Oh hey guys! I’ve been a little off the radar recently. Updating Twitter and Instagram regularly but falling very behind in keeping this blog updated. Sigh. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to, but I’ve hit a bit of a slump with blogging recently on top of being VERY busy! I’m currently up to my ear in volunteer work and dissertation planning, and have sadly had to put priorities in place, even if it means shoving aside my passion projects to read lots of scientific papers on seals and drive all over the country to get on a boat and go whale watching.
With that said, I owe the community at least one blog post! Recently I launched a poll on Twitter, asking people what they thought I should do about my subscription box posts. I currently post monthly updates from Birchbox and Glossybox, and although I love testing the products, showing you what I got that month and giving my honest opinion, these posts have pretty low engagement! With that, there are over 100 people posting the same thing every month. These two things coupled together pushed to consider shelving the subscription box based posts. And despite the Twitter poll showing followers/other bloggers wanting me to keep the posts going, I have lost a lot of passion for them. It’s a big job, testing a product, photographing it and writing a post when I actually want to do it. To do that 5 times over, and in a turnaround time of about 24 hours to make sure I’m not left at the bottom of the heap of the Birchbox/Glossybox monthly posts, I have been finding it more of a chore than an enjoyable task.
There’s also a small issue that comes around receiving the boxes – I’m just not that excited for them anymore! Back in January, when I signed up to Birchbox and simultaneously launched my blog, I was so excited! In February, I actually got mentioned on the Birchbox site for my reviews. After that, my post engagement slipped, I had masses of product samples I wasn’t using or didn’t like, and I was being introduced to new, small brand subscription boxes that I really wanted to try but couldn’t afford. Last month, I decided to take the blog in a new direction and began pushing towards being a representative of small brands. Suddenly Birchbox and Glossybox don’t have a place on this blog anymore.
That said, I have decided to keep my Glossybox subscription going, although I will no longer be posting monthly updates on what I got (although I will review the products that come in it over the month). This is because I haven’t been subscribed to Glossybox for quite as long, and also because their boxes feel a little more worth the money. But I have decided that along with shelving the monthly subscription box posts, I’m also cancelling my Birchbox subscription. I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while, but when I received my July box and opened it up with an emotion of pure indifference I realised it wasn’t worth the monthly fee any more. I kept up until July to see what the Birthday Treat was (I’m guessing an extra sample, unless everyone else got 6 this month?), but I couldn’t get excited for the contents. Having a quick glance, I closed the box without really taking it in. I wasn’t disappointed, just underwhelmed. It was time to close my Birchbox account and kiss goodbye to that monthly gift.
I do love Birchbox and think it’s a great idea, but I couldn’t keep it up for years. At the end of the day, Birchbox is a beauty shop, and the purpose of the box, mostly filled with samples, is to entice you to buy the full sized products. But finding I never really bought anything after I was done with the sample (except for one makeup remover and an attempt to buy a moisturiser that was permanently out of stock), I didn’t really gain any benefit from getting the box. So I have decided to put it on a backbench, for now at least. When you cancel, your details remain in their system, you just don’t get charged for or receive the monthly boxes. My Birchbox VIP status remains in place too, so if I ever wanted to go back, I can, and be at the same level.
Overall, I do recommend Birchbox and the idea behind it. They’re a solid subscription box, have great customer service and a lot of passion behind their product. The boxes never fail to be beautiful, and the products are, for the most part, high quality and I get a lot of joy out of using them. But getting the same type of products every month can certainly tire you out. So it’s goodbye for now, Birchbox (It’s not you, it’s me!).
For my final Birchbox, I won’t be writing a blog post, but vlogging about it, so keep an eye out for that over the next few days!
What do you think of Birchbox, or subscription boxes in general. Do you love them or hate them?