It’s been quiet

quiet

You know that feeling you get when nothing’s wrong per se, but something’s not quite right, either? Like when you try on your old favorite pair of pants and they still fit fine, but they’re just not your style anymore?

That’s how I’ve been feeling lately. About my blogging mentality, in particular. Witty Title Here is my home on the Internet. It’s a respite, a labor of love, a curated version of my identity (as blogs tend to be) and so much more. There’s a lot here of which I’m incredibly proud. But to be honest, I’ve struggled with something I can’t quite put my finger on.

Which is why in 2014, I plan on changing things up—just a little bit—to rejuvenate my enthusiasm and hopefully get you excited, too. I haven’t quite yet figured out the details, but the big picture is becoming clearer. And I think it’s gonna be a good change.

Here’s what I do know.

I want WTH to be more helpful. I want it to be a place where you can find interesting people doing awesome things on the Internet. I want it to be less about me and more about you. Because you, dear reader/listener/lurker/friend, are why I’m here, writing and sharing, week after week.

Am I taking myself out of it—becoming less personal? Definitely not. It’s my voice, my story, my perspective I’ve shared all along, and that will never go away. In a sea of millions of blogs, personality, I’ve learned, is very important. But as a writer, I’d like to grow beyond talking about me, me, me. This is not an autobiography. Because really, aside from moving across the country, my life isn’t nearly interesting enough for all that. But the people I meet and the place I live? They’re fascinating.

Here’s what I’d like to know.

I’d like to know more about you. What you’re working on. Who or what you’d like to share with the world. The things that piss you off and the things that get you excited. (So we can commiserate about and celebrate them respectively.) I think we could get some fantastic discussions going on in this space.

What does all of this mean?

It means that I’m feeling pumped about my blog again. That I’ll be trying out some new things—and will be eager to hear your feedback. That I’ll hopefully stick to a more regular posting schedule. (I have every intention to do so but reserve the right to cut back when I’m feeling the heat at school. My education does, after all, take priority.) And when I find out you’re doing something awesome that should be shared with the world, I’ll shine the spotlight on you.

My sincere hope is that WTH  becomes a more valuable place for you.

Sound good? I can’t wait. Stay tuned, friends.

Comments

  1. Well, this sounds very exciting! I look forward to see where this new adventure takes you and WTH.

    I don’t know if you wanted us to answer the ‘what are you doing’ question right here and now in the comments, but here’s a little about what I’m doing anyway. My friend (and LA resident like you) and I run I Could Never Do That (http://couldneverdothat.com) – a place where we challenge ourselves to the things where we always go ‘oh, I could never do that!’ We each blog about how we progress through the challenges, it’s quite fun :D

    • Cassie Paton says:

      This sounds fantastic! Running over right now to check it out. That sounds not only like a blast but like a really great way of challenging yourself and shattering those self-deprecating mindsets that keep us from doing a lot of awesome things.

  2. A revamp is always a great endeavor! Looking forward to seeing the changes here at WTH. I’m working on self-improvement, a journey that never ends. Making myself more valuable – learning different things. My interest isn’t much in sharing with the world as much as it is interacting with it. Best of luck with the direction of WTH Cassie! -Iva

    • Cassie Paton says:

      Thanks, Iva! Sometimes a mindset change will do you wonders. Sounds like you’re working on some pretty valuable goals yourself. :)

  3. I was just reading another post about identifying values/passion and doing some mental processing on that before I read this. It sounds like you’ve done a lot of that soul-searching with your blog and I’m excited to see you let it grow/evolve as you do :)

    • Cassie Paton says:

      Thanks, Miss Sweeney! I’ve definitely been doing a lot of mental processing, haha. A little evolution is good for you now and then, I think. :)

  4. I think it is important as an artist, a writer, and a person to evolve and grow, and sometimes that means taking our blogs in new directions. :)

    In answer to your question, I’m working on cultivating self-love. Most of my self-destructive patterns originate from feelings of unworthiness, and I am working to change that so that I can shine, shine, shine. What pisses me off? That we live in a country where women are still fighting over their reproductive rights, and that we live in a world where slavery still exists. What gets me excited? Hearing stories of people choosing love over fear. I also get excited when people pour their heart into something they love.

    Can’t wait to see what you have in store!

    • Cassie Paton says:

      It sounds like the same things piss us off and get us excited.

      I think self-love is something that can’t be emphasized enough, and I’m happy to hear it’s something you’re working on for yourself! I’m right there with you, sister. xo

  5. Sounds very good! Looking forward to seeing the new direction. :)

  6. This sounds wonderful!! I’ll be sticking around to see what you have in store! :)

  7. Man, we are totally on the same wavelength — only you happened to capture in words what I was unable to express on my own blog. But seriously, though, I’ve been going back and forth about wanting to post something similar to this… a declaration of a shift in focus for all of the reasons that you listed. However, I am not even sure I’ll be able to be consistent in that… I think this semester is gonna be a doozy. That said, I am looking forward to what this means for WTH! :)

  8. go on, git yoself a revamp, gurl. WTH is already valuable, and i’m sure it can only get better!

  9. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. I’m going to email you since I don’t fully want to share in the comments.

  10. Your writing has always been stellar, so I’m sure a revamp will only reflect the growth you’ve experienced over the past few years. It’s good to see that you’re making room to include that growth in what you bring to the blogosphere, rather than trying to stifle them in an effort to maintain consistency. Bring on the new things :)

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