I'm setting myself a rather large challenge for myself and my blog this month. I was reading one of my favourite blogs The Sunday Girl and Adrienne very kindly shared a post with 31 ideas for blog posts. I was so pleased to read this and find myself thinking 'Ooh I can do that one', so I've decided to turn it into what could possibly/hopefully be a post each day throughout March. If there are days where I can't seem to get my head round the topic or I'm not quite in the mood for it, I have got some beauty posts lined up that I need to pop up too, so I may mix things up or even miss a day - there's no need to put any pressure on myself. For the full 31 ideas, you can view the original post here.
Let's talk about blogging - what made you start, where are you now and how do you see us all progressing. Are you still the same blogger you were when you began?
What made you start? When I started blogging, I didn't expect more than five people to even stumble upon it unexpectedly before clicking off in a rush. Without bragging, I do feel I have come far, I have had some lovely opportunities and it is so good to meet and chat to other bloggers who have the same interests as me. I found my first ever favourite blog Victoria's Vintage a few years ago and spent hours poring over her posts and eventually finding myself thinking 'I think I can do this too'. After a push from my mum and my sister, who still read here now, I finally found the courage to start and I'm so glad I did. I discovered a whole new world of fellow bloggers who loved makeup just like I did and felt like I belonged in the community.
Where am I now? I'm working to improve my blog. I've had a big old blogging break for over six months and in all honesty, I didn't miss it at all. I wasn't interested in reading blogs and I certainly wasn't interested in writing my own. For a while I tried to force myself to blog as I've spent so much time, effort and hard work into it that it felt such a shame to just let it all go to waste. If you're currently feeling like this, try not to worry as I've bounced back with a vengeance. I've taken a good look at my blog, had a lovely new blog design to help give me that little push I needed and I'm really enjoying making posts again. I've found that looking through old posts I've written has really helped me for ideas and made me remember why I loved it so much - and now I'm back to that good old feeling again. I'm not interested in getting lots of new followers, although I'd be lieing if I said I wouldn't welcome them! I am focusing now on myself, improving my content and photography and making sure that you enjoy my posts.
How do you see us all progessing? Blogging is my hobby. It is not my job and never will be as I'm nowhere near big enough - but as cheesy as this sounds, I'm proud of any blogger. It takes up so much more time than people realise - the emails, promoting posts, chats, taking photos, researching and then finally writing only to find that sometimes, hardly anybody's reading. To keep on working at it like we do means we should all be proud of ourselves. I guess there's a lot of us beauty bloggers around but we're all different and as far as I'm concerned, there's room for us all and we can still budge up and let some more in too. Our blogs are our own and even though we may post reviews of the same products sometimes, we're all different in our own ways. I can see lots of us carrying on, working with our favourite brands and growing our readership - we just have to stay positive and if one day you can't stand the thought of blogging - just don't. It will come back. I've made lots of blogging friends over my three years (!) of writing this blog and I love seeing that they still continue to grow.
Are you still the same blogger you were when you began? Absolutely. If anything, I've lost some of the blogger that I was. That's what I am trying to claim back as I work more on my posts. My first posts began talking about bargains, freebies, things I'd been buying, makeup - just general things that still do interest me. I also wrote some of my favourite posts that I look back and feel proud of because lots of you enjoyed them and related to them such as 'Are you a secret blogger' and 'How to deal with blogger envy'. I'd love to get back to writing posts like this again. I believe I'm the same blogger as whilst I have been lucky enough to have wonderful opportunites, I'm not focused on making this a career. I'm here to enjoy it, reap any possible benefits and make friends along the way.
P.S - Happy St David's Day x