Blogging: What's it All About?

Blogging:  What's it All About?

Blogging, what's it all about Alfie?  This is what zillions of people are wondering around the globe now, during a time, when even your cat has his own website.  I sure don't have the answers....I am still trying to get that elusive "K" next to my likes (which means you have 1000 people who like that particular post).  Oh, I've been lucky enough to reach this goal on my own website,, but on Chicago Now, it remains as elusive as the Ivory Billed Woodpecker.

I began writing a blog in 2008 when I was Fashion Editor for TCW Magazine.  Owner/publisher, Sherren Leigh, suggested I write a column in their newly launched website and so I did.  I gave fashion tips, likes and dislikes and covered the party scene.  When I left the magazine, I realized I missed having a column  (I had some followers by then)  so my friend, Rhonda Sanderson, who owns one of the top franchise PR firms in the country, helped me get started.

And here is what I've learned.  Always write from the heart, the public knows when you're not being true.  Write what you know and stick with it.  I admire Kevin O'Neil and his CTA Tattler column.  He's stayed true to what he knows and sees everyday, which makes him an expert in his field.  I also love Ashley Bond's Body By Bond, of course it doesn't hurt that she's so damn luvabull (get it!?)!  I also enjoy Joffrey dancer, Fabrice Calmel's  Come Dance With Fabrice Calmels.   He takes you into his world and it's always a fascinating ride.  Again, write what you know and are passionate about.  I can't help it that I love parties!  This is what I write about, mostly.  Oh, I go off topic from time to time but I just love going to events, making new friends and revisiting old ones, seeing the latest fashions (or sometimes not so latest) and seeing charities achieve goals.  This is what makes me happy.  Since I can't write a travel blog, a la Rick Steves, this is my second choice for a topic.

I used to love to write about fashion but my tastes have changed dramatically over the years.  I don't really care what the latest trends are anymore.  I know what looks good on me and I look for these items in various incarnations depending on the season and the year.  I don't get enthused over the latest glow-in-the-dark nail polishes or the current hairstyles.  I have one I like, thank you very much.   I love fashion that is really non-fashion, it's more about personal style....which can be created from anything.  I like to think of myself as Iris Apfel or Daphne Guinness, without the money and not as thin.  They were/are  fearless and never followed anyone's fashion edicts except their own.

But blogging is a crazy animal.  You never know what will move the public or, every blogger's dream, go viral!  I see a zillion hits on a YouTube video of a dog singing next to a half naked man and I realize this goal may never be achieved.  But I blog on, wearing off the letters on my laptop keyboard,  as seen in photo above, and hope, in some small way, I make a little difference.

I may never win Jimmy Greenfield's Chicago Now blogger's contest since my blog content isn't as personal as some but I will soldier on and keep seeking the holy "K" grail.   In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Candid Candace and forgive me for my love of parties.....



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  • If you look at today's CTA Tattler, and some prior ones, you'll see that Kevin tends to accept a lot of what the CTA PR dept. spoons out, although he did say today that he would check out some contradictions in an @cta tweet pointed out by me.

    I've also made numerous comments about claimed "journalists" who are also bloggers.

    There is also the amorphous issue of which bloggers are paid by the Tribune and which are not. Beyond that, I don't see how people make a living from a blog, including those like Robert Feder who claim that that is their profession.

    Carole Brown proved that blogging was not an effective way either to get out a corporate message or to respond to feedback.

    A rabbi I knew had a blog basically to complain that the congregation didn't settle his backpay claim. However, he looked meshugana doing it (according to my father), and since the blog is now gone, I guess they settled.

    Other than that, I'm sure that the reason to blog is the same as the reason to tweet, social network, and the like, and, in the case of some people on Chicago Now (not you) regardless of how the author looks.

  • In reply to jack:

    Hi Jack, thanks for taking the time to send a message. I agree that we bloggers all do this for a large variety of reasons, the least of which, is to make money! LOL! In any case, I will keep doing what I love as long as I can type......Have a great weekend....:-)

  • Someone needs to clean that keyboard...or screw it, just buy a new one. Good stuff Candace.

    While "likes", and retweets, and most of all, (IMO) comments, all serve to.... validate, the subject matter/blog/blogger to a degree, such extrinsic "rewards", or motivators, cannot be at the heart of why one blogs.

    It certainly feels good when someone says "Man, that was really well written-great job". Better yet, it's better when something I write incites a thoughtful/civil discussion.

    Ultimately however, one has to be comfortable with a "0" next to "Like" a "0" next to retweet, as well as an empty comment section; as long as you are discussing what you want, how you want, that freedom- and its cathartic effects ,is really what blogging is all about.

    That said, I would take a small check from the Tribune/ChicagoNOW-even if it were like $0.24.

    Thanks Candace.

  • In reply to koolking83:

    Thanks for these thoughtful comments KoolKing! I hope you're having a great weekend and blogging your little heart out, like me! :-) Never give up, never give in!

  • I am enjoying blogging more than I have enjoyed something in a very long time. I love to write and this has given me an outlet to express myself. I too can't wait to see the "K". This week's blog about Kimmy Kardashian earned me 933. Soooo close.....but that's just gravy. Writing makes me happy and in this goofy world in which we live, I am always looking for those kinds of things. Blog on Miss Candace, you will get there!! (BTW, you are awesomely beautiful)

  • In reply to Teppi Jacobsen:

    I need to find a way to get those Kardashians on a bike!

    Better still, maybe someone on a bike can run one of them over...

    Congrats on the 933 - that's impressive. I try to read each of you and get a feel for what "sells" versus what quickly scrolls down the side column and out of view forever. I'd be content with getting a few more on the featured side of the page for now.

    Hopefully, I'll get a chance to hear from some of you in-person at the Trib Tower next Thursday.

    Keep up the good work - all of you!

  • In reply to Brent Cohrs:

    Thanks Brent and I hear you about "running over with a bike"! Anyway, thanks for the message and I hope to see you at a Tweet-Up or whatever the heck they're calling it now! :-))))

  • In reply to Teppi Jacobsen:

    Hi Teppi!

    First of all, congrats on the 933! Wowza! I always joke to my husband that I am titling every entry "Sex and Sports" and then I could just watch the numbers fly! I thank you for this sweet message and am very flattered by your kind comment! It's nice to know we bloggers stick together in such a supportive way! Hope you're having a great weekend! :-)))))

  • Candace,
    I like what you write because of that "write from the heart" attitude. Even though I'm far removed from the world you write about, I get a kick out of how you write about it. I quickly click away from blogs that seem stilted in their approach, or forced.

    I've been leaving my story like posts about the outdoors on the internet since 1998. What I've got paid over the years to do that wouldn't buy me a dinner at a good restaurant. And yet I'm compelled to keep doing it. I have no real choice anymore. It's about the same as breathing.

    In some small way, you do make a difference. That's what matters in the long run. Out there somewhere I have a t-shirt design that says "Just Trying to Make a Difference." What more can you ask for sometimes.

    And, I like your hairstyle too.

  • In reply to Ken G:

    Hi Ken,
    What a lovely message of hope! I totally agree with all you say here and had to laugh at the comment about not being able to buy dinner at a good restaurant. So true! But, you're's the love of what we do that drives most bloggers so I am going to just keep "Trying to Make a Difference".....:-) And thanks for the hairstyle comment too! Much appreciated! Have a great weekend and thanks for taking the time to send me this....:-)

  • Candace, ChicagoNow wouldn't be the same without your party photos. Keep on doing what you do.

  • In reply to gwill:

    Awwwww......this is sooooooo sweet! Thanks so much gwill for taking the time to send these good thoughts my way! Hope you're having a great weekend and I will follow your advice! :-)

  • Candace, don't get caught up in the numbers or the contests. Like you said, "write from the heart." My readers tell me I'm doing the right thing and that's all that matters. You're doing the right thing. ;-)

  • In reply to siblingless:

    I think you're right...I just have to keep on doing and writing what I love and hope for the's fun for me and it helps people stay abreast of what the charities are up to. And if people know about the non-profits, then they can possibly pick one that's right for them to support. At least I hope this is part of the "payoff"! Thanks for your positive message. Much appreciated!

  • My readers tell me to "just keep blogging." :)

  • Candace ~ You speak of the "elusive K." Having been a writer for over 40 years, my own reaction is that not all writing is for the numbers (if indeed there really are that many readers of any ChicagoNow site). Social media like this usually have quieter and more personal charm. And so the payoff here is not so much quantitative as it is qualitative. The quality of your ideas at least as much as the quantity of that "elusive K." And while I don't usually move in your energetic social circles, I think you're doing just fine....

  • Hi Jack,
    Wow, your message meant a lot to me.......I appreciate your thoughts on this and thank you for explaining the "payoff" to me in such a positive way. I know you're right and I will for sure keep pluggin' away as long as my energy holds! Who knows, I just might see you somewhere down this long, social road, too! Thanks for taking the time to write...:-)

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