Why I Started Blogging...

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I've been blogging for over three years now and it has been a heck of a journey. Everyone has their own reasons for starting their blog whether it be a creative outlet, a resource for getting free stuff or like me, you simple have a big passion for all things beauty and you want to share it with everyone.

About 5 or 6 years ago, i remember stumbling onto the beauty community on youtube - i had no idea such a thing existed until a friend told me she always looked to youtube tutorials for everything, especially things beauty related. It was only out of sheer curiosity that i decided to check them out and i stumbled upon Panacea81 aka Lauren Luke and i must have spent hours and hours watching through her videos.

From there i discovered many other youtubers - Fleurdeforce, Gem's Maquillage, Miss Glamorazzi, Bubzbeauty and Michelle Phan. I spent a lot of my spare time watching them, i've learned so much about make up, its uses and all the different ways to apply things. I was so fascinated with this world and community they were involved in that i wanted desperately to be a part of it and it was thanks to my discovery of youtube that i discovered high end brands like Mac and my make up collection started to grow - within the space of 6 months, my silver box of make up grew into small 3 drawer stand. I never did make my youtube debut like I'd wanted as sitting in front of a camera and filming is not something that comes easy to me and still isn't, I've tried filming a few times but i get so embarrassed and delete it; like is my voice seriously that squeaky?!

From youtube, i then discovered the blogs that youtubers ran alongside their channel and at this point i didn't realise so many existed but i felt like blogging was something that i could get on board with and share as much of myself as i was comfortable with without putting myself completely on show. So i started a blog; in fact over the space of two years i made two beauty blogs and failed - i tried to keep them up but i was impatient and was naive enough to expect a response overnight, so i gave up on them before they even had a chance to begin. At this point i kind of gave up with the idea of me ever being involved in this community and instead spent my time reading other blogs and watching way too many youtube videos.

It was only when i moved out for uni and found myself quiet miserable that  i wanted something to do in my spare time that was completely separate to my course - so 'youralmostalice' was born; i didn't take it too serious at first, in fact in the first month of me starting it, i only did a handful of (terrible) posts and it was only when i discovered that a girl on my uni course was also a blogger that i found myself really inspired and putting more effort into my blog. From there, i discovered the #bbloggers twitter feed and i found a whole community of people who like me are obsessed with beauty and want to share their thoughts and opinions and it's amazing to see that community grow more and more each day.

Compared to a lot of other bloggers, the growth of my blog has been quite slow - it's been a long process and I'm still always looking at ways i can improve my blog but i can honestly say i am so proud of what I've achieved. I'm close to reaching 900 followers on bloglovin', i receive lovely comments on my post and to receive emails off brands wanting to work with my blog, honestly blows my mind.

The reason i started blogging and why i keep blogging is because i love sharing my thoughts and opinions on make up products - even if, no-one is reading or no-one is all that interested in what i have to say, it is my own little space where i can say what i like without much judgement. It's a place where i have entire control on it and i honestly couldn't imagine not blogging. I find it incredible that three years have gone by since i started my blog but i genuinely hope i keep blogging for many years to come.

Why did you start blogging?
Natalie xx
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