It’s that time again to start thinking about those New Year’s Resolutions! Rather than making the usual rubbish promises of getting fit or eating less chocolate (ones you know you’ll never keep!) how about making some blogging resolutions instead?
The resolutions you ultimately make obviously depend on what you want to achieve with your blog next year. A lot of professional bloggers post about how to become a pro blogger or make loads of money from your blog in the next 12 months. Unfortunately, I can’t really help you with either of those!
However, if you want to simply enjoy your blog, get organised and grow it so your posts are actually getting read then hopefully this post will help you a bit.
Read on for my 7 New Year’s Resolutions For Bloggers…
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Blogging Resolution No. 1 – Self-Host
My top New Year’s Resolutions for bloggers is to self-host if you aren’t already doing it. Self-hosting will give you more control over the design of your blog, access to Google Analytics which provides you with a wealth of information about your stats, and allows you to grow your Domain Authority which is important if you want to work with PR companies on sponsored posts.
I use Siteground which is a million times better than the company I was using before – they even migrated my blog over for me at no extra cost.
Blogging Resolution No. 2 – Get Organised
If you’re not already organised with your blog then I think this is the most important resolution for you. When you don’t know what to blog about from one minute to the next it gets quite stressful and can take all the fun out of it. I wrote some tips a few months ago on how to organise your blog that you might find useful to get you going in the new year.
Blogging Resolution No. 3 – Get To Grips With Google Analytics
Another one of my top New Year’s Resolutions for bloggers is to learn how to use Google Analytics if you don’t already know your way around it. Understanding who visits your blog and what they like to read about will help you no end. To do this you need to understand what all of the stats mean in Google Analytics. Have a read of my blog post Why Google Analytics Should Be Every Bloggers Best Friend to see what stats you should be tracking and how it will help you to blog.
Blogging Resolution No. 4 – Write About What You Love
Whilst you want people to be interested in your blog and read your posts, there’s no point in writing for other people if you’re not writing about what interests you. Find what you want to write about, whether it’s your kids, your life, fashion or beauty and get just writing – you’ll find it much easier to create blog posts if you enjoy writing about the subject.
Blogging Resolution No. 5 – Don’t Compare Yourself To Other Bloggers
This is a really hard one, and we all do it. When you see someone blogging about how they got 25,000 followers in one day or made £2000 in a month from Ads you can feel really disheartened.
It helps to remember that this level of blogger is few and far between, and there are more bloggers on the smaller scale like you might be. Try not to worry about how everyone else is doing and concentrate on building your blog in your own way.
Blogging Resolution No. 6 – Connect With Other Bloggers
This is definitely one of my blogging resolutions! It’s hard when you’re at work all day to find the time to chat with fellow bloggers and not just schedule all of your posts in advance. When you do interact with others it makes growing your blog much easier, so it’s an important one to focus on. Plus you can learn so much from speaking with other bloggers!
Blogging Resolution No. 7 – Focus On Creating Great Imagery
Another one that’s on my list. High-quality images and graphics help to pull traffic through to your blog from social media. I need to learn to use my flashy DLSR better, but if you aren’t great at photography you can still find great free imagery online that you can use on your own blog.
What do you have on your blogging resolutions list – will you be using any of these?