Showing posts with label goals recap. Show all posts
Showing posts with label goals recap. Show all posts

09 October 2013

September Goals Recap

Hi everyone! Things are going to be quieter around here this week. You may have noticed that it's been a few days since I've posted a mani for the 31 Day Challenge. Lindsey and I have decided to take a short break - we'll resume our challenge next week. Also I have some work stuff going on that is commanding my attention.

31 Day Challenge: Day Nineteen

So I thought I'd take this time to recap my goals from September. I'm not setting any new blogging goals for October, because with the 31 Day Challenge and the Beginner Blogger's Bootcamp, I feel now is the time to carry out my goals, not add more work by setting new goals.

If you are new to this blog, I like to set blogging goals each month, although lately it's been somewhat sporadic and irregular. But I find that setting goals helps keep me motivated and focused on what is most important. The trick is to make sure the goals are manageable, reasonable, and that you're not pushing yourself too much.

Different Dimension Good Evening Clarice (Halloween 2013)

Curious to see how I did with my September goals? Read on...

September Recap

Goal #1: Complete two tutorials, either video or photo. Fail! I did one tutorial, but in my defence it was  very time consuming! I did my Ethereal Dreamcatcher nails at the end of September.

Goal #2: Begin a new series of posts - tentatively titled "Beginner Blogger's Boot Camp." Check! I procrastinated a lot and was very nervous about starting this series, so I left it until the last minute. But I published the introductory post at the end of September, and I'm very glad I took the plunge. I've been overwhelmed by the response and I really enjoy putting together the posts for this series.

Goal #3: Continue to post 6 days a week. Pass. I was able to do this most weeks, but there was one week (maybe two) where I only posted five days a week. I'm not too disappointed that I didn't complete this goal. 

31 Day Challenge: Day Seventeen

My Most Popular Posts - As Determined By You!

These are my posts with the highest pageviews:
Ethereal Dreamcatcher Nails (and a tutorial)

Stats, Stats, Stats

So how did this blog do over the month of September? Since I didn't jot down the numbers at the very beginning of the month, I'm making an estimate. I'm sure my Enchanted Polish giveaway at the beginning of September had something to do with the numbers, but I'm happy to see that people are sticking around after the giveaway. Or maybe you're just waiting around for my one year blogiversary giveaway! ;)

31 Day Challenge: Day Twenty-Two

As of the beginning of the month we had approximately 700 GFC followers, 740 on Bloglovin', 1340 on Facebook, 7700 on Instagram, and 3000 on Tumblr! Pageviews were slightly down with 27K views in the month of September. Check out last month's recap to compare the numbers. :)

I'm very excited by all of this. Pretty soon my day job is going to get busier and it's the little things - the feedback I get from you, new followers, a popular nail art design - that keeps me motivated. 

I'd like to hear from you. Did you set any blogging goals? If so, how did you do?

10 September 2013

July/August Recap and September Blogging Goals

Hi everyone! It's been awhile since I've done a blogging goals post and I was reluctant to post this since, in the words of my mother, "It's almost half way through September." Thanks for the reminder mom! *sarcasm* However, I feel the need to look at some accomplishments and to have some direction in my blogging.

I've also included some photos of my stronger nail art designs from July and August. Click on the caption to be taken to the original post!

29 July 2013: piCture pOlish Blog Fest

July and August Recap

I didn't set any goals for August, but I did set some goals for July. So let's see how I did:

Goal #1: Put together a media kit for this blog. Check! I did this with some feedback from the lovely Deborah at Love. Varnish, chocolate and more... It still needs some designy work but it's ready to go if there's a need for it.

12 July 2013: 31 Day Challenge: Day One, Red

Goal #2: Continue to do one collections review a week. Fail! I didn't quite accomplish this one, only reviewing three collections in July and 2.5 in August. Here's the collections I did review:
  • Dior Sparkling Shine 2013 
  • Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X
  • Contrary Polish Color Context 
  • Essie Fall 2013 "For the Twill Of It"
  • Jindie Nails Summer Chic Collection
  • China Glaze Autumn Nights (part one)

Goal #3: Continue to post six times per week. Pass. Some weeks I post 6 times per week, other times it was five times per week. I'm happy if I post five times per week, but six is still something I strive for.

3 August 2013: 31 Day Challenge: Day Seven, Black and White

Goal #4: Post two video tutorials this month. Ultra fail! I didn't do any videos, poor YouTube subscribers. I want to do more videos, but the thought of doing them makes me feel super anxious. Maybe I shouldn't put pressure on myself to do this.

Goal #5: Redesign this blog. Check! Hurray!! I redesigned my blog at the very end of July and I love it. :)

Goal #6: Complete a tutorial for my stained glass nails. Check! Another hurray!! I did a tutorial for the piCture pOlish Blog Fest.

23 July 2013: Guest Post at The Nailasaurus

Highlights From July and August

Despite struggling with motivation, and the summer being sort of a down time with people going away for vacations, I felt like I did a lot of good things. For me, these are my strongest blogging moments during this period:

1. piCture pOlish Blog Fest: I spent forever and a day on my design and I was disappointed when I wasn't selected for one of the awards but in the end it was a great experience. I highly recommend this for nail art/nail polish bloggers. There were so many great designs, many by bloggers I hadn't heard of, I found some new bloggers to follow, and a lot of bloggers visited this site - many which seemed to be first time visitors. It was like an online gallery hop. :)

2. The 31 Day Challenge: Lindsey from Wondrously Polished and I started this in July, and although we are not doing it everyday, it's still a challenge. Not all my designs have been winners, but I've made some of my strongest nail art pieces as part of this challenge. You can see all of them here.

3. Stats: In terms of pageviews, it remained constant with close to 30K pageviews for both July and August. In terms of social media stats, I don't have accurate numbers for the end of June/beginning of July, but by the end of August, this blog had 595 followers on GFC, 660 on Bloglovin', 1040 likes on Facebook, 7000 followers on Instagram, and 2585 on Tumblr. I continued to be floored by all the support! Thank you everyone!

Goal #1: Complete two tutorials, either video or photo. I haven't decided yet on what to do tutorials for, probably two of my popular nail art designs. If you have any suggestions send me an email or leave a comment.

28 August 2013: 31 Day Challenge: Day 14, Flowers

Goal #2: Begin a new series of posts - tentatively titled "Beginner Blogger's Boot Camp." This would be a series of informative and how-to posts for newbie bloggers, or bloggers who feel they need a refresher on the basics. I'm still working on details but this will probably be once a week and cover a variety of topics such as photographing nails, blogging platforms, social media, etc. Again, if you want to see a specific topic covered, let me know!

Goal #3: Continue to post 6 days a week. This has been an ongoing goal and one I'm still striving for.

31 July 2013: 31 Day Challenge: Day Six, Violet

So that's it! I'm keeping it short and sweet with the goals. Did you set any blogging goals for the month?

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?

30 May 2013

May in a Nutshell and Recap of Blogging Goals

Hi everyone! Tomorrow is a busy day on this blog with a guest post and swatches of some of the new KBShimmer polishes, so I'm doing my monthly recap a day early.

Earlier this month I posted my blogging goals for the month of May. This was my first time doing this, and I liked having something to work towards. It also gave me more focus and structure in terms of the direction I wanted to take this blog in. So I'm currently working on compiling my June goals. But first let's do a recap and see what I did/didn't accomplish.

Click on the picture captions to be taken to the original blog post.

Nail art foil and stud manicure
Polish Addict Nail Color Unicorn Love

Recap of Blogging Goals

Goal #1: Go on a no-buy for at least one week in the month of May.
Check! However, I'm not sure if the no-buy is the best way to curb my spending on nail polish, so I'm thinking about another way to do this. 

Goal #2: Post 6 days a week.
Pass. I posted six days a week for the first two weeks, but the third week I got a bit burnt out and only did five posts. I'm on tract to post six times this week, maybe even seven. I found the extra post really helped in terms of getting through my long list of swatches to post.

Goal #3: Increase my blog presence on Facebook. My goal is to have 500 likes by the end of the month.
Check!! I'm currently have 580 likes on Facebook, so I'm putting together my 500 likes giveaway as we speak. 

Goal #4: Post one collection review per week.
Check!! I posted more collection reviews this month than any month previously, in fact some weeks I posted two collections. In case you missed them, here they are:

Jindie Nails HipStar from the Spring Chic Collex

Different Dimension Wish You Were Here from the Echoes Collection

My Favourite Posts and Yours

I liked a lot of nail art I did, but there wasn't anything that I absolutely loved or that really stood out. But here's my favourite posts from this month:

Serum No. 5 Day Glow

Glitter gradient with Shimmer Polish Sarah

And here's my most popular posts as determined by you! These are the posts from May with the highest pageviews. 

Essie Boom Boom Room from the 2013 Neon Collection

Numbers, Numbers, Numbers!

Do you want to know my stats? In terms of followers and such, Will Paint Nails for Food currently has about 5400 followers on Instagram, 1900 on Tumblr, 580 on Facebook, 393 on GFC and a little over 300 on Bloglovin'. I still can't believe people tune in to look at and read what I post. Thanks so much everyone!

As for pageviews, this month was HUGE! Over a week ago I hit 50K all time pageviews. For a six-month-old blog, I think that's pretty awesome. I currently have just over 58K all time pageviews. For the month of May, this blog had 21,500 pageviews, an all time record. To give you a sense of how huge of an accomplishment that is, last month I had just over 13K pageviews, and that was the first month I broke 10K pageviews in a month. Yeah!! :D

So that's it for my monthly recap! Stay tuned for my June goals, I'll be posting those in the next few days. :)
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