How long have you been blogging?
Since October of 2011, so about one year. I started my blog at http://www.trubeautygems.blogspot.com and recently expanded here.
What/who inspired you to start blogging?
My friend showed me Emily Eddington’s youtube videos and I was hooked!
Did you tell your family and friends about your blog? If so, what was their reaction? Are they supportive or “in the dark” about your blogging?
Most of my family knows I blog. I don’t think they really care because reading about beauty isn’t really their “thing.” Many of my friends know but don’t really understand the point of a blog. My husband is supportive.
What goals or dreams did you have for your blog when you started? Have you accomplished them?
It was never my goal to be someone like Michelle Phan or any other youtube/blogging sensation. I like to blog about fun, girly products and everyday things people use. I’m a practical person and don’t spend $35 on a tube of lipstick. We also don’t have a Sephora near us, so most of what I buy is from the department store or drug store. I like to have the opportunity to try new things and giveaways are my favorite! If I can do a giveaway and brighten someone’s day a little, that makes me happy.
If you could give your beginner-blogger-self one tip of advice, what would it be?
Post about what you want to talk about, not what you think people might want to read. If you’re not posting stuff that’s relevant to you in your life, you won’t be happy!
What is your favorite and least favorite thing about being a blogger?
My favorite thing is being able to try new products all the time! My least favorite thing is that I tend to go on a blogging binge and can’t stop writing right about when I need to be cleaning the house and accomplishing other things.
What does your blog name mean? How did you decide on it?
I get the “gem” part from the prefix of my last name. I like to write about the little gems in my life, whether it be lipstick or some great life adventure!