Friday, April 18, 2014

The Old Days

 
Do you remember back before I became famous?  Before my blog was national news?

In the early days, my labor of love had a few dozen readers, most of whom became close friends.  We used to chat about fashion and life.  Our casual conversations were refreshing and fun.

Then a post of mine unexpectedly went viral; hundreds of thousands of readers flocked to my blog; I started making so much money from advertising that I quit my day-job; journalists interviewed me constantly on national programs; and relatives I barely knew called asking for loans.

Now I hobnob with celebrities; A-list actors try to appear on my blog; and I party all night in fancy hotels.  I don't even write my blog anymore... I have a team of assistants who produce daily posts.  Overnight, everything changed for me...

...oh wait... was that a dream??

24 comments:

  1. LOL, I don't think I'd ever want to get to that point (though it would be nice to be able to quit the day job). I treasure the relationships I've made through blogging and the way that so many of us from different backgrounds, viewpoints and far-flung geography are able to connect.

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    1. I agree. I like the cozy intimacy of my current situation. If a bunch of strangers showed up suddenly, the dynamic would change and I'd lose touch with my friends. I just thought playing out this notion would be humorous; I think most of us have the fantasy of becoming famous.

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  2. Haha! I do dream about being able to blog full time one day :) But I wouldn't want other people writing my posts!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. Of course -- then it wouldn't be our blog any more. But that's what the biggest bloggers do; they have writing staffs.

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  3. Cute ... Yip wouldn't mind some cash rolling in , the rest .... Hmmmmmm?

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  4. HA! Yes, that would be wishful thinking for me, and not something I think I want at the moment. I love being able to still live my life without Paparazzi, but I will always welcome increase in funds, hehe!
    Have a great weekend.
    /Madison

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  5. LOL! Yes! Kyle always tells me to hurry-up and become blog famous. Dare to dream.

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  6. Hahahahaha! I think I had that very same dream!

    At least the money part. The fame...esh...who needs it? : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  7. Hahaha, I have wondered what it would be like to have one of those very popular style blogs where companies send you cool stuff, but I know full well I am too quirky and my personal style too out there for it. It's ok though, I would not want to change either of those things. :D

    And you make an excellent point: I love the friendships and the relationships I've been able to form in our close blogging community. I like reading about your day and seeing what you've been up to dressing up, and checking out your makeup (you keep getting better at it! It's amazing. :D)

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    1. Thanks, Aya. While we all fantasize, I would regret the loss of intimacy we have here. I feel personally connected to my friends who read and comment. That would be lost with a larger crowd.

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  8. Could you imagine? I was be elated for you if that happened. Now, I know that I'm (humbly) quite well known in my respective blogging sphere, but I'm not famous by any stretch of the imagination in the general public or even within the blogging world at large (to the best of my knowledge), and that alone keeps me wildly busy. I can only imagine what it must be like for those bloggers whose popularity propels them into household name territory. Really, it must be akin to be a more traditional (say, Hollywood or music industry) celebrity - only with, I'd venture to guess, far more incoming emails!

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. And you don't want to be photographed by paparazzi every time you leave the house. We don't always look perfect. I felt so sorry for Amy Winehouse when, awoken at night by a noise outside her house, she went out to investigate wearing nothing but a red bra and was photographed by the sleazeballs hounding her.

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  9. I used to feel upset in the beginning that I didn't have a big readership. Now? I could careless about increasing my pageviews or advertising, I just want to maintain my friendships. Making new friendships is always a plus, but I'd rather funnel my energy in getting to KNOW people versus hocking some company's product for $$. Friends are definitely more valuable.

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    1. You're so right. I feel the same way.

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  10. YIkes! More like a nightmare for me. I can't manage big groups of people and if I ever even get to a point where I get so many comments on my blog that i can't reply to them all I will get stressed out! Fortunately I don't think that's going to happen. LOL I am really horrible at self promotion. I wonder if there are any bloggers who have agents. I suppose those really famous ones do, especially if they are working on or flogging books. That's it you should write a book!

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    1. I followed a blogger a few years back who became moderately successful -- her blog attracted a few hundred readers who would comment on every post. She tried to reply to them all but got exhausted. Eventually she disabled the commenting feature because of that. I felt sad that part of her joy in blogging was taken away by the moderate success.

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  11. Don't forget me when you are famous!

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  12. You had me for a moment there...I thought "wait! did one of her posts make national news and I missed it?!" lol!!

    Lisa.

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