I was tagged by Joy from Styled With Joy and thought this would be really fun to do. This is my first tag post I think, and I’m pretty excited about it :) Joy and I have followed each other’s blogs for a while now and I enjoy reading her posts, especially her reviews. She’s so honest with them and I find that I can rely on her recommendations! She also has a fabulous make up and brush collection (heehee!). If you are curious about her answers, you can read about them here.
1. When did you start your blog?
My first post was on the 21st January 2015.
2. Why did you start a blog?
These are in my About section, but basically I enjoy sharing makeup looks and fashion styles and I want to be able to chat about these with like-minded people, so I thought a blog would be a great way for me to do that.
3. When did you start becoming serious about starting a blog?
I guess it would be right at the start. I’m not someone who would start on something half heartedly so once I decided to start a blog, I took a long time with my blog name and layout to make sure they’re up to my standards. I eventually also set up a gmail for my blog to appear more professional :)
4. How many hours a week do you spend planning/writing/uploading posts?
That depends on what I’m writing about. On average a post takes me about an hour to write. If it’s a review I will need to plan what photos I need and I usually take the photos on the weekend mornings when lighting is the best and when I’m free to do so. If it’s a haul then photos won’t take much time but they’ll still only be taken on the weekends. Photo-editing does not take long at all since I only add a watermark and resize them and all lighting adjustments are done on my phone (yes I take my pictures using my phone camera :D)
5. What has been your biggest challenge about blogging?
I guess it’s to juggle the preparation work and writing with my work and personal life. Some days I feel like I “need” to post something but I have not taken the photos, or may have missed out one or two shots and have to wait till the weekend again.
6. When is it easiest for you to write your posts?
I prefer to write my posts on Friday or Saturday nights, or Sunday afternoons.
7. What makes writing posts comfortable for you?
Since my blog is my personal space, I can be myself and let my personality show through my writing. I’m someone who takes time to formulate what I have to say before I actually say them so I prefer writing over explaining over Youtube. Writing is better for me anyway because I’m so awkward in front of the camera and I don’t know how to edit videos haha.
8. Where do you see your blog in one year?
Hopefully I would have improved on my photo-taking skills, made many more new friends and that my blog would be a lively place with lots of beauty conversations going between my readers :)
9. What is the most rewarding thing to you about blogging?
Knowing that there are people who are actually interested in what I have to say! There’s so much support from this community and people do appreciate the effort you put into publishing a post.
10. What’s your worst makeup/hair habit?
I don’t use q-tips to correct my makeup mistakes. I simply wipe them using my fingers or tissues…. I know it’s so terribly lazy of me! >< I don’t think I have a hair habit, but I dislike blow drying my hair.
11. What’s one quote you wish the world would live by?
Do to others what you would have them do to you. I think that is a wholly emcompassing one that spans respect, courtesy, honesty etc etc.
12. How long do you spend getting ready everyday?
During the week it’ll be 40 minutes – Brushing teeth, washing face, putting on skincare, changing into work clothes, makeup and quick comb of my hair.
On weekends before I head out, I set aside an hour usually and that includes shower time :)
13. What’s your favorite post on your blog?
Ah that’s like asking me to choose my favourite child! >< I enjoyed writing all of them but if I really had to pick one I’d think it’ll be my haul posts. Always gets me so excited writing them up.
14. Who is a beauty blogger that you think deserve more subscribers that they have?
This is difficult, every blogger puts in a lot of effort into their posts so I don’t think there’s one who is more deserving than another. And it’s not really about the numbers, the most important thing is that you’re having fun blogging!
15. What’s one thing you’re excited about in the coming year?
The autumn/winter looks I will be experimenting with when the weather is colder! Also I’m going to Japan in June for two weeks so I’m super excited for that!
16. What has been your favorite blogging moment?
Hehe I think when I got about 10 followers I was like, wow! 10 people actually enjoy reading my posts and want to see more! I didn’t think I would get 10 follows, let alone the 100+ I have now :D
17. How long does it take to prep for a post?
This sounds like a repeat of Qn 4. I would say about 2-3 hours for a review post, from swatching and photo-taking to writing the actual post.
18. Are you wearing jeans/ skirt right now or are you wearing pajama bottoms?
I’m wearing pajama bottoms! Sooo comfy :)
With that, I would like to tag the following bloggers:
Edit: I would like to open this tag to anyone who is interested in doing this. It was pretty fun answering the questions and I’d love for more people to have fun doing it too :) I think it’ll also be a great way for me to learn more about my readers if any of you does this tag!