So where have I been?
Hello friends, I am one of the world’s biggest procrastinator. This post has been ringing in my head since several months back but I never really got to penning it down. So here goes..
Why have you not been blogging as much?
First up, I have been traveling quite a fair bit of late – Bangkok, Maldives, Bangkok and Melbourne next week. So really, life takes priority since this blog was started purely as a hobby to share products that I’ve tried, tested and love.
Secondly, I also recently got seriously acquainted with Yoga and if you follow me on Instagram, you would notice quite a number of yoga pictures popping up here and there. Juggling between work, yoga (4-5 days a week) and sleep just leaves me with very little time to blog. Yes blogging does take up time. I wouldn’t want to just put up a half-hearted post just for the sake of.
Is that all? Come on, spill the beans…
Of course there’s more.. so much more to this.
Let’s rewind back to when I first started this blog back in 2011. Back then, my inspirations for blogging came primarily from the veteran bloggers in Singapore – Sophia (makeup_blogette), Sara (icyabstract) and Sarah (facesbysarah).These girls were the ones who I looked up to and produced fabulous content day after day. They are by far the greatest gifts I received for joining the blogging community because I found real friendships in each and everyone of them.
Back then, blogging was truly a healthy past time where we got to share products we have personally loved, tried and tested. There were events that we would go to and laughs shared. Every post churned out from these bloggers were informative and very often leave you intrigued to check out the products featured.
Fast forward a few years, perhaps sometime in 2013-2014 when Instagram became the “go-to” social media platform, a whole host of bloggers or rather “beauty instagrammers” started popping up out of no where. Some were talented, some were wannabes, others, just plain copy-cats. When I say talented, I meant in photography – they make simple looking beauty products look pretty, when laid next to flowers and props – thus giving rise to #flatlays that we see so much of today. Well, I will admit, some of these do look very professionally displayed and shot. Others, not that much. After a while, everytime I scroll through Instagram, I see the same type of images – flatlays with flowers and props, clean backgrounds, fresh newly opened makeup but with captions of how much these are being loved.. like SERIOUSLY? How do you even love a makeup so much if you haven’t even used them? Do we really enjoy seeing these pictures and be swooned over how awesome a product really is?
Bottomline is… it soon became a pretty pictures game where people get famous for posting gorgeous pictures. (I risk sounding like a jealous kitten here, but I’m really not, I’m simply pointing out how I truly feel) Don’t mind me, that’s the whole point of Instagram isn’t it? To post pretty pictures and get ‘likes’. However, if you put this into the context of Beauty Blogging, I’d say it’s pretty superficial because some of these people aren’t even capable of using these products properly. This is after them publicly declaring their love for them. How is this a selling point to a customer who wants to know more about the effects of a product?
What’s worse is when you finally meet the people behind those pretty pictures and all you can do is “omg omg omg”. It’s hard to fathom the possibility of (1) lack of style/skin/makeup in real life and (2) pretty pictures on Instagram co-existing in one person. While I guess this is what you call “Behind the scenes”. It’s new-age photoshop on a whole new level, I kid you not!
Boy.. I’m rambling… So ya, I really see no point in sharing a picture “just because” and thus, the things I do post are things I do use and love, therefore, there are less posts these days. I can’t be using 50 different products with different shades of pink in one day, can I? Unless, I’m going for a costume party where I’m dressed up as a cotton candy (pun totally intended). To be honest, sometimes, it’s just a little disheartening to see how much more influence a pretty picture has over a full fledged blog post. This is one of the main reasons why I just haven’t been inspired to blog of late.
So, what now? Are you still going to continue blogging?
Of course! I love sharing. I think this is a good outlet to journal my life, be it in beauty or yoga. In fact, I’m thinking of incorporating Yoga into this blog but not quite sure if I should. Or should I start a fresh new blog to talk about Yoga? I’ve recently signed up for a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Course which will start on 12th Sept. I think that would be quite interesting. I’ve not had a simple ride with Yoga thus far and I do want to try and share some of my struggles and inspire more people to take the leap because Yoga really helps in more ways than you think.
Tell you what, let’s take a poll here about what I should do with my blog and my new found passion for Yoga..