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.
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.
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?