Friday, October 24, 2014

The Secrets of Blogging Tag

A bit of a different kind of post today!  (Maybe a nice break from my face?)  Tanya from Leopard Lace and Cheesecake tagged me to do the "Secrets of Blogging" tag thingy, which involves answering a few questions about, well, blogging.

1. When did you start blogging and why?  My first post was published in January 2013.  I had been reading beauty blogs for ages, and I asked my mom, sister, and husband if I should start one so that they wouldn't have to listen to me drone on about cosmetics.  They all said "absolutely!"  Actually, they're very happy listen to me ramble on about makeup because they know it's one of my hobbies, but I think they wanted to encourage me to create a blog to give me something fun to think about, and to be able to connect with like minded people.

2. How many people in "real life" know about your blog?  I think most everyone in my family knows about my blog (my mom has emailed them links to my garden posts), but I don't think they read it regularly.  None of my "real life" friends know about my blog.  Not even the ones I worked with at Sephora, which is silly, because they would probably enjoy it (you kind of have to be a cosmetic-aholic to work there).  I guess part of me doesn't want everyone to know just how into cosmetics (especially makeup) I am.

3. What are your favorite posts to read?  I have to choose?  I guess face/eye/nails of the day posts are pretty close to the top of the list, because I always find inspiration in them.  Reviews/swatches are always helpful; hauls are fun; personal posts are interesting.  I read and enjoy them all!

4. List a blog you have discovered recently  Geez, I'm constantly finding new blogs to read.  I often find new ones by googling a product, looking at the image results, and discovering that it's from a blog I would enjoy reading.  A couple that I have come across recently (even though they are established blogs) are Hello Jaa (amazing photos) and The Painted Rogue (really fun writing).

5. Which posts are you most proud of?  Hmmm.  One that comes to mind is my post about our carnivorous plant collection.  I try to do a good job on all of my posts.  Some are shorter or simpler than others, but I try to create posts that I am proud of and that I would enjoy reading if I was a reader and not the creator.

6. What advice would you give to future bloggers?  My attitude toward blogging might be different than most people's.  I'm not interested in monetizing my blog, which is why I don't have any ads on it.  At this point, I don't promote my blog in any way.  I read Twitter and Facebook everyday, but I very rarely post anything.  And it's never about my blog (see question 2).  When I feel like I'm not doing a good enough job with my blog the advice I give myself is as follows:  "Write about whatever you want.  This is your corner of the interwebz.  Don't feel pressured to post all the time, watch the numbers, or do it perfectly.  As soon as blogging becomes a chore, take a wee break from it."

So there you have it.  A little insight in to my blog, blogging, and blog reading habits!

Thank you, Tanya, for tagging me!


  1. I'm like you -- only a few people in "real" life know about my blog. I don't know that I'd want everyone to know how much makeup I have and how much I enjoy it. I guess that's because it does seem a bit frivolous, and I'm not entirely confident in loving something so frivolous so much!

  2. Thanks for taking the time to do this tag! I love your answer to #6.

  3. Thanks for the mention, Ingrid! It's so nice of you! Do you work at Sephora? How do you like the job? It must be so much fun getting to play with makeup all day! :D

  4. I have to say, your look of the day posts are some of my favorite. The way you combine colors and the placement of them inspires me!

    I try to keep reminding myself that makeup and cosmetics are historically and cross-culturally quite an important part of every society. It feels "frivolous" sometimes when I think about how many people in the world struggle with poverty and going without necessities, but I tell myself to feel fortunate instead of guilty. It's my hobby, and it's something I enjoy. Never apologize for being a glamour girl!

  5. Thank you again for tagging me! I totally failed and forgot to tag anyone... I should do an update.

  6. I used to work at Sephora several years ago. It was really fun playing with and learning all about all the different cosmetic brands! I will say, it was surprisingly hard work, having to know so much about every brand in the store. Thanks for reading, Jaa!

  7. Thank you, Ingrid. That is so sweet of you to say. <3

    I have to remember that there's nothing wrong with loving what I love, I think I just need to be more confident about it.