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Celebrating ONE year⎟ Curly Spring Blossom

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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)!

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Since I love doing reviews, I will adopt my usual format to recap this one year anniversary, starting with …


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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!!

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Money

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 …

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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.

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The NUMBERS

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 !!!


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Learning

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.

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Friends

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.

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Discipline/Organization

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.

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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 !!!)


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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…

Xoxo Ingrid


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 !!!)

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I’m super pump for year 2, thanks for sticking with me my beauties

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Ingrid xxx

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43 thoughts on “Celebrating ONE year⎟ Curly Spring Blossom

  1. Oh another thought about your concern about views vs likes – I don’t think WP logs page views if people read your blog their the WP app reader. On there you can read the whole post without clicking to the person’s site… and lots of people browse using their phones. Just a thought! ❤

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    1. That’s a very good point (as always!!!). I don’t really look at numbers anymore, they are what they are (not very important!!!). Are you concerned with the “numbers” stuff yourself ???

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  2. Congratulations on one year! It’s true that you learn so much in your first year, and even beyond I think. The beauty blogging comunity is a great group to, always supporting and helping each other out. I don’t understand people liking a post without even reading it.

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  3. I didn’t realize I was the first person to comment on your post! But I’m so glad I did because I freaking love you and you can NEVER ever quit blogging 🙂 I didn’t know you had a fitness blog either. I NEED to get fit so if you do ever revive it PLEASE include a link! And you and Beard Man are doing great with the grammar 🙂 I’ve learned a lot too this past year and agree that focusing on the likes and numbers is not good. I’m actually thinking of getting rid of the like button too. As for the subscriber thing, it is what it is. I used to obsess over it and wonder why my blog wasn’t as popular as others when I feel that I am a good writer, informative, include pictures, sometimes funny-ish (at least to me) and nice (most of the time). But that’s just it… I follow tons of people that I think are AMAZING and they don’t have 10k. So it’s important to remember that the numbers do not define YOU as a person. Those are just the people lucky enough to have stumbled upon your blog 🙂 Anyways, happy 1 year my friend 🙂

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  4. Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary! I hear you – blogging is so much more work and expensive than I ever imagined and I have only been doing it half as long as you! I think you have the right idea by blogging about things that you want to blog about – your passion will shine through and that will make it interesting to your readers! Keep doing what you’re doing – it’s great! 🙂

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  5. Congrats on one year!!! I love your blog! And I’d never like and not read / comment. 😀
    Your English is VERY good – honestly. If I was made to write a blog in French… oiy! Your BeardMan is amazing for proofreading all your entries! THUMBS UP for him!
    So funny about the spending more money to review products on your blog… this year I’ve spent the LEAST money and I started a blog lol.
    And here’s the secret to people with all the followers… often times it’s due to them following a lot of other blogs too (follow for follow trend) and I know myself, personally, I can’t manage all those blogs. Imagine if you followed 500 other blogs! Mon dieu!
    I’m SO thankful that I discovered your blog!!!

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    1. Thanks sweetie . The feeling is mutual dear friend. The No-Buy may not be for me but I was thinking of doing a 1000$ limit buy !!!!This would include all things makeup, beauty & bath related. Seems like a big number but it’s quite low for a whole year. Thanks for all your support this past year, I really appreciate it a LOT xoxo

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      1. I completely understand, $1000 for a full year is not that much! That’s $83.33 per month! I am considering a low-buy next year but allow myself maybe $200 per month. I haven’t formulated a plan yet…

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  6. Joyeux anniversaire a ton blog d’une autre blogueuse Canadienne française, étant nouvelle sur wordpress je suis contente de voir que je ne suis pas la seule !

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      1. Tu parles français ??? 😳 Ça fait longtemps que je veux faire mes posts dans les 2 langues, mais je manque de temps (ou je suis juste paresseuse) !!! Merci Jodi pour ton support au cours de cette dernière année !!! 😘

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  7. Congratulations on your first blogiversary! Such a big milestone: it takes hard work to get there 🙂
    Looking forward to reading more of your lovely posts in year 2!
    xx Anne

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