Blogging in 2013 - The Plan.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that your start to 2013 has been a great one so far. After a few weeks off, I finally feel ready to get back to blogging.

Last year was a bit of a turbulent one, blog-wise for me. I lost momentum and struggled to find the time to blog as regularly as I've done in previous years. That coupled with the fact that my personal life took priority with the spare time I had, so it didn't leave me with much time to sit down for hours on end writing posts and editing photos (I hate editing photos). 2012 however, was one of the best years of my life in which so many memories were created with friends and family, so the good definitely outweighed the bad.


There's no denying that blogging has changed a lot, and whilst I've been very fortunate and have embraced the fantastic opportunities that have come my way as a result of talking endlessly about make up and skincare (come on, let's put things into perspective - we're not saving lives here), at times I've really felt the pressure to keep on top of the latest beauty releases and keep blogging 3-4 times a week and it just wasn't happening. That combined with the annoying, competitive side of blogging that is now rife within the beauty blogging community (it's here to stay folks!) turned me right off. All too often, after a stressful day at work, the last thing I felt like doing was going home and swatching a lipstick or writing about a face mask - I chose cocktails and belly laughs with the girls instead!


I've always promised myself that whenever I lost the spark to blog I'd stop -  and stop I did, many a time in 2012. I don't see the point in churning out blog posts for the sake of it and believe that the lack of effort and enthusiasm felt will come across in the post. I don't blog full time, my blog is not my 'career' (I wish!) and there are only so many hours in the day that enable me to work, attend events (after work), write blog posts, edit photos and spend time with my family and friends. I also need to sleep too.

This year however, I'm full of positivity, aim to get back on track and plough ahead with the drive I had when I started Vex in the City in 2009. I'm armed with a pretty notebook and have started penning the many blog post titles I want to write up. I remember when I'd sit at my laptop for 3-4 hours at a time happily typing up blog posts and I want to regain that enthusiasm I had. So if that means I have to attend fewer events (to be fair, I scaled back on them a fair bit in 2012) in order to have time to blog in the evenings when I get home, then so be it.

My beauty habits have changed a lot since I started the blog. You'll no longer find me making up imaginary doctor appointments so that I can be first outside the MAC Pro store, the morning the latest limited collection has been released for a start! I recently misplaced my 'Greens/Blues' depotted MAC eye shadow palette (I still haven't found it, but think I know where it is) and haven't had to be checked into The Priory as a result of it going walkies! With that said, should I find you dipping into my blush collection, I will hurt you.


I'm pickier over what I buy, and have really enjoyed exploring many of the new brands I've been exposed to as a result of working with so many great PRs (thank you so much for your support over the past couple of years). I have so many of my own purchases to share - can you believe I still have a bag of Chanel products I haven't featured on the blog yet, which I bought months ago?! This year it's really important to me, to take my blog back to basics - it's all too easy for me to feature sample after sample. I have a personal stash that deserves to be in the spotlight and so I'll be making a conscious effort to include far more products that I've gone out and purchased myself, alongside the samples which I'm lucky enough to receive too.

Finally, I just want to say a big thank you to my regular readers who've stuck with me through thick and thin - I owe you like 45 blog posts, by mid February! Let's face it, my enthusiasm would probably have waned far sooner if I felt I'd been talking to myself for the past four years! Also a big hello to my new followers, I promise I'll make following Vex in the City worth your while ;-) I've met some fantastic people through blogging, both here and in the US of A and I look forward to meeting many more new faces in 2013.

Hmmm I realise I need to stick to this plan now, so I better get cracking. Good grief I can TALK! This post was only supposed to be three paragraphs long.


LET THE BLOGGING BEGIN!

(Oh and before I forget, I'm back on Instagram under 'vexinthecity')

14 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

Michelle (LipstickRules) said...

Fantastic post! I had a similar experience last year and like you trying to get back to basics. All the best to you!

Yinka said...

@Michelle - I know! I read your post. Thanks a lot Michelle :-)

Sarah said...

Great post. I recently took a 6 month blog break after I found out I was pregnant and I feel like I'm totally out of the loop :/ really making an effort this year to get back into the swing of things :)

Sarah xx

Yinka said...

@Sarah - Congratulations! Ahhh the blogging bug will bite you when you least expect it. Good luck :-)

MissBeautyBits said...

Hey, i just followed your blog just now. I really like this post. It struck a chord with me. I'm new to blogging and I think if I ever stop enjoying it then I will be taking a break. I know there are followers, but I'm writing my blog for ME first and my followers second. I would still write if i had noone reading! My view is if you write passionatley and honestly about something, the readers will follow. Thank you for this post! Suzie xx

Yinka said...

@MissBeautyBits - Thanks Suzie. Yeah, you're right. When I first started blogging, I blogged without a care in the world. I hope that carefree momentum returns xx

Harlem Loves said...

Welcome back :) so funny 2012 was the same for me too but after 4 years I think I needed time to rethink. I still am to be honest a lot can change between late 20s and early 30s so I'm just trying to regain perspective. Here's to us all getting back on track :) x

Beauty and the blog said...

I plan on doing the same, its so hard when you fall off. That said I wouldnt of met yoy if I never started lol .x

Yinka said...

@Harlem Loves - Cheers to that! x

@Beauty and the Blog - Aww bless ya! Likewise :-) x

A Lauren to Herself said...

Good luck, looking forward to reading more xx

celinecrowne said...

I'm glad you're going to continue blogging. It's interesting to read what women of color "across the pond" are using. Though some social media experts say that we should blog a few times a week lest we loose readers, I think that with blog readers such as Bloglovin', Bloglines, and Google, we'll always catch your posts no matter their frequency. The demands of work and life are such that I will average one post a week. Besides, I can't buy much more makeup than that!

Beauty Scribbler said...

Yinks, I could have written this post.. I've felt exactly the same way. I'm glad you're planning to get back into it this year! x

sharon p said...

I was glued on to the screen from start to end as ur posts are so great&im sure we all go thru those stages where we lack interest to blog for one reason or the other. Blogging takes up so much of ones time. Look foward to more of ur brilliant posts

nikkistyle™ said...

"Blogging Breaks" are TOTALLY necessary. In any event, welcome back! :)

 

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