Bonjour, Blogger! : Cassy
Name Cassy Fry
Location Herne Bay, Kent
Blog URL Cassy Fry
What is your blog about?
My blog is about living a stylish and creative life. It started as a style blog, then I started to experiment with different types of lifestyle content. I work in the arts and creative sector, so perhaps unsurprisingly, I found myself writing about culture, music, books, arts events and theatre performances. Now I am focusing on writing posts about ways to get creative, be inspired and look good doing it.
Is this your first blog?
Yes, although I have recently relaunched after transferring over to WordPress.org. My first blog was on blogspot and called “Living a Girl’s Adventure Tale”, which was a super cute name, but I decided to drop it as it was too long and sounded a bit like a travel blog. One day I might use it as the title to my memoir, if I ever write one!
When did you start your current blog?
I started blogging in 2011, but I only really got serious about it last year.
What made you do it?
I took part in something called Dressember where I wore a dress every day for the month of December. I got addicted to sharing outfits online and I’ve always done lots of creative writing, so it seemed like a good opportunity to develop my writing skills.
What was your first blog post about?
It was a round up of Dressember. I really cringe at some of my early posts now, but I think every blogger does.
What do you think is the most useful tool to you as a blogger?
I love social media, so it’s tempting to say Twitter, but actually my notepad and pencil are indispensable. Inspiration can strike at anytime, so I need to put pen to paper to capture it as quickly as possible. I always have a notepad with me.
Do people in your real life know about your blog? If yes, has your blog helped you career wise?
Yes, I think it has raised my profile. I get more invitations to events and people seem to notice and remember me more, which is really helpful for networking as I am shy and can find it hard to connect with people in real life. It has also increased my confidence massively!
What has been the one thing (blog post, project, etc) that you have been really proud of?
When I wrote a post about my hysterectomy I got such a wonderful response, some women emailed me directly too. It was a big deal for me to share it and although it wasn’t directly relevant to my usual content, it changed the way I write, made me braver, more open and authentic.
I was also super proud when I was selected to be included in the New Writing South Good Blog Guide for the quality of my writing.
Where do you see your blog in a year?
Thriving! I will have created lots of fabulous content and learnt lots, so hopefully it’ll just get better and keep evolving. I have big plans for the future, but I know I need to put the legwork in now.
What do you wish you knew when starting your blog?
That I could do it, that the more often I blogged, the better I would get and the more rewarding it would become. I’d like to go back, give myself some confidence and tell myself to have fun! Starting out is hard as you are trying to find your voice and your message, but it is also a time when you are free to experiment and have a play.
What do you wish you know more about now?
I wish my technical knowledge and photography skills were better, but as I’m less motivated to improve them, it’ll take a while. I just learn as I go and always prioritise writing.
How do you keep motivated to post?
I have a target, it used to be one post a week, but I’ve upped it to three posts a week and set myself days to write and post. I’ve always been motivated by a deadline!
Anything else you’d like to add?
Yes… know that your smile is the ultimate accessory, believe in the power of your favourite pop song and remember you’re never too old to wear a ribbon in your hair.