A New Direction For the Blog in the Future? Answer + Win a £150 Beauty Package

A New Direction For the Blog in the Future? Answer + Win a £150 Beauty Package | Not Dressed As Lamb

A new year and a new decade is fast approaching, and I’m thinking of giving the blog not just a new look, but a new direction.

Before anyone panics: I’m not intending to become an ‘influencer’ or an Instagram clone – cut me in half and it’ll still say “blogger” right through me like a stick of rock. I’ve just been thinking about the direction that blogging has taken over the last 10 years, and where it’ll take me (us) in the next 10.

I don’t ever intend to switch everything over to Instagram (I’ve said before I think that’s a huge mistake) – the blog is where my heart lies. But due to the way my job as a blogger has been panning out lately, I’m finding it harder and harder to keep up with the regular content I’ve always produced… content that takes me a loooooong time to research and write.

So, I’ve had a think and was wondering what your thoughts were. This is where you come in!

As a thank you for your feedback, I’m offering someone the chance to win a beauty package worth £150 that I’ve put together as a thank you for answering a few questions about the direction I’m thinking of taking the blog.

And it’s only open to regular readers – NOT every Tom, Dick and Harry on Twitter and the like. #grrrr

 

Disclosure: The items I am offering as a prize have been gifted to me under no obligation. Full disclosure

 

Where I’m at with the blog right now

The first thing I want to do is to give the blog a new design – mostly this is due to unfortunate circumstances with regards to the company from which I bought the template (not something I’m going into detail here as it’s been discussed to death on social media). It won’t be wildly different, though.

Secondly – and this is the main thing I want to ask YOUR opinion about – is the format that the posts will take. I will definitely continue the Tuesday #iwillwearwhatilike link up outfit posts –  no change there. I will always maintain this is a fashion blog and I will always aim to produce a minimum of one outfit post a week. I also intend to continue these Thursday #ShareAllLinkUp posts, but these may vary, as I shall explain.

However, what I’ve always done is produce quite lengthy, in-depth posts about various subjects: health and beauty, blogging, life in general, featured bloggers, etc. I enjoy writing long posts, and from what my stats tell me, you enjoying reading them too.

But these take a long time to write, and I’m finding that with the amount of work I’m doing with brands that take me away from home and don’t result in any work produced specifically for the blog (for example video shoots, photos shoots, hosting or attending events) that it eats into the time I’d spend writing. Therefore, the #ShareAllLinkUp posts I produce on a Thursday (and the ones I intend to publish on a Sunday but very rarely get round to) suffer, and often don’t get published at all.

So far in October I haven’t published anything other than the four Tuesday outfit posts due to being away working so much. This is NOT what I want to happen to the blog on such a regular basis, nor something I want to continue long term!

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How I see the blog evolving

The last thing I want to happen is for my blog to become stagnant. I want it to evolve naturally.

So my question to you is this: How do you feel about shorter, “bite-sized” posts on a regular basis? Would you be happy to read a quick tip or about a single product or brand that I’ve been loving lately – rather than (always) a full-on list of 10-15 examples along the same subject? Things that would take less than 5 minutes to read rather than 10 minutes +?

Some examples of the sort of bite-sized posts I had in mind…

  • The two products I use to make my skin instantly glow
  • A new brand that sells really stylish, affordable loungewear
  • My best photoshoot posing tip (for photos of yourself that you actually LIKE)
  • The style of bra I wear to minimise big boobs
  • How I styled my mid-century sideboard on a budget
  • The best advice I was ever given for dressing for in a customer-facing office

They’re the kind of subjects I was thinking about – that’s not to say I won’t be doing the longer, in-depth posts any more (like My Feelings of Imposter Syndrome at the L’Oréal TV Ad Shoot or 12 Beauty Products I Am Absolutely Loving Right Now)… far from it! I still love writing and researching, it’s just that those posts take so much longer and if I only ever commit to those, my output is going to dwindle and dwindle to almost nothing.

I want to create things that will take me half a day to write and shoot, rather than 2-3 days (taking into account life happening in between along with the admin and emails I have to keep on top of each day).

 

Answer and win a beauty package worth £150 (open internationally)!

I’m giving away a fabulous beauty package worth about £150 to one lucky reader who helps me out with valid feedback – I’m not making this available via social media or to any (for want of a better phrase) competition whores. I ONLY want to know what my actual readers think, not people who do nothing but enter giveaways.

The prize – which is just a thank you for your time – comprises:

A New Direction For the Blog in the Future? Answer + Win a £150 Beauty Package | Not Dressed As Lamb

  • Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette (this alone is worth £60)!
  • Hugo Boss Orange Eau de Toilette 30ml
  • Ted Baker Crimson Lips & Tips nail polish and lipstick gift set
  • Beuti Skincare Beauty Sleep Elixir 30ml
  • Makeup Revolution Blush Compact in Opulence

All things I’ve been gifted but (of course) never used. These things are often sent out of the blue or given to me in goody bags at events. All you have to do is…

[Please see the T&Cs with regards to the liquid items]

 

How to be entered into the prize draw:

  1. Answer my question about what you think of shorter, bite-sized posts like the examples I gave (a proper answer with feedback, not just a “yes to shorter posts”) in a comment
  2. Sign up to my posts by email if you haven’t already (this must match the email you leave in the comment “email address” field) – I’m assuming you’re a regular reader
  3. Leave your comment before 11:59pm (UK time) on Sunday 3rd November
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Terms & Conditions:

~ A valid comment must be left before 11:59pm (UK time) on Sunday 3rd November
~ You must be signed up to receive posts by email from Not Dressed As Lamb
~ The email address left in the comment field must match the one signed up to NDAL subscription emails (it’s only visible to me in my admin page and is only used for the purpose of contacting you, it can’t be seen by anyone else)
~ One winner will be picked at random from the valid entries and contacted by email
~ The winner must reply to the email within 48 hours to claim the prize or another winner will be chosen
~ Open internationally
~ If the winner is outside of the UK, the liquid items cannot be sent via post and alternative products of roughly equivalent value will be sent instead
~ No cash prize or alternative will be offered

 

Thank you so much for your feedback… and good luck!

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Update 07/11/2019: And the winner is…

Congratulations to Linda Charrie who was picked at random! The beauty bundle is on its way to her.

 

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167 Comments

  1. Monika Bascombe
    November 3, 2019 / 11:11 pm

    I like short post. Not only I struggle with time but also my attention span isnt the best , lots of bloggers waffle on about stuff before they get to the actual subject that made me click on their post

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:03 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Monika!

  2. Leeanne Clifford
    November 3, 2019 / 8:05 pm

    I enjoy both longer and the smaller bite size blogs. I think the shorter ones can help inspire actually and do encourage me to look further into the subject matter

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:03 pm

      Thanks Leeanne x

  3. SUSAN L HALL
    November 3, 2019 / 7:49 pm

    I think smaller posts are better as often get distracted half way through reading longer ones and often come across interesting posts while doing something else so if they are shorter i manage to read them all.

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:03 pm

      Thanks Susan, that makes sense!

  4. Fiona Aitken
    November 3, 2019 / 6:24 pm

    I love shorter posts….. straight to the point, im a busy mum and dont always have time to read long posts and take it all in so i really enjoy shorter ones

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:04 pm

      Thank you Fiona x

  5. Lucy
    November 3, 2019 / 5:20 pm

    I tend to read on my phone, so shorter posts are better for me so that I don’t have to scroll too much. Also I tend not to have time to read longer posts every day, that being said please don’t do away with longer posts completely!

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:04 pm

      Longer posts won’t going anywhere, Lucy – I think the gaps left by the longer posts not quite getting done in time will just be replaced by shorter ones so hopefully best of both worlds! x

  6. Kristyn Harris
    November 3, 2019 / 3:39 pm

    .I prefer short posts. I like visual posts too. I don’t normally have the time to read longer posts unfortunately

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:05 pm

      Thanks Kristyn 😀

  7. MERYL THOMAS
    November 3, 2019 / 3:00 pm

    I must be honest I am a bit lazy and my mind does tend to wander when I am reading sometimes. Therefore I think that shorter posts would be great for keeping one’s focus on the issue. Also depending on the subject matter, shorter posts are more appropriate.

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:05 pm

      Thank you Meryl! x

  8. JenniCatts
    November 3, 2019 / 11:10 am

    Hi! I really love your blogs, and have for a while now but as life gets busier I do actually prefer shorter bite size posts these days. I often find the only time i have to myself to catch up on reading is on a short lunch break so having something that i can easily pick up and read without rushing would be fab! My sister runs a local beauty business and blogs as part of that and is going down the same route – short and snappy which means she can regularly keep in touch with her followers and also leaves her time to do the other million things you have to fit in a day!

    I also think it can work really well as it can make it really easy to find a specific post if you want to refer back to one – if you remember you read some great tips a from few weeks ago you can often find it much easier if they are broken down into smaller posts than all included in one big one to read through again.

    Most importantly though you have to do what works for you – you write so well that i have no doubt that whatever direction you go in will be fab!

    • Megan
      November 3, 2019 / 9:04 pm

      I much prefer shorter posts to longer ones. I don’t have the attention span for long blog posts, and would rather use the time to read a proper article than a long post with irrelevant information.

      • Catherine
        Author
        November 6, 2019 / 12:07 pm

        Well hopefully my longer posts don’t have irrelevant information, Megan(!) – but yes I think it’s the time factor that means people prefer shorter post these days!

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:06 pm

      Thank you Jennicatts – that does make a lot of sense about the long posts with tips being broken down into smaller ones. And it’s lovely to hear you like my writing, thank you again!!

  9. fiona d
    November 3, 2019 / 10:56 am

    I would definitely prefer shorter bite size posts. I have never been a strong reader, so have never really been a reader of novels etc., (unless forced to whilst in education!), I have always preferred magazine articles or short blog items, I lose interest fast if I have too much information to wade through & even when writing it is easy to get off topic or waffle about something that interests you personally but might not be of interest to the masses. So for those of us with poor reading skills and/or short attention spans then bite size is the way to go 🙂

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:08 pm

      Hopefully a mixture of short posts and longer ones will suit most people, Fiona! thank you 🙂

  10. Tiff jordan
    November 3, 2019 / 9:45 am

    I hadn’t realised how,long regular blog posts have taken you. I’m not a blogger but I do enjoy yours, particularly as so many bloggers are youngsters, and you speak for the mature ladies! I particularly like #iwillwearwhatilike as it links to so many fabulously dressed women. So inspiring!
    Shorter posts- yes, because life goes on ,and because you say the blog needs to evolve, and because you need to keep your sanity! I’d particularly like to hear about minimizing bras.
    Thankyou

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks so much Tiff – yes they take so long more to do with the fact that I have to do lots of other jobs in between, or maybe I’m waiting for the light to be right so I can take photos, or I just need a break from writing that long post and turn my attention to other jobs in between! Glad to hear you’re interested in minimising bras 😀

  11. Elizabeth Fisher
    November 3, 2019 / 5:40 am

    I prefer short posts I keeps me more interested.
    If posts are written well ( as yours are) It is always about the content being relevant for me ,
    Your blog fits me well

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:11 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth – hopefully I’ve got a pretty good idea of what my readers like so if I can get a good ratio of short to long posts then hopefully it’ll suit the greater proportion of readers! Thank you x

  12. Irene Murdoch
    November 2, 2019 / 8:13 pm

    I think writing some shorter posts are a very good idea. We don’t always have a lot of spare time and a 5 minute read can be fun and relaxing. The topics you mention sound interesting too. I am always on the lookout for tips on outfits and colours.

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:12 pm

      That’s very helpful Irene – thank you!

  13. SHIRLEY EVANS
    November 2, 2019 / 6:42 pm

    I prefer things shorter,You can read and digest ,fitting in whatever you need to do,still time to read and carry on if busy

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:12 pm

      Makes sense, Shirley- thank you!

  14. Theresa Cooke
    November 2, 2019 / 1:29 pm

    yes to short bullet point posts. I get and read lots of emails and newsletters.
    I skim read a lot and if I think its too wordy, then i just will not bother or leave it until i have more time.

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:13 pm

      Thanks Theresa – all good and interesting feedback!

  15. Cara-Jane Hunter
    November 2, 2019 / 10:20 am

    Love your posts. They are punchy and very readable! Thank you!

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:13 pm

      thanks Cara-Jane x

  16. Janine Atkin
    November 2, 2019 / 8:27 am

    id prefer shorter posts

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:13 pm

      Ah cool thank you

  17. Tania Atfield
    November 1, 2019 / 5:41 pm

    I would definitely prefer shorter bite size posts, I don’t have enough time to always finish reading posts and I don’t like scrolling constantly down the page.

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:14 pm

      thank you Tania, good to know! x

  18. Maria
    November 1, 2019 / 10:01 am

    I’d be very happy to read shorter posts, and would be more likely to read them in a “timely” way, i.e. on my train commute. I’ll save the longer reads for when I have more time – and a larger screen (middle-aged eyesight…). Love your new shorter post on the travel tote.

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:15 pm

      Hehe I’m with you on the middle-aged eyesight, Maria… I cannot read blogs AT ALL on my phone, even with my glasses! Thank you, it’s all helpful to know x

  19. Mona Morris
    October 31, 2019 / 8:44 pm

    Hi Catherine! I love reading your posts whether long or short & will continue to do so! I also like the sound of the subjects you mentioned- look forward to reading your posts!
    Mona x

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:15 pm

      Aww that’s kind, Mona – thank you x

  20. Tone Spaberg Olsen
    October 31, 2019 / 4:47 pm

    Dearest Catherine!
    I have read your blog, like since forever and I can promise you that I will continue to read it whatever direction it will take. I love your outfit-posts, it really does not matter whether they are long or short, so a combination of long and short would work fine by me 🙂
    I always read everything you write, but fashion and beauty is what makes my heart beat faster…. 😉
    Wish you all the best with whatever direction you choose.
    I will always be a fan 🙂

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:16 pm

      Oh bless you Tone – thank you so much! Fashion and beauty will always make up the bulk of the topics so don’t worry 😉 xx

  21. Mandy
    October 31, 2019 / 12:31 pm

    Hi Catherine. I’ve never commented on any blog or social media (except replying to my son’s team Manager on Facebook Messenger) but your post about changing your format has me in a panic! This is because I’m shortly about to start a new small business and a personal blog and your 2018 post about moving to a WordPress theme was the deciding factor in me picking the theme template company you recommended and webhost that they recommended. You mention you don’t want to detail about the problems with your blog template provider but I’d really like to know if you have decided to continue using them but with a new theme or have chosen a new webhost and blog template provider (and if so can you tell us who please)? I’ve spent hours researching this and thought I’d got that decision sorted so I’d really appreciate some advice.

    Regarding your ideas for shorter posts, I think it’s a great idea. Obviously, the photo shoot idea is appealing to me as I particularly love your posts and tips about blogging. I find them very trustworthy because they are not your main niche- there are loads of bloggers giving advice about blogging but most I’ve seen only really blog about that subject so all have a vested interest in selling products. Of course that’s perfectly ok but it’s also nice to get advice from someone not solely writing about blogging.

    Other short posts would suit how I read your blog as I don’t always get time to fully read all content so I pick and choose, look at photos etc. All the ideas seem interesting but the bras for big boobs is a great idea and I’ve thought about writing something similar myself once I start (but probably won’t dare). You could include tips for buying tops and dresses to fit well with big boobs as I find I need a bigger size to fit boobs without pulling- then the shoulders, underarms and hips are huge on me.

    I hope my comments make sense!

    Thank you for all the helpful and interesting content.

    Mandy x

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:36 pm

      Hi Mandy – I’m very privileged that mine is the first blog/online platform that you’ve ever commented on! Thank you for that and for the suggestions!!

      Within the blogging community it has been an ongoing “farce” – for want of a better word – about the template company, with a lot of vitriol directed towards those who continued to use them, or even defend them. If you search the company name on Twitter you’ll see many, many threads about it. I stayed out of it and had to make up my own mind about what to do, though the evidence against them was pretty damning. If you just Google the name and scroll down you’ll see all the articles/blog posts about it and what happened. So it’s with a heavy heart that I’d say don’t use them (starting from scratch) I’m afraid – it’s not worth the risk.

      I haven’t yet made up my mind about what company to use for my next template, but my site hosts are Kualo (I’ve not changed them, they’re a separate company) and I’m very happy with their service. Blogging friends use Bluehost, though I can’t comment on them. Here’s an article which may help you choose an alternative template… I hope this helps! https://gretathemes.com/pipdig-wordpress-blog-themes-alternatives-review (good luck)! x

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 7, 2019 / 9:01 am

      Website hosts: I forgot to mention Siteground… this actually may be the one that the template company recommends, but it’s a very popular one that I know others are very happy with x

      • Mandy
        November 7, 2019 / 10:04 pm

        Thanks for the info and links Catherine, Siteground were the hosts the template company recommended at the time. I’ll check Kualo but will probably stick with my Siteground decision as I messaged them and they could provide everything I’d need for a good price -and it’s one less thing to look into again. Still stuck with a template decision as others just don’t seem to be as appealing, easy to use or as well recommended as yours. I’ll look at your links for ideas though. Please keep the blogging tips coming!
        Best wishes
        Mandy

  22. October 31, 2019 / 11:46 am

    Hi Catherine – I love your posts and read everything you write. I note that everyone seems to be saying that you must do what you feel comfortable with (which is absolutely essential) and if you write shorter posts that would be great. Just saying that actually I don’t read the bloggers who post every day. Far too busy for that. I usually just put them aside and/or discard them. I only read bloggers who post the longer once a week posts or if it’s a once-a-day blogger then I read them just once a week.

    I hope that’s helpful and all the very best. I shall continue to read your long posts and can I say I totally adore your colour combos. I used to be a red-head and love the way you put together your colourful outfits 🙂

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:38 pm

      Thanks so much Penny – there’s zero chance of me posting every day so don’t worry! I’ve got to really discipline myself to write shorter posts at all, they always end up being so much longer…!! 😉

  23. Minda
    October 30, 2019 / 5:57 pm

    Obviously I’ve been reading and giving my opinion for years, so why stop now? I’m absolutely up for shorter posts. I suspect if you’re writing in a way that feels more sustainable for you, it’s going to be better creatively for you and those of us who love your voice will feel it, too. I’m generally inclined to not ever choose one answer over another. Meaning, I believe you’ll find some balance between longer and shorter posts. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. As long as you’re doing what makes sense for you as a writer/blogger, it’s going to be great. Your instincts have been good so far! If having more shorter posts feels good for you, I’m here for it. And some days smaller is what I need as a reader, too!

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:39 pm

      Thanks Minda, that’s both really helpful and very kind!! x

  24. October 30, 2019 / 5:52 pm

    Hi Catherine. I am only blogging four years and I love writing lifestyle posts. Big into health and travel and tips and like you I have been thinking of changing to shorter posts. I only post once a week and some take a lot of research and time. So yes I think a mix of shorter and in depth posts is the way to go. I also love the more personal posts. My post on my hubby collapsing got my biggest readership not my indepth posts on probiotics or menopause. Oh and how to stay married for 35 years too was very popular. I love your personal posts. Always read. Do not always comment.

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:41 pm

      Thank you Hilda – funnily enough my lifestyle/thoughts posts always get more page views than my outfit posts, though that’s where I started! I’m so sorry to hear about your hubby collapsing, I’m sure it resonated with (and probably helped) many people xx

  25. Catherine
    October 30, 2019 / 9:38 am

    Hi Catherine,
    I’ll pitch in here with the others: a mixture of shorter and longer texts would suit me well and would obviously suit your work schedule as well! I enjoy your writing, however long or short the post is, as your style of writing and voice really appeal to me as do the topics you cover.
    Can’t wait to see where you take this!

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 30, 2019 / 12:02 pm

      That’s really kind of you Catherine – thank you for commenting! x

  26. Vicki
    October 30, 2019 / 8:08 am

    I’ve been a reader of your blog for yonkers conkers and have often thought how fab it is to still be doing old school blogging.
    I’d say your followers are so supportive it wouldn’t really matter what direction you move in, we’ll all still be reading. (More dog posts for me please haha!!)
    Xxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 30, 2019 / 12:03 pm

      More dog – noted, Vicki!! 😉

      Many thanks for your kind words… long live old school blogging!!!!

  27. Bethanne
    October 30, 2019 / 12:34 am

    Ok, I absolutely LOVE your blog so I will always read it forever and ever no matter what you decide to do. I’m a ginger reader in the US and I get so much inspiration from your style and color choices. I was always told not to wear pink, red, & orange and that’s such a boring, horrible rule of thumb. So, I really enjoy your color and pattern combos and feel inspired to try new things that “break the rules” myself. Plus, you just sound like a lovely, practical person. #fangirl

    All that said… I absolutely would read shorter posts from you, and I would read them in a more timely manner. Currently, I tend to leave your posts as unread emails in my inbox and them come back to them on some weekend evening when I have a bit more time for a longer read. That’s because a lot of your posts do tend to require a longer read! I want to be able to sit and enjoy them! So all of that is good, but if I know that there are fewer 10+ minute posts, I’d be able to read the shorter posts when they are actually published.

    I see some other commenters are leaving suggestions about what to post. I’m afraid I don’t really have suggestions – I trust that you’ll continue to come up with interesting content. Of course, your outfit posts are my favorite! I feel like you currently have a good balance of outfit posts and other posts, so I hope the balance won’t change too much with the introduction of shorter posts.

    That’s all I’ve got. Love you, love your blog, love your new doggo – I hope she makes more appearances! 🙂

    Bethanne

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 30, 2019 / 12:08 pm

      Wow loads of helpful feedback, Bethanne – thank you! And also for the compliments… it’s so nice to hear from readers I don’t normally hear from, so it’s good to know people like what you write about.

      Plus, being told you can’t wear pink, red and orange? What’s THAT all about?? They’re the BEST colours to wear with red hair!!! So glad you take no notice and break those stupid rules, lol! 😀

  28. Mathilda Clothier-Pring
    October 29, 2019 / 3:42 pm

    Hi Catherine
    I always look forward to reading your inspirational posts and it would be a sad day if these had to stop due to time constraints . So shorter post with the occasional more in depth ones would hopefully help you manage your busy schedules and enable us readers not to lose out on your fun and interesting topics.
    A friend referred me to your post thinking your style and blog would be of interest to me and she was not wrong, I enjoy getting the email to see a new topic posted and what you have to say.
    Keep up the good work and if shorter post enable that I am all for it.

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 30, 2019 / 12:09 pm

      Oh wow Mathilde thank you – and please thank your friend for me! That’s great to hear you like the content and the new proposed format x

  29. Zoe
    October 29, 2019 / 1:05 am

    Hi Catherine,

    Love your posts. I love reading about a whole range of topics. Aside from fashion posts, I love hearing about health/body issues. Perimenopause is interesting and not discussed too much – i’d love to hear your perspective on that!

  30. Julie Walker
    October 28, 2019 / 4:45 pm

    I love the idea of some shorter posts interspersed with the longer, more thoughtful ones. We’re all busy, and sometimes a short, fun read is just what we need. As a reader from the US who loves UK culture and style, I look forward to learning a bit more about your lifestyle, shopping, and travel! Your posts transport me back to the towns and villages I’ve visited and enjoyed.
    I greatly appreciate your honesty about body image and occasional insecurity…we’ve all been there, and seeing someone as gorgeous as you having a moment now and then, and facing it courageously, is very inspiring. Thank you!

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 30, 2019 / 12:14 pm

      Thank you so much Julie – all very helpful points! The time factor seems to be the most important thing for everyone.

      That’s great to hear you like the body image and insecurities posts, I want to explore these topics further. Thank you again! x

  31. Karen
    October 28, 2019 / 3:47 pm

    Well, there certainly seems to be consensus here that we agree on the shorter post idea !!!
    Shorter posts are great as someone else said for ‘on the go’ reads and quite often I think that you need only include one or two pictures. If you are doing a mini post on say a beauty product you could just put a picture of the product ( if you are allowed to copy)
    I like the sound of the subjects you suggested ….. would love to see tips and ideas such as :
    How to elevate an ordinary outfit
    Best way to store your bags/scarves
    How to wear certain colours
    Make the most out of your jewellery
    The easiest way to create a ‘nude’ eye.
    How to look stylish and keep dry ( though that could be a long post !!!)

    Another idea is that you could road test 3 products and put them in order….ie a budget mascara- this could be a monthly feature and again not too long just why you liked it or not.
    I love your in depth posts about emotional issues and one’s where you share your thoughts with us, but these certainly could be done once a month.
    In the meantime, short seems to be the way to go !
    Thanks for giving us all air time to pass on our ideas and thoughts xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 30, 2019 / 12:17 pm

      Karen thank you for those suggestions – they’re super helpful!! And yes, shorter, bite-sized posts are what people want it seems. I won’t be giving up the longer posts (try and stop me, lol 😉 ) – they’ll just be compiled over a month or so as you suggest. Lots to think about!! x

  32. Kareema
    October 27, 2019 / 7:13 pm

    Hi Catherine,
    Short bite size blog posts are a great idea. That little snippet of inspiration is perfect as we all seem to be battling with time. I often find myself skimming through longer posts or not having time to comment as I feel a long post deserves a well thought out comment. It would still be nice to have a longer post maybe once a month for example.
    Xxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 11:41 am

      Thanks Kareema – I like the monthly long post idea! x

  33. Cee
    October 27, 2019 / 2:04 pm

    My Lord! You are lovely! That close up picture! Fantastic skin. Gorgeous coloring. I like your ‘outfit’ shots, but this is marvelous.

    I love short bits. Sometimes that’s all I have time for. Short bits more often and a long read maybe once a week or every other week would be ideal.

    Also want to say thanks to writing about the mascara that also tight lines. It did wonders for my nearly invisible lashes and saves me time making up my eyes.

    Finally, hearty congrats on your slim down. You always looked great, though. At 69 years of age, I well know how difficult it is to trim down a wee bit when necessary. Brava to you!

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 11:42 am

      Wow Cee what lovely compliments! Thank you!!

      Glad you like the idea of shorter posts. Also great to hear that the IT Cosmetics mascara worked for you… I can’t imagine using those other thick wands now! x

  34. Savannah
    October 27, 2019 / 2:01 pm

    I would prefer to maintain the current content format. I find shorter bite sized information is more abundant on other blogs and have previously enjoyed your longer and better researched pieces.

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 11:44 am

      Thanks Savannah – I don’t intend at all to give up the longer posts, however at the rate I’m going they’re going to be very few and far between. So I’m afraid it’s impossible for me to keep up the current format if I want to earn a living (which so often takes me away from home)… I just have to find a way to make the work suit the time I have to do it in! x

  35. October 26, 2019 / 6:42 pm

    I would love to see more regular, shorter posts from you, Catherine. I always love it when your posts arrive in my inbox and I do like to leave a comment but when the posts are long, I often run out of time and don’t then get the chance to leave a comment!
    I could read them on the go too – which is something that would certainly be handier. And then I’d keep your longer posts to read on the weekend when I have more time.
    As for your new blog look – I can’t wait to see what you do. You, your blog, your posts, your pics are all so inspirational to your readers. I hope you know that!
    Big hugs,
    Suzy

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 11:46 am

      Makes perfect sense about running out of time, Suzy – I’m exactly the same with posts by others! Reading on the go certainly explains why IG is so popular. As I said I don’t want AT ALL to transfer everything over to IG (I dislike it enough as it is!!), but to find something to publish on the blog that appeals to those who don’t have time for longer posts would be a great solution. Thank you so much for your feedback x

  36. Linda Charie
    October 26, 2019 / 6:13 pm

    Just short bite size for me, I do enjoy the fashion tips etc but more and more these days I just enjoy reading about your day to day life. Visits, recommendations, yes I love them but I think news of your day to day life is more engaging – and maybe what we all warm to!

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 11:47 am

      I’m so pleased (and intrigued!) to read that you enjoy the life stuff, Linda… good to know! thank you x

  37. October 26, 2019 / 5:43 pm

    I’m all for doing things that fit into our own personal life, so if that means shorter posts it works for me. I love reading anything you write quite honestly, but like another person said sometimes time is an issue for reading posts, I do try and catch up when I can. I also agree that maybe one big post every month/quarter would be a very good idea for both you and your readers. So long as you post something I’ll be very happy. Thanks for your supportive blog posts Catherine. Jacqui x

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 11:48 am

      Jacqui you’re a love, thank you! Time seems to be an issue for everyone (kinda obvious really) – thank you so much for your thoughts x

  38. Dee
    October 26, 2019 / 4:52 pm

    Bite sized posts are fine by me, it’s the content for me that’s much more important. A lot of us are moving away from buying clothes all the time to second hand, vintage, upcycled or using clothes we already have in a new way. For me it’s mainly for environmental reasons and partly the lack of finances to buy new branded items very often. Brands that are palm oil free, organic cottons, ethical companies, wellbeing and stress management posts are the kind of thing I enjoy . I’m not a blogger so this will be from a different angle, but hopefully will still be helpful feedback.

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 11:54 am

      Rewearing/vintage/secondhand is definitely a hot topic at the moment, Dee… and quite rightly so! I should probably do my “ways to wear” posts more often to show how to wear things you already own in different ways! Thank you for your feedback, it’s all valuable xx

  39. Emily Hutchinson
    October 26, 2019 / 3:40 pm

    I’d go for a mixture of posts, but with more emphasis on shorter posts. When I’m online I sometimes only have a few minutes break but like to find a couple of blog posts to read. There will no doubt be some subjects where you just can’t stop and they turn into long posts though!

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 11:55 am

      I think you’ve summarised exactly what I was thinking of doing perfectly Emily – and yes I do find it VERY hard to keep posts short!! #eyeroll Thank you my lovely x

  40. Ruth Robinson
    October 25, 2019 / 8:25 pm

    I’m a busy tired mum to a toddler and whilst I love reading the blog sometimes with everything else it can feel a bit overwhelming. I would prefer smaller bite sized reads as if done correctly they can be just as informative and sometimes more fun to read and I can read more if they are smaller in size. thank u for the giveaway chance there are some lovely products in there for me to try. I’d get my partner to wrap them up for me as an extra xmas treat.

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2019 / 9:47 am

      That makes perfect sense when you’re so short on time, Ruth! thank you x

  41. Lucy Kennaway
    October 25, 2019 / 5:03 pm

    Hi, I would enjoy you writing some shorter pieces as I don’t always have time to read all your blogs. Tips on makeup, I am rubbish at putting it on! Exercise/s you have found particular good (stretches as I stiffen up so easily now I’m over 50). Even perhaps the odd recipe you’ve found to be quick easy and healthy. I also love jewellery, especially funky earrings, as well as clothes. Sometimes it’s just great to have a quick look at some photos during the working day!
    Best wishes with the blog, do keep going please
    Lucy

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2019 / 9:47 am

      Lucy that’s great to know they’re the sort of things you’d be interested in… I’m so glad! Thank you so much for your input! x

  42. Brigitte Gorez
    October 25, 2019 / 4:30 pm

    I think I would prefer a collection of short posts as well. In this day and age, where time is at a premium, it would be easier to absorb during my morning commute or during a short break at work.

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2019 / 9:48 am

      You’re right about us trying to fit in reading nice short blog posts at those sorts of times, Brigitte – I guess that’s why social media is so popular! thank you x

  43. October 25, 2019 / 11:48 am

    Hi Catherine,
    I love the bite-size idea! I don’t always have time to read very lengthy posts, and find that the ropey WiFi provided on my train commute doesn’t quickly load all the images and text in long posts. I make time for the in depth posts I’m really interested in but have to store those up for a blog binge every couple of weeks (love the ones like your health retreat in Ilfracombe). At the end of the day, like most of your regular readers I’m sure, I follow because I’m interested in YOU. So yes, I would love a post on a quick product review or the last book you read, or the boots you’ve been wearing non-stop. I look forward to seeing the new blog design, and good luck with the new approach, whatever you decide! Xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 25, 2019 / 12:00 pm

      Ropey Wifi is the worst, Procelina!! I can see how that would suit you… thanks for the feedback!

  44. Sue Dereham
    October 25, 2019 / 8:46 am

    Hi, I really, really enjoy reading your blogs but would be happy to see shorter ones if it still means reading your wonderful content. You are one of the few bloggers that I follow and I like the honesty and intelligence in your writing style. I love your outfit shots – I’m never going to be as colourful as you are, but it is inspiring to see the details and the way you put your outfits together. It makes me want to dress up rather than live in the jeans, sweater, trainer combo that can come from working at home, walking dogs etc. I do love reading about your life and beautiful new doggie, especially your health and beauty posts. I guess what I am trying to say that I’ll be happy to read what ever you post – it is all interesting and I really look forward to it. Sue x

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 25, 2019 / 12:18 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Sue! Though remember I’m usually in jeans and sweaters (or even more often, fitness gear) all day as I work from home!! I make more of an effort at the weekend 😉

  45. Helen Williams
    October 25, 2019 / 7:58 am

    Hi Catherine, I’d like to see shorter posts – sometimes, I don’t have time to read longer output, and just skim them. I can imagine it is hard to do the work required for a quality longer post. Pleased you still intend to blog, I don’t get on with IG very well, and really like my fix of a blog or two each day – yours is one of my ‘must reads’. I do hope your new furbaby photobombs as much as Riley did though!

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 25, 2019 / 12:19 pm

      That makes sense, Helen – thank you! And don’t worry, no intention to transfer everything to Insta…!

  46. Anne
    October 25, 2019 / 5:21 am

    Hello from Australia! Phew thank god you’re not going fully Instagram…I’d miss the blog! I always love reading your posts regardless of how long they are (I use it as a bit of timeout) and I’d be happy to read shorter ones as well. But please don’t give up completely on doing the longer ones, they are a good read. Your ideas for future posts sound great. You have a fantastic writing style so I’m sure anything you write will be well received. By the way, I love this photo of you, it’s very fresh and natural…and I love the freckles. Being Australian I have loads so it’s always good to see freckles on other people. Keep up the great writing and good luck with whatever direction you decide to take with it

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 25, 2019 / 12:20 pm

      That’s so lovely of you to say, Anne – thank you!! Though I have admitted here before that the freckles aren’t real (they were real once, but not since I no longer go in the sun)… just semi permanent makeup! x

  47. October 25, 2019 / 3:34 am

    Catherine, I like the idea of a blended approach as you suggest. Short posts with just a tip or two would be helpful and a quick read is sometimes all one has time for! I also like and appreciate your longer posts with mentions of your doggies and tips for bloggers. Your words reverberate in my brain all the time when I’m approached to do something for practically nothing! You are a strong role model for all of us bloggers so appreciate your thoughts on just about anything.

    xx Darlene

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 25, 2019 / 12:22 pm

      You’ve described exactly what I was thinking of doing, Darlene – thank you! And I’m so glad to know my #KnowYourWorth mantra has had an effect on you 😀

  48. Diane
    October 25, 2019 / 3:28 am

    Hello. I would prefer a short post. I often have the best intentions to “save” and read later. Honestly, it seldom happens. Life just seems to be busy. I am more likely to get a short post read. There are some topics that do not lend themselves to a short post–no reason you can’t do a long post when you have time.

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 25, 2019 / 12:23 pm

      Your intentions to save and read later are a bit like my intentions to write longer posts, Diane – it often just doesn’t happen!! Thank you for the feedback x

  49. Christie Paulsen
    October 25, 2019 / 3:11 am

    Catherine, Blogger awards, moving house, Riley, spa visits, travel, fashion posts, skin care. Yes it’s been a journey! Your fans have been with you and, I’m sure, will continue to follow you. You lead us to the places we are find intriguing. Shorter posts to me mean more subjects, more ideas, more presence. Thanks for checking in.

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 25, 2019 / 12:23 pm

      Gosh that’s so lovely of you, thank you Christie! x

  50. October 25, 2019 / 2:09 am

    Here’s what happens to me: I see a new post from you, and sometimes it’s just a quick read, look at the pictures, be on my way. Sometimes the topic seems too important to just breeze through, so I set it aside to read later when I have more time. WELL, WHO EVER HAS MORE TIME?!? And before I know it, weeks have gone by, I have a long list of things I want to read LATER WHEN I HAVE MORE TIME, and then there’s not time to read them ALL, so I start a fresh list of Things I Want to Read, promising myself that THIS TIME I will not get so behind and I will REALLY READ THEM. WHEN I HAVE MORE TIME.

    Sigh. It’s a horrible horrible circle.

    So while I LOVE the long, info/inspiration-packed blogs…I might actually get to READ MORE of the shorter ones.

    The bottom line, of course, is do what works best for YOU…and we will keep coming ’round 🙂

    Bettye

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 25, 2019 / 12:31 pm

      Answer: NO ONE EVER has more time, Bettye!! 😉 LOL

      It seems my cycle of not having time to write long posts mirrors many readers’ lack of time to read them…! Thank you for your thoughts x

  51. Heide V
    October 25, 2019 / 1:53 am

    I love the idea of the shorter blog posts too, and am happy if that works well for you too…. also glad though, that you are going to keep doing the longer ones occasionally. Even if I don’t have time to read them right away, yours get saved until I can 🙂 Big hello to you and your husband and kisses for sweet Suki

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 25, 2019 / 12:32 pm

      Thank you SO much Heide, that’s very helpful feedback! Suki sends slobbery kisses back xx

  52. October 25, 2019 / 1:24 am

    I think that a mix of the two would be perfect. I do really love your in-depth blogging related posts, they are my go to when I’m looking for specific information. I’d love to still see those once in awhile! I’m looking to change things up a bit as well, I’m just not sure of the direction yet…
    Debbie
    http://www.fashionfairydust.com

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 25, 2019 / 12:33 pm

      Hard to know how/where to go, isn’t it Debbie? Glad you love the blogging tips posts, thank you so much for helping me out here! x

  53. October 25, 2019 / 1:20 am

    Hi, Catherine
    I just want to say that you are right on the spot with your new plan for your blog posts. I recognize the feeling for the need of simplifying, and yes, it is best…not only for you but readers often are short on time as well. That said, I’ve really enjoyed reading your long, thoughtful posts.
    Wishing you all the best,

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 25, 2019 / 12:33 pm

      Angie that sums it up really well – thank you ever so much xx

  54. October 24, 2019 / 11:55 pm

    Hmm interesting questions and difficult to nail down to one simple answer, for me anyway. I really love your longer, in depth posts Catherine. Sorry if that’s not helpful but I’m going to throw another bomb…I absolutely love your blogging and photography tips! For me those are unique and if I’m honest, pretty priceless as a fellow blogger. I realize you have a huge non-blogger audience too and your shorter outfit posts are inspired, I’m being quite selfish but honest.
    In any case whatever you decide to do I know you’ll be amazing because you always put 100% into everything you do. That’s just who you are xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 25, 2019 / 12:37 pm

      MT you’re such a love, thank you! I don’t intend on giving up the blogging tips or photo posts – I’ll probably just write shorter ones as well. Like the one I gave as an example in the list of proposed blog posts, it’s easy to improve photos with one or two quick, easy changes. I’m very aware of having a non-blogging audience as well, but with ANY content you produce you only ever please half the people half the time. All reader opinions are good to know!! x

  55. Liz
    October 24, 2019 / 11:20 pm

    Catherine,

    I would enjoy a shorter blog and I understand completely the time and effort it takes to basically write the equivalent of an essay or column. A longet post would still be appreciated occasionally.

    Being an American, it’s a real treat to have a UK based blogger share your clothes, fashion sense, locale, and sense of wit, common sense, cheeky humor, and even some details and pics of your life in England, which is different from where I live (Southern California.) I like your style and it’s a little like having a pen pal in England. So, I really want your blog to be around for a long, long time.

    I would caution against using Instagram though. I won’t register for Instagram. I can still look at the pics but I won’t sign up to read full content on Instagram. Some of the bloggers utilize Instagram too much and I think it’s because the product gifters require them to. A mix would be OK, as long as it’s not a must to sign up for Instagram in order to read your shorter blogs.

    I currently receive your blog through the email alerts and I usually read them right away. I am fine with shorter more frequent email delivery, no problem there.

    Your American pen pal,

    Liz

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 25, 2019 / 12:42 pm

      Oh don’t worry Liz – like I said I won’t be moving everything over to Instagram… it’s a huge mistake when people do that as you don’t own your space there, unlike a blog! IG is simply the “support system” part of my brand. Brands want it, some followers want it [only], I do enjoy the conversations you can have there, but the blog will always be where my heart lies. If I’m really, REALLY short on time it’s always social media that suffers in my case, not the blog 😀

      Thank you for those lovely words, they mean a lot! x

  56. Samantha
    October 24, 2019 / 10:48 pm

    It’s an interesting question. I was thinking about how I read blog posts. I like a good balance of picks and text not so sure if a short blog post is what I like however I do like the content ideas you have come up with. I definitely look at images and then the quick blurbs that go with them. I do like your Instagram posts and maybe a post that leads me to a blog article would promote me to remember to come and read like this one did. Thank you for asking our opinion. I will keep thinking about this and come back. I do like blog posts. Something I very rarely do is have sound on in Instagram stories if that is any help. X

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 25, 2019 / 12:45 pm

      That’s a very good point about IG stories, Samantha – I often don’t want sound on so when people add text to stories it helps both those who don’t want sound and those who are deaf or hard of hearing… I must try to remember to add text when doing video!

      I’m very glad to learn everyone’s opinions (it’s so helpful), thank you for such a detailed answer! x

  57. October 24, 2019 / 10:42 pm

    Well you know I’ve been reading your posts and commenting after finding you at the start of my own blogging journey. I have to admit I don’t comment as much as I’d like to anymore because I’m super busy right now heck I don’t hardly write on my own blog anymore! But I always read your posts.

    I’m going to echo mostly what everyone else is saying. As a member of your audience we all love your style of writing, your subject matter … your support and helpful tips have been invaluable to me … everything about you.

    Your short posts will still be amazing and to be honest bite size will probably suit busy followers.

    At the end of the day though you have to do what is right for you. The part that earns you the most money is super important as that’s what pays your bills. You have to be realistic and I think you’ve realised that. We haven’t figured out how to clone our Wonder Woman attributes … yet!!

    You’ll make the right choices … I have no doubt. Hope I helped 🙂

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 11:58 am

      Thank you SO much Sharon, you’ve definitely helped for sure! It’s very, very hard to keep the content up when I’m away working so much… it’s great, but also frustrating that I don’t have the time to write. I’m hoping that this solution will help, thanks again xx

  58. Gilad
    October 24, 2019 / 10:34 pm

    Hi Catherine,
    Thanks for asking for all our opinions. Makes it feel like even more of a community. Yes, I’d enjoy shorter posts along with the random longer ones when you have the time. I enjoy all your posts, but particularly like when you share how you think or feel about a topic – your ‘internal process ‘ about just about anything, really. ….like how you put together an outfit, your opinion about anything in the beauty/fashion/women’s issues world, etc. I find you an authentic, smart and refreshing voice and I like to know what & how you think. Good luck with your expanding projects (sounds like success), and your revamp!

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 12:00 pm

      I wouldn’t be anywhere without my readers Gilad, so I most definitely value everyone’s opinions! 😀

      Glad to hear shorter posts would suit you too, and it’s interesting to hear what topics you like to read about. You left some lovely comments, thank you so much for your feedback and those kind words! x

  59. October 24, 2019 / 10:33 pm

    Short posts would be OK (all your ideas sound interesting), though I don’t mind the current sparse posting of long posts either.
    I also think you could reduce the amount of photos in your posts.

    ps: no interest in prize

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 12:02 pm

      Thanks Anne – I agree that I could post fewer images (I assume you mean on the outfit posts?), though to be honest sometimes I take SO long to choose between images I just post both/all of the ones I can’t choose between to speed up the process!! 😉

  60. October 24, 2019 / 10:04 pm

    Hi Catherine, I’d be very happy with some short bite-sized blog posts – particularly if it means them rather than none at all! I keep popping here throughout the week and it’s disappointing when there’s nothing new, even though I realise it’s because you’re a busy bee. And I completely appreciate how long it takes to make a blog post – oh my goodness, just sorting out links takes forever; download the picture, name it for SEO, link it to the website, arrange it on the page, go back and make sure it opens in a new tab etc etc! It’s so frustrating when people think blogging is quick and easy!
    So yes please to the short posts, (but I’d still like the longer personal or helpful posts occasionally.) but only if you’re not running yourself down to keep us happy. 🙂
    Helen x

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 12:04 pm

      That’s exactly what I was thinking, Helen – shorter posts would be better than none at all! I definitely won’t be giving up the longer posts, I just think that without the pressure of having to post one or two of them every single week I might find it easier to write one long post over the space of a month (for example), and keep up the shorter posts in between. Thanks so much for your thoughts! x

  61. October 24, 2019 / 9:54 pm

    Long blog posts are great when you have a lot to say on a topic, but I think short ones can be super effective too. I read a few blogs that ONLY publish short posts, with a very rare long one, and honestly, I still thoroughly enjoy them. As long as your voice and your authentic ideas come through, I don’t think the length matters at all. Evolve away, lady! xxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 12:05 pm

      So glad to hear you enjoy reading shorter post too, Lisa – thank you! An evolution on its way 😉 x

  62. fiona waterworth
    October 24, 2019 / 9:45 pm

    Having 3 young children, my life is done in a rush, and with the time I have to spend on the internet, I would prefer short posts, as you can bet I will start reading and halfway through have to respond to a yell, then I lose my place and end up not taking in what I have just read

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 12:06 pm

      That makes a lot of sense, Fiona – I’m the same with trying to read longer posts (and I don’t have any kids, just a hyperactive doggo)!! x

  63. Linda J Thomas
    October 24, 2019 / 9:39 pm

    Hi Catherine. The phrase ” its not the size that matters but what you do with it” says it all!
    If the content is interesting, heartfelt and meaningful, which it always is, then the length does not matter.
    What ever you decide and which ever direction you take, I wish you good luck.

    Linda

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 12:07 pm

      That phrase sums things up for me perfectly, Linda – exactly what I’m aiming to achieve!! Thank you ever so much x

  64. Carolyn Critelli
    October 24, 2019 / 9:33 pm

    Hi Catherine! I will continue to enjoy reading your posts whether short or long, they are always fun, colorful, happy, encouraging give us all new ideas. Thank you for continuing with your blog.

    ~ Carolyn

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 12:07 pm

      That’s very kind of you Carolyn – thank you! x

  65. October 24, 2019 / 9:30 pm

    Hello Mrs S !

    Ok here goes … for what it’s worth I love an ever evolving blog. After all s..t happens and life goes on! I believe in always reinventing yourself, so would love to see an New blog make over.
    I love your longer posts and personally having blogged less this year I now have more followers and Have had the best year financially ever!
    I prefer quality over quantity any day!
    I always think of my style and blogger icons and think “what would …. do?”
    Whatever you decide as long as you are doing it for you that’s what counts !

    ps do t worry about adding me to the giveaway just wanted to add my bit !!!

    Catch up soon
    Ash xxxxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 12:09 pm

      That’s so wonderful to hear about your best-ever year, Ashley – congratulations! Maybe I’ll be able to spread my wings a little (in terms of topics) if I go for this new format and be able to pitch for more work. Time is money as they say!!

      Thank you hon xx

  66. Kelly Glen
    October 24, 2019 / 9:14 pm

    I think as we all lead such busy lives shorter posts would be a good idea because it still gives us a chance to catch up with your blog and it gives you the chance to not feel overrun with work and life. I always look forward to reading your blog. And I look forward to seeing how it will keep on progressing.

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks Kelly – seems everyone’s in the same boat with a lack of time… I have little time to write, people have little time to read. It makes good sense to write shorter things that people can read on the go! x

  67. October 24, 2019 / 8:57 pm

    I like shorter posts better. They don’t always have to be informative. Can be some personal stuff to. A balance between the two would be perfect in my eyes.

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 12:13 pm

      Thank you Nancy – good to know you also like shorter posts! x

  68. jodie filogomo
    October 24, 2019 / 8:34 pm

    I remember when I switched to shorter posts to showcase each of us individually and a couple people didn’t like it. At first. In fact, one told me recently that now she likes them better!
    I always like a variety of lengths for posts so I think it’s a wonderful idea. Sometimes it can be too overwhelming to have a huge list of products, I think. Foe the reader and writer alike.
    XOXO.
    Jodie

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 12:13 pm

      Interesting that people didn’t like them at first but soon changed their minds, Jodie! Thank you so much for the feedback, it’s very helpful x

  69. October 24, 2019 / 8:11 pm

    Hi Catherine, My answer to you is I’d be very happy with bite sized posts. We all have little time to research, post, keep in contact with other bloggers etc so I understand where you are coming from. To be honest many dont have time to read the larger content anyway. The whole population seems time deprived and wants immediate gratification so bite size fits that. Dont enter me into the giveaway. I have enough of my own gifted here I’m working through. Thank you for the linkup.

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 12:15 pm

      What is it with people having so little time now comparted to even 5 or 10 years ago, Anna – I’m exactly the same!!

      Thanks so much for your thoughts (and for mentioning your opting-out) x

  70. Kelly Novak Montano
    October 24, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    Hi Catherine-I’m a fan from over the pond….you are one I read religiously so whatever you decide I’ll be here. Love your style and wisdom. Let’s start this adventure wherever it takes us all!

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 12:15 pm

      That’s so good to know, Kelly – thank you!!!! x

  71. October 24, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    I enjoy your long read posts so much! When I get the Tuesday posts I might look at the picture, but won’t really click through to read very often! But the soulful ones, like the recent impostor syndrome one, I pretty much end up dropping anything I’m doing and going to read right away. I am a 2000 words per post blogger and I just can’t write short posts even if I wanted to. So I completely sympathise. On the other hand, I am definitely not your usual reader, so probably I’m in minority about the lifestyle posts that I’m really not that passionate about, long or short. So maybe shorten those ones, but keep the life/blogging/the world according to Catherine as long as they are.

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 12:19 pm

      This all helps, Alex – lots of people have said they enjoy the longer posts as well but have less time to read them… I like writing them but feel under pressure to get them done at least once a week so I just almost give up before I’ve started because I KNOW I won’t finish it in time for that week! I think the “musings” posts you’re referring to are always going to have to be long, but the more fashion/beauty/health ones will be the short ones.

      Thank you!! x

  72. Michelle Springer
    October 24, 2019 / 7:37 pm

    I’ll be honest- I would love your blog however you decide to do it! That being said… I kinda like the idea of shorter, “bite sized” pieces, simply because I tend to read your blog (and others) while I’m at work, so the shorter pieces would work better for me -I sometimes don’t finish the longer pieces, especially if I step away from the desk for a while (I’m lucky enough to work at I library where I can read blogs when it’s quiet).
    You have been such an inspiration to me in my quest to feel comfortable in my own body, so I would follow you to the ends of the earth in order to read your blog (I know, a touch dramatic!) if that is what i would have to do. 😉

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 12:20 pm

      Michelle you’re an absolute love, thank you SO much for those kind words!! Good to also hear you’d like bite-sized posts too, thank you thank you xx

  73. October 24, 2019 / 7:34 pm

    Hellooooo. As a lot of the ladies have already said, longer posts take so long to construct, so I think that “bite-sized” content is easier to produce. I’ve been doing that myself of late, simply because I don’t have time with work, kids and life in general to create lengthy posts on a regular basis. I do know that your blog will continue to be awesome, no matter what you decide! xxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 12:21 pm

      Oh Liz that’s so kind of you – thank you! Good to know it’s worked for you xx

  74. October 24, 2019 / 7:25 pm

    While I do enjoy the longer posts you write since they do address relevant and interesting topics, I think the idea for smaller focused shorter posts is a great one: I typically catch up on reading posts during the baby’s nap and shorter posts would be easier to read on a regular basis. The subjects you mentioned all appeal to me so I am sure all readers would love these and be interested in them. I like the variety of subjects you seem to be hoping to write about.

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 12:23 pm

      That’s so good to know you’re into the topics I suggested, Mireille – thank you! I’ve always swing towards fashion and beauty, but (for example) the interiors posts I said I wanted to do have fallen by the wayside because I keep thinking it’s got to be a long post. Time to evolve! x

  75. October 24, 2019 / 7:24 pm

    I just found you blog a short time ago. I, agree, that blogging has changed so very much over the years. I rarely post anymore but I do visit. I like reading shorter, informative posts….if that is the direction you are headed.

    Jo

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 12:24 pm

      Thank you Jo – good to know your POV even as a new(ish) reader! x

  76. Mary Katherine
    October 24, 2019 / 7:23 pm

    Thanks for asking, Catherine! I’ve been subscribing to your posts for almost a year. Although my style is quite different from yours, your outfit posts push me to think outside my comfort zone, and I’m enjoying that. I really like reading about what your business is like, and am inspired by your stance on inclusion, diversity and honorable business practices. At the risk of sounding creepy, it’s also inspiring to read about things like the loss of a beloved pet, struggles with weight or a partner’s job loss.

    Sometimes I see a fresh post, don’t have time to read it and say “I’ll enjoy that at leisure later” – which never happens. Some blogs I like are so short, I read them on my phone in the morning before I’m out of bed. I love the ideas you proposed for short posts, and I can think of more. How ’bout a long, juicy one once a month? By the way, I love your fresh look and the freckles! Best wishes from an American fan…

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 3:09 pm

      Wow, so much to thank you for Mary Katherine – lots of helpful feedback, compliments and suggestions! All GREATLY appreciated! xx

  77. October 24, 2019 / 7:13 pm

    I hear you, Catherine!
    Longer posts take AGES… loads of work involved.
    Writing, researching (getting distracted with things online!), photos, editing, getting inspired and going off on a tangent.
    I would (of course) LOVE to win your bundle …. I am a product junkie for sure :o)
    I hope you don’t mind me being honest but I”m not sure if more regular shorter posts would save you time at all.
    Knowing your style of writing I guess your “short” posts would grow arms and legs and get longer and longer and longer.
    Having said that I would love for you to produce more content.
    I have noticed you have had slightly less recently and wondered if you were busy with other commitments or just needing a break.
    (Obviously breaks when you are self-employed are not an easy option)
    I would like you to try and produced more (shorter?) posts and the topics you listed sound interesting… except the big boobs bra (no need for that info here Mrs Summers! :oP).
    Whatever you decide I’m excited to see your new design and your new posts!!!

    XXX
    Samantha

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 3:14 pm

      I know exactly what you mean about shorter ones potentially growing arms and legs, Samantha (LOVE that analogy 😉 ) – basically I’ve got to train myself to make them shorter for the sake of my workload AND my sanity!! So instead of a “Top10” beauty products, for example, I’ll write about just one or two brilliant ones that I’ve been loving, and write them more often. Gotta get this under control…!!

      Thanks so much for your thoughts xx

  78. October 24, 2019 / 7:05 pm

    I think it’s a great idea. When I did a reader survey some people even commented that they like short and to the point posts more than real lengthy ones. I think some subjects require more in-depth coverage, but I’ve been keeping most of mine shorter and too the point.

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 3:14 pm

      Thanks Julie – sounds like I need to do exactly what you’re now doing! x

  79. October 24, 2019 / 6:49 pm

    I can totally relate to the time thing. Just having moved I’m finding it really hard to keep afloat. I don’t mind what type of post I would receive from you, Catherine. Short or long. Short mixes of a little bit of everything maybe? xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 3:15 pm

      Ughhhhh moving house is the WORST in terms of a time suck, Laurie!! Thank you hon, glad to know you like both long and short x

  80. October 24, 2019 / 6:44 pm

    I’d love to see some short, bite-sized posts. Like an amuse-bouche. Ha. I find that sometimes when I’m writing a long post I don’t have time to discuss details of an outfit. Or small things that we think about like shoe polish or best boot waterproofing products, or well-made bras, or panythose… even. I also think it will be tons of fun for you to come up with these ideas… things that might make us think or helpful hints… but which don’t warrant a longer post. I’m excited to see what you decide. But please keep the longer, more thoughtful (and super labour intensive … I know) posts for us to read with our morning tea once a week.

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 3:17 pm

      I’m not sure I can manage a long post once a week, Sue.. that’s what I’m trying to do at the moment and it ain’t happening! It might have to be once a month 🙂

      Thank you though, those are all great suggestions, it’s good to know that just about everyone is on board with shorter posts! x

  81. October 24, 2019 / 6:29 pm

    Hi Catherine! Working this blog thing full time is a real struggle as far as time management goes, I am learning this quickly as I have transitioned to blogging being my only work. That being said, while I love your content, always have, I don’t always have the time to thoroughly read long blog posts and very often I do enjoy a quick snippet of a post that offers a tip or a suggestion about anything lifestyle and fashion related. I also would love to see a few more posts weekly from you since I always find so much inspiration and motivation from what you share. So I think a nice balance would be the once a week thoroughly researched super informative post balanced by a few shorter posts. That’s my input! I wish you much luck in deciding which direction to head! And I will keep reading no matter what you decide.

    Shelbee

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 3:19 pm

      It’ll be a longer post less often than that, Shelbee – I’d love to produce that much if I could but that’s what’s meant to be on the blog right now and I can’t keep up with it 🙁

      But thank you, love that you love the idea of shorter posts too – the long ones won’t disappear, they’ll just be less often than the short ones! x

      • October 29, 2019 / 5:01 pm

        That sounds great! I totally get it. The writing process itself can be so draining. I can’t believe how tired I can get just by writing on certain topics.

        Shelbee

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