Picture credit: Seriously Shallow
A few days ago my gorgeous friend Sarah over at Seriously Shallow posted her confessions of a blogger post and I loved it. I think it’s nice every now and then to take a break from the glam posts and go a little deeper.
As this is such a personal post I’m going to take my lead from Sarah and not tag anyone directly. If however you feel inspired to do your own ‘confessions’ post then please feel free and let me know if you do. Oh and before I get to the juice I have to say thanks to Sarah for the kick ass pick above, I absolutely love it, might just have to put it on my desk!
When did you start your blog?
I finally started my blog in winter last year. I had been procrastinating about doing it for a long, loooooong time. I finally plucked up the courage one night after a few glasses of wine and just went for it!
Have you had any past online presence before (other blog, YouTube)?
Nope not a damn thing.
Why did you start a blog?
It has been something I have wanted to do for a really long time. I have sat watching youtube vids and reading other blogs for such a long time but never felt worthy to do it myself. Then one day I realised that other bloggers are just normal girls like me that want to help others, so I just thought screw it I’m gonna do me and if people want to read it they will, and if they don’t, they won’t!
What was your first post?
My first post was The Musings of a 30 Something Girl… I cringe like mad when I look back on it but I refuse to delete it. It’s frank and honest and a part of me. Plus we all have to start somewhere right?
When did you become serious about starting a blog?
To be honest I don’t know that seriousness comes into it. I mean sure I take a professional approach, especially when working with companies but for me this is something I feel really passionately about. Some people may find that daft but that’s cool, I’m gonna do me anyway!
What has been your biggest challenge about blogging?
As I said above this is something I feel passionately about. Yes I understand that hair, makeup, fashion and all the other glam stuff are not the most important things in life, for goodness sake my day job is a cancer nurse. This stuff for me is a beautiful distraction from the day-to-day realities I face in my professional and personal life. Putting my rollers in and playing with my makeup isn’t my biggest priority, but it sure as hell is a fun hobby. I have struggled with my own self image and confidence for the longest time, so if I can help other girls (and boys) feel good about themselves I’m sure as hell gonna do that. CAN’T STOP, WONT STOP!
Where do you see your blog in one year?
I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and it will grow organically. What will be, will be. No pressure!
What is the most rewarding thing to you about blogging?
Number one is all the lovely comments I get. That lovely sense of sharing advice and tips and being part of a community that loves all things glam as much as me. Being a part of a community that wont judge me as being a shallow person without taking a minute to get to know me. The second is the gorgeous friends I’ve made along the way. Girls you know who you are and how much I love ya!
What is the most discouraging thing that happens to you?
Since starting my blog I have been really lucky and not experienced any trolls. All my comments have been positive and lovely. I have however seen the real side of a certain ex-friend who to be honest I am definitely better off without. So really apart from seeing one persons true colours I have had only positive experiences.
What’s your lasting inspiration or motivation?
Hmmmm this is a hard one. I would say my inspiration are the gorgeous blogger-besties I have found. They give me so much encouragement and positivity and make me smile every time we chat. If I give anyone even a little of the positivity and encouragement they give me then that definitely is my motivation. Now that may sound a little cheesy but it’s true. Oh and I suppose it’s nice to have people to chat to that love all the glam stuff as much as me. I think my friends and family are a bit sick of holy grail mascara talk!
PEACE & LOVE
Sonya D x