Saturday, April 19, 2014

I Blog, Therefore I Exist.

Oh yes I'm being a bit sarcastic. But first of all, Hi all!

Many people ask me about how I make this blog? Or how to become a blogger? And any other questions about blogging. Well, I'm not an expert in this field, I only have few readers that I love so much, but let me share my own experience.. ^^ Well, it's going to be a long post, so prepare your self. Grab a drink and snack now! LOL

Do you realize that I'm bad in writing? I guess some of you are notice about it from the way I write in this blog!? LOL. YUP! That's the first reason why I make a blog, to practice my writing ability, especially in English.

Before I stick with this blog, I ever made several accounts for blogging. First time, I use my own web named in around 2005. I usually wrote about my daily life on that blog. Because of that blog also, I met some new people, including a guy who become my husband now XD Even my lecture read it LOL. Until it was expired and I was too busy to handle it.. =( So I made another account on mutliply. I continued sharing my daily life experiences and thoughts there. I also often shared my favorite music and some of my artworks there.

I'm a very visual person since I was a child. I usually hate literature lessons; Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Sunda (because I was born and raised in Bandung) and Bahasa Inggris. I'm not good in those lessons. In the other hand, I love art lessons so much; music, dance, especially painting. That's why I majored in Visual Communication Design  at college, where I can express my passion in visual world. I also love making comic about my daily life. Then I started to make a blogger account to share my comic:

Because I was too busy with my job (and lazy) XD I rarely update that blog again. I need more effort in making comic.. I was looking for another way to express my visual and writing passion. So, I decided to make this blog in 2009.

At the beginning, it's quite hard to find the topic I should write. You can read my first blogpost here, so random ^^. So I still continued writing about my personal life and thought here. Then I found my true passion in make up! Yup, it's like painting on face as the paper/canvas. I started to share my "Face of The Day" picture in a beauty forum, then post it in this blog. That's how I started to focus on beauty topic. I could show my makeup result and also write about beauty products here! I changed the name several times:

My old blog name's headers

Until I found the best name that can describe my self, Diary of an Eyeliner Junkie. Yeah, I love eyeliner so much! I can not face my day without using it!

My old header XD

Time flies, I always tried to update my blog regularly. One day a famous beauty company invited me to join their event, along with some other beauty bloggers: Carnellin, Nisa, Hanna, Stella and Priscilla (beauty blogger was still limited at that time). You can read it in this post ^^.

My very first beauty blogger gathering.

From that moment I realized that many people read my blog. I was also so happy when meeting another bloggers who have the same passion, beauty. It's like.. meeting an old friend, we can talk seamlessly about the world we love, beauty world.

After that event, I got more and more invitations from beauty companies and online shops. Many of them send me their latest products and offer me their services, so I can give it a try and write the review on this blog til now.

So nice to meet you all, my blogger friends!! ^^
Products I received from many companies. Taken from my instagram. Thank you so much!! ^^
I always happy when receiving those freebies! ^^ Even I need no buy beauty products again these days. But that's not the main point of blogging. Receiving freebies means I have to try it by myself and post the review here. I have to responsible with what I'm going to write, so I try to make it as honest as I can. The bad news is.. I have a very sensitive skin! Huhu.. Trying many products on my face make it breaks out several times.. Say it, pimples, white heads, black heads, blemishes, etc.. are never absent from my face XD I feel like a guinea pig sometimes.. That's what I call My Sacrifice.. =)

But this problem will never make me stop blogging about beauty thingy. It makes me keep looking for the best way to keep my skin healthy, so I can keep continue to put those products on my face, LOL.

I also use photoshop to edit some flaws.

Spot the differences! LOL

Hehe.. I don't mean to deceive you, I have strong reasons to use it:
- My photoshop skills are excelent. Yeah baby, I'm an art director and proud of my skills! LOL
- I only edit necessary things, such as pimples and blemishes that can not be covered by makeup products and bad lighting. You still can recognize me in real life ^^
- I apply some makeup techniques to make the illusion, but if it doesn't work, I use photoshop ^^ So, photoshop is my final choice. Yeah, I ever edited my nose several times, but I rarely edit my whole face (such as, making my cheeks slimmer, my eyes bigger, etc.. etc..).
- I never edit my skin in skincare review. Only the brightness, to make the picture clearer.
- Like Bryan Adam's song lyric: Everything I do, I do it for you. Hahah.. I want to make the picture as clear as possible (Since I still using a digital pocket camera), so you, my lovely readers, can get the right informations through those pictures. I don't want you to be distracted by my flaws when I make a look, or when I make makeup swatches, etc..

ANYWAY.. There are many other advantage that I got from blogging such as.. featured on magazine, website, get many new friends and connections, can meet many famous people and get an opportunity to be a makeup artist! I know.. my skill is not as good as an expert. I learn how to apply makeup for photography through youtube videos and books. But the results are not that bad lah.. Haha.. The best thing is I got a chance to do makeup for a fashion spread in Free Magazine and Fashion TV Indonesia. I always work with my photographer friend, Ila Schaffer. She gives me many chances to improve my makeup photography skills. Thank you so much Ila!! What an awesome experiences!
One of the best day of my life, got a chance to meet Anna Sui!!
One of my favorite works. You can see the complete series here =)

So, for you who want to start making a blog or just curious how it feels like to be a blogger, here are my..
Tips & Trick
1. Start a blog because you really want to make it
Do not make it just because everybody has a blog these days.
2. Choose a main topic that you love so much
And make a title that can describe this topic.
3. Branding your self
Make your blog as you as you can be. Just be your self, don't try to follow others. Imagine you are a product, what you want other people's think about you when they see you. For example, I love retro & vintage thingy, that's what I often reflect it on my blogpost and daily appearance. I may try another style for  experiment, but I always go back to my personality. That's why many people aware that I'm a blogger who has retro & vintage style.
4. Don't follow other bloggers if you want to force them to follow you back
Some people did it to me. Maybe after you read this, you'll unfollow me. Of course I don't mind ^^ Just be nice and make friends. Others will automatically follow you if your blog is interesting.
5. So, keep improving your blog quality
Be honest in writing (especially for product review), because it's one of a blogger's strength compare to paid celebrity ^^ Use nice words and make sure the readers will understand your writings. Improve the layout design, the picture, the topic, the content, etc.. And don't forget to update your blog regularly.
6. Leave nice comments
Yes, please. We may submit our critics and suggestions, but remember to always use nice words.
7. Get so many freebies is fun, but don't make it as the purpose of your blog
A person ever said to me, "OMG Carryn, you often receive many beauty products. I want it too!! I will make a blog like you!" And I was like.. (-_-") *eye-rolls "Good luck dear! =))" I mean. She didn't know how much my effort for every review that I make, my sacrifice, my time that I should spare for blogging, etc.. etc.. She didn't know how hard to gain the real followers. You can buy as many as followers these days, but I won't. I prefer the real people who read my blog, see my pictures on instagram, read me whining on twitter because they wanted to. It means a lot to me. Back to topic, she thought that I only write a blog for the sake of getting bunch of products. I just literally wanted to punch her in the face because I got a PMS too on that day LOL. Hormones.
8. Join the blogger community
It's a good place to promote your blog and make connections.
9. Making money from blogging
Call me a sell out blogger, yes I am. Hey, I also have a job. I get paid for every work that I do. Since my blog get so many attentions from companies, they often invite me to their event or send me their products for review. Somewhat I have to use my free time to do it (I even have to take leave sometimes). Spend my cash for taxi when I attending their event. Spend my own money to cure my sensitive skin because of trying those products. It needs more effort and costs a lot!! Why I should do it for free if I can earn money with just sitting down in front of a giant iMac doing my job at my office? LOL
10. Behave
Blogosphere is so small. Once you do a bad things, everybody (bloggers, companies, readers, agencies and other people who don't know you well) will know about it quickly. It's like, there's a spy cam in everybody's screen. So you know what to do, right?

Got the point? I hope you do. =)

Related to point #9, I recommend you to join B Blog, whatever your blog topic is, food, travel, fashion, beauty, gadget, lifestyle, etc.. B Blog (PT. Bina Blog Indonesia) is a subsidiary of CyberBuzz, Inc., No. 1 blog network & social media marketing company in Japan, part of CyberAgent, Inc, which has a limited service to its members (bloggers). This company will give fascination experience for the members while spreading the information through a blog. You will get paid for every article you make for B Blog project (you can choose the projects). By joining B BLOG, you will also get the latest products and samples from a variety of premium brand exclusive to your blog. Yaay!

Are you ready to join B Blog? Here are the steps:
1. Member registration for free! 
Write your account information on the blog and also add the important things that can be used as reference to follow the project on member page. 
2. Applies to projects you want to follow 
After finished registering, you will get the latest B Blog projects on your email. You can freely choose and participate in those projects. 
3. Try the latest service or product! 
B Blog will send you a lottery based on projects that have been selected in the form of a product trial or event invitation. You can get informations by attending events attended by a famous person or you can also try the latest products before it get launched. 
4. Give your impression about the products with your own words 
The information you write is not only used for product information only, but also will be published in "Your Review" catogory and will be included as useful information in the project.

So, what are you waiting for? Go start to make your own blog. Or if you already have it, let's join B Blog Indonesia like me! ^^ Actually, this post is my entry for one of B Blog's project too: B Blog’s I A.M a Blogger contest, hehe..

Let's join B Blog now and don't forget to participate into this project! =D Klik here to start:

This project is also sponsored by many famous online shops: @princess_butik, @japansoftlens, @keziashop@kissindonesia, @lumiere_corner and @galerikuku

Last, but not least, I want to thank all my readers! I really do! Without you all, my blog is nothing ^^ Nothing could make me happier than helping you through this blog. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you so much! (I didn't copy paste these words, I wrote this from the deepest part of my heart ^^)

I hope this article helps you. Let's start your own blog! and keep blogging!

See ya! ^^

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SASYACHI said...

pertamaxxxxx gan! :))

Postingan yang sangat menarik kakakkkk! hahhaa~ suka tips & trick nya "Branding your self" ;)

Unknown said...

Thanks Sasya darling!! Love your blog so much! ^^

Deedee Young said...

Ka Carryn, you're one of the reason that inspired me to blog. :)
I love reading your blogpost, it's so very interesting! keep keep blogging!!

Unknown said...

Claudia> Seriously? Nice!! ^^ Thank you so much for reading my blog yaa, keep blogging too! ^^

Ninneta - MissPlum said...

Been blogging for 4 years actually. Tapi kena writers block setahun lebih. huhuhuhuhu....

This is so inspiring.
Thanks for sharing dear...


Unknown said...

Dalem bgt kak postingannya. Setujuuu sama kakak.
Blogging is somehow not "that" simple hihi


Unknown said...

Miss Plum> OMG How come? At least now you can start again ya dear.. keep blogging!! ^^

Judith ayes> Exactly! But.. keep blogging dear! ^^

Sassy Cebuana said...

wow~! U really are a talented artist! :) Found your blog on GIG :) and followed you now through GFC :) I hope you can drop by on my blog as well :) Keep posting!

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog dear.. ^^ Yupp, keep posting too!! ^^

Beauty Redemption said...

aku pernah baca blog kakak yang Bad Attitude Girls loh, it's hilarious :))

Unknown said...

vitrie> XD lagi pengen ngelanjutin sih rencananya ^^ Keep blogging!

Vani Sagita said...

ini entry lomba blog terbagus yang aku baca sejauh inii!!! Kiyaa.. Aku jug suka pake potosop buat ngalusin muka :3

Unknown said...

Vani> Aaargh thank you so much darling!! *hugs Hahah.. Toss! Keep blogging ya dear!! ^^

Unknown said...

You gooo girl! Ayoohh karinn.. *pom pom dance*

Unknown said...

Wuaaa ada Ilaa! Thank you so much darling!! *hugsss

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