Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Breeze and Limb

I mention to friends from time to time that I am about to quit my blog at any second.  Any little wind may blow and blow the blog completely off its tree limb, as it were... ahem.  Figuratively.

I feel highly unmotivated.  I feel as if I'd like the blog to be even more better, more gooder!  But to do that takes work.

Redundant.

Repetitive.

It feels a bit as if I were a little hamster in a little hamster wheel.

Buy more stuff.

Write more stuff with the usual words.

Take some pictures.

Post on blog.

Watch the stats.

and then again, and then again some more.

Maybe I will let the waves of unmotivated blah feelings work its course and see how I end up feeling.  I find I create pressure on myself, so I think I will need to try to relieve the stress some way.  We'll see how it goes, right?  Maybe I turn the blog into something else altogether.  Bacon Blogging?

This must be my blog growing pains.

If you blog, how do you keep your blogging chugging along when you feel so unmotivated?  Tell me!  What is secret!?  What is secret to life?

If you read this blog or other beauty blogs, don't you just get bored seeing the same stuff everywhere all over the place?

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  1. Lol, you're so funny! :-D

    I keep myself motivated by coming up with different themes for my blog that are "time sensitive" (for the lack of a better way to describe it), and thus feel compelled to stick to writing. For example, I have a series called "Thrifty Thursday," where I'd review a drugstore product that I really like every Thursday, and "Lips of the Decades," which is updated every Friday. I'd tell people when these series would be updated, so then I'd feel that I "owe" it to them to log in and write. Chic And Alluring Blog

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    1. heh! You know what I hate? Being tied to a schedule (even self imposed) because it feels too close to work which is very deadline driven. I would have things like "Resentful Rouge Wednesday" and "Passive Aggressive Powder Friday." I think for a normal person that is an awesome strategy to keep going. :)

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  2. I'm having blogging blahs at the moment too. I definitely feel boredom creeping in recently - a brand releases a product, sends it for review to top bloggers who blog the instant they get it, creating lots of hype, so smaller bloggers and consumers pick up and buy it too, blogging some more about it... and in a couple months time, it's all water under the bridge. But on the other hand, there's your unique voice as a writer, and your perspective and feelz. I don't think neither yours nor mine blog are very focused on the NEW! LIMITED EDITION! MUST HAVE! so we just need to stick to our guns and blog about whatever is of interest to US. I like the sound of bacon blogging, by the way :)

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    1. Bacon blogging. :) I plan on heading back to the butcher for more sausage. Maybe more sausage fridays. As a reader, I used to get totally sucked into the new whatever whatever LE collection and buy up a storm after seeing the blast of coverage in blogs and end up regretting it all...pretty much. Yeah, I like how you & I tend to be more about what is of interest to us at the moment.

      Next post: Turkey Bacon, Real or Fake?
      Next week: Soy Bacon, get the eff out of here.

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  3. It's funny that I read your post because about a half hour beforehand I texted my husband to tell him how blah I am feeling. Mine is from my physical disability because I do the exact same thing every single day, nothing ever changes. And it sounds like that's the way you're feeling about your blog - same thing over and over again. I wish I had an answer for both of us. :(

    However, to answer your question about do I get bored seeing the same products on blog after blog? Absolutely not! I have a handful of favorite bloggers (and of course you are right in that list! :)) and I look forward to everyone's certain writing style, sometimes it makes me laugh and that's a good thing, plus I like seeing swatches and pictures over and over again especially if I'm going to pay $30 for an eyeshadow (Addiction for example). I can see a swatch or an eye look on someone who has the exact same coloring as I do but when I try the same color it looks nothing like it did on the blogger which sucks. So I appreciate being able to see a lot of swatches of the same product on different color tones, different lighting, etc. It really does help people like me who can't get out and about, or fly to Japan on a whim (LOL), get an idea about products.

    I can't imagine having the responsibility of a blog over my head. I have enough trouble keeping up with the few people I email. But as much as I hate saying this, because I truly do love your blog, if you're not having FUN then perhaps an extended break would make you feel better. Only post when you find something new you're loving or you something you think is fun like your coffee or food obsessions, LOL. Maybe that'll lift your spirits. But I do know I will be checking in daily to see if you post. :) Hope you feel better soon about things!

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    1. Hi Dawn! Always your wonderful comments. thank you! There is something very brain and soul numbing about routine which does not vary. I think how I feel about the blog lately is just an extension of how I feel generally. Blog was kind of the new and exciting thing, but now that it's just a part of my routine,some of the thrill and sheen of newness has gone. :( Maybe I need to take up more hobbies or something.

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  4. Maybe you don't realize, but your blog consistently offers new and fresh, whether it is about products and swatches or something else.
    I started my blog with mono purpose and try to keep it that way by having other SNS portals open so people who are interested enough would get to know the non-beauty-blogging sides of me.
    Maybe you're just busy and have too much on your plate right now. Last year, it was hard for me even to post monthly because I was juggling with so many things at that time.
    I just hope we never lose your blog. Keep on going for the fans, Belly. <3

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    1. I think I'm kind of an adrenaline junkie and lately nothing (including blogging) feels all that interesting. And I am swamped with life. Blogging has been a good outlet for creativity & fun, but lately it feels kind of burdensome. Hmm. Balance, Lena? What is balance? <3 hugs to you for your encouraging words and for your perspective.

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  5. I actually admire "indie" bloggers like you, those who do not get PR samples that, like Monika, just wash-rinse-repeat and be forgotten by tomorrow. I think there's a lot to say for smaller blogs that really write because they want to and like yours, I really enjoy reading them for their personalities.

    Now to the blog blahs. Hmm.. I can see why blogging can create undue pressure to self (with stats and all). Just the other day, DH mentioned to me that I should consider making $$ with my measly blog (yea, ha ha!) when it all started just as an outlet while waiting for the Toddler to wake up from his naps. I see you have lots of interests abound, I really love seeing your posts makeup/otherwise/even musings about makeup/consumptions/etc. Those are thought-provoking items you can always put out there, just the way you've been excellently doing so.

    I also wouldn't worry about ups/downs in readership if you need to take a break. Heck, everyone needs a break, that's when the juice starts flowing. I like the idea of Chic Alluring about "time-sensitive" posts, but again, I'd say do it from the heart (aka because you want to, not because you are pressured to do so). Now, I want to hear more about that Suqqu goodies, maybe more Surratt (definitely considering the lipsliques as replacements to my Burberrys), maybe why you stop using AP, etc. etc. You've got lots to talk about, Belly, we wanna hear it!

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    1. I had a conversation with a fellow blogging friend recently about monetization and holy cow, the traffic required to generate enough ad revenue to buy a mid end lipstick is astronomical! ASTRONOMICAL. It was very enlightening for me. I don't think would (or could!) ever get to the point of making any money on this thing. *shakes fist weakly* Turns out the blog is a big money pit, afterall!

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  6. Sadly I am SO with you hence the two month + hiatus. Do what you need to do to feel motivated again! I work so much that my blog (as much of a hobby as it was) started to feel like a second job. No bueno! It's felt so liberating to be free from it for awhile.

    XO Jess

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    1. Jess, I BE SO MISSING YOUR BLOG. D: But I totally know how you can feel the need to take a break because some hobbies seems to suck a lot of time. And when time sucking things also feel too much like a job, then it really is NO BUENO.

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  7. Well, you actually know how I feel like blogging -after my 7 things learned- and I really hope this crisis is not a consequence of joining the tag. I really found boring these blogs with product pic, swatches and PR texts... without any own idea or opinión on the product. I guess I just don't like bloggers who don't a free mind and own thoughts and copy & paste what someone else wrote.

    I also have some doubts about beauty blogging, especially since I come from a world where women see "production" (including selecting outfit, hair style and makeup) an unecessary necessity. Yet, I had a very interesting conversation about it at MUB and realized why I blog about beauty and not world peace: as much as I'm part of a pretty intellectual world, I'm a not a 100% intellectual, that's just a part of me, the rest of me enjoys house shores like cooking and gardening, also loves pets, fashion and makeup... and that's totally ok since it's me, I'm multidimensional and for that reason, I decided I would keep on blogging transmiting all my dimensions instead of just makeup. I also decided to stop worring about stats, I blog for fun not for money so if I'm my only reader, that's fine with me. I also decided to blog when I feel to and have time to -since my job doesn't always cooperate and I'm not sacrificing precious sleep hours for a post -that's means I will probably only blog during weekends lol.

    Anyway, I really enjoy your blog, I love to read all your musings makeup and non makeup related, so I really hope you keep with this.

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    1. Yes! Great points, Anne! I fully understand that each person is multi dimensional. You and I can be blogging about blush and brushes, but that is only one aspect. It really is very liberating to be focusing a part of your life in these little pretty things. It may not have the same kind of respect or perceived value as writing about things intellectual, but it is liberating and fun in its on merits. Although, my professional life is quite shallow as well. :) And you know, my literary selections are quite low brow, too. I'm glad you've found a way to work within the contrainsts you have! :)

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  8. 1) It is the end of winter, and the beginning of spring, a difficult epoch.
    2)Secret to life has nothing to do with blogging.
    3)Bacon is unhealthy, makeup not.
    4)I don't get bored reading your blog. END. Big hugs from Greece

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    1. Amalia! :) Spring is here!
      Part of the secret to life is Spring time, Bacon & little love from friends. But mostly bacon. Bacon figures highly into this secret. oink oink.

      xoxo

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  9. You know I love you and your blog. Write about whatever you want. I'll read it!

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  10. I love your blog, you have a great writing style and you mix things up with pretties and yummy food posts. Post when you want to about anything you want, not because you have to.

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    1. thanks my dearie! :) I don't want to have to do anything! iz petulant 4 year old.

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  11. I'd read anything you write <3

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    1. stephanie!!! <3333
      *scribes the phone book*

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  12. "If you read this blog or other beauty blogs, don't you just get bored seeing the same stuff everywhere all over the place?"

    Actually, no. But to be honest, I don't read other beauty blogs--it's really just yours and DaF because I think you're both a hoot, though I meander over to one or two of the blogs on your sidebar if I something that vaguely piques my interest. Between the two of you, all my bloggy makeup needs are met, and neither of you post every day!

    Do you think you're finding it a bit difficult to continue because well, of how social blogging can be? If you write one, you would kind of care about having an audience so you'll have to make the rounds, and since makeup collections are seasonal, you'd definitely be seeing the same stuff repeated all over the place. Since I don't write one and I'm loyal to just a couple, I probably don't get as fatigued. :]

    I think I've said it before, but even though blogs may cover the same products, it is rare that they'll have the same voice, and it's the blogger's voice that captivates me the most. There is also more than one way to beauty blog; there are reviews, swatches, trends in pop culture, and snide comments about NYT articles that get it wrong. :P What do you actually like about having a beauty blog, and can you make it all about that?

    But we loff you belleh! <3 <3 <3

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    1. I LOFF YOU BACK SHRYH1 (RD401). <3 <33333

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  13. it may be selfish but i hope you keep up with your blog! i enjoy reading your writing style!
    i get the blahs tooo. sometimes i feel like its all so frivalous an really...who cares about makeup. there are so many more important things to devote my life to. i havent had that feeling so strongly that i've wanted to quit but i sort of had a moment yesterday where i took a look at 'the industry' i was blogging about and it all felt so vapid!

    anyways. to keep going when i dont have ideas, i usually write down blog post ideas as they come and i have a small list to draw from which i can forcibly write about when i'm not motivated to think of anything new or am inspired by anything. it keeps things flowing for my blog until i think think of better posts.

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    1. It is all kind of vapid stuff for sure, Jenn! But then, someone's buying all the makup so someone's got to write about it, right? Might as well have fun writing about it. Only problem seems to be the doldrums that seem to set in from time to time. I like your idea Jenn! Maybe I should keep a little list of ideas because sometimes my head is full of ideas but other times nada. :)

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  14. I really don't blog for any reason other than my own amusement. I don't read many beauty blogs, for what it's worth, not even Drivel's (TOO MANY LEMMINGS BORN IN EVERY VISIT!), but yours and a couple of others are in my normal rotation. Ya must be doin' SOMETIN right, woman!

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    1. hello, dahlink! I tell you what I do right! I love it! I do love all the makeups! I hope that shows, which is important. :) Reading kate's blog instant fills up my lemming list. Ahhh... there goes all my money out the window.

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  15. My favorite blogs are the ones, like yours that have a distinctive voice and an interesting take on the subject matter.

    Personally, fighting blog blahs, I have a tendency to just give myself the time that I need, but also I just let myself write whatever comes into my mind. It's not what you're supposed to do as a blogger, but I figure that it has to be fun for me and others will forgive me for not doing just one thing. Let your imagination run wild!!

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    1. I really like the idea of just taking the time I need. I don't know if it's for recharging creative battery or winding down or what though.

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  16. I believe it's only a little to do with WHAT you blog and more about HOW you blog it. You could blog about washing dishes and I'd still love to read it. You have a wonderful blogging voice, and we love you for your humor, insightfulness and honesty.

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    1. noodlies, that is so nice to read. Now I feel compelled to write a dishes post. :)

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    2. i want to read that dishes post!!! ROFLL!!

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    3. "choose your dish washing liquid carefully. some formulations are more creamy and emolliant than others. You can tell from the pearly finish that it would have a good ratio of hard scrubbing detergents for cleaning grime as well as enough moisturizing agents to be gentle to your skin.

      Now fill the sink with hot water.

      Dump dishes in sink.

      Walk away and call husband to finish"

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    4. May I add: "dish washing liquid that includes yogurt to keep your hands soft is horrendous, it doesn't clean well and you take longer to wash dishes... please go for the highly efficient one and if you worry for your hands just use hand cream after or some gloves" -I'm sorry, but someone in my past used that horrendous yogurt dish washing liquid and I totally hated it :p

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    5. There's a dish washing liquid with yogurt in it? That sounds disgusting! HORK! HORK!

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    6. yes, there is one available in Mexico... and seems quite popular among men that live on their own... I guess they are frightened that dish washing liquid will ruin their mani lol

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  17. oh Belly.... it's the season i think.... we're all getting the blogging blahs!!! I was...am still.... very much in the doldrums too. I'm filled with an overwhelming need to just get rid of it all, and start afresh! But... you, my dear belly... can't stop. Cos then the wheel stops turning, and the rest of us will just fall off. So keep on trucking!

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    1. I have major case of the winter doldrums! GAH!!!

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  18. I'm feeling the same. I need help too. LOL!

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    1. Lily, we both need help! Urgent urgent helpppps!

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  19. I'm not a blogger, so I'll answer your question posed to people who read a lot of beauty blogs. And the answer is: yes. It would get dull just seeing the same stuff on every blog. But that's not why (and, I'm betting, others) read beauty blogs. See, it's not just about the products: it's about the voices. The great pleasure is in discovering and reading blogs with distinctive, smart, entertaining voices. (Like yours!) Then I'll read their reviews of anything--even, yes, bacon, if that's what you decide to write about. (And that's saying a lot, since I'm a vegan.) What makes your blog so fun and interesting is HOW you say what you say. So whatever you write about, my vote is: just keep writing. Obviously--not if you hate it! But your voice is unique and delightful, and I hope you keep blogging for a long time. About lipstick, eyeshadows, 50 Shades of Gray--whatever!

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  20. well I'm not too sure about your bacon blogging idea, though perhaps there is a whole new world of bacon wonderfulness that I am just not aware of ;)
    It is really tricky when you aren't feeling the motivation, but I guess you need to take pleasure in all your faithful readers who love your fun, witty and honest slant on things.
    xx

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  21. Definitely had times like these - I'd say, just blog whatever you feel like to, be it books, teas, perfume, cookery, or movies. Whatever that catches your fancy. The longer I blog the more I realize how important it is not to be 'swayed' by current going-ons in the blogosphere, maintain originality, be creative, be real, be honest. Btw, I love your style of writing, you will be greatly missed if you stop blogging :)

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