Apparently, Spoiled Pretty is a Snoozefest

laptop+yawn Apparently, Spoiled Pretty is a Snoozefest
Here’s a comment that I recently received:

Lately it seems as if you’re not as versatile as you used to be. All I see on your blog nowadays is news about Kim Kardashian and what she’s wearing etc. I could easily just visit her blog if I wanted to know every update of her beauty life. It’s getting boring.

Here’s my response:

Sorry if you feel that this site is ‘getting boring.’ Many of Spoiled Pretty’s readers are interested in what Kim is wearing, what she’s doing, and what makeup she’s currently using. Obviously, this site can’t be all things to all people…but many visitors enjoy my Kim K posts because it’s an extra step to visit her blog and weed through all of her posts to get the beauty/style news they want. Also, you might notice that (unlike Kim’s actual blog), Spoiled Pretty provides links to her favorite products…which eliminates the need to perform Google searches and Internet sleuthing. Many readers appreciate that they can just click a link and be transported to the retailer’s website.

Here at Spoiled Pretty, it’s just me. I don’t have a staff and I don’t have an intern. I have a full time job (40+ hours per week), a family and a life. And still I find time to post every day – and often, several times a day. I report beauty news like it’s my J-O-B, even though it’s just my H-O-B-B-Y. So I apologize if it appears that I’m slacking off and not bringing my A-game 24/7. But, to be honest – if this site is getting to be a snoozefest, then there are plenty of other beauty blogs on the Interweb you can hit up instead. I encourage you to go out there and find one that will keep you sufficiently entertained. And while I normally do appreciate feedback, I think you will agree that your comment borders on spiteful criticism.

33 Comments on Apparently, Spoiled Pretty is a Snoozefest

  1. Megan
    October 23, 2008 at 9:23 PM (6 years ago)

    i love spoiled pretty, your blog is one of my favorites. it is crazy that people think that they can make such comments. i know that everyone has a right to share their opinions but like you said this is your hobby.

    and you were right on point about the kim stuff. i don’t want to go to her blog ever but i am interested in what she wears for makeup and am lucky to find out about it here.

    keep up the good work and i am sorry someone said that.

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  2. Daneen :)
    October 23, 2008 at 10:17 PM (6 years ago)

    Thanks for your kind words and support, Megan.

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  3. Milan
    October 23, 2008 at 10:34 PM (6 years ago)

    Good for you! Well said. I completely disagree with that person’s assessment of your blog. I actually appreciate the Kim K. beauty and style updates you give. I think her blog is entertaining as well but you’re right…its much easier for me to find the beauty and makeup stuff i’m looking for by just clicking her link from your page. Plus, I appreciate the hard work you put into your blog. I read MANY makeup/beauty blogs but you’re one of the select few that usually posts something every day/several times a day. Its refreshing…especially when i’m at work for 9 hours and my day is slow. Thank you and keep up the good work!

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  4. Ashley K
    October 23, 2008 at 10:34 PM (6 years ago)

    I love your blog, but I have noticed there being a ton of Kim K. posts lately. For those of us who are not really that interested in her, maybe it would be better to do 1 or 2 bigger Kim posts per week, instead of several smaller ones? Idk, I really am not trying to come off meanly, it’s just a suggestion, take it or leave it. I do love your blog though! And you seem really sweet! Don’t pay attention to the haters.

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  5. Anonymous
    October 23, 2008 at 10:43 PM (6 years ago)

    While I normally don’t read the Kim K. posts, its not like that is all there is to read on Spoiled Pretty! Geez! Just if someone doesn’t like, say the sports section of the newspaper doesn’t make the entire newspaper boring and not worth reading.

    I think you are doing a great job and you should keep on doing what you’re doing.

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  6. Daneen :)
    October 23, 2008 at 10:43 PM (6 years ago)

    Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I’m glad that the links work for you, Milan. Ans I appreciate your suggestions, Ashley.

    To be honest, I tend to post Kim K articles as she posts them on her blog, so that they’re timely. If I wait to condense them, then they’re on a million other sites by then. And on the days when my job/life is kinda swamped and I don’t have time to write comprehensive reviews/editorials, sometimes I post Kim stories so that I have something new to add to Spoiled Pretty.

    I am definitely taking all of your suggestions into consideration…and thanks for the feedback, everyone!

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  7. whatzerkitty
    October 23, 2008 at 11:03 PM (6 years ago)

    I do like this blog, and I get great information from it; however, I really couldn’t care less about Kim, or any other celebrity, for that matter – they do not determine what I wear, or how I spend my day.

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  8. Ruby
    October 24, 2008 at 12:18 AM (6 years ago)

    Excuse me for saying something completely childish:
    What a loser!

    She’s just jealous she couldn’t get beauty news out that fast!

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  9. laula
    October 24, 2008 at 12:40 AM (6 years ago)

    RIGHT ON DANEEN!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t worry about that chick, some people just have nothing better to do with their lives than make others feel like crap. I love your blog and I hope that you don’t ever stop!!!

    Keep up the awesome work and keep smiling!

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  10. Matt Maddy and Clara
    October 24, 2008 at 12:46 AM (6 years ago)

    I love your blog! You do an amazing job and it honestly is the only beauty blog I read.

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  11. Crystal G.
    October 24, 2008 at 1:10 AM (6 years ago)

    I absolutely appreciate that you post daily. I’ve been amazed at the fact that you have enough energy to do so – regardless of what you post. I can always come here to find something fresh, particularly when I haven’t been able to check it in a few days.

    You ROCK. :^)

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  12. Debra
    October 24, 2008 at 1:50 AM (6 years ago)

    Your response was great Daneen! I don’t have the time or know how to research beauty items and I love the reviews. I am beauty challanged, you have no idea how helpful you have been. I have saved on cash and heartache, as I no longer purchase items just to find they let me down and throw them into the draw of “what was I thinking”. I really appreciate all the work you do, a big huge thank you from me!!

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  13. jessilynn
    October 24, 2008 at 2:02 AM (6 years ago)

    Spoiled pretty is my favorite beauty blog. Thanks Daneen!

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  14. Critty
    October 24, 2008 at 2:16 AM (6 years ago)

    Lol – why would some one take the time to send that to you? People – you have the power! If you don’t want to read about Kim K, then skip that post … if you don’t like the direction the blog is going, stop reading it! This is the world of beauty according to Daneen, and if you don’t like it, don’t read it! I will continue to be reading … C :)

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  15. Anonymous
    October 24, 2008 at 3:13 AM (6 years ago)

    I just wanted to say that I have been a huge fan of yours! You give me hope as an up and coming writer that it is possible to go far with something you love. As a woman from Philadelphia, I really aspire to have something as significant as Spoiled Pretty to share with everyone. I’ll admit it i am LAZY, therefore coming here and reading what is the hottest new mascara that I can pick up at CVS is amazing.

    Some people just need to push their negative energy to more productive places…instead of a blog thats let girls be girls and gossip about all the things we love.

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  16. Megan
    October 24, 2008 at 3:29 AM (6 years ago)

    Wow…first off I am not the person who sent the comment above, but a week or so ago when you posted asking for reader feedback: “I’m looking for feedback about your Spoiled Pretty experience.” My first thought was someone should tell her to stop posting so much about Kim Kardashian…but the thing is that although spoiled pretty is great, it’s not my favorite beauty blog…and I didn’t want to say anything negative…so I didn’t say anything at all. One problem with comments, e-mails and texts you cannot tell the tone in which the person is “saying” what they’re saying…when you re-read the comment in a calm friendly tone it doesn’t sound like it’s uber critical…more like the commenter used to enjoy your blog more, and is expressing why she thinks it’s gotten a little boring. Honestly to me…it looks more like constructive criticism and not spiteful criticism. The thing is that when you go back and look at your post asking for comments – every question is looking for positive feeback…which although positive feedback is important, constructive criticism is just as important. Honestly why do you blog? Do you like having a lot of readers who enjoy what you’re writing? I’m assuming that the answer to both is yes, you blog to generate readers…because otherwise why would you devote so much time to a hobby. My point is that if you like to have people read your blog, you need to consider what your readers like…and although you can’t please all the people all the time…I think you can surmise from the comment feedback that this wasn’t the only person who had been enthralled by the numerous Kim K posts. So it may be something you want to take into consideration…and honestly you should be careful how you respond to reader feedback…because you may push more readers to do as you say and “hit up” the “other beauty blogs on the Interweb,” and honestly is that what you really want?

    My suggestion for next time – create a survey/poll and ask for feedback anonymously and in aggregate. Maybe then you won’t take it quite so personally, and will get some feedback that will help you to make your blog the favorite for more readers.

    My overall thought on spoiled pretty – i love the purses, i love the giveaways, I love the reviews. I don’t get all the TV posts because we don’t have the same TV interests. I like some of the Kim K. posts, but not all…and lately it’s seemed like Kim K. overload…but just like you said…when I see something I don’t want to read…I don’t even click into the blog from my e-mail…I just skip it and move on.

    And I assure you that this comment is in no way meant to be critical…I completely understand how something you are passionate about and put your time and your heart into can become so personal that any criticism (constructive or otherwise) can be perceived as an attack.

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  17. Anonymous
    October 24, 2008 at 5:22 AM (6 years ago)

    I really like Spoiled Pretty, although I do subscribe/read a number of different beauty blogs as well as ATTEMPT to keep up with my own. (Doing a poor job at that.) Anyway, I completely understand where you’re coming from – 40+ hrs of a real job, taking work home, spending time with friends and family, other life matters…Blogging is just a hobby and if a person doesn’t agree with what I’ve got to say on my blog then they’re free to read another. When I first started my blog, I was completely hurt over a comment that came off incredibly rude. After a few posts, I decided I would leave a comment on what at the time was my fav beauty blog and leave my URL. There I was thinking I would join what seemed like the friendly world of beauty blogs and got completely shot down. They even went as far as to make a “What Not To Do On Your Beauty Blog” post on their own after my comment and invitation to please visit my blog. Needless to say I no longer read that blog.
    Keep up the great work on Spoiled Pretty!

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  18. Anonymous
    October 24, 2008 at 6:44 AM (6 years ago)

    While I could care less what Kim K. is wearing or what kind of makeup she uses – I’m more interested in what makeup Daneen is wearing :} – I do recognize that Daneen might not ALWAYS have a product to tell us about and recognize certain posts (such as those on Kim K.) as fillers. No different than watching TV – if you don’t like what you see, change channels for the time being and check back later!

    Daneen, keep your chin up and thank you for the great blog!

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  19. -M
    October 24, 2008 at 1:06 PM (6 years ago)

    My response is for Jessie..who had commented on the Kim K blog:

    Jessie,

    I am sure you have read Daneen’s response by now, if you have not…you should!

    By all means everyone has a right to think what they want, but your criticism just seems petty and mean! I think this blog is fabulous and Daneen does a great job of feeding most readers makeup and beauty addiction…not to mention the great giveaways! If her posts about Kim’s blogs are the only things that irk you, you must have missed the hundreds of great reviews Daneen gives on this site and introduces us to great beauty products daily!

    So all I can say is that if you don’t have a good word to say to someone who is doing a great job – don’t bother saying anything.

    Team Daneen!

    -M

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  20. Daneen :)
    October 24, 2008 at 1:30 PM (6 years ago)

    First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you for your honest feedback. I certainly didn’t mean to alienate readers with this post or insinuate that the only type of feedback I encourage or consider is 100% positive. And while it is true that you cannot grasp the exact tone of a comment or email, I think that you will agree that there is a difference between constructive criticism and just plain old criticism. The comment in question referred to my site as ‘boring’ – and that offends me because I spend 35+ hours each week trying to make Spoiled Pretty as entertaining as I possibly can. As a proponent of the 1st amendment, the commenter is well within her Constitutional rights to say how she feels about the frequency of my Kim K posts. But I am well within mine to respond on my site – and to put forth my own opinion (and my reasoning) for reporting on certain subjects and topics.

    What many of you may not realize is that I have a tracking system on my site that summarizes traffic, where my visitors are coming from, and what topics they are most interested in. Another thing you may not know is that this information infulences what I write about and the frequency of those posts. Spoiled Pretty would be nothing without its readers, and this is my attempt to give the readers what they come here for.

    You would be surprised just how many visitors come here for the Kim K post. She is one of the most searched celebs, with respect to makeup and beauty. I, myself, enjoy learning what products she is using and what techniques her makeup artist is using to create her looks – which is why I post about her. I can understand if you don’t get the whole Kim phenomenon. I didn’t at first, really. But know that my frequent posts about her aren’t just some crazy fascination…or to annoy those readers who don’t care about her.

    To bring some perspective to the debate, I often write about Philadelphia – about events, stores, brands, etc that are local to me. And while I know that not everyone can and will benefit from these posts, I’m a proud Philadelphian and I’m going to post about Philly whenever I possibly can. It doesn’t mean that I don’t care about the readers who live in different cities or on different continents. It just means that, if you don’t have any interest in those posts, skip on to the next post.

    In closing, I’ll say this. I like my Kim K posts and enough readers enjoy them that they aren’t going to go away. I tend to post those stories when Kim does, to be timely…and sometimes as filler, when my life has become too hectic to write lengthy reviews or editorials. Sometimes, Kim posts 4 or 5 style related posts per week. And sometimes there’s none.

    Spoiled Pretty is my blog and I’m going to write about what I enjoy writing about. That’s what makes this fun for me. If you don’t like the Kim K posts, then skip over them and read the other articles. The point of me posting so frequently is that I try to post something for everyone. And if there’s something I’m doing that you want to see more of, then tell me so. I’d be more than happy to write more about drugstore finds, coupon codes, etc. But I’m not going to stop writing certain posts because everyone doesn’t enjoy them. I would hope that people could overlook those articles that don’t appeal to them and find something (among the 1,185 posts) that is fun and informative.

    Thanks for visiting everyone. I really appreciate your support and this candid conversation. I hope that you will come back again.

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  21. Laney
    October 24, 2008 at 5:07 PM (6 years ago)

    I think your blog is fantastic. It’s easy enough to scroll past the Kim K blogs if necessary! However, since she’s such a MAC fan, I actually do enjoy those posts even though I have no interest in her!

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  22. Huguette E.
    October 24, 2008 at 6:00 PM (6 years ago)

    I can’t believe some people .. geez! I personally love your blog and it’s one that I read everyday. Keep up the excellent work!

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  23. Anonymous
    October 24, 2008 at 6:41 PM (6 years ago)

    Honestly I agree with the comment. Not boring! but nothing feels new anymore..

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  24. zoe
    October 24, 2008 at 6:52 PM (6 years ago)

    I look forward to reading Spoiled Pretty every day. It’s never boring or dull and you have lots of readers, like myself, that truly appreciate the hard work you put into Spoiled Pretty and the terrific prizes you give away.

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  25. Kohl Girl
    October 24, 2008 at 8:13 PM (6 years ago)

    I actually like the Kim K posts (esp with those youtube videos) and visit regularly! Still love the blog, Daneen!

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  26. Deidre
    October 24, 2008 at 11:54 PM (6 years ago)

    Daneen, you definitely have one of my favorite beauty blogs on the net and shouldn’t be discouraged in anyway.

    It is difficult to post as often as you do, especially when you have a demanding full-time job (Hannah and I have desperately been trying to do a post a day and it’s damn near impossible).

    Keep up the amazing work. I check back every day to see what you’ve got to say! Looking forward to getting our nails done!

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  27. Amanda.
    October 25, 2008 at 2:49 AM (6 years ago)

    Way to fight back, girl!
    I truly get a kick out
    of your blog. So keep
    doing what you’re doing.
    Kim Kardashian and all!

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  28. Ashley
    October 25, 2008 at 3:09 AM (6 years ago)

    I don’t think you should have reacted so defensively :S.. I didn’t really think the person was trying to tell you that your blog was bad.. they were just trying to share their opinion.. I mean we’re all here for a reason – we love your blog. As you said, if the person doesn’t like the Kim K posts, they can skip them and read ahead. Just like when you find an opinion you don’t agree with or like, you can just skip it and read ahead. The person was probably just sharing her opinion, not trying to insult you.. no need to tell them off publicly.

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  29. Anonymous
    October 25, 2008 at 5:25 AM (6 years ago)

    Reply from Jessie:
    Hi again, Daneen. I will admit that my criticism wasn’t that constructive in the end. I tried to be constructive in the beginning of the post. Even if it wasn’t constructive I still think that was a pretty harsh reaction from your side.

    I remember for example not so long ago when some reader commented on one of the winners in this giveaway-thing. The reader apparently suspected that the winner might have been related to you and your reaction after that was incredibly defensive and almost aggressive. I think you even told the reader to never enter a contest etc. My point is – as someone wrote to you – you shouldn’t take things so personal and especially not when someone is at least trying to tell you something. If more people paid attention to the surname of the winner then they might have gotten suspicious too. Nothing weird with that.

    Just the headline of your reply-post was incredibly sarcastic. And you told me to read other blogs instead. That I find incredibly rude.

    I used to really enjoy your blog. I would check several times each day (and I’m not even from the US, so most pf the products that you post about aren’t even available in my country but I still enjoy looking at them). I think Kim Kardashian is really beautiful, but ever since you started posting about what she’s wearing etc it seems to have been getting more and more about her and less of the other stuff. And as someone mentioned: “Not boring! but nothing feels new anymore..”.

    I did try to fill out one of your reviews/surveys (or whatever you call them) before and what I did find about them was that there wasn’t really any room for much feedback from readers. It almost seemed as if the questions were designed to get a more positive result because many things about the blog were not in the survey. This was however one of the early surveys so I don’t know if you’ve changed that.

    Anyway, I’ve said what I’ve had to say and I really hope you don’t take things personally. Especially when they come from strangers. But what I do think you should do is look at feedback and learn from it instead of directing people away from your blog.

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  30. Daneen :)
    October 25, 2008 at 5:49 AM (6 years ago)

    Jessie, I appreciate you writing back and clarifying your comment. And I apologize if I got defensive and responded in such a public way. It’s just that I tend to take things very personally…that’s just my personality. My mom and Mr. Spoiled Pretty tell me, almost daily, that I shouldn’t take everything to heart. So I sincerely apologize for getting defensive. It’s just that I put my whole heart and soul into this blog. It’s like my baby. And when I feel like I’m being attacked (even if this is just my perception), it really upsets me. Just like when that commenter accused me of rigging a contest to give my relative a free razor.

    I really do appreciate feedback, and I try to make this blog fun for everyone who visits. But, I’m not going to lie…it’s difficult. I work 9-6 every day. Then I come home and write, do research, organize giveaways, and respond to emails until it’s time for bed. I do that every day…and spend a good chunk of my weekends doing the same.

    To be honest, for the past month, I haven’t been posting nearly as much as I’d like because I have been very busy planning a 4,000+ participant breast cancer walk for the American Cancer Society in Philadelphia (as part of my day job) – in addition to chairing the Total Beauty Total Cure breast cancer awareness campaign. These endeavors, which are very near and dear to my heart, have eaten up so much time that I have had to compensate by publishing more ‘filler’ posts like my Kim K articles. I have been so swamped lately that I even have some overdue Fashion Week stories that I haven’t had a chance to finish yet.

    And if there’s any question about how much I care about this blog and all of you who read ithere’s your , proof. It’s almost 2am on a Friday night/Saturday morning and I commenting on my own blog.

    Anyway…to reiterate, sorry for causing a commotion. I really do want readers to have a good experience when they visit Spoiled Pretty. But at the same time, please understand that I am but one (sleep-deprived) woman doing the best she can to make this site the best it can be. And if anyone has feedback, good or bad, please feel free to contact me via email.

    Thanks.

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  31. Phyrra
    October 25, 2008 at 6:30 PM (6 years ago)

    I didn’t know who Kim Kardashian was until I started reading your blog, because I don’t like or watch reality tv. That being said, I really enjoy your blogs about her because of the tips they contain that I think are interesting to any woman who likes makeup or fashion.

    I like reading your blog, and I’m going to continue to do so. I’ve never found it boring!

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  32. Sarah
    October 25, 2008 at 9:07 PM (6 years ago)

    I enjoy your blog and visit it almost daily; however, you asked for feedback, correct? Quite frankly, I found more fault in your defensive response than in the the original post. She was not being rude, just giving you the feedback in which you asked for. If you want us ladies to shower you with praise, (which I’m sure any of us regular readers would gladly do) ask for us to do that, instead of asking us for feedback/constructive criticism.

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  33. Anonymous
    October 25, 2008 at 9:37 PM (6 years ago)

    The comment was on a random Kim post. Daneen wasn’t asking for feedback.

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