As each new year gets underway, so do the blogging resolutions. While your motivation is going strong, now is the perfect time to evaluate your blogging goals and get the year started off right. I like to list several goals for the year ahead and save it in my drafts so I can review them from time to time- and see where I need to get moving! Here are three tips to shake up your bloggy new year:
Start something new.
The new year is a perfect time to introduce new features on your blog. Perhaps you want to start highlighting some of your favorite blog posts each week or invite other bloggers to share their stories on your blog. Consider asking experts or well-known influencers on your blogging topics to guest post, or share tips from some of your favorite resources each week. Whatever your focus may be, now is the perfect time to start something new.
Expand your social media presence
Have you put off setting up a Facebook Fan Page? January is the perfect time to go ahead and take the plunge. Do you need help getting started? Is this is the year you want to take your blogging to the next level or search for a job? Then you should be sure to have your LinkedIn Profile set up and accurately updated. With so many social networks around the web, it can be hard to pick and choose which to concentrate on at which times. Spend the first month of the new year picking one of them to try and to see what might be your best fit.
Let go of things that didn’t work.
Did you try a new feature or series on your blog last year that did not turn out as planned? Perhaps there wasn’t as much interest as you had anticipated or you found yourself losing motivation with the topic. Whatever the case, this is the perfect time to reevaluate your content. What did people respond to the most on your blog last year? Can you take this and turn it into something new? For example, if you shared a couple of recipes on your savings or fashion blog and people were interested, find a way to incorporate recipes into a series. If you focus on coupons and discounts, offer great recipes that can be made for low prices. Do you focus on the latest trends? Translate the season’s new styles into a fashionable menu plan. No matter what your blog focuses on, there are always creative ways to expand your topics.
What are some of your blogging plans for this year?