It’s that time of year again! We are about to start a brand new year as 2016 is fast approaching. At this time, so many bloggers are reflecting on the previous year to see what worked and what didn’t work. It’s also the time of year when we figure out what to do in the upcoming year to improve our blogs. If your blog is not where you want it to be, then this is a perfect time to put together a plan of attack for 2016.
I’ve put together a list of some resolutions you can make this year to grow your blog and bring you closer to your goals, whatever they may be.
Also, remember that you don’t have to wait until January 1st! You can (and should) get started right now. What are you working on for 2016?
- If you don’t already have a blog, start one!
- Treat your blog like a business.
- Create a realistic blog schedule and try to stick with it.
- Blog more often.
- Try to connect with other bloggers by commenting, joining groups and reaching out.
- Try to increase pageviews on your blog with advertising, networking and content marketing.
- Raise the bar — really push yourself to create better quality content.
- Set goals for your blog traffic, statistics, content, etc. and work really hard to reach them.
- De-clutter your sidebar and content.
- Work on the look of your blog — update the layout, get a new logo, try a new theme, or get a complete redesign!
- Increase your following on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
- If you don’t have a mailing list, get one started. If you do, work on adding subscribers or creating an incentive.
- Work on a new product or service offering for your blog to try to make some extra money. Examples: ebook, styled stock photos, or blog consultations.
- Be proactive — reach out to potential sponsors, brands and other bloggers. Go after what you want!
- Show appreciation for your readers — comment/visit their blogs, follow them, thank them, and/or give them freebies and giveaways.
- Invest in yourself and your blog by improving your skills.
- Make things easier on yourself! Use tools, plugins and other resources to help you.
- Relax. Write the way you speak and try to connect with your readers by being open, honest and helpful.
- Stop comparing yourself to other bloggers. You are on your own path!
- Try to have fun! Realize that all of this is pointless if it’s not fun.