Sunday, 28 October 2012

Milestones, Mentions and Recommendations

Hi Goddesses

This is a round-up post of a different kind - the next chapter of my blogging journey, as well as some super cool blogs you need to check out.

This past month has been a month of milestones.  I now have 1500 blog folowers - WOW! thank you xx - almost 1200 likes on Facebook, and this past week .... the blog sailed past a 1/4million page views!  How insane is that!?

So I wanted to capture some of this information (a bit like I did in my June posts) and also give you an insight into what that means.

When I posted on my blogaversary in June, I had just done 500 posts and had had 90k page views.  That means that in the last almost 5 months I have had 170k page views ! Wow.   Those extra 170k have been spread over an additional 387 posts - that's a lot of posts in 5 months!!

Something happened to my blog in June.  I don't know if it was the universe responding to the effort I put in, but my page views doubled in a month.  By May, I had climbed to 14k page views in a month - in June that ballooned to 30k, and now I am touching 40k each month.  So what changed ?

In many ways, I DON'T KNOW lol.  Isn't that annoying?  So there is no magic formula to give you.  But I do know this - since June, I feel I have been more professional and more structured with my blog; my art and swatching have improved, as have my photos, and I have had 2 blog sales and 2 (maybe 3) giveaways, all of which attract new readers.  And then there's the Lynnderella post lol, which has now topped 12k views.   12k!!  Insanity. 

So if you're looking to grow your blog, I guess it boils down to this -
* approach it professionally
* make sure your photos are great
* improve your nail art / stamping / cleanup
* have a structure, or a schedule.   If you build it, people WILL come

Finally - thank you.  If this blog is a success, it's down to you, so I thank you for your support, your comments, and above all, your interaction - I love and treasure it :) xx

I know you all love being introduced to new blogs, and totally accidentally I have found some amazing new ones in the last couple of months.  I also wanted to remind you of a couple of blogs I've followed for a long time.  Some of them currently have a small following, which is RIDICULOUS, because most of them are better than a lot of the large blogs.  So, if you like what you see below, go and give them your support :)

then there's the AMAZING Veronica at Gorgeois Pig

Abstract Brush Stroke Nail Art featuring China Glaze Want My Bawdy, China Glaze Deviantly Daring, China Glaze Unpredictable, China Glaze No Plain Jane, China Glaze 108 Degrees, Nina Ultra Pro Molten Gold, China Glaze Swanky Silk

Witch's Brew nail art for Halloween

So You Think You Can Dance Cat Deeley inspired nail art featuring Zoya Farah, China Glaze Orange Knockout, Sally Hansen Tyin' the Knot!, Nubar Knight's Armor, OPI Spark de Triomphe, Zoya Luna

Grey gradient, Stormy Sky, Tree nail art

and finally, I want to shout out to someone who's become a lovely blogging friend, Victoria from Manicurator.  Her photos and swatches are to die for, and she's also quite handy with patterns too.  Seriously, you'll want to LICK her nails they look that good :)   She is quite literally who I want to be when I grow up :\

Just to do a final little round up, there's a LOT coming up on The Crumpet (when isn't there ha ha) -
* November sees 30 Days of Purple
* December is going to be Duochrome and Duality month
* there's the ongoing Sat-ART-Day and Digital Dozen challenges
* there will be my end of the year wrap up posts AND this year, there's going to be an almighty reader's poll too, with the chance for you to win some polish for your participation.  Remember, you heard it HERE first :)

See you soon - and enjoy xx :)
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