10 resolutions for bloggers // do’s and don’ts

 blogging resolutions

Tomorrow is the start of a new year. A new year full of new beginnings, goals, motivation and dreams.

I’ve put together a list of possible resolutions for bloggers. 5 things you should do, and 5 things you shouldn’t.

Do’s

1. Comment on 5 new blogs per day.

This doesn’t have to be 5 – it could be 2, or 10, or even 20 if you’re feeling ambitious!

The best way to grow your blog is to reach out to other bloggers. Leave quality comments on blog posts of others and you’ll find most people will give you a visit back, and maybe even comment and follow.

This is the best way to network and get yourself more exposure.

You can find new blogs by search hastags on Twitter, such as #bbloggers, #lbloggers and #fbloggers, or you can delve into the URLs left in comments on other blogs.

2. Post content to social media websites.

This has to be the most time consuming, tedious, easy to forget thing to do. Until now.

Set up your bloglovin to auto post links of your new posts to Twitter, schedule posts on Buffer or other social scheduling tools.

WordPress users can have posts auto post to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumble, GooglePlus or Path automatically.

If you’re on blogger, or on WordPress and want to share across more sites, sign up to IFTTT (if this, then that) where you can make certain actions trigger certain reactions such as: If blogger, then Facebook.

This can easily save you 10-15 minutes per day of linking up new posts to social networks!

3. Stick to a schedule.

Sticking to a schedule is something that a lot of bloggers want to do.

Remember to not put too much pressure on yourself. If you only post once a week, it might be a bit too much to set goals of posting daily. Finding a schedule that works is a different experience for everyone. Remember to goals are supposed to be challenging but doable.

4. Answer your readers questions.

There are my bloggers that don’t reply to comments.

I don’t reply to EVERY comment unless I have something to add, but I do try to reply to about half that are left over on my blog.

If there’s a question, then I always reply to it, then either Tweet the person to let them know I replied, or reply to their question on their blog.

You really want to be encouraging interaction in your comment section to prevent it from dying!

5. Ask your readers a question.

Not all people that read your blog will comment on your posts, but asking a question at the end of each post is a great way to encourage them to do so and spark some conversations within your comment section.

End each post with a question relating to the blog post.

Don’t

1. Don’t compare yourself to others.

I’ve said this a million times and I’ll say it a million more – they’ll always be bloggers better than you at design, writing, photography, networking etc.

They’ll also always be bloggers who aren’t as good at you.

Don’t get consumed with blog envy to the point it makes you feel pants about your own blog. It can be hard when you feel inadequate, but it’s normal and I’m sure most bloggers have at some point. We all evolve at different paces and in different ways so use that envy, jealousy or whatever you feel to fuel the desire to better yourself.

Look at the blogs you love and ask yourself why you love them so much. Is the blogger doing something you can apply to your own blog?

Look at your blog when you first started blogging, or a year ago. Remind yourself how far you’ve come and remember how far you can go.

A blog not a destination, it’s a journey.

2. Don’t expect overnight success.

Most bloggers stop blogging within the first months. One of the reasons for this is getting discouraged because the blogger isn’t getting the comments and views they had imagined.

It takes a long time to get consistent traffic, you have to put yourself out there and network with other bloggers before getting a high amount of page views. In my first month of blogging, I only had 700 page views and most of them was probably me.

A lot of people will say that you shouldn’t look at stats and the number of blog followers – while this can be true, stats are the only statistical way you have of measuring the improvements of your blog so have no shame in caring about them.

3. Don’t neglect the text.

There is a lot of emphasis on photography and images within blog post. Don’t let that make you forget about the importance of writing.

Always keep your points clear and use simple words.

The aim within your blog should be to get your point across as simply as possible and make your post as easy to read as you can.

4. Don’t write long paragraphs.

This point kind of ties in with the above.

Try to keep your paragraphs short, to more than 4 or 5 sentences. This is to make it easier to read.

Large blocks of text can be overwhelming for the reader. Studies show that white space around text can increase the amount of information taken in by up to 20%!

5. Don’t beat yourself up you don’t succeed.

Resolutions often fail. It’s okay if you miss a blogpost, or don’t hit a target you set yourself. Trick is to not let it demotivate you.

Being unsuccessful one day doesn’t void every other day you were successful.

There’s no need to wait for next Monday, or the start of the next month or year to try again. Forgive yourself, figure out what went wrong and keep on going!

My 2015 blogging goals:

  • To reach 2500 bloglovin’ followers
  • To reach 5000 Twitter followers
  • To continue to post daily
  • To post 2-3 times per week on my fitness blog.
  • To comment on 35 new blogs per week.

What are your blogging goals in 2015?

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29 Comments

  1. December 31, 2014 / 11:14 am

    Thank you so much for these! I feel like I’ve improved my blog purely by reading your tips in the last few months.
    Do you think joining in Twitter blogger chats is a good and successful way to network?
    Victoria
    http://www.thedaisyjaynes.com

  2. December 31, 2014 / 12:04 pm

    Really useful posts. These are all completely common sense tips, but can be so easy to forget when life (and so many other things) get in the way 🙂

    Sharon x
    http://stargazyeyes.blogspot.co.uk/

  3. December 31, 2014 / 3:45 pm

    I love this. There are such great goals to have. I already use a few of these for myself daily or at least weekly but it’s good to read these posts for reminders once in a while.

  4. December 31, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    Great goals for next year – I have no doubt that you will be able to reach them! That is interesting about the white space around text. I might have to make some changes to my blog! Thanks for the tips 🙂 Have a lovely NYE xx

    http://www.lulabelloves.com/blog

  5. December 31, 2014 / 4:30 pm

    These are all really great goals and things to aspire to. Most importantly though, blogging should remain fun and not another area to stress about and feel guilty about. 🙂

    Sometimes it is hard to comment back to each reply left on your blog, especially when you have a full time job and many comments to respond to but I think it is very important to try to reply as often as possible because blogging to me is about community which is a back and forth dialogue, not a one way conversation.

    Good luck in the coming year and I wish nothing but the best for you in your personal and professional endeavours as well as your blog!

    rae of love from berlin

  6. December 31, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    Thank you Corinne! This is by far is just what I needed! Thank you! And Happy New Year!

  7. December 31, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    I’ve definitely learn a lot from your post on blogging tips, Corinne, thank you. My blogging goal for 2015 is to improvise my blog template and definitely try to get better in photography. So far I have successfully keep up with my blogging schedule so I will continue to keep up with that in 2015. Have a very happy new year! xx

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  8. December 31, 2014 / 6:51 pm

    These are great ideas for the new year!! Hope that you have a wonderful 2015 Corinne and I am sure you will succeed with all of your resolutions!! xx

    The Ambii Smiley

  9. December 31, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    Nice blogging tips! They’re really helpful. Personally, I’d rather leave personal and quality comments on blogs cause it’s more meaningful and show that you actually care and read the post. It’s also awkward when you go see another blog and see that someone who had commented on your blog has written the same thing on someone else’s blog. I also don’t have a made up schedule for blogging, I kinda just see when inspiration hits to make my latest post. Good luck with your 2015 blogging goals and Happy New Year!!

    nikimint

  10. December 31, 2014 / 9:27 pm

    Great tips! I know I need to put more effort into my photography and getting my links out and about in the big www! I could do with putting more effort in on social media too!

    I REALLY want to post more and try a couple of ‘posting everyday’ a couple of times over the year too, but we’ll see how that goes!

    Loving your goals for 2015, those are some BIG numbers but I have no doubt that you’ll get there! All the best, may your 2015 be filled with blogging, dresses and gin induced giggles!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

  11. January 1, 2015 / 8:40 am

    These are great goals! I’m sure the Do’s will help you reach them!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  12. January 1, 2015 / 9:55 am

    Great post! And one I will be referring back to as some v useful tips and advice. Happy new year to you!

  13. January 1, 2015 / 11:55 am

    What great tips for blogging! This really sounds helpful. I’m still in the process of getting to show my blog to a large audience

  14. January 1, 2015 / 3:15 pm

    This is a great list! I do most of the ones in the Do column, but I wasn’t aware of IFTTT, so thanks for the tip! I created an account and set some stuff up already 🙂

    Happy New Year!

  15. January 1, 2015 / 3:49 pm

    Good post! I will definitely take some of these resolutions into mind.

    Ella,
    xoxo

  16. January 1, 2015 / 6:15 pm

    Happy New Year to you, all great as for 2015. I really need to set myself some blogging milestones. All great tips as always Lucy x

  17. gemma
    January 1, 2015 / 9:59 pm

    I’m sure you will reach all your blogging goals, you are one of the most commited and hard working bloggers I know! x

    Cream Tea And Rose Jam

  18. Emily
    January 1, 2015 / 11:09 pm

    I agree with this post 100%! Commenting on new blogs is the best way to grow your readership, but interacting with your readers is even more important. I am trying to download Disqus, so I can reply to my readers comments this year. Commenting on new blogs is also another goal I have this year as well!

    Emily // ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

  19. January 2, 2015 / 10:30 am

    Thank you so much <3
    That helpful post! What great tips for blogging <3
    Happy New Year dear <3
    GFC?
    xx
    Surprise Inside 7

  20. January 2, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    Great resolutions here, I really need to concentrate on commenting on 5 new blogs, I’m so bad at it!
    Not comparing ourselves to others is always great advice, but not always easy to follow 🙂

  21. January 2, 2015 / 10:21 pm

    You explain things in the best ways! Commenting on more new blogs is something I’m really trying to do. I’d love to make sure I always do everything on your list tbh!
    Thank you so much for always commenting on my blog too <3
    lily x
    http://www.jolihouse.com

  22. January 6, 2015 / 2:57 pm

    Hey new to your blog but this is definitely is a very good post .
    Book marking it to refer it later 🙂

  23. January 6, 2015 / 4:05 pm

    Happy New Year! Great blog, good luck with your goals, they acheivable and reaslitic 🙂

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