It’s always nice to receive a little recognition, so I was delighted when Heidi of Chronic Beauty Style nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award.
If you don’t know it’s an insider’s award scheme where fellow bloggers nominate blogs that they enjoy, sharing them with their readers, while answering five questions on the topic of blogging themselves.
So, here’s my answers to Heidi’s questions and if you’re looking for some fab beauty advice head over to Chronic Beauty Style afterwards. Four more terrific blog recommendations are at the bottom of this post.
Q 1: What encouraged you to create a blog?
I caught myself in the mirror one afternoon and didn’t like the look of the woman staring back at me. She needed sprucing up. I googled fashion and make-up ideas for mid-life women and came up with very little information or ideas. It kind of got my goat. Was I invisible? I jokingly said to my husband, I should start a blog documenting my journey to polishing up my appearance and he said, yes, do it. There was no going back.
I did lots of research and set up my own blog site (that was painful) and Not Givin In went live September 2015. I can’t believe it’s that long ago to be honest. P.S. Technology has improved and companies now exist with services at relatively low cost, so setting up a blog isn’t that painful any more.
Q 2: What would you say you offer your readers?
Some insight into presenting the best version of yourself to the world. Like a supportive friend I’m sharing what fashions I’ve seen that will work for you, classic beauty treatments to stock in the bathroom cabinet, fresh make-up ideas, like the latest mascara that doesn’t smudge, or a cute lipstick that helps you to feel great.
It can also be lifestyle discussions. One of my favourite posts from the last year has been 35 Things I Learnt in My Forties. I wrote it when I turned 50 and I really wanted to share how I was feeling about life at this stage in the game. It’s written from the heart and I really enjoyed writing it. I guess it was a subject that I’m expert in!
Q 3: How do you see your blog developing in the next few years?
I’m excited to say that Not Givin In has been brought to life. I’m now a qualified personal stylist working in Bristol and Bath, offering 1-2-1 services including Personal Style Development and Colour Consultation, a Wardrobe Reboot and Personal Shopping experiences.
It’s great to be supporting women who want to make the most of their appearance and find their own unique style. It can be a thorough wardrobe declutter that reveals the hidden gems within it, so they spend less money and live more sustainably, or tapping into my savvy shopping skills to find key pieces to elevate their appearance. I love it.
The blog continues, of course. I love sharing style tips, ideas on the latest fashions that work for all ages. Perhaps some to avoid! I mean, I keep it real! I also love beauty and make-up, so when I find a good product, I have to tell my readers. That’s how we learn, right, from others who are in the same position as us but have had good/bad experiences they can share.
I hope Not Givin In continues for a long time.
Q 4: Do you prefer blogging or social media and why?
When I started to see conversations popping up that blogging was going out of fashion in favour of social media, I decided not to read too much into it as I enjoy both and believe there is a place for each style of communication.
When blogs became popular there was a lot said that getting information online would outstrip print media and yes, some magazines have sadly gone by the wayside, but there are always new ones popping up and truly great magazine titles are still going strong. I think blogs have their place in the wide variety of media available. There is room for all, but to get the most of writing blog posts you need to write compelling articles that people want to read.
I love Instagram’s instant connection with everyone and that its multi-layered. I think Insta Stories will overtake interest in the grid. Personally, I love the quick fix of entertainment I find by watching Stories and I’m often more interested in posting that way myself.
Q 5: What drives you to keep blogging when niches can be so flooded?
A blog more often than not documents a personal journey and generally its readers have a shared interest. I think readers either like a writer or not so once you have a connection it’s as good as any loyal friendship. Not everyone will ‘get you’ but concentrate on keeping the conversation going with interesting articles with those that do and the relationship will continue.
This leads me nicely to a few bloggers that I would like nominate for a Sunshine Blogger Award. Can I recommend you go and read these fantastic online resources:
Also Nadine Baggot – Nadine is actually on YouTube, but I never miss her uploads and nor should you. She is ace.
As is the traditional, if these bloggers would like to take part here are my questions for your award post:
- What was the catalyst to writing a blog?
- How much time do you give to it each week?
- Can you share three top tips to keeping motivated?
- Where do you find inspiration?
- What other platforms do you use to communicate with your audience?