Wednesday, March 5, 2014

7 Things I've Learned from Beauty Blogging x2 - TAG

Thanks to Anne from Rushing Glam for this tag, which gives me an opportunity to unleash!  UNLEASH the CRAZIES!

I wrote two versions of this tag.  If you read the non-italicized half, I think you've read a nicely comprehensive and edited version of the jumble of feelings and stuff I think I've learned.  If you read the other italicized part, well, may Pan have mercy on your soul because now you know I'm a little off.

1. I learned that going into beauty blogging with a weak constitution is a crap endeavor.  Even though I set up the blog for purely personal beauty-loving reasons, there are so many ways to track my "worth."  This measure of "worth" is of course not real.  I can't measure myself by a blog, for goodness sake!  But be it Bloglovin subscribers, Twitter followers, feedburner or google friend connect subscribers, there are so many ways to put a numeric value to my worth.  Do I feel better now than when I had 10 pageviews?  No.  But do I check daily?  Yes.  Do I feel bad when I fall off the readership cliff from time to time?  Yes.  I have to make a conscious effort (and it's hard work) to make myself believe that I am not a blog.  I'm me. 

But yesterday my pageviews did fall off a cliff and I did feel bad.  Buck up buck up buck up.  I need to put up more posts, that's the only way to sustain readership.  But then I would need time.  But I have no time.  But... BUTT  Sometimes I really don't have a single thing to post about.  Or I write a draft and realize it's stupid and not worth publishing.  But question myself because what the hell am I blogging for?

2. I try to be the blog I want to read, not the blog that gets me the most views.  I get surprised when the quickest/least labor intensive posts get the most pageviews.  It used to be the Tom Ford Smokey Eye Brush post I did eons ago, but recently way overtaken by Tom Ford Spring 14 swatches from the counter, taken with my phone.  Which makes me question the effort put into thoughtful product posts and laboriously taken photos.  I guess people like Tom Ford? 

Ahh!  No one cares about my deep thoughts!  People only want Tom Ford swatches of which I haven't purchased in a long time!  Am I writing for whom?  Do I want to read a blog full of sub par swatches from the counter for Tom Ford?  Oh no!  Realization that I don't have that many deep thoughts to begin with.  Hmm, maybe I shouldn't put up so many filler-y posts about my goings on around my errands.

3. Blogging makes struggling ensue trying to identify whether I am buying stuff for myself because I would anyway, versus buying stuff for the blog.  One clear thing is that I don't need anymore of anything!

I don't think blogging about my beauty consumption habits really helped cull that habit in the long run.  On one side, I want to learn about my consumption patterns and benefit from less spending, on the other side, I want to put up posts.  There doesn't seem to be a good balance that I've achieved.  I wonder if at one point killing the blog will return me back to a state of awareness (I know what I like more now) and less of a consumer.

4. I learned there is an amazing beauty blogging community to participate in!  I love interacting with beauty bloggers.  They understand the crazy love you have for makeup.  They really understand.  They will retweet you.  They will link love you.  They will put you on their blog rolls.  They show you enthusiastic love!  Reciprocate that love and support.  And do the same for new amazing bloggers.  That's kind of the beauty blogging cirrrrrrrcle of life.  I understand that without this support, no one would be reading my blog.

There is some fraught emotions I feel intensely about maintaining my blog roll and all this blogger to blogger interaction.  I only select a tiny portion of the over 100+ blogs I follow and read on a daily basis.  Sometimes I edit it based on blogs that don't update or it seems they've stopped blogging.  Is this going to offend bloggers and friends?  And do you know the #FF tag on twitter?  This is for Follow Friday when we list other tweeters to follow to our own followers.  In the beginning, I used to do this religiously every Friday, but then got tripped up with thinking about leaving people off.  Theoretically, if I follow someone, I think they are worth (that word again!) following!  I totally know I'm over thinking this, but sometimes what I think is blogging social media etiquette is a mystery to me.

And blogger to blogger love does not mean there aren't any hard feelings or competition.  It's there.  I just refuse to deal with these things.  The Nile Is Just a River.

5. I've found that feedback and interaction (e.g., the bloggers mentioned in #4, and with the amazing people that read my blog) is the biggest motivator now to keep going.  I want to stop all the time actually for all sorts of reasons.  I have time constraints.  Sometimes wilting interest in beauty.  But I get really excited when some new thought strikes me and I want to share it on the blog!  And then the rush of interaction is the most rewarding.

Interaction, in addition to or instead of Google Analytics metrics, is a measure of interest and readership.  Or something like that. 
When I stop posting frequently (busy, blah, etc) then no one reads the blog.  Then I am worthless again!  WAH!  *slaps self on head*  But I'm so tiny as a blog anyway.  Why am I even expending any brain juice on this?

6. When blogging is fun, keep going and enjoy the momentum.  When I'm busy or have no interest in beauty, either write about other things or take a break.  Taking a break is good as I think my energies and enthusiasm revives after a good break.  And there is no guilt to taking a break.

Oh, there is guilt which is self induced.  But a great happy feeling when the words fly off my fingertips on to the keyboard and the sunlight is bright and every photo I take is a beauty.  That's a happy happy feeling.

7. Enjoy Spam.  The canned and the email/comment variety.  Endless comic material.

Asshole spammers.  Stop leaving stupid comments to check out your spammy site on intestinal upset cures. 

There.  Let me pass on this tag full of woe and fraught feelings.  Any bloggerly folks that are interested in doing this one?  I am happy to link your post and update this post with it!  Just send me a note. 

If you want to know my deep thoughts about any particular topic related to blogging, shoot me a comment or an email.  Happy to UNLEASH.  UNLEASH any more crazies you are interested in knowing about.  I can give you the normal and the italicized version.


53 comments :

  1. I LOVE THIS POST. Including the italicized bits. I have many of the same feels! Who do I blog for, is it about pageviews or what I want to write about, who am I buying for . . . etc

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    1. OH EMI! <3 I'm glad we are sharing these feels together. This bloggy endeavor is a wonky effort. I BLOG FOR BACON.

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  2. I just started my blog and my pageviews are laughably low, so I feel silly commenting on the pageview problem at all! But I do think there's a difference between number of readers and quality of readers, or rather, the quality of the attention that certain readers give your posts. Maybe your hastily written Tom Ford swatch posts get the most views, but I think you need to trust that introspective posts like this one will prompt certain readers to think carefully about your ideas, even if the overall number of views is smaller. Essentially, fewer people will get more joy and more things to think about. The thrill of lots of pageviews is undeniable, of course, but don't think that your more detailed posts are going unappreciated.

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    1. herro! thank you for leaving this comment and thank you SO much for taking time to put me on the blog roll! :) You make such an excellent and astute point about the relationship between certain types of posts and the camps of readership. Probably the more casual readers googling "Tom Ford Spring 14 swatches" are not necessarily the same more dedicated readers that are leaving the really thoughtful comments here on a regular basis.

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  3. Forgive me, I'm still Anonymous (I'm old and haven't figured that one out yet) but wanted to thank you for your blog and sharing these thoughts. I do like your blog a lot regardless of what you blog about -- maybe it is the deeper insights, maybe the variety, the zaniness, the makeup application and honest evaluations, your feedback to comments, probably all of them. Real life. I understand the need to feel connected and appreciated...I often look for feedback to my comments to see if someone actually read them...so silly and yet so human! Kudos for putting yourself out there and sharing -- I think it is a pretty noble endeavor. But if it becomes too burdensome, then evolve or pull back. There are no right and wrong moves, just life, just flowing along as it should. And I agree with auxiliary beauty that page views are not the best measure of the quality of your post, or of you. We all want to win popularity contests but popularity is fickle, today's it girl becomes yesterdays has been, and the winner is someone who loves what she does and pursues it just because.

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    1. (if you don't want to set up a blogger account, you can always use the drop down selection in the "reply as" box and select Name/URL and type in a name! or keep as anon, which is always good, and which I respect!)
      I recognize your voice and thank you so much for your kind and really flattering comment! :)) Thank you for taking time to give me this valuable feedback and some electronic belly rubbing, for which I feel so happy and grateful.

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  4. I think we should always get the italicized version, Belly! Unleash THE BELLEH. I totally understand what you're saying here, I have a lot of similar deeeep thoughts about beauty blogging. In addition, some more of the less positive variety...

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    1. Tanks, thanks Monika! I would love your thoughts on what you learned too and all your thoughts. ALLA EM! I am very surprised at all the mix of emotions related to blogging in general. It's been a very educational (heheh!) experience for me. And I've not blogged very long!

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  5. My dear Belly:

    I really enjoyed reading your tag, I feel you were able to express some of the feelings that didn't got into the self impossed 7 things, and also because it's sometimes hard to be able to express the same when writing in two languages.

    However, as I wrote in my tag "If you don't love this, quit" and in the background hides the debate between "I blog because I like to share what I think and like" or "I blog because of visits", or as the image says "To blog or not to blog, that is the question". Of course I love to see people see my posts, and if I write about Chanel, Guerlain or a collection launch I get many. I also get visits from swatch posts, which don't need much writting and I somehow feel dull, but I keep doing it because one of my best friends from High School once told me "I love when you do the colorful lines on your arm, keep doing it!" (so I mainly do swatches for her)... yet, it's my blog, my hobby and I don't get payed for what I write, so I feel free to write about what's trending or just what came to my mind at that moment -like movies. I also wrote that I prefer to read blogs that have other than reviews, a little bit about the blogger. Why? Because a blog is something more personal than a magazine, and if I just wanted to get PR info I would only read magazines.

    I hope my tag didn't help to find reasons to quit, but to realize the reasons why you do this and enjoy it -going back to my first statement.

    Hugs,

    Anne

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    1. You write beautifully in both languages and I am always impressed you maintain both on your blog! Thank you for giving this opportunity to reflect and spew because I think I've had these feels I'd been experiencing for some time.
      I also think it's tought to be purely motivated by one singular thing: I blog for love, I blog for PR product, I blog for pageviews. We're complex creatures, afterall and I can feel the pull of each of these types of motivations on everything I do here.

      And nooooo! I didn't find a reason to quit due to the tag, it just allowed me to put it more out there. And I have blogger friends with whom I've shared the "ehhh, quit?" conversation. At the moment, the benefits of what I enjoy about this blog outweighs any negatives, so I feel happy to keep going.

      xxoo

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    2. it's "tough" ahhh! fecking no edit on comment! *flips table*

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  6. Hello, never commented before, I am a foreigner, but love your STYLE-

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  7. I read all your blogposts and love both your blog and DrivelaboutFrivol for the very reason that they are not just veiled advertising and page view driven! Keep up the good work, its not unnoticed and quality over quantity all the time!

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    1. oh, baby! whenever I get a comparison to Kate's blog, I feel deeply honored and feel even MOAR unworthy of such a comparison. thank you. she inspires me to blog bigger, blog better, BLOG MOAR! *turns into Belly HULK*
      thank you so much for your lovely compliment! *bursts into tears; rubs snots all over you*

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  8. Love this post! I rarely look at my stats anymore reason being that I too will get the most hits on highly popular items but it would seem I get the most comments on better developped posts so in other words, I seem to be writing for myself and my buddy bloggers these days and that's fine with me. This is a great community and I'm so glad to be a part of it. I've recieved so much support it's been amazing. These days what makes me sad is that I don't get to comment on all the great entries I read (I'm super bad with the iPhone for that) and so I try to pop on whenever I can to let people know I read them. Bloglovin is great but I rarely use it anymore because there are just too many new posts everyday. It gets overwhelming and I have to cook, clean, do the laundry and work everyday!!! Gahh!!!

    Darling, I'm so glad I found you! This French girl looooves the way you put words together so don't you dare stop! Breaks I totally understand, we need to regroup sometimes and then there's a life outside of the internet that has to be lived/enjoyed. xoxoxo :)

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    1. Helene! I am so happy, too. Please know that my adoration of you is only tempered by the fact that you seem to send the artic freeze down here way too often. But aside from that, I have so much squishies for you.
      :) I keep on leaving posts as unread on bloglovin intending to go back and comment, but I seem to have so many to go through. It does get to be very difficult. So I think people understand you can't always comment as much as you intend to! :)

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    2. Wait what??? Arctic freeze? I would NEVAARR!!! I mean come on, who would want that lovely nose of yours to turn red due to the cold "intentionally"? ...*shifty eyes*... Not me!!! xoxo

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  9. You always make me laugh!

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    1. hahah! I must be my kindergarten sense of humor. :D

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  10. Belly! Hello! I feel like a mole in a malfunctioned whack-a-mole machine, popping up haphazardly, spewing a large volume of thoughts, and then slinking back into the dark innards of a rusty iron box. Iz no fun...*shake fist at technology and life*

    I read your blog primarily for your words and thoughts, which bring me more joy and laughs than all the mediocre beauty products released thus far. I can only look at so many swatches of similarly colored products before the eyes glaze over and the wallet gleefully runs away knowing that it lives another day. While makeup companies and mass facing beauty blogs dance contently to variations on a theme with nary a thought to product innovation and content creativity, you, my dear belly, take risks with your writing in both subject choice and writing style. The web analytics you bring up simply show the difference in audience reach between boutique versus mass consumer blogs, both of which have varied appeal and target audiences. But as many others before me have mentioned, I would rather have quality over quantity. I need my Belly fix more than swatches and bloated praises tinged with corporate overreach.

    I also love the fact that your blog brings out comments from readers who appreciate and reciprocate similarly candid, thoughtful, and hilarious thoughts. Although I don't comment as much as I intend to, please know that I will be a constant supporter of your blogging endeavor!

    -Josie

    PS. I adore your Blue Hill at Stone Barns post, which I was commenting on before losing internet connection during my travels. I hope that you took home some of their delicious jams or will do so on future visits!! And please swing over to Blue Hill in NYC when you can! It was the location of my first date, the memory of which is 80% food and atmosphere, 15% making eyes, and 5% instagram foodies doing acrobatics to capture the zen of organic vegetables on sticks. ;)

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    1. They have jams?!

      Oh wait. Ha! We're planning on going back soon so jams go on my shopping list. Sounds like a wonderful place for a date. When my husband and I go out on dates, we mostly grunt at eat other and lick fingers (our own, mind you -- not each others).

      Josie! love love love when you get the opportunity to comment. How else though, kind Josie, to distinquish my blog from all the other million beauty blogs out there? Don't you see? The only way is BACON. *opens bank vault and commences wait for fame and fortune*

      ...hey

      Where is my fame, fortune and gobs of freebies? hey? hey...hey.

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    2. HOLY CRAP! I WROTE EAT OTHER! My pg rated blog has made a serious serious detour into inappropriate. what I mean was grunt at each other. GEEESH.

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  11. LOL very honest! There are so many types of bloggers out there though. Some do it for fun and they can just stop blogging without any guilt. Some blog for themselves, so they don't give a shit anyway. Some SAY they blog for themselves, but they get jealous when PR sends other bloggers stuff and not her. Some are way too competitive, and some just post all sorts of sponsored posts that are not even beauty related just to make a quick buck.

    As for myself, I started the blog as a beauty diary for my 2 daughters. It started that way and readership picked up. Most of the time, I hv no idea why readership went up or down but I noticed that regular posts help. Also, it's so much fun to interact with the like minded. If I stop blogging, I'd still definitely stay on twitter because those twitter buddies are so much fun!

    What did I learn from blogging? I learned to just relax and chill, dude. Whatever happens, happens. It's not like I'm making money from it! LOL!

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    1. Lily! I didn't know that was the origination of your blog. That is wonderful and so sweet! My little ones, especially my older one is so interested in all the jars and such on my vanity, too.
      I mentioned in the response above to Anne JF that I have a hard time being singularly motivated by one thing. I'm probably motivated by many things and that probably leads to all sorts of conflicted emotions. MESS --->> ME!

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  12. *holds a knife to workplace vending machine* You WILL continue to blog, or this hunk of metal GETS IT.

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    1. NOOOO! nooooo! NOOOOO! *crumples on the floor*
      NOT THE CANDY. No, not the candy giving masheeen!
      *pours rambles of incoherent words into many blog posts*

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    2. Yeeeesss... that's right, yeah, YOU WRITE THOSE WORDS. >:-)

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    3. You. You cold hearted betch you! D:

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  13. Everyone above has already expressed my thoughts on the subject. Blog about what interests you, don't care about pageviews, your writing is very funny and fresh. And oh yes, the vending machine will definitely GET IT if you stop blogging.

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    1. O.O
      I had no idea you and Shryh had a thing against the vending machine. NOOOOOOOO! Seeing this side of you. Well...! WELL I NEVER!

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  14. Awesome post! I love your voice and honest opinions. I've been lurking in the shadows of the beauty blogging world for awhile and your posts are ones I know I will enjoy reading. I'll take whatever the Belly gives!

    Been going back and forth in indecision about starting up a blog myself. But I'm half lazy and half busy on top of a whole lotta dumb when it comes to technology.

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    1. hello noodlies! I understand the temptation to start a blog after reading & following so many other blogs. DO EET! In terms of technology challenges, starting up on wordpress or blogger is a really simple thing. Everything is a setting or an option or a widget. If I can set up this magnificent looking weblog, any monkey strapped into a astronaut suit can do it.

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  15. I really heart this post so much. It's so honest and I feel exactly the same so often. haha. xxx

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    1. thank you, Ammit! :) good to know everyone else is crazy, too. :DD

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  16. I feel pressured to write a witty, candid, thoughtful, fresh, and at times hilariously zany comment worthy of this post and receive my complimentary wondegondicommentator pb cup but ....*quails*
    This comment thread already illustrates what makes your blog unique and necessary, belly :)

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    1. You're just in time. I just purchased a "Family Size" bag of pb cups at the drugstore. I was stowing it in my desk drawer but I see you are in deserve of Family Size bag. :0)

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  17. LOL, I love this post! I've thought about this recently, too: "Self, why do you blog?"
    And, you know, there are so many reasons. I miss writing. I need an outlet where I can talk about MU, other than MUA (even though I do enjoy that place, most of the time). I need a place where I can keep a reference on my hoard. And so on, and so on. Comments are nice, of course, but I think I blog mainly because my friends and family are probably tired of seeing me yapping on Facebook about MU. Haha.

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    1. irl folks in my life have zero tolerance for me yapping about MU! XD And mub has rules on content. Here and on your blog, we can choose to babble about MU and whatever we like, right? ooh, that in itself is another reason to blog more. and blog more for bacon! :D

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  18. I love your deep thoughts--and your silly ones, and everything in between. I'm not a big commenter (not even sure I've commented here before) but I am a delighted reader of your posts and hope you keep writing forever! Er, well, for as long as you're enjoying yourself. Your blog is a true pleasure to read thanks to your vivid, unique voice, honest opinions, and hilarious sense of humor. The blogging world is lucky to have you!

    As for Tom Ford, eh, I could take or leave those swatches. ;)

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    1. :) Ah thank you so much, SoSuSam! I struggle with the feeling that this whole blogging thing is a very self-focused endeavor. It feels very luxurious self-absorbed to me. I think this is why I enjoy this blog so much as well as struggle with it. I am so grateful that you find this an enjoyable blog and I also appreciate your comment.
      I kind of feel similarly about those swatches. :D

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  19. OMG TOTALY YES TO #1 AND #2. i freak myself out with the amount of pressure i place on myself re: putting up posts that ppl will want to read or haviing a huge readership or wahtever. and its SO WEIRD because its totally a fictionalized pressures that comes from NOWHERE BUT MYSELF. sometimes i have to tell myself to CTFD..and yet i still get panicky when my readership drops.

    i totally want to be the blog i want to read too!! but then irrational fears about having no readers makes that really hard. what the fuck is with that? holy crap...

    i try and balance the posts i want to to write with product reviews and i'm trying to make my writing voice more consistent among all my posts. its a work in progress..

    hahah. can't say i've gotten those type of spam messages.

    THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS POST! as a somewhat new blogger i feel ALL these things. and i'm trying to keep myself focused on the fact that i'm not my blog (as you put it).i agree. i LOVE interacting with everyone and have made a few blogger friends in the process.. so far that has made it worth it to me :)
    Jenn
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    1. Jenn, thanks for this. I am really pleased that many people have similarly weird thoughts about blogging, too! I don't know why you aren't getting the same weirdo spam that I do. I'd go for weeks with no spam, and then my comment box getting flooded with the oddest assortment of them. Recently I received a very meta spam about spam. O..o

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    2. HAHAHA meta spam. thats too good. welcome to the twilight zone.

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  20. This was a really interesting read, I very much agree about the concept of tracking your "worth." I know if I spend a lot of time on a post and then it gets less reads than my average it makes me feel dishearted. Though I always try to stick to writing what I want to I know I have stopped blogging about certain brands that don't get a lot of page views as I think whats the point.
    In terms of buying I definitely buy with the blog in mind now, jumping to buy newer releases, whereas before I would have waited for reviews being buying.
    Blogging is very different now to what it was when I started, the community is not the same as it was in my opinion and I feel like a lot of blogs (even ones that I used to really like) are now about having a page full of advertising, affiliated links and paid for posts/products sent for free again and again, though nothing inherently wrong with this, to me its just makes blogging the same format as a magazine. This was never what it was about for me, I just wanted to share my thoughts of a product the same that you would if you were chatting with a makeup infused friend.
    I'm definitely at the point where I find its reaching its natural end for me, I've opted out from the beauty spotlight team as a wind down so will see how things go xx

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    1. Clare, I'm bummed that you are winding down now. Your blog was one of the very first ones I've ever consistently read and I will miss it! I'm going to enjoy the heck out of it while you are still actively in it. Even when I was a voracious reader of blogs (and not a writer) I noticed that over the years, beauty blogs have evolved into a different type of media. There's a sense that success equals some level of commercialization (along with the features that go with - advertising, aff. links, PR products, sponsored posts). I am not against any of this per se, but this is not the kind of blogs I tend to enjoy. The kind I like are the kind you write, which feels like I'm chatting with a friend who is equally nuts about makeup as I am. I enjoy your blog so much! I hope I will be enjoying it for a long while!!!

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    2. awww thank you, this really cheered me up, you are lovely :)
      I keep going back and forth on the idea of quitting or not, I guess I should just stop buying makeup so I have nothing to blog about..hmmm, like that's ever going to happen... ;)
      xx

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  21. How can I do this tag when all the things you said are all the things I have learned too?!!! Except for spam...I don't get spam anymore since installing disqus ha ha!! Take that would be spammers!!!

    I'm having mixed feelings about blogging again. You know...it's hard...time consuming...more involved I get with my blog and posting the less time I have to read other blogs and I love reading other blogs...it's kinda spendy having a blog and buying things to test even though I try to convince myself I'd buy it anyway...what other worldly pursuits could I be doing if I didn't blog anymore...future plans I had for the blog do I want to do those same things anymore...I am still not that great at taking pictures even though I really try...who cares what I have to say anyway 'cuz there are about a billion other blogs...and blah blah blah the cycle of blog feelings continue LOLOL :-)

    BUT you, my dear are an amazing and beautiful and wonderful blogger and I look forward to each and every post, even if I don't comment right away (or at all)...I do read all your posts and love how you aren't afraid to put yourself and your thoughts out there. Plus you make me laugh...like I'm eating cooking and milk and I spit out chunks laughing when I read your stuff!!! LOLOL!!!!

    Love you, dearest Belly Mama!!!! xoxoxo

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    1. I can fry some spam up for you, Gummy. :) Don't block me with your nifty disqus spammy blocker.

      It really is time consuming. In addition to the time actually writing or taking pictures, I spend a lot of time thinking about new things to write about.

      And well, listen, Ms. Gummykins. I DO NOT UNTAG YOU! You best be writing up your tag post. :) xoxo

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  22. All of these thoughts are very, very familiar to me. Thanks for writing this! I also get the most pageviews on my terrible swatch posts. I don't even have a good camera . . . and yet I am now sometimes tempted to post more swatches for that reason, even though that's never been my mission. Oh well, someone must find them useful! Maybe the best thing to strive for is some sort of balance.

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    1. Hi Lyn!! Thank you so much for your comment. I think the casual beauty researchers are going to google "Lancome something something swatch" and our swatch posts will be the ones they click on. Those will automatically generate the most views. I'm definitely seeing that, too. People do find those interesting. I tend to do more indepth product posts, so those quick swatches seem like throwaway posts. I guess the balance might be to do lots of what you want to do in terms of posts and then do the little swatch ones when you have time and/or when you feel like it. :)
      Lately, I don't feel like doing much of anything!!!

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  23. How did I miss this one??? You've done a wonderful job of summarizing the blog-brain that I think we all develop... I know exactly what you mean about struggling to balance between getting a sense of increased self-worth from blogging and becoming dependent on the blog for a higher sense of self-worth. I get all knotty inside when my views drop off, even though I know I shouldn't, because it's supposed to be FUN.

    I'm super-happy I found your blog. It fills me with happy.

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    1. It's supposed to be FUN, damnit! FUUUNNNN! Mostly it's fun, right? :) Thanks Kate for all your comments and support and sharing of teh happies.

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