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J is back Bitches. The god-honest truth about my return to blogging.

Did you miss me?

I almost canned this blog.

Instead of giving you some sugar coated spiel, I’ll let you in on an uncensored God-honest truth. You might not like what I’m about to say, but I don’t care. You have probably had the exact same feelings.

Blogging has been fun but also taxing. I began to feel bad if I didn’t keep up with posts or if a post got barely recognition at all. I’d spend hours scrolling across WordPress and Bloglovin, comparing others’ blogs to mine and I began to feel a bit discouraged. The internet is full of so much competitionΒ and who would care to ever read my posts? Some blogs are featured in magazines and their creators are well-off. Then again those people are super hard-working and have teams of staff and web designers and copyrighting and blah blah blah.

My dilemma is that on top of writing the posts, taking original photos, editing them and associated media, to grow a blog you need to basically have a superficial online following. You know what I’m talking about -many of you (including me) have Twitter accounts used for promoting your blog (aka spamming people). Yes, it has been entertaining tweeting and reading trending topics, but the majority of posts are overwhelmingly c-r-a-p. The amount of boring tweets simply linking people to a blog post makes me yawn. Not only that, there’s the culture of obsessively following people and then unfollowing them if they don’t follow back. The same thing happens on Instagram and you all know it. I’m not innocent by any means and it is easier for people to find you find if you find them first, but isn’t this whole thing a sham?

I mean, people are now doing Instagram and Youtube as a freaking job because they’ve reached a certain amount of followers and can make money off of doing sponsored posts, etc. But who are these followers and how often do they really even look at these people’s accounts?Β Does anyone actually think Skinny Tea, Hairburst, and waist-trainers work? The only people that really represent those products are pretty and have a large following. And don’t even get me started on the “Lb” comments.

Why am I blogging if it’s 2015? Seriously. I asked myself this question all the time. Youtube is the new blog. Hell, I’ve even thought about doing it. Yet the Beauty Bybel, Styled by Stassi and Miss Maven are all thriving blogs- but all of them are manned by social media powerhouse women. I struggle with trying to figure out if a blog is popular because of it’s content or because of someone’s Youtube account or reality tv appearances. Can a blog really become super successful on it’s own with no Twitter-spamming, follow-backing, sub-for-subbing and piggybacking?

My answer is I’m not sure. But when I was posting frequently, people on their own began to actually engage with me and I was pleasantly surprised at how much attention certain posts got. That was pretty dang cool.

The way I see it I have two options:

Do nothing and look this blog up in a few years to see if it’s still kicking.

Say screw it and keep at it.

If you made it this far, I’ll let you in on a secret- number 2 won. Despite the direction this goes, I know two things for sure: I love makeup and I hate boring. If makeup talk can make me money that’d be pretty great too. If not, I’m sure I’ll have fun anyways. Look forward to my bashful, unbiased reviews of products as well as general beauty banter. I won’t bore you with play-by-plays of my day or personal family photos from Thanksgiving- you don’t need to see em anyway. I like to keep things around the 250 word limit, because who really gives a F$#% to read an essay about a lipstick?

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Talk soon pretties,

J.

16 thoughts on “J is back Bitches. The god-honest truth about my return to blogging.

  1. You know, I actually read all of that which is probably the politically un-correct to say I like the way you think! I’m a skimmer, not even gonna lie. I don’t remember how I found you blog, but I’m glad you picked option 2 πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see more! P.S. I think blogs can rise from the muck of being random-ass chicks like you and me. Sure, it’s like winning the blog lottery, but someone has to do it. Why not us!? P.S. Skinny Tea works. So do laxatives. They’re essentially the same thing πŸ˜›

    1. Thank you so much Kaily! I’ve always loved reading your blog too as I love how honest you are. As for Skinny Tea, thanks for the tip haha! Looking forward to come back πŸ™‚

  2. Um, I think you and I should be bbf. Blogging best friends. Cause you are awesome and yes to everything you just said. I just started my blog this week. The main reason I didn’t start sooner was the insane competition. I’ve been reading beauty blogs for years. I just kept thinking that nobody would ever read this. Who cares what I think? But then I stopped myself and realized that I LOVE makeup. I love makeup, I love to tell people about it, and I’m not awful with computers. As long as I enjoy it, that’s what matters. I’m glad you came back! I look forward to reading more of your posts!!

  3. This is hysterical and amazing. Props to you for saying everything everyone thinks all the time!!!! Thanks for checking out my blog and my review of the Bite Beauty lip crayons! Hope to chat more soon πŸ™‚

  4. So glad to see you posting again. I have really missed your blogs. I think most of us have a similar struggle; I’ve been thinking about posting my own debate between consumerism and just being happy with what you already have!
    Looking forward to your next post!

  5. I just came by your blog today and I’m glad you chose to stick with it because your posts are such fun reads! I’m entertained the whole time that I actually read the whole thing. (I’m normally more of a photo reader.)

    I started blogging a few months ago, I actually never even thought about the competition till you mentioned it. Maybe because my job is so competitive that I’m just so used to it, hmm not sure tho.

    I love blogging because I get to read posts from people like you and its just fun to do after work.

    I work in tech, so rarely anyone share my passion about makeup, so this lets me get an outlet for another passion of mine in life. πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks a lot love!! Yes, I’m actually surprised by how many ladies I meet in person that aren’t makeup junkies like myself!! I’ll casually say something in conversation about Gerard Cosmetics or Jaclyn Hill and they’ll be like whats that?? Haha! Glad you found me too! πŸ™‚

  6. Love this post because I have felt the exact same way, but I started up again because I actually had people ask me why did I stop, they loved what I was posting & the road I was on. Keep it up! I just read a few of your posts & your blog is great & that’s coming from a real live person πŸ™‚

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