How I Start My Own Blog

July 27, 2012

I've always wanted to write this post, since a long long time agoooo... But I don't really know where to start.. I am asked a lot about it, why I start my own blog and when it's first started.. And then one day, a message comes on my formspring

if you are not Indonesian, here's the translation :

"stella, id like to ask you if you dont mind. How do you start blogging? I mean, the first time you blog about make up review and such until you become like who you are now, as well as the first time you get sponsor"

Why I put the title "how i start my own blog" instead of "my beauty blog"? That's because . . .  You will know in the end :)
So yeah, I think I will start explaining to you my blogging life.. It will be boring probably, but if you're still interested, in me, *gets slapped* lol, I hope you'd read it until the end.

I first started my blog on multiply, it's probably on 2003/2004? as far as I could remember.. I first discovered internet during 2002-2003, then I was really into it. I played at forums, and mircs, and such.. But at that time I only have indo friends, cos my english sucks. I hardly knew grammar and vocabs, I had the worst english test, so I mostly cheated from my friend lol

Then when I went to Australia for family vacation, I'd like to ask "spoon" to the waitress but I only knew "fork" wtf. And i was so troubled for 10 minutes asking just for a /spoon/! Then my young brother who's still in his 2nd grade, helped me to get spoon. He said he learned it on his kindergarten, and I have never been embarrassed like that before. 8th grade student lost to 2nd grade student???!! That's how bad my english was.. If you think your english is bad, I belive it's not as bad as I used to be . .

So I consulted to my friend, and she suggested me to be more active and chat with foreigners on internet. Then I made blog on multiply, as well as myspace account, to get as many foreign friends as possible. I started writing diary on multiply, summarizing my life in english, because it's the best way to learn past tense and present tense. I started having english teacher to teach me

I learned simple present tense only, in 3 months non-stop
I am sure that my private teacher almost gave up because I was sooooo stupid
But I couldn't let my pride hurt lol So I brought dictionary whenever I went, and mark every words that I could remember

Within 3 years, I am proud to say that my english ability was one of the best in my class, though right now since I hardly use it, I am not that fluent anymore T___T but still, not bad leh lol

But I still manage to blog ever since. I blogged mostly about my life, my love life, my study, my teacher, my family, everything!!!! It's because I don't want to lose my english skill.. Also because I want to memorize what I have done in my life

But cos I am easily bored, I moved my blog a lot. I have tried multiply, blogspot, ameblo, jugem, xanga, livejournal, wordpress, etc....

My last blog, this one, is from the end of 2009.. about 5 years after I started blogging. That makes me have been blogging for 8 years? o.O I'm so old wtf

At that time, I really dont care about readers. I only knew that the only people who read my blog were my friends and I.. Some people left comments on my blog, whom I didn't really know who, really.. They told me to stop blogging cos my english sucks
And I acknowledge it..
But instead,
because I know my english sucks, I want to learn, and don't want to be worse!!!
I learn my english mostly from internet. By reading manga, reading news, watching youtube, reading others blogs.. So If I lose my blog, I do think I only can say "I love you" and "how are you" only in english wtf

And, I don't care about them. After all I dont know them nor they affect my life.. I only want to blog to improve myself and write about my life

That's the reason why I start talking about make up too. Cos during I start my last blog, I was a teen who's in puberty la LOL #centil
And at that time, fake cosmetic sold on facebook were so many so I wrote a blog post about it, HERE, and it received a lot of great responses! But that's it.. I never knew about someting called "beauty blog" or "beauty blogger"... I just write whatever I was doing. Like, dyeing my hair, wearing mask, what cosmetics I did buy... But I also mixed it with my personal life la..

Little did I know that just because of it, I was invited to Ponds Beauty Blogger Event. At that time I received mail from their PR, and they'd like me to attend their beauty blogger event. I was like, wtf, what's that lol I felt so honored cos I was included as one, though I never intended to be one!!

So I came, and it's really joyful. Free products, free massage, met with new people, and free food as well. Oh c'mon, who doesn't love it?
I then blogged about it, because, it's simply what happened in my life, right??

Then I was invited again to Make Up Forever events, and other events. Met with new friends, of course I was happy and glad to come!!
Then, I also owned youtube channel. I started making one though I knew my skill was not that good compared to most of them. But I did it just for fun!

During that time, MyLovelySister shop sends me message on youtube, asked me whether i'd like to be sponsored products by her. And really, I felt so honored! I didn't think much, so i agreed. And up to now they're still being my permanent sponsor :) Sending me product to review, once a month. They're my first sponsor . .

Then, more and more beauty companies in Indonesia sent me mails to attend their events. And if I could, I would come! During that time, I also received a few mails from shops, as they'd like to sponsor my blog as well

If you see my sidebar's blog, you will see my permanent sponsors. And I do not send them mail to sponsor me, they are the first one who contacted me. I don't mean to be rude, but blogging for free stuffs purpose has never acrossed my mind. So if they'd like to be my sponsor, my honor, if not, then I don't care! :D

I always mention, do blogging because you like it, and simply because you want to share.. I love to write, and my whole life right now is revolved all about beauty, that's why I write about beauty stuffs a lot. Butttttt, since this is my blog, personally made by me, I can obviously change the topic if I like it right?

That's why I believe, when I am bored with make up, and be addicted to other stuffs, I will blog differently la. I also still blog about my life.. and will be blogging about my trip too. That's why I never categorized myself as a full beauty blogger, nor this blog as one. Because it's simply my own personal blog!

Personal blogging shall never have rules in my opinion. I do it because I like it. If I dont like make up again, I will stop writing make up. Probably more into fashion? Who knows?? 

But as at the moment I am still happily beautifying myself, I don't think I will stop any time soon lol [though I thought about quitting blogging 2/3 months ago ahaha]

Frankly speaking. Free stuffs have never been my priority in blogging.. I will be hated by this probably lol but really, this is my personal feeling

I attend beauty events, because I love meeting my friends and have nothing to do.. If I am busy and don't want to attend events, then it's my right. If I am bored and don't want to attend either. It's also my personal choice. I don't care about the exclusive events or the goodie bags, I mostly attend events just for fun, to meet my friends whom I cannot meet regularly. Say, Franky Wu, Endi Feng, Gabby, Bella, and so on. 
Sure i love free stuffs, who doesn't? But even without going to events, I still receive beauty products, monthly, by my sponsors. If they don't send, I am perfectly fine too lol

And about my sponsors. I have mentioned on my sponsorship rules. That my review is HONEST, and shall NOT be affected by any matters. If any shop or companies don't like to be reviewed honestly by my. Then they are really free to give their products to magazine.. I believe /REVIEW/ should be honest. We're here to blog about our personal view and opinion, right? 

If I like A product and you dont like it, then it doesn't matter. So is likewise. I am here just for sharing..

That's why I kinda upset tho, if I see anyone who are willing to do anything just for free stuffs, or write only good things because it's free..  If you like to review only good things on your blog cos it's given for free, then it's your choice. It's your blog, right? But I am just disappointed, can't I?

I admit, that I have a lot of sponsors, and there are a few who are still in negotiating about the banner, just wait for the right time.. I am happy that they believe in me reviewing products. But I have rejected quite a lot of online shops and companies who want to sponsor my blog. Because, I already have too many sponsors, and I dont want my blog just to be a walking advertisement. I am also quite picky in choosing

For me, sponsors are good cos i dont have to buy anything to make a blog post on my blog. Save money lol 
Also because a lot of readers used to ask me, "where to buy xxx product?". Have permanent sponsors making me easier to recommend where they should buy

But then, what if I lost all my sponsors because they don't like my honesty in reviewing products?

Well then, too bad? I will just laugh it off and start buying again?

Beauty blog is not all about reviewing products, in my opinion

There are many ways to share your love toward beauty.
I can do more make up tutorials, and FOTD.. Also I have a lot of products on my own that I purchased but never published.. I won't stop blogging just because I have no more sponsors

If I have sponsors, great. If not, that's fine..
I do not start blogging just because of it though

But those who start blogging because of free stuffs, will be tired easily in blogging and not commited, I think? Especially if they don't receive what they wanted.. Cos they main purpose is different. If you truly love writing, you wont get tired :D Then again, I say again. Do blogging cos you love it!

But if you don't love it, and just want free stuffs. I have question for you, why don't you just work and buy it on your own instead? lol
Just my two cents ;)

So yeah, that's it.. Right now I am happy that there are many readers who read my blog and find it helpful. I am truly grateful to be given this opportunity

if there's no event invitation, no sponsors, and no readers, I will still be blogging...

Because it's a part of my life
I have done so for years! And there's no way I can stop it LOL

I wonder when I will be bored of make up, hmmmmm~~~

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  2. Hi :) this is veryyy inspiring. I've started blogging since I was in 8th grade, and my blogs didn't have followers, I feel like talking to myself all the time, then I deleted the blog, created another, until I end up with my newest one which I created on 2011 :P

    <3 keep on blogging, ci Stella! if you stop blogging, whose blog should I read :P

  3. i love to read this post, stel :)
    thanks for sharing your thoughts and your story ^^ really appreciate it..
    I also love blogging and do not want to stop :D

  4. hahaha most of my blogs are read only by me too lol i also deleted blog, created another, deleted it again, and so on XDD
    now i stick with this current one XD

    lol omg can i feel touched by your words. I never thought i will be missed if i leave blogging T_T

  5. I am happy that you like and appreciate it Xiao Vee.. Let's blog together, shall we?? :D

  6. Nice post telaaa support your post la it reminds me of what my lecturer said! "Blogger are one of the powerful marketing cuz they're special. Special here means they speak what they thought, honest opinion. Good for market survey"

    And our blog belong to us, up to us wanna throw whatever there. Enjoy aja ya lol

    Ayo tel, barengan blog bout fashion ahahahaha

  7. Setujuu stella..
    Ternyata stella sblm expert inggrisnya pernah dicemooh juga ya?
    Yaa kita sama, semoga kedepanny sy bs expert kaya stella .lol
    Anyway blogmu juga inspiratif dan menambah semangat dan memperluas, blogger khsusnya beauty blogger.
    Ya undangan event, free stuff itu anggap nilai pluss, seperti dikatakan hanna (salah satu IBB staff) dan emang benar, itu bntk sedikit penghargaan untuk blogger diundang keacara mereka.

  8. Dita Indah LestariJuly 27, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    great post stell. waa sama >.< what a rude people ya. >.<

  9. hmmmm...
    u should punch that rude people..
    everybody can write on whatever subject they want.. sharing always better than preaching..

    i mean.. as for me.. writing a blog is such a hard thing to maintain.. i've been a silent reader and blogwalking for around 5 years (and yes.. i still remember the first time i found you; "make up palsu di Indonesia" somewhere on facebook group)it take 5 years to settle my mind.. 5 years till i'm ready to make a blog!! And here you are.. already blogging for 8 years.. girl, i salute you..

    thanks for sharing your insight.. i really appreciate it.. <3

  10. you've already made this far, you shouldn't think about giving this blog up ever again 'kay? because that means that you're giving us (your readers) away.. i love your blog and many people out there do too!!
    gw benci sama orang yang menghina kesalahan bahasa inggris orang lain, sebenernya mengkoreksi itu boleh, tapi kalo menghina sih nyakitin, meski bisa jadi batu loncatan untuk lebih maju kedepannya.. but we cannot expect everyone to love us right? there always be people who are jealous and envy..
    here it is, one of my favorite post from one of my favorite blogger, a very honest & humble post.. :-* mwah mwah lol

  11. Stella keep going.. ^^
    Honest blogger are hard to find nowadays...

    Thanks for inspiring me, inspiring us...

  12. Nice post telaaa support your post la it reminds me of what my lecturer
    said! "Blogger are one of the powerful marketing cuz they're special.
    Special here means they speak what they thought, honest opinion. Good
    for market survey"

    And our blog belong to us, up to us wanna throw whatever there. Enjoy
    aja ya lol

    Ayo tel, barengan blog bout fashion ahahahaha

  13. hahaha inggrisku dulu jeleeekkk banget XD
    makanya aku suka delete blogku kalo aku ngerasa udah improve, abisnya gak tahan ngeliat nya, kalo ak baca, langsung jadi "dafuq did i write" lol

    skaran, mayan lah yah, walo masih jauh dari jago ah XD speakingnya nih yang udah ancur -_-"
    thanks for your comment ;) im glad that i can inspire indo bloggers T_T

  14. why rude lol they're just anons, and besides, it's years ago.. Right now I have some people though to say that to me on youtube cos my speaking accent -_-" that means, I have to improve myself XD

    probably I will make mandarin or japanese blog to improve my language? who knows? XDDD *seenaknya*

  15. Wahh kalo dibikin japannase dan mandarin, saya nyerah baca blognya stell.
    Pusing @-@ secara buta bahasa

  16. ahaha aku juga buta makanya mau belajar XDD

  17. why punch, I didnt even know who they were lol and at that time, I didnt check my blog's comment that often either XDDD

    waow! Im surprised you know me since that long!!
    It's just a blogging la, no need to take it so seriously... So you dont need to give me a salute, I dont deserve one ^.^

    Thank you for reading <3 I am reading ur blog now!

  18. woah, now after read your comment I feel bad T___T I'm sorry, Jessica *bows down*
    Thank you for loving my blog T_T somehow I feel that I am not good enough to be loved, so I am really touched when someone says so T____T

    ahahhaa.. I really dont care la now.. I'm used to be critiqued.. What hurts the most is not people that you dont know, but instead your closer one :) I've been in that situation before XD
    Agree. That's what I believe ^.^

    XDDDD mwah back! ^.^

  19. I am glad that I can inspire! Never thought someone like me can inspire someone T.T <3 *hugs*

  20. Yea... Why so serious? *puts joker's smile* XDDD

    hahaha iyaaa.. ntar gua mulai post outfit deh, pas gw di luar fufufu.. kalo skarang gw dasteran seringnya wtf lol

  21. no need to feel bad, youre still blogging till this moment hehehe ;)
    i like your blog because your honesty, maybe? if you like it, youll say you like it.. if you dont like it, youll say you dont like it.. i mean people can be different person in virtual world, soooo many fake people pretending to be someone better, cooler, richer, prettier, somehow we can notice that theyre faking it.. and when i found 'real' person like you, ill really cherish it.. <3 <3

  22. hahaha please dont flatter me too much.. i think im quite different in real life, much louder and clumsier lol not as great as you expected i think lol im afraid i will disappoint you ^^;;

  23. hhaaah bagian yang bahasa inggris, ga nyangkaaa!!
    *soalnya,bahasa inggris ak parah nih ci T__T
    btw barusan baca blog cc sampe habis tanpa merasa bosan dan intip² googletranslate

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  24. hahaha.. dlu aku belajar inggris buat reading juga dari baca baca. coba kamu jangan pake google translate, dibaca dlu, kalo kata yang gak ngerti, baru liat kamus, dan terjemahkan sndiri keseluruhannya :D

    smua orang pasti awalnya gak bisa kali bahasa inggris, atopun yang lainnya. gak ada yang langsung jago. smua kan pake proses :)

  25. Stella, i really love this post. You're so inspiring!! Aku sendiri juga smp skr inggris nya masih jelek, tapi msh terus belajar. Aku mulai blogging jg utk melatih bahasa inggris, dan pernah jg di ejek gara2 bahasa inggris hehehe. Salut untuk kamu yang tetap semangat nge blog walo di ejek, smp akhirnya jago bahasa inggris dan jadi salah satu blogger paling famous di indonesia :) keep blogging stella

  26. thank you so much for reading this feb..
    I learn for years to the point I can talk like this.. But my speaking still needs a lot of improvement

    ahahaha, biasa ajalahh.... kan juga bukan mother language kita, bawa fun ajaaa 8D
    nggaklah aku belom jadi blogger paling famousss, kata siapaaaa.. not yet hahaha

  27. I also bad in english.. Your Inspiring me to write blog.. I want to be blogger like you,but I still confius what will I write :). I will study english as your way..haha my is so bad,right?

  28. I also bad in english.. Your Inspiring me to write blog.. I want to be blogger like you,but I still confius what will I write :). I will study english as your way..haha my is so bad,right?

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  63. wahhhh... love your blog, stella :)
    aku juga punya blog, tapi kenapa susah bgt dapetin comment dari pembaca, gimana caranya ya? :(

  64. Hello! I'm a new follower :) I learned about your blog through sparkling magazine. Anyway, I agree with this. One should love blogging not just because of free stuffs. I admire your hard work to learn english. :) I also like blogs that are about different things, personal blogs. :)

  65. I love you stell, u're just so inspiring me, im a new blogger, and i want to be like you, do what we want and never ever care what others think..because its was our that side of urs, stella..=)

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