Wednesday, 20 July 2016

My thoughts on blogging and 1000 Bloglovin' followers giveaway

We're currently experiencing heat wave in UK and despite my efforts I can't think, my brain is switched off, it's currently 9.30pm and there are still 32C outside. So I thought it was a great opportunity to write a bit of a chatty post today, while I'm having a glass of very cold cider to cool me down, and encourage you all to a bit of conversation about blogging.
During weekend I read this post on Laura's blog talking about being relatable versus aspirational as a blogger and it inspired me to talk on my blog about those and some other aspects of blogging I've been thinking of for a while.
Also my blog has recently reached 1000 followers on Bloglovin' which I'm so happy about and grateful for everyone who takes the time to read my blog and leave comments so I decided to do a little giveaway as a 'thank you'. Stay tuned till the end to enter it :)

blogging giveaway

I've been blogging for over 2 years now and I have learnt a lot about blogging during this time. First and most important part is that I absolutely love doing it and my passion for beauty has grown even bigger since that first hit of 'publish' button. Second, blogging requires a lot of work if you take it seriously and want to grow your blog. In my case it's an almost constant thinking about ideas for blog posts, hours spent taking and editing pictures, writing and promoting my blog across social media. But that's not all! Another thing is being a part of the blogging community which is one of the most important blogging aspects for me. I follow quite a few blogs, mainly beauty related and many bloggers behind them feel like friends to me even though we never met in real life. I am so grateful for all this people as they make the blogging journey much more pleasant and so much more worth it!

You know what's important to me after I published my post I spent a few hours working on it?
You may think it would be the amount of views it gets but you couldn't be more wrong.
The amount of thoughtful comments it receives it's what makes me happy and motivated to keep working on my blog.

Don't you love getting a great feedback from your readers knowing that the time and effort you put in your blog is appreciated?

And that leads me to the subject that might be a bit controversial but it bugs me, so I will bring it up.

As I already mentioned before I love nothing more then getting comments from my readers and I don't mean those spam ones 'great post, do you want to follow each other?', which are my real pet peeve. And I can't imagine not to reply to them, even if it's a simple 'thank you'. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, to give me feedback on my post. So simple. Yet I think, so important.

I know not everyone is the same and many people don't expect any replies, even I don't, I don't stalk blogs I commented on to see if there's a reply but when I come across a blog and see that  the blogger doesn't reply to their readers it puts me off that blog immediately.
Why would I bother spending my precious time if the person doesn't appreciate it?

And that leads me to another thing, I've noticed that some bloggers don't reply to every comment but they visit blogs of people who left genuine comments and comment on their blogs.
And that's what I try to do as well. Granted, I haven't visited a blog of every person who left a comment on my blog but most of the time I do.

I know people say they don't have time for this 'comment for comment' malarkey but I think it's being part of the blogging community and supporting each other.
And yes, I know we all have busy life but don't expect to get things for nothing. I spend an hour a day or so, instead of watching TV or doing anything else in the evening, to be part of the blogging community which means commenting on blogs.
So next time you wonder why your posts don't get the attention you wanted or interaction you hoped for ask yourself if you give enough back to the community.

I comment on many blogs daily, because I genuinely want to and no, I don't expect people to comment back on my blog or to follow me but when they do they just make me smile and can be sure that I will be back on their blog again. Because that's what blogging is about, interaction with our readers. That's what makes us different from magazines.

Or does it?

In Laura's post she wondered if when the blog becomes a big success and it's actually a job for the blogger does it loose its relatability. In my eyes, yes.

I follow a few 'big' bloggers and I love visiting their blogs to see what's new in beauty, to admire their glossy, magazine-like blogs and amazing photos. But I don't look  there for recommendations or reviews. It's hard for me to believe that a person who receives lots of PR samples on daily basis, and is paid for many collaborations can be relatable and takes as seriously every review as us, smaller bloggers, who not only spend our hard earn money on product but also lots of time to test it to give our readers the most comprehensive review.
Also, can I relate to a person who is lucky enough to get every new release on their desk, from low to high end? No.

Having said all that if I got the opportunity to transform my blog into a paid job I would, but I know that I would loose something. Some kind of authenticity maybe.
I'm not saying that big bloggers are not honest, it's just difficult to relate to them. I guess, you win some, you loose some, right?

What are your thoughts on commenting on other blogs? Or blogs becoming a full time career and relatabilty with successful, 'big' bloggers?

If the post is too rambly, I'm sorry, make the heat guilty for my thoughts explosion :)

And on the much more positive note I want to thank every one of you who follows my blog and takes the time to read it and leaves me lovely comments.

For my little giveaway I chose a FeelUnique Gift Card worth £30 as I thought it would be great for winner to pick their own prize :)
FeelUnique is one of my favourite online retailers, they stock a wide variety of brands from low to high end  and they ship worldwide so anyone can take part in this giveaway.

Rules of this giveaway:

-You must enter this giveaway via Rafflecopter widget below.

-To enter this giveaway you have to be Mummy's Beauty Corner follower, therefore the mandatory entry will be to follow my blog on Bloglovin and Twitter, to earn extra entries you can follow me on Instagram, Pinterest and tweet about the giveaway.

-The winner of this giveaway will win FeelUnique Gift Card worth £30 sent as a code via email.

-The prize is bought by me and not provided or sponsored by the brand.

-This giveaway is open Internationally, but the winner will be responsible for any custom charges/taxes after placing an order with FeelUnique.

-The prize will be sent by email.  

-If you're under 18 you'll need parent's permission.

-All entries will be checked so any duplicates or false entries will be removed.

-As this giveaway is for blog readers, please DON'T share it on competition sites.

-Giveaway will run since today, 20.07.2016, for 3 weeks and will end at 12.00AM on 11.08.2016, the winner will be chosen by random via Rafflecopter and contacted within 24 hours. Winner has a further 48 hours to respond, or alternative winner will be chosen.

Good luck all!

Dagmara

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