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Hello ladies,

Some of you may (or may not) be wondering where the usual Tuesday #bbloggersoz summaries and the usual Thursday #bbloggeroz topic reveals are this week.  Well, Celeste and I have been moderators of #bbloggersoz from the start (with a helping hand from Jade) and we felt that it was time to let go.

No, before you go into panic mode, we are NOT ditching #bbloggersoz!

We have had amazing feedback from lots of bloggers as they feel that they have learnt many new things from our weekly Twitter chat.  It’s great how we have connected with so many bloggers from around the world, and not specifically Australia!

We just feel that #bbloggersoz does not need moderating anymore and that we do not need to stick to specific topics every single week – but we should let it run free on Sunday nights, like an open forum.  Feel free to ask any beauty-related or blog-related questions with the #bbloggersoz hashtags on Sunday nights 8-9pm AEST.  However, every first Sunday of the month, Celeste (@becbeautiful) or me (@xyling) will choose a topic for #bbloggersoz – so please look out for that.

Consequently, this will be the last official blog post on #bbloggersoz – which may be a relief for our blog readers who do not participate in #bbloggersoz and are not interested in it at all.

For those, who may have missed all the #bbloggersoz summaries, here are all the links :-

1.  How Should PR Agencies Work With Beauty Bloggers?
2.  Photography Tips For Beauty Bloggers
3.  How To Gain Readership
4.  Balancing Blogging Life
5.  How To Keep Content Fresh
6.  How To Deal With Negative Comments
7.  Social Media Platforms For Beauty Bloggers
8.  Disclosure Policies For Beauty Bloggers – I would like to disclose (see what I did there?) that there was no official summary for this topic due to time constraints this week.  Totally entirely my (Ling’s) fault.  But basically, I was there for the whole #bbloggersoz chat and even though it’s not legal requirements to disclose on non-U.S. beauty blogs, the majority preferred transparency and honesty – which will result in blog readers respecting you and your blog.

Please remember, it’s NOT the end!  It’s only the beginning…

Thank you for everyone’s support in #bbloggersoz and we will see you on Twitter!  Tweet tweet!!!

#bbloggersoz Week 8 Topic Revealed & Poll

This week on #bbloggersoz, we will be discussing about bloggers, PR companies and disclosure policies. We have previously discussed how bloggers and PR companies could work together, so the focus will be more on disclosure policies, how should we write them, what should they contain and whether or not we should have them.

Date : Sunday 17th July 2011
Time : 8-9pm AEST
Hashtag : #bbloggersoz

The other thing we’d like to discuss is about #bbloggersoz itself. Having the chat every week has been very interesting and have made Sunday nights so much more exciting, but we are quite aware of the fact that for one hour a week, we are flooding your twitter stream. So we are setting up a poll for you to decide upon the fate of #bbloggersoz. Should we become a fortnightly chat or a monthly chat?

Please record your choice below! The poll will remain open till after this week’s #bbloggersoz so you may have a couple of days to ponder upon it! See you on Sunday!

#bbloggersoz Summary : Thoughts On The Different Social Media Platforms Available For Beauty Bloggers

Blogging and social media come hand-in-hand these days.  This week’s #bbloggersoz touched on this subject and I am sure we all unanimously agreed that social media has helped us all in many ways – it promotes our blogs and helps us to network with other bloggers and readers – which positively encourages us to blog.

Please note that the #bbloggersoz summary is slightly different to my co-host Celeste’s post today as I wanted to break it down to the different social media platforms available and see which ones were relevant to beauty blogging.  With regards to my blogging experience, Twitter and Google Friend Connect has helped me the most with interacting and networking with other bloggers.  Traffic-wise, I get the most from Bloglovin’ (even though I rarely interact there), swiftly followed by Twitter and rarely, Facebook.

There are so many social media platforms to choose from these days and here’s what the other beauty bloggers had to say…


Twitter

I think that new bloggers should be encouraged to join Twitter –  lots of friends to make and plenty of resources available.

I think Twitter is more interactive and a better way to get to know other bloggers outside their blogs.

I prefer to use Twitter. Facebook page doesn’t have the personal touch.

Twitter has definitely helped my blog. I had Twitter before a blog and so my first followers were people from Twitter!

Most of the blogs I read have come through twitter referrals, especially followfriday #FF.

Without Twitter, I would be missing out on these #bbloggersoz discussions 😉 So glad that I have Twitter!


Facebook

I don’t think it’s necessary to have a Facebook Fanpage.

I find my real life friends follow my blog through my facebook page. A lot of them don’t really read blogs or follow twitter.

I linked my FB page to Twitter, post updates on FB, which is then posted to Twitter. This way, both sides get the update.


Google +

For me, Google+ is still a little too buggy for me. Am going to give it a few more months.

I don’t know how google+ performs as social media.  Google is stingy giving out public access at the moment.

I think Google+ needs a bit of tweaking but I think it will be the next new big social media platform. – This is my prediction so watch this space!!!

Pinterest

I’ve just started using Pinterest, seen a lot of blogger photos on there, I have one and its driven a bit of traffic through.

 

Bloglovin’

Just realised that majority of my traffic today came from Bloglovin o_o people actually read my blog from there? I’m surprised!

 

StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon can help spread the word of your blog but also of all your friend’s blogs too.

I think StumbleUpon is past its prime.

I think Stumbleupon works/worked better for tech blogs where people understand the concept.  Less so for lifestyle blogs.

Re Stumbleupon. I don’t ‘get’ it. But I do notice, when I get bump from it, my traffic skyrockets.


Conclusion

Every blogger should know that social media is very important for a successful blog.  From this #bbloggersoz chat, the majority of the beauty bloggers agreed that Twitter is a must-have as it is interactive.  Bloglovin’ and Pinterest seem to be great sources for traffic.  Facebook is a bit hit-and-miss.  StumbleUpon is perhaps past its prime for beauty blogs but still going strong for tech blogs.  As for Google+, yours truly predicts that it’s going to be the next big thing – but whether it’s going to benefit your blog is anybody’s guess.

Regardless, I think that @paris_b summed it up the best by tweeting these wise words of wisdom :

I think we don’t need too many social media platforms for our blogs. Just one or two active ones will do the job well enough.  Too many social media platforms means spreading yourself too thin and spending too much time on them – time better spent blogging 😉

#bbloggersoz Week 7 Topic Revealed

It’s time to reveal this week’s topic for #bbloggersoz.  And without further ado, this weel’s #bbloggers oz will be :-

How does Social Media and Blogging work together? – Facebook pages, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, Bloglovin…there’s so many!  Is it essential for your blog to have a Facebook page?  Should you add your blog to Bloglovin?

Please think of any suggestions you have or if you have any questions related to this topic, please ask them during the Twitter chat.

Date : Sunday 10th July 2011
Time : 8-9pm AEST
Hashtag : #bbloggersoz

Here’s a quick reminder of the rules :-

1. Have fun! We are sharing opinions, not arguing who’s opinion is better or worse. This is a discussion, not a debate.
2. No link-spamming, no self-promoting. This is a fun chat for everybody, not for self gain!
3. Some of you may like to RT what others have said. Please remove the hashtag if you are RTing within the hour of the chat to ensure that the main #bbloggersoz stream stays clear of repeats.

My twitter name is @xyling and Celeste is @becbeautiful.

Spread the word and I hope to see all of you tweeting up a storm on Sunday!

And if you have any suggestions for future #bbloggersoz topics, please leave a comment.

#bbloggersoz Summary : How To Deal With Negative Comments?

This week’s #bbloggersoz topic was – How to deal with negative comments? Some beauty bloggers have been truly blessed and have not received any negativity on their blogs (yet!)…but there are some bloggers who have received negative comments – which vary from constructive criticism to plain old nasty comments.  The following is a summary of the Twitter chat but please remember, it is entirely up to you how to deal with negative comments – some people retaliate and some people walk away.

Thoughts On Negative Comments

I was devastated when I received my first negative comment but then you know you’ve made it in the blogging world when it happens!

If you’re putting your thoughts and opinions out there you got to kinda expect some negativity.

Don’t confuse negative comments with constructive criticism.

Constructive criticism addresses the post. Hate is ‘Why do you blog, you’re not as good as XYZ’.

If it’s negative blathering don’t take it to heart. If it’s criticism then think about it.  People may not word their comments too clearly.

Bloggers should support each other not slag each other off, blogging is not a competitive sport.

I respect people that don’t agree with my opinions as long as they don’t attack me personally.

Haters will always hate. You can’t please everyone. Just believe in and love what you write about, be true to yourself 🙂

I also try to remember that the opinion of someone who is nasty for the sake of being nasty is not one I hold in high regard.

I’m not too bothered by negative comments on my blog.  I just take it as part and parcel.

I also think bloggers shouldnt go overboard about negative comments. I saw this blog where the blogger dedicated an entire post to comment on 1 of her posts, so I felt that writing 1 entire rant post just because of 1 comment was making drama out of nothing.

Ways To Deal With Negative Comments

Laugh it off. 9 times out of 10, I know it’s probably something they would never say to my face anyway.

If a hater repeatedly leaves negative comments, block their IP address!

As per haters in real life, best not to react – that is their aim.  If they see you rise above it, they know they have failed.

I always disregard anonymous comments. If you don’t have the balls to say it with your name, don’t say it at all.

It’s probably better to ignore haters / negative comments but it makes me feel better to lash out at them and stand up for myself.

Ignore is key. No matter where the comment comes from.

Delete the comment and move on, no time for negativity on my blog I’m afraid.

If it’s a personal attack at you or another commentator, delete it. Negativity should not be allowed to perpetuate on your blog.

If the comment’s down right mean, I’ll leave it there because it makes that person look stupid not me.

Bashers want you to react and usually stepping away for a few hours /days helps.

What do I do with a nasty person? Usually I bite back which is not the right thing to do, but it feels good at the time.

Moderating comments is useful if a troll is lurking on your blog.

I have received negative comments on my blog…in fact, I got a threat one time…but that’s another story.  I was really upset for days…and I was tempted to quit blogging – but then I realised that is what the haters want.  They want to bring you down!  But I am growing a thicker skin and I refuse to let them destroy my passion for blogging.

I have also experienced negativity about blogging in general from my family and friends.  Some of them think I waste time doing this as it doesn’t earn me money!!!  Yeah, whatever!!!!  I am entitled to do whatever I want in my free time and if blogging makes me happy, then so be it!

Here is a good acronym on HATERS = Having Anger Towards Everyone Reaching Success.  Constructive criticism is welcome on my blog but nasty negative comments are definitely not welcome.

Do you have any more suggestions on how to deal with negative comments?

#bbloggersoz Week 6 Topic Revealed

It’s time to reveal this week’s topic for #bbloggersoz.  Are you all excited?

How do you deal with negative comments? How do you handle haters?

Please think of any suggestions you have or if you have any questions related to this topic, please ask them during the Twitter chat.

Date : Sunday 3rd July 2011
Time : 8-9pm AEST
Hashtag : #bbloggersoz

Here’s a quick reminder of the rules :-

1. Have fun! We are sharing opinions, not arguing who’s opinion is better or worse. This is a discussion, not a debate.
2. No link-spamming, no self-promoting. This is a fun chat for everybody, not for self gain!
3. Some of you may like to RT what others have said. Please remove the hashtag if you are RTing within the hour of the chat to ensure that the main #bbloggersoz stream stays clear of repeats.

My twitter name  is @xyling and Celeste is @becbeautiful.

Spread the word and I hope to see all of you tweeting up a storm on Sunday!

And if you have any suggestions for future #bbloggersoz topics, please leave a comment.

#bbloggersoz Summary : How To Keep Content Fresh?

Sunday’s #bbloggersoz topic was – How to keep content fresh? Unfortunately, I was not able to participate as I have Scottish visitors over and we were doing touristy stuff.  But Celeste said that everyone had a ball!  YAY!  And she kindly summarised it all for us.

So what did our beauty bloggers have to say on this topic?

Keep any unfinished posts in your drafts. You might find inspiration to finish them/improve them later on.

A lot of my blog inspirations come from celebrities, especially with my FOTDs/makeup looks.

Sometimes it worth to have a quiz / poll on your blog. Let your readers to tell you what they want you to post about.

I think a big part of producing good content is to never assume that you’re too good/good enough.

I also get a lot of inspiration from the fashion world .. “colour blocking” and “lady like” fashion also inspire makeup looks.

Write about what you love, love what you write about 😉

Trend reporting takes dedication. If you don’t love it yourself, your writing will show that. Stick to writing about what you love.

I think it’s always good to have a sense of humour about yourself and blogging. Eg. my love of DUCKFACE.

Personal stories are a big turn-on for me when I read blogs. Don’t just tell me something is pretty, I want to know more!

I’m new to the scene but I just think of what I would like to read in other blogs when I put up a post.

Treat EVERYTHING like a beauty story… smudged your mascara? How to clean a smudged mascara is a story!

Read. A lot. Read magazines, webzines, books, blogs, etc on beauty, fashion, etc. You’ll find lots of inspiration there.

I browse the aisles of Priceline and try and find new things that I might want to try that won’t break the budget.

Find your unique voice and don’t be scared to use it.

I also read a lot of magazines and spend as much time as I can discussing content with others to bounce ideas off each other

Wow!  Amazing advice!!!  Learning never stops – it is an eternal journey and hallelujah for that!

Stay tuned for the new #bbloggersoz topic to be revealed on Thursday – it’s gonna be a good one!

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