I never in a million years expected 100 people to subscribe to my ramblings, let alone the numbers that have now but I'm so so happy that you're coming along for the journey, it means the world! A few weeks back on my birthday my twitter notifications were going crazy and I had so many emails wishing me well and I could not remove the smile from my face for the whole day. I used to say that I could count the number of friends I had on one hand but I don't think that way any more, because I feel like you're all my friends now. Come on, group hug!
I want you to feel able to give me constructive criticism without automatically being handed a 'hater' name badge. Of course I don't want you to be mean, that's just not nice, but I'm not perfect, I'm not always right and I think constructive criticism is an important part of learning and growing. It's like when you have that one teacher at school who constantly pushes and challenges you, although it feels a little bit annoying for lack of a better word at the time, when you finally get that amazing grade it all makes sense; it's because they see something good in you, they understand your full potential and they want the best for you. Sure, it's nice to receive compliments but I don't need or want you to fall over yourself to say something nice just because you think you should, you know? I love the interaction with you, I love clicking through to your blogs and commenting. I like hearing your recommendations, learning more about you and sometimes it's nice to just to have a chat! I always keep the option of commenting anonymously open on every post, I do have my comments on moderation but that's just so I can catch all the spam which has got SO bad over recent months and the only time I'll ever delete a comment is if it's spam or if it's just plain offensive.
PR samples seem to be at the centre of a constant debate and I can completely see why. There's someone I vaguely know who has recently started a blog with the sole purpose of receiving PR samples and the worst part is, it's working! I remember she quizzed me about 6 months ago via facebook (the source of evil ;)) about blogging and seemed very interested at the prospect of 'freebies' as she referred to them as. It's annoying but so completely obvious that others are beginning to cotton on to it I think. And that's an important point. Don't blog for samples, I can't imagine it would be fun for very long, you have to really love something to keep investing so much time into it.
With that being said I am lucky enough to receive PR samples occasionally, I will always be honest with you about that because a certain amount of responsibility comes with receiving products and I make a very conscious effort to mix them in with other content. I don't accept things that aren't 'me', if I start talking about bright green lipsticks or mini skirts you can definitely tell me to stop being so silly! I never hide anything, I always tell you the truth and I hope that in return you'll trust my thoughts and reviews even if I didn't pay for a particular product. I don't ever want you to waste your money on something that's completely pants, if I like something I'll tell you and if I don't I'll tell you why.
Another source of debate I often see discussed on Twitter are adverts. I'm a part of Glam and I thought for a really long time about whether to join, even making an extensive list of the pros and the cons. I specifically chose Glam because I think their ads fit with blogs really well, they're as streamlined as possible and I hope you don't mind them too much. Top tip - If you really hate adverts in general online, install ad-block.
I completely understand that not everyone will like everything I post about, but I hope you don't mind the more varied content. I needed to switch things up a little bit otherwise I think I would have fallen out of love with blogging completely. It's no fun to feel like you have to write a post that your heart just isn't in, that's when it starts to feel like a chore and not something I do because I love it. I also hope you don't mind these little rambles, thank you so much for continuing to read and leave comments - it makes me feel like I'm not talking to myself, although I totally do that too sometimes!
I'm going to leave you with one question - if you could tell me one thing, what would it be? It could be a general comment, letting me know what you want to see more of, what you don't like, a piece of advice or anything you want! You can answer in a comment below or you can click here or fill in the little embedded form and tell me anonymously/privately.
I hope you're having a lovely Thursday so far!
Thank you for reading!