Tuesday, 20 May 2014

New Blog Design and Blog Update

Hello everyone. As a few of you have already noticed, over the past week a lot of changes have been made to my blog. I've had my blog completely redesigned by Pretty Wild Things. I absolutely love it. I did really like my old design but I wanted something a lot softer and more fresh. And now Batdog is also in my header. Yay. We can't leave him out. I would really recommend Serena for designs as she's done everything that I wanted and was so quick. I emailed her on Thursday asking if she could do it and she started straight away. Everything was finished by around midday yesterday so it took her about 4 days. I've also installed Disqus onto my blog for comments. I used to really prefer the Blogger commenting system but I've realised now that I have a lot of new followers who don't host their blogs on Blogger. It makes sense to have a commenting system that's open for everyone. Also it notifies you if someone replies which is really handy.

Another thing is that I'm now accepting sponsors. I tried to do it back in October but my stats weren't great and no one really took interest. I've already sold my first spot to Joy from The Harpy and am excited to get to work with other bloggers(or small businesses) as well. My stats have gone up considerably since October. In April my blog had 20'000ish pageviews and since the start of May I've been getting at least 1'000 pageviews a day. It doesn't seem real. I remember thinking it was amazing when I reached 100 pageviews in a month. The price range is £2-6 which I think is very cheap.


I also wanted to update everyone on where my blog is going. Over the past few months I've really been lacking the inspiration to write beauty posts. This blog started off as a purely beauty blog but to be honest it's now mainly a lifestyle blog. Since I made the decision to go cruelty free I haven't really been buying a lot of make up(definitely a good thing) and I just don't feel like I have anything interesting to say any more. I feel like everything has already been reviewed 100 times and the blogging world does not need any more lipstick swatches. I've gone through the list of blogs that I follow and made some changes. I've unfollowed a few blogs, not because they're bad blogs but because their content is no longer to my interests any more. I'm still following a few of my favourite beauty blogs and I feel like these can provide me with enough. Of course I will still blog about beauty products from time to time and there's no way you'll keep me away from Lush but I don't really want it to be the main focus of my blog. If I'm honest I've always been a little bit embarrassed of running a beauty blog. It just always seemed a little superficial. In real life I am a very bold person. Well not really. I'm quiet and shy but I will stand up for what I believe in and I'm not afraid to call people out on behaviour or language that I think is wrong. I'm the girl that is always posting links to Amnesty International campaigns. I'm the girl who held her own ground for a year when she was the only girl in the physics class. I'm the girl who isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. I have a voice. And this voice was meant for much more than lipsticks and body scrubs. I'm not trying to offend those that write beauty blogs but I just feel there's so much more to write about. I want to write about what I'm passionate about. I used to think that I was passionate about make up but now I've discovered that I'm really not. 

And that leads me onto books. As a few of you more dedicated readers may have noticed that over the last few months I've been gradually increasing the amount of posts I do about books. Now I'm doing about 1-2 posts about books. I've always been a strong reader and I fly through a ton of books every year. I guess it makes sense that my blog would eventually come back to books. When I look back I realise that reading is the one hobby I've had consistently throughout my life. I also want to start sharing a lot more crochet tutorials and recipes. What I'm really trying to say is that these are the things that I'm passionate about now and that's the path that I want to take my blog down. Over the past two weeks I've been working really hard to take my blog more seriously. I've culled down my BlogLovin' following list to the blogs that I find amazing and inspiring. I'm surrounding myself with content that inspires me and makes me want to work harder. It's doing good. At the moment I've got so many ideas and for the first time in months I feel excited about the content that I'm producing and it feels amazing. 

So I guess what I'm trying to say is that there are going to be a lot of changes for the better around here. And I hope that you all believe in me enough to stick around.

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