Are you thinking about how you will make 2011 a better blogging year? This is a good time to re-evaluate those things you did that worked and did not work for you in 2010. Whatever you find, don’t worry about what you should have or could have done, focus on what you will do in the coming new year.
There is no magic formula for taking your blog to the next level. You have to get out there and make it happen. Don’t be afraid of the unknown, because fear can paralyze you to the point of not making anything happen.
I started blogging in November 2008 on the blogger platform and discovered that I loved blogging. In March 2010, I started this blog and I must say, I have enjoyed the journey thus far, but I have so much more to learn.
Blogging Lessons Learned
- Post more than 3 times a week. I use to post 5 times a week, but 5 times a week, became 3 times a week. If I want to increase my traffic and improve my Alex Ranking, I must post more than 3 times a week and focus on producing quality content.
- Comment on other blogs. I’m not consistent with commenting on other blogs. I will set aside time each day for commenting. The only way I can do this is to put it on my schedule of blog duties and just do it.
- Submit articles to directories. I know where I can submit articles and I even have accounts set-up to submit articles, but I was very slack in this area.
- Get paid for my articles. I was accepted to write for pay on a few sites, but I didn’t write one single word. The reason I didn’t write anything, is because I was afraid.
- Don’t waste money on themes/frameworks. I broke down and purchased a popular theme/framework and later regretted that decision. I got tired of searching for coding tutorials on how to improve my design and so I gave up and moved on.
- Don’t do too many guest posts in the beginning Guest posting is fine if that’s what you want to do, but I choose not to guest post, unless it is within my niche, something I really want to do or a favor for a friend. I wasted a lot of time when I could have been working on my own projects.
- Learn to listen to the little voice. I said yes a few times, but the little voice (intuition) was telling me “no, don’t do it.” I should have listened to the little voice, but I learned my lesson.
- Set a schedule and stick with it. In the beginning, I had a blogging schedule, but somewhere along the way I got sidetracked and couldn’t stick with my plan. I’m a firm believer that if we fail to plan we plan to fail.
- Continue learning the art of blogging. I pay monthly for continued education and I am sad to say that I didn’t take full advantage of the awesome benefits. Lucky for me I haven’t been a member for too long, so I’m getting my butt in gear.
- Write everyday. In order to be the best at something, you must practice everyday. I don’t write everyday, but yet I want to be a great writer. There is a saying that “practice makes perfect.” Writing doesn’t come easy for me; it is something I must practice daily.
There is more I can share with you, but these are the main lessons that I have learned this year about blogging. I have already made my schedule and I am planning my strategy for 2011.
In order to achieve your goals you must have a plan and follow through with your plan. Failing to plan will affect your overall success. Plan today and make 2011 the best year ever!
Discussion: What blogging lessons did you learn in 2010?
Image Credit: Maria Reyes-McDavis
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