I don’t think I’ve ever been away from this blog for as long as I have been over the last few months. I’ve had a lot of time to think about how I want to run this blog and how I want to better spend my time. The older I get, the more I want to focus on things I genuinely feel passionate about and staying true to me.
What burnt me out was blogging based on other people’s expectations, what my friends thought I should blog about or to get more traffic. All of those factors are no longer concerns for me, I’m running this blog exactly how I want to run it, regardless of what people think and how many people read it. Some of the changes I have in mind are:
Project 100 Pan
My entire beauty collection is in need of some major decluttering. After years of being a beauty blogger that primarily featured reviews on products, you end up with a pretty sizable collection that any normal person wouldn’t normally use or need. My goal is to get through 100 products I own before I make any new purchases, this includes empties, products gone bad/old, not any I’ll be giving away. I’m really looking forward to releasing my first video for it soon 😀
If you read my FAQ page you’ll know that I’m no longer accepting PR samples for review, and over time I’d like to get to a point where I only feature products I’ve personally bought for review. As someone who has worked with PR and as someone who has read literally thousands of beauty blogs, how you review a product you’ve personally purchased with your own money vs a product that was sent to you for review is generally different.
I personally find it difficult to trust reviews that are either sponsored or where the item was provided for free unless I know the blogger personally. I think it’s pretty natural to be more forgiving of a product that was free than one you had to save up for on a subconscious level. So even when people say they are giving their honest opinion, their honest opinion may generally be less critical than normal. That’s just my personal stance and so I wanted to shift my blog to be true to myself. If I don’t trust those type of blog posts then I shouldn’t be posting those type of blog posts.
I’ve come to realise that the only place a strict schedule works for me is in my working life. Outside of that, I need things to be more fluid and flexible in order for me to not only be productive, but enjoy what I do too. Ideally I’d blog every day, but realistically I’ll blog when I can / feel like it.
Shift to Lifestyle
Wasn’t even sure if this needed pointing out given the shift my channel as taken, but figured no harm in pointing out that my blog is going to be more a reflect of all my interests rather than purely beauty.
Those are the main changes I’ve been contemplating over the last few months, I’ve got a few technical changes that need to take place before I throw myself back into the blogging world, but I just felt like sharing what was on my mind 🙂 I’m actually feeling refreshed, renewed and excited for my changes! It’s like starting a new chapter where the only opinion I need to worry about is my own 🙂Read More