Photography by Charla Blue and Marketing Yourself as a Blogger

by Leila on March 31, 2011

So, I’m kind of a dude-chick in a lot of ways. I’m sarcastic, blunt and would rather make fun than talk about my feelings.  I don’t get all fancy unless I am forced to or have a gun to my head. I am very competitive and aggressive.  I hate to shave my legs. I’m more logical than emotional. Make up pisses me off.  I guess I am just not all super chick-y! I’m okay with this… but I also do like to feel good about myself… especially when pictures don’t show off the bajillion chins I rock!

Charla Brummel is my super amazingly talented friend who is known by the Photography world as Charla Blue. She is an onsite lifestyle photographer that has a serious talent of capturing priceless moments. If you like photography eye candy the Charla Blue Blog will keep you happy for days! I loved working with her because it all felt natural and she is always so full of positive energy it made the photo-shoot fun! If I ever decided to tie the knot again she would be the only person I would want clicking away and preserving those moments.

Oh and I also got to drink which is always a bonus.

There is something odd about marketing the blogging world I am creating because I am not exactly selling a product… I am selling myself. Deeper than that I am not only trying to convince readers that they like my writing but they also like my life, my perspective, my kids and who I am! That is the primary and the secondary are all the things that will help fund my efforts like my t-shirts and the other products I will start to put out there.

It makes this dude-chick look at herself differently. I know what my strengths and weaknesses are but am I marketable? If I am too pretty am I going to be a target? If I’m not pretty enough will they say “Oh that is why she is sarcastic and bitter”. If I am not funny enough will they say “Oh well at least she has her looks.” These are all things us bloggers weigh at some point because, well, people are mean ass haters. Ultimately am I writing anything that means a damn to anyone?

Oh wait… it does to me and hopefully to someone else as well! When it comes down to it I’m just going to be me. I’ll bring my readers into my world, embrace the hate and appreciate the positive response I get. If someone doesn’t like it well… eff em! I decided that I can’t let my apprehension of putting myself out there prevent me from really connecting and putting my passion for writing out there.

I have a huge thanks to give Charla for being a big push for my blog because her enthusiasm for my writing, humor and what I have to say really pumped me to get this going. One conversation we had at a Christmas party put me in an intense writing mode and shortly after this blog was born. The concept has been there for years but her “You can do it!” attitude was the final spark that I needed… Thank you Charla for being that motivation and for the amazing photos that do not accentuate my many chins.

About Leila DontSpeakWhinese

Leila, aka The Ninja, is the advocate for all things not whining. Parenting is fun when everyone stops b*tching! She is the Mom of a big blended family of five awesome kids. They ninja kick through life together. Oh and she is a total jackass.

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Jen March 31, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Those are fabulous photos! Makes me want some.

And you couldn’t have a double chin if you tried. You look fabulous!

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Charla March 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Ahhhh, thank you for your kind words! I always love what you have to say and your perspective. You are so real and honest, it’s refreshing.

BTW, I have more photos to get to you! :)

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Apol April 5, 2011 at 12:48 am

Great pictures!

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Anonymous May 13, 2011 at 3:44 am

Wow ! what a natural beauty.. I really like Charla Blue photographs. She looks so stunning and gorgeous. Its look like larger than life. 

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