As someone who’s running a blog, or planning to start in near future, at least one of your 2014 New Year resolutions is blog-related. Am I right? Here I give you five “sub-resolutions” that will make you a better blogger in the following year:
Build a Content Calendar
For your blog to rank in search results you need to consistently produce new content, and this is not always easy. Sometimes we lack motivation to blog, other times we rush to meet deadlines (read what to post when you don’t have time to write), but if we plan our blog posts in advance we’ll have lots of time for research and writing. Work on about 7, 8 to 10 post ideas so you’ll be safe for a period of two weeks to a month or more, depending on how often you publish.
Work When You Are Most Productive
It’s not always the writer’s block fault when we can’t seem to make any progress generating blog post ideas and writing. Sometimes it just ain’t the right time. Find the time that most suits you for writing – get up earlier, about 6 a.m. for example, or stay up late, try in the afternoon to find the period of the day when you are most creative.
Remember to re-test your most productive time as it changes in different environment.
This may be the most important of all blogging New Year resolutions because content is one of the three pillars of SEO today with quality becoming even more important in this 2014. And to ensure quality you need to write regularly. This requires conscious effort, discipline and commitment, which is sometimes easier said than done, but the truth is that if we want to improve we must work on ourselves all the time.
Use Distraction-Free Writing Tools
It’s hard to focus on blogging if your workspace is too noisy and crowded, or if you constantly get distracted by emails and social media. There are amazing tools that you can use to get rid of these distractions, and some are covered in my productivity tips for bloggers article.
Start Using Google Analytics
Using Google Analytics is free and it gives you access to important data about readers behavior on your blog. By identifying your most popular posts (most clicked, commented, shared posts) you can craft better content and improve your blog in possibly the most crucial way – with quality and greater value.
Bonus tip: Make Sure to Exercise and Play More
Remember that in order for your blog to achieve success you need to be healthy and fit-for-duty. Good and regular exercise and proper nutrition can help a lot. Even the airline safety instructions say you should put your oxygen mask first before assisting others. So don’t forget to take care of yourself.
Blogging is lots of hard work (it’s easier if you love what you blog about), but it doesn’t mean your regular life should be neglected because of it. Make sure there are always few hours a day when you can sit and relax, or do stuff you enjoy – this will loosen your tired mind and boost your productivity and creativity.
They say that if you can do something 5 to 12 weeks straight, it will become your habit. It’s up to you to start putting effort in the things that matter, blogging-related and otherwise. So make use of the year that just started. May your kind wishes all come true.
Happy New Year!