Why read fashion blogs versus a regular magazine (including the ones online)? Is it mostly for inspiration or something else?

Also, I notice lots of bloggers have links to online stores in MANY of their posts. I'm not sure why but have you guys ever bought anything that a blogger recommended? If so, what was the product?

I'm new to the forum and I recently just became interested in fashion in
my mid 20s. I'm now starting to read fashion blogs and i LOVE quite a
few (brooklynblonde.com and happilygrey.com are one of my favorites!!).

Thanks for reading my first post! I'm already in love with this forum and cannot wait to make make new friends!