02 July 2013

June Recap: Blogging Goals and Stats

Hi everyone! Before I start, I was featured over at Peace, Love & Polish as the July blogger of the month. If you are interested in reading about how I got into blogging, and why I blog and do nail art, then you can read more about that in her post.

I've been slightly dreading this post because I wasn't able to achieve all of my goals, but I realize that's part of the process. Things won't always work out, but you still got to keep trying, right!?

For whatever reason I felt very exhausted most of the month, and kind of like I was pulled in so many directions. Maybe I tried to bite off more than I could chew, I don't know. :/

Regardless, I'll still be making new goals for this month, and I'm hoping July will work out better than June. 

Shimmer Polish Vivian stained glass nail art

Recap of Blogging Goals

Goal #1: Put together a media kit for this blog.
Fail! Wow. I didn't even get started on this one. But I still think it's important, so I'll make sure to do it this month.

Goal #2: Continue to do one collections review a week.

Check! I did one collections review a week, and one week I did two collections reviews. In case you missed them, here they are:

Lynnderella Her Name is Petal

Goal #3: Post two video tutorials this month.
Fail! I filmed one tutorial but haven't edited it yet, so this was another epic fail. I just left it until the last minute, and then had too much on my plate at the end of the month.

Goal #4: Continue to post six times per week.
Pass. There was one or two weeks where I only posted five days, but the other weeks I did post six times. 

Goal #5: Reach 30,000 pageviews for the month of June.
Pass. According to Google Analytics I had 30,784 pageviews in the month of June. Yipeee!! So why did I say pass? Well according to Blogger stats, my pageviews were just over 22,000. You may recall that in May I celebrated 22,000 pageviews for that month, an all-time record for me. That was according to Blogger stats (I installed Google Analytics at the end of May). So really my stats didn't go up at all. But I'm happy that Google Analytics says my blog is doing so well. :P
Goal #6: Research options for blog redesign.
Check! This one was fairly easy. I found some templates I liked but I'm so indecisive. I think I will work on a redesign over the summer.

Goal #7: New rules - you buy it you swatch it.
Epic Fail!! I set myself up for failure with this one. I bought a lot at the beginning of the month, then didn't have the time to swatch it all. Then the Rainbow Honey summer collection came out, so I told myself it was "for the blog." Then Harlow & Co. did a restock with some polishes I had been lemming, then it all went downhill from there. :(

I think maybe I made too many goals - something to keep in mind when I set my goals for July.

My Favourite Posts and Yours

I really loved a lot of polishes that I swatched, but in the end it was the nail art that stood out. These were two of my favourites:

Simple spring/summer florals inspired by Mr. Candiipants

And these were my most popular posts as determined by you. These posts had the highest pageviews for this month:

Jindie Nails Princess Breath

What the Numbers Have to Say

Much of the numbers and stats have to do with the giveaway, but it's still nice to see this little blog of mine growing. Will Paint Nails for Food currently has just over 5800 followers on Instagram, 2000 on Tumblr, 860 followers on Facebook, 530 on GFC, and 475 on Bloglovin'. I continue to be bowled away by all the support. Thank you everyone!

As for pageviews, Google Analytics is supposed to be more accurate than Blogger stats, so I'll be using those. As I said above, I had just over 30,700 pageviews, with over 18,800 visitors, and 11,100 of those were unique visitors. I don't know whether that's good/bad/normal/not normal, but it seems good to me. I'm just trying to continue to do my best and hopefully others will get something from this blog as well.

What do you think of my June recap? How did you do on your monthly goals?


  1. Congratulations for all the goals you reached! And for the others... don't worry July is another month!
    Good luck :-)

    1. Thanks so much Rebenice! You're absolutely right. :)

  2. I actually started writing up some goals myself because of these posts! I find they're really motivating, and help keep track of how your blog is doing :)

    Congrats on the pageviews btw! I always look at analytics, since you can actually see in realtime how many visitors you have (feels so sneaky, but fun).

    1. Yeah! I'm so glad the goals have been helpful for you. :)

      I'm still getting used to Google Analytics so I haven't taken advantage of all it has to offer but I'll check out my visitors in realtime. That does actually sound very sneaky. ;)

  3. I am totally using your goals to help establish some of my goals when I get up and running ;-)

    1. Sounds good Shelby! Please send me your blog link when you get started, I'd love to check it out.

      I think it's a good idea not to push yourself too much when you start blogging, at least that's what I did and it seemed to work. Otherwise I think I might have gotten frustrated and burnt out too quickly.

  4. I am a new June follower! You've got some really cute designs.
    I never thought about setting goals for this... or all the other media stuff, interesting to read through...

    1. Thanks for the feedback and for following! I didn't start setting goals right away when I started blogging, it wasn't something I did for at least 5-6 months after I started this blog. For me it's just a way to have some direction with what I'm doing since I'd like for this blog to become more than just a hobby.

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  6. Hi Meghan, thank you for sharing all this with us!!! I think it is so great that you set all those goals and how considerate you are for your readers reactions. Especially those unique visits are such a great compliment - to me it reads that many seek your opinion and advice who not necessarily move in the nailpolish Blog World but would love to buy a particular polish or create a mani. Great Job!!! You are a very gifted and creative Blogger and give me so much inspiration <3

    1. Thank you so much Christine, it means a lot to hear that from you. I always value your comments on this blog. Getting feedback from readers is definitely important, of course, I still want this blog to be driven by what interests me. I guess it's a balancing act. :)

      As for traffic, Google is my #1 source for visits, and yes a lot of it is people looking for swatches of a particular polish. I'm very fortunate that a lot of people find me for that reason.

  7. What a great idea to share your goals!!

    1. Thanks Marisa, I started sharing them so that by making them public I'd be more likely to stick to it. Also it helps to have them written down somewhere. So far it's been working out okay.


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