Bangalore and Chennai based Fashion and Beauty Blog.

6.10.14

Confessions: On finding myself through blogging and a huge shoutout to some very special bloggers.

There are some things that we never think we will achieve, possibly because we never really thought about it. We never had a game plan or a thought about the future. And then one day we start to wonder where exactly we want to go, are we on the right path? Where do we see ourselves in 5 years or may be 10?
Every relationship has a starting point, a period of lag and ups and downs. That's exactly what I have been through with my blog. It started on a whim in November 2011. I never really put much thought into it. If others could write, I could write, no biggie, right? Wrong!!
I had no clue about blogging. That was the truth. This is hit me hard only when I conducted my first giveaway and had like 5 people enter it. I was living in a fantasy that I would get hundreds of viewers and followers with just this one giveaway. Reality was that my blog was barely visible. The problem was not my writing. The problem was that I had no idea where I was headed. I was wandering and this reflected in my blog. Inconsistent writing, irregular posts and the lack of focus was so blatantly out there. I had no niche, no USP. I know I may be sounding really harsh on myself, but we are our worst critics.

Then I decided I had to apply myself more and from mid 2013 I started paying more attention to details like the photos, the background, variety in posts but yet sort of regular features. But I still had a lot of points that I wanted to figure out.
In May 2014 I forced myself to post everyday for the entire month. One day I got a message from a friend on Facebook, a girl I hadn't really talked to since I graduated B.Sc. She told me that she really enjoyed reading my blog and had been silently following me for a while now. She loved my outfit posts and wished I posted more regularly, I felt so happy!! I mean this is a girl who I felt was one of the most fashionable in my class and here she was praising my work. I was just flying high that day.

For a long time, I hadn't really told anyone about the blog, not even my family. I would secretly click pictures of my face or the products and then blog. I was in hiding even though I was out on the web. It took me over a year to go sort of public with the fact that I was blogging about makeup and fashion. I guess at some level I was worried about seeming shallow because I have had people say that before. I have been with people who label anyone who applies makeup or worries about accessories not matching their clothes to be shallow and I couldn't let myself to be honest about how much I loved this!

Now, my mom tells all her friends that her daughter is a beauty blogger. My dad makes suggestions about posts I could do. My friends ask for my advice on what products to buy and skincare for their skin type, and me, I have never been happier.

I now have a plan, a focus. I know where I am going, well part of the way atleast. Some parts of it, I will just wing it.

I don't know if you have noticed but I am no longer IshtyleAwhile.blogspot.in but now IshtyleAwhile.com. It has taken me 3 years to realise how passionate I am about this and what sort of blog I want this to be. 3 years to discover different side of me. This is the start of something new.

Before I end this post, I have a few people besides my family that I want to thank.

To my best friend in the entire world for helping me with the technicalities of getting a domain. I love you Janani.

To Mily of Pinkrimage, Srishty of Life of Srish, Poonam of Beauty and Makeup Matters, Rose of Glittertrails, Sindhu of SindhuJP, Harine of Crazyforcosmetics for being friends. You've made me realise that the blogging community isn't selfish. There is always someone to help you if you reach out to them. There is no jealousy or competition, but a sense of companionship. I cannot thank you ladies enough! I know there are a few more people who I need to add to this list.

To Tanmayee and Roshni, two ex students of mine who have been reading my blog since the start.

And to the rest of my readers, silent and active, Thank you so much for all your love and support and encouragement. I really hope I can continue to live up to your expectations and make this blog grow more.

with love

Krupa (miss kays)

P.S I am having a little issue with the commentluv. So that's why Sindhu, Srish and Harine your comments aren't seen here. But i have them in my inbox. 

15 comments:

  1. Hey Krupa, great post! :-) I've been a huge fan from the beginning and its been amazing watching your blog evolve. Great job! Keep them coming.

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  2. nice words
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    1. I know. For some reason sometimes commetntluv just stops functioning some times
      I am trying to fix it. But I do have your comment saved in my inbox :)

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    2. glad that you read my comment :)

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  4. Hey krupa!! I chanced upon your blog somehow and now i do not leave a single blog post without reading when i get your e mail. There are like so so so many beauty blogs in India but somehow i feel more friendly and personal with your posts. And yes blogging is difficult more so when its not your primary focus. In fact being s craft blogger myself also an engineer, i hardly find time to post even once in a month but i really admire the way you take that extra step to post so frequently in fact i am actually motivated by you to take my blogging a bit more seriously �� wish you all the very best ��

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    1. awww thank you so much!!! It such a lovely feeling to be loved like this. :)

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  5. I posted a long comment and it disappeared....anyways,....I almost had tears in my eyes reading this because i have just been here for 6 months,..and have made such amazing friends...Friends who dont see each other as competitors..I love your work Krupa....Your navratri posts were amazing...Lots of love..i hope the whole blogging community becomes like this....one big group of people who enjoy blogging :D

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  6. Woo.. thanks for the Special mention Krupa.. I loved reading through your blogging journey and wih you even more amazing days n year ahead..

    Its great that your family is supporting you with whatever they can.. enjoyy!! <3

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