So far, I’ve been blogging for about 3 months and over the short time I’ve learned a few important things. To be honest, becoming a blogger and makeup artist was never something I planned on doing. Along the way I’ve learned the positive effects that makeup and blogging can have on other people and on me as well. Creating my blog encouraged me to learn and improve my skills.

 

  1. Blogging is about more than just venting or talking about yourself. It’s always a way for people with the same interest as you to connect and network. There’s a huge community of bloggers. There’s bloggers for every interest, lifestyle, beauty budget, women of color bloggers, food, traveling, and more.
  2. You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. Create your own lane.
  3. When blogging, you are taking risk with your post. There’s always risk when there are people judging you, positively or negatively, on your work.
  4. Photography is super important. Quality matters. Lighting is your best friend! To take quality pictures, you’ll need really good lighting. The better your pictures are, the better your blog will look. This is something that I’m still trying to learn how to do. If your place has really poor lighting, look into purchasing a ring light. This has as a dual benefit as ring lights are great for doing your makeup as well.
  5. Having makeup everywhere! Hoarding. Not only am I a makeup junkie, I’m also a makeup hoarder. I went from having everything organized to where the hell am I going to put all this stuff. I have a section in my room dedicated to just makeup. It’s ridiculous! I can never get this pile to shrink because more stuff is always coming in. That’s only the cosmetics. Don’t get me started on the skincare.
  6. “But it’s for the blog” is my excuse to buy any and everything.
  7. Work, friends, family, blogging. Finding a healthy balance between them is required for success. I really need an extra day in the week and some more hours. Blogging and working has kept me completely busy! Editing post, editing pictures taking photos, doing makeup can take up so much time. Also, promoting your blog can take up so much time. When you’re a one women show, it can get real busy! From posting photos on Instagram to finding inspiration on Pinterest, I’m always feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day. Ultimately, I would love to blog as a full time job.
  8. Pinterest is your best friend for inspiration.
  9. It takes me longer to get dressed. I have to take pictures of my bomb ass makeup and get my set up going. Selfies take time. Don’t rush me when it comes to my selfies. As the saying goes, for every one selfie you see, there’s a 100 that didn’t make the cut. The point is, you can’t be a makeup artist without taking quality selfies. Now I have to factor my selfie taking time into that when I’m getting ready.
  10. Lastly, never in a million years would I have thought out that I would be working for myself.

I definitely could’ve learned these skills elsewhere, but it wasn’t until blogging that I was encouraged to explore, research, and develop my skills so I can share with others. I’m completely grateful. Blogging is extremely influential to my life because the simple decision to blog has changed my life for the better. I really wouldn’t change anything about it. It’s only been 3 months but I’m already in love with it. Now, all I wish is that I started this sooner than I did! Also stay up to date with my makeup blog Dare2Glam.com