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

05 January 2014

My Blogging Goals for 2014

Hi everyone! If you have been following this blog for awhile, you may already know that I love setting goals. But I may have outdone myself this time! But it's like that expression, "go big or go home"...right!?

Last year in January, I had no expectations. I had no idea what this blog would be. I just wanted to keep doing it because I knew it was good for me (I was going through a major depression at the time). This year is different. I've put a lot of hard work into this blog. I realized I really enjoy blogging, and it's given me a sense of purpose that I don't always get from my PhD work. I've also started a small business that came out of this blog - okay, not a profitable business, but a business nonetheless.

When it comes to my blogging goals for this year, I've thought about the kind of blog I want to have, and the quality of the work that I want to produce. I'm reluctant to make goals like "I want x number of followers on Facebook/Instagram/Tumblr etc." What if I don't achieve those goals? There's always the fear that people will stop following or reading your blog, at least with me there is. Which is why I don't want my happiness to be tied to numbers. I'm going to try to focus on the quality of my work and the quality of my interactions with people.

So enough of my babbling, here's my goals in no particular order...

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?

06 July 2013

Blogging Goals July 2013

Hi everyone! I have my monthly installment of my blogging goals along with a few pictures of my cat Tenouki, for no other reason than I think she's cute and I want to add some pictures to this blog post. ;)

I've decided to divide my goals into two categories - ongoing and new goals. Some of the ongoing goals are things I didn't accomplish last month, others I'm trying to make habitual. For me it usually takes several months for something to become a habit. 

"What do you mean you need the case to your lightbox?"

Ongoing Goals

Goal #1: Put together a media kit for this blog. This was one of my goals from last month that I didn't accomplish. I'm crossing my fingers that I can get to it this month. You might want to check out my goals from last month (link) for a bit more on this.

Goal #2: Continue to do one collections review a week. Here's the collections reviews I'm planning and/or considering for this month:

  • Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X
  • Deborah Lippmann Summer 2013 Mermaids
  • Dior Sparkling Shine

Goal #3: Continue to post six times per week. I didn't quite achieve this last month, so I will make a better attempt to do it this month.

Goal #4: Post two video tutorials this month. This goal was badly neglected last month, and my poor YouTube channel hasn't seen much action for over a month. :(

"I can haz a cocoon."

New Goals

Goal #5: Redesign this blog. Last month my goal was to research options for redesigning this site, and I found some good premium templates. So accomplishing this goal will involve settling on a template and other options I want to add (i.e. getting social media buttons, maybe a signature, etc.)

Goal #6: Complete a tutorial for my stained glass nails. Ever since I did my stained glass nails over the holidays, I've had many requests for a tutorial. I won't redo this design but I'm thinking I'll do a different stained glass design along with a picture tutorial. 

So that's it for this month. I'm trying to keep things manageable by focusing on goals I didn't accomplish last month, and not adding too many new goals. 

What do you think of my goals? Did you set goals for yourself this month?

05 June 2013

Blogging Goals June 2013

Hi everyone! I finally settled on my goals for this month and what I want to accomplish. I may have set the bar very high for myself, but hopefully I can accomplish most, if not all of these. Some of these are the same goals I had for myself last month, but they are things I want to continue doing. So let's see what I've set myself up for, shall we?! :)

My cat Tenouki, probably not setting any goals -
unless it's to get fur all over my journal ;)

Goal #1: Put together a media kit for this blog. I first read about a media kit over at Lacquerheads of Oz, and I think it will be a good thing to have on hand. Also, I'd like to start approaching more mainstream brands - mainly so that I can continue to review these polishes without draining my bank account - and a media kit might give me an edge in that respect. We'll see! ;)

Goal #2: Continue to do one collections review a week. I've got two already completed and so I just need to photograph two more! I feel confident that I can achieve this one!

Goal #3: Post two video tutorials this month. I thought about one a week but they are an awful lot of work. But I do enjoy doing them so I want to keep up the momentum. Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see a video tutorial of. Maybe a nail art design I did in the past, how I paint my nails, nail care, etc.

Goal #4: Continue to post six times per week. I think this was part of the reason this blog did so well last month in terms of traffic and pageviews. It makes sense, more posts means more blog traffic. But it was also good for getting through all the things I wanted to post.

Goal #5: Reach 30,000 pageviews for the month of June. Well I don't really have control over this one, but there's things I can do that will increase the likelihood of it happening. And how you ask? First, I can continue to post interesting content on a regular basis. And second, by sharing my posts with makers and retailers, something I don't do often enough. And then there's always my 500 Facebook likes contest, that shouldn't hurt! ;)

Tenouki: "Hey, stop taking pictures and pet me already!"

Goal #6: Research options for blog redesign. I need a makeover, need I say more? I don't really have much by way of design skills so I want to explore all my options from custom designs to good sources for free templates, and everything in between.

Goal #7: New rules - you buy it you swatch it. No-buys don't work for me. I'll give you a scenario, and you tell me if it's familiar. You are going to go on one of those "no-buys" that everyone seems to be doing. Knowing that there will be a dry spell, you either splurge on purchases before the no-buy, or you go crazy buying polish after the no-buy is complete. Instead I'm implementing a new rule. Everything I buy needs to be swatched, and no more buying until I've swatched my last purchase. If this works out expect to see lots of random swatch spam posts. I think it will be good though, a lot of my purchases do not end up on the blog.

So that's it for the goals. Ambitious, maybe? I definitely have my work cut out for me this month.

Do you set goals for yourself or for your blog? If so, I'd love to hear what kinds of goals you set. :)

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. :)

06 May 2013

Blogging Goals May 2013

Hi everyone! I need your help and input in achieving these goals, so please read on!

Sometimes things get so busy with life and work that I don't always have the focus or clarity to set goals for myself. So far with this blog I've just been going - I review stuff sent to me, and I post whatever happens to come up - without any direction or foresight. So far my goal has just been to post on a regular basis without much direction or purpose beyond that.

My cat Tenouki: makes a goal to get more sleep
(when someone is not standing over her with a camera!)

However, I think goals are very important. It's not about having a bucket list so you feel good about checking things off (although that's always nice), but about the process of setting goals and working to achieve them. I hope that makes sense. In other words, it's about the process, not the end result.

With that in mind, here are my goals for the month of May. I'll check in at the end of the month to let you know how I did. Question: when I check in at the end of the month, would you also like some info on stats and a round up of favourite posts?

Tenouki also makes a goal to read more often -
seen here with Nino Ricci's The Origin of Species

Goal #1: Go on a no-buy for at least one week in the month of May. This is more out of necessity than anything. My income goes down in the summer *sad face*. I'm going to try and do the dreaded no-buy this week as I'm still occupied by a bunch of recent purchases. :P

Goal #2: Post 6 days a week. So far I've been posting five days a week, so six will be a challenge. I don't necessarily know if more is better from a reader standpoint, but I have so many ideas and things I want to post about, I feel the extra day will make me feel like I'm accomplishing stuff.

Goal #3: Increase my blog presence on Facebook. My goal is to have 500 likes by the end of the month. Here's where I need your help. If you like my blog but aren't following on Facebook, please take a minute to "like" my page. The link to my page can be found HERE. And if you know of anyone who would be interested in my blog, please share my page with them. To try and reach this goal I'll sweeten the pot a bit (or whatever the expression is): I'll have a small giveaway when I reach 500 Facebook likes. If I reach 500 by the end of May, I will add a second prize. :)

Goal #4: Post one collection review per week. Reviews of entire collections are a challenge, but I really enjoy them despite the extra work. I'm already on track to achieve this goal: I reviewed the Jindie Nails Spring Chic collection last week, I have another new collection review coming later tonight (cross fingers), and two more in the works. But here's where I want to hear from you. Question: what new or upcoming collections (mainstream or indie) do you want to see reviewed on this blog? I can't make any promises, since I pay for it out of my pocket, but I do want to know what you're interested in seeing.

Here's some suggestions for upcoming collections:

  • China Glaze Sunsational Summer Neons
  • Essie Summer 2013
  • Cult Nails Dance All Night
  • Color Club Holo Hues 2013 (note: I already own these. Are you interested in swatches?)
  • ???
I deliberately did not include the new Zoya collections as I feel the blogisphere is over-saturated with the summer collections.

So there you have it! Check back at the end of the month to see what I did and did not accomplish. And please, please, please, give me your thoughts on some of the questions I posted above. :)
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