Why I Started Blogging & My Views On It

'Whoa { 13th Oct } - Dolce Vanity was 3 years old'

It gets my brain ticking as to how much beauty blogging has evolved since I first decided to sign up to blogger and begin my journey.

I'll never forget I never had a clue about anything, what a blog was to begin with. Make-up, was always an interest of sorts, not a fanatic but I did like to dabble about in my mum's make-up case but besides the  make-up cases I had received for two consecutive years. I never knew techniques or that there was certain brushes for certain things *shock horror* & don't even ask me about high end / drug store brands besides ;

' NYC, Collection 2000, Maybelline & Rimmel ' 

I started this blog as a real novice and I owe a lot to this ever growing community too. When I began most blogs I came across were from Asia & the United States. Amongst the first people I began to correspond with were : -

Curvaceous in the City
Dreams and Egos
MakeUp Babble
Made in Taiwan 

Tuotierugif { inactive }
Ahoy Mate!!!
The Pages Of My Diary 
Brook Lynne Carter

& my first make-up look I tried : -

“ lol ”

We all start somewhere. I regret deleting a lot of my past posts but I can always refer back via RSS.

Even though I started this blog on a whim when times were hard & I had no-one to turn too. I took the plunge and started it as a hobby. Not sure what I was doing or going to be honest but this whim took a life of it's own it became my sanctuary.

Why Did I Start ?
In 2008 I had an ectopic pregnancy which led to a battle that I still today fight with - depressionagoraphobia {taboo subject} that in turn had it's other spring off's and challenges but you know what my blog helped me get back up on my feet. Communicating with people that I finally had something in common with, when I had no-one I had you guys and I appreciate the support all of my loyal followers have given me.

In these last three years I've become so close to people who are even overseas that I email - tweet on a regular basis, they check up on me and vice versa it's such a warmth to feel a whim blog that I originally named LaaLaaOnline has giving me something to aim for career wise and a whole new view on online communities.

Blog Layout 
I love to make my own blog layouts { I no longer do them for others due to me being impatient at the best of times } but I feel like it's something I enjoy doing at times but it's a pain cos I have a trait that I get bored very quickly and easily { can be such a bad thing a lot of times } it something I feel gives my blog a more personal feel.

I love it because ...
  • Discover the latest available products on the market & overseas
  • Make new friends
  • Develop skills & tips
  • Gain inspiration 
  • Great opportunity to share your views and thoughts
  • It's my space to be me !!

I believe starting a blog is hard. Can be easier for some than others but I view blogging as it's not a numbers game. Numbers are nice but it shouldn't define how you feel about your content. I view a blog is your own personal space that you want to share with others. Find a niche that works for you and run with it!

When I first started I dabbled and shared whatever music, celebrity outfits, various products that I found that I liked. Until I kind of settled into something I liked.

The bad ... ? 
Now I have had my fair share of negativity, that was well documented at the start of the year in a blog post but to be honest this will come along with anything you may chose to do you can't let the negativity of others overshadow the positivity you feel for what you do.

Views on blogging ...

My views on blogging is it's basically the WAY FORWARD. Before when I use to have to go out and buy my monthly magazine to see what was hot it's now a daily formation with it being online.  I like to follow bloggers of all different ages & ethnicity. Everyone has different views, tips and things to share, it's a great way to meet people who have the same passion as you. If your anything like me and don't have friends who are into being product/beauty junkies beauty blogging is the format to expose yourself to lol. Your not going to get along with everyone as that's just life but believe me you can find those you can really click with.

To be honest with you ...
If it wasn't for this blog, I honestly don't know what I would be doing in a lot of ways. When someone says that they found something that 'helped' OR 'saved' them - my blog was a huge part of that in my life. It helped me gain a direction I never had before. So to me blogging is more than sitting behind a screen and doing writing about whatever it is I'm about to post. Yet if it wasn't for the support of my readers and the community it would of been an even slower process. Beauty honestly does start from within! So...

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  1. i love it and your blog :P hehe xD
    your amazing xx

  2. great post, echoes a lot of my thoughts on blogging

  3. I am so happy we crossed paths!!!! I love you baby boo!

  4. @If Curves Could Talk (Stefanie) me too. You helped me out a great deal. Love you too babyboo

  5. Love this post!

    *epic e-hug*

    I'm so happy that I follow you because i've learnt so much in regards to tips etc from you and other bloggers and I feel that your blog is truely unique, informative and fun!

    Keep up the great work love


  6. I love how you mentioned blogging isn't a numbers game.
    I feel like a lot of people I know don't understand blogs or the effort it takes to maintain one. If only they knew that it is "the way forward"!

  7. aww *epic e-hug* @The Nerd... thanks so much. It does mean a lot to me that people can learn from what I & others share, very grateful to have you following me xoxoxo

  8. @Saimese No a lot of people do not understand the effort that goes into blogging and the upkeep. How much it does take to find a niche that works for yourself.

    I at first believed it was all about numbers but after awhile it became apparent to me it's not. Be appreciative of your work for you and others will either love or hate but it shouldn't be the 'main objective'

    Thanks for your comment x

  9. I'm so sorry to hear about your pregnancy love, but one thing I can say (without really knowing you) that you're one strong and tough lady! ♥

    Blogging is difficult, it's not easy but the reward is great! I've definitely learnt from tips!

    your Congratulations on your milestone...
    Here's to many more years for Dolce Vanity :)

  10. @Laiqah that's such a sweet comment. Thanks ever so much.

    Hey whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger right :o)

    It very much so is difficult especially to stand out etc but if your happy, others will enjoy what you share too.

    Thanks again xoxo

  11. Congrats on three years mama. You are great at what you do and keep doing you! :)

  12. Congrats on 3yrs hun,ur blog is awesome I love it
    I'm glad I stumbled across ur site u inspire me I always look forward
    To ur posts,keep doing ur thng&may God bless u always xxx

  13. just discovered your blog and i love it!


  14. thank you for your inspiring post. i have been blogging for about a year now and there are definitely highs and lows, but i want to keep pushing on because i really do love it.

  15. I hope you continue to blog and find peace and happiness. Lots of love laalaa. We love your blog x x

  16. This was a beautiful read!
    You were one of the first blogs I ever followed years ago!
    Keep blogging <3