Monday, June 03, 2013

Looking Forward to the Bright Future Ahead

In the beginning when I first approached Nikki to start a nail blog, we were two co-workers that bonded over our love of nail polish. This shared passion turned into Cutie-cles, a nail blog whose claim to fame was having not one, but two authors both full-time students from Canada. We never knew that Cutie-cles would grow to be so big in just a short amount of time. Little did we know that we would get almost 300, 000 pageviews to date! As the pageviews and followers grew, so did our love for the blog as it seemed to be making its way through the blogosphere, opening new doors for us both. After almost 2 years of being live on the web, we both have learned so much about our favourite hobby and have bettered our skills through this blog. Now believe me, creating a blog is not an easy feat. Everything from taking good quality photographs to writing detailed posts is time consuming down to the pixel. However, what is even harder is getting your blog out there to gain exposure. Through Cutie-cles, we learnt how the process of blog-making is and cherish how wonderful it has been. My once seemingly crazy idea has now grown into something worthwhile with both of our collective efforts.

As you, may have noticed, I have not been posting on Cutie-cles for quite some time now. Due to my crazy schedule of balancing English and Chinese school, two jobs, extracurricular activities and the blog, it was not possible for me to put as much time as I probably should have into Cutie-cles. However, I still saw it as an outlet to share my passion with the world. But as time passed, school got harder with senior year and plans for university looming above my head. That is why since September, I seem to have been the invisible partner of Cutie-cles and I just wanted to take some time today to tell you my reason for doing so. 

Now you are probably wondering, what is the purpose of this post? Well Nikki and I would like to share some bittersweet news with the Cutie-cles community. We have decided to disband Cutie-cles and instead create individual, personal blogs. Multiple factors were considered when this decision was made and we feel that it is the best way for each of us to cater our posting schedules and to not feel late or dragged down by the other. We feel this is going to allow us to express our passions in the most efficient way and we hope you understand our reasons for doing so. 

For this transition, Nikki will be operating out of the same platform as Cutie-cles but under a different domain and name. Her posts from Cutie-cles will still be visible, but the name Cutie-cles is defunked as of today. As for myself, I unfortunately will be starting brand new without the help of the Cutie-cles platform and am working under a new domain and name - Nails & Threads. This is a fashion and nail blog featuring many OOTD's, hauls, nail art, swatches and reviews. I have found that blogging solo has allowed me to create better posting schedules and I would love for you to check out my work! This marks the end of Cutie-cles and we hope you continue to journey with us on our new adventures. We know this may be disappointing to many readers and we want to give you time to adjust to these plans. Therefore, we would like to give you the opportunity to take a look at our respective, new blogs to see what we have to offer as individual authors. This transitional phase will last for one month, officially ending Cutie-cles and our partnership on July 3, 2013.

- Mandy

To clarify, this means that you will not see any posts in your feed coming from this blog for one month, but that doesn't mean I won't be stockpiling manicures to show off! You may have noticed things have been a bit slower on the blog for the past couple of months, I've been struggling with posting under the name Cutie-cles while knowing that the blog will be dissolved, but ultimately I have realized that I don't post because of the blog, I post to the blog as a creative outlet and to share manicures with a community that I love. I can't wait to start this new journey and see what blogging solo will be like. I'd like to thank everyone who has ever visited out blog, as well as Mandy for pushing me to start a blog with her and being a great partner.

- Nikki

We value all the support and encouragement our lovely readers have bestowed upon us these past two years and we hope to continue our relationships with you as we look forward to new opportunities. Thank you for being the best readers anyone could ever have and we hope to see you soon on our new blogs. This is the end and beginning of something great!


To view Mandy's blog click here

A link to Nikki's blog will be posted at the end of the transitional period, once the URL and domain names have been modified.


Sincerely,


Mandy & Nikki

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