This is the million dollar question that I've been pondering this for a while now:
What makes you trust a blogger's opinion, and return to read more about what he/she writes?
After a long bit of thinking, I have come to the conclusion that in terms of beauty bloggers, it's the content. Even more refined than that, I think it often comes down to the product reviews. After reading and watching many reviews, you get a feel of what reviews are the most honest. Being thorough helps, as does listing pros and cons of the product. Another big factor is whether or not products have been sent for review consideration. With that said, I don't think it's wrong for bloggers to review free products, but I like to see a good mix of products that the blogger has personally purchased and products that were sent for review.
And this brings me to the next question:
Would others consider me as a trustworthy blogger?
Of course, I want them to. But I have been blogging for over a year now and have attracted not too many readers. I have wondered if I was doing something wrong, or perhaps I was not doing enough, or perhaps I'm too vulgar, or even perhaps I talk too much. What I ultimately did, however, was put 2 and 2 together and decided to focus a lot more on doing reviews. Afterall, I personally use bloggers' reviews to evaluate them.
I looked back at my blog and see that I have not done too many reviews. It's not that I don't like doing them. I take reviews damn seriously, and try to make them as detailed as possible as to answer any questions that others would have. They are the most time consuming blogs/videos to create, even over tutorials, and with a tight schedule during the academic year, I favor quantity over quality. But damn, I want people to know that I can write and I can dish out good material And thus, as summer is upon us and I only have one class, I have been taking advantage of the wonderful sunlight to take pictures. I have also tried to up the quality of my pictures the best I can with my Canon DS780, so I have also started putting watermarks on my pictures. This extra bit of work has been extremely time consuming, hence the delay of blog posts. Hopefully as I do this more, I'll get faster and it'll become more routine.
There's also a slight lack of space in my apartment that I share with 5 other girls and currently my boyfriend as well. I use my desk for academic work for my blogging as well and....I'll just show you a picture:
Have I mentioned that I am tight on space?
By the way, that is indeed a make shift "light box" using index cards and a makeup palette. I was take pictures of my jumbo eyeshadow pencils for an upcoming review that you will be seeing shortly.
I'm so tired. My brain is shutting off in 5...4...3..2..1.........