I’m in one of those moods for a bit of a blog brain-dump. Or random ramble. Whatever you want to call it. I basically have a whole host of thoughts whizzing around my head and wanted to put them down before I self-combust. Firstly, I’m really appreciative of all the feedback I’ve had through my ‘What do you want from me’ post. Really touched to see how positive and constructive the comments were – one of the main things that shone out of it is that you lovely folks reading want to read/see a bit more about me and enjoy reading the more personal posts. Honestly, I’ve always wanted to keep a decent level of privacy (probably why I’m a bit of a fail at You Tube). When I first started the blog it was totally anonymous – but over time I’ve put a bit more about me in there. But at the end of the day, to me – the blog is mainly about the stuff I want to talk about. Sure, which means it’s all my opinion, thoughts and experiences. But I basically have zero desire to be famous. The idea of not being able to mooch around Topshop without being ‘spotted’ doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest. I’d love for my blog to be well known enough that people are like ‘Oh, YOU’RE the person behind A Beauty Junkie in London’! But not like ‘Oh, are you Jen from A Beauty Junkie in London’ – if that makes sense at all. But, despite this – I am going to make a conscious effort to add a little more ‘me’ to the blog. Kinda kicking off with this Sunday ramble post.
The Future of Blogging
This is something on my mind quite a lot this week. Not just my blog, but the blogging world overall. In all honesty, the direction blogging is heading kinda makes me feel uneasy. As I said in my ‘Blogging Pressures to Ignore‘ post – I just don’t like the pressure to portray a perfect glossy life. Now, don’t get me wrong – I do love to read some of this sort of blog. They’re gorgeous, asipirational and to an extent inspire me. But also, they make me freak out a bit and feel totally inadequate. I don’t like this second feeling one bit. Sure, I can easily put this down to my own insecurity or whatever. But the reason I say I don’t like the way blogging is going is that it’s just so far away from what it started as. Particularly in beauty – it was all about real people showing what products are really like. Now the line between a magazine beauty edit and a lifestyle blog is so blurred you can’t see the difference. There will always be a demand for that glossy content – because it isn’t real, it’s an escape from real and I guess that’s what we want from entertainment.
What I don’t like that I get the feeling the more ‘real’ side of blogging is being pushed out in favour of the glossy edits. I also don’t like how despite wanting to ignore the pressure myself, there’s a huge part of me that feels I have to give in to it to ‘keep up’ with the blogging posse. I will always try my very hardest to keep this blog as something that feels true to me, whilst also being what I feel a beauty/lifestyle blog is all about. I want to write more lifestyle content- but it will always be as real as I can make it. By that I mean I want to take lovely photos – but they will be real life. Not set up with pretty props or edited to look like they’re out of a movie or straight off of Pinterest. There’s probably a whole lot more I could say about this – but for the sake of Sunday night, I’ll leave it there. Maybe will come back to it at another time.
Speaking of Pinterest – does anyone else go through random phases with this? I love it as a little escape (see point above about glossy escapism for entertainment) and can get lost pinning for hours if I let myself. Current obsessions are of the interiors variety. I’ve created new mood boards for each of the rooms in our flat so I can start to pull the decor ideas together before the full re-do gets underway. What do you like to mostly use Pinterest for?? I also love to drool over the food… I basically should dedicate a whole board to my love of mac and cheese.
London vs Out of London
Another thing that’s been popping up in my life this week is the debate between London life and out of London life. Ok, so ‘A beauty junkie commuting to London’ doesn’t really have the same ring to it. But I do ‘get’ some of the appeal of having more space out of the city. Frankly, it’s depressing how much money you need to have something that anywhere else in the UK is a pretty simple thing. A garden. We (and Monty) would love a garden. But unless we suddenly find a suitcase of cash down the sofa…not going to happen. My husband (still feels odd to type that) would love to leave London as is more of an outdoors type than city boy. But for me, I’m not ready. I love living in Zone 1. I love being able to walk to Covent Garden or Oxford Street (or bus/tube if feeling lazy…which would be most of the time). I love being able to get a cab home without feeling like I might bankrupt myself. I love my neighbourhood -Angel. But, I would love more space and a garden. The dilemma…
The Week Ahead
Since I’ve been freelance/full time blogger type I seem to have gotten into a bit of a habit of working Sunday-Thursday. The joys of the flexibility means I can do this, so I tend to pretty much treat Friday’s like the weekend and then work on Sunday. Sure, I do it in a more relaxed way than the rest of the week – tending to potter around, doing house stuff and generally trying to get my life in order (how is this always such a constant battle?!). I always like to plan out what I have on for the week ahead so I know roughly what I’ll be blogging about. Taking some photos. Updating the never ending to-do list (always putting expenses at the bottom of the list… BAD blogger) and have a quick look at my diary so I can plan how I’m using my time. How do you like to plan for the week ahead, or do you take it as it comes?
I’m on the hunt for someone to help me give the blog an overhaul. I want to make the layout more user friendly, simplify the categories, make it mobile friendly. Plus I want to give my ‘branding’ a bit of a spruce up. So if you are someone who is a bit of a wordpress whizz and/or a illustrator or graphic designer. Give me a nudge – would love to hear from you if you might be interested in the project. Keen to get it going ASAP!
How is your Sunday going? The rest of my evening I plan to spend away from the computer (ha, likely story) having a nice Lush bath, a bit of a pamper, painting my nails (probably Nails Inc Hyde Park Place if you’re wondering) and catching up on the trashy goodness that is X Factor. Speaking of trashy goodness…can’t wait for Geordie Shore to start again this week – who’s with me?!