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A Year Of Better Blogging

By Feb 1, 2012 July 7th, 2014 132 Comments

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Blogging has changed. I don’t know when you started, but when I started blogging I started because I thought it was a neat way to share pictures and stories.

Okay maybe a TINY part of me thought it would be cool to get famous and meet Ellen DeGeneres, but back then I spent hours commenting on other people’s websites and as the years have progressed and new social media platforms have emerged, I’ve found myself missing some of those fundamentals that were so important when I began blogging in the first place.

This year I challenge you to join me in a year of better blogging and incorporate some of the basics BACK into what it is we do everyday:

Goal #1: Be Responsive
When we started blogging it was ALL about the commenting. There was no Twitter or Facebook or “insert new up and coming social media platform here”…it was just you and me and our keyboards. As social media has changed, so has our time online. We spread ourselves thin, but the people you need to make a priority are the people who are taking time out of their day to comment on YOUR site. We can’t reply to everyone, everyday…but we CAN take five minutes and reply to just a few people. It’s important not to get so caught up in driving numbers that we lose sight of the people who read regularly. Fostering those friendships should be first on our list.

My girls set up mailboxes next to their doors. ($1 at Target)...I've been surprising them with little Valentines.

Goal #2: What Lists?
There are all kinds of lists released by all kinds of websites all year long. You might not ever make it on a list. Accept that and move on. You did not start blogging to make a list. Your husband and kids do not care if you are on a list. The people visiting your blog don’t care if you are on a list. Maybe the list just isn’t in your life plan…at the end of the day…does it really matter? Let go of the lists and continue making your own magic happen.

Flower

Goal #3 Stay focused
Every once in awhile remember why you started blogging in the first place. It is so easy to get caught up in the blog conferences and the stat trackers and the opportunities to work with brands. I challenge you to take some time and look through your archives. What do you enjoy about your old posts? Revive that.

Love

Goal #4 Be Productive
There are a million things I can do on the computer, but all too often I find myself in the endless Email–>Twitter–>Facebook–>Pinterest cycle. Who emailed me? No one? Any tweets? How about Facebook? Any fun pins? Did I get an email now?? What about Twitter?…you see where I’m going with this. While I think managing all of my social media accounts is important and necessary, it can also be VERY unproductive. My goal now is to think of a task to complete before I even approach the computer. The messages in those other accounts aren’t going anywhere and I know I feel best when I can walk away from the computer feeling like I completed something important to me…even if it’s simply an email to my daughter’s teacher. Besides, Twitter is much more enjoyable when you don’t have other responsibilities looming over your shoulder.

Coffee break.

Goal #5 Share Often
I can’t speak for everyone, but personally as years of blogging passed I felt myself becoming more and more prudish with the ‘like’ button. At blog conferences we learn about branding ourselves and ‘My God if I like this, does it mean I endorse it? Does it fit with who I am? Does it fit the BRAND?‘. I’ve even gotten caught in the catty “Why would I share her post with the world when she has never given me the time of day?” on occasion. My goal here is to stop that. If I like it…I want to share it. If it made me smile? I want to share it. I don’t care if it ‘fits’ or if the person who wrote it doesn’t like me, if they created something that made me smile or think or REACT than they deserve a pat on the back. I’m sharing.

Hot cocoa kind of day here today.

Goal #6 Blogging is FUN!:
There are so many hilarious, thoughtful, outgoing, WONDERFUL people out there. Isn’t it fun playing this game together and following everyone on their different journeys while we create our own? Let’s stop over thinking what’s happening with our sites at every minute of the day and just enjoy the luxury of technology shall we? Enjoy each other!

Robot love. It's real.

Who’s with me!?! 🙂

132 Comments

  • […] A Year of Better Blogging – The SITS Girls I have thought about some of these things many times, like when I will share someone’s post here on the links or on Facebook, but not even bother to leave a comment on it.  Blogging has really changed (having been blogging now for over five years), and in some ways – it would be nice to go back to some of the old way. […]

  • Amicia Rai says:

    Blogging IS fun!
    I’m still very new to it, but I’m slowly starting to get the hang of it.
    The importance of actually commenting on someone’s blog instead of just hitting the Like button is huge! I get really happy when someone comments on something that I wrote. And I always try to return the favor as well! ^_^

  • Michelle says:

    I am SOOO feeling this right now! I’ve only been blogging 14 months and it’s changed already since I’ve been doing it. It’s actually caused me to lose my motivation. And now I have to re-evaluate the way I’m doing everything and if it’s even worth it. Thanks for the post. You made a lot of good points!

  • I am totally with you! I don’t even keep up with stats anymore since starting my new blog with WordPress. I’m concentrating on trying to create good content (which is kind of hard with school right now, but hopefully will get better as the semester winds down, and then LOADS better when I finally graduate). I try to keep up with those who take the time to comment on my blog and who I’ve made good friends with since starting this whole endeavor. I’ve really come to enjoy it, and want to hone my friendships more.

  • fnzahner says:

    I started blogging and abandoned it almost immediately. I must have had branding at the back of my mind. I don’t feel like I get blogging. As in “There is so much out there, and I am going to add more?” And what is my focus anyway? Plus it seems like, forget my house, media is so cluttered! There is so much to read, so much to comment on, so much to post..do we even talk to each other anymore? Well I guess through blogging. Is that it? Is that what I’m not getting? Great post; it’s gets me thinking.

  • I enjoyed reading this post- thank you!

  • Thank you so much for this post. I really needed to hear this. I find myself trying to do “all the right things rather than just sticking to “the most important things.” This year I think I am going to try to “find myself” as a blogger. I think I may not be a deal blogger but a wise spending blogger. I do not enjoy regurgitating information but sharing. Again thank you!

  • […] A Year of Better Blogging – The SITS Girls I have thought about some of these things many times, like when I will share someone’s post here on the links or on Facebook, but not even bother to leave a comment on it.  Blogging has really changed (having been blogging now for over five years), and in some ways – it would be nice to go back to some of the old way. […]

  • I love your list and wish you the best of luck. I’m really excited about 2012 and have made a few lists for myself too. Isn’t blogging a blast?

  • Christie says:

    I love this! I am just recently joining the team of Ma Nouvelle Mode and I have been thinking about a lot of the things you mentioned in this post. Thank you for putting this out there! I appreciated everything you had to say.

  • Andrea says:

    I’m with you. Tis is one thing I enjoy about not being monetized, I write and share what I feel like and how I feel about it is my business. Maybe that is why I’m not monetized… Anyway, where did you get those window clings on things? They are absolutely adorable!

  • Dawn says:

    Great article!! And soooo true! think I will start right now! ;D

  • I am!! I miss those days sometimes… although it definitely seemed like we all had more time then for some reason. But I was just thinking about this very thing… and that’s what brought me back here to the SITS girls. GREAT post! Totally with you. 🙂

  • I’m with you!!!!! I am only a year in but I can see where you are going with this! Here’s to 2012!!

  • Tabitha says:

    I love this! I just started blogging again and it’s great to know there are people out there who care about the fun in it all and the community.

  • Mary Ruff says:

    Great Post!! Gives great perspective. I am just starting to share my blog with the world and it can all be really confusing. It is easy to get caught up in the social media and all of a sudden, you are worried more about your brand and you haven’t posted in days!!!

  • Thank you for sharing- I am a new-be in the blogging world and am truly enjoying it. I love getting comments because they make me feel like I am connecting to other moms- THE REASON why I wanted to be a part of this. I am really enjoying the prospective of relationships being built and knowing I’m not alone in this crazy, amazing journey of motherhood.

  • Carli says:

    Great post! I’ve been thinking about getting rid of the Google+, G+, Networked blogs, etc. , etc. Even though my blog is mostly reviews and giveaways, I just get too caught up in that stuff and it seems to me if someone really wants to come to my blog for whatever reason they’ll come.

    I actually do enjoy writing reviews and giveaways, with that being said I’m also a certified personal trainer and I think I’ll take some of these things to mind when writing other types of posts.

  • Andrea B says:

    I’m in! “Be Productive” is the hardest one for me. I get sucked in!

  • Carolina says:

    Blogging is fun! Thanks for reminding about that and helping me get back to the basics. I’ve been learning a lot from the challenge, and at the same time feeling totally inadequate about my blog, my blog style, what I blog about, etc! Deep breath……I like my blog and I’m having FUN!

  • This was such a wonderful post! Keeping it real is the best thing we can do! We all began blogging from our hearts first, and sometimes (as you’ve pointed out) that can be lost. It is a wonderful thing to be able to blog, share, write and have the desire to help others on a daily/weekly/monthly basis, but again, as you mentioned, those that support us the most are the ones we should never forget about. 😉 Thanks so much for talking about (what I consider) getting back to the basics! Enjoy!

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