I can’t believe that this journey has started a year ago, and what a ride it has been. First thing first…
Why did I started this Blog?
If you don’t already know, I’m french Canadian. My english being so-so, I wanted to start an english blog as part of my learning experience into mastering a second language. Writing on beauty-oriented subjects was a no brainer since I’m a total, self-proclaimed makeup junkie. What you probably don’t know is that at exactly the same period last year, I also started a health/fitness/active blog that has since been put on hold simply because realistically, I couldn’t find the time to have 2 ongoing separate blogs (soon to be resuscitated & I hope you stop by)! Little did I know that this adventure would have so many challenges but would also be a superb learning vehicle for the computer/social-networking neophyte that I was (I’m still eager to learn a lot more in the coming years)!
Since I love doing reviews, I will adopt my usual format to recap this one year anniversary, starting with …
The TIME factor
Let’s face it, having and maintaining a blog is time consuming: posting 3 different articles per week is the most I can do. Because english is far from being my first language and I’m still trying to learn grammar and conjugation, it takes me a really (REALLY!) long time to write and correct every post … To let you in on a little secret, I even have BeardMan read all my posts prior to publishing so he can correct a lot of my remaining mistakes (but not all of them unfortunately). He’s getting quite knowledgeable on all those beauty stuff and specific vocabulary!!
Choosing a beauty and makeup blog have been hard on my wallet. Many time, my only reason in buying some products was to review them on my blog. I was buying a lot of makeup before but it’s pretty accurate to say that this last year I’ve spent easily twice the normal amount I would have spent. Having a steady job and considering that we are middle class folks, my resources have unfortunately hit some limits and I certainly don’t want to become a hoarder (I already think my collection is out of control). I can see why a lot of bloggers keep on disappearing, as it’s so hard to keep up …
The LIKE button
This is by far my biggest pet peeves when it comes to blogging: all those people “liking” my post without even reading or viewing. Call me naive but the first month, I was totally focusing on my LIKES. One day, after hitting the 37 LIKES mark, I was ecstatic! After learning more about WordPress stats, I realized that for this exact post, I had 2 VIEWS and 2 comments, meaning that 35 people liked my post without even reading the damn thing. From this day the LIKE mean NOTHING to me… and soon it will be gone! Trust me, I understand the lack of time to read other posts, that’s a real struggle for me too, but out of respect, please don’t like my posts if you don’t read them.
I’m being humble when I tell you that I don’t even have 500 followers after a year. At first, it bothered me a lot because I could see my blogger friends reaching thousands and trust me, I’m really very happy with everyone’s popularity (I have a lot of fault but jealousy is not one of them)! Still, it made me sad and kept me wandering if I was any good. I’ve since stop focusing on the numbers. My blog is done with passion and, not in a million year, intended to replace my day job (Hobby it is!!!) … So there you go; numbers are just numbers and quite frankly I’m focusing more on the views and in that regards, I’m happy with those !!!
I can’t say it enough: I’ve learned so much in the passing year; I’m more tech savvy, my english has improved a great deal, I’m finding myself loving photography and even considering taking some computer courses along the way. I know I still have a lot to learn (I mean A LOT), and in the coming months, I would like to understand more of all those social media applications and develop new skills in those areas.
How beautiful is our blogger community !?! I’ve met along the way some amazing girls & boys. I’ve read mind blowing posts, saw breathtaking pictures but still, once a week, I thought about quitting blogging for good. Thru it all, the human factor found across this community is the one thing that kept me going.
It may just be a passion but this project has giving me a real good discipline at planning subjects, posts, taking pictures etc. In my life, there have been a lot of things that I’ve started and never finished so this year of blogging has been helpful for other aspects of my life, and for me it’s an achievement.
The FUTURE of Curly Spring Blossom
♥ First and foremost, I love blogging, I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. You are stuck with me for a really long time I hope.
♥ I want to discover and promote new brands & hopefully a lot more Canadian brands.
♥ I want to start writing some posts both in french and english.
♥ Year 2 of Curly Spring Blossom will not be about what I think people want to read but what Ingrid would like to read.
♥♥♥ Thanks to each and everyone of you, who read, comment and have made me love blogging so much. Hope to see some of you in person one of these days.♥♥♥
Memory Lane to my first post... (If I can call that a post !!!)
I received this Urban Decay Pulp Fiction palette 2 days ago and seriously it’s one of the best neutral palette i own …I LOVE it so much, very pigmented and the colors are amazing… AND the best part of it : it’s on SALE on sephora.com !!! Grab it , a very Hot Buy…
Pssst! Look who was there, commenting on my very first post (my only comment for that matter): the so talented Kaily Baute (From Hello Kaily). Funny fact: to this day, I’m not mistaken by saying that this UD Pulp Fiction palette is, for both of us, one of our favourites!!! Kaily recently had a giveaway with this particular palette as a gift (What a timing !!!)
I’m super pump for year 2, thanks for sticking with me my beauties