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The Benefits I’ve Gained from Following Blogs

13 June 2018

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Lately following blogs that inspire me have really become such a treat for me. So much so that I have incorporated a few favorite blog reads in my daily routine. In a way, I follow some like my Grandparents used to read their favorite newspaper columns each day/week. Blogs can be inspirational, educational, entertaining, or just plain real and relatable. And when you stumble upon one that meets all the above, score!

This week I will have officially been blogging for a year and a half now. And over that period of time I have had my fair share of blog reading. Whether it's been through supporting fellow bloggers or simply blogs I have discovered along the way. Either way, the benefits I've gained from following some of them have been quite rewarding. So I thought I would share a few of those benefits in today's post.

Don't leave the house without my eyebrows "did".

And when I mean "did". I simply mean comb them, pencil them, gel them, or whatever is needed to freshen and define them a bit. I by no means am a beauty buff. In fact if I spent an hour on my make-up I would still get comments that I look like I don't wear any. :/ But this handy little eyebrow tip was life changing for me.

Fun fact: I used to be so annoyed with my eyebrows catching all the powdery make-up residue from make-up application. So from not knowing any better I would literally take a wet cloth or lick my finger (sorry, just being real) to clean my brows off each time.

It wasn't until I read a blog post a few years back that I learned there are actual brow pencils, gels, etc to finish off those brows. Who knew?? Certainly not I! You literally can wear minimal make-up, but if the brows are polished suddenly your face looks nicely put together. Again, life changing! And I have a blogger to thank for that.

These two drugstore options have really worked for me:


Color Stay Brow Pencil; Auburn


Brow Stylist Boost & Set; Dark Brown

I'm not alone.

There are allllll kinds of blogs out there. Anywhere from mom blogs, craft blogs, diary blogs, style blogs, beauty blogs, fitness blogs, lifestyle blogs, travel blogs, and more. You name it and somebody is sharing about it on a blog. Engaging in niches that you can relate to are comforting. They can remind you that your not the only one that feels a certain way or has been where you are.

You might even learn how to deal with your situation based on their experience. Or perhaps even be able to shed some light with that blogger on your similar scenario. The support can go both ways between a blogger and their readers. The connection can be truly powerful.

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Blogs can be great reminders of upcoming holidays.

Now I am not necessarily that particular blogger. I have a hard enough time remembering what the next day is much less what holiday I should be preparing for. For whatever reason people often mistake me as a planner. And to be honest I'm not sure why that is. Perhaps I wing it smoothly. Ha!

But as a blog reader, I can't tell you how many times they have reminded me what holiday was approaching. If it wasn't for a blog post I was reading a few days before our recent Europe trip I would not have known I was going to be gone during Mother's Day! Whoops...Happy Mother's Day to me. 😉

So some bloggers can be really handy in preparing us for the next holiday.

Speaking of, I'm thinking about making this and this for the 4th of July. And I'm loving this look for the occasion:

They inspire me to think outside my box.

Or better yet, get rid of my box. This is probably one of my favorite aspects of reading blogs. Not only can they be educational, but can really inspire us to try new things that we perhaps never thought to try. There are so many great ideas, lifestyle habits, and opportunities to explore. And blogs are a great resource in intriguing aspirations we never knew we had.

Reminders that My Way is just as good and worth sharing.

As a blogger myself, crafting "my way" in the blogging industry has definitely been a process. I have never really been one to desire what everybody else is doing. Don't get me wrong. If it seems like a good idea, sure I'll see if it's for me. But for the simple fact "because everybody is doing it" has never really been my style. I tend to be drawn to and inspired from others individual uniqueness and the differences they have to offer. I can get quite bored with the majority. So it can be challenging to find our unique successful path as bloggers when we all have the same guide books leading us in the same direction.

I read in a blog once that what we have to say in our way matters and there will always be an audience for it somewhere. That spoke volumes to me. Not that I need an audience or anything like that. But the fact that my unique experiences, thoughts, and expressions can possibly impact somebody in a positive way is really what it's all about. We all have a voice that deserves to be heard. Rather than have the "blogging industry" dictate my life. I choose to live my life and blog about the experiences I am moved to share my way in hopes it connects with others. Even if it's not the norm. It's really as simple as that for me.

There are so many inspiring individuals out there that too are just taking in one day at a time. Some just happen to be sharing what they know, feel, or learning in the midst of it through a blog. And thankfully we can easily share that journey right along with them should we choose. If you don't already I encourage you to find a blog or two to follow that spark your interests, inspire, or you connect with. I think you might be pleasantly surprised how impactful they can be in fueling your own way.

Here are a few of my favorite blogs: Damsel In Dior, Thrifts and Threads, Atelier Dore, Always JudgingShot from the Street, Bless'er House, and Pretty with Sprinkles

What inspiring blogs have you discovered and why? I would love to hear about them in the comments below.

As always, thank you for sharing this journey with me.

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Annette ♥

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  • Reply lydia 13 June 2018 at 8:46 AM

    Such a great blog post! I couldn’t agree more with everything you said! It’s so true that reading others blogs can bring so much inspiration, helpful tips, + so much more. I love being able to check out other blogs and see what they have to say. Loved this blog post so much, thanks for sharing!

    And I love several of the bloggers you mentioned as well!

    xo, Lydia

    • Reply Annette 13 June 2018 at 8:52 AM

      Thank you Lydia, I really appreciate that. xo

  • Reply Rach 13 June 2018 at 9:07 AM

    I love reading other blogs for the same reasons you mentioned. They inspire me, think outside of the box, and of course the holiday reminders! Congrats on blogging for a year!

    • Reply Annette 13 June 2018 at 10:23 AM

      Thank you Rach.

  • Reply Anna English 13 June 2018 at 10:19 AM

    I always feel like a brand new woman when my eyebrows are done!

    • Reply Annette 13 June 2018 at 10:23 AM


  • Reply Deborah 13 June 2018 at 10:59 AM

    I really love the creativity from the blogging community! Like you, I was never an eyebrow person until I started reading other blogs! I swear by Glossier’s boy brow, by the way. You should check that out if you haven’t already!

    • Reply Annette 13 June 2018 at 1:53 PM

      Thanks for the recommendation Deborah. I will definitely have to check it out. xo

  • Reply Emmahlyn Reyes 13 June 2018 at 2:53 PM

    Annette, you are truly so sweet and this post is so brilliantly written! I love reading blogs for the same reasons you do and I find much comfort in spending some quality “girl chat” in the posts I read. You are such an inspiration and I’m so glad we found each other on this platform. I always enjoy your content and your love for sharing all that interests you! xo

    • Reply Annette 13 June 2018 at 5:54 PM

      Awe thank you so much Emmahlyn for reading. Your content is so genuinely warm and lovely. I actually love that you end your posts with “warmly” because along side calm, warm is definitely a dominant presence that exudes from your space that you so kindly share with us. xo

  • Reply Lavenda Memory 13 June 2018 at 4:29 PM

    It’s true that taking inspiration in has a positive effect on our our work! Great post babe 🙂

    • Reply Annette 13 June 2018 at 5:55 PM

      Thank you Lavenda. xo

  • Reply Kenzi || Life of a Sister 14 June 2018 at 6:27 AM

    This is a great post! I definitely agree that reading other blogs can help us find new things that can help us do makeup quicker. And I totally get the eyebrow thing!! I was always stuck with that too!

    • Reply Annette 14 June 2018 at 9:56 AM

      Thank you Kenzi. It’s nice to hear I’m not the only one. lol 🙂

  • Reply Renee || Getting Fit Fab 14 June 2018 at 6:37 AM

    Having my eyebrows done always makes me feel like I can take on the world. Taking inspiration and looking at other blogs for inspiration can really be amazing!

    • Reply Annette 14 June 2018 at 9:56 AM

      Completely agree. Thank you for reading Renee.

  • Reply Taylor Mobley 14 June 2018 at 8:17 AM

    I love reading blogs. I started really getting into them a few years ago and it’s always so much fun to watch my favorite bloggers go through life. 🙂

    • Reply Annette 14 June 2018 at 9:57 AM

      It really is. Thank you for reading Taylor.

  • Reply Tonya 14 June 2018 at 9:40 AM

    I 100% agree with this. I always read other blogs for inspo and tips — also helps with getting back on track. Ill be checking out these books.

    • Reply Annette 14 June 2018 at 9:57 AM

      Thank you for reading Tonya.

  • Reply KatWalkSF 14 June 2018 at 10:08 AM

    I love this post and I couldn’t agree more.

    • Reply Annette 14 June 2018 at 7:38 PM

      Thank you!

  • Reply Whitney 18 June 2018 at 10:36 AM

    I love this! I love reading other blogs for inspiration and I am totally aligned to never leaving the house without my eyebrows done!

  • Reply kelly Fordon 18 June 2018 at 11:14 AM

    I’m all for following other bloggers, I think we all know how much time goes into up-keeping a site! Some of my go-to’s are also major photography inspiration!

    Birdie Shoots

  • Reply Gloria Tiberi 19 January 2019 at 1:27 AM

    Loved your post, I also read other blogs, I mainly read recipe blogs and Travel blogs. It definitely gives me inspiration and new ideas that I may have never thought of. I started reading your posts in the very beginning and I got lots of great tips on what to wear and what not to wear. So thanks for that.

    • Reply Annette 22 January 2019 at 9:06 AM

      Why thank you for the kind words. I really appreciate all you support and for continuing to read. xo

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