Dear Beauty Blogger.....


Aug 18, 2012 Beauty Bits 22 Comments

I don’t care:

  • If you take a week or two off from blogging. I don’t need an apology or explanation because real life happens. If you are taking a hiatus for a couple of months then by all means tell me, I’ll be waiting when you get back.
  • If you don’t tell me your product review is a PR sample. If I regularly read your blog that means I already trust you to give an honest review. As long as you didn’t steal it – I don’t need to know how you got it.
  • If you want to blog about something else other than beauty. Pictures of your cat, what you had for tea, and your fashion hauls are welcome just don’t Instagram me to death.
  • If you get freebies at an event and then proceed to sell them on eBay when you get home. I’m not here to check up on what you do with press samples, I’ve got better things to do with my time.
  • How many followers you have to get until you reach 100, 1000, 10,000. You should be thinking about the readers like me that you already have, and then we’ll let the world know about your blog.
  • If you make money from blogging through sponsored posts, advertising, or affiliate links – it’s not a crime.

Yours sincerely

Annabella xoxo


  • shourima
    Aug 18, 2012 at 7:03 pm Reply

    hey great post!
    do check my blog sometime! & let me know by leaving a comment somewhere =)
    i also have a international giveaway going on..

    1. Annabella
      Aug 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm Reply

      Done and done :D

  • Jo
    Aug 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm Reply

    Well said :) x


    1. Annabella
      Aug 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm Reply

      Thank you! :D

  • Miss Merx
    Aug 18, 2012 at 9:14 pm Reply

    Very well said. It’s like we mind melded or something?? Hahaha!


    1. Annabella
      Aug 18, 2012 at 9:52 pm Reply

      Mind melded good word! Glad you approve xoxo

  • Ayshe
    Aug 18, 2012 at 10:58 pm Reply

    Hehe….either you’ve had it in your mind to do this post for a while or something annoyed you today, whatever the reason….I love it!

    1. Annabella
      Aug 19, 2012 at 6:19 am Reply

      It’s been on my mind for some time now, especially after some of the #bbloggers chats and some of the other conversations on Twitter. :D

  • Mel
    Aug 19, 2012 at 1:35 am Reply

    This really is very well said. Almost all bloggers are ‘guilty’ of at least one of these, which as you say, are not crimes. I know that I’ve apologised for not posting for a few days before, and only recently I’ve been asking myself “why!?” Let’s face it, most people read more than just a couple of blogs, so they probably don’t even notice if we didn’t post yesterday anyway, or whatever.
    Mel x

    1. Annabella
      Aug 19, 2012 at 6:25 am Reply

      Hey Mel – glad you stopped by. Yes apologising every time you don’t post for a few days just stresses us out more than our readers. Like you said who’s going to notice if you don’t post for a couple of days? I’m usually about 3 weeks behind in my blog reading anyway so it would take me awhile to twig that someone blogged for a few days. Aside from that I don’t look at the date of the blog post either!

  • gio
    Aug 19, 2012 at 6:42 am Reply

    Very well said indeed. I’m guilty of n.2. I’ve started doing it a couple of yours ago after the new FTC guidelines came out. It’s true that I’m not in the US, but I think similar guidelines may be approved in other countries as well one day so I though why not implement them straight away? And I also felt like most of my readers at the time kinda expected it from me, you know? But I’m really tired of bloggers being accused of being a sell-outs because they get products for review or make money from blogging. As long as they’re honest, I don’t see anything wrong with it.

    1. Annabella
      Aug 21, 2012 at 11:04 pm Reply

      I know what you mean about using the FTC guidelines as a general good practice guide but I think bloggers that aren’t in the US seem to think it’s law to disclose anything and everything. Everyone forgets it could go the other way round and you could say you got stuff to review when you bought yourself just to make it look like you’ve had products sent to you.

      If I like a blog how they get their products doesn’t matter to me! :D

  • Jan
    Aug 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm Reply

    Ha ha, well I am guilty of the first in spades but then that is who I am and I make no apologies for being true to form ;-) I am nothing if not consistent xx

    1. Annabella
      Aug 21, 2012 at 10:50 pm Reply

      Yes your comings and goings have are the stuff of legends, so I will exclude you from this faux pas! xoxo

  • My Beautyful World
    Aug 20, 2012 at 6:01 pm Reply

    Awesome post! I don’t care about any of these either but probably guilty of some :D :) x

    1. Annabella
      Aug 21, 2012 at 10:53 pm Reply

      Glad you are in the ‘don’t care’ club too! We’ve got better things to do with our time like waste hours on Pinterest! :D

  • Sarah
    Aug 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm Reply

    Very well said! :) I will remember this when I have weeks where my blogging mojo goes walk-abouts! xx

    1. Annabella
      Aug 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm Reply

      Well if it isn’t mojo that goes on holiday it is finding the time! What did we do before blogging? :D

  • Safira @ Miss Stylicious
    Aug 26, 2012 at 9:12 am Reply

    You have put in writing what I have been thinking for a long time. Another bug bear is competitions for the sake of getting followers. You can only enter if you follow me on GFC, twitter, facebook, etc. Hell no, I don’t like you that much that you are popping up everywhere in my space and I will only delete you after the competition anyway.
    I don’t believe bloggers have to disclose whether the buy or receive a product. Magazines don’t and no one cares.
    And I hate it when people say ‘sorry I didn’t post yesterday’, actually didn’t notice.

    1. Annabella
      Aug 26, 2012 at 11:58 pm Reply

      OMG you are so right about the sorry I was MIA for 24 hours. I read so many blogs that I’d love for some that I follow to stop blogging for a couple weeks so I can catch up! Thanks for stopping and I’m following you on bloglovin now! xoxo

  • Tola
    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:56 pm Reply

    Great post, as i just started blogging, this post would really be of help to me. can you please check my blog sometime. x

    1. Annabella
      Aug 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm Reply

      Hi Tola – thanks for you comment. I’ve just had a look at your blog, I would suggest adding Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin / Hello Cotton so people have another way to follow you other than your RSS feed.

      If you are having trouble adding these I’m sure you can another beauty blogger who uses the blogger platform. I’d help but I’m using a wordpress theme.

      Good luck and let me know how you get on!

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