Creating a Blog!

Creating a Blog!

I started my blog 2 months ago, and it hasn’t come without surprises.  This post is about taking you through the process of my experience with a website, and how I got to writing about it.

Building a website, creating something I am proud to show off, needing to transfer my domain from GoDaddy to WordPress, having to rebuild all over again…I guess you could say I have had my work cut out this month. I started a blog, after realizing I needed a different purpose on a daily basis. I have heard for years how I should put my ideas and crafts on the internet, so that is exactly what I did; I didn’t know what I was getting into. I have a lot of computer skills, and knew the craft was there if I wanted to dive deeply into unknown territories. Growing up with computers really has their benefits.

What caught me off guard, was the pricing of so many different fees for services. I think that would have been a great heads up for someone who wants to create a website. You need subscriptions for Emails, your domain name, the website host you decide to use, and even the little things you might not have thought about. I have a subscription for a collage making app. Money is something to think about, if this is what you might want to look into.

Things add up every month just for services. I transferred my domain to WordPress, when GoDaddy proved not to be blog friendly like I needed it to be. I had already built the website for a month, and didn’t know I was about to create everything from scratch. It takes a lot of time to make something you want to be proud of. It has taken more time to set this one up, since it has more room to work with in terms of different setups. I had to pay $96 up front for the annual subscription. I have had to learn the hard way about how people put annually in the little print, when it says how much it would be a month.

All of this truly adds up, when you go for those loops. With such a tight budget, I ended up cancelling my YouTube Premium subscription, just to make sure I have a future small business going. I haven’t registered Creating Jenni as a small business yet, but know if I want to continue down the profitable path, it’s something I’ll have to do. That is a whole other of loops and fees, I’ll have to prepare for.

My mental health has really gone down a spiral, taking on such a huge responsibility of community content. This post is being published on a Monday, because I’m struggling to find balance in my newly busy life. I started off with Sundays, since that is what I naturally would land on for my deadline goals. I’m not sure if anyone has noticed, but in the last month, since I had to re-due my website again, the content isn’t what I want it to be. Last week was simple and short. It was nice to write a piece like that, but it wasn’t my best work. The makeup piece was something that took a while, but am not sure about that quality either.

Life is nice working from home, but it takes a lot more practice from day to day tasks. Cleaning has always been a hard thing for me to do, since I’m disabled, but making a space that needs to be functional, is harder than it seems. I have a podium in my kitchen as a desk, a whiteboard with a magnetic calendar on it, and other things that are cute but also functional.

If you live with a child, or in my case, a bird, it might be a little more challenging. The demand of your job (and not getting paid at the moment for more than a full time gig), with someone else demanding your attention, is quite a juggle. I love my shoulder bird, but my hands are no longer on her head, and her needs are that much more. I’m not including looking for another job to pay for this one, finding another apartment, and needing a new phone to support all of my video appointment apps.

It has certainly been a bigger mountain than I thought it would be, but getting the hang of it, is truly the start of a long road. Behind the scenes of getting things out there to an audience, and finding brands to work with, is the next fork in the road.

I hope this helps anyone else who wants to go down a website and/or blog road. I couldn’t find things like this for me to foreshadow someone else’s. This is also just the tip of my growing iceberg.

If you have any questions, I’m here. Everything goes to my email, which I check often as well.

I hope this helps.

Bye for now,

Jenni

Dollar Tree Lady’s Plastic Bags:

Dollar Tree Lady’s Plastic Bags:

These bags are one of my favorite things to brag about. It sounds quite silly, but they are a huge help in organizing, and can even see what’s in them!

I told my mom once, I am a clear kind of girl. We were picking out storage bins, when I saw there were clear options. If I don’t see what is in something, I’ll forget what’s in them. That’s why these are the perfect kind of organizers. I can see what is in them, and even know what they are. They seem small, but they are pretty big in what they hold. I’ll just have to show you:

My purse bag: I love having an organized mini backpack. We have been wearing masks, but I would have enjoyed to wear lippies on the go in here. I have Raynaud’s Syndrome, where my extremities are almost always cold. I have my hat and fingerless gloves that fit perfectly in it, and with so much more room for anything else.

My mini backpack purse bag is always organized with a red bag.

Stickers and embellishments: These have come in handy for these loose things I use in planning. I have coupon accordion folders for specific subjects, and love how I have something just as compact for the things that don’t have homes.

My red bag in my planner container is so nice for the loose things to have a home.

Sewing: It’s kind of nice to see what kind of colors are available for embroidery floss, and know it isn’t in a big container, or a darker bag. I also like how a bulker box fits snuggly.

Medicine Closet: I tend to miss where I put things in my super deep linen closet. I had boxes to put things in, but I couldn’t see in the boxes. These were just what I needed to solve the issue. They don’t have bulk or a top to misplace, but a zipper to still keep what needs to be closed in. (Tall things are the exception.)

Beauty: I had just shown my makeup box, but didn’t show my nail polish. A container didn’t make sense for me, since they are heavy and fall everywhere, even with a closed top. It’s so nice to have them a little more compact, and a zipper to not spill everything out. (I forgot to make this look nicer on the inside, but I love how the details came out in editing.)

My nail polish and accessories bag.
https://www.dollartree.com/ladies-clear-plastic-carrying-bags-11×675-in/275747

What’s in my makeup box:

It’s been a long week, and am starting this at 2am on Sunday, the day I am supposed to be posting this blog. Georgie had been very needy, and haven’t been able to get anything done. I’ve been up till late hours, trying to catch up on emails, creating a twitter account, and anything else that requires maintenance.

I thought my makeup box would be an easier topic, but I was quite wrong. I didn’t realize that I should be making an intake of every product, and that doesn’t include the pictures and collages I love to make as visuals.

So, this is my makeup:

The Box: I love my hat box. I had gotten it from a thrift store, and have used it for various things, but love the makeup in it the most. The red bags are quite a common theme on my blog from Dollar Tree. They really are some of the best things I use for storage. A glance, before diving in.

These are pictures of what is in my makeup ox, the top of the box, and the top of my makeup brush pencil case.

Eyeshadow Pallets: I am all about creating, and that also categories confidence. My favorite is eyeshadows; I can put on one color to feel good for the day, or sit down, and play for a while. I tend to make a look on each eye, then take it off for bed. Colors are a big thing for me, since they set moods, and eyeshadow is perfect for that. I have been picking out specific colors on Amazon for the exact mood I’m looking for; lately, it’s been purples and pinks. I got what I needed for purples, but the pinks in a pallet had broken, and took that as a sign to find something a little more encouraging for my pink search. I don’t like to keep things I don’t use, so this is my small stash of fun. Looking for pallets with certain colors, makes a huge difference in knowing if I’ll use them, instead of just going out and buying something on trend. Getting something that just came out is super fun, but for me, it isn’t usually practical on a super tight budget. (Pictured: Tati Beauty, Hard Candy, Colour Pop, Urban Decay, Wanqi’u Hongfeng, Remmel, Ulta Beauty, Milani, Revlon)(Ps. It makes me so sad, when pallets fall on the floor and shatter.)

These are all of the pictures of my eyeshadow pallets. They are displayed as open and closed.

Single Eyeshadows: I like knowing I can buy something very specific, when it pops out. I might see something that catches my eye somewhere, and pick it up. This is what happened with my midnight blue. (Pictured: Maybelline Color Tattoo Trailblazer)(Ps. I love how the photo touching got the color and texture just perfectly out in this shadow.)

This is my single eyeshadow by Maybelline Color Tattoo Trailblazer.

Highlights: I like to use eyeshadow along with my highlighters. Anything that makes me feel pretty. They can be nice for shadows too. Sometimes, one color for the day can just be a highlight. (Pictured: Younique a la mode, Ulta Cosmetics)(Ps. Another sad, broken piece.)

This picture is of my 3 highlighters: 2 Youniques and an Ultra Cosmetics.

Eye Primers: I have dabbled in a few of these wonderful things, since my hooded lids can make everything a mess. It can really make a difference with textures of all kinds, when blinking makes everything fall out. (Pictured: Amazing Cosmetics, Nyx Glitter Primer)(Ps. The tip broke off, and this tiny baggie fit it perfectly at the bottom.)

Eye primers area must for my very hooded eyes.

Mascara: I have super long, natural pixie lashes. It’s nice to dress them up by really make things dramatic, and tie everything together. My favorite is the Wet N Wild Mega Length Waterproof Mascara. With drama in the lashes, it goes a long way with different colors. I would like more color variety, but I really like when the mood calls for something bold. (Pictured: Wet N Wild Mega Length Waterproof Mascara, Wet N Wild Colored Mascara, Hard Candy Be Bold Color Mascara, Hard Candy Bold Glitter Mascara)

Lipsticks: I love dressing my lips. I haven’t been able to show them off this summer with the mask thing lately, but have promised myself, I need to start caring about my confidence again. Even if the bird tries to lick it. It feels good to put something on, and know you can rule the world with anything that makes you smile, and a pretty color to match. (Pictured: Ulta Beauty, LA Colors Shiny, LA Colors Lipstick, Wet N Wild,Almay, Sephora, Motives by Loren Ridinger, Sephora Lipstain, Ick lipstick pallet)

This is my nice variety of lipstick colors.

Lip Liners: This can be an annoying one. I have thin lips, so color can really make them look funny, especially the darker colors. Liners really make a difference on that front. I love my Almay lipstick, but it makes my lips look smaller. A liner can help make the edges a little lighter, and create a better look. They are also great for making more than one color shine. Another pink to match your lip shade, and confidence may soar.

Lip liners are something that can create a whole new look for me.

Blushes and Bronzers: I tend to change color, when I don’t feel good. Blush and bronzer help make me look like I’m not a ghost with a headache. I like that it can bring my face in to its natural long shape, when it decides to have many shapes all day. (Pictured: LA Colors, Nars, Maybelline)

Blush and bronzers can make or break how my face wants to look that day.

Lipgloss: Lipgloss is something I like to put on, if I don’t feel like I want to wear too much color on the lips that day. It can be hydrating with some, when chapstick isn’t enough. I also top off lipstick, or use a gloss to bolden lipstick. It’s one of those things that just makes sense to have in a makeup collection. (Pictured: Smoke and Mirrors from FiveBelow, Revlon, Ulta Beauty, Almay, Elf, LA Beauty)

I love lip gloss. Especially, when they top a nice lipstick

To me, selfies are a way to show my mom my confidence boost for the day; she likes them. (Ps. I don’t touch up photos to make myself look better, but for the makeup to look better. Complexion varies for the different makeup colors.):

These are my makeup selfies I give to my mom. I also snuck one in there of my bird taking a selfie.

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