Cassie Boorn: Blogging her way into national limelight

Doug Boock
Cassie Boorn is making a name for herself in cyberspace, with a website that attracts readers from across the U.S. Her blogging has also been publicized by the New York Times and National Public Radio.

Once your name’s been published by the New York Times and your voice has been on National Public Radio, what’s next?

If you’re Cassie Boorn, who knows!

Cassie, a 2005 Galva High School graduate, is going places, and the national media – and cyber space – are making that possible.

A philosophy student at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, where she’ll graduate in December, Cassie’s also a part-time social media coordinator for DeVries Public Relations, a New York-based company. She handles digital strategy and blogger relations for all of DeVries’ brands.

That’s heady stuff for a Galva native located several states away from the Big Apple.

But she’s also a blogger in her personal life. She writes blogs – which are kind of like personal journal entries written for other peoples’ consumption – regularly at her website, cassieboorn.com. One of her entries – “What Would You Say to Your 20-something Self?” – has put her on the map, for bloggers.

People from all across the U.S. have responded to Cassie’s “20-something” urging by writing her back with things they’d say if they could go back and have a conversation with themselves in their 20s, now that they’ve lived life longer and gained some wisdom. Cassie’s posted many of them on her website.

That idea is what landed Cassie in the “Motherlode” blog by Lisa Belkin of the New York Times on June 23, and on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” show on June 29. The 4:36-second NPR airing was likely heard by hundreds of thousands of people all across the U.S.

“It was very surprising when I found out that I made the New York Times,” Boorn, 23, told the Galva News. “I started this project as a way to get known better in the blogging world and to grow my overall reach. I never in a million years imagined that it would get so much attention.”

For more of this story - and a list of 56 things Cassie Boorn would like to accomplish by age 25 - see the July 23 Galva News.

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To hear Cassie Boorn on the National Public Radio segment, go to http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128194886.

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To see Cassie listed in the New York Times blog, go to http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/23/a-letter-to-my-younger-self/