Blogging in Ireland is under extreme scrutiny at the moment. I’ve seen a lot of talk online about it disappearing or becoming obsolete. I have also seen so many negative views on it. I can of course only give you my opinion and my thoughts on blogging.
Blogging first and foremost is a place to write about something, anything. It’s a safe haven for people to write down their thoughts. Of course it has taken on a life of it’s own over the past few years. It has become a form of media, a place where people can go to be informed on things, places and even people. It is also now a business with rules and regulations that need to be obeyed like any other.
‘noun: blog; plural noun: blogs
a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.’
I use it as a creative space to talk about what I love, beauty. This is something else that is ridiculed a lot. Beauty blogging is seen as vacant, not important. I don’t tear apart your hobby and your outlet, why do it to mine just because you don’t get it or think it isn’t important? I see talk of it being over saturated and that there’s too many people doing it. I think there is room for everyone, the internet is a big place 🙂 We may talk about the same things, but what is special about your blog, is you. Your take on things, your words, your thoughts.
I know there are negative sides to the blogging industry. But that happens with any industry, you can’t tar everyone who blogs with the same brush.
I also think the word ‘blogger’ is used in the wrong context a lot. To me, a blogger is someone who has and maintains a blog with their content on it. Social media is an extension of that. I have grown to love using and interacting on social media too through blogging.
I began blogging just to blog. Of course nowadays I am lucky to receive product for consideration as well use Beautynook as an excuse to buy way too much aswell 🙂 I know this is a big talking point at the minute. If you follow me, you know I am more then happy to declare if something was given to me. I am also more than happy to share my real opinions on things good, bad or indifferent. Or sometimes no opinion at all if I have nothing to say about something. If I ever collaborate with brands I love, I will shout it from the rooftops. I think it’s something to be proud of! I put a lot of work into Beautynook. Into sampling products, researching them, photographing, writing posts and keeping up with social media. I enjoy every minute it, but it is work and it is time consuming. I am also learning and growing from it constantly, which I think is really important.
I am not perfect by any means. My writing isn’t perfect. My pictures definitely aren’t. My makeup skills are far from it. I don’t claim to be an expert. I am human. But, I have so much passion for the beauty industry. I find it so inspiring. That’s why I choose to write and learn about it. I have also been so lucky to meet awesome like minded people while doing it and have had some awesome opportunities. I feel so very lucky that people interact and take the time to read what I write and also value my opinions. It is literally the best feeling in the world! There is definitely mixed opinions out there on whether it is OK to blog for a living or make money out of it! I think people make money from their hobbies all of the time, why should it be any different? It is the dream to make a career doing something you love.
Blogging is a choice, anyone can do it, all you have to do is be inspired and start typing! If you have a passion and you want to write about it, just do it. It’s fun… I promise 🙂