23 February 2015

Lifestyle: What I've Learnt About Blogging

Blogging has definitely changed over the years, for example five years ago when I started this blog it was completely acceptable to upload grainy photos taken on your camera phone (remember those days). Today I thought I would write a bit about what I've learnt over the years, so you might wanna boil the kettle because this might be a long one.

Blogging Tips
Blog For You & Enjoy It!
Back in the day you blogged because you had something to say, for me it was an outlet to be creative, it was my own space and I could write about whatever I wanted, which just happened to be beauty. There were no rules, you could be completely yourself, post when you wanted at whatever time.
 Now it's all about image, representing "Your brand" posting at the right time so you get the most views, using the "it" camera, being sent the newest products, it's changed and not for the better in my opinion. It's now a business and while I'm not hating on the people who have made a go of their blogs and turned them into a job (good on them) it's just made the whole community more competitive.

 Personally I blog as a hobby, I don't make any money, I do it because I enjoy it. I write what I would like to read and if others enjoy reading it too, then great. Enjoyment for me is writing posts that I feel really proud of, hitting publish and
knowing that it's out there in the universe for people to read. But probably the best part is getting feedback, when my phone dings to say I have a new comment on one of my posts, it's the greatest feeling that I wish I could bottle!

Quality Verses Quantity.
Kudos to those girls who can post everyday, seriously how do you do it? While I would love to be able to do that it just isn't practical for me, there aren't enough hours in the day and I would hate for something that I enjoy to do in my spare time to tun into a chore. I know maintaining blog post momentum is hard, but I would much rather put up 2 to 3 posts a week that I feel I've put a lot of heart and thought into, instead of 7 that felt rushed and so-so, just because they would get me more views. Plus trying to come up with original ideas is hard work!

PR Samples Aren't The Be All & End All!
The one subject that is very controversial is pr samples, it's a bit of a grey area that not a lot of people like to talk about. For me it's all about honesty, if you've been sent something, disclose it, you owe it to your readers to be truthful, honesty is definitely the best policy!

 I also hate the idea that your blog is only deemed "successful" (whatever that means?) if you get sent press samples and are invited to events. There have been a tonne of pictures all over Instagram lately of beautifully presented press samples, and while I think it's nice to be sent personalized gifts, the whole thing makes me feel a bit uneasy. Ok, I'm gonna say it, to me it feels a bit like bribing, you're not going to give a bad review in return are you, it would look ungrateful.

Start A Conversation.
 I love talking to people be it about beauty, life, anything really, so I always try to finish every post with a question, I find it's the best way to start up a conversation in the comments. The Blogger commenting system isn't the best for that so I definitely recommend installing Disqus, it lets people know when you've replied to comments, which is something I love to do! I'm not really a Twitter fan (It's too fast moving for me) but I do love replying to comments!

Sorry if this post was long winded, I just felt like I needed to get it off my chest. This post isn't supposed to ruffle any feathers, it's just my opinion but I would love to know what your opinions are and where you stand on the subjects I've mentioned. It's always interesting to hear other peoples points of view, so leave your comments below!

XOXO Claire
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11 comments

  1. I do completely agree with you, Four years ago I started a blog and it was for fun! It was a rare thing back then, but as technology progresses the more of us bloggers. Don't get me wrong, It is not a bad thing but people start seeing it as a competition. I stopped blogging and then last year have set it back up. I have found a few companies e.g. wedding dresses or party dresses email me asking me to write a post on their 'sexy dresses' Which is not what my blog is about. I blog because I enjoy it, I love buying things and being all excited about them. I don't like bloggers however who lucky for them, get stuff chucked at them and think thy are the best bloggers. Okay rant over!

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  2. First of all, I keep staring at your post picture.. so many lovely make up bits ;) !
    I had no idea what I was getting into when I started my blog. I wanted to write about something I enjoy and love doing, I wanted to share my beauty passion with others! Once I rolled into it, I realised that there is an entire world hidden that I didn't know of. I do love it in some way, but at the same time it is indeed a competitive world to live in.
    Laura || Laura London

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  3. I would have to agree .. blogging has def. changed over the years. Learning to blog for JOY is SO important. I can't stress that enough with some of friends who are just starting out. You have to find a happy medium that fits for you and your readers.

    xx,
    Let It Be Beautiful

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  4. i definitely agree with you. i kinda dislike where blogging is headed & i wish things could go back to the way they used to be. i'm struggling to produce the content that i want because i feel obligated to write about pr samples first. i wish i could post every day too but it's just not manageable when i want to write quality reviews & have a life at the same time. i think it's best if we all stop comparing ourselves to others & just enjoy it xx

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  5. I blog because I enjoy it too, and because I LOVE writing and product photography :) Also I happen to love makeup ;) It's great to meet so many kind, friendly people through blogging. Great to meet you! Laura xx www.shehearts.net :)

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  6. Very nice tips and advice thank you so much! I really agree with you :)

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  7. I know what you mean, I do find myself having a break now and then as the competitiveness gets on my nerves. Funnily enough the other day I got an email about bingo, sorry, but that's not really what I write about, even if it did make make my chuckle. :)

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  8. I agree, there's nothing I love more than sharing my love of beauty with others, I just wish the whole blogging world hadn't turned into a business, money changes people. :)

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  9. If I start feeling a bit uninspired I just have a little break, I find that a break gives me so many new ideas. I never want blogging to turn into a chore, it's something I enjoy ;)

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  10. Amen, I've been sent a few pr samples in the past but I hate the pressure that's attached, it's fun to try new products but it's not worth the stress. :)

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  11. This post is so true! Btw you're blog is really amazing:) https://teawithbambiblog.wordpress.com

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