Why I Am NOT On The SA Beauty Blog Awards Shortlist

South African Beauty Blog

I feel I need to clear the air about the SA Beauty Blog Awards situation.  The shortlist was posted this past weekend and I have received many messages and emails from readers asking why my blog does not appear on the list.  I initially wasn’t going to write this blog post, because I honestly didn’t think people would care whether my blog appeared on that list.  It seems the SA Beauty Blog Awards has become a bit of a sensitive subject amongst a lot of South African bloggers out there.  People either love the idea of this particular initiative, or they hate it.  Before you run off judging or hating me for what I am about to write, I ask that you suspend judgement long enough to at least hear me out.

Normally I wouldn’t waste my time and energy writing ranting blog posts, but I do want to set the record straight because of an incident on Twitter yesterday.  This particular incident made me lose a lot of respect for SA Beauty Blog Awards.  A couple of my blog readers tweeted them and asked why Pink Peonies did not appear on the shortlist.  SA Beauty Blog Awards replied to them and I quote: “Unfortunately its always a tough decision with these competitions and only 10 could make it through.”  I don’t know about you, but to me it sounds like they are implying my blog is not on the list because it’s not good enough.  I think it’s highly unprofessional to twist the story like this.

I really resent the fact that they tried to imply that the decision was theirs, that they feel my blog doesn’t qualify to be on that list.  The truth is my blog isn’t on the list because first and foremost I questioned their professionalism and credibility from the start (which in hindsight was a good thing because they proved me right), and secondly because I don’t want to potentially be crowned ‘Best SA Beauty Blogger’ by 4 judges who I feel are not necessarily all experts on the subject.  To advertise that this is an SA Beauty Blog Awards suggests that it is a highly prestigious and nationally recognised platform, but who created this initiative?  Here are my reasons why I questioned this:

I received an email from the creators of the SA Beauty Blog Awards (created in June / July 2015) informing me that my blog had been nominated for ‘Best Content’, ‘Best Overall Blog’ and ‘Best Design’.  I went to check out their website, and at that stage there was hardly any information on how the winners would be chosen or what the criteria was, plus there was a ‘TBC’ under the Judges tab, so I didn’t really think much of it.  There was no clarity on rules or criteria.  Was it going to be a ‘Vote For Me!’ competition where your followers would vote for you?  Were they choosing professionals who are relevant to the industry to judge the blogs / bloggers?  And who was qualified to make these decisions?  I had no idea exactly who had decided to create this South African blog awards website, or why.  The only thing that was very clear, is that it is sponsored by Tan Organic.

A few weeks later I saw that Pink Peonies appeared on the long list, along with almost 150 other beauty blogs.  That’s a very long list!  The whole thing made me feel uncomfortable.  The website still had exactly the same amount of info (which was limited), plus I had no idea how exactly the bloggers were going to be judged.  Did the amount of followers you have on the various social media platforms count towards anything?  Would you be judged on how long you’ve been blogging for?  The quality of your photographs / content?  Whether you engage with your readers?  Whether your readers engage with you?

Again, I didn’t really think much of the nominations at that stage because I had no idea whether my actual blog readers had nominated Pink Peonies, or if the creators of the SA Beauty Blog Awards had just chosen random blogs (or as many SA beauty blogs as they could find online) for the purpose of creating a hype.

If you nominated my blog, I would like to thank you for being so supportive – I really appreciate it.  And please don’t think I am ungrateful, it’s not like that at all.

I think what frustrated me most at this stage, was that no one had sent a professional email providing me detailed information on exactly what the nominations entailed, what would be expected of me, who the sponsors were, or who the judges were.  After about a week, I received a generic email from them asking whether I was still happy to be on the long list.  I’m guessing they sent this email to everyone on the long list because quite a few bloggers had publicly (on Twitter) asked SA Beauty Blog Awards to remove them from the list.  I quickly checked out their website again, and was relieved to see that the judges had at least been chosen at that stage – the founder of Tan Organic, an actress who started blogging about beauty in 2014, and a digital expert.  I also noticed this sentence under the ‘How It Works’ tab: “A shortlist will be selected with 10 blogs per category.  This is based on a score for each individual category involving quality of Design, Content, Author Experience, and Social Media activity.”

What does that mean?  I still find it very vague because are they judging you on how many social media followers you have?  Or how many times per day you tweet?  Or how many of your followers interact with you?  Are they judging the actual design of your blog i.e. the WordPress / Blogger template or theme?  Or the quality of your photographs?  Author experience?  Is this based on number of years or journalistic capabilities?

While writing this blog post, I popped onto the site again and noticed another judge was recently added to the list, plus it seems they are still sourcing sponsors even though the awards ceremony is scheduled for the 22nd of August 2015.  This lack of organisation builds on my discomfort, and so I question their credibility.  If it were me, I would have sourced the judges and sponsors way in advance, even before I started the nominations process.  This is after all advertised as a national beauty blogger awards initiative.

The second reason why I did NOT want to be considered for the SA Beauty Blog Awards:

Blogging has never been about popularity in terms of number of followers, winning awards or receiving free products for me.  I started blogging because 1. I wanted to create a space where I could be creative and challenge myself, and 2. I wanted to connect with like-minded individuals who love beauty and makeup just as much as I do.  Perhaps even help someone in some way.

Theodore Roosevelt said:  “Comparison is the thief of joy.”  Such wise words.  For most of my life, I would always compare myself to everyone else.  During high school I constantly compared myself to my friends, I never owned a bicycle or computer (because my mom couldn’t afford those types of things) and I often felt like it was because I wasn’t good enough.  I did ballet for a very long time, and I enjoyed it until the exams started getting to me.  It was too stressful – being judged on what you could do with your body.  If I received anything less than an A, there was nobody to blame but me.  Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t just give up on ballet.  I sucked it up and kept at it for quite a number of years but by that time there was absolutely no joy left.

It is so easy for us to compare ourselves to friends, family, colleagues (or fellow bloggers) and it often leaves us feeling less adequate.  Comparison breeds discontentment.  We all have a unique makeup of skills, infirmities, strengths and weaknesses that make us who we are.  Comparing myself to others simply removes focus from what I should be excited about within myself.  I’ve said this time and time again: Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.  I hope you understand that I am not saying you should NOT strive towards achieving something, or set goals for yourself.  But don’t set those goals based on someone else’s skills or experience.

The only person I compare myself to, is the person / blogger I was yesterday because at the end of the day, that’s the only thing I have control over.  Imagine having to constantly consider what other people dislike about you, and then try to change who you are to fit in.  Because at the end of the day, that is exactly what something like this is about (in my humble opinion).  4 Judges will discuss what they like and dislike about 10 bloggers in each category, and then pick 1 winner.  That leaves 9 people wondering what they did wrong or why they are not good enough.  The process is too subjective in my opinion, and I think it creates a mindset that someone is better than someone else based on the opinion of 4 people.

I don’t mention this very often here on the blog, but the beauty blogging space is already SO competitive.  There are certain bloggers who constantly belittle, scrutinise and criticise fellow bloggers.  Perhaps because they are jealous, or perhaps just because they feel they can.  The blogosphere can be very superficial and it can often feel like we’re all back in high school again dealing with people who have a ‘who is more popular’ mentality.  To be honest, I’m not about that life – and I have made it very clear that I like to stay away from the drama.  I’ve had to distance myself from a few people in the past because I felt that the relationships were toxic.

Getting back to the point, the beauty blogging world is already competitive, everyone is constantly competing for the same space on the internet.  Competing to be noticed by the same brands.  Trying to be chosen for the same limited amount of opportunities.

I would like for Pink Peonies blog to become a trusted source of information for a wide audience but not because I have been compared to anyone else but myself.  I don’t like the idea of someone else judging me on something that I have poured my heart and soul into.  I believe improvement should always be framed as a positive & collaborative activity, never a competitive one.  And because of that I feel that only I can really judge my own skills, accomplishments and abilities.

Perhaps I will reconsider my stance on awards nominations later down the line, but for now, I am 100% happy with just sharing my experiences with my loyal readers without having to worry about being judged or scrutinised.  Fighting for the same ‘winning’ position isn’t something that interests me, especially when the people who are making the ultimate decision don’t know anything about me or my blog.

I want to make it clear that I am NOT trying to take anything away from the bloggers who were nominated and who wanted to be considered for the shortlist.  You should definitely feel proud that someone took the time to notice / nominate your blog.  These are just my personal thoughts on the subject – just because I feel a certain way about something, doesn’t mean it’s right or wrong.  Good luck to all the bloggers on the shortlist.

Now, let me know what you think – I’d love to hear your thoughts!



  1. Simone 4 August 2015 / 10:37

    I agree, hence the reason I did not also enter. Thanks for airing your views and being so straightforward. That is the reason why bloggers like you are so humble and successful. Keep it up. xx

  2. Mishka Zeena Lawrence 4 August 2015 / 10:40

    Thank you so much for writing this blogpost! I have a beauty blog as well- and decided to take a year long hiatus just because there is so much competitiveness and general cattiness in the Beauty Blog world at the moment.

    My blog has currently been inactive for about 8 months now, which is why I was very surprised when SA Beauty Blog Awards contacted me saying that I had been nominated (surely you need to update your blog regularly to be put on the long/ short list)

    There is no clarity about how blogs will be judged, if this process is open to the public or not. Which is why I respectfully declined the nomination.

    I am really proud of the bloggers that have been nominated and hope that the judging criteria gets explained properly and that it’s done fairly.

  3. Shalane 4 August 2015 / 10:43

    Hi Luzanne

    I have been following the list and I wondered why your name didn’t appear on the short list. For them to say you are not good enough is BS. You are one of the best beauty blogs there is and I honestly look up to you. After reading this I realise that beauty blogging in SA really is huge and rather than be snotty and try get noticed, rather be you and focus on what you are doing. I think all bloggers should read this. Yes it is good to be recognised but rather better yourself.

    Thank you for being you. Your blog is amazing and I will continue to be a loyal reader.

  4. Tammy 4 August 2015 / 10:51

    I applaud you for this post. I too didn’t make the cut and so many others neither and for the same reason. Some of our nations TOP bloggers did not even make the list. I found being part of the long list to be insulting as some bloggers have not posted since 2014 and their presence online was a mystery. The whole thing screams SCAM to me and once again, insulting.

    I am not “hungry” for an award. I value my blog and my voice more than a little sticker on the right hand side panel of my homepage or in the footer.

    I value myself, blog and subscribers enough to not post constant nonsense without even spell checking my post.

    I value my readers more than to upload a grainy image, a post filled with “lol’s” or write with an intention and not just posting for the sake of posting.

    Bloggers like you, the ones who put us on the map, YOU should be awarded.

    I wish I could just “let it go” but I can’t. Especially when the pathetic email telling me I made the long list addressed me by Tarryn when my name is Tammy. #unprofessional

  5. Liza Leimlehner 4 August 2015 / 10:52

    Same feeling, happy that you posted this as it was what I was feeling. I didn’t make the shortlist which is ok because looking at so many great blogs that didn’t make put me at ease.
    I agree with lack of information on the website and sponsors which they are still trying to accumulate.
    Luzanne great post yet again and high five to “Comparison is the thief of joy.” That lets me think a little….a life changing pair of words.
    Good Day To you Hun

  6. Shaney Vijendranath 4 August 2015 / 11:00

    Thanks for being honest. Love your blog and you know I agree with you on so many things! I also decided to give awards a skip this year…

  7. Kels 4 August 2015 / 11:09

    “Comparison breeds discontentment.” Such wise words you are amazing Luzanne and we got you!

  8. Janneke 4 August 2015 / 11:16

    Comparison is the thief of joy is actually a quote that I constantly remind myself of since I started university a few years ago as I too struggle with constantly comparing myself to my friends and class mates. It really sets one free when you stop competing with the world and just work to create or achieve what best you can. You are a wonderful blogger Luzanne. I am sure you know this but I think it is good to be reminded of it so that you know your readers appreciate the effort and honesty that goes into your blog posts.


  9. Candice 4 August 2015 / 11:21

    I feel you!!! My blog wasn’t mentioned on the short list and to be honest a part of me is upset … But a part of me doesn’t give a damn because I will just do what I do and not have people judge me or think my blog isn’t good enough … it hurts abit but then I think of why I started blogging it wasn’t to please anyone but to do what I want. If they can’t recognize hard work then there lose.

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  10. Kate Smith 4 August 2015 / 11:41

    Wow, this was a very interesting read. I am not a beauty blogger nor do i claim to know “jack” about industry, I am simply a make-up lover and being new to your blog (introduced by Mascara & Mimosa’s), I have really enjoyed watching and reading your reviews.

    I am sorry that a small group of seemingly “unimportant” individuals can leave such a bad taste in an industry that already battles with “keyboard warriors”. It seems like everyone with a beauty blog in SA received a nomination!!! Imagine nominating every actor for a Oscar??? I’m pleased you said something on your blog. I think it is a brave thing to stand up to people that are bullies, which clearly they are.

  11. Elrese 4 August 2015 / 11:52

    Ek stem absoluut 100% saam met jou! Die storie gaan nou al vir jare so aan, om eerlik te wees weet ek nie of die blog awards eintlik enigsins in die verlede “legitimate” was nie, as dit sin maak. Awards vir my is nie net ‘n term wat jy rondgooi nie, dit beteken jy het iets uitstaande en uniek bereik. Om daai besluit in 4 mense se hande te los maak nie eintlik sin nie, blog gaan oor jou lesers, so dit moet ‘n stelsel wees waar mense jou nominate en dan dieselfde mense vir jou stem – soos op strictly come dancing. Sorry om te se maar die hele ding is sommer net ‘n bogstorie en ek’s bly jy het jou kant van die saak gestel & besluit om nie betrokke te raak nie. Jou blog is ‘n MOET lees vir my! Liefde xx

  12. Coco 4 August 2015 / 11:53

    Thanks for an honest post, I was on the long list and was also a bit sad when I didn’t see my name in the short list for newcomer when there are blog that have been out for a shorter period than mine that were. (Please note I am not taking anything away from those that were nominated). I sat down and thought about it and yes I didn’t start my blog for awards,I started because I wanted to sharw my thoughts.I feel that they checked the blogs and whoever has the most expensive products reviewed were short listed. :)

  13. Tarryn B 4 August 2015 / 12:08

    Someone desperately needs to proofread their website and sort it out. They just spelt “Chanel” and “Channel”… I love your blog and will always support you and your views – after all, I’m here for the advice and the content! Some blogging award isn’t going to change a thing.

    • coco 4 August 2015 / 13:39

      Hi Taryn B,was that on my site?

  14. Megan R 4 August 2015 / 12:10

    I appreciate your honesty. It makes me like your blog even more. Your views are unbiased and based on fact, which means that it is not a rant.

  15. Carmen Klassen 4 August 2015 / 12:17

    I was crying by the second paragraph.
    You are an incredible inspiration. Your morals, ethics,principles and professionalism is amazing. I know this is about your views on the sa blogger awards but it is also about the message and lesson there is to learn.

    Your blog is beautiful and your loyal readers and followers know how hard you work and the passion you have for what you do. So who needs amateurs to come and tell you how good or bad your blog is. When they dont even know you or what you do or even how hard you work.

    I know im nobody but im proud of you especially after reading this blog. Your blog is amazing and so are you.

  16. Linelle 4 August 2015 / 12:20

    I really enjoy your blog and you have definitely helped me improve my make-up skills and for that I say THANK YOU! I love your way of writing and enjoy it every time I see a new blog post. I will always be a loyal reader/follower :)

  17. Nihaad 4 August 2015 / 12:54

    Hi Luzanne

    This is such an honest post that one can tell, took a lot out of you to write. I admire your professionalism and your principles concerning blogging. I think that is what makes your blog such a favourite – you are true to yourself and it reflects through everything you put out there. Thank you for voicing what so little would not.

    – Nihaad

  18. Carina 4 August 2015 / 13:00

    I’m so glad you wrote this and I agree 100% with you.

    I also questioned the awards and the website, but I am happy for the nominees. It’s nonsense that you weren’t on the list since your blog and your photographs are stunning.

    I appreciate your honesty and your strong morals.

    XO Carina

  19. Eloise 4 August 2015 / 13:09

    Great post Luzanne,

    I received an email from them months ago and to be honest I scanned it and deleted because I really am not into blog awards. Not because I don’t think my site is good enough, but after being asked numerous times over the years, I always feel that it’s a breeding ground for comparison which leads to feelings of inadequacy – which I personally think is BS. None of us should be compared to eachother because as you said we all bring something unique to the table. I do what I do with horse blinkers and don’t look left or right at what the other beauties are doing. It took years to be able to say bugger this, I do what I do in my own way. I focus on my own creativity and need to express thoughts and Ideas regardless of how my peers are doing it. There are too many of us to really keep track of whatever the other person is doing and if you spend all your time checking up on eachother in order to be competitive you’re really losing out on why we are doing what we’re doing – for the love of the industry, sharing our thoughts and doing it in a unique and creative way. As I’ve been doing this for years, you have no idea how many emails I get from people who want to start a beauty blog. I get questions like “What do I have to do to get all the product you do?” Really?! If that’s their way of thinking about it they’re not in for the love, just for the product. ( I can go on and on about this!) What they are forgetting is that product does not feed me at night so you really have to love what you do to work hard and make it in this industry. But back to the point… I have been following the debacle on twitter about this and have been appalled at some of the responses from the organizers of this award – shocking. This makes me SO glad I didn’t want anything to do with it from the beginning. Well done to you and the other ladies who kept their chin up and stepped away from something that is bound to come crashing down in a bad way. Your integrity and loyalty to yourself speaks volumes and I am proud of you.
    See you at the next event, Jnb tomorrow?

  20. Joanne 4 August 2015 / 14:10

    I adore you and your blog. You are extremely inspirational.

  21. Chereen 4 August 2015 / 14:32

    I totally respect your decision to withdraw from the SA Beauty Blog Awards and applaud your decision to write this post to clear the air, but there are a few things that struck me that I felt I had to comment on. I just want to make it clear that I’m not attacking you or your decision, but I feel like there are some things that are being overlooked, not only by you, but by other bloggers too.

    As someone who works in social media and manages social media accounts for many brands, I think that it’s highly likely that the creators of the awards anticipated backlash after the shortlist was announced, so directed their social media manager to respond with a generic response to any tweets wanting to know why a specific blogger didn’t make the cut. It’s likely that the person who has control over their social media accounts does not know what decisions are being made by the creators, and isn’t privy to information regarding who pulled out – unless said blogger made a huge fuss about it on one of the social media platforms.

    I have so much more to say on the topic, which I only realised when I started commenting on this post. As a result, I’ve decided to post my own opinion over on my blog – again, not a personal attack on you or this blog post specifically, but rather addressing a whole lot of issues that I’ve been made aware of over on Twitter, etc.

    You can find the post here, in case you’re interested in reading it: http://www.forthebeautyofit.co.za/2015/08/why-i-do-support-the-sa-beauty-blog-awards-plus-how-ive-dealt-with-the-ol-comparison-trap-in-the-past.html


  22. Leigh van den Berg 4 August 2015 / 16:40

    It’s hilarious that Chereen thinks the main issue anyone would have with the awards is their shitty social media skills. She’s missing the point entirely.

    • Chereen 4 August 2015 / 17:33

      The rest of my thoughts are on my blog post, linked above, Leigh. Maybe you should read my comment properly, along with the linked post, before responding.

  23. Marlize J 4 August 2015 / 17:35

    So baie respek vir jou om hierdie blog post te skryf – jy is die beste! Ek dink dis so professioneel uiteengesit, jy het jou opinie gelig en dit duidelik gemaak dat jy nie enige iets van die ander bloggers wil wegneem wat op die kortlys is nie.

    Jou eerlikheid is net een van die redes hoekom jy my gunsteling blogger is!

  24. Kelebogile 4 August 2015 / 17:37

    Good for you! You kept it clean, simple and stuck to the facts. If I were a blogger, I probs wouldn’t have felt comfortable being part of this either.

    Love your blog XXOO

  25. Ronel Marais 4 August 2015 / 17:43

    Jy verdien om al die awards in Suid Afrika te wen, Luzanne, jy werk so hard en dis duidelik vir almal om te sien. Jou lesers staan 100% agter jou!

    Dis jammer om te sien hoe ander bloggers persoonlik geraak het oor hierdie hele storie, maar jy het dit so professioneel gehou. Meer mense kan iets van jou leer, dis verseker.

    Ronel x

  26. Ursula 4 August 2015 / 17:44

    You are so inspirational, Luzanne!

  27. Wendy H 4 August 2015 / 17:49

    So well written and even though these are your opinions, you are not in any way trying to force it upon your readers. I applaud you for having the courage to write this blog post, L. :)

  28. Chantelle 4 August 2015 / 18:03

    I’m not part of the beauty blogging scene so things like this would never affect me and I have never given it much thought. But wow- this was a well written post!
    Well done to you Luzaan!

  29. Annique 4 August 2015 / 18:51

    Dearest Luzanne,

    I want to thank you for always being open and honest on your blog. I have only recently started reading your blog and I love it, not only because you give pretty good advice but because you are honest, even if you know that your readers might not like what you have to say! I have no idea why you are not in the top 10 beauty bloggers in SA but just know that your posts do affect peoples lives and I am in awe of your determination and professionalism!

    Keep up the good work!

  30. Melissa ❀ 4 August 2015 / 19:49

    Big ups to you for having the balls to say it like it is WITHOUT sounding petty, childish or bitchy. Wish more bloggers could be like you.

  31. farzana 4 August 2015 / 20:53

    Respect, girl! Very well said! :)

  32. Yolandi Wilken 4 August 2015 / 21:25

    You should be proud of this blog post, Luzanne. I respect you so much for writing these words and the fact that you just want to be able to write and help people without being judged, I applaud you. x

  33. Porchia 4 August 2015 / 22:00

    Such a well written post, keeping cool and calm about the facts. This is exactly why you are my favourite blogger, your readers support you 100%!!!!!

  34. Odette 4 August 2015 / 22:11

    Kudos to you for being so open and honest about your experience and opinion. I think it’s highly unprofessional of them to have tweeted that message, the whole thing sounds like a fly by night project. You don’t need any validation from 4 judges or other bloggers, like you said you blog for your readers. People who criticise you for being honest and ethical can take their hate elsewhere!

  35. Simone Cameron 4 August 2015 / 22:34

    So glad you wrote this! As usual. …written with poise and integrity :)

    You said you started this blog for many reasons and perhaps to help somebody. …well I’m definitely one of those somebody’s. Never wore make up…had no faith in thinking I could attempt to apply make up and then I discovered your blog and it literally changed my life (and my wallet!) And confidence levels. My sister is the make up.person and now I give her all my hand me downs and she’s in shock that I’m now the ‘makeup sister’…lol

    You don’t need a stupid award to validate you…your blog is amazing…evident by all your readers that cone back day in and day out.. <3

  36. Isabelle Perkins 4 August 2015 / 22:38

    Chin up, Luzanne! We all respect you for writing this blog post with such professionalism. Good for you, you are standing up for something you believe in, which is more than I can say for most bloggers out there.

  37. Tina Pieterse 5 August 2015 / 09:18

    I saw the hype happening about the Blog Awards on Social media- and to be honest when I looked at the short list was surprised that you werent on it. I agree with your post fully- I always say “When in doubt- Dont!” If you blog for the love of it why would you need an award???

  38. Wendy Bean 5 August 2015 / 13:39

    Hi Luzanne,

    I honestly didn’t even know there was something like SA Beauty Blogs Awards. Where have I been *(bean)?! :) LOL!

    I visit your blog because I find it insightful and honest and you clearly love what you do/write about. When I want to buy a product, I like to know that someone has done their homework. That’s where you come in. I have read several of your posts and have made up my mind that it is one of the best out there because I like your personal style. It hasn’t got that much to do with fashion, more about your integrity and valuable opinions. Keep doing what you’re doing, it really works and for a novice like myself, it’s a great platform to make an informed decision.

    SA Beauty Blog – who??

    Take care and keep shining. You’re awesome!

    PS: To be fair, you do look a lot like a movie star and I guess that intimidates a lot of your peers. Just know that there will always be someone out there who thinks they can out-do/out-run/out-perform you because you’re special and unique and they all (secretly) want to be (like) you. I guess that in and of itself, is a big compliment! :)

  39. Tjoppie 5 August 2015 / 16:08

    Once again a very honest and from the heart post! So proud of you for standing by your principles. I know blogging is your passion and your followers are 100% behind you and appreciate all the effort you put into being creative. You always give feedback and thank your followers for reading your posts and their support!

  40. Elsa Kruger 5 August 2015 / 16:32

    A lucid, thoughtful and eloquently worded post, Luzanne. A really profound and integrity-rich approach to so much more than blogging only. Wish I had your wisdom at that age! :-)

  41. Nicky Johnson 7 August 2015 / 12:57

    I agree with what you said, there is a lack of organization, do it right or don’t bother its wasted energy and after all it is the SA beauty blog awards and South Africans should be the ones voting as it would be a bias vote on what the judges’ favorites are and not the public’s. They are the ones that read and interact with the bloggers. Thank you for sharing the quote “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Definitely food for thought.

    Keep on blogging and we will keep reading and sharing the information your have so willing shared with us.

  42. Foxy Loxy @ The Daily Shoe 10 August 2015 / 10:00

    Seems like much ado about nothing. They don’t even link to the blogs on their “shortlists”. The whole thing seems pointless.

  43. Aisha O. 12 August 2015 / 11:11

    Yes, yes, YES! To everything you said above. Blogging in SA has become stifling, thanks for your honesty (as usual).

  44. Cara-Lee Ruditzky 12 August 2015 / 17:35

    This is exactly why blogging in SA (no matter the genre) needs some sort of bloggers association, if that is the right term. To make sure things like this don’t happen, and when they do they are legit and done correctly (although, I don’t think there should be blog awards at all). And to set standard blogging rates according to following / readership so that we are all on the same page.

  45. Nicole 17 August 2015 / 14:42

    Well said Luzanne! Love your blog!

  46. Aneeka 18 August 2015 / 10:08

    Hi Luzanne

    I love your blog<3 I subscribe to many and am fully aware of how tough it is to keep people interested.

    I've probably been a loyal reader for a year or more – can't remember how long but your advice and thoughts play a vital role in my decision making process when it comes to products you've reviewed and I guess it naturally cascades into other areas too. I always find that I need to first search and see if you've 'touched' something when trying out something new.

    Thank you for keeping it real. I value and appreciate what you do. You inspire me.


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