Sunday, July 22, 2012

My Favourite Five 22/07 - a bit different this week

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.

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  1. I'll never understand why anybody has to say anything about the way someone runs there own blog, surely the amount of posts somebody does is there own beeswax, great post :) and Janes post was great too xx

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    1. I know sure there are always going to be haters and those that have literally nothing nice to say or better to do, so I figure, let them fester in their own rubbish

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  2. Great post Karen & great post you've linked to. There's a lot of this about at the moment - There are so many blogs around at the minute and I really don't envy anyone who feels the pressure to deliver every single day (or twice in your case, unreal). I feel sorry for beauty bloggers like yourself sometimes because it must be really hard to consistently come up with new angles on stuff you know other people will be reviewing too. I take my virtual hat off to you and as I said on another blog recently - I read because of the writers, not because of the products. All the blogs I follow are well-written blogs by lovely ladies (and lads) and your personality shines through. You don't have to feel like you're getting an exclusive - I'll take the funny, well-written posts over the 'exclusive' ones any day. (But I do understand that little fluttery feeling when you clock something that's not been reviewed, it's like finding the feckin' Holy Grail). Just keep doing what you're doing and don't ever do it if you feel like you don't want to. All the best, S x

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    1. Thanks a mill for the comment missus, you're very good :) Sometimes it is hard thinking of different angles but I love when you've seen things done the same way on a few blogs and then bam, inspiration hits! I do pride myself on trying to be different and funny and I'm glad it comes across as I write how I talk to my pals.

      I'm the same as you in that I read posts that have personality. I don't care if you've a degree in whatever, if it's boring, then I won't read it. I want to have the craic and be inspired when reading other blog posts and that's kind of why I set up the Favourite Five posts, so I could share what makes me giggle!

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  3. Love this post and nodded like a demented loon all the way through Jane's too. I agree 100% about feeling like the blog is a second job now but one that I thoroughly enjoy. I love everything about it, the scoops, the finds, the thought that someone enjoys reading my ramblings and most of all, the tweets or mails to say that someone has found a great new product or that a hint I gave worked for them - that's one of the best feelings in the world.
    As for blogs posting the same products after launches, I never understand someone getting their knickers in a knot over it. There are so many products and services vying for attention on blogs, if I've been to an event and I blog about it, that means it's actually pretty feckin' good and I think readers would like to hear about it. To me, it's all about sharing the love.
    That being said, when I've been to an event I always read every single post about it because I'm genuinely interested in what others have taken from the same situation, there's always a different angle that I might not have thought about, I'm always learning.
    Keep up the great work KDawg, you're an inspiration x

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    1. I hear ya missus, I'm the same and read everyone's posts if it's something I've been to/want to buy. I want more than one opinion on things.

      Long may we blog chung wan!

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  4. I always think it's your blog do what you like with it. Don't worry about what others think, as it's always such a waste of time!

    dp
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    www.inanityandthegirl.com

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    1. Exactly, I don't factor in the negativity in at all anymore, not worth it a single bit. I much prefer the fun side of blogging!

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  5. Well all I've to say is I Love Your Blog!!

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    1. Thanks Shelly, really appreciate it :)

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  6. Great post! I'm slowly learning to not put as much pressure on myself. I blog when I can and about things that excite me(makeup-wise at least)and I think that's the best I can do! Gonna nip over now to read Rosemary's post! :) You do great work! x

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  7. thanks for the mention Karen!

    Kirstie

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