Friday, 16 January 2015

Blogging 101: 8 tips for good commenting etiquette

Although I am not an expert, after 8+ years of being involved in the blog-osphere I have picked up a few things.  When I consulted people about what they wanted to read on Computergirl's Musings, I had a few replied that requested more tech and blogging content.  So here you are; the Blogging 101 series!  Today I am going to be chatting about the etiquette of blog commenting.

Thank you. Small words, big meaning.

1) Say 'Thank You'!  If you read a post and enjoy a picture, learn something new, find something to research, become inspired then, before you leave please say 'Thank you'.  It is a small word, and so often forgotten.  I always smile when someone says thank you, and I don't think I am alone in that one.  I also try to reply to any comments.

2) Use Social Platforms.  Make sure you're signed in with Google+, blogger dashboard, Disqus, Facebook etc!  When you comment, these platforms (if set up correctly) will notify you of follow up comments AND link back to your blogging profile.  If you are a blogger, then it is an easy way for people to find you.  Sometimes the blog doesn't allow these platforms, but has a space for your blog URL when you comment.

Pay It Forward.

3) Don't be selfish.  There is an old saying that 'people only get in touch when they want something'.  Well this is the blogger equivalent!  It is amazing how many people never leave comments, but suddenly come out the woodwork when the word 'giveaway' is mentioned! ;) If you are going to prey on a blogger's generosity, then spend a few minutes reading the blog, seeing what it is about.  Leave them a few other words of support on their blog.  Give them something back and pay it forward.  It will brighten their day, and maybe give you a few ideas of things to write in your competition entry.

4) Spam linking.  No I'm not talking about the badly written, nonsensical comments with links to 'magic pills', long lost relatives, or informing you of your lottery wins (in exchange for your bank account details).  I am talking about bloggers who leave thinly veiled comments with their URLS plastered in them.  If you have something to say, great, but if you are attempting to hide our homepage link in a comment then generally people will see through this.  Your commenting profile will normally link to your blog anyway (see point 2).  Now, if you are linking to a specific post, because you have read the post and think that it might help that blogger (or other readers) then linking a specific post is ok- it's not spamming, it is being helpful.  That is my take anyway, others might feel differently.

5) Re-read.  If you are unsure about spellings then Google is your friend.  If you are commenting in a foreign language, Google Translate is your friend.  If you are commenting on a phone or tablet, auto-correct is generally not your friend!  Auto-correct can be useful but make sure you reread it (especially on instagram where edit is not an option!)  I'm not perfect, so this is something I'm definitely working on!

6) For the love of blogging, please turn off the verification word things!  They are so annoying and completely put people off commenting.  You write a comment, click publish, it then asked for you to write a word off a tiny picture (which is really fuzzy and you can't read).  At the 20th attempt it accepts it, but your comment has been lost so you have to write it out again (but by this time you have forgotten what you said....).  Either set your comments to stay unpublished until moderated, or use the new 'I am not a robot' tick box system.  Say NO to word verification!

No.  Just ...... No!

7) Make it easy.  Lots of people ready blogs on the go using their phone or tablet, and subsequently can't comment easily without being signed in.  Even if they are signed in (and battle through auto-correct) then the comments can refuse to publish.  Make sure your blog has other ways they can show their appreciation.  Facebook has likes, Twitter has favourite... blogs can have tick boxes, or an easy rating system.  Just an easy way for you to gauge feedback without cutting out those who cant comment.

8) If you can't think of anything nice to say..... hold fire.  It's not tough is it?!  Seriously, I think all of us have nice- and helpful- things to say and whether it is on blogs, youtube, twitter, instagram.. anywhere on the internet, then a nice comment is appreciated.  You can be constructive, that is totally allowed.  However nasty troll comments are not.*  More to the point, these comments do not go away.  Ever.  Computers don't forget (and humans don't always have thick skin).  Either way, nasty comments are not clever.  If you really can't think of anything nice to say then maybe reread point 1, click the box and type!
Love and Light.

What are your tips for commenting etiquette?  What platforms do you use?  As always, I love to read your comments and thoughts!

P.s. Don't forget my giveaway closes this weekend.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes! 2015 New Year Blog Update.

Computergirl's Musings will turn 6 this year (6!!), and enter it's 7th year of blogging.  As you can imagine, a lot of things have changed during that time, and it is only right that CM evolves too.  What started as a skincare diary (which trialed products for 30 days), branched into beauty and then lost its way a little.  I did a bit of consulting last year and tried to find what people thought CM covered and where it should move next.  2015 is the year things change a little, and return to their roots.


If you have visited recently, then you may notice the design has had a few changes, which hopefully aid clear streamlined quick navigation.  I can now display larger images, and have removed some elements which slow the page down.  The header has also changed and represents this blog a little better.  5foot10 (my other blog) has also had a face lift.  It started as a side project for things that didn't fit on here, and then things got a little messy.


Here is how I hope things will work from 2015 onwards;

Computergirls' Musings is where you'll find; 
Makeup, beauty, skincare,reviews releases, blogging, tech etc

Meanwhile head to

Fashion, lifestyle, vintage, food, travel, interviews, style inspiration, decor, general makeup etc

5foot10, is for people of all heights (although I am personally 5 foot 10!).

Both blogs have individual twitter, instagram, pinterest, facebook and bloglovin pages and I'd love to connect with you!  (I am on twitter a lot!).

Also don't forget my current giveaways here and on 5foot10, plus a current blog sale!

If you have any thoughts or feedback then I'd love to hear from you.  I'll review it later in the year and see how it is working! 

Little Blog Sale: Mac, Illamasqua, La Roche Possay, Estee Lauder, benefit etc

You know the drill.  Streamlining the collection, skincare shake up etc so selling a few things for a small price.  Perfect for testing.  All purchased by me- no PR samples!

1) Paypal only. (Gift Payment would be nice so I dont have to pay fees!)
2) Leave a comment below with the item(s) name, your country and email address.  If you'd rather email me privately, that is fine.
3) Please email/comment even if someone has reserved the item you want.  If payments are not made in 24 hours I'll go to the next person and so on.

Items will be sent via UK Royal Mail 2nd class recorded delivery.  If you buy two or more items I will package together and pass the postage discount on to you.  Postage will be between £1 approximately £4 depending on the size of the parcel (which will depend on what you buy).  I'll email you the details for your approval.

1) Estee Lauder Pure Colour lipstick on 03 Nude Velvet Matte. Gorgeous brown nude. Swatched x 1 £6
2) MAC Colour Crafted Lipstick (Frost) LE and perfect for spring/summer. Slight mark on bullet where I caught the lid.  Peachy pink with a bit of shimmer.  Used x 2 £6
3) Illamasqua Explode lipgloss- swatched once.  Light and with a slight pearl sheen.  £3
4) La Roche Possay Effaclar M Matifying Moisturiser (info).  (Cult product for those with oily skin.  Box has wear where price label was).  Pea sided amount used. £4

 5) 3 x pencils; £5 bundle
 Natural Collection (Olive?) Eyeliner. Swatched x 1
 Illamasqua medium pencil for eyes and lips in Cane. Swatched x 1 and sharpened to sanitise.  Perfect for tight lining to give the effect of wider/brighter eyes.
 NEW Barry M dual ended Silver and Gold eye pencil 
6)NEW Jemma Kid I-define volumising Mascara. £2
7) Mac OAK Lipliner (a great nude, perfect for 'Kylie J' lips). Used x 1 and sharpened to sanatise £7

 8) Estee Lauder eyeshadow palette in Extravagant Gold.  Used about 3 times, and sanatized.  Four different gorgeous gold soft eye shadows, surrounding a dark brown (liner) shadow. £10
9) NEW. Clinique eyesadow quad (Frosted Blossom, Buttermilk, Bewitched, Blue Lagoon). stupidly caught my nail on the blue shadow so there is a small mark.  £2
10) No 7 Sultry Eyes Palette.  Slightly lighter than the picture. 2 purples, one mauvey colour and a pinky highlighter.  With sheen and shimmer. Used 3 times £5

11)NEW Ahava Deadsea Waters Body Lotion 40ml £2
12)Benefit Skinny Jeans Creasless Cream eyeshadow.  Used about 4 times- dip/useage shown.  £3
13) Eyeshadow bundle; £4
  Coastal Scents Hot Pots S06 (Cranberry) S38 (Brown nude with slight shimmer). Used x 1
  Collection purple shadow (new)
  No 7 Stay perfect Comet eyeshadow (dark grey with a bit of shimmer- similar to bourjois). Used x 1
  Rimmel Colour Rush Mono in 060 Bronzed. Swatched x 1

 L-R (Uk postage only)
14) Two polishes; £2.50
Eyeko Disco Polish (fine silver glitter) for night time nails. Used x 1
(4th from left) GOSH Holographic Nail polish (silver colour with holograph). 3/4 of bottle left (
15) NEW Kate Spade Nail Inc Soho Silver £4 (second from left)
16) Nails Inc Victoria Polish. Swatched x 1 £3
17) Two polishes; £2
NEW Rimmel Long Lasting Nail Colour in 193 Black Cherries
No7 Stay Perfect Polish in Temptress. Used x 1

Thanks for looking!  Any questions, just email or comment!  Fancy winning some nail transfers or temporary tattoos? (link) or a Fiorelli bag? (link)

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Tattoo talk and Giveaway: Skin art Temporary Skin and Nail Tattoos

Chanel made temporary tattoos 'cool' for a grown up generation a couple of years back, and they haven't really left the market since.  I like the idea of tattoos, freedom of expression and having some unique art on you for life.  People normally have a reason for getting a specific tattoo, but sometimes they just like a design aesthetically.  One of my secret pleasures is watching Tattoo Nightmares where they cover up people's unwanted tattoos while (comically) reconstructing the stories behind them (clue- there are a lot of drunk people getting tattoos they later regret!).  (UK people can watch it on TruTV).

Just add water.

I am far too indecisive to stick to one design, hence I have never taken the plunge and 'gotten inked'.  I sometimes feel that tattoos used to be seen as 'the alternative' thing that a small minority of people had (and there was initially a stigma attached due to many convicts having tattoos as identifying marks).  Nowadays people from all walks of life have them, so I sort of feel that I am in the minority by not having a tattoo.  Maybe if I have a profound life event then I would commit to a design and a reason, but for the moment I am happy to dabble in temporary tattoos and henna- and of course appreciating other people's artistic flair.
Designs range from dandelion clocks to stars, birds and bracelets.

Temporary transfer tattoos are perfect for anyone who, like me, can't settle on a design or the full commitment of a tattoo.  Maybe your job means you cant have a tattoo, maybe you want to try one out before you commit to a life long branding.  Maybe you are allergic to the ink, or just not in a financial position to get a tattoo?  I see temporary tattoos in a similar category as nail polish and hair dye- great to use for a few days for a change.  If you attend any festivals, you have probably seen loads of temporary tattoos on people without realising they weren't permanent (there are generally temporary tatt booths at every festival nowadays).  They can look very realistic.  No needles involved, just water and cotton wool (but always do a patch test first)!

I have 3 packs of temporary skin art transfer tattoos for skin and nails to giveaway.  I meant to do this in a series of pre-Christmas giveaways, but didn't get round to it- keep your eyes peeled for other giveaways on the blog this half of the year. 

This is an international giveaway.  Entry is via the widget below!  Simply make sure you are subscribed to this blog, and leave a comment.  If you want to double ot triple your chances then there are a few other things you can do (subscribe via other methods and follow via twitter/tweet).  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I am also giving away a Fiorelli bag stuffed with lots of goodies.  If you want to be in with a chance of winning this then just visit my fashion and lifestyle blog (link)

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