For a few weeks now, I’ve been meaning to write a post on the reasons why I’ve kept a blog (or several…) over the years. So I jumped at the opportunity when I came across an invitation from Aimee of greenbeaniebeauty to participate in this blog hop.
WTF is a blog hop you say? Well, from my understanding it’s like a blogger relay where we tag each other to write and publish a piece including a set of questions on a particular subject/topic. Someone else has likened blog hops to chain letters from back in the high school days (circa mid to late 2000s for me), sans all the stuff about bad luck and death.. you know what I mean!?
Anyway, I thought it would be a cool community building exercise. So a huge thank you for the Blog Chicks group on Facebook for opening your blogging community up to me. I was kicked out of the first one I joined because one of their ‘long standing members’ went on a power trip and made false allegations about me (and probably still does) – but that’s another story for another day 😛 ..So yeah! Much love to Blog Chicks!
Why do you write?
Writing is, and always has been, the best way for me to express myself. I’ve written and published many posts on various platforms anonymously before I registered the domain name for this blog. I loved writing without the intention of being read, and only for the purpose of documenting my feelings and emotions at the time of writing each post.
Writing helps me map out almost everything that goes on in my mind, helping me find out more about myself which helps me gain clarity and form more educated opinions on the topics I write around. Simply put, writing is cathartic.
How does my writing differ from others in its genre?
I don’t want Intuitive Hearts to be pigeonholed into one category, but at the moment I would say majority of the work that is on here are beauty related. I try to write my reviews around the questions I usually ask myself when looking through product reviews – and I’m sure most beauty bloggers do this too!
I don’t want to call myself a beauty blogger because I know I will mentally restrict myself from sharing bits and pieces of my life as I did before this blog. So I’m now aiming to find that balance between writing a ‘beauty blog’ and a ‘personal blog’.
What am I working on?
I’m slowly phasing out all the non-cruelty-free products in my beauty stash as they run out. So there will definitely be a lot more cruelty-free product reviews on this blog in the near future.
I’m also working with my partner in crime (who happens to be my boyfriend) on a few exciting websites. Hopefully, we’ll get them off the ground soon!
Now that uni is done and dusted, I’ve got a lot more time to spend on these projects. I’m also looking to enrol into a web development & graphic design course – but I’d probably end up just doing graphic design and leaving all that coding stuff to the boyfriend. 😀
Why do I write what I do?
I started incorporating beauty product reviews and discussion into this blog because I also wanted to share my personal opinion on products that I spend money on. Being a (self-proclaimed) master bargain hunter, I like to do my research before I splash out for products on the pricier end of the spectrum. And hopefully, people who do stumble across my product reviews will also find them insightful and helpful in their own consumer decision-making processes.
How does my writing process work?
Like Aimee over at GreenBeanieBeauty, I wouldn’t say that I have much of a process either when it comes to writing personal anecdotes.
I like to write whatever comes to mind on the topic but I tend to go off on a bit of a tangent because my mind is NEVER still. This is me in a nutshell:
For the beauty related entries that I write, I do keep a notebook. I like to plan and list out everything that comes to mind when I look, touch, smell and use the product. And from there it turns into a process of elimination.
Tag! You’re it.
…And the time has come for me to stop rambling and pass the talking stick (I’ve said enough, haven’t I?!) on to 3 awesome people (4 including Aimee mentioned above). Here goes!
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