Monday, July 4, 2011

What makes a blogger trustworthy?

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.........


  1. Awwh I think you're a trustworthy blogger and enjoy reading your blog, but I can never argue with more reviews! I've been feeling a bit odd lately because I started receiving products for review and wonder if people are like 'ew she sold out' so I'm trying to be as critical as possible, and almost a little harsher than if I'd bought the product.

  2. This is a great question; I've been wondering the same thing. Personally, my opinion is that if a person seems genuine and honest about what they say about a product it gains my trust. You can tell when they mean what they say. I would much rather see someone seem sincere with a short review than a long detailed review that sounds more like a research paper, but to each his/her own.

  3. I love the makeshift light box. I could learn a few things still with blogging, and that is a great idea that I wish I would have thought of! :-)

  4. Hi again, I know I already commented, so I'm sorry for spamming your comments. :( It's just I'm finally getting around to catching up to responding to comments left on my blog--hope you don't mind.

    I just wanted to say thank you for your concern. I will definitely try to be healthy about this and not overdo it. =)

    Much love, and Happy 4th of July from the US! (Sorry, just realized I don't know where you're based.)

  5. I trust your reviews. Even though I have not known you that long, I can tell that you are honest.
    To be a successful blogger is something that takes time to build up. I blog almost every day. if not every other day. I still don't feel good enough.
    When I blog, I think about my audience first. I don't always blog about what I want but I focus primarily on what I think they want to see. I think of myself as one of them, what I look for, what I would be interested in, what are the qualities I want to see in a blog, etc...and then, I try to incorporate those characteristics in my blog.

  6. I certainly think you are a trustworthy blogger, and I have always enjoyed your blog! :)

    I have a "lightbox" made of corrugated black plastic, I'm not too high tech either! I used to be pretty tight on space as well, so I feel your pain!

    I can't wait for the review on the Jumbo Eye Pencils, I just bought Black Bean and Milk and haven't had time to try them yet.