Share: would you support this blog if I’m not writing?

pic2 Share: would you support this blog if Im not writing?

Hello everyone! I’ve been feeling slightly challenged coming up with this post without making it sound like it’s a farewell message from me. Okay, to set your heart at ease, this is not a farewell post but rather, it’s one to prepare you of some upcoming changes at Viva Woman. This is something I’ve actually been planning for quite a while now, but just that it has not been put into action as yet. However, due to some new developments that are in the pipeline, this is about the right time I start to implement this.

Besides occasional guest bloggers, many of you are used to reading my posts daily…well almost daily now except for Sundays. Blogging has been an integral part of my life for the past seven years but I’m going to be taking a back seat to it soon with new offline commitments that I’m really looking forward to put my heart and soul into. However, instead of dropping this blog that I’ve built for the past six years like a hot potato, I’m bringing on board writer(s) who share my passion to keep this blog going.

This is not an easy process because I’ve had difficulty finding people who can understand my focus, and whom I can afford to pay. So for a start, you’ll still see quite a few of my posts till I can get things sorted. I’ll remain as the blog editor and so I promise you that the focus of this blog won’t change as far as possible. In addition, this whole transition will be gradual so you shouldn’t have to miss me a lot. Plus, I may still blog whenever I can.

Please understand that it’s no longer possible for me to take pictures, style the pictures, attend events, write, edit, publish, socialize, market and deal with the companies and brands alone. Blogging is not just writing as some of you know. Something has got to give and so I hope you can all continue to support Viva Woman even if I am not the one writing the posts. Many of you have helped me build this blog overtime and I really value all your inputs and this is why I’ve decided to make this post for discussion; let me know your opinions and if this new plan is worth executing. In addition, if any of you think you’ve got the interest and ability to write for Viva Woman, do drop me a note.

(And yes, there will still be a post from me tomorrow and the day after.)

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About Sesame

Blog editor of Viva Woman, Sesame is a skin care addict who is fond of using natural & organic beauty products. She also enjoys ogling at handmade jewelry & cute stationery.

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Comments

  1. First Sesame, all the best in your offline undertakings :)

    Secondly, I will confess that I read blogs for the views and posts of the person running it. The personal element is what makes a blog, as opposed to a website. So being able to connect to the blogger is important to me. I guess what change may be expected would make this akin to a multi-blogger blog which I do not dislike but I find myself connecting less with because of the different personalities (contributors). I do still read multi-blogger blogs just that I’m less connected and this is true in all niches.

    Thirdly, I understand the time involved in getting a good blog post up complete with images/photos etc esp when I can see that you take a lot of trouble to make yours your own :) It might be nice to hear from you maybe once a week? But otherwise it is also good to know that Viva Woman isn’t being closed down.

    I guess what I’m saying is that I’ve connected Sesame and your style with Viva Woman so not having you would make it not Viva Woman. Just my 2 cents :)
    Paris B last post is: How To: Work-Friendly Makeup and How I Apply My Eyeshadow

    • sesame says:

      Thanks Paris! :)

      Yeah, I did think about the personal connection because like what you’ve pointed out, that’s what differentiate a blog from a website. Perhaps I’ll re-think about having too many writers. Perhaps one is good for the time being and we’ll see what happens then. I should be able to continue with one or two posts in the week but over time, I don’t know cos I would have to manage the other aspects. There are a few options other than this: sell the blog, delete the blog or let the blog die a slow death but none of them sounds good to me compared to this current plan.

  2. Like what I said in our personal correspondents, I sincerely wish you all the best in your future offline endeavors.

    I’m not too big on visiting a blog with too many guest bloggers – everyone of us have different writing styles and niches, which is great but you somehow lose a kind of connection with the actual editor of the blog.

    Looking forward to see you in the next 2 weeks :)

    • sesame says:

      Yeah, and I’m thinking I’ve to change the ‘about me’ to ‘about us’ page when that happens. Anyway, perhaps not too many writers for the time being. I have one to kick start and let’s see how it goes from there. See you soon. :)

  3. composer says:

    First of all, good luck with the offline endeavors!

    Most of the blogs I read are single blogger blogs rather than multi-blogger blogs. But I wouldn’t say it wouldn’t work until I’ve seen it in action. :)

    As long as the focus of the blog stays the same, and the passion of the bloggers shines through, I’ll continue reading. There are a few blogs that I used to read daily that I stopped reading because I could sense that the blogger had lost passion for the subject but is still blogging because she has already built up an audience.

    I think it is really brave of you to take this step, and I hope it works out!

    • sesame says:

      Thanks for the well wishes! Personally, I also prefer single blogger blogs. I’ll bear some of the comments in mind when I implement the changes. I really would like to keep the focus so that this blog will still maintain the difference.

  4. Wow, i admit, to keep a blog running for 7 years is great. I can understand you want to move one.
    I prefer single bloggers but I am willing to try out multi bloggers.
    Would it help to reduce the frequency of your posts?
    sos last post is: Why I am a Feminist

    • sesame says:

      I’ve thought about that possibility but the best I can possibly do is to blog once or twice a week, which isn’t great for traffic. Also, I need to take my focus off the blog and hence, every alternate day isn’t ideal too and which is why I decided to bring on help. Perhaps I’ll do with just one writer for the time being and see how it develops. There’s the whole style and voice we need to consider for consistency.

  5. It takes a big effort to write a blog for 7 years! It must have been some hard work and I understand you need to go on and change something.
    I am used to read this blog on every day bases and, for a selfish reasons, I would like to proceed the same way. And I prefer single blogger also.
    But I am sure that multi blogging can end up great, if you keep the same focus and carefully choose writers. It won’t be the same, but it can work.
    So, good luck !

    • sesame says:

      I’ve been blogging for 7 years but Viva Woman, for 6. Yeah, it’s a long time. I’m trying to keep to the same focus, and hope it’ll be as seamless as possible. Thanks for all the support!

  6. Personally I feel as long as the guest bloggers and you have the same interest (organic/natural skincare), it wouldn’t affect the traffic much. To me, it’s the quality that matters, not the quantity. I do feel fed up when I read guest posts and it’s only 10 liners or so, it’s just sth I’m not looking for and it’s not covered in depth. I prefer blog posts written by psychologically-matured bloggers instead of tons of photos and a few worthy lines. Which makes me a loyal reader of your blog.

    All the best to you.

    • sesame says:

      Thank you for your support! Okay, that’s an important point, that the posts should have quality. This is why I’ve always just kept it to one post per day. I’ll bear that in mind when working with the writer. It’s taken me a while to confirm this writer that I’m working with so hopefully it’ll turn out up to expectations. :)

  7. First of all, I would like to applaud you for all your efforts for these 7 years! Through it all, you have won so many readers ( including me ). I personally feel I can relate to what you write because you write with passion and heart, and wholehearted honesty.
    Though you are taking a back seat now, nothing is more important than seeing you happy doing in your next commitment, where you put your heart and soul in.:)You have my support Sesame.
    I will still support Viva Woman, where we can look forward to writers that share the same passion as you do.
    May God bless His favor upon you in everything that you do!
    Alexandra last post is: Review: Clinelle Eye & Lip Makeup Remover

    • sesame says:

      Thank you Alexandra for your words and your support all this while! Thank you as you continue to support this blog. May God bless you too with his shalom peace. :)

  8. Lee Ying says:

    As long as you keep to the same focus and it’s good writing, I’ll keep reading.

  9. HKlights says:

    Sesame, as long as you’ll keep an eye on that the content will remain as relevant (from natural health perspective) as it has been, I see no problem in supporting the site in all ways that I can.

    All the best to you, whatever you decide.

  10. Hey Sesame, first of all, thanks for the book recommendation. I will definitely check it out one of these days. :)

    Reading your blog has become a daily routine for me ever since I discovered it a couple of years ago. Although I visit a couple of blogs weekly, yours is the only one I check everyday and I guess it’s because I’ve grown so familiar with it, with your voice and your style, that it’s somehow merged into my daily needs. I think that I will definitely still visit your blog regularly even though most of thr articles won’t be written by you anymore as long as I know you’re still behind it and the quality and focus of the content remains the same. I’m not sure if I’ll comment as much but I’ll definitely still be a reader. Someday, I will probably apply to do a guest post on your blog, too :)

    I wish you all the best in your offline endeavors and I hope the blessings will
    keep pouring in :) Is that your kitten in the photo?
    EcoBeauty last post is: Review: Venus and Mars Liquor in a Pump Lip and Cheek Stain

    • sesame says:

      Haha…no, that’s not my kitten! I don’t have one. That’s not my picture either.

      But thanks a lot for the support thus far; I really appreciate it! :) I hope the changes will be seamless and it won’t be too obvious. :razz:

  11. aibicon says:

    Hi Sesame,
    although I just started reading your blog not long ago(last yr), I really enjoy your reviews and things you shared with us on those natural skincare/organic products. I think having multi bloggers at vivawoman is great if the content is still on natural skincare/organic products. You also need time for other stuff with your family^^ I hope to see you reviews every now and then too^^
    All the best!^^

    • Thank you! I’ll definitely keep the content on natural/organic skincare…that will not change. But going by the comments, I’ll probably not introduce multi-blogger style. Anyway, I have a limited budget to pay the writers too. :grin:

  12. Hmm, it does sounds rather sad, because your voice has really become part of readers’ daily lives. Nevertheless, I fully understand when the person behind the blog has higher priority for something offline, since I’ve taken long breaks a couple of times too. So all the best to real life! =)

    I will still drop by, but I can’t say for sure if I am going to like the new writers. I prefer to leave it till then to decide. I will definitely look forward to whatever posts you can afford to write in between. =)

    Good luck!
    Jyoan last post is: Battle of the Lash Curlers – Sweet for Anna Sui!

    • Well, the good thing is it won’t happen suddenly so at least readers like you would have some time to adapt. :)

  13. RedScorpio says:

    Let me also wish you all the best to your new endeavours :-) I am sure you have given more than enough thought before actually announcing these changes – we would not expect anything less.
    As for the changes, like others before have said, I would not mind reading different bloggers as long as the result is articles with the same level of quality, focus and … documentation. It could even produce some advantages, like reviews from bloggers with different skin/hair profiles.
    So, thumbs-up from me!

    • sesame says:

      Thank you for your well wishes and encouragement! I don’t think I’ll bring in different bloggers except for the guest bloggers for product reviews – glad that’s something you’re looking forward to. I’ve gotten one writer so far and am hoping to be able to work out topics with her that gels with this blog.

  14. Aww, I’m sad to hear that. But I wish you all the best in your offline endevors! ^___^ I really enjoy this blog and especially the DIY and homemade remedies, so I hope those will still be around.

    I’ll still keep reading.
    Good luck!

  15. I will continue to support this Blog,but I hope you’ll come back completly sometime..

    • sesame says:

      Thanks! Completely…I don’t think so but I’ll see if a post or two weekly can be worked out. But in the interim, I’ll still be blogging quite a bit. ;)

  16. Sesame~
    Thank you for your informative and courteous post concerning the upcoming changes at Viva Woman.
    I visit your blog virtually every day, and I’m especially appreciative of the many DIY solutions you’ve provided for personal care.
    I’m also aware that maintaining a blog of the high quality of Viva Woman requires prodigious amounts of time, organization, and talent, and I can fully understand how the prospect of new challenges will require you to apportion your energies differently in the future.
    As a regular reader, all I ask is that you remain as close to the blog as time and energy permits: as founder of Viva Woman, you’ve created a valuable and enriching Web site. I look forward to your continued participation, however often that might be.
    In the meantime, I’ll continue to be a daily reader, and I wish you success and happiness in all your endeavors.

    • sesame says:

      Thanks Diane for your well wishes! Your words are very encouraging. :)

      Yes, I hope to maintain the overview…in fact, I had to throw out some of the proposed topics by the writer because they just don’t fit. I’ll be keeping an eye because this is afterall, my baby and I so value all your support.

  17. oh!! that’s bad that you won’t be there around for regular blogging but then you will deifnitely make sure all the posts are in the same style, right??? and, you can always ocassionally put in a post or two and yes, you have my full support coz I know how life changes and something get more priority over others….but, there is no point in taking the blog down :)
    Swati last post is: Summer Skin Care Essentials {Skin Care}

    • sesame says:

      Yeah, not regular blogging. Yes, I aim to make the posts similar in style and hopefully I can get it pat down. Maybe it won’t even be too obvious. Heh.

  18. Goodluck and all the best for your offline endeavours (PS: Is that your new kitten on the laptop?).

    I’ve always wondered how you kept this blog going with the regularity of the articles, careful photography and length of content. The personal touch is also something that I’d miss reading and would certainly keep a lookout for your posts as and when you’re up to it.

    PS: I’ve started taking Astaxanthin from iHerb and I think it does help. Was out on a scuba daytrip recently, with the usual sunblock on and I didn’t tan as much as I normally can after such a trip and the hours under the tan.
    Audris last post is: Sew-Fantastic Custom Large Shopper Organiser

    • sesame says:

      Oh glad that the Astaxanthin is working for you! It should help with regular intake.

      As for the blog, well, I’ve spent too much time on it. It was even a priority over my work. But now, I’ve got to put it on low priority but we’ll see…maybe changes won’t be so obvious overtime.

      And hahaha…no, that’s not my kitten! It’s not my picture… :razz:

  19. Andrea says:

    One of the key reasons why I keep coming back to your blog above all others is because you’re Singaporean (yay, like me!) and it’s so rare to come across Singaporean-run health & beauty blogs that are so full of information and kept well up-to-date. I like that you frequently talk about products and services that I can find here at home (especially your DIY recipes!), because lord knows I used to read other healthy & beauty blogs that were based in other countries, and it was hard to ‘relate’ to them whenever they talked about this-and-that and I couldn’t find said products here in Singapore!

    I just hope that though you will be bringing onboard other writers, that it’ll still keep part of the ‘Singapore-focus’? Not saying that writers from other countries would be bad, but I would hate for this blog to lose its local flavour, if you know what I mean :)

    All the best for your future endeavours! I wish you nothing but success, and thank you for everything you’ve done for your readers! :)

    • sesame says:

      Hi Andrea: thanks for your comments and I appreciate your support. I know, the Singaporean touch! You know, I actually started with a global voice and only incorporated the Singaporean voice much later into this blog. I think that’s important and at least, it makes sense since I’m based here. I’ll take note of that when I look for writers; it shouldn’t have to lose the local flavor. :)

  20. Brownies says:

    To me, like some of the readers, just hope that the main focus of this blog is not lost as you bring in other writers. I do not mind different style of presenting ideas as long as they are related to Singapore context. It may be hard to balance other’s point of view with yours but I am sure with practise and your hand in editing, you will have no problem.

    All the best in your future undertakings and will remain your supporter as long as you keep this blog alive ;)

    • sesame says:

      Thank you for your well wishes and support! :) Yes, editing can be tricky especially on the “voice” but I’ll definitely bear your comments in mind especially about relating to the Singapore context.

  21. I wish you luck with whatever you do in future! I really understand that a blog is really timeconsuming, cause I run a blog myself.
    But I really hope that you find the passion to continue write some posts from time to time. Cause its kind of sad news, I really love your blog!! And I am going to miss you! Best wishes!
    mssjackson last post is: Serum serum

  22. Oh, sad to hear this. I think there is some bonding between the blogger and the readers. It’s not just the content, it’s about the person behind it. But if you have made the decision, I will give you all of my support!

    I know how time-consuming it is to run a blog like yours. Can never understand why you can have time to write daily, not to mention all that photo-taking, email-responding…
    Amanda last post is: Are You Offended by How You Are Called?

    • Haha…yes, you know better cos you blog too. Let’s just say it was a priority for me and so I was able to be dedicated. Now, my priority has to shift. Actually the pic taking and writing are manageable but the email responses can take too much time!

  23. Pollya says:

    Oh Sesame! This is such sad news for a new-found fan like me!! *sobs loudly*. But I can’t be selfish and not wish you well like everyone else has done *choking between sobs*. OK, just kiddin, I DO sincerely wish you well, and when you have to move on, you just have to move on… :-)
    For me, I enjoy reading blogs becos as I get to know the blogger thru reading her blog, it’s like I’ve made a new friend (even tho the blogger doesn’t know me!) So apart from the fact that the focus of the blog must be something I’m interested in, I also prefer blogs that have a personal touch, becos it allows me to “connect” with the blogger. Then, regardless of whether it’s a beauty/fashion/food/whatever blog, if one day the blogger posts something unrelated to her main topic (e.g. a beauty blogger posts about a travel incident, or a food blogger posts about a good book that she came across), I would still read that post and won’t deem it “wasting my time” becos it’s like a friend telling you something that’s happened to her, and if you “like” that friend, it doesn’t take that much effort to “listen” :-).
    So I think it really depends on whether the writer(s) taking over from you can connect with your readers. It will take time for all of us to “adjust” to her/their writing style(s) and get to know her/them, so only time will tell how your blog readership will be affected after this.
    Your continuing to “helm” the blog is good to cushion the transition, but at the same time, I think the other writer(s) style(s)/voice(s) should not be “stifled” as well. It’ll be hard to find someone who’ll be able to continue the blog as you would have, simply because that person is not you.
    So I would say let things take their course naturally. Some might even prefer your new writer(s), who knows. (I’m not saying this as a negative remark to you, pls don’t be offended.) Of course if you could still contribute a post or two every now and then, I’m sure all your current fans will be MORE THAN HAPPY to hear from you!! (even if it’s just to say hello and tell us how you’re doing – the personal touch like I said :-))
    So here’s wishing you all the best – for you, your blog, the future of green and natural beauty, all those wholesome brands you have introduced to us all this time, all the many other brands we might never get to know because you’re exiting this blogging scene, etc etc etc…
    Gosh, sorry, I didn’t know I could get so sentimental… (and so long-winded!!) *covers face in shame*

    • Haha…I love reading your comment Pollya. Because I don’t see all of you face-to-face, your comments are the only means for me to know how you feel about my posts or the blog. A lot of times, such comments help me improve on my writing or my content. Thank you very much! :)

      The balance is important. It’s easy to find informative writers, but not bloggers cos the personal voice is what attracts readers. I used to blog in a very informative voice at the beginning here although I have a stronger personal voice elsewhere…I don’t know why. When I changed to become personal, then the readership grew. So yes, that personal connection you mentioned is better and I don’t mind if a writer I bring in can do that and win more readers for me. It’s a win-win for me because right now, this blog has to be hosted on a dedicated server and the cost is quite a lot (3 digits each month) so I’m still serving advertisements and so forth to maintain the blog. Traffic is definitely important. And having written so many posts for so many years, it’s like so “sayang” to close shop. This is the best option as far as I can work out. Let it take its natural course as you’ve rightly pointed out and we’ll see how things move from there.

      Once again, thank you VERY MUCH for your precious comment. It makes all the blogging and spending time on this space really worthwhile. :)

      And oh, I’ll still introduce new brands, introduce products etc…just that perhaps it’ll be written by others.

      • Pollya says:

        Yay!! We’ll still see new brands and products, thanksss!! :-) — altho I can’t keep up with all the good stuff you’ve introduced so far – the face and the pocket can’t keep up, LOL!!
        Just a thought, Sesame ~ Since one writer has already come on board (Danalee), perhaps you could label her posts “guest post” or “in-house writer’s post” or something like that for the time being? cos when she started out with “This is my first post at Vivawoman”, I was like: huh??? Then later on at the end it explains who she is. Also, for any newcomers (you never know, you might be getting newcomers every day!! or maybe new PRs :-)), it might be confusing, because the “About Vivawoman ” doesn’t explain anything either (for now, I know).
        So not meaning to rush you, but maybe just a few words or a line somewhere to explain the ongoing and impending changes to the blog will help those who are still “in the dark” about this (since can’t assume everyone reads on a daily basis either) :-).

        • Sesame says:

          Thanks Pollya for the suggestion! I have taken to include some addition to the the About section just stating that I’m the blog editor and I have staff and guest writers but left it pretty much of the other content the same. I may include a writer profile later when things stabilizes. Do you think the name of the blogger under the title helps? I’ve included that for now so that readers will know. I am more concern about the changes towards existing readers than new readers and PR pple cos for the latter group, they’ll pick up the reading if the content interests them. However, for existing readers, some will want to know who wrote the post before clicking through.

          • Pollya says:

            Yes! The name of the writer under the title is great!! Yeah, sometimes when people are hard-pressed for time, they might only want to read the posts of the writers they prefer — which is you, haha!! (OK, I shouldn’t “judge” your other writers at this early point in time…)
            Oh dear, I hope you didn’t have to manually backfill all your previous posts with your name?? gosh, that would really make me feel bad…

          • Sesame says:

            Oh no, it was easy to do cos I use wordpress and it’s got a function like that. I took it out in the past cos it wasn’t necessary. I’ll also faint if I have to update the posts manually. :razz:

  24. I’m a long-time lurker here, but just wanted to chip in to say that I have been enjoying your blog for a long time because your posts are thoughtful and mature, and they go beyond the incessant buy-buy-buy haul-haul-haul approach of some other beauty blogs which I have read. I also greatly appreciate the Singaporean context since I am also Singaporean, and it’s useful to know where and how to get the products you mention.

    Like some other commenters have said, I am not usually keen on multi-blogger blogs, but I am sure you will implement your plans with as much thought and care as you have put into your posts thus far, so I am certainly willing to stick with this blog while you reach a solution which works for you. Real life is always more important! :)
    Michelle last post is: Bali: Lovely Lake Tamblingan

    • Thank you Michelle! I am happy to hear from long-time lurkers! I guess my content differs from others also due to my age? Haha…but yeah, I personally prefer to write more indepth articles and so buy-buy and haul-haul posts don’t appeal to me either.

      I’ll definitely maintain the Singaporean flavor here and we’ll see how the multi-blogger platform works out. At the most, I’ll just bring in 2 writers.

  25. Carrie says:

    Arghhh~~~ Sesame!!! It’s such a sad news for me~~ I have enjoyed your blog so much because I feel that I couldn’t find another blog with the same expertise, enthusiasm, ethical approach and in particular, that personal touch which make the readers feel connected >”0<

    • Carrie says:

      wow this is so weird…. more than half of my original comments are gone (#0#)!! What happened? oh well, generally I just wanted to say that I must admit I still feel happy for you as you have decided on something – the change – that is important for you. It is such a huge step and also a courageous thing to take!!! So all the best with your future and I still hope to see you online from time to time :)

      I have already started my own blog now, though a lot of things are still under construction (it’s been a slow process since I am on holiday in Sydney so have limited access to the internet :P) and I was hoping after I am ready to present to the “world” I’d link it with my comments here so that you could visit and give me some pointers too~~~ (ah~ why didn’t I start my blog a bit earlier?? ^^”)

      I just hope that we will never lose this personal connection with you, and would really love to hear from you when you can!!! Thank you for being so dedicated to Viva Women and looking after our beauty care via the internet (lots of hearts!!) . I am missing you already la >0<

      • Thank you Carrie for your well wishes and comment…much appreciated! :)

        Aiyah…don’t be sad! I will still be around…even though down the road I may not blog daily but I’ll make my presence either on the comments section or on FB. So I won’t disappear for good. If I were to, then it’s actually best to close the blog you know what I mean? Anyway, the change is gradual; it’s not overnight so you see I’m still around now. ;)

        Send me your blog’s link when it’s ready – you can either leave it as a comment or email me and I can give you inputs if you like. No worries.

  26. I love your blog! Good luck with your offline stuff :)
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  27. Good post to fill us in on new things moving on in Viva!
    My wife’s a regular follower of your blog. I pop in once in awhile though to share in her interest.
    Thru the years, we’ve seen how Viva grow into the chic site she is now. Good job on these efforts from your heart!
    Thanks for the update.
    May U find Joy & Fulfillment in your endeavours – online & off, Sesame!
    Dave & wife :-)

    • Sesame says:

      Thank you Dave and Mrs Dave! :) It’s so nice to know a man reading my blog occasionally because of the wife’s interest! This is a first for me and definitely something that brightened my day!

      Thank you for your well wishes too. :)

  28. Good luck Sesame! I love reading your blog, and will continue supporting your blog for as long as you and/or your co-writers write.
    dom last post is: What We Do on Sunday Nights

  29. claire says:

    Awwww.. I’m really gonna miss you! But I wish the best for you and of course I will still drop by :) It was your blog that got me into all these natural and organic skincare things and I don’t regret spending all that $$ on it! It’s been amazing following your blog along the years. You’ve really helped my understanding of what’s good or not so good for our outer and inner being. Oh btw I always forget to ask. How were the soap samples I passed?

    • Sesame says:

      I tried the Beer one and it’s like a scrub soap…very good quality and I like it! I haven’t tried the other one yet though. Are you planning to sell them anytime? ;)

      Thanks for following my blog all this while…really appreciate your support. I’ll be around, just maybe less frequently as before. :)

      • claire says:

        :) glad you like the beer one! I really like it too. when I first made it it smelled really off :s but after time, the smell went away. I used good ingredients that’s why :p coconut oil is hard to come by so I had to purchase extra virgin organic coconut oil which is so expensive but a very very important component in soapmaking. I don’t think I will be selling them because I don’t have a license plus :( I have no time to make them now that I have a job. I need to be in KL to make my cold process soaps. My supply is dwindling. Boohoo. Hopefully I will get a nice break in a few months to make some soap.

        :) I’ll miss you. All the best to you!!

        • Sesame says:

          I hope to be able to make soap too but going by my commitments now, I probably can’t.

  30. Checking your site has always been like checking on an old friend, can’t believe I have been your reader for the past 4 years!

    Do stay connect with an occasional post ya. Good luck!

    • Sesame says:

      Thanks Reese! I will still be posting quite a bit in the interim…well, will be around for sure. :)

  31. I love reading your blog posts and reviews of products. I suppose if another person does it, I think that as long as it is a “fair” review, it’s still cool. But if you also make a note in the post about your feedback on the product, then that’ll be awesome coz we still know you are there! =P

    • Sesame says:

      It will be fair cos I’ve got guest reviewers in the past and their reviewers have always been balanced. I’ll try to put in some comments if it’s applicable. :)

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