TIPS TO PREP YOUR BLOG FOR 2015

Dec 07 2014
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For me new year means starting afresh, giving yourself a chance to begin all over again. This is a great opportunity to take the plunge and do the things we have always wanted to do for our blogs. Of course, we can do this anytime, but the new year comes with its own excitement, inspiration and motivation! Here are a few tips to sort out and plan ahead for your blog in 2015.

Plan content: Chalk out briefly the categories, topics and sub-topics for which you’d like to create content in the coming year. If there is a radically different category of content you want to introduce to your blog, this is a great time to do it. Starting a new series, talking about a topic you always wanted to, trying a new style of writing to represent your ideas, it maybe anything – do it now!
New year, new design: I can’t stress enough the importance of a simple, easy to use, pretty blog design. If you have been putting off redoing your blog design, get down and do it. You could choose from buying pre-made templates, hiring a designer or best of them all, doing it yourself. If you are going down the DIY route, I have some design tips for you here.
Get on a schedule: Blogging regularly isn’t easy and I’ve learnt it the hard way. I find myself just skipping days together of posting when I don’t have a proper schedule to follow. Β So come up with a schedule that works for you – number of times you want to post per week/month and the exact days. Use a planner or even better, get yourself into using an editorial calendar. Write up posts in advance so you don’t have to worry when life gets in the way, because we all know – it does! Here is a glimpse of my blogging routine.
Stock resources: There is sale on almost everything during December! Stock up on all your blogging resources – notebooks, planners, cardboards, post-its and any other stationery that you may need. If you are looking to invest in some photography equipment, it might be a good idea to ask for it as a part of your christmas gift πŸ˜‰ . If you are interested in building your own photography kit, here is a post that may be of help.
Update skill set: All of us are constantly looking for ways to improve our skills; whether it is writing better content, taking better photos, creating interesting visuals or reaching out to more people. There are tonnes of tutorials on the web to take advantage of. Also there are many interesting e-books and e-courses to enroll in – Lynda’s video tutorials,Β A beautiful mess’s class listΒ andΒ Design Love fest’s blogshopΒ Β are the ones I am personally interested in!
Clean up: Run all the errands before the new year starts so you can get the boring things out of the way and concentrate on more important things. Check and if needed, renew your domain, hosting subscriptions, fix any missing labels, missing/moved links, replace outdated information on your about and contact pages, re-do images etc. Just have a look at your blog with a big, mean magnifying lens and fix all the errors it points out to you.
Get Inspired: Change up the environment you work in to inspire you. Create a work space for your blogging activities, make it fresh and colorful and add in some posters with quotes that motivate you. Have a clear objective of what you want to accomplish in the new year, Β a detailed plan of action and work towards it.
I hope the next year is great for you. Be content with all that you have achieved with your blog, work hard for more and make all your ambitions come true. Β Go on, I am sure you can do it!
What are your wishes for your blog in 2015?

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  • I’ve definitely gotten ahead on the planning and I feel very proud! I definitely need to work on the design front before the New Year, as well.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

    • πŸ™‚ That is so nice to hear taylor! I wish you get all that you want for your blog! πŸ™‚ Good luck x

  • I've definitely gotten ahead on the planning and I feel very proud! I definitely need to work on the design front before the New Year, as well.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

  • I need to start planning on what to do with my blog next year. Some lovely tips x

    pintsizedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thank you lily! Yes it would be a great idea to start planning now! πŸ™‚ x

  • I need to start planning on what to do with my blog next year. Some lovely tips x

    pintsizedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

  • Very good tips:)

  • I wish to be able to post regularly in conjunction with keeping on top of my uni work!

    Kate xo // http://www.beautybabbles.com

    • I know how hard it can be to manage everything Kate, but i am so sure you can do it! πŸ™‚ <3 x

  • I wish to be able to post regularly in conjunction with keeping on top of my uni work!

    Kate xo // http://www.beautybabbles.com

  • I would love to change my design up a little bit and reach out to more people but custom designs can be so expensive!! x

    clarkecouture.blogspot.co.uk

    • Hi Toni! I am actually into doing custom designs, so if you are interested please email me, I can do one for you. And trust me, i am not expensive πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

  • Toni Clarke

    I would love to change my design up a little bit and reach out to more people but custom designs can be so expensive!! x

    clarkecouture.blogspot.co.uk

  • Great post, I always try to refresh things in my life in the new year!

    http://hollysparkle.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Thank you so much Tessa! All the best, you will do great! x

  • Great post, I always try to refresh things in my life in the new year!

    http://hollysparkle.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Great tips and ones that I will keep in mind for the new year. Even though I haven’t been blogging for very long, I am always yearning to grow and develop in my blogging journey so hopefully in the new year I can keep on improving x

    Beauty with charm

    • Thanks Alina! I know that and you are doing a fantastic job, I must say! Keep goin lovely x

  • Alina Bostan

    Great tips and ones that I will keep in mind for the new year. Even though I haven't been blogging for very long, I am always yearning to grow and develop in my blogging journey so hopefully in the new year I can keep on improving x

    Beauty with charm

  • I love this post. One of the things that I will definitely try to do next year, is creating a schedule for my blog, because this is one thing I’m definitely struggling with! x

    • πŸ™‚ Yes creating a schedule would really work wonders for you Migle! Thanks for reading x

  • I love this post. One of the things that I will definitely try to do next year, is creating a schedule for my blog, because this is one thing I'm definitely struggling with! x

    • Thanks sweety, glad you liked them! x

  • Absolutely, fantastic post! I’m really getting excited to expand my blog next year!

    Meggan
    http://www.cardiganjezebel.com
    xx

    • Aww thanks a lot Meggan! You absolutely should, i look forward to reading ! xx

  • Meggan

    Absolutely, fantastic post! I'm really getting excited to expand my blog next year!

    Meggan
    http://www.cardiganjezebel.com
    xx

  • What a brilliant post! You have really made me motivated to try harder with my blog in terms of scheduling and make some tweaks here and there πŸ™‚
    Thankyou for all the info and insp! <3

    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe x

    • Hi Iqra! How are you? Long time. Thank you so much for the lovely comment! You are such a sweetheart! x

  • What a brilliant post! You have really made me motivated to try harder with my blog in terms of scheduling and make some tweaks here and there πŸ™‚
    Thankyou for all the info and insp! <3

    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe x

  • Love the post Chaitra! Can’t wait for 2015 and the new things to come with your blog πŸ™‚ x

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

    • Thank you sheri! πŸ™‚ Me too, cant wait for 2015! I m sure its going to be a great one <3 x

  • Love the post Chaitra! Can't wait for 2015 and the new things to come with your blog πŸ™‚ x

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  • this is great!
    Im a bit obsessed with to do lists, planners and notebooks and for this year I used to keep my personal planner, my blog planner, a “new ideas” notebook and a blog notebook to star writing post. I was getting a bit too much… But this weekend a finally decided on one planner that will help me keep all of it in one place and hopefully get a bit more organized .
    Can’t wait!

    • Hello sweety! Me too, absolutely love ticking off things from my to do list! Yes its best to have it all in one place! πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading! xx

  • julesinabox

    this is great!
    Im a bit obsessed with to do lists, planners and notebooks and for this year I used to keep my personal planner, my blog planner, a "new ideas" notebook and a blog notebook to star writing post. I was getting a bit too much… But this weekend a finally decided on one planner that will help me keep all of it in one place and hopefully get a bit more organized .
    Can't wait!

  • This is a great post – really helpful! I plan to become more organised with my blog in the new year, it’s a bit all over the place at the moment!

    Sophie x | sophhskii.co.uk

    • Hi sophie πŸ™‚ I am sure it will be lovely, just put a little time in organizing it all! πŸ™‚ You ll do great! x

  • This is a great post – really helpful! I plan to become more organised with my blog in the new year, it's a bit all over the place at the moment!

    Sophie x | sophhskii.co.uk

  • πŸ™‚ That is so nice to hear taylor! I wish you get all that you want for your blog! πŸ™‚ Good luck x

  • Thank you lily! Yes it would be a great idea to start planning now! πŸ™‚ x

  • I know how hard it can be to manage everything Kate, but i am so sure you can do it! πŸ™‚ <3 x

  • Hi Toni! I am actually into doing custom designs, so if you are interested please email me, I can do one for you. And trust me, i am not expensive πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

  • Thank you so much Tessa! All the best, you will do great! x

  • Thanks Alina! I know that and you are doing a fantastic job, I must say! Keep goin lovely x

  • πŸ™‚ Yes creating a schedule would really work wonders for you Migle! Thanks for reading x

  • Thanks sweety, glad you liked them! x

  • Aww thanks a lot Meggan! You absolutely should, i look forward to reading ! xx

  • Hi Iqra! How are you? Long time. Thank you so much for the lovely comment! You are such a sweetheart! x

  • Thank you sheri! πŸ™‚ Me too, cant wait for 2015! I m sure its going to be a great one <3 x

  • Hi sophie πŸ™‚ I am sure it will be lovely, just put a little time in organizing it all! πŸ™‚ You ll do great! x

  • Hello sweety! Me too, absolutely love ticking off things from my to do list! Yes its best to have it all in one place! πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading! xx

  • Sophie

    I love this post!! Certianly taking some tips into concideration πŸ™‚

    • Thank you sophie! Hope they are helpful πŸ™‚ xx

  • Sophie

    I love this post!! Certianly taking some tips into concideration πŸ™‚

  • Thank you sophie! Hope they are helpful πŸ™‚ xx

  • Sarah

    This is such a great informative post. I love all of your tips!

    x Sarah x
    http://www.bowbombshell.com

    • Thank you so much sarah! πŸ™ xx

  • Sarah

    This is such a great informative post. I love all of your tips!

    x Sarah x
    http://www.bowbombshell.com

  • Great post I really need to set my self a schedule and be more organised

  • Sarah Parry

    What a great post! this has been saved to my favourites to recap over closer to the end of December πŸ™‚ I love the photos you take for your blog too, amazing! πŸ™‚

    Sarah
    http://www.theblossomcart.co.uk

    xx

    • Aww , such sweet words, thank you sarah! πŸ™‚ x

  • Sarah Parry

    What a great post! this has been saved to my favourites to recap over closer to the end of December πŸ™‚ I love the photos you take for your blog too, amazing! πŸ™‚

    Sarah
    http://www.theblossomcart.co.uk

    xx

  • Bec Boop

    Great tips! I’ve bookmarked this post to come back to in early january!

    Bec Boop

    • Glad it was of help Bec! πŸ™‚ x

  • Bec Boop

    Great tips! I've bookmarked this post to come back to in early january!

    Bec Boop

  • Love these tips! I really want to give my blog a revamp (even though I only did it about two weeks ago) πŸ˜›

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

    • Me too, I feel like revamping every month πŸ˜€ Ha ha! x

  • Love these tips! I really want to give my blog a revamp (even though I only did it about two weeks ago) πŸ˜›

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • Katie Conigliaro

    I love the New Year for exactly this reason. For a couple of weeks I’m so motivated to do all the things and get organized! Hopefully it will stick this year!

    Katie @ paperbackplanes.blogspot.com

    • πŸ™‚ Yes same here katie, want to make sure I stick to my schedule and goals! xx

  • Katie Conigliaro

    I love the New Year for exactly this reason. For a couple of weeks I'm so motivated to do all the things and get organized! Hopefully it will stick this year!

    Katie @ paperbackplanes.blogspot.com

  • Thank you so much sarah! πŸ™ xx

  • Aww , such sweet words, thank you sarah! πŸ™‚ x

  • Glad it was of help Bec! πŸ™‚ x

  • Me too, I feel like revamping every month πŸ˜€ Ha ha! x

  • πŸ™‚ Yes same here katie, want to make sure I stick to my schedule and goals! xx

  • I really hope to stick to these points next year when blogging, because I wrote half the amount of posts on my blog compared to last year. I wanted 2014 to be a big success, hopefully 2015 will be. I just need to be more organised, which I am in my day to day life πŸ™‚

    I found your blog through the #bdib chat the other night.

    love it if you stopped by my blog

    Lorilee

    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/12948547

    • Thank you for visiting lorilee πŸ™‚ Good luck with your blog in the new year! xx

  • I really hope to stick to these points next year when blogging, because I wrote half the amount of posts on my blog compared to last year. I wanted 2014 to be a big success, hopefully 2015 will be. I just need to be more organised, which I am in my day to day life πŸ™‚

    I found your blog through the #bdib chat the other night.

    love it if you stopped by my blog

    Lorilee

    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/12948547

  • This is really good advice! I definitely need to clean up and get properly organised before 2015 arrives! Someone should tell me to stop procrastinating so much and just get on with it haha!

    itsjustsofie.com

    • I know, same here. We need to tie our laces up and get active now! Ha ha! Thanks for reading sofie! πŸ˜‰

  • This is really good advice! I definitely need to clean up and get properly organised before 2015 arrives! Someone should tell me to stop procrastinating so much and just get on with it haha!

    itsjustsofie.com

  • Thank you for visiting lorilee πŸ™‚ Good luck with your blog in the new year! xx

  • I know, same here. We need to tie our laces up and get active now! Ha ha! Thanks for reading sofie! πŸ˜‰

  • I think I need to start posting more consistently and start scheduling πŸ™‚

    • πŸ™‚ Yup me too, its a new year goal nevana! xx

  • I think I need to start posting more consistently and start scheduling πŸ™‚

  • Rouge Salvatore

    Been drafting new posts, so I don’t fall behind in the coming weeks. Great advice I definitely need to go out to get some supplies!

    • πŸ™‚ Ha ha thanks lovely! Same here! xx

  • Rouge Salvatore

    Been drafting new posts, so I don't fall behind in the coming weeks. Great advice I definitely need to go out to get some supplies!

  • Brianna Sullivan

    This is great. Thank you. I’ve read so many articles on blogging but most of the information thus far has been no-brainers. Your information is original and practical. it will definitely help me out this year. http://WWW.BRISUL.com

    • Aww thanks a lot Brianna! Lets share the journey in the new year! Looking forward to hearing more from you xx

  • Brianna Sullivan

    This is great. Thank you. I've read so many articles on blogging but most of the information thus far has been no-brainers. Your information is original and practical. it will definitely help me out this year. http://WWW.BRISUL.com

  • πŸ™‚ Yup me too, its a new year goal nevana! xx

  • πŸ™‚ Ha ha thanks lovely! Same here! xx

  • Aww thanks a lot Brianna! Lets share the journey in the new year! Looking forward to hearing more from you xx

  • Great Idea! I like the idea “new year, new design” I will surely going to consider that idea.
    http://gatelogix.com/blog/marketing/content-writing/7-successful-blogging-rules-you-must-follow/

  • Great Idea! I like the idea "new year, new design" I will surely going to consider that idea.
    http://gatelogix.com/blog/marketing/content-writing/7-successful-blogging-rules-you-must-follow/

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