A New Direction for Handmade Reviews

I started Handmade Reviews in 2010 with the intent of making it a personal lifestyle blog that would loosely focus on health, beauty, fashion and blogging. As time went by, I found myself writing more and more beauty and cosmetic product reviews. I eventually decided to turn Handmade Reviews into a pure beauty blog. Having a blog with a specific, narrow topic meant that I could get to know my audience better. It also meant that I would become a part of the tight-knit beauty blogging community. It has been good. So good. I have developed relationships with a lot of great people, bloggers and readers alike. But despite how great everything has been, I believe that some changes are now necessary for this blog to continue.

Even though Handmade Reviews has been labeled as a "beauty blog" for the past two years, it hasn't been that wholly. And despite the fact that I've been calling myself a "beauty blogger" for the past years, I am not one. Not truly and wholeheartedly. From time to time, I find myself wanting to write style posts or posts about household items, health, homes, life, blogging, etc. And I do write them, but guiltily so. I've gained a good following of readers throughout the years. Most readers subscribe for beauty posts, so I feel incline to write only those.

At this point in my life, however, I feel so much passion for other things in life that I can't bare to omit them in my blogging any longer. I want to explore not only beauty, but the aspects of beauty blogging, fashion blogging, or just dining and wining in general. I understand that I can always start a new blog for my other interests, but this blog is a representation of me. It should reflect my passion. And starting today, it will.

This does not mean that I will not continue writing about beauty. I will continue to write as I have always written. It's just that I will probably be writing more - and about a lot more things.

P.S. I am not about to bombard you with posts on my outfit of the day, blogging tips, household product reviews or anything like that. Far from it. I actually haven't planned for any posts but beauty-related ones. As you must have noticed, I've been very behind in my writing. I've promised a lot of reviews that have not yet appeared. Please be patient with me. I have a lot of posts planned and I will definitely produce them. I just want to write this post so readers aren't surprised once I start yammering about Italian fashion or something.
Handmade Reviews Lifestyle Blogger Katherine

15 comments:

  1. Katherine, I think it is so great that you're exploring more of your interests and expanding the topics of your blog. Good luck to you!

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    1. Thanks Monica, I really appreciate the comment!

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  2. I'm very excited for this! I feel the same way about my blog. Even though I write fitness, life, ect. related posts I feel like most people skip over them for the beauty reviews. But I still enjoy writing them and know how much more fulfilling it is to have my blog be a representation of myself. I can't wait to read some new non-beauty related posts! :)

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  3. Hello Karherine, i am looking forward to following you on this new journey.
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    1. Thank you. I look forward to reading your posts and updates as well!

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  4. Dear Katherine I think that you made great decision! Can't wait to read about other topics! Good luck!

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    1. Thank you so much for your support Bellen!

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  5. Just because you expand what you're talking about doesn't mean you can't be a beauty blogger too! It just means your versatile!

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    1. Haha thanks. I didn't mean I am not a beauty blogger at all, but it is nice knowing that I can blog about anything!

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  6. Hi Katherine,
    I'm looking forward to reading your new posts. Take care :)

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    1. Thank you for all your support through the progression of this blog. I really appreciate it. :)

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  7. You should do whatever pleases you Katherine :) x

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  8. To make something good you have to love it.If you would love to write about things other than beauty that's fine,I'm sure those posts will come out as good and useful as beauty posts :)

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