Hello Ladies (and the occasional gent!),
This year (tomorrow actually) marks the 6th year of existence of my blog, my pride and joy and my little space on the interweb 🙂 I have no words (ok maybe I lie a little 😛 ) but stunned amazement that I’ve lasted this long or that some of you have been with me on this journey about as long as I’ve been plodding down this blogging road. To you, I salute you for reading all my ramblings about beauty and all things unrelated, and still sticking by all this time. I say this all the time, but it bears repeating that I doubt I’d still be blogging, if no one was reading, commenting or talking back to me so THANK YOU ALL! 😀
Blogging, unlike the common perception, isn’t a lonely affair. It can be if you choose to make it so, but it is also a lot more involved and social than is given credit; and I love that I have made real life friends near and far, just by pouring my thoughts out on my space on the internet. So thank you for being with me these past 6 years.
This year, as we turn 6, let me tell you of the 6 Deadly Sins I’ve commited and which plague me in all honesty, because just as blogging has been a rewarding experience, it is not without its faults and I am not without my failings 🙂 For those of you who have chosen to ride this bandwagon, I hope that you will not fall prey to these deadly sins the way that I have.
When demands dictate that you are kept on the forefront of everything that’s new and wonderful, I have fallen prey to the deadly sin of Lust. I am kept lusting after everything that is new and shiny and wonderful and forthcoming. The moment I hold the item I lust after, I forget it, and I lust after something else. I forget to enjoy what I already have, and what is available now. When I realised this, I stopped craning my neck and lusting after what is coming and take things as they come. I learn to enjoy what I already have and to look inward instead of looking too far forward. It has helped my sanity and made blogging and discovering beauty, fun again. If you are feeling a blogging burnout from chasing that elusive rainbow, stop.
I’d be lying if all this time, I did not suffer more than a spark of envy at how well other bloggers are doing in my niche. I envy those who can give up their jobs to go at it full time or the wonderful opportunities they may have. Envy eats at you like a disease. But it doesn’t have to. When I realised it was affecting me (it will one way or another – we’re all human) I sat myself down and asked myself what I wanted.
I realised that if I had to go at it full time, it would be a job. I would have to find ways to pay the bills which means I had to generate income some way, and I wasn’t sure I was ready to sell myself that way. Envy still tickles me at the back of my mind sometimes but I’ve learnt to stomp on it and grab myself by the figurative lapels and shake some sense into me. If this Deadly Sin eats at you, reach deep within you and see if you have what it takes to take you where you want to go. If it does, go for it and make it a success. If it doesn’t, stop feeling envious and keep doing what you do best – enjoying your blogging experience 🙂
The wrath of having to deal with unreasonable people, or ungrateful people or just plain pushy people is a real thing. Add to that the wrath I feel when I see blatant copyright infringements, copying of styles or text or even stealing of images not just from me but from other bloggers too. It happens so often and it really pisses me off and sometimes, I think I’m just paranoid. But then I get a little whisper here and a little raised eyebrow there and I know I’m not alone. People will notice and they make their own minds up. If you feel angry that you are getting ripped off, channel that anger and do something about it. Take heart that its not just you – someone else too will have noticed it 😉
The best Black Forest Cake I’ve ever had from my favourite bakery Just Heavenly
Yes, that big ugly snake of laziness coils itself around me more than once. Some days you don’t feel like blogging or you just don’t feel like doing anything. Take a break. Its good for you and its good for your blog 🙂 There was a time in the past 6 years when I blogged everyday, twice a day. Now, I’m down to once a day (unless there’s something I just MUST get out) and I even take off days. I have cut back on accepting products when I know I can’t cope, and I have cut back on attending events. Is it sloth? Actually it isn’t. Its my conscious effort to keep a better balance between life, work and blogging. Ok, so sloth does has something to do with it too 😛 However, I’ve also noticed that it gets harder to get back to “work” after taking a long break, which is when sloth really sets in. So, take a break but if you intend to get back to business, be sure to keep your hand in it or you might find that 3 months have passed without an update and then you start questioning if you really want to bother!
More, better, MOAR! ’nuff said. 1 red lipstick? Why not get 5? They look the same? Oh nevermind, I can justify the difference. Gluttony and greed go hand in hand. 6 years of wanting more and more of this and that and then trying to find space to store them all. You’d think I have a 200 cheeks, considering the blushes I hoard (I actually have 4 but only 2 need blush 😛 ) I now only focus on things and brands I enjoy using. It curbs the greed and gluttony and it stops me wandering too far and getting lost in the thicket of the new and unknown.
Somedays, you look at your stats and you think “Damn! I’m doing well!” or you blog a good post that is well received and you think “Yay! I’ve made it! People are reading” or maybe the PR from your favourite brand drops you a line and you are over the moon; and then suddenly something happens. Google gives you a slap across your 2 blushed cheeks, or your traffic and comment count dips and you never hear from said PR again. Suddenly, you’re not hot stuff anymore. Panic sets in, you scramble around, wondering what you did wrong… well chill. I’ve learnt that tastes change, people will move on. So, don’t sweat it, keep improving and working on your blog and you will soon find that things will go back to normal and will in many cases, get better 🙂 Sometimes we need a little setback in life to know that we’re not infallible and that we have to innovate to improve.
But wait, there are 7 Deadly Sins aren’t there? Well yes, there are. The 7th is Pride but it is a sin I am happy to maintain as long as I blog.
This isn’t as much about being proud but it is to do with having pride in what you do. It goes without saying that MWS is my pride and joy. Its my space that I’ve carved out in a niche that I had no knowledge about when I started. I pride myself on having taught myself all I’ve needed to know about blogging, the technicalities, the nitty gritties, the HTML, the coding, the photography. I have had to learn about servers and domains and pagerank and SEO and what goes on behind keeping a blog up, I’ve had to wrestle with rogue plugins and runaway code. I have learnt a lot about people and the lengths they go to to do the things they do and I pride myself on not going there. Pride in doing what I do, how I do it best, is something I’m holding on to and if you blog, you too should hold your blog as your shield of pride because you made it happen 🙂
If you blog, have you committed any one of the 6 deadly sins I’ve mentioned?
In 6 years, I have watched the blogging landscape evolve and change. In some ways for the better, in some ways for the worse as more and more people fall prey to the 7 Deadly Sins. But I hope that by recognizing them we will learn to rise above and help make the blogging landscape evolve again, and this time for the better 🙂
Thank you again. Its been an amazing 6 years and I only have every one of you reading to thank 🙂