Friday, June 22, 2012

A Novel of Blog-Talk {Cheeky Cheeky Changes}


Recently, I've been thinking more and more about the big picture. With a looming move to LA in about two months, can you blame me? Over the past year, I've really taken a step back to look at my life and figure out what I want for myself in the future. While this journey is far from over, I do feel like I've made a lot of progress as of late. The biggest thing I am absolutely sure about is the fact that no matter what I do in the future, I see this blog, Cheeky Cheeky, as a huge part of it. What started out as a hobby has somehow become my favorite thing in the world, and I'm so thankful to have it. I just can't believe how far Cheeky Cheeky has come. I can't stop thinking about where I want it to go in the future; and about how far I've come & where I want to go.

Strangely, I just missed my one year blogging anniversary... kind of. The first four months I was blogging, it was under a different blog name & hosted by Word Press. After months of Word Press confusion {I'm dumb} I made the big move, and changed A LOT of things about my blogging. I'm choosing to not recognize that original blog start date as my anniversary, because it wasn't even Cheeky Cheeky yet! But if you go WAY back, I imported the blogs from Word Press, so they're still part of this blog. Technically. But I will be celebrating Cheeky Cheeky's one year anniversary on October 25th, with lots of glittery graphics and pictures of puppies or something. One year from the new site launch date. Guys, I don't have a real life anniversary to celebrate {SINGLE} so this is kind of a big deal for me. LET ME HAVE IT, OKAY?!!!!

This idea that I have been blogging for a while now has me really thinking about how much Cheeky Cheeky means to me. I honestly can't imagine a life without blogging anymore. It's SUCH an important part of who I am. Finding out someone in my life {as in real life, outside of the interwebs} doesn't read my blog sometimes feels like finding out the guy you've been dating for a year doesn't even know your middle name. It's weird. When I first started blogging, it used to REALLY bug me, but now I'm kind of okay with it. Instead, now when I find out someone in my life DOES actually read my blog, it just makes me like them 100x more. I realize that everyone doesn't have to spend their time reading my daily ramblings. So I really and truly do appreciate it when someone- anyone does take that time out of their day to spend a few minutes here in this little online world of Cheeky Cheeky.

So even though I haven't been blogging on Cheeky Cheeky for a year yet, I do feel like I have spent the last year getting my proverbial blogging sea legs. Of course, even now I'm still learning. There are so many things that I want to do with this blog and share with everyone who reads it. I guess this is my long-winded way of saying that in the next few months, I'm going to be experimenting and changing things up on my blog. I'm going to be trying new features {like more outfit posts, gratuitous nail polish posts, music recs, design posts, random ramblings, and even some baking.} I love Cheeky Cheeky and everyone who reads it SO much. I really want this blog to reflect me and all of my passions & loves.

I do want to make it clear that this blog isn't all of me. I really do like to keep Cheeky Cheeky a positive {and totally sassy} place. I don't enjoy blogging about bad days, people who piss me off, or general drama dramz {unless it's of the reality TV persuasion.} This blog is supposed to make me & its readers happy. Writing about depressing stuff doesn't make me happy, it just bums me out further, and I'm sure it's a total bummer to read, too. It's kind of the idea of what you do when you're sad- do you put on a sad song to commiserate with, or put on a happy song to pep you up? When I was 16, I was all about the sad songs depressing me even further, comforting me. Now that I'm a little bit older, I use "Call Me Maybe" as my insta-happy when I'm feeling blue, and save sad music for when I'm working on a project or something. Anybody else do that? I guess I just no longer like dwelling in sadness or anger. I mean, sure, I'll write an open bitchy letter to Chris Brown, but he just all across the board sucks as a human/artist//whatever. We can all jump on that hate-train together, right? For the most part, this blog always has and always will reflect the happiest parts of my life.

Think of it this way- you wouldn't turn on 30 Rock and expect to spend the next 30 minutes of your life watching Tina Fey complain about the fight she just had with her Mom or something, with no comical undertones. Same goes for this website- even in the coming months, as I'm exploring new types of content and I am posting photos, recipes or beauty recommendations, it's still going to be me... And that usually means a little tongue in cheek or smart-assery. Along the same lines, I would also like to start telling some stories about my past on ze blog- NYU days, record label days, growing up in the Midwest, and even all about that time I puked on the subway in New York City and lived to tell about it. I especially want to share more about this ever-confusing time period of my life I seem to be stuck in called my twenties. My perspective just happens to be an insanely upbeat and positive one, best summed up as something like "It'll all work out, so stop being such a Debbie Downer."

The truth is, I want more than anything for Cheeky Cheeky to feel like its little online world, full of stories, opinions, everything that I love and everything that inspires me. Over the next few months, I will be making sure that is the case.

Most importantly, I will be switching my blog URL from www.cheekycheeky.info to www.cheekycheekyblog.com on Sunday night! I'm tres excited about this, so much so that I'm pretending I speak French. Bookmark the new website, people! Don't worry though, the old URL will redirect to the new URL. However, if for some reason your Google Reader isn't updating with new content next week {it totally should though}, head to www.cheekycheekyblog.com and resubscribe! {I wanted to give everyone a two day warning, just in case you're wondering what the hell is going on!} New URL and lots of positive changes a-comin' dudes. Also, HUGE, epic,  thank you to Drew, who helped me figure out all of this Feedburner stuff. I was totally in over my head and probably would be curled up in a ball of confusion on the floor if it weren't for his help.

Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely weekend full of lots of Summer sweating and drinking beer & eating popsicles by the pool.



16 comments:

  1. Lady, your blog is one of my absolute favourites. I can't wait to see what you've got in store!

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    1. Girl, the love is very much mutual!

      xoxo

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  2. you should continue because well, you're awesome and even though you may not share every little thing, what you do share is amazing.

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  3. I'm so excited for you nto open up this new page for your blog! It all sounds good and fun! Isn't it funny how blogging changes you? I'm totally the same way about friends reading my blog -- it makes me smile! Keep up the good work lady! XO,Rachel

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    1. YES! It so so so does change you!

      Thanks girl!

      xoxo

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  4. Your blog is great; and I totally agree about the not posting the depressing stuff, it just perpetuates it. Looking forward to seeing what new things you come up with. I'm still new to this; and have the embarrassment factor about writing my blog with 'real people' around me- I think they just don't get it! Hoping this feeling fades soon! xxxx

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    1. Ah, thank you for getting me!!!
      I totally get what you're saying about the embarrassment factor. I think it fades, but never TOTALLY goes away. You just get used to it and learn to deal with it. It really is "putting yourself out there" so it can be really scary. But worth it!

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  5. You better never quit blogging, mam.
    Can't wait to see all the new features and changes!

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  6. I stumbled across this clicking around different links... I think I came from justlove.ly or something... anyway. Yours is the first blog I actually stopped to read a post on, and it made me chuckle (the Tina Fey) thing. I'm just now getting back into the blogging scene today after years MIA... and I'm probably going to bookmark yours (since I felt it was worth my time to comment). :) So... hello! Lol.

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    1. Awww thank you so much!!
      Happy to have you reading. I'm especially partial to anyone who shares my love of all things Tina Fey :)

      xoxo

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  7. I love your blog so much and I'm excited to see new changes and where you're taking this! Very awesome.


    Christen :>
    www.anunordinaryhello.com

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  8. I'm a new blogger and I am really glad to see other bloggers making new changes! Most of the time change is the great thing, and I look forward to seeing more posts from you soon :)

    www.charmcolorfully.blogspot.com

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  9. You have such a cute blog, really!

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    1. Aw, thank you!! {Just creeped on your blog & followed. Your layout is SUPER cute!! Love the stripes.}

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