A New Direction For the Blog in the Future? Answer + Win a £150 Beauty Package

A New Direction For the Blog in the Future? Answer + Win a £150 Beauty Package | Not Dressed As Lamb

A new year and a new decade is fast approaching, and I’m thinking of giving the blog not just a new look, but a new direction.

Before anyone panics: I’m not intending to become an ‘influencer’ or an Instagram clone – cut me in half and it’ll still say “blogger” right through me like a stick of rock. I’ve just been thinking about the direction that blogging has taken over the last 10 years, and where it’ll take me (us) in the next 10.

I don’t ever intend to switch everything over to Instagram (I’ve said before I think that’s a huge mistake) – the blog is where my heart lies. But due to the way my job as a blogger has been panning out lately, I’m finding it harder and harder to keep up with the regular content I’ve always produced… content that takes me a loooooong time to research and write.

So, I’ve had a think and was wondering what your thoughts were. This is where you come in!

As a thank you for your feedback, I’m offering someone the chance to win a beauty package worth £150 that I’ve put together as a thank you for answering a few questions about the direction I’m thinking of taking the blog.

And it’s only open to regular readers – NOT every Tom, Dick and Harry on Twitter and the like. #grrrr

 

Disclosure: The items I am offering as a prize have been gifted to me under no obligation. Full disclosure

 

Where I’m at with the blog right now

The first thing I want to do is to give the blog a new design – mostly this is due to unfortunate circumstances with regards to the company from which I bought the template (not something I’m going into detail here as it’s been discussed to death on social media). It won’t be wildly different, though.

Secondly – and this is the main thing I want to ask YOUR opinion about – is the format that the posts will take. I will definitely continue the Tuesday #iwillwearwhatilike link up outfit posts –  no change there. I will always maintain this is a fashion blog and I will always aim to produce a minimum of one outfit post a week. I also intend to continue these Thursday #ShareAllLinkUp posts, but these may vary, as I shall explain.

However, what I’ve always done is produce quite lengthy, in-depth posts about various subjects: health and beauty, blogging, life in general, featured bloggers, etc. I enjoy writing long posts, and from what my stats tell me, you enjoying reading them too.

But these take a long time to write, and I’m finding that with the amount of work I’m doing with brands that take me away from home and don’t result in any work produced specifically for the blog (for example video shoots, photos shoots, hosting or attending events) that it eats into the time I’d spend writing. Therefore, the #ShareAllLinkUp posts I produce on a Thursday (and the ones I intend to publish on a Sunday but very rarely get round to) suffer, and often don’t get published at all.

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So far in October I haven’t published anything other than the four Tuesday outfit posts due to being away working so much. This is NOT what I want to happen to the blog on such a regular basis, nor something I want to continue long term!

 

How I see the blog evolving

The last thing I want to happen is for my blog to become stagnant. I want it to evolve naturally.

So my question to you is this: How do you feel about shorter, “bite-sized” posts on a regular basis? Would you be happy to read a quick tip or about a single product or brand that I’ve been loving lately – rather than (always) a full-on list of 10-15 examples along the same subject? Things that would take less than 5 minutes to read rather than 10 minutes +?

Some examples of the sort of bite-sized posts I had in mind…

  • The two products I use to make my skin instantly glow
  • A new brand that sells really stylish, affordable loungewear
  • My best photoshoot posing tip (for photos of yourself that you actually LIKE)
  • The style of bra I wear to minimise big boobs
  • How I styled my mid-century sideboard on a budget
  • The best advice I was ever given for dressing for in a customer-facing office

They’re the kind of subjects I was thinking about – that’s not to say I won’t be doing the longer, in-depth posts any more (like My Feelings of Imposter Syndrome at the L’Oréal TV Ad Shoot or 12 Beauty Products I Am Absolutely Loving Right Now)… far from it! I still love writing and researching, it’s just that those posts take so much longer and if I only ever commit to those, my output is going to dwindle and dwindle to almost nothing.

I want to create things that will take me half a day to write and shoot, rather than 2-3 days (taking into account life happening in between along with the admin and emails I have to keep on top of each day).

 

Answer and win a beauty package worth £150 (open internationally)!

I’m giving away a fabulous beauty package worth about £150 to one lucky reader who helps me out with valid feedback – I’m not making this available via social media or to any (for want of a better phrase) competition whores. I ONLY want to know what my actual readers think, not people who do nothing but enter giveaways.

The prize – which is just a thank you for your time – comprises:

A New Direction For the Blog in the Future? Answer + Win a £150 Beauty Package | Not Dressed As Lamb

  • Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette (this alone is worth £60)!
  • Hugo Boss Orange Eau de Toilette 30ml
  • Ted Baker Crimson Lips & Tips nail polish and lipstick gift set
  • Beuti Skincare Beauty Sleep Elixir 30ml
  • Makeup Revolution Blush Compact in Opulence
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All things I’ve been gifted but (of course) never used. These things are often sent out of the blue or given to me in goody bags at events. All you have to do is…

[Please see the T&Cs with regards to the liquid items]

 

How to be entered into the prize draw:

  1. Answer my question about what you think of shorter, bite-sized posts like the examples I gave (a proper answer with feedback, not just a “yes to shorter posts”) in a comment
  2. Sign up to my posts by email if you haven’t already (this must match the email you leave in the comment “email address” field) – I’m assuming you’re a regular reader
  3. Leave your comment before 11:59pm (UK time) on Sunday 3rd November

 

Terms & Conditions:

~ A valid comment must be left before 11:59pm (UK time) on Sunday 3rd November
~ You must be signed up to receive posts by email from Not Dressed As Lamb
~ The email address left in the comment field must match the one signed up to NDAL subscription emails (it’s only visible to me in my admin page and is only used for the purpose of contacting you, it can’t be seen by anyone else)
~ One winner will be picked at random from the valid entries and contacted by email
~ The winner must reply to the email within 48 hours to claim the prize or another winner will be chosen
~ Open internationally
~ If the winner is outside of the UK, the liquid items cannot be sent via post and alternative products of roughly equivalent value will be sent instead
~ No cash prize or alternative will be offered

 

Thank you so much for your feedback… and good luck!

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Update 07/11/2019: And the winner is…

Congratulations to Linda Charrie who was picked at random! The beauty bundle is on its way to her.

 

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167 Comments

  1. Monika Bascombe
    November 3, 2019 / 11:11 pm

    I like short post. Not only I struggle with time but also my attention span isnt the best , lots of bloggers waffle on about stuff before they get to the actual subject that made me click on their post

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:03 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Monika!

  2. Leeanne Clifford
    November 3, 2019 / 8:05 pm

    I enjoy both longer and the smaller bite size blogs. I think the shorter ones can help inspire actually and do encourage me to look further into the subject matter

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:03 pm

      Thanks Leeanne x

  3. SUSAN L HALL
    November 3, 2019 / 7:49 pm

    I think smaller posts are better as often get distracted half way through reading longer ones and often come across interesting posts while doing something else so if they are shorter i manage to read them all.

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:03 pm

      Thanks Susan, that makes sense!

  4. Fiona Aitken
    November 3, 2019 / 6:24 pm

    I love shorter posts….. straight to the point, im a busy mum and dont always have time to read long posts and take it all in so i really enjoy shorter ones

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:04 pm

      Thank you Fiona x

  5. Lucy
    November 3, 2019 / 5:20 pm

    I tend to read on my phone, so shorter posts are better for me so that I don’t have to scroll too much. Also I tend not to have time to read longer posts every day, that being said please don’t do away with longer posts completely!

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:04 pm

      Longer posts won’t going anywhere, Lucy – I think the gaps left by the longer posts not quite getting done in time will just be replaced by shorter ones so hopefully best of both worlds! x

  6. Kristyn Harris
    November 3, 2019 / 3:39 pm

    .I prefer short posts. I like visual posts too. I don’t normally have the time to read longer posts unfortunately

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:05 pm

      Thanks Kristyn 😀

  7. MERYL THOMAS
    November 3, 2019 / 3:00 pm

    I must be honest I am a bit lazy and my mind does tend to wander when I am reading sometimes. Therefore I think that shorter posts would be great for keeping one’s focus on the issue. Also depending on the subject matter, shorter posts are more appropriate.

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:05 pm

      Thank you Meryl! x

  8. JenniCatts
    November 3, 2019 / 11:10 am

    Hi! I really love your blogs, and have for a while now but as life gets busier I do actually prefer shorter bite size posts these days. I often find the only time i have to myself to catch up on reading is on a short lunch break so having something that i can easily pick up and read without rushing would be fab! My sister runs a local beauty business and blogs as part of that and is going down the same route – short and snappy which means she can regularly keep in touch with her followers and also leaves her time to do the other million things you have to fit in a day!

    I also think it can work really well as it can make it really easy to find a specific post if you want to refer back to one – if you remember you read some great tips a from few weeks ago you can often find it much easier if they are broken down into smaller posts than all included in one big one to read through again.

    Most importantly though you have to do what works for you – you write so well that i have no doubt that whatever direction you go in will be fab!

    • Megan
      November 3, 2019 / 9:04 pm

      I much prefer shorter posts to longer ones. I don’t have the attention span for long blog posts, and would rather use the time to read a proper article than a long post with irrelevant information.

      • Catherine
        Author
        November 6, 2019 / 12:07 pm

        Well hopefully my longer posts don’t have irrelevant information, Megan(!) – but yes I think it’s the time factor that means people prefer shorter post these days!

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:06 pm

      Thank you Jennicatts – that does make a lot of sense about the long posts with tips being broken down into smaller ones. And it’s lovely to hear you like my writing, thank you again!!

  9. fiona d
    November 3, 2019 / 10:56 am

    I would definitely prefer shorter bite size posts. I have never been a strong reader, so have never really been a reader of novels etc., (unless forced to whilst in education!), I have always preferred magazine articles or short blog items, I lose interest fast if I have too much information to wade through & even when writing it is easy to get off topic or waffle about something that interests you personally but might not be of interest to the masses. So for those of us with poor reading skills and/or short attention spans then bite size is the way to go 🙂

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:08 pm

      Hopefully a mixture of short posts and longer ones will suit most people, Fiona! thank you 🙂

  10. Tiff jordan
    November 3, 2019 / 9:45 am

    I hadn’t realised how,long regular blog posts have taken you. I’m not a blogger but I do enjoy yours, particularly as so many bloggers are youngsters, and you speak for the mature ladies! I particularly like #iwillwearwhatilike as it links to so many fabulously dressed women. So inspiring!
    Shorter posts- yes, because life goes on ,and because you say the blog needs to evolve, and because you need to keep your sanity! I’d particularly like to hear about minimizing bras.
    Thankyou

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks so much Tiff – yes they take so long more to do with the fact that I have to do lots of other jobs in between, or maybe I’m waiting for the light to be right so I can take photos, or I just need a break from writing that long post and turn my attention to other jobs in between! Glad to hear you’re interested in minimising bras 😀

  11. Elizabeth Fisher
    November 3, 2019 / 5:40 am

    I prefer short posts I keeps me more interested.
    If posts are written well ( as yours are) It is always about the content being relevant for me ,
    Your blog fits me well

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:11 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth – hopefully I’ve got a pretty good idea of what my readers like so if I can get a good ratio of short to long posts then hopefully it’ll suit the greater proportion of readers! Thank you x

  12. Irene Murdoch
    November 2, 2019 / 8:13 pm

    I think writing some shorter posts are a very good idea. We don’t always have a lot of spare time and a 5 minute read can be fun and relaxing. The topics you mention sound interesting too. I am always on the lookout for tips on outfits and colours.

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:12 pm

      That’s very helpful Irene – thank you!

  13. SHIRLEY EVANS
    November 2, 2019 / 6:42 pm

    I prefer things shorter,You can read and digest ,fitting in whatever you need to do,still time to read and carry on if busy

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:12 pm

      Makes sense, Shirley- thank you!

  14. Theresa Cooke
    November 2, 2019 / 1:29 pm

    yes to short bullet point posts. I get and read lots of emails and newsletters.
    I skim read a lot and if I think its too wordy, then i just will not bother or leave it until i have more time.

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:13 pm

      Thanks Theresa – all good and interesting feedback!

  15. Cara-Jane Hunter
    November 2, 2019 / 10:20 am

    Love your posts. They are punchy and very readable! Thank you!

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:13 pm

      thanks Cara-Jane x

  16. Janine Atkin
    November 2, 2019 / 8:27 am

    id prefer shorter posts

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:13 pm

      Ah cool thank you

  17. Tania Atfield
    November 1, 2019 / 5:41 pm

    I would definitely prefer shorter bite size posts, I don’t have enough time to always finish reading posts and I don’t like scrolling constantly down the page.

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:14 pm

      thank you Tania, good to know! x

  18. Maria
    November 1, 2019 / 10:01 am

    I’d be very happy to read shorter posts, and would be more likely to read them in a “timely” way, i.e. on my train commute. I’ll save the longer reads for when I have more time – and a larger screen (middle-aged eyesight…). Love your new shorter post on the travel tote.

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:15 pm

      Hehe I’m with you on the middle-aged eyesight, Maria… I cannot read blogs AT ALL on my phone, even with my glasses! Thank you, it’s all helpful to know x

  19. Mona Morris
    October 31, 2019 / 8:44 pm

    Hi Catherine! I love reading your posts whether long or short & will continue to do so! I also like the sound of the subjects you mentioned- look forward to reading your posts!
    Mona x

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:15 pm

      Aww that’s kind, Mona – thank you x

  20. Tone Spaberg Olsen
    October 31, 2019 / 4:47 pm

    Dearest Catherine!
    I have read your blog, like since forever and I can promise you that I will continue to read it whatever direction it will take. I love your outfit-posts, it really does not matter whether they are long or short, so a combination of long and short would work fine by me 🙂
    I always read everything you write, but fashion and beauty is what makes my heart beat faster…. 😉
    Wish you all the best with whatever direction you choose.
    I will always be a fan 🙂

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:16 pm

      Oh bless you Tone – thank you so much! Fashion and beauty will always make up the bulk of the topics so don’t worry 😉 xx

  21. Mandy
    October 31, 2019 / 12:31 pm

    Hi Catherine. I’ve never commented on any blog or social media (except replying to my son’s team Manager on Facebook Messenger) but your post about changing your format has me in a panic! This is because I’m shortly about to start a new small business and a personal blog and your 2018 post about moving to a WordPress theme was the deciding factor in me picking the theme template company you recommended and webhost that they recommended. You mention you don’t want to detail about the problems with your blog template provider but I’d really like to know if you have decided to continue using them but with a new theme or have chosen a new webhost and blog template provider (and if so can you tell us who please)? I’ve spent hours researching this and thought I’d got that decision sorted so I’d really appreciate some advice.

    Regarding your ideas for shorter posts, I think it’s a great idea. Obviously, the photo shoot idea is appealing to me as I particularly love your posts and tips about blogging. I find them very trustworthy because they are not your main niche- there are loads of bloggers giving advice about blogging but most I’ve seen only really blog about that subject so all have a vested interest in selling products. Of course that’s perfectly ok but it’s also nice to get advice from someone not solely writing about blogging.

    Other short posts would suit how I read your blog as I don’t always get time to fully read all content so I pick and choose, look at photos etc. All the ideas seem interesting but the bras for big boobs is a great idea and I’ve thought about writing something similar myself once I start (but probably won’t dare). You could include tips for buying tops and dresses to fit well with big boobs as I find I need a bigger size to fit boobs without pulling- then the shoulders, underarms and hips are huge on me.

    I hope my comments make sense!

    Thank you for all the helpful and interesting content.

    Mandy x

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:36 pm

      Hi Mandy – I’m very privileged that mine is the first blog/online platform that you’ve ever commented on! Thank you for that and for the suggestions!!

      Within the blogging community it has been an ongoing “farce” – for want of a better word – about the template company, with a lot of vitriol directed towards those who continued to use them, or even defend them. If you search the company name on Twitter you’ll see many, many threads about it. I stayed out of it and had to make up my own mind about what to do, though the evidence against them was pretty damning. If you just Google the name and scroll down you’ll see all the articles/blog posts about it and what happened. So it’s with a heavy heart that I’d say don’t use them (starting from scratch) I’m afraid – it’s not worth the risk.

      I haven’t yet made up my mind about what company to use for my next template, but my site hosts are Kualo (I’ve not changed them, they’re a separate company) and I’m very happy with their service. Blogging friends use Bluehost, though I can’t comment on them. Here’s an article which may help you choose an alternative template… I hope this helps! https://gretathemes.com/pipdig-wordpress-blog-themes-alternatives-review (good luck)! x

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 7, 2019 / 9:01 am

      Website hosts: I forgot to mention Siteground… this actually may be the one that the template company recommends, but it’s a very popular one that I know others are very happy with x

      • Mandy
        November 7, 2019 / 10:04 pm

        Thanks for the info and links Catherine, Siteground were the hosts the template company recommended at the time. I’ll check Kualo but will probably stick with my Siteground decision as I messaged them and they could provide everything I’d need for a good price -and it’s one less thing to look into again. Still stuck with a template decision as others just don’t seem to be as appealing, easy to use or as well recommended as yours. I’ll look at your links for ideas though. Please keep the blogging tips coming!
        Best wishes
        Mandy

  22. October 31, 2019 / 11:46 am

    Hi Catherine – I love your posts and read everything you write. I note that everyone seems to be saying that you must do what you feel comfortable with (which is absolutely essential) and if you write shorter posts that would be great. Just saying that actually I don’t read the bloggers who post every day. Far too busy for that. I usually just put them aside and/or discard them. I only read bloggers who post the longer once a week posts or if it’s a once-a-day blogger then I read them just once a week.

    I hope that’s helpful and all the very best. I shall continue to read your long posts and can I say I totally adore your colour combos. I used to be a red-head and love the way you put together your colourful outfits 🙂

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:38 pm

      Thanks so much Penny – there’s zero chance of me posting every day so don’t worry! I’ve got to really discipline myself to write shorter posts at all, they always end up being so much longer…!! 😉

  23. Minda
    October 30, 2019 / 5:57 pm

    Obviously I’ve been reading and giving my opinion for years, so why stop now? I’m absolutely up for shorter posts. I suspect if you’re writing in a way that feels more sustainable for you, it’s going to be better creatively for you and those of us who love your voice will feel it, too. I’m generally inclined to not ever choose one answer over another. Meaning, I believe you’ll find some balance between longer and shorter posts. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. As long as you’re doing what makes sense for you as a writer/blogger, it’s going to be great. Your instincts have been good so far! If having more shorter posts feels good for you, I’m here for it. And some days smaller is what I need as a reader, too!

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:39 pm

      Thanks Minda, that’s both really helpful and very kind!! x

  24. October 30, 2019 / 5:52 pm

    Hi Catherine. I am only blogging four years and I love writing lifestyle posts. Big into health and travel and tips and like you I have been thinking of changing to shorter posts. I only post once a week and some take a lot of research and time. So yes I think a mix of shorter and in depth posts is the way to go. I also love the more personal posts. My post on my hubby collapsing got my biggest readership not my indepth posts on probiotics or menopause. Oh and how to stay married for 35 years too was very popular. I love your personal posts. Always read. Do not always comment.

    • Catherine
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 12:41 pm

      Thank you Hilda – funnily enough my lifestyle/thoughts posts always get more page views than my outfit posts, though that’s where I started! I’m so sorry to hear about your hubby collapsing, I’m sure it resonated with (and probably helped) many people xx

  25. Catherine
    October 30, 2019 / 9:38 am

    Hi Catherine,
    I’ll pitch in here with the others: a mixture of shorter and longer texts would suit me well and would obviously suit your work schedule as well! I enjoy your writing, however long or short the post is, as your style of writing and voice really appeal to me as do the topics you cover.
    Can’t wait to see where you take this!

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 30, 2019 / 12:02 pm

      That’s really kind of you Catherine – thank you for commenting! x

  26. Vicki
    October 30, 2019 / 8:08 am

    I’ve been a reader of your blog for yonkers conkers and have often thought how fab it is to still be doing old school blogging.
    I’d say your followers are so supportive it wouldn’t really matter what direction you move in, we’ll all still be reading. (More dog posts for me please haha!!)
    Xxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 30, 2019 / 12:03 pm

      More dog – noted, Vicki!! 😉

      Many thanks for your kind words… long live old school blogging!!!!

  27. Bethanne
    October 30, 2019 / 12:34 am

    Ok, I absolutely LOVE your blog so I will always read it forever and ever no matter what you decide to do. I’m a ginger reader in the US and I get so much inspiration from your style and color choices. I was always told not to wear pink, red, & orange and that’s such a boring, horrible rule of thumb. So, I really enjoy your color and pattern combos and feel inspired to try new things that “break the rules” myself. Plus, you just sound like a lovely, practical person. #fangirl

    All that said… I absolutely would read shorter posts from you, and I would read them in a more timely manner. Currently, I tend to leave your posts as unread emails in my inbox and them come back to them on some weekend evening when I have a bit more time for a longer read. That’s because a lot of your posts do tend to require a longer read! I want to be able to sit and enjoy them! So all of that is good, but if I know that there are fewer 10+ minute posts, I’d be able to read the shorter posts when they are actually published.

    I see some other commenters are leaving suggestions about what to post. I’m afraid I don’t really have suggestions – I trust that you’ll continue to come up with interesting content. Of course, your outfit posts are my favorite! I feel like you currently have a good balance of outfit posts and other posts, so I hope the balance won’t change too much with the introduction of shorter posts.

    That’s all I’ve got. Love you, love your blog, love your new doggo – I hope she makes more appearances! 🙂

    Bethanne

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 30, 2019 / 12:08 pm

      Wow loads of helpful feedback, Bethanne – thank you! And also for the compliments… it’s so nice to hear from readers I don’t normally hear from, so it’s good to know people like what you write about.

      Plus, being told you can’t wear pink, red and orange? What’s THAT all about?? They’re the BEST colours to wear with red hair!!! So glad you take no notice and break those stupid rules, lol! 😀

  28. Mathilda Clothier-Pring
    October 29, 2019 / 3:42 pm

    Hi Catherine
    I always look forward to reading your inspirational posts and it would be a sad day if these had to stop due to time constraints . So shorter post with the occasional more in depth ones would hopefully help you manage your busy schedules and enable us readers not to lose out on your fun and interesting topics.
    A friend referred me to your post thinking your style and blog would be of interest to me and she was not wrong, I enjoy getting the email to see a new topic posted and what you have to say.
    Keep up the good work and if shorter post enable that I am all for it.

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 30, 2019 / 12:09 pm

      Oh wow Mathilde thank you – and please thank your friend for me! That’s great to hear you like the content and the new proposed format x

  29. Zoe
    October 29, 2019 / 1:05 am

    Hi Catherine,

    Love your posts. I love reading about a whole range of topics. Aside from fashion posts, I love hearing about health/body issues. Perimenopause is interesting and not discussed too much – i’d love to hear your perspective on that!

  30. Julie Walker
    October 28, 2019 / 4:45 pm

    I love the idea of some shorter posts interspersed with the longer, more thoughtful ones. We’re all busy, and sometimes a short, fun read is just what we need. As a reader from the US who loves UK culture and style, I look forward to learning a bit more about your lifestyle, shopping, and travel! Your posts transport me back to the towns and villages I’ve visited and enjoyed.
    I greatly appreciate your honesty about body image and occasional insecurity…we’ve all been there, and seeing someone as gorgeous as you having a moment now and then, and facing it courageously, is very inspiring. Thank you!

    • Catherine
      Author
      October 30, 2019 / 12:14 pm

      Thank you so much Julie – all very helpful points! The time factor seems to be the most important thing for everyone.

      That’s great to hear you like the body image and insecurities posts, I want to explore these topics further. Thank you again! x

  31. Karen
    October 28, 2019 / 3:47 pm

    Well, there certainly seems to be consensus here that we agree on the shorter post idea !!!
    Shorter posts are great as someone else said for ‘on the go’ reads and quite often I think that you need only include one or two pictures. If you are doing a mini post on say a beauty product you could just put a picture of the product ( if you are allowed to copy)
    I like the sound of the subjects you suggested ….. would love to see tips and ideas such as :
    How to elevate an ordinary outfit
    Best way to store your bags/scarves
    How to wear certain colours
    Make the most out of your jewellery
    The easiest way to create a ‘nude’ eye.
    How to look stylish and keep dry ( though that could be a long post !!!)

    Another idea is that you could road test 3 products and put them in order….ie a budget mascara- this could be a monthly feature and again not too long just why you liked it or not.
    I love your in depth posts about emotional issues and one’s where you share your thoughts with us, but these certainly could be done once a month.
    In the meantime, short seems to be the way to go !
    Thanks for giving us all air time to pass on our ideas and thoughts xx

    • Catherine
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      October 30, 2019 / 12:17 pm

      Karen thank you for those suggestions – they’re super helpful!! And yes, shorter, bite-sized posts are what people want it seems. I won’t be giving up the longer posts (try and stop me, lol 😉 ) – they’ll just be compiled over a month or so as you suggest. Lots to think about!! x

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