Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the reasons that encouraged me to start blogging. We should be 1000 followers on the blog by the end of this week, and while this number might not seem too big compared to famous bloggers, I have to admit it makes me feel pleased and satisfied ! It also made me think of the directions I wanted my blog to take, and the things I had to do for this to happen.
I started Glitters & Roses two and a half months ago, on February 6th 2017 with one intention: create a community of beauty and fashion addicts, bloggers or non-bloggers, to communicate with, and share things with. I wanted to find people who shared the same interests and the same wish to connect with others. I don’t know how you see it, but to me, blogging is all about that connection with other people.
I created my social media accounts for that purpose, my Facebook page, on which I will try to focus more from now on, my twitter account, which is probably the social media I’m the most active on (with Pinterest), and my Instagram account. I always respond to the comments you leave on my blog and social media (thank you so much for that !) and I try to comment back on your blogs as often as I can, as a way to thank you for stopping by and reading / commenting my posts.
Thinking about my blog and my readers gave me an idea, the “Coffee with Emma” posts. Let me explain.
I realized that I wrote a lot of posts about all kind of things, but never about me. I kinda built a wall between you and I when I created Glitters & Roses, because this blog was my “new start” after a low point in 2016, which has been one of the worst years of my life. I thought “new start” meant not looking back, not talking about it, and pretend that none of the things of the past matters anymore. Like I could erase everything just by waking up one morning and decide to forget everything.
I think another reason that made me build this wall between you and I is that I felt like I had to look perfect in front of you, because let’s be honest, most (beauty) bloggers look like they are perfect. Perfect look, perfect life, perfect house, perfect family, perfect, perfect, perfect… So I guess that’s what I wanted to look like, but that’s not me. I am not perfect. Far from it. My life is not perfect. My hair is not perfect most of the days. I’m feeding myself mostly of cereals and pasta. There are people that I miss. There are people I’m mad at. There are dreams I’m trying to reach, and I feel like giving up sometimes. I make mistakes. I am a normal person. And I shouldn’t try to hide that from you.
I am always trying to advocate self love and acceptance, of one’s self and of others. But telling others to love and accept themselves and then hiding my true self behind a “perfection mask” suddenly starts to feel hypocrite, and that’s not who I want to be. I am a lot of things, but I am no hypocrite. I have come to realize that it is by being its true self that one inspires others to be themselves, too. So that’s what I’ll be, my own, true self. Nothin more, nothing less. And if that can inspire others to do the same, then it’s a win-win.
From now on, I am going to write this kind of posts from time to time, where I get more personal and talk to you about what’s going on in my life, my blog, or about anything that matters to me. I just feel like I owe you that. Because you know, it feels weird for me to publish posts twice a week, talking with some of you through the comments and social media, knowing that you don’t know anything about me and I don’t know anything about you. I feel this need to share with you more than product reviews and fashion tips. I like calling those posts “Coffee With Emma”, because I am talking to you like I’m having a coffee with a bunch of friends, that’s how I feel right now.
If this kind of post doesn’t interest you, which is something that I can totally understand, then when you’ll see a post entitled “Coffee With Emma”, you will know that you shouldn’t click on it… 😉
That being said, there is another thing that I wanted to talk about, or rather, ask your opinion about. I thought about creating a “Blogging” category, to share with you some of the blogging tips and tricks that I have learnt so far, and the ones I’ll learn along the way. Let me know in the comments if you’d like that, and if there is any subject / wonders related to blogging that you’d like me to talk about in a post.
I mean, I don’t pretend being an expert in the blogging field or anything, but I think we all regularly learn things through our blogs and if the things I’ve learnt so far can help some of you, then I’ll be glad to share.
Well, that post was longer than expected ! To be honest, it took an unexpected turn. Believe it or not, but the “Coffee With Emma” idea had not even crossed my mind when I sat on that chair this morning and started writing. I just wanted to talk about the blogging category. But then as was writing about connecting with each other, I realized that the only way to really connect with other people is to give them a part of you, and let a door open for them to get in and see the real you. So that’s what I’m doing.
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