Life is a series of questions and, hopefully, answers

I’ll warn you: I’m rambling here. Thinking out loud, if you will. So I understand if anyone gets bored in the middle of reading this thing. But there’s some important info at the bottom regarding YOU (yes, you), and I could really use some feedback. So if you want to skip ahead and at least do me that favor, I’d be quite grateful.

Hi, I'm awkward.

In recent months, I’ve discovered countless blogs that have in one way or another inspired me. Many are photography blogs. Some are style or decor blogs. Others are personal accounts similar to mine– sometimes more humorous, sometimes downright heart-wrenching. A select few manage to combine all of these things into one beautifully packaged website with thousands of devoted readers and sponsors to boot.

While I don’t necessarily expect to reach the status of the latter sort– not that I’m crossing out that lovely possibility– I would like to be diverse. And I think I am to an extent. But it can be tricky to maintain a site that not only gains new and diverse readers, but one that also doesn’t alienate the established readers, as well. Not that I have tons, but I have a few regulars, and they are the ones who keep me motivated to write.

Let’s start with the title of the blog: Witty Title Here. I love it, and I don’t plan on ever changing it. It was initially a placeholder that I thought was kind of funny, because I had no other prospects for a blog name. I decided it was catchy, and it stuck. For awhile (and I started this blog a long time ago), I was focused on producing mostly funny content. I think I’m rather hilarious, and there are a few old gems in my archives. But several posts did come across as forced in retrospect, and I decided I wanted to be more honest and not just anecdotal or snarky all the time.

As a result, I started putting more of myself out there, and the quality of my writing improved. Not to mention I had a lot more to write about by not limiting myself to one style of writing. My humor comes across more naturally now, though I’m not always “witty” as the title suggests. But even if I’m not making someone poop their pants with laughter, at least it still appeals to the writer side of me without compromising anything.

Which brings me to my next point. As a writer (and as an aspiring, one-day-maybe-sooner-maybe-later novelist), should I be focusing solely on producing top-quality content all the time? When I send out a query for freelancing, my blog link is right there in my email signature. If I want someone to hire me, they’re going to click that link, and the post that’s at the top of the page will be their first impression of me. If it’s a “fluff” post, will that reduce my chances of getting picked for the job?

Maybe, maybe not– but I don’t want to feel constantly pressured to produce original, stunning content for something that’s meant to be fun each week. Often, that just doesn’t happen. I yam who I yam, and in addition to being an excellent proofreader and avid grammar geek, I’m also a Karaoke Blog Ring of Death participant. Don’t judge me too harshly on my singing skills– or the fact that I’m willing to put videos of myself up on YouTube in the first place.

And what about photography? I am a complete amateur when it comes to taking photos, but I have a good eye and an even better vintage, manual camera. Film is expensive, though, and a nice DSLR is (sadly) way more expensive. So I won’t always have new content in that regard.

Style? I love it. You’ve seen my blue suede boots, and I have a jam-packed closet filled with perhaps too many things I love. I’d like to share that side of myself here, but I don’t know if I want to go down the route of, “Look at today’s outfit!”-type posts. I’m worried it would deter the three whole males who actually read my blog, and again, there’s the whole photography thing. I also suck at posing. (Did you SEE the above picture?) I think my uncomfortable expression is easy to read any time I pose for pictures. Like, I want to document how cute I am today, but I can’t wipe this goofy grin off my face, and how’s my posture?

**If you’ve skipped ahead to the bottom, this is where you should start reading again. Thanks much.

So my question is this: Is there anything you’d like to see more of from me in this corner of the interwebz? Do you want more humor? More insight? More fluff? Are there any recent posts that really resonated with you, or any posts that left you feeling “eh”?

And this might be self-indulgent (as if this post isn’t already), but is there anything you’d like to know more about me? Or are you interested in knowing my opinion on something? I can’t say I’d answer any question that’s thrown my way (in case there are weirdos lurking… y’know), but I’d love it if people would submit questions here in the comments. It doesn’t have to pertain to me personally– in fact, if anyone would like a second opinion on something going on in their lives, I’d be willing to write a post in response that could potentially be relevant to anyone who happens to read it.

It’d be helpful to know who’s writing, but you can identify yourself as “anonymous” with a fake email in the email field, for all I care. It’s your thoughts– if any come to mind– that I’m really interested in. So please, compliment, criticize, or question away! The more you say, the more I write and respond. I’ve had some good momentum here lately, and I really want to keep that up.

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  1. I think your best bet is always to be yourself. Write what *you* want to write each day. If you have an opinion you just have to express, write a post about that. If you wore a really cute outfit you want to showcase, post that. If you’re worried about being too fluffy, maybe set up a writer’s website devoted to your freelance writing.

    • Yeah, I’ve thought about creating a separate page for the writing ‘folio. I might have to do that one of these days. As for this blog, I sometimes feel as if it needs to be more defined for one niche. Some of the most successful bloggers out there have done just that, and it’s why they’re so successful. I’m not into the popularity game (never have been, never will be), but it does seem to be a common theme when they do one of those “here’s how you succeed posts.” But you’re right– you have to do what comes naturally.

  2. Honestly, I have taken a look at myself over the past few weeks as well and also how I blog. And it’s changed. I have started posting more photos – not just of outfits but of my daily life. I mean, if I go to the beach I ALWAYS have my camera just so I can share my amazing day with my few readers; or, if I happen to think I’m looking rather stylish or cute that day I will snap some quick shots of myself and stick them up. I was never usually one to like the “OOTD” and “Self-Portrait Saturdays” or anything like that purely because I didn’t want people thinking I was “In love with myself” or shallow or vain but looking at it now and how I look at people’s blogs that do this – it inspires me, and shows me more about the person that I am reading about.

    I definitely think you should take more photos, let us see your sense of style, your life, the neighourhoood you live in and the weather of today. Let us see YOU.

    • I’ve started posting more photos too, lately, and there’s no doubt it adds to the visual interest of ANY blog, no matter what you’re writing about. I know what you mean about being worried that you’re coming off as vain, and I don’t want to seem that way either. At the same time, I love reading and looking at other blogs where they do just that, and I’ve never judged them for it. So why should anyone do the same for either of us?

      Thanks for visiting and giving me your input! 🙂

  3. I agree with the more photos thing! Breaking up text with photos makes things so much more readable (though I actually think I need to try to go the opposite direction on my blog and post more words with my photos, haha). And I’m definitely diggin’ your content, so I don’t think you need to change there; it’s super relatable and funny. Definitely don’t force it. Forced = booooooring, especially when there are a million other blogs out there all doing the same thing.

    • cassie says:

      As you know, I am enamored with your photos. You can never take (and post) too many. 🙂

      I agree that a lot of people out there are sometimes putting out content that feels a little off, and it’s probably because they feel pressured to write the same thing every day.

  4. I’ve only recently begun to read your blog, of what I’m very much enjoying. Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of ‘structured’ blogs, and by that I mean ones who force featured posts out simply because it’s a Tuesday. I support wholly what Rachel above says, don’t force it. I don’t want to read what I want, I want to read what you’re writing.

    • cassie says:

      That’s good to know, and I’m glad to have a new (and MALE!) reader. The only feature posts I’ve done are the “Ten-Minute Tuesdays,” and that’s probably as far as I’ll go with that kind of posting. It’s open-ended so I’m not forcing myself into writing one kind of post for any given day of the week. I couldn’t produce something week just because I “have” to.

  5. I love your quirky personality, and HOW DID I NOT KNOW YOU WERE ON YOUTUBE? Ahem. I will just have to subscribe to your feed. Anyway, I think you can be honest and humorous at the same time. Just write what’s important to you and what you feel like writing. If you’re uninspired, go to something that’s inspired you in the past, something that you resonate with. Whichever direction you go in will be true to you. 🙂

    • cassie says:

      Haha! Probably because I don’t advertise it very much for, well… obvious reasons. 😉

      And that’s a good suggestion– looking back at the archives and remembering what posts I was really proud of is good motivation. Thank you!

  6. cassie says:

    Thank you! I’m glad you like those posts. They seem to come easily these days, but I’m always trying to maintain a balance of seriousness and humor.

  7. I’m in a similar boat. I originally started my blog to improve my writing. I started gaining readers and, eventually, started trying to please them by writing “fluff” pieces. The tone of my blog has changed from pensive/retrospective to snarky and back again. I just don’t know.

    I think maybe we (bloggers) worry about that too much. If I were you (which I kind of am but then again I’m also me – but you know, in a similar boat and all), I would just focus on writing what inspires YOU. Like when you said you wanted to be honest in your blog. Do that. If you’re not inspired, don’t force yourself to write. If something strikes you and your fingers just flutter across the keys in a crazy flourish, then write it and don’t worry if it alienates someone. I think an honest blogger is a better draw than a gimmicky one, or one who clearly doesn’t write for him/herself.

    Maybe that makes sense. Maybe it doesn’t. But there you go.

    • cassie says:

      Hey, I appreciate the feedback! I know we’re not the only ones who feel this way. We all are likely to go through periods where we’re constantly churning out content and then suddenly… nada. It happens.

      Honesty is definitely better than gimmicky, that’s for sure.

  8. I feel like I could have written this exact post. I consider pretty much all the same things. What’s my niche? I know I want quality of writing to be a top priority, but I cannot write a thoughtful 1000+ word post every day. Quality vs quantity: such a dilemma! If I post something I’m proud of, I want it to be at the top of my blog for days, but I also feel like I should update several times a week. Not a very helpful comment here….I will say, I just started taking more pictures too- and it does make things easier for content.
    The niche of “Humor Blog” eludes me too- I feel like the grand majority of them try too hard and fail.
    Thanks so much for reading my blog. I think you might be my kindred blogging spirit! I plan to thoroughly explore yours and then maybe I will have more helpful advice/opinions!

    • cassie says:

      Thank you for ALL your comments! I was very glad to find your blog. Other than the fact that you’re living a much cooler life than I am (tee hee), I feel a kinship reading your posts, as well. 🙂

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