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:
- Models Own Ice Cream Sundae
- Lynnderella Everything's Coming Up Neon
- Polished by Alexandra Summer 2013: Island Oasis
- Girly Bits P.S. I Love You (a small collection, but still a collection nonetheless!)
- Nicole by OPI Gumdrops (Part One, Part Two)
|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. I couldn't stop staring at these, enough said!
- From the Readers: Your Easy Nail Art Tips and Techniques (Part One, Part Two). I love these two posts, and the idea in general. When I started a blog it was because I wanted more of a community, and these posts made me feel like I was achieving that.
|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:
- Reader Appreciation Giveaway. Of course! ;)
- KBShimmer Summer 2013 Collection Swatches
- Jindie Nails Swatches
|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?