I am very happy that Kristy Elena has made wondrous progress in the community of bloggers, I was able to get to know amazing bloggers who does not only blog about fashion and trends but also blog about the Social Media and the impact of bloggers in our society. These are the bloggers who has an edge in the fashion industry, they speak with credibility and has helped a lot of us who are struggling newbies to understand the world of blogging since nobody created a real handbook or guide for fashion blogging.
My first feature in the Full Time Fabulous Community (#FTFCommunity) bloggers has been a long time friend. We started to exchange comments through our personal blogs and Twitter. Her blog’s name “The Girl who stole the Eiffel Tower” which sounds like a fun book to read but actually it is the title of Casee Marie’s personal site.
I am a lover of Paris and their chic fashion which Casee and I share in common. She has a wide array of love for vintage and classical movies and books. If you are looking for a great writer then she is the right person. I am very honored that Casee was kind enough to grant me this feature despite her busy schedule. So what are we waiting for, let us get to know the Girl who stole the Eiffel Tower.
sometimes it’s good to just step back, look at your blog and remember why you started it all in the first place and the true joy you find it.
Name: Casee Marie
Blogging since: January 2010, though I didn’t start The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower until May.
Bloglovin’: Casee Marie FOLLOW
Facebook page: The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower
Other social networking sites:
IFB: Casee Marie IFB
Flickr: Casee Marie
Tumblr: Lovely Fix
Wishpot: Casee Marie Wishpot
Pinterest: Casee Marie
Facebook profile: Casee Marie FB
Sweet: Describe your blog in 20 words.
Casee: The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower fuses fashion, art and culture into a chic, cozy little online getaway…hopefully!
Sweet: How did your blog started?
Casee: I originally began writing on the group fashion blog SHE: Style through Her Eyes, which I now continue to work on with the lovely Jenmarie, but I felt I wanted another, more personal place online to explore blogging about different subjects as well as different aspects of fashion that didn’t fit onto SHE.
Sweet: What kinds of challenges did you face when you started your blog?
Casee: I think finding and committing to my own voice was my biggest struggle. I started out posting mostly visual inspiration because, I think, I wasn’t confident enough to publish my writing publicly. Eventually I branched out into editorial-style content, very text-centric, and it feels much better that way. Beyond that, content was a big challenge in the beginning. I wasn’t sure if I was a fashion blogger or a personal blogger or a lifestyle blogger; eventually I found a way to incorporate everything and still make it all work together.
Sweet: What have you done to improve your blogging skills?
Casee: Oh dear, I don’t think I have any skills! As a writer taking risks and embracing challenges has helped me gain confidence. But I think the best thing I did was get involved in both the FTF community and the overall Style Nation; learning from other bloggers has taught me so much and they all continue to inspire me!
Sweet: What kind of topics do you blog about?
Casee: I think my main interests lie in fashion, beauty, literature and the art of blogging. I’m a member of Katy Rose’s (modlychic.com) Fashion Beauty Friend Friday which lets me branch into all sorts of style and blog-related topics. I also write book reviews upon request from authors, which is a lot of fun. Sometimes I’ll post snapshots from my life, sometimes interesting things I’ve found online and sometimes full-blown articles. I’m a huge fan of fashion photography so that will occasionally find its way onto the blog, too.
Sweet: How do you keep track of your blogs status and ratings?
Casee: I use Clicky, but I don’t pay all that much attention to it. I try to, but it’s all a bit too impersonal for me. I tend to focus more on my comments. People leave me the loveliest comments! I appreciate every unique visitor, every pageview is a zing on my heartstrings, but comments are much more personal. When people go that extra step to leave a comment and connect with me through words, that’s when I feel like I’m doing something right. And of course it’s not about the number of comments; it’s about what they say.
Sweet: What social applications or sites do you use to help your blog grow?
Casee: Twitter, probably. I’m not the world’s best Tweeter, but luckily nobody seems to hold that against me. I also use the different groups on Facebook, that sort of thing, but Twitter has probably been the most effective for me.
WordPress has given me a whole new perspective on blogging and overall it’s just the absolute best platform for me.
Sweet: What are some of the major decisions you have made with your blog?
Casee: I think the biggest decision was moving my blog from Blogger to a self-hosted WordPress account. It was a rather big undertaking and of course it’s a paid platform, but I’m so glad I did it. WordPress has given me a whole new perspective on blogging and overall it’s just the absolute best platform for me. Beyond that I can’t think of too many major decisions; I’m still rather new so I’m sure I’ll have some along the way!
Sweet: What kind of things really get you excited?
Casee: Tom Ford, classic Hollywood, books, shoes, chocolate, coffee and Paris!
Sweet: Do you consider yourself famous?
Casee: Not at all, and I don’t really care to be. I’d like to be successful, but I think success is measured in the achievement of personal goals while fame is measured in goals set by someone else.
Sweet: What have you done to improve your relationship with your readers? How do you interact with them?
Casee: One of my favorite things about WordPress is that you can reply to each comment directly and a special plugin will send e-mail notifications to readers to let them know you’ve responded. I feel like that’s helped me achieve a more personal, intimate feel on my blog. I like to hope that anyone who visits will want to settle in with some tea or coffee and have a happy little conversation. Beyond that, I do my best to visit everyone’s blogs and there’s also Twitter for interacting.
Sweet: Have you ever had difficutly getting others to accept your ideas and posts?
Casee: I don’t think so, but my ideas aren’t revolutionary. I have my interests and I think people just connect with those. I’m sure there are a lot of people who don’t share my interests and that’s okay. No blog is perfect for everyone!
Sweet: How do you deal with negative feedbacks in your blog?
Casee: I really haven’t gotten any so far. I’ve been quite fortunate that I’ve found a wonderful and supportive community and readership. I’ve lost followers, of course, in the process of finding my voice, but no one explained why they were leaving.
Sweet: How do you manage your blogging time?
Casee: I’m still working on that! There’s a wonderful editorial calendar plugin on WordPress and I also draw up editorial calendars in a notebook. I’ll be a bit spontaneous, but having an editorial calendar helps me sort out my ideas and find the best time to fit them all in. I also make lists on Listography.com to keep track of my ideas for future posts.
Sweet: How about managing the time you visit blogs?
Casee: That’s part of the reason why I don’t post every day; I try to make sure I’m balancing out the attention I give my blog with the attention I give to other blogs and bloggers. I use Bloglovin’ so I’ll usually try to go through updates when I’ve finished all the necessary things on my own blog, but the days I don’t post are the days I try to get more blog reading done.
Sweet: Tell us how you keep your blog knowledge current with the on going changes in the blogging industry.
Casee: I tend to focus on my content first, as I think that’s what really “makes” it. It’s certainly the most important part to me! Keeping up with the industry is definitely important – Independent Fashion Bloggers has been an amazing help for that, they always seem to know just what’s going on, as well as other bloggers in the community – but I find that there is such a thing as paying a little too much attention to all of that. I can get a little sucked into the idea of monetization, working with brands and partnering with businesses; sometimes it’s good to just step back, look at your blog and remember why you started it all in the first place and the true joy you find it.
I think success is measured in the achievement of personal goals while fame is measured in goals set by someone else.