It was a busy aul week for me at work and that's when I do most of my blog reading. So last week one of the girls was on annual leave so I had to fill in and didn't have time to catch up on my reading, but I'm hoping to catch up this evening. My evenings are usually busy with blogging, seeing my pals and general life so I now appreciate the time I'll have at work this week to get right back up to date on everything! Of course, I did managed to read a few posts during the week and this week my Favourite Five posts is a bit different. I've just one and it's a cracker.
Without a shadow of a doubt, my favourite post by an absolute mile was this one from British Beauty Blogger called Don't Let Blogging Mess With Your Head. I could relate to so much of what Jane wrote about and it was just fantastic to see some of my insecurities in black and white. I thought I'd add my little thoughts and insights to the whole shebang that was so well written and had me nodding the whole way through.
1. I'll fully admit that I do the whole "why wasn't I invited to this event" and "how come I wasn't sent that" and it wrecks my head that I let it affect me like that. I do it much less often now though and I just focus more on moiself and moi's blog rather than what everyone else is doing. I have enough confidence in myself and in the blog to know that I'm doing a good job.
2. I do post twice a day and to some that might seem excessive but it doesn't take me any more time than posting once a day. Shortly after I started posting twice a day, I read a blog post that was quite obviously directed at me and went through all the reasons why that blog doesn't post more than once a day. And I addressed it then and basically said you do your thing and I'll do mine. It shouldn't affect you one single bit if I post ten times a day! I'm more organised than ever before and I'm never without ideas to write about. But I don't let it consume me. I go out with bloggy pals and pals from home more than ever and have a great social life.
3. That being said, I do like to keep the pressure on myself. I don't worry about the number of followers anymore as a few giveaways can boost that number up but not have it reflect in the stats. I've been getting more and more into my Google Analytics over the past couple of months and it's a much more accurate representation of stats over the Blogger Stats. If I've been to an event that lots of bloggers were at, I immediately start thinking of how I can make my post different. A lot of us have the same followers and they aren't going to want to read the same stuff over and over. I use TweetDeck to tweet the link of the new blog posts when they go live and it's posted to Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin. It's one less thing I've to think about.
4. Regarding getting the scoop on things, I totally do this, I can't help it! If I've seen something new in the shops that I think is brilliant and nobody has blogged about it, I'm all over it! Or if something new is going to be released and I see them in the shops before the release date, like the Maybelline Colour Tattoos, you will see it on my blog the next day!
Thanks Jane for giving me some perspective and for making me see that I'm normal! (As normal as someone who does all that can be!) I used to see blogging as a hobby but it has developed into what I call My Second Job. But it doesn't feel like work at all to me. I absolutely love it and someday hope to make a career out of beauty writing.
Kirstie McDermott lectured last month on How to succeed at blogging and I was raging I missed it but fear not, Rosemary Mac Cabe has it all here and folks, it's brillo.