Quite a while ago I was tagged by the lovely Leslie from Bravenezz to do the Confessions of A Blogger post. I love reading these kind of posts and it's always nice to learn a little bit more about the person behind the blog. The tag consists of 9 blogging related questions, so without further ado lets jump straight into it.
Have you had any past online presence before blogging?
No, before I started blogging I only had Facebook which in all honesty I have got really bored of using. Facebook was fun when it first started. Me and my friends all used to share pictures of drunken nights out on there and tag/untag each other in the most flattering/unflattering pictures we could find. It was also a great way of stalking people and finding out what your exes and people you went to school who you never really liked are up to these days. I used to love all the gossip you could get of Facebook, and it had a massive comedy value.
Lately however, Facebook has turned into Mumsbook. I.e. mums sharing pictures of their babies on there all day long. Don't get me wrong, kids are cute and fun. I've worked with kids in the past and it's a lot more entertaining working with them rather than shovelling paper in an office all day long.
However, when I go onto Facebook these days, that's all I see. Pictures of babies, babies and more babies.
I actually feel sorry to the poor kids whose mums post every detail of their life on Facebook. The Internet really does not need to know (or care) if little Tilly is teething, has an upset tummy or is the cleverest in her class. It's like those kids have no privacy, and I'm really glad Facebook wasn't around when I was a baby. At least my mum never had the opportunity to share my bowel movements with the world, no matter how exciting they seemed to her at the time.
I know I can 'unfollow' people on Facebook so I don't see certain people's updates anymore on my feed. I've ended up doing that for quite a few people but my Facebook news feed still largely consists of a whole load of crap. That's why I have moved onto Twitter, which I enjoy a lot more!
2. Why did you start a blog?
I've always loved make up, even from a young age, as you can see from the pictures I've included in this post. That's me when I was about 10 years old on Halloween, and the other picture is me again. I had just completed the 2010 London Marathon and was checking how my make up had held up during the 26 and a half mile race. Acrylic nails, check. Fake tan, check. Medal around my neck, check.
Starting a blog was a great way for me to meet other people who love make up and beauty products just as much as I do. It is also a brilliant way to justify the stupid amounts of spending I do at the drugstore and at high end make up counters.
3. When did you become so serious about starting a blog?
I started blogging as a hobby in August last year, and the longer I blog the more I enjoy it. I am always looking at ways to improve my blog, and I will carry on with blogging until it becomes a chore and I do not enjoy it any more, because I feel that would show in my posts and it would not be fair on my readers if I was putting in a half-hearted effort.
4. What has been your biggest challenge while blogging?
4. What has been your biggest challenge while blogging?
I think posting regularly when having a full time job can be a bit of a challenge because writing up blog posts and taking pictures takes a lot of time, and it can be a bit of a struggle to manage my time. I would love to post more often than 2x a week, but because of my work commitments sadly that's all I can manage. I think that if I was to try and post every day, the quality of my posts would suffer, so I try to keep it to 2 posts a week. Taking pictures can also be a bit of a challenge too. The weather isn't always great which makes it difficult to take good pictures. The online blogging community is so lovely and brilliant though, and I always get inspiration and help from them when I feel that I'm lacking ideas or need blogging advice.
5. What was your first post?
My first post was all about the make up course I done last year at the London College of Fashion. Click here if you'd like to read it!
6. Where do you see your blog in one year?
I would like to change my blog layout and start advertising my blog with other bloggers. I'd also like to get a better camera for taking blog pictures as at the moment all I'm using is the camera on my phone. I'm attending my first blogging event at the end of June, and I'm really looking forward to finally meeting some of the lovely people I am always chattting to on Twitter. Hopefully I will be able to attend more events in the future. I've just reached 500 followers on my blog, which I am so grateful for, and I would be over the moon if my blog had 1000 readers in a years time, but I know I need to work hard on my posts and content if I'm gonna make that happen. I am also considering changing my blog name slightly, so keep a look out for that.
7. What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
I love reading comments on my posts, and I still get really excited every time I see that someone has left me a blog post comment. I also love it when friends and colleagues tell me they read my blog and that they enjoy it, or that they bought a product because I raved about it on my blog. Recently someone at work asked me why I don't work in fashion, and to me that's honestly the biggest compliment anyone could give me!
8. What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?
I am lucky because this hasn't affected me personally and I think in general it is more of a problem on YouTube, but there are some mean people (trolls) on the Internet, that can leave horrible comments on people's posts and YouTube videos. There is really no need for that, and I think if you do put yourself on the Internet you definitely need to have a very thick skin. There have also been a few infamous arguments between bloggers, which I find very discouraging. Moral of the story, if you wouldn't say it to someones face, then don't say it to them online.
I have only ever been involved in one Twitter "argument". Well it wasn't an argument really, it was more of an irate Justin Bieber fan who got a little upset because I tweeted something she didn't find very funny about the object of her affections. She must have been about 12 and spent the rest of the afternoon tweeting me abuse, which myself and the rest of Twitter found highly entertaining.
9. What's your lasting inspiration or motivation?What motivates me is all the lovely comments I get on my blog posts and on Twitter, as well as feedback from my friends who also say they enjoy my blog. I am also inspired by other bloggers. Reading their posts and chatting to them about blogging and our favourite beauty products always encourages me to continue to grow my blog . Tanya Burr is probably my favourite blogger and YouTuber, and my biggest inspiration for blogging, so if you haven't checked out her channel on YouTube yet you really have to. Tanya is such a lovely blogger. I have learned so much from her and I could buy every single product she recommends!
Thank you for reading this post. I know I have rambled on a bit but I hope you found it interesting. I'd like to tag anyone reading this to do the Confessions of A Blogger post too, especially these lovely beauty bloggers:
Emma from Belles Avenue
Kirsty from The Style Khalessi
Elizabeth from Beauty Supergirl
Claire from Divine Obscurity
Daniella from Beauty in Japan
Sabi from Glossaholic
Naomi from Love and Glamour
I'd also like to say a massive thanks to Leslie from Bravenezz for tagging me, and sorry it's taken me so long to put this up!
Till next time,