See this pretty look? I’m going to share the details with you in a bit, but first I’m going to tell you all about 5 Blogging Lessons I Learned From Deleting Thousands Of Photos. A true story, at that!
Early in 2019 as I set about to upload some photos for a new blog post, I came upon an error message no blogger likes to see. After a chat session with my hosting service, I learned the server that hosts Painted Ladies was filled to the limit and needed help! I’ve thrown money at the problem before to increase the server resources, but I knew what I really needed to do was sift through the tens of thousands of blogging photos that I’ve uploaded over the past decade.
A decade! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone and how much the blogging landscape has changed in the past 10 years. Going through the photos I laugh, I cried and cringed. So, what exactly did I and am I learning after decluttering thousands of photos?
One – If you want to learn how to do something, just do it. Back in the day YouTube was different, there was no Pinterest, no Instagram and Facebook and Google Reader reigned supreme. Learning how to take good product photos and makeup photos was a case of trial and error. And it wasn’t all good. There are pictures of me shoving my face into a corner of a window that had a sliver of natural light coming through it. And while I applaud my determination from back then, I can’t say I’d repeat it! Nevertheless, that’s how I learned and honed my skills. I asked questions, I kept trying and I have no regrets!
Two – Do not ever quit. Really, don’t. I’ve had some goals relating to blogging that I have not yet achieved, but I’m much closer than I was even five years ago. Don’t quit. Just don’t. Even if you’re moving forward inch by inch, keep inching forward.
Three – Ask yourself, what really matters? The photos I’m culling are ingredients from the back of boxes, open eye shots and multiple shots of the same exact image. They’re all supersize ginormous photos that honestly do not matter one single bit. Thanks to Pinterest I can see what photos are getting searched for and repinned, even ones from way back in the day.
Four – Research best practices for whatever field you’re in. In the beginning I knew nothing about SEO and did everything absolutely wrong. I still need help in this area, but things got better once I just uploaded things namby pamby! They’re not being searched for, they’re not being viewed, and really, not being used wisely.
Five – It’s good to write things down and take photos of memories. The photos I’m going through are a visual diary of my life over the past 10 years. In some cases I was so stressed out by life that I barely remember what was going on, so it’s nice to have a reference to go back to!
And, in case you’re wondering, here are the products I used on the eye makeup look I teased you with at the top of this post:
Crease: Detour from Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palette
Outer Corner: Sleeper from ColourPop It’s My Pleasure eyeshadow palette
Middle of Lid: Mr. Sandman from ColourPop It’s My Pleasure
Inner Lid: Plunge from Urban Decay On The Run
Browbone: Off The Grid from Urban Decay On The Run
Upper Liner: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Liner in Corrupt
Lower Liner: Urban Decay 24/ Glide On Liner in Mildew
Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Feline
Brows: ColourPop Dope Taupe eye pencil