Wednesday, September 4, 2013

#SBBC Day 4 - Blogging Positives

Hi!

Day 4 of the #SBBC - click on the #SBBC graphic on the sidebar to see what it's about and to go to all the challenge posts so far.

Today, it was either Favourite Handcream or Blogging Positives.

Prepare yourselves, it's going to get mushy, and very wordy. These are my own personal positives.

I've been blogging for a few years now, and never really thought it would go anywhere. You only have to look at my first couple of posts to see that I was only really using it as an outlet to ramble - I never thought anyone would read what I wrote. I jumped in head first, and ranted away to my heart's content.

I certainly didn't think that I'd get to know some of the nicest people in the country through it. I haven't been able to attend meet-ups or events so far - a big part of that is me living in very rural Longford and not having access to decent public transport or being able to drive, which I hope to rectify in the near future. Another part of it at the beginning was that I felt very much content in my own little space here, and didn't really want to step out of my comfort zone and meet people. I can say with hand on heart now that I would love to meet each and every one of the bloggers I chat to via blogs or twitter. I only wish I'd known some of them when I was a teenager - it's amazing how you get to know people online and realize that you weren't the only one who felt the way you did when you were younger. I used to think I was odd because I didn't have a big wide circle of female friends, or hadn't stayed in touch with people from school - until I chatted to lots of other people who were the same.

I'm grateful that I don't feel completely insane for having over 400 nail polishes, and that I've learned that I'm not alone in my obsessions. I can't think of one person in "real life" that would sit and discuss the Halloween polish releases with me, but I could find someone online within 5 minutes who would be happy to compare collections for the next hour. (FYI - Bourjois are totally in the lead with the Halloween collections so far).

I'm grateful for the people, the really, really decent people (you know who you are) who send little messages just when I need them the most, the ones who are always there with a kind word or a bit of moral support. I count some of these people as genuine friends now, and I couldn't imagine not being in contact with them. I know that if I hadn't started blogging, I would probably never have had the opportunity to get to know them a little better. I'm also thankful for the pure kindness of people I've never met, it's so nice to know that there are genuine people out there who just want to lend a hand or an ear without any benefit to themselves.

I'm also grateful for the Irish Beauty Blog community - it's a lovely supportive group and there's loads of encouragement for people starting off. There's always someone who has the answer you need about a product, a recommendation or a suggestion - everyone is willing to share their information and it's lovely to see.

I'm grateful, too, for being nominated in two categories in this year's Irish Blog Awards - to be brutally honest, I don't hold much weight in awards, because what I enjoy might not be the next person's cup of tea at all - but I'm very flattered and thankful that someone thought of me when they were nominating.

Above all, I'm thankful for the ability to ramble on like this, I think I'd combust if I couldn't.

Thank you for reading and thank you for every comment and every pageview. It sincerely means a lot to me.



P.S: My favourite handcream is Mane n Tail Hoofmaker. Yes, it was a free sample, but yes, I've bought it since. It's lovely.

19 comments:

  1. This is lovely post, and I agree the camaraderie and love you feel from fellow irish bloggers is so amazing. At first it’s all very nerve wracking, but the bloggers make you feel very welcome and part of something! And sure we love reading your rambles! This was a very thoughtful post! Here’s to many more!!! x

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    1. Thank you Nora! It is lovely & welcoming, it's a great little community x

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  2. Really lovely post. The Irish beauty blogging community is brilliant alright, we're all very lucky!
    P.s I'm now very excited for the Bourjois Halloween collection :) x

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    1. Definitely lucky! Oh wait until you see them, some really great looking glitters in the mix this year!

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  3. Aw thats lovely, I'm glad I started blogging, purely because of the people I have gotten to know.

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    1. Same here Donna, I think I spent half the day talking to myself before I started! x

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  4. Such a lovely post! There is so many positives to blogging and its nice to see someone appreciate them! :) x

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  5. Such a great post Sharon, so lovely to read. I feel the same as you re living in a rural place and blogging becoming an outlet we wouldn't have had otherwise. I'm crap at leaving comments, but I really enjoy your blog so thanks for writing it xx

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    1. I think it's a lifesaver when you're out 'in the sticks' - keeps me connected to the world! Thank you for such a lovely comment and it's great to see you back online xx

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  6. Great post and you deserve your nominations big time :) I will meet you some day, and I will give you the big hug I thought I did that fateful day last December ;P

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    1. Ah thank you Karen x I will get up to Dublin for that hug yet if it kills me!! xx

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  7. Loved this! It's so true, I tell my friends how many polishes I own and they're shocked and appalled. I tell you and we can compare polish lists. It's this that I'm greatful for :)

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    1. One of my husband's sisters came in and went "oh wow, you have such a lovely collection of nail polish, how do you have time to wear them all" - there were ELEVEN on the table. I think if I'd shown her the stash she'd have dropped dead. xxx

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    2. Haha :))))) And the ultimate question WHY do you buy so much nail polish.
      My favorite thing is exactly what you said...to find out that there are so many people that share the same interests!

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  8. Ah this is so nice! I agree with you totally though, the community is amazing x

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    1. It definitely is, it's lovely to be even a tiny part of it x

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  9. lovely read, there are so many positives. I only wish i started earlier. I've not been to a blogger meet up or met another blog either, maybe one day. the Halloween nail polish sounds exciting...

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  10. This was lovely to read :)
    Sending good vibes to you for the Blog Awards, you deserve to win something! :D
    OMG, 400 nail polishes!! Hubba hubba! You'll have to do a big show and tell post some time of all of them! I'd pay good money to see that shit! ;) hehe

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