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Starting a blog as a cosplayer

My first blog post on my website! And it only makes sense to write this first blog post about the fact that I’m starting a blog. I’m sure that after many many blogposts that will (probably) follow, I will appreciate that I have this first post to go back to.

My blog is my own space, and no social media algorithm can take that away from me

I have been wanting to start a blog for quite a while now. But somehow I kept procrastinating.
If you follow my work on Instagram, you’ll know that I can write rather long captions sometimes, telling stories or asking your opinion about certain topics.

In this Instagram post I write about something funny that happened during a photoshoot!

But on Instagram, my posts will sink to the bottom over time. They are only ‘relevant’ to the platform for the first day or so. So after that, people probably won’t read my story anymore. And on top of that, the algorithm of the social media platforms may just choose to not show you my posts anymore at all.

you also never know when a social media platform like Instagram will suddenly shut down. Or when they decide to delete a profile just out of the blue. Because that has happened to other people already. Some accounts just get deleted by Instagram. And then all of a sudden, there is no way to reach your followers anymore.

But this blog right here will live on my website. It’s on my own little space on the internet, which will forever be mine. No social media platform has the power to shut down my blog over here! And you guys will always be able to find me again over here.

Oh! that reminds me of my email list…

Did you already know that I have an e-mail list, the “Pretzl Mail List”? Even if social media platforms should shut down or if their algorithms just decide to not show you my content anymore, then I will still be able to reach you via e-mail! And no worries, I don’t send weird stuff. The e-mails that I send are about my cosplay content. About tutorial video’s that I made, about new patterns or books and I also send out coupons every now and then to the lovely people on my e-mail list. So leave your email adres in this form to be included in my (FREE) e-mail list πŸ˜€


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What will my blog posts be about?

I love to talk about cosplay topics and also about conventions and being a ‘professional cosplayer’ who does cosplay as a job.

In my head I already have quite some ideas for blog post topics. Like tips and tricks about cosplay crafting and sewing. But also ‘storytimes’ about how it is like to do cosplay as a job and what it all takes to be able to actually make a living out of it.
Or stories about my first ever convention and how I experienced it and what I’ve learned from it. Or even blog posts dedicated to specific costumes which I have created and talking about what challenges there have been with those costumes and what parts of the costume I’m extra proud of. Or stories about what happened behind the scenes of a photoshoot, or a guest appearance at a con. Blogposts about what it’s like to be a cosplay guest at conventions and what cosplay judges look for in a cosplayer when judging a cosplay competition at a convention. Ahh there’s so many ideas in my head!

A blogpost could also be about sharing some of my creations and talking about them. A bit like in this Youtube video, where I show 8 different Worbla breastplates that I made, and talk about some of the memories attached to them and about the construction, painting and attachments of the armor pieces.

Do you have ideas for my blog posts?

Perhaps you also have some ideas that you think would be awesome for me to write about in blog posts? Is there a specific question which you’d love me to answer in a blog post? Perhaps there’s one or more of my costumes which you would love me to tell more about in a blogpost? Drop it in the comments if you have ideas! It can surely help me out to decide what to write about πŸ™‚

So that’s it πŸ™‚ I started a blog! Woohoo!!

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Valarie

    I’m a beginning cosplayer (so far, I’ve made a bracer. Lol). I have a question that so far, no one has answered. What are some ideas for supporting breasts in costume? Do Worbla breastplates do the trick? Do bras still have to be worn? Are there special bras that will help? Unfortunately, I have to wear very large bras and I just don’t have access to a store where a variety is available.

    I also have a bit of fear that I will be ridiculed for my age. I just hit 50. I’m not an old looking 50, but still, cosplay was unknown to me 35 years ago.

    1. admin

      Congrats on starting to cosplay! It’s such a fun thing to do πŸ™‚ And bracers are cool πŸ˜€
      That’s a good question actually. I always wear a bra underneath, because I don’t want accidents to happen :3 So it’s just for extra security! But the Worbla breastplates can definitely give support if they are made in a good, fitting shape for the wearer and if the attachments are strong and secure. But I don’t think it’s really comfortable to wear it directly to the skin. So I always wear something underneth it. Not just a bra but also a shirt.
      It can also help to wear the bra that you like before making the armor part. So you can see the shape and follow that with your armor.
      I have incorporated actual bras in costumes before though. Or just bra cups. They can be sewn into dresses. And I actually think that it’s possible to use a bra as the base for a breastplate made with foam. I haven’t tried it, but it seems possible!
      And you are never too old for cosplay. I’m over 30 and I’m enjoying cosplay everyday πŸ™‚ I find that, on conventions and fairs, people are all just enjoying the same hobby. And no ones cares how many birthday’s you have had. So keep cosplaying <3

  2. Valarie

    PS – Congratulations on starting your blog! Your work is beautiful!

    1. admin

      Thank you so much!! πŸ˜€ I have so many ideas for blog topics, so it’s hard to know which one to write next XD

  3. Michelle

    I love your work and am happy to see you have started a blog for all to see. I am a person who believes in true freedom and hate to see anyone trying to control others. I have followed you now for awhile and have learned a lot from you. I only make cosplay outfits for my BJD’s (dolls) but made a full leafeon with the bow for one of my girls and the instructions were really easy to follow. Even to resizing the patterns was very easy. You keep going girl!!!!
    Just as a side note, I am over 60😱 but still love cosplay and going to related things. Age is only a barrier for some people, the others just keep living and learning.

  4. Zachary

    First comment in 2023!! Hope your still out there making awesome stuff! Idk really Honestly I just found this website on google images looking for a helmet template close enough to the tf2 soldier (it was your knight helmet pattern for me) I hope to tag you when it’s finished! Good luck and congrats on your blog!

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