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Sunday, December 20, 2015

What They Don't Tell You About Beauty Blogging

What They Don't Tell You About Beauty Blogging

Nearly five years ago I first logged onto Blogger and began blogging, back then I had next to no idea what I was doing (some may argue that is still the case) nor what a few clicks could create. If you are toying with the idea of joining the world of beauty blogging in 2016 (and I think you should) here is a few forewarnings of what to expect...if you are veteran blogger, perpare to nod sagely.

What They Don't Tell You About Beauty Blogging

1, That blog name and URL you've spent hours, maybe even days deliberating over? Yeah, give it a month and you'll more than likely hate it.

2, You'll also at some point be referred to as your blog title - not necessarily a bad thing as I happen to think Sunday is quite a pretty name but there you go.

3, As a further kick in the teeth, changing it to something else is fairly complicated and often more hassle than it is worth.

4, S.E.O - Search Engine Optimisation, three words that will become the bane of your life and suck joy out of post titles like nothing else (I did have a simile but keeping it clean was a problem).

5, If you are not already a candle fan prepare to be converted. By the time you are a year into blogging, there is a good chance you could give the local chapel a run for its money.

6, The seasons will become your enemy. Sure you'll enjoy the sunshine of Summer, the crispness of Autumn and the festive cheer of Winter but curse each change of light for destroying your photographs.

7, While we are on the topic of photography prepare for the battery in your camera and/or phone to die when you need it most and at least one of your card SD cards to corrupt. It will most likely be the card in which you haven't had the time to save the photos onto your computer...or at least that is my experience.

8, A trip to your local beauty hall will result in both your forearms, hands and perhaps your new Winter coat becoming engrained in traces of the latest launches.

9, At least one day a week will be referred to as "blog day", think mass photography sessions followed by frantic typing and organising of blog posts.

10, You will develop uncanny abilities: such as identifying a certain brand of lipsticks from 10 paces away and most likely be able to sniff out just about every perfume going. Skills to pay the bills...or something like that.

It's a strange world/industry but I wouldn't have it any other way.


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29 comments:

  1. I'm a newbie as I've been blogging for just a few weeks. I have a blog day too, where I take a batch load of pics and draft future titles on permenant beauty lines. I do my writing in the evenings once the kids have gone to bed as I find it a great way to relax. I'm learning so much and still have a bucket load to learn.
    Toni.

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  2. I'm still a newbie, but the candle thing is so me. Seriously its ridiculous. just did a round up of my "Empties" on my blog... it is 90% empty candle jars. ha!

    Also the lack of light right now is awful. I need to be home 12-1 or there is no way my pictures will look good... nightmare!

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

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  3. Aww! This was a humorous article- I loved it :) not a blogger, but it's always interesting to hear about behind the scenes!

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  4. HAHAHA Number five about candles!!! That's actually so ridiculously true, I only just admitted that to myself a few days ago hahah x

    Katina | www.katinalindaa.com

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  5. Lovely post as always. Totally agree about the season changes - finding natural light in the winter is a nightmare. x

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  6. This was so accurate and helpful! I love how honest your blog is.

    www.makeupmusicbooks.com

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  7. Number 6 I can totally agree with! Never enough sunlight for photography. Great post! x

    Everything But The Kitchen Sink

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  8. Blog day!! Take lots of pictures for multiple products and satisfied with it until the next planned post, I hated the pictures and retake them again =="

    Mizuchan

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  9. These are all soon true. Thank God I don't hate my blog name yet.

    ZEKALIN

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  10. Loved this post, very true!!

    Charlotte ~http://allthingsmakeupbeautyandlife.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. Love the humour behind this post, and the true reality of it too! I'm still a newbie, but already I have a set blog day like you say, mass photography sessions definitely happen on a regular! Love this.
    ________

    www.isabellekategm.co.uk ♡

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  12. Haha this post made my day! Pure gold.

    Xoxo

    Jessica
    www.blushandbaubles.com

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  13. The blog name one is so true, I've been wanting to change mine for absolutely ages but just don't want to deal with all the hassle haha!

    Just Little Things xo

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  14. Haha love this post! All so true!
    www.missamyguest.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

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  15. Hahahah, you immediately hit the nail on the head with number one! I do like my blog name but my url is just too long I think. But yeah, for reasons (3) I don't do anything about it. And yeaaaah, what's it with us bloggers and candles?? Hahaha :-)

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  16. Haha 'blogging days' are so true for me! And the lipstick thing, I literally go to MAC and know the shade before I've checked the bottom :') xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  17. These are all so true! So just for beauty bloggers, but for bloggers in general. Especially the ones about URL, SEO and photography - yep, yep and yep. Know them all too well. I actually went as far as changing my URL about a year into blogging (which was only a couple months ago). I'm glad I did it though, but it was so much work!

    Sofie xx
    soundslikesofie.com

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  18. I'm still only new to blogging but I can defiantly see how if I keep it up this post could relate to me in the future! Love the humour of this post and your writing style! (:

    Jess x
    indulgentrose.blogspot.com

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  19. You'll be signed up to ENDLESS newsletters without your consent - grrrrr! xxx

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  20. Number 1 made me chuckle. I agonised over a name, then picked it and for months I kind of apologised to friends when I told them about it: "It's a bit twee, I know" I would say. A year on I feel like I have gone full circle and now it is the name of it and that's it!

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

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  21. This is lovely! I'm still a newbie so it's great to learn these :) You're so right, after only months I already hate the name! This is such a fun post.
    Lucy xoxo
    http://lucyannblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. I can relate to ALL of these points!
    x

    beautyblahblahblah.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. Hahah love this post! I'm a sporadic blogger at best and even I can relate!

    Saz // Oh Dollymix

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  24. These are all so true! I just started blogging and I can agree with all of them! :)

    http://www.adashofvanilla.com/

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  25. I am a new blogger and have found this very amusing and also very useful!
    Meg|www.missmegx.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. Just starting my blog and laughing while reading this. What I have to look forward to? I feel like I already understand 'blog days'. ;)

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  27. I'm blogging for about a year now,still a newbie since i have some ons and offs!!I can't agree more with all the points above...But no matter the ''struggles'' i still love every single minute of it ^_^

    xoxo Afrodite ~ BubblyBeauty

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  28. Nothing good comes easy! Keep up the good work!

    Shop & Blog | Daily Opulence | www.dailyopulence.com

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