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, CandidCandace.com, 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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