It’s been exactly one month since The Regular Girl Reviews went live, and to say it’s been amazing is an understatement. Be advised: This is gonna be a long post, so grab a snack and settle in.
When I first decided that I was going to do this, to say I was nervous is an understatement. I’ve been a writer for my whole life, but this is my first time writing about beauty in this format. This is also my first time fully maintaining a site for myself. Sure, I’ve done Tumblr and things of that nature, but never really utilized all of the blogging tools I’ve used to write for others entirely for myself. When you’re working for someone else, or as part of a team, it’s easy to divide the tasks up. When you write for others, they basically assign you stories and interviews and give you a deadline to submit for editing. This is all me here. I’m buying all of the products I’m reviewing myself, with the exception of anything I receive from Influenster. I’m scouring the web for product shots if I don’t have the item right in front of me when I’m creating a post, as I typically write and post while I’m at work.
This has been such an amazing learning experience for me, to say the least. So I don’t ramble on and on, I’ll just list what I’ve learned over the last thirty days for you.
- Nothing is as hard as I make it out to be in my mind. I am a worrier by nature, especially when it comes to a project I’m working on. The devil is in the details, as they say, and I obsess over each and every one. I’m learning that with this, it’s not that serious. I tell myself every day when I sit down to write a post, ‘Don’t overthink it, Toni. Just write it. They’ll either love it or hate it. Your stressing over it isn’t gonna change that regardless.’.
- Everything isn’t for everybody. I write this blog for you, the readers, as much as I write it for myself, so I want y’all to be into it. When the views are low, I sometimes take it personal because I’m putting so much of myself into this. I’m learning everyday to just not focus on that, because everyone isn’t going to care about skincare or whatever I may have discussed that day. Sure, I’d love if my blog and Instagram follows were higher, but that’s not what truly matters. Besides, some people will always love you privately, following your moves without letting you know they’re watching.
- PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE!! Y’all, anyone that knows me in my regular life will tell you that I am the most impatient person on the planet. I don’t shop online when I can help it because I want everything NOW. I don’t wanna wait. Instant gratification is everything I’m here for. If this blog and experience has shown me nothing else, it’s definitely shown me that things aren’t going to happen on my schedule. All I can control is what I do, not what others do with what I’m doing here.
- Being yourself will always be better than faking it. The whole point of this blog is to present beauty from the perspective of the every day woman. I’m not a makeup artist or anything remotely close to that. One of the things that always held me back from starting this blog was that I didn’t think anyone would really be interested in hearing my opinions on makeup since I’m not a pro. As I’ve gone through this process, I’ve discovered that people want someone they can relate to more than they want a cookie cutter image of everyone they’re typically exposed to on Instagram or YouTube. I write exactly like I talk to my friends, minus the swearing lol. I have the worst potty mouth. Anyway, my point is, being who I am and not who I think others expect me to be has made this experience so much fun. I honestly feel like I’m sitting with my girlfriends talking about makeup and not like I’m talking to strangers or playing a role or whatever.
There are really no words that I can use to accurately express how much I truly appreciate all of the love and support I’ve gotten from you guys over the past month. Every share, like and comment does not go unnoticed by me. I make a point of it to respond to you guys when you comment here or on Instagram because it’s how I’m built, you know? In order to get love, you have to show it. This labor of love that is The Regular Girl Reviews is worth all of the work because of you. Every comment you leave makes me smile. Every post request you guys make broadens my scope and helps me look at things from a different perspective. You drive me to try new products and brands. I mean, seriously, you guys are just freaking awesome, and I’m so truly grateful for each and every view and share. I hope I continue to give you guys content you wanna see and that you enjoy.
Okay, beauties, I’m gonna go before I get anymore emotional than I already am and just continue to babble like a fool. Remember that, if no one else tells you today, you’re amazing!!
XOXO, Toni 🙂