My apologies for the long break Foxes. With the holidays, kids and then returning to my regular job after a 13 month long baby leave, I have been too tired/ overwhelmed or stuck in a Netflix series binge watch vortex to blog.
When I began this endeavor I had no clue what I was getting into. I didn’t know who would read my blog or if anyone would read it at all. I was worried that it wouldn’t be perfect enough and that I’d be disappointed by myself. It has been a very interesting adventure, and here is what I have learned so far:
Readers like personal pictures. Some of my posts with the biggest hits were full of pictures. Hence, this post will have some random photos that really have nothing to do with this story directly. You’re welcome.
- Don’t count on natural light to take pictures in. For one story, I was doing a “before and after” but by the time I got to the “after” picture much later in the day, the sun had gone down and the lighting was terrible. The pictures turned out awful. I tried again the next day but now it was overcast and foggy. Grrrr. I need to create a proper place in my home with lighting and white a space to take effective photographs.
- Learn to take better pictures. I have been using my iPhone for the most part, but now it’s time to learn the fancy camera. Good pictures make a big difference and I appreciate blogs that use good photography. Lucky hubby went to college for photography and film so I have a live-in tutor!
- Learn how to edit photos – a little bit. Because of the issues stated above, I have come to the conclusion that sometimes a photo will need to be edited. Whether this is brightening it up a little due to poor lighting, or eliminating red eye, it is something that makes a big difference. That said, since this is a blog about beauty and features makeup quite often, I will try not to change the actual look of the colours.
- Read, edit and read again. Edit again. Repeat. Some of my posts have had up to 30 edits from conception to publishing. I have read some other blogs full of grammatical and spelling errors and it can be very distracting. Oh, the embarrassment if any errors slip through the cracks on this story….
- I thought I knew social media until I started promoting my blog. I have learned so much about the uses of different social media platforms. “Follow for follow” is a thing. Teens (maybe adults too?) have spy apps on their social media accounts to let you know if you look at their profiles or unfollow them. One avenue of social media is not enough, and one post a day is not enough. Facebook Pages only lets your updates show up in peoples feeds that interact with you often. So, in addition to posting blogs, I need to find other ways to engage readers to keep me in their feeds. I could go on forever about what I know now about social media that I didn’t before. By the way, you can find Foxy Face Beauty on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr.
- Part-time blogging produces part-time results. To get out the minimal content that I already do, it takes a lot of time. I can totally understand how people do this full time and would expect that once I am back at work I will be working on blog for hours after the kids go to bed and all weekend too. But that’s OK because I love it!
- There are some AH-MAY-ZING blogs out there! They range from some that have millions of followers to some that I have discovered myself that only have a few dozen followers. There is so much out there and so many people putting their passion for beauty on display. This makes me very happy.
- YouTubers are a big deal! People who do tutorials on YouTube get major points in my books just for putting themselves out there. I have stumbled across a few now that I think are fantastic. What do I like about these ones in particular you ask? (Haha – you didn’t ask but I just employed a technique my hubby uses when he wants to keep telling me more about something I will never ask about). Well, I like the ones that I do for their mad skills and most of all the fact that they keep their own personalities and don’t try to act all newscaster-like and be prim and proper. I loooove these ones because they are cool, inspiring and super talented. I can only imagine how my makeup skills would have progressed much quicker with the help of this type of technology back in my day (almost 40- do I get to say “back in my day” now?). Check these ones out:
- Batalash Beauty – Three young women run this super cool channel and honestly I have only watched Samantha’s videos here so far, but will check out more soon! She is the only Canadian based artist on the channel, and her work is nothing short of stunning. These tutorials are so mesmerizing that I can be sucked into watching them for hours! The looks she creates range from wearable daily beauty to abstract works of art – simply jaw- dropping!
- Kandee Johnson – Self-proclaimed as the “happiest channel on YouTube” I have to agree with that after watching her delightful videos. Her transformations are legendary and with over 2.4 million subscribers to her channel Kandee continues to up her game. All this helped land her a deal with media giant Conde Nast and she will continue to work under their digital umbrella.
- Jean- Francois CD – Jean-Francois is a French – Canadian vlogger full of passion and he often leaves me laughing. His tutorials, reviews and general musings about life are provided in French and English, and he has talent for days. This unique and interesting character does not lack in skills!
- Figure out how to effectively “tag” or “#” your posts. This will allow users on various platforms to find you when they are looking for content related to your post. I am still learning and working on this.
- You can be Instagram famous. Just for the record, I am not Insty famous, but I have witnessed a someone I know post a picture and get over 70,000 likes within an hour. Wha???? I am lucky to hit a double digit for likes.
- People will read your stuff even if they don’t know you. At first I though that my posts would be read only by family and friends, but thanks to some awesome friends helping me spread the word, and to tagging my posts, even some strangers read it! This is very exciting to me. THANK-YOU strangers and friends alike!
- The world is smaller that you think. A cool feature with a blog is the ability to pull stats and see where in the world people are. In under 8 weeks, since I started posting, my blog has been seen in 32 countries! That is fascinating to me, and I am honoured that people have checked it out. Wow!
- The comments section is not always visible on a mobile device. This was a learning curve to me as I was receiving messages on my Facebook page that people could not leave a comment. I have learned that on a mobile device that you need to click on the title of the post in order to see the comments section. Who knew?
With all that said, I am going to keep at this and get as many posts out as I can with my busy schedule. As a personal favour, will you please tell me WHERE you are from and HOW did you hear about this blog? Pretty please Foxes? I am really curious to know where in the world you are and how did you find my den? Until next time…