My One Year Blogiversary!

It’s my blog’s first birthday today! I’m the proud mama of a one year old. ๐Ÿ˜›

I thought it’d be fun to do a highlights of the year in review:ย [I started compiling this list before I saw that WordPress released a 2015 year in review report for each blog – how neat! ย See below for a link to mine]

My most popular posts (based on view counts) are:
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Transitional Eye Shadow Shades
I would have never in a million years guessed how popular that post would be! ย The majority of the views of this post is from google search hits. I find it interesting that my top posts aren’t necessary the ones that have the most comments – it seems that random people are stumbling on my blog fromย search results.

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MAC 137 Long Blending Brush
It’s funny to me that my original 137 brush lemming post was so popular since it took me 5 minutes to write it. I was at work and had gone to the MAC store during my lunch break and was pining for the brush so badly that I made the post. Little did I know that entryย and the follow up review on the brush would prove to be so popular. At one point when I googled “MAC 137”, my lemmingย post was the top result (which sucked because I was trying to find reviews on it before I made the purchase!)
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Maybelline Concealer Comparison
I’ve come to realize that a strength of my blog is that I can do a lot of comparisons due to my stash. ย I plan to continue to do comparisons in the upcoming year especially of my eye shadows and blushes (and this is why I can’t purge too many things! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
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Cosmetics Inventory Spreadsheet
I was hoping this would be useful to beauty addicts everywhere, and I’m glad it is!ย On average I get emails a few times a month about this spreadsheet: for those of you who are emailing me to gain access to the spreadsheet, all you need to do is to save the fileย to your own computer in order to edit it. ๐Ÿ™‚
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MAC Party Line lipstick
This post had the distinction of being posted on the day that I had the highest view count, but it wasn’t due to this post’s subject matter. It just so happened on that day,ย a random reader posted a comment that she’d found my blog and proceeded to binge read my entire blog!ย  Sheย certainly contributed to the spike in views on that particular day.

View counts aren’t the be-all and end-all – I love your comments on the blog! You don’t know how much enjoyment I get from interacting with all of you on here! ๐Ÿ˜€ ย My most commented on blog entriesย were:
โ€ข Back to MAC suggestions
โ€ข Brands I want to try more of
โ€ข 50 things that make me happy
โ€ข Blogger Recognition Award and 250 Days of No-BUy
โ€ข Lemmings #1

Here’s the WordPress report for my 2015 blog summary. ๐Ÿ™‚

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


I have a few blog goals for 2016:

โ€ข Continue to improve photography: with a better backdrop and / or lighting and / or a new camera – right now I literally drape a white cloth / Bristol board on a chair to take my photos. I’d like to have something more “professional”. I’ve been wanting a new camera for a while now – I currently use Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS – perhaps something that has better zoom / focus capabilities.
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โ€ข Upgrade to Premium:ย either with the premium WP plan or a paid WP theme (I’m still unsure of the benefits of a premium WP plan?), and I’d like to get my own domain. I won’t be self hosting but I do like the idea of having freedom to change my layout and add widgets and whatnot. I hope the process will be painless (any words of wisdom / advice would be greatly appreciated!)

โ€ข Engage brands: I had made a conscious effort to not do any reviews in exchange for free products or brand collaborations in 2015. I was contacted but I declined them all – I just wasn’t sure of my thoughts on receivingย free products for reviews. I’m a firm believer of truth and integrity in blogging – be it beauty products, fashion, or food / restaurant reviews. In 2016 I’m interested in contacting specific companies or joining review programsย to choose what I’d like to review. I may not have any success but it’s worth a shot! ๐Ÿ˜›

โ€ข Expand topics: I’m still going to be 99% focused on beauty but from day one, I always had the intention to include non-beauty topics such as fashion and crafts on the blog. I did dabble a bit last year in non-beauty topics but I intend to do a bit more in the upcoming year.

โ€ข Be more active on social media: Iย wasย a complete noob to Instagram in early 2015 and I just created a Facebook account recently.ย  I have to make more of an effort to use them regularly – the blog will remain my primary focus though. (By the way, here are my social media links) ๐Ÿ˜‰
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A huge THANK YOU to each and every one of you for stopping by the blog for a chat this past year. I’ve really enjoyed my little corner of the blogosphere and hope to continue doing this until it’s not fun anymore! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย If you have any requests or suggestions for the blog, please feel free to leave them in the comments!

You’ll want to come back to the blog tomorrow. Hint: giveaway time! โญ

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77 thoughts on “My One Year Blogiversary!

      1. yeah it got a lot of RTS lololololololol
        i so remember a LONG TIME AGO – in a tweet – u said – “how much do i owe you for that ” LOL do u remember that ? that was before u knew me – like really knew me xxxxx #sharingiscaring xxxxxx happyblogbirthday gogettem xo

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    1. Thank you! I love your blog too. I stumbled on your blog through google search looking up the Quo facial cotton (the one that is a dupe [a bad dupe] of the Shiseido cotton) and I was hooked ever since! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. Congrats on hitting one year and the massive success you’ve had on the blog this year!!
    Your blog is one of my favourites to read, and I love your comparisons posts. LOVE THEM.
    So interesting that your most popular post is on transition shadows…who knew that people search that so much?!
    Looking forward to reading more of your blog this year ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words! I really do enjoy the comparison posts myself. Part of me worries that I might not have all the latest launches like Becca x Jaclyn Hill or ColourPop stuff… but I’m not able to go shopping for all the new stuff just to compare them, that’s silly.
      So glad to have connected with you this past year – one of the perks of having a blog is meeting such nice people like you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. I actually like that you don’t always do posts on all of the latest launches. When a new hit product launches, you know you’ll be seeing blog posts crop up EVERYWHERE on said product. Not saying that’s a bad thing because it’s nice to see reviews if you’re interested in the item…but it’s nice to see something different, ya know? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, and a well deserved congratulations! You and your blog inspires me and many people so much. You are just amazing!! I’m so glad I found you when I did, Here’s to many more years! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. Congratulations on your one year anniversary! You have one of my favorite blogs so I hope that blogging stays fun for a very long time ๐Ÿ˜€
    My most viewed posts are also posts that people just stumble on via Google. And they are NEVER the posts that I think will be popular ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. It’s kind of crazy when you think about WHAT people might be interested in reading… to try to anticipate what topics to post about. I guess it’s just luck?
      Thanks for your support on the blog! ๐Ÿ˜€ Are you back now? Off to check your blog!

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  4. Wow only a year? Seriously, I thought you’ve been doing this for much longer, you’re such a pro at it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Blogiversary to you! Your blog is a favorite of mine and I’m glad to have found you! xo โค Keep up the wonderful work!

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  5. Happy birthday to your lovely blog!!!๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ congrats on all your awesome blog achievements! I ALWAYS enjoy reading anything you post ๐Ÿ˜‰ you accomplished so much I can just imagine what this year holds for your blog!!!!

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  6. Congrats on your first blogiversary! I’m so thrilled we found each other earlier this year (or rather, I believe you found me). Your blog is the first one I read every time I get down to blog-reading ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m almost definitely moving my blog to my domain this year, too. Doo eet!

    And, isn’t it weird which posts get the most hits?! I still get a stupid number of hits on my post about NYX’s April Fool’s joke last year. WTF. It remains my most viewed post. Le sigh. But anyway, I’m sure I’ve Googled for transition eye shadows at some point, before your post, so I can totally understand why that’s a hot one!

    Here’s to another fab year, and I wish you loads of blogging success! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. oh YES, I totally found YOU. ๐Ÿ˜€ I was beyond excited – is this THE fivezero of yore? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
      How positively ODD that NYX April Fools joke is your popular post – makes you want to delete that post huh?
      Thanks for the well wishes and same to you!
      Will you be just getting your own domain NAME but still on WP? Or self-hosting? I heard some nightmare stories about self-hosting and how traffic drops because it’s not as integrated with the WP reader.

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      1. I already have a domain name, so I’ll just keep it on WP. I have heard bad things about self-hosting, too, with regard to WP Reader. It’s too bad, because I would love to do all the tweaking you can do when you self-host. I guess I’ll see…maybe one day ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Haha i know right my last post was in August cant believe it. Errmm was just thinking about it just earlier on actually I need to get some posts up again.. I miss blogging ..

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