Lately, I’ve felt like my blog has become a little impersonal. I know a lot of people like to know the person beyond the art. For this reason, every once in a while I’m going to just sit down and write more of a journal-entry type of post to fill you guys in on life and any upcoming blog changes.

January

The beginning of January was quite busy for me due to an event I had to attend and two birthdays to celebrate. This month was also exciting because I started working on the blog big-time again, which is something I enjoy a lot. Running a blog is way more than just writing content, after all; there’s a ton of stuff that goes on behind the scenes that many people don’t realize, SEO for example. All of these tedious things seem to keep my mind busy and happy.

However, there are a lot of things I have to remember how to do, so getting used to doing everything all over again has been interesting to juggle.

Also, in January I became a student at QC Makeup Academy. This is something I am super excited about. If you guys want more information on that one, like why I decided to pursue this program and what my future plans are…well that’s enough for it’s own blog post, so you’ll just have to wait! 😉

Blog Changes

I have recently decided that the blog will slowly undergo a few changes. First off the color scheme and header/logo will be completely different. This won’t happen right away because I have an image in my head that might end up being hard to get, but I am determined to get what I want. Ultimately, I want the blog to represent my true character a little bit more than what it does right now.

I also desperately need to update my sidebar/profile pictures everywhere. That’s been a work in progress because I’ve been picky. I want to replace it with something with which I’ll be happy for a while, not something that’ll serve as a short-term placeholder.

My posting frequency will also be picking up significantly from what it has been lately. I want to commit myself to Wednesdays and Fridays for sure. Mondays will be thrown in when I am able. I will always be active on social media daily, though I do want to be more consistent on other platforms as well.

I think the last change that I want to mention is that the blog now has an editor! A trusted friend from college has offered to edit the blog for me. I am no longer the only person that has backdoor access!

I have a few other ideas up my sleeve but I think I’m going to keep those a secret for right now.
Let me know what you guys think, and also tell me about your own blogging goals for this year! I read, respond, and check out any blog links left down in the comments. 🙂

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Blogging Tips

I started blogging in the beginning of March, and it is now approaching the end of June. In the last couple of months I have learned so much when it comes to the world of blogging, and creating good content. I wanted to write this little post up to try and fill you all in on where I am at when it comes to blogging. I also figured I would throw out some tips that could possibly help those who are thinking about starting a blog themselves, because it can be a bit overwhelming at first.

Blogging Is Much More Than Just Writing & Publishing Posts

I knew when I started out blogging that there was a lot more to it than just posting my work up on a website, but I didn’t really know the extent of work I could choose to put in. For me this is a great thing, for others this could be the deal breaker when it comes to deciding whether or not they want to start a blog. I love how much control I have over my site, what I post, SEO, pretty much every aspect is up to me, and I really like that. No one can tell me what to post, what to say, or how to say it. I can customize and make my blog look however I want it to.

& by this I don’t mean to sound bratty, or like “EVERYTHING IS ALL MINE” what I do mean is that it can become whatever I want it to be based off of the time and effort I am willing to put in. I’m not held back by any rules or requirements that someone else has placed upon me, i.e. a teacher or a boss. There is a lot of freedom when it comes to starting a blog, and it’s empowering.

Pinterest & Other Bloggers Are Great Resources

Need to find out more information on how to improve your SEO? Don’t know much about self-hosting your own blog? Just need tips and tricks about creating great content? Two of the best resources I have found have been other bloggers and Pinterest. Okay, well technically it’s bloggers posting their work on Pinterest but you get the point. 😛 Fellow bloggers know the ropes when it comes to pretty much anything blog related. I created a Pinterest Board just for resources I can look back at whenever I want, and it has benefited me A LOT.

Here is a list of some blogs that I go to whenever I want feedback or help:

        Pictures Matter

I am continuously trying to improve my photography skills, and add new props to my pictures to keep things interesting. Pictures are a big deal when it comes to blogging.  lot. Many readers pick the posts they plan to read based on the quality of the featured image. It’s similar to judging a book off of it’s cover. People are drawn to things that are visually appealing. I have noticed that the more improvements I make to my pictures/flat lays, the better my views are. Getting creative with props has been fun for me, but it has also benefited the blog when it comes to views. PS. craft stores can be great places to find the cutest props. 😉

Have Fun With It

I absolutely love my blog and I have a lot of fun creating and publishing content. I enjoy every aspect of what I am doing, and that’s really important. If I didn’t have fun doing this, what would be the point? Currently, I’m not making any money off of blogging… actually it costs money to create and maintain a self-hosted blog. Money well spent in my opinion. 🙂 Anyway, have fun with blogging, otherwise there’s no point in putting in so much time and effort. Especially if your content ends up relaying to your readers that your heart isn’t fully in it. If you enjoy blogging, but not what you are blogging about, then switch it up and try something new.

On a different note, I think my next post will be about hair-care.  I recently picked up some new hair-care products. As soon as I get my hair back to normal, I will start posting makeup looks again. I didn’t enjoy having dark hair, and it really zapped the inspiration right out of me. My hair is taking a toll because I had to have it bleached to get it light enough to go back to my natural color. To stay up to date with these kind of “life events” (real world problems right?? ;P) you can follow me over at twitter right hereeeee.

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