every post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

Anonymous said...

I am a reader from Brisbane Australia who doesn't really follow blogs,tweet or any of that modern day stuff, but I adore your blog and tune in every couple of days. I certainly have never commented on a blog before but to lose your blog/thought and insight into vintage clothing would be devastating. Your blog is my 'fix'.
Yours truly a vintage addict x

Toni Jo said...

I'd like to chime in for the 100th comment... your blog is incredible. It is at the top of my Google Reader feed and I am not kidding, if I only have a moment I read yours and only yours until I can come back later and read my other favorites.

I'm from Boston, Massachusetts. There are some great vintage resources here but in general there does not seem to be the real depth of knowledge like I can find on the web, specifically here. I will do my best to comment more often; you deserve to be reminded of how much we adore your writing and continue to want more!

p.s. I'm partial to late 40's / early 50's / New Look style so I will shamefully request more of those posts!! ;-)

nadine said...

It's funny you should ask...I was just on another blog that each time I visit, I want to post a comment - but only because the gentleman's use of the pronoun "I" is often incorrect. It's very distracting to me, but I talked myself out of commenting again. Unfortunately, it's common to point out the negative instead of the positive! I wonder if a casual invitation for comments would bring about...more comments, on posts other than where you've featured a selection of one particular kind of thing (like evening wear or striped clothing.) It may sound simplistic, but I know that when I read your request for opinions, I start thinking deliberately about forming one. Hope that makes sense! Aside from all that, I haven't found another blog like yours & enjoy your thoroughness!

Carly said...

I really appreciate the pieces you do on past designers. I love to learn how they started, who they worked for, who they dressed. And the images accompanying those articles are second to none. It's so refreshing to see that someone will take the time to find good, 'new' material instead of reposting what someone else reposted.

Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge of past fashion, it's so inspiring and a wonderful resource to those of us who strive to make 'new' fashions!

I've also really enjoyed perusing your online shop, which I never would have located if it weren't for this blog.

I'm so happy to have found your blog. I look at it every few days (though I've never commented before). Thank you for your efforts. They are truly appreciated!

deang said...

I look at your blog regularly but only comment occasionally, because I tend to get overbearingly wordy and peremptory-sounding when I do. I especially love when you provide information about lesser-known designers. I also like the "guess-what-year" challenges.

I'll probably keep reading, whether blogging becomes unfashionable or not. I recently got irate when I discovered that a photo in a fashion history textbook was labeled 1950s even though it was of a woman in a sack dress and winklepickers walking down a city street next to a 1962 Cadillac. So I'm really into this subject.

Katherine said...

I'm here! I just found out about this blog & have been catching up! Don't go away! I love what you write about...lovely, lovely posts.

Garnet said...

I am most definitely here! I follow your blog nearly every day in my blog feed, and while I don't comment often (I'm kind of lazy like that) I get quite a lot out of reading your insightful posts. You always have in-depth information on the most interesting subjects in vintage fashion.

I loved your posts on etiquette a while back, and your current series of June brides. You've opened my eyes and made me realize that we all need a bit of appreciation and recognition, so I'll be sure to let you know that I'm reading from now on!

Mad Scientist said...

I'm still here too! I think I've been reading it (and sighing wistfully over your items for sale) for about as long as you've been writing! Your designer histories are always interesting to read, and I love your posts which are the photos with brief one paragraph posts.
I don't comment much, because whilst I like vintage fashion, I'm more on the edges of the sub-culture, so can't answer your questions when you have them or add anything to what you've said and I'd guess that a lot of your readers probably feel the same way.
If you want more discussion, maybe you need to add a one line discussion question/comment.

I'm glad that so many people have replied and buoyed your spirits, your blog is a nice little pop of glitz, glamour and workmanship.

Mary Ellen said...

Still here! Still reading! Still loving Couture Allure!

bonita said...

~ * ♥ * ~

I read every word, but do not always comment. I love what you are doing with CA, and I want to encourage you to continue. I think that like most people though, with so many blogs to read it's difficult to keep up with the comments.

Perhaps the over consumption of blogs might contribute to a reduction of quality blogging because bloggers like yourself might feel that no one is listening?

Well, we are out here and we do appreciate all your hard work. Thanks for your effort and time!

xox,
bonita of Depict This!
~ * ♥ * ~

Omorose Mielikki said...

I'm a big fan of vintage. Love your posts. Keep us updated.

Jeanne Suica said...

I read your blog here and there and rarely comment on blogs in general but since you put it out there here is my comment...I admire how much work and thought that you put into your blog posts. I agree a little bit with the comments above on magazine posts since you incorporate them quite frequently. I understand that you want credit where credit is due and I don't blame you but maybe drawing parallels to your own stock (which might not be labelled or a famous label but still a fabulous design) and how it might be similar to a famous label might be a suggestion for you. As a fellow vintage dealer- compliments you know your stuff, and you are a great writer. I would like to read and learn more about the great "knock offs" post that you did and ways of identifying designers, fabrics etc. I don't see many vintage blogs that address these areas and if there are any out there I would love to hear about them. Keep up the good work!
Jeanne from Paris

vintagestitchesandstyles said...

I just discovered your blog today and need to catch up. Looks interesting.

Sandra

Sarah said...

I don't comment...but I read each and every posting.I love your understanding og fashion history, how you shine the spot light on designers I may not have heard of.

Your posts are incredibly thoughtful and well informed.

Please keep posting

Tonic said...

I'm here!

This is going to sound so terrible, but your blog has been a real inspiration for me. I'm a college student, and lots of people I know "like vintage", but what they mean is they picked up a nice 80s belt for a ridiculous price at a music festival. While that seems like I'm pouring scorn, it's only because my love of vintage clothing seems so nerdy and intense in comparison, and it sets me apart from my peers in a way that I don't always like. It's one thing to see a girl in a vintage sheer blouse, it's another to see one dressed in head-to-toe forties attire, complete with detachable rainhood, sensible (but in my opinion lovely!) shoes and a wet set.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, your blog makes me feel like I can dress however the hell I want, and take inspiration from any period I fancy. It's not cool to get geeky over the appropriate girdle, but goshdarnit I like it, and I like to know there are others out there that feel the same.

Janet said...

I am here! I adore your blog for all of the history behind the fashion (and of course the pictures of all those glamorous clothes), and your writing always makes me smile.

Thank you! Please keep it up!

Auntie said...

Hello, I'm here too, althought it's my first visit. I arrived via 'elegant musings'. I'm interested in fashion, sewing, and feminine vintage things. At 60, perhaps, I am a feminine vintage thing.

Fashionista said...

I'm here! I'm reading! I'm lusting after all your gorgeous things! Please don't stop writing! Poor excuse, but I just don't get time to comment a lot but am galvanised by the thought of this blog dropping off. Please nooooooo!!

I love the pictures and the detail that goes with them. I absorb so much useful information here about dating items and just general vintage clothes trivia.

Keep up the outstanding work.

Anonymous said...

I'm here!! I really love this blog. It is so inspiring!

maria osullivan said...

Hello, just to add to the other comments, I love your blog - so informative. I think someone else mentioned a few problems with Google - sometimes I have written a comment and then it gets lost somewhere between writing it and logging into google - this has sort of put me off commenting on blogs so please understand, we are reading, just not necessarily commenting! Thank you! Maria, melbourne, Australia

Sheila said...

I hope all these comments (wow!) have reinforced for you what an amazing blog you have. I have not been by as much lately, but I've been reading you for at least 2 years and I love all the work and love you have put into this place.

Please keep it up and know that if you ever need reassurance, you have it. :) Thank you for everything I've learned from you and for all the time you've invested!

Melody said...

I'm here Jody! I don't always have time to visit and I'm terrible at leaving comments but I love your blog and hope you will continue. Judging by all the comments posted it looks like there are a lot of people who feel the same way!

Crimson Gardenia said...

Another Google Reader reader. :0)
I enjoy reading your research. It's informative and fun... and the pretty pictures are icing on the cake.
Thanks for all the work you put in.
Cheers,
Denise

Sallie said...

I'm also here and I love your blog. It's wonderful. Yes, I am another Google Reader reader. I wouldn't be able to keep up with any blogs without it aggregating everything in one place on my phone. I'm sorry if I don't always click through to comment. You have wonderful insight into vintage fashion and I love the posts wherein you translate the old price into current dollars. I also like seeing the new things which are posted to your store. I'm just waiting to finish losing weight so I can buy something lovely :-) Thank you for all the work you do!

ruthless said...

Here!!!!! I read through Google reader so I don't comment much. But I love your blog. SOOOOOOO inspiring.

karomidras said...

I know this is a couple months old now but I saw this post and I just wanted to say- I'm a new reader, only a couple of hours old even, and you've actually been a lot of help-

I do a lot of historic fiction writing and art and the clothing is such a huge part of the visual in a vintage theme, and without finding this blog, I'd probably still be searching for the references I wanted.

Long story short;
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Visiting your blog is my favorite ending of the day…I admire your passion and knowledge for vintage fashion. I am very grateful for every information you give us as it is entertaining as well as highly educational. Thank you for being here for me

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