The Break From Beauty Blogging

Eager eyed readers may have noticed that my blog has been changing over recent months. It's not to say that I'm tired of beauty related content - it's one of my favourite things to write about and continues to be a true passion of mine - but I have been enjoying switching things up a little more. My blog was never intended to be a conventional 'beauty blog'; I hope to use thunderl0ve as a space to jot down thoughts on whatever takes my fancy. Beauty is a relatively small part of my life and I'm loving the opportunity to push my self creatively and explore other topics, too.

I feel as though more and more people are shying away from the traditional formats associated with blogging, which is incredibly refreshing. I mentioned in my latest YouTube video that I want my blog to be a place that I can look back over in years to come and still feel some relation to; something that I think is a lot harder to achieve when you try to fit into one specific category. For a long time I found myself agonising over statistics and questioning why my blog has such a slow growth rate compared to other blogs. Such a way of thinking only led to me becoming obsessed with the idea of being a true 'beauty blogger' and mimicking formulas that worked for other people. I've since realised that it really isn't about the follower count; that's not what I started blogging for and I regret ever falling into that trap. I've stopped trying to follow the rules and have instead tried to set my own; which I'm enjoying so much more. People talk about seeing your blog as a brand, but that's not something I've ever been interested in and I'm more than happy just plodding along as I am; knowing that I'm being completely true to myself and creating content that I'm super passionate about.

LifestyleNatalie Stubbs