3.21.2011

Happy Birthday, Bloggy + A Little Blogging History + My Blogging Advice :)


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Tomorrow marks one year since I wrote my first blog post on Will Work For Makeup and I honestly can't even believe it. I'm so excited that I couldn't stop myself from posting about it a day early :) I never had any real hobbies before blogging, and activities I enjoyed mainly consisted of fat kid hobbies like eating ice cream and watching tv (with the occasional shopping to get in some exercise, of course!). 

In the months leading up to March 2010, I began watching makeup videos on YouTube, mainly from Panacea81 and Kandee Johnson. That led me to Kandee's blog and from there, I somehow stumbled across a handful of other great beauty blogs like Temptalia, The Beauty Look Book, and Too Much Blush. I got into a routine of checking these few blogs daily until one day (March 22, 2010 to be exact!) when I thought, while on a break from studying, "I like makeup. I put makeup on my face often. I should start my own blog." And so it began.

It took me all of about 3 minutes of brainstorming before coming up with my blog's name. I didn't used to spend nearly as much on makeup as I do now, but at the time, I still thought it was too much. Basically, I envisioned myself years down the road, broke and homeless from irresponsible makeup spending habits *knock on wood*, with my entire makeup collection in tow in a stolen borrowed grocery store shopping cart, holding a cardboard sign that read, "WILL WORK FOR MAKEUP." Very plausible.

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My itty bitty blog started off with zero followers like they all do and I often wondered if anyone would ever find my blog and/or care enough to read it. Still, I enjoyed taking photos and writing about makeup I was wearing and buying, so I continued to blog despite not having followers and rarely receiving any comments.

I began finding more and more amazing beauty blogs to follow and between school and work and volunteering at my local hospital, I made the time to indulge in my newly found hobby. As much effort as I put into writing my own blog, I also made an effort to keep up with other people's blogs and comment regularly (Mind you, I wasn't following nearly as many blogs as I am now. I still try - I promise!). 

Now here's the point in the story where I make a tiny confession: Yes, I used to leave my blog url at the end of my comments. *GASP!* I was a blogging newbie and had no idea that it was so frowned upon - but, in my defense, my comments were always genuine, thoughtful, and on-topic with the post...meaning, I NEVER left tacky, spam-like comments like, "Cool!" and that's it, and then conveniently drop in my blog url at the end. I stopped doing it altogether after about a month (still continued to comment, though) because even though I still wasn't aware of how much it probably annoyed those poor bloggers, I just felt really cheeky and kind of tacky every time I did it.

I think people slowly started finding my blog from nice comments I was leaving on their blog or on blogs that they read. I think this because it's often how I find other people's blogs as well. See, it pays to engage in the beauty blogging communty! Eventually, I started discovering my blogging mojo, what I liked to blog about, etc. and decided that basically, my main goal with my blog was to write the type of beauty blog that I would like to read! Simple as that. I hoped that people would like it too but if not, that was fine with me because at the end of the day, it was something I was proud of.

Sometime last Summer, I opened up a Twitter account and it started off much like my blog did - slow and boring. Not very many people talked to me and honestly, I didn't know what to say. I didn't really get what Twitter was all about yet. Eventually, I began to talk to other bloggers more and got to know them on a more personal level that I didn't get from just reading their blogs. I also found that it was an easier way to communicate with my readers because I could very quickly and easily respond to any questions or comments they had with a simple click of the 'reply' button (although, I also make an honest attempt to never neglect questions and comments left on my blog either). Twitter allowed me to enjoy blogging even more because I became more involved in the community, made tons of new friends, and as I got to know other bloggers and discover new blogs, they also got to know me and my blog.

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I know that a lot of people blog solely for the comments and to see an increase in their number of blog followers (I can't say I don't get excited every time someone decides to click the 'Follow' button!), but I think it's important to remember that it's always a matter of quality over quantity. You can have 20,000 followers because you gave away $1 million worth of makeup and your giveaway rules indicated that they would receive 500 extra entries for blogging about your giveaway, liking you on Facebook, leaving you comments on your posts, and telling all of their first and second cousins about your giveaway, but I can promise you that most of those 20,000 followers don't give a crap about your blog and will likely never be back after the giveaway winner is announced. I speak from experience, people. If you're going to have a giveaway to thank your followers, make sure it is just that. Thank them - don't lure them in.

Be grateful for the 50 followers (or however many) you have, because they actually enjoy and appreciate your blog and chose to follow it on their own accord. Keep the 'No One Even Reads My Blog' and 'No One Cares About My Blog' Rants to a minimum because as long as your follower number isn't zero, obviously someone cares so don't take them for granted.

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Remember, if you involve yourself in the beauty blogging community and write an interesting blog with quality in content and photos, you will never need to advertise your blog to find readers because your blog will speak for itself. That's the truth.


Moral of the obnoxiously long story is:
  • Blogging is much more rewarding and fun when you do it for the right reasons.
  • Engage yourself in the beauty blogging community and don't just be absorbed in your own blog.
  • Twitter is a great way to get to know people (but not if you spam them with your blog links! Just because it's Twitter does not make it any more acceptable than when you do it in blog comments).
  • Write the type of blog you'd like to read and be happy and grateful when someone decides to follow your blog because they enjoy reading it.
  • Thank you SO much to all of you guys for sticking around and for all the wonderful comments you've left and here's to Will Work For Makeup's 2nd year!

Tiffany


[All photos from weheartit.com]

51 comments:

  1. Hi
    I just discovered your blog a few days ago and I love it. I've never left a comment before mainly because I dont know what to say. I've been in two minds about starting my own blog and your post pushed me a little bit further.
    Keep up the good work!!

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  2. great post. i really like your thoughts on the giveaway related people. you're right...the numbers don't count if people aren't interested in your blog :)
    anyway..i really enjoy reading your blog& pics cuz' you do invest a lot of effort in it :)

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  3. thanks for the blogging tips! and happy blogiversary :) xoxo

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  4. I really enjoyed reading this post - Happy birthday to your blog ! <3

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  5. this is great, and as a kind of-starting-out blog really awesome to read. I get so squealy and excited when I get new followers, best feeling ever! thanks for a really encouraging blog post :)

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  6. Happy Birthday, WWFM!
    I love your blog - found it a few weeks ago.
    I read it every day.
    Here's to another year!

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  7. Happy blog birthday! What a great story :)

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  8. Happy bloggy birthday, Tiffany! I can't believe my blog is older than yours - yours is so much better!! haha I've loved reading it and can't wait to see what's next. :)

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  9. Congratz on your 1 st year anniversary. Great post!!! I opened a blog about 3 months ago, so I'm still a newbie but your tips were very very good. ♥

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  10. I've always left my blog link at the end of my comments :( i didn't realise it was a bad thing to do i just thought it was a good way to let people know i had a blog too as a lot of people don't! I've had my blog almost a year and this is the first time i found out it was annoying - all my commments have always been genuine i just used my link as a sign off. I'm sorry if this has ever offended you!

    xxShivvyxx

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  11. Happy Birthday Tiffany!!

    I can't believe W.W.F.M is only a year old - it's such a fantastic site, you've created a truly great place here. I love reading everything you have to say!

    I hope the next 12 months are just as awesome as the past 365 days!

    xxx

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  12. Happy Blog Pirthday!!! I've loved Will Work For Makeup for quite some time because you are so genuine and kind, and it comes through more than ever in this post.

    Can't wait to read what the next 12 months have in store for you (hopefully no makeup filled shopping carts)!

    ♥ Jessica

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  13. Congratulations! I love you blog! keep up the good work xx :o)

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  14. Aww happy blog birthday! :)

    I love this post! Great tips.
    I love that you said :
    "I hoped that people would like it too but if not, that was fine with me because at the end of the day, it was something I was proud of."
    That's exactly what I go by :)

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  15. Happy anniversary!

    Excellent post! 100% agree with everything you have written here -- feel like you peeked into my own little head as I've experienced exactly what you have and also have done what you have done. Kindred spirits I think! ;-)

    Michelle
    xx

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  16. Happy Blog Birthday!
    i love your post! keep up the good work i really enjoy reading your blog!

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  17. Happy Birthday to your wonderful blog! I absolutely love how you incorporate different things into your blog and its a true pleasure to read! So thank you for starting it up! xxx

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  18. Hey, Happy birthday!!!

    Great post;) I agree with everything:)
    I remember when I startet my blog and I never thought that I will have so many followers! Im very happy that someone is reading my blog, because I give all my heart to it:)

    Good luck to you!

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  19. Very good words of advice! I'e done two giveaways in the year and a half I've been blogging, but decided not to continue with them for the reasons you've just described! I see so many bloggers doing giveaways every month, and it's just bribing people to read! I want readers who are actually interested in what I have to say, not following because I've bribed them with free makeup! Love your blog, I can see why it's so popular!

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  20. You always write such useful content, for real life gals. It quickly became one of my favorites!

    Congrats and happy bloggy birthday.

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  21. There are some really great points made in this postt ! Thanks alot for the tipss =D

    Congratulations on such a terrific blog, honestly and I can't wait to see the great things to come in your 2nd year of blogging

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  22. LOOOOL I love the story behind the name of your blog, so cool and funny!! Congrats on your blog's 1st anniversary! :D

    I treat my blog like it's my baby, I love it and I'm really gentle to it :) x

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  23. Aww bless that is such a lovely post! Happy Blogging Birthday! I love reading your blog. I am off to appreciate my eleven followers! :) <3

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  24. Happy Blog Birthday!!!
    Thanks for the tips love you blog ^^

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  25. Happy 1 year blog anniversary! Keep up the great work :)

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  26. congrats on one year !!!

    lovely tips ! !
    =D

    my one year is coming up too =D

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  27. Aww happy blog birthday! I'm so so happy that you decided to start a blog because yours is one of my absolute favourites and I always read every new post from you! I'm sorry I've been crappy at commenting recently <3

    xoxo

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  28. Congrats on the blogiversary! I have been following your blog for about 6 months now and I still go back and re-read your old posts for your reviews and such. You do a great job and you make being a part of the beauty community online so much fun! Thanks for all your hard work Tiffany!

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  29. Happy Blog Birthday hun, I love reading all your post's!

    XOXO

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  30. Thanks for this post. I found a lot of good advice in it given I just started blogging.

    I really like your blog by the way - one of my newly discovered and fave!

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  31. Congrats on making it to a year, and with over 1300 followers!

    I love your blog, it's one of my favourites actually. This was a great post, for a kind-of-newbie blogger like me :)

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  32. Aw, this was a lovely read. <3 Happy Birthday to your blog!! I'm just starting out and I've learned quite a few do's and don'ts from just browsing around. I'm so glad I found blogspot. It really does fuel the fun of make-up. :D

    BTW, is that your Corgi? So cuuute!

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  33. happy blog birthday! I love your blog and all your honest reviews- I actually purchased the Milani Liquif'eye Metallic Eye Liner in black after reading about you raving about it and I LOVE IT. It actually stays on my waterline (as opposed to SO many other pencil liners including MAC and UD liners). Cannot thank you enough. Keep writing! (:

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  34. @xxShivvyxx: I can assure you that you've never once offended me by doing this. My comment was not directed at any one person in particular, but it was an expression of my general distaste for people who can't even put the time and effort into writing a thoughtful comment (and instead leave a super generic, one word comment) before leaving their blog url, which has never been the case with you :)Please do not think my comment was directed at you or any of my other faithful readers because I really appreciate you reading my blog! <3

    @tiffyama: yes, it is! They're so cute!

    @Genevieve: Yay! It always makes me happy when someone tries something based on my review and likes it just as much as I do :)

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  35. I cannot thank you all enough for the lovely comments you've left me! Beyond all of the makeup, it's the relationships I've formed with fellow bloggers and blog readers that makes this experience so amazing and worthwhile. Thank you!! <3

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  36. Happy blog birthday/anniversary lovey! :) I hope we'll see your so-much-fun-to-read posts for many, many years to come! :) So glad to have met such an amazing person like yourself through our mutual obsession! Yay!!! To many more enable-ings, new eye-shadow/blush/lipstick discoveries, swatches, FOTDs etc etc cheers! :D ♥

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  37. Happy bloggy birthday!!! Here's to many years of more awesome posts from such an awesome chica :)

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  38. What a fantastic post! I have just started a beauty blog and it's great to hear some advice from someone who obviously enjoys it, I don't have a lot of time to devote to my blog but I hope I can produce something as good quality as yours is to read.

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  39. Oo happy belated blog birthday ^_^ Congratulations on keeping it going for a whole year, too! I think I started my blog during the summer holiday last year when I had way too much free time, but I find I don't have time to update now, so I really am in awe of people who manage to keep coming out with good quaility entries and whatnot. You deserve the big following that you have!

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  40. congratulations! it's an impressive milestone. i only recently discovered will work for make up - and it's becoming one of my fav weekly reads.

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  41. Thank you SO much, ladies!! It really means a lot to me :)

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  42. Happy belated blog anniversary sweetie!!! :)))
    I love your posts and always admire the devotion you put into blogging - thats truly inspirational!!!
    Keep up the excellent work! :)
    xxx

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  43. I don't know how I missed this post the first time.. you're only a year in? that's amazing progress. I know you don't care so much about followers, but you have a ton and you totally deserve it, and coming from someone who loves receiving comments, I always come on here and try to comment on your posts because they are so great. congrats and keep up the great work. :)

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  44. Thank you for the advice! I just started a blog and you really hit the nail on the head regarding what your attitude should be like because this is something we love and it isn't supposed to be about popularity alone. I really enjoy reading your blog and I wish you many successful blogging years :-)

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  45. hello tiffany! what a great time for me to have found this post of yours. i just started my blog end of feb and am in the 'zero followers' phase. but like you said, blog for the love for makeup and write a blog i would like to read myself, and my blog will see the light one day.

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  46. Very well said... I didn't know it's annoying to leave blog links on comments...  I'm glad you pointed out this commenting ethics ;) 

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  47. Hi Tiffany, not sure if you'll read this, since this is a rather old post! I have been reading your entire blog over the past few days and totally love it! Thank you for this post, I started blogging a few months ago and sometimes get discouraged. However, every single time, I always think about how much I love blogging and makeup, so thank you :)

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  48. Awww, thank you so much, Amelia! My biggest advice to you would be that blogging is a hobby and should be FUN...period. If there's ever a time that it's not fun anymore, just stop because it's not worth it :) Good luck!

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  49. Hi Tiffany
    Thank you so much for posting this albeit, over a year ago, as I have a 'baby' blog and whilst I was leaving my URL at the end of comments, I always felt rude. I do write my blog because I enjoy it and will continue to write for this reason despite my lack of followers, so thanks again.

    <3 Dannii x

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  50. Hi Tiffany. Thank you for this post as I too was leaving my blog address at the end of comments and was feeling rude for doing so. I write my blog because I enjoy it not because of the number of followers, or lack thereof, and will continue to do so, so thanks again.

    <3 Dannii x

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