Saturday, December 19, 2015

Keep Movin'

A blog is like a shark -- it has to keep moving forward or else it dies.

(Which famous movie is that line from? Click on the link to find out.)

Thinking about the new year, I've been pondering ways to improve my blog. The smartest approach is to identify the most valuable aspects of blogging. And then find ways to strengthen them.

For me and some of you, the prime value of blogging is how it fosters community. Blogging connects us. We get to share things we care about with people who understand our enthusiasm.

I want to promote that -- develop new ways to introduce us to each other, increase our interaction and offer content on subjects of mutual passion.

I just came up with an idea. This blog can be a conduit for insights from you and others. I'm going to ask my friends (and any of you interested in this) to let me interview you -- and not on superficial topics but on real, important stuff. I want to hear what you have to say and others will, too. Questions will be both serious and fun but always meaningful. We'll learn from each other and enjoy the company. We'll confront points of view we had never considered before and grow in the process. And we'll tell jokes!

I hope you approve. Anyone interested in participating can say so in a comment and I'll try to bribe my friends to play by offering them cupcakes....

46 comments:

  1. I love this idea - and ideas have always been more important than *things*. I'd be honored if you put me on your list. Chocolate cupcakes are welcome, but not necessary : >
    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  2. I think this is a great idea. I love learning more about the other bloggers floating around out there.
    And excuse me but YOUR LEGS!! Gorgeous.

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  3. You always come up with the most awesome ideas ... Just like your legs!!!

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  4. Would love to be interviewed!
    You do have some lovely ideas.
    Xo Jazzy Jack

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  5. What a fun idea! I'll participate...although you've kind of already done that with me.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I'm sure you have more nuggets of wisdom in you! I was planning to ask you and certainly will.

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  6. That's a nice idea- I meant to do this for a while after Zoe and I interviewed each other and yes, I'd like to be interviewed!x

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  7. I agree with Connie - those legs! If mine looked like that it would be mini skirts or shorts every day.

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    1. Me, too! It's why I love dresses and skirts.

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  8. I concur, fab legs. And if you run out of people, I would love to participate in an interview.

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    1. Like Suzanne, you were on the list before now, Sheila. You have so much to offer us.

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  9. those legs - they are distracting me from the post. I think it's a great idea - bloggers you know, bloggers you find interesting a true diamonds and I would love to read what they have to say. and if you feel need of a person to talk to in your blog - count on me.

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  10. Adding onto Lyosha's point, I agree. Your legs are out of this world! But, in all seriousness, I think that's an amazing idea! You've fostered such a widespread community over the past few years and have so many interesting friends. It would be great to hear different viewpoints and their perspectives!

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  11. Haven't I always said that your legs are to die for? Your idea is good to though, and perhaps as good as your legs. Shall we say that the idea has legs? Hah hah and I came up with that on no breakfast or coffee yet! I love finding out more about people so I'm looking forward to your interviews! You are really skilled at asking questions and your interest in people always shows! xoxo

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  12. Golden pumps and red skirt, great legs...it already got all my attention, LOL ! Plus, I have to add your idea is really great, dear friend. Kisses

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion blog

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  13. Stellar, smart, blog savvy ideas, Ally. I too have really been mulling over the current and future state of my site and will be making a few (positive) changes to it as we head into 2016. I adore your idea of an interview and can't raise my hand quickly enough to volunteer for your exciting new post series.

    ♥ Jessica

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  14. This is a great idea and I like how it will be meaningful topics too. I look forward to this and would love to be involved.

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  15. What an interesting idea. But how do you define a 'meaningful topic'? I started my blog as an outlet for all the trivial stuff I wanted to focus on (instead of mulling over problems and worries and whatever keeps me up at night), to learn to be more superficial instead of obsessing about this or that... So, I'm a bit worried now. No, seriously, I look forward to reading your interviews and might even like to participate (after I've seen what scary secrets others reveal, of course)

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    1. No scary secrets: interviewees decide what they want to say and will have final approval over what's posted. When I say meaningful, I mean serious discussion of topics important to us. Like, are you happy? What makes you happy? Why do we exist? Is the universe expanding? And, of course, does peplum make my hips look fat? :-)

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  16. This is a very nice idea and I would be more than happy to participate!

    -Kati

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  17. I volunteer as tribute. I love questions.

    I keep trying to figure out ways to revive the Frock, and Megan and I have been talking a lot about shifts in blog communities. I'm glad to see that you're having similar thoughts but with a more positive outcome. I can no longer do outfit posts due to my living space and I'm struggling to find other things to write about- if you ever want to kick ideas back and forth, let me know. I'm on Facebook almost every day.

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  18. I think this would be a wonderful idea. You should definitely market this idea on social media and come up with a good angle for it. I know I can't wait to read it :).

    Kia / KTS
    www.houseofkts.com

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  19. Ooooh can I play too please,Ally? Like the idea of this very much.
    We all have to keep moving. Nothing in life is every static.

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. Thanks for coming over to my blog and leaving nice comments :) That's cool that you got to see Melanie, and appreciate the 60s and 70s too (I remember seeing one of your posts with a photo of you with great late 60s styling, I believe wearing a colorful short scarf). Have you posted about the handmade dress you found in Woodstock? I'd love to see it.
    I have a thing for motorcycles too, having spent much of the 90s on the back of a BMW. Another link--I went to BU for grad school, arriving in 1982 (from your dates, you're just a couple years older than me).
    Let me know the next time you're in Boston. I'm always up for meeting blog buddies. And I've got a couple great thrift stores in my neighborhood.
    I like that you're taking on a new angle for your blog. It's good to mix things up!

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    1. Cool! I just bought a new BMW, one designed for long-distance touring (K1600GTL). I'll be riding around on it and would love to visit you in Boston. It seems we have lots in common. My Woodstock dress is here: http://shybiker.blogspot.com/2015/06/my-sixties-dress.html

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  21. This sounds like a great idea, yes I have met and have experienced many wonderful people and opportunities because of my blog. And that is a great quote and oh so true!

    Allie of ALLIENYC
    www.allienyc.com

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  22. If I can take part in this without having a blog, I'd really like to do so :)

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    1. Sure! All we need is an e-mail address for you and I to communicate.

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    2. Thank you - my email is newjennyo@gmail.com

      I have a blogger account in order to post comments; I just don't have a blog. Therefore, you can access my blogger profile by clicking on my name above, and then hovering your mouse over "email" in my profile.

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    3. Thanks, buddy. You're on the list.

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  23. Hey! Thanks for your last comment, it made me very happy :)
    I also think of ways on how to improve my blog... I like your idea of creating a stronger network.
    Merry Christmast to you and your loved ones : )
    Xx
    Larissa
    cenestquedelachance.blogspot.de

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  24. I would love to do be part of that - and I look forward to reading what others have to say too! Merry Christmas my sweet friend!! <3

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  25. I agree with your values. I value your content, and the intellect and creativity that powers it. I would lvoe to be interviewed I always fear I am perceived differently than how I am...
    Happy, merry and Cheers!
    xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/blog

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    1. That's an interesting subject for us to explore. Few of us are perceived accurately (including me).

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  26. NO cupcakes necessary (though always appreciated). I love this idea so much and would love to participate in any way possible :) I love fostering and improving blog relations and it sounds as though your idea just that.

    Thank you for being YOU! XOXO

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    1. You're welcome -- and you're on the list!

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  27. You probably have more than enough applicants already, but you can add me to that long list.
    Greetje

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    1. It will be fun to hear from a European!

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