1 Year of Blogging!

Hi everyone!

That’s right, today I have been blogging for a whole year. About a year and a half ago I started getting into nail art and following a lot of nail blogs, and before long I wanted to share my little bit of nail art as well. I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy blogging or if it’d last past the end of the month, but here I am a year later and I am still enjoying it – I hope you are too. And thanks to hosting services (like hostiserver) I have also been able to maintain my blog over the last year, and ensure you guys have kept up to date with all of my post. Without these services something surely would have gone crazy on the back end right now, doing it all by myself. Anyways, we’re here now and successfully, which is all that matters! This is a longish post but be sure to read to the end to see what you can expect from Painted Fingertips in the coming year!

During the past year I have tried so many different types of nail art – stamping, water marbles, water spotting, splatters, gradients, cling wrap manis, striping tape, glitter gradients, freehand, nimbus, waterfalls, dotticures, half moons, water decals, stickers, one stroke, needle drags – pretty much, you name it, I’ve tried it! There are still so many more things to try as well. But what I’d like to show you today is the very first thing I EVER tried for this blog. A year ago today, I did my first blog post and I very proudly showed off what I thought was a very cool zigzag design. Here’s the same design again, a year later (and on my 221st post):rimmel-green-with-envy-rimmel-metal-rush-purple-reign-zigzag-nails-striping-tapeThese were and still are two of my favourite polishes, they are just beautiful. I started with a base of Rimmel Green with Envy on my thumb, index, and pinkie fingers and Rimmel Metal Rush Purple Reign on my middle and ring fingers. rimmel-green-with-envy-rimmel-metal-rush-purple-reign-zigzag-nails-striping-tapeOnce it was dry, I applied striping tape on my thumb and ring finger, painted on the opposing colour, and peeled the tape off again. The result is pretty but certainly not as mind-blowing and creative as I thought a year ago 😀rimmel-green-with-envy-rimmel-metal-rush-purple-reign-zigzag-nails-striping-tapeNow for the best part. I want to show you how much I have improved over the past year, so here is a comparison with my first post’s pictures and today’s:one-year-bloggiversary-comparison-improvement-nail-artI think we can safely say I’ve improved a LOT! Application, cleanup, hand pose, and lighting/photography have all improved over the past year thanks to lots and lots of practice. I cringe when I see my photos from a year ago and I hope that a year from now, I’ve improved so much that I cringe when I see today’s pictures 🙂

For those of you who might be interested in some statistics, on my very small blog in one year this is how I’ve fared:

32308 page views

106 WordPress followers (I was very glad to make it to 100 before today after being ‘stuck’ on 99 for ages!)

91 Bloglovin’ followers

467 Instagram followers

501 Facebook likes

73 Pinterest followers

98 Twitter followers (although I barely use Twitter).

Here are my 5 top viewed posts of all time:

The Neverending Pile Challenge – Gradient

The Neverending Pile Challenge – Prettiest

Black and White One Stroke

The Neverending Pile Challenge – What was I thinking, buying this?

The Neverending Pile Challenge – Texture

My most commented posts ever were these:

The Neverending Pile Challenge – Had to have it, still haven’t worn it – interestingly, this was my most liked post on Instagram ever, so I guess I did something right! I have mainly increased my follower base by posting content like this. And it definitely seemed to work if it was my most liked photo and I would love nothing more than to be able to share my posts with other users. Luckily, my friend has pointed me towards this free instagram followers app which would allow me to get even more followers. And the more people who are following my page, the more likes I am destined to get. I’m getting excited by the thought already, so I’m definitely going to be considering this. When you have an Instagram account, audience engagement is very important, fortunately for bloggers and businesses there are audience engagement and growth services available, you can see some of the top growth services here – https://newmarketinglabs.com/top-instagram-bots/

Tri-Polish Challenge – Dots and a Gradient

Tape Mani Monday – Tape and Studs

During the past year, I took part in the 31 Day Challenge, the Nail Art A-Go-Go Challenge, and the Neverending Pile Challenge. I also had a brief series, Tape Mani Monday, which I intended to show the versatility of tape for nail art and lasted 8 mondays.

So what can you expect during the coming year?

Well, first of all, I’ll be taking part in the 31 Day Challenge again next month (along with a bunch of other bloggers – it’s always fun to see what everyone comes up with):31dc2014Secondly, I am excited to announce a new blog series. I’ve had this idea for a couple of months already but decided to wait until today to start it. Starting next Wednesday, I’ll be featuring a Water Marble Wednesday on the blog. The main aim of this is to improve my water marble skills, and I always enjoy water marbles when I get around to doing them. It won’t necessarily be every week (especially during the 31 day challenge), and I’m not sure how long it’ll continue, but I’d say you can expect at least a dozen Water Marble Wednesdays in the coming months.

Finally, I’d like to ask for any feedback from you, my lovely readers. What are your favourite things to see here on the blog? Is there anything you don’t like? Any feedback is welcome.

Here’s to another year!