I’ve gotten a few emails recently about setting up a beauty blog or how to start one (I’ve given you the headstart here if you missed it) but I’ve also gotten some queries about what one must do, or mustn’t do when it comes to blogging or blogging about beauty. Really, there are no rules, so if you want to blog about beauty or already do, just do what makes you comfortable!
So, I thought I’d share instead some questions or myths about blogging, with a focus on beauty blogging, and hopefully dispel them. If you have a myth or perceived truth about blogging you’d like dispelled, please feel free to ask or email me and I’ll include them in another set of Beauty Blogging Mythbusters, complete with more cartoons of Thor
Do note that these would be most applicable for those who may have doubts about the perceived “norm” of beauty blogging. Do what makes you comfortable but if you have a niggling doubt then these might help you
Myth: You must take lots of photos of yourself and post them all on your blog to be successful
Fact: If showing your face or taking photographs of yourself doesn’t make you feel comfortable, you don’t have to. For the first 4 years of my blog life, I never showed my face. When/If I did, it was just parts of it – lips mostly, or eyes. I’ve only done full face shots fairly recently, and even then only when necessary i.e. usually in a post about makeup, to show what it looks like overall. I don’t deem it necessary to plaster your face all over your blog. I don’t even deem it necessary to show your face when writing about skincare, because it’s absolutely unnecessary. Do it if you want to, but it’s unnecessary. Successful bloggers like The Beauty Lookbook or Cafe Makeup don’t plaster their blogs with their faces and they are as successful as you get because they do very good swatches and write well. Hone your other skills if you don’t feel comfortable with selfies.
Myth: You must have a top end DSLR or latest camera to take good photographs
Fact: Even your phone camera will do if you don’t have a camera. All you really need is a good eye and some basic photo editing skills. It is important to get clear, sharp photographs and that does not necessitate the use of the latest top end camera in the market.
Myth: You must edit or photoshop your photographs to make them look better
Fact: Photoshop or photo-editing has been given a bad rap by people who go overboard with them, distorting how they really look – enlarging eyes, slimming the face, smoothing the skin etc. Yet, I deem some photo editing necessary. Not all of us have access to good lighting and quite often, images that come straight out of the camera do not look their best. Generally, I find them too dark. A bit of tweaking to brighten a picture, and increase contrast makes a photo look better. Dark dull photos are just as bad for your blog as having no photos at all.
Myth: You must blog everyday to be successful
Fact: You risk burn out if you do. There’s no need to blog daily but the key is to be consistent. Blog according to your own schedule. Most of us have a life outside our blogs – work and families always take precedence, so pace yourself. I find an editorial calendar helps me stay on track and on schedule so try that.
Myth: You must only blog about expensive products because no one is interested in cheap products
Fact: There’s no point going to the poor house or getting into debt amassing tons of expensive or luxury brands. If you have the budget for them and are already buying/using them, then yes, go ahead. But don’t feel bad or inferior writing about a drugstore/pharmacy brand. I love it when I discover a gem at the pharmacy and I have noticed that it gets more attention too. People love an affordable bargain and I love sharing my budget beauty finds!
Do you have a question or myth about blogging or beauty blogging you’d like dispelled?
Feel free to ask in the comment box below or email me if you’d prefer that. If you like, I’d compile them and bust more blogging myths in another session to come As a few people have pointed out, these are mostly perceived norms but I do know people sometimes feel uncomfortable or in doubt so hopefully this sets your mind at ease that you can buck the norm if you want to!
Simple Blogging Tips are some simple tips I have for fellow bloggers, based on my own experiences. I’m no ‘guru’ but I hope they will help you. You may read up on previous Simple Blogging Tips here or please feel free to ask your question in the comment box or in email.