So last night I wrote about Emily Maynard's blog and Torre DeRoche's blog: Fearful Adventurer. The two blogs that I'm going to talk about today are A Cup of Jo by Joanna Goddard and The Not Vanilla by Sonia Evers.
Let's first talk about A Cup of Jo...
Why, yes! I do! I sign my letters, my emails, and my blog posts with xoxo. A few of the new bloggers I've seen recently sign their posts with xoxo, too. I don't know if this is because they've picked it up from my blog, if they've done it all their lives, or if they, too, are Gossip Girl enthusiasts. Let's see what Joanna Goddard thinks about it...here's an excerpt from her article...
"For the past eight or so years, I've signed almost every email with an xoxo—to female and male friends, to strangers, to colleagues, to accountants, to lawyers, to people who are more or less my bosses. I can't even help myself anymore; it has become totally automatic.
"I’m always afraid that I’m being unprofessional, yet I continue to sign all my e-mails 'xoxo,' " Lena Dunham joked to the New York Times Magazine earlier this year.
A recent Atlantic article examined the phenomenon, which they say is feminizing the workplace: "'I feel like xo has taken on its own kind of life,' says Karli Kasonik, a Washington-based consultant. 'I do it, most women I know do it,' says Asie Mohtarez, a writer and social-media editor, noting that she prefers a single x to the full xo. 'In my field, you almost have to use it,' says Kristin Esposito, a yoga instructor in New York."
Funnily enough, xoxo-ing has become such a habit that I feel kind of mean when I don't include it. "There’s the matter of women’s tonal antennae, which pick up on even the smallest shifts," continues the Atlantic article. "'In e‑mail, ending a command with a period can feel brusque,' says Anne Trubek, a professor of rhetoric at Oberlin College...In Diane Sawyer’s newsroom, staffers say, the anchor uses xo so frequently that its omission can spark panic."
What do you think about xoxo? Do you use it? Why do you use it? Do you think it's unprofessional? Read the rest of the (short) article here...food for thought...
"So why the change? Because as I’ve gotten older and slightly more sophisticated — emphasis on the slightly — I’ve felt that the name Runway Hippie no longer resonates with who I am and what I’m doing on here. I haven’t been to a music festival in years, my style is far less bohemian than it was even two years ago, and as you may all have noticed, my blog has developed a greater focus on lifestyle and personal stories than a site devoting every entry to fashion. Of course you can still expect weekly outfit posts, beauty tips, and the pieces I’m craving at the moment, but I also plan to continue growing in other directions like essays, health tips, and perhaps, maybe eventually, expanding into my other true love aside from fashion, food."
(Read the rest at the link below)
The reason I thought it was important to share this with you is to tell you how much reading has impacted my writing. I've only been a blogger for two short months, and already, the focus of my blog has changed. Here is Sonia Evers, a much more experienced blogger than I am, changing the focus of her blog and even the blog's name, and I can already relate. Fashion and beauty are things that I love to write about in my blog, but it's LIFE that I really want to make the central theme....MY life and helping you to improve YOUR life. A new handbag or a new shampoo is great, but bible verses and inspirational stories of family and travel are more important to me. Originally, I was going to review a post on her blog called "I'm A Product Whore" to talk about all of the products I have, too, or a post called, "Finding Fashion Inspiration In The Opposite Sex" to talk about how I love items like boyfriend jeans from One Teaspoon, but this one seemed more fitting. As writers, it's good for us to read about other bloggers that share similar thought processes.