Friday, June 29, 2012

Monthly Must-Reads: June 2012

Question of the month (from Noelle): Why do you blog? Has the reason changed over time, and if so, in what ways?

My motivation to blog is reflected in the quote in my header: "The unexamined life is not worth living". This is slightly tongue-in-cheek as the original quote relates to a deeper analysis of your actions in life, while my blog discusses fluffy, fun things like make-up, fashion and decor. However, the meaning is still relevant: by examining the various factors (even the superficial ones) that make up my life,  I give them importance and make them worthwhile. My blog inspires me to find beauty in my everyday surroundings and to aim for constant improvement.
Evolution of Ella Pretty
 I've been blogging for 3 years now (check out my first posts here!).

Things that haven't changed:
-My love for researching and sharing beauty secrets - Writing down the products, tips & techniques I've learned about gives me something to constantly refer back to.
-My enthusiasm - I've chosen quality over quantity and generally aim for one post per week. This ensures that I only write when I have something interesting to share - and it's never a chore.

Things that have evolved:
-Interactions with the blogging community - Meeting other bloggers is something I never anticipated when I started blogging - yet I now consider it one of the most enjoyable aspects of blogging. I love finding people who share my interests and getting to know them online and in person. 
-My comfort/privacy levels - although I love sharing my thoughts, I'm very protective of my privacy. I don't feel comfortable having my name and pictures all over the internet (which is why a lot of my photos have my face blocked out). However, going to blogger events and interacting with other bloggers has changed a lot of my perceptions, and I'm slowly sharing even more of myself through my blog.

I'd love to know your answer to Noelle's question as well - why do you blog?




  1. Great answer! I love the quote from Socrates. He was a brilliant man, and his quote is just as relevant today. I'm so happy that you blog Ella! I enjoy reading everything you post.

    1. Thanks Noelle - I feel the same way about your blog too :-) We love a lot of the same things, yet sometimes you introduce me to things I'd never have thought of trying! I've been inspired by that Socrates quote from the moment I first discovered it in Philosophy class - I love seeing it every time I look at my blog.

  2. Another Great answer! I really feel the same about a lot of your points and I love how you laid everything out, I have a feeling you were a great student :)

    1. LOL - I got good grades, but I never enjoyed writing essays - yet I love writing for my blog! Maybe I should have majored in Beauty & Fashion instead of Economics :-P

  3. Great post Ella! I never thought I would meet such great peeople through the blogging community when I started either but now, it's a such a huge part of what keep me blogging. I agree with you on the privacy thing too, I really admire bloggers that put it all out there and show thier face in every photo.

    1. Love the blogging community - it's so nice to be able to share things with people who have the same interests as you :-)

  4. I've always enjoyed your blog, from the day I discovered it (which was before I started blogging). I love your beauty posts especially. When I read your blog I feel like I'm reading an email from a girlfriend :)
    I feel the same about privacy, part of my still wishes I would have kept my head out of all pictures.

    1. Thanks Lilly! So sweet about feeling my posts are like an email: I used to send the most detailed emails to my friends when they asked for product recs (complete with links and research)...I thought, since I put so much effort into finding this information, I should also post it on my blog LOL!


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