Why I chose to Start Blogging

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Hello my beauties, I hope you all are having a wonderful day! I decided to write this blog post on why I chose to start blogging, and how to get started when creating a blog page. I have never really been the type of girl who enjoyed writing as a past time or a hobby, it never really interested me. Over the years, I have always been recommended by others to start a journal and keep track of what goes on throughout your day. For sure it was fun to pick out a cute journal from Chapters or Coles, and it was fun to write a couple of entries here and there, but I would later forget to write in it, or get bored super fast. So that whole journal thing blew over really fast. I remember always being asked ” what’s your hobby?” or “what do you enjoy doing?”. Let’s just say I absolutely HATED being asked these questions because I never really knew how to answer them! I literally felt like an absolute idiot because I personally felt like I did not have a hobby whatsoever. I was always puzzled when answering this question and was always so embarrassed as well! I would usually come up with things like “well… I like to tan, go shopping, go out with friends”, but I never really had my own personal hobby. This is whenI actually started researching different hobbies on the internet… yes I was THAT girl, but I could not really find anything that interested me. I kind of just pushed that whole hobby thing to the side, and went on my way with completing my school work and so forth.

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I was enrolled in an elective that I had chosen called Intercultural Studies at Brock University, and constantly participated in online seminar discussions where my T.A would read over and mark my responses. I remember one of his responses towards my post which stated that I had a blogging voice, and that I should consider pursuing a career within the blogging industry. I was flattered by his remark, and really thought about what he had suggested. I never really thought of myself being the blogging type, but I slowly started to consider it and I wrote down a list of different topics that I could blog about. I began researching different tips and tricks on what to blog about and how to get started. I started to question “what interests me?”, “what do I like to read about?” and so on.

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I have always been interested in the Youtube industry, and have wanted to start my own Youtube channel for the longest time. Being a University student who was on a budget, I did not have the proper financial support to go out and buy all the equipment such as high quality lights and cameras to get started on Youtube. I was kind of bummed out and pissed at first that I couldn’t start my own channel, but I had known for a fact that I loved watching other beauty gurus on Youtube. Most of my free time is directed towards watching beauty related videos. I would often watch how these individuals presented themselves, and how they presented their products within their videos. I started to analyze all sorts of things from their videos , and finally came up with a list of topics that I wanted to associated and gear my blogs around. These things included: makeup tutorials, beauty products, DIY’s and lastly life stories/advice. I could not primarily focus on one specific topic because I had knowledge and interests on all 4 of those categories. The idea of blogging started to really interest me when I looked more into it.

I knew for a fact that I loved taking pictures but not just any pictures. I wanted my pictures to stand out and all be planned out. I wanted the products that I was going to discuss within my blog to be set up nicely with props and everything. One thing you will notice about all my blogs is that I absolutely love incorporating pictures in them. I personally do not like reading a blog post that has hardly any photos within it. I tend to get bored very easily and the blog looks super extra long…. does it not!? It looks as though it would take forever to read and I am not down for that! My one piece of advice that I highly recommend to individuals who are planning on starting their own blog page, is to include a shit ton of pictures! Try to be creative with them too and personalize them! You will slowly start to gather more traffic on your site by doing this.

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When I blog, I automatically go to my happy place and cherish my time doing it. I put my phone right away and block everything out as this is “my time”. My boyfriend knows right away that if I do not reply to his text messages for a couple of hours that I must be blogging! I find that I get less distracted when I put my phone away as well, and I can focus way better. There are some days where I have a hard time trying to find topics to blog about. I usually try to think back to the past few days to see if any events have been going on or if anything has sparked my interest. If you are still having a hard time coming up with a topic don’t sweat it, it will eventually come to you! I am hoping that my blogs will pick up, and I will have more followers later on in the future. I mainly write my blogs for pleasure! Having the opportunity to share my knowledge with other people is extremely rewarding, especially if I only help one or two people out. I appreciate the feedback that I receive from my blog posts as well, and couldn’t be happier that you guys are taking the time to read them! It really does mean a lot to me, so thank you very  much! I came up with a few tips and tricks for you beauts on how to get started when writing a blog page.

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  1. Start on WordPress– I highly recommend starting your blog posts on this site! It is extremely easy to follow and there are many different other sites to look at to get ideas from and what not.
  2. Creating a list-Create a list of different topics that you would like your blogs to be based around. This will help you gather different ideas on what to discuss within these categories.
  3. Decide what day– Decide when you are going to upload and publish your blogs. This ensures and allows you to stay on task when  writing your blogs and planning your week/day.
  4. Reply to comments– Make sure to reply to your comments on your page. This ensures that your followers are top priority and you are focused on their thoughts/opinions.
  5. Create your signature– It took me a while to come up with my own signature but I finally came up with the saying “Much love xo.”, and I stuck with it. I find this to add a personalized touch and be super catchy as well!

These are just a few of my tips and tricks on how to get started when blogging! I hope this helped some of you beauts out! If you have any questions feel free to comment below. Be sure to follow my page as well and my other social media accounts

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Much love xo.

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