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Sunday, 13 May 2012

Life via Instagram #7.


Birthday make up. // Pretty new blushers. // Birthday outfit of the day
White bunny. // Ralphie's not very impressed with his new girlfriend! // Cheap Frills necklace giveaway. 
No make up make up. // Playing with make up. // I wish I could hit the checkout button on this order!
A mini Topshop make up splurge. // Topshop lipsticks. // Loving Topshop Brighton Rock lipstick!

This past week has been absolutely lovely, turning twenty three wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. If anything it has given me so much motivation to actually get around to doing things and not just say that I'll do them eventually. I have learned over the last twenty two years that eventually, for me, never comes. I'm an excellent procrastinator! I'm excited to set up my print shop, I've been researching how to make blank greetings cards/note cards and going through some old photographs. I shall definitely be starting small and if I'm lucky I might be able to make something of myself finally! 

Over the past couple of days I've been having a tiny bit of a melt down. The past couple of months has seen blog comments decrease enormously and I can't help but think I'm doing something majorly wrong. The interaction has always been one of my favourite parts of blogging, but there are now so many incredible blogs around it's getting hard to compete. In reading other blogs you get to see an insight into the authors lives and sometimes they seem so magical that you start to wish that for your own life. It's so easy to get caught up in that and begin to forget that no one else does you as well as you do you. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I have kind of lost my way a little, there's nothing here that makes my little space on the internet particularly unique or stand out and I suppose I'm a little disappointed in myself. I never wanted to force blogging, but maybe I don't try hard enough? I don't know what it is, it's probably just my silly little insecurities, the longing to be, I don't know, accepted? Hopefully these silly thoughts will leave my head soon because I am incredibly thankful that anyone takes time out of their day to stop by and have a little read of my nonsensical musings, and I know there are so many more people than I could ever imagine that do just that. And I am so incredibly grateful and thankful and overwhelmed all at the same time. Anyway, I'm not overly sure what I'm saying anymore so I shall sign off here, with a link to something that I think some of you will really quite like

xoxo

30 comments:

  1. Jennie don't be downhearted. Things often have little ups and downs, but if you enjoy making your posts then that should sustain you during the downs. Please don't feel you have to compete with others, I know I for one love your blog and that it seems to really represent you. Change only things that feel right to you and be proud of how much you have already achieved! I know if I ever reach your level of followers and success I'll be chuffed to pieces! Don't underestimate yourself.
    I can be lazy about commenting on blogs, but I do know how much it means, and I for one would love to get chatting more, so this has spurred me on to make a little more effort. Happy Sunday Jennie!
    xxx

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  2. Please don't feel insecure or disappointed in yourself - you have such a lovely and wonderful blog, and it's definitely one of my favourites. I wouldn't want you to change anything about it! I hope you're okay x

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  3. I love your picks on that (as yet unfulfilled) order! Hope you had a lovely birthday :) 23 isn't so bad!
    xx
    p.s. don't sweat the small stuff!

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  4. oh i want your lipsticks!

    http://munchmecat.blogspot.com/
    http://coline-rialan.blogspot.com/

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  5. Oo topshop makeup :) which blush did you get? considering purchasing Flush or Neon Rose.

    Also yours was one of the first blogs I discovered and the one that inspired me to start my own :)

    x~x

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  6. Don't feel insecure lovely! Life will throw you lemons sometimes so you just have to learn to make lemonade :)

    You are one of my favourite bloggers and I wouldn't want you to change a thing unless you wanted to!

    xx

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  7. Don't worry about it too much lovely! Your blog has always been one of my faves, and I always get excited when I see a new post! hope you feel better soon x

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  8. lol...don't think too much. You have such an awesome blog. Believing in yourself, this is your blog. So, blog what you like to blog about. I love your blog.
    3lin

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  9. I can honestly say that yours is one of the few blogs that I read every post of and I look forward to, please continue to do what you do - I enjoy the little part of your life that you share with us all and I am really greatly for it. But equally, stick with what you enjoy, don't make yourself do something that you don't want to do any more.

    I glad you had a lovely birthday week! Congrats!

    X

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  10. My blog is much much smaller than yours but I used to get between kinda 15-40 comments on my posts. I now generally get 4-6 and its a huge drop. I know that blogger/google has changed a lot and blogs are not appearing in search engines as much, I have a lot of 404 errors on blogs (this is usually solved by refreshing but may cause people who usually comment to just give up perhaps?) and my blog reader often isn't working. All of these things can decrease views and comments, I'm sure its no reflection of your content.

    I really enjoy your blog :) I find the best way to make sure people visit and comment is to keep up with commenting on blogs, big and small. People almost always return the favour! xx
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  11. I remember following you on Flickr (my name is ohhhbetty) and being wowed by how magical and awesome your photos looked. Then when I found your blog I actually couldn't stop reading. I don't always comment but I always read your posts. I wouldn't worry to much about coments, some posts I do I get 20 comments other times I get none but when I look at the traffic report it shows that 30 people have looked at the post and the fact people are actually reading it and taking an interest means more than anything. xo

    www.sequinedlife.com

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  12. I am so envious of your make-up collection! x

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  13. Have a good cup of tea and take a break from everything <3 and then keep doing whatever you like doing best!

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  14. Lovely pictures, I love how much you use pink :)
    Don't worry about blogging and comments, it doesn't matter. How annoying would it be if you had 8934753948 comments per post but it was clear half of them hadn't even read what you'd written? I know that's the thing that annoys me most - when someone comments "Great post!" and it's clear that the only motivation for it was the hope that I'd click through to their blog, or someone else would. Or even worse, a blatant "Great! Come check out my blog." Just from the comments on this post, it's clear that your readers really like your blog and care about the person behind it, so don't worry about numbers! You're not doing anything wrong, you have a great blog that i love and have been reading for ages! Don't think too much about it just be your lovely self :) Going to check out that speech you linked now because it looks quite interesting! loveee xxxx

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  15. Don't worry about people not commenting, they're still reading! I absolutely love your blog and have had it bookmarked for ages, you're one of the people who inspired me to start blogging.

    Also, that lipstick looks gorgeous, and I'm glad you had a nice birthday xx

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  16. You have a lovely blog and you shouldn't bother about the amount of comments. You should blog for yourself first, about things that make you happy even if nobody reads it. I read your blog and many others but i rarely post comments cos i don't have a blog of my own and maybe bloggers would find this odd, to be followed by someone they can't follow.

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  17. Hello! I'm glad 23 hasn't spooked you too much! I've been embracing getting old for the last few years and it's being going surprisingly ok! Don't be bummed- your blog is great, you seem really lovely and Ralphie is a total babe. I love your Dahlia dress and pink dip-dye too! Blog for you, first and foremost xx

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  18. Click checkout and treat yourself Jennie! (: hope you had a wonderful birthday sweetie. I've noticed a decrease in blog comments recently too, I think the saturation of blogs in the blogosphere is mostly the reason behind this though, nothing to do with how engaging/interesting the content is. I absolutely adore reading your blog - as you well know! - but it's been hard to keep up with the commenting game for lack of time! I think Sailboat very much stands out in the community, it's still one of my all-time favourite blogs (: xxxx

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    1. I couldn't agree with this totally. A lot of people just don't comment too, I think. I love it, but I know some who never, ever do. Your blog will always, always be on of my favourites <3 xoxo

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  19. do not think you are doing anything wrong Jennie. I think we are all guilty of reading and thinking what a great blog post but then failing to comment. I enjoy your posts a lot. Yay for those Topshop lipsticks - I am desperate to pick up some more. x

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  20. I'm a relatively new reader to your blog but I really wouldn't be disheartened by any seeming lack of comments. As people have said above there are just so many blogs about now and just because people don't comment doesn't mean they don't read the content and enjoy it all the same. My blog is a lotlotlot smaller than yours but I get disheartened too when a post I love gets no comments but I figure that blogging is something I do for my own sake so I try not to let it put me off (:
    Ooh, and on a beauty related note, I reaaallly need to try out topshop lipsticks. Currently own no lipsticks whatsoever and I love all the topshop colours (: xxx

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  21. Gorgeous! I'm completely hooked on Instagram too! <3

    x
    Lost in the Haze: a Fashion Photography Blog

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  22. Love your blog, love your rabbit more, I have a long haired guinea pig! You check out my blog, it seems we may have things in common (cute animals and clothes)!

    http://Heidi-likes.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. I love your blog and all the photos xoxo - would you like to follow each other?
    A
    xx
    http://epiquemoi.blogspot.com

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  24. Well, since I'm a long time lurker, I suppose it's a good time for my first comment. I really love your blog! I love the aesthetic and your fresh approach. I like that you're not constantly pushing one product after another. Your blog really feels like a breath of fresh air. So please don't get down on yourself!

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  25. Awww stop worrying your pretty little head. <3
    I used to get about 15-20 comments, and now I'm lucky to get 5. Sure, it can make you think "what's wrong with meeeee" but then I just shrug and get on with it. I'm hopeless with commenting at the moment anyway as my google reader is awful and it's so hard to see all the updates. I just tell myself that it's the same for everyone else and that not everyone comments anyway. :P
    You know your blog is, always has been and always will be one of my FAVES. xoxo

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  26. Sometimes I don't comment on blogs, not because I don't love them but just because I have so little time to dedicate to blogs (reading and my own) at all so don't get around to making a comment...but I will *ALWAYS* read you posts and I am sure it is the same for many of your readers, just too many blogs and so little time! I love your style of blog and think you are an absolute beaut and will always be a fan
    xxx

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  27. Please don't let the lack of comments get you down. With things like Google reader, it's all to easy to read a great blogpost then not leave a comment. You have a great blog and I always look forward to seeing new posts from you x

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  28. Aww, I'm sorry about the lack of comments. I'm one of those people who always reads your blog (I think almost from the beginning) but I hardly ever comment. I still love your blog and have liked to see how you have evolved over the last couple years. And your cute bunny seriously makes me want to get one. :)

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  29. Glad that you think 23 isn't so bad after all, I'm going to be 24 in July, dreading it! Re: the blog thing, remember its quality not quantity. Its easy to feel popular when you have lots of readers and comments coming in but how many of them are actually genuine? I'm not sure how many blogs I follow to be honest but I am lucky enough to have the time to read them all, I literally go through my blogger dashboard and read every post, sometimes I comment and sometimes I don't. I much prefer the "friendships" I've gained through blogging with a small number of people as opposed to 50 comments from people talking nonsense about following them and they'll follow back! Just remember to keep blogging the way you are as thats who you are why people clicked the follow button to begin with!

    joanne from jimmilou.com

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