Happy New Year. We hope you have enjoyed some family time over the past few weeks. We have eaten our body weight in cheese and the recycling box seems to be overflowing with empty bottles but now I am ready to take on January.
Many of us like to start the year by goal setting and making plans. Whether you blog as a hobby or to make money, January is a great time to think about what you want from blogging. Here are some ideas of how you can prepare for your blogging year ahead.
- Tracking your stats can be a rewarding way to see how your blog grows over the year. Consider creating a spreadsheet that you update each month. You can record your page views, the number of followers you have on your social media channels and your Tots100 score.
- Having a fresh look at your blog and looking at how you might update it. Many try a new theme or header at the start of a year.
- Set yourself a social media goal, mine this year is to make more use of Pinterest. I know many bloggers have great traffic from Pinterest and I would like to see if I can make it work for me.
- Build your tribe. Blogging is social and many of us make real friendships over wifi. Whether you meet up in person or support each other online creating a tribe is beneficial. Together you can share each other posts, comment on their content and bounce ideas around. Get social.
- Ensure your profiles are up to date. Clients use the Tots100 database to select bloggers for relevant campaigns and you have more chance of being selected if your profile is complete and up to date.
If you haven’t linked up to #BeInspired before, every fortnight we ask you to share your blog posts, old and new, based on a topic. It’s a great way of sharing some of your posts and also finding new blogs to read- do make sure that you click on a few other posts linked up as you may find a new favourite read! Leaving comments is nice too as it makes us all feel our posts are reaching people.
For the first #BeInspired of the year we invite you to link up your posts on blogging, goal setting and making plans for the year.