Prep Time: Get Ready For A New Year Of Opportunity
By: Jessie Holeva

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By Jessie Holeva of Trend Hungry

It’s been said that success is when preparation meets opportunity. With the new year approaching, it’s a good time to get your blogging ducks in a row and ready yourself for a new year of new successes! Let’s make 2013 a year of good fortune and as blogger Meg Biram says “Get Sh*t Done.”

Sounds good, right?

Okay, let’s get cracking, after all, 2013 right around the corner.

 

1. Make a list. I make a ridiculous amount of to-do lists, but it keeps me on task and blogging isn’t like a 9 to 5 so you’ve got to add structure for yourself. Start by getting a note pad, a pen you like writing with (red is a color of power in Fung Shui, just food for thought), and start brainstorming what you need to get in order to aid your blog growth. That’s what these next points are here to help with.

2. Make your media kit. If you don’t have one, make one. Potential sponsors, blog agents, whoever wants to work with you will likely ask to see this. It’s not hard, so get it done. And, if you’ve already got one, it’s time to update. Your stats may have changed, or if you got a new logo or some big press add those details in.

3. Brag in your bio. Brands care about this too. Yes, traffic is mucho importante, but you are your brand so make sure you’re showcasing yourself and your blog in the right light. Gala Darling was the keynote at a blog conference I was speaking at and I learned a ton from her. Here’s the video of her portion. Watch it! The concept is simple, brag about yourself, but it’s something we often have trouble doing. Get over it and update your About page to highlight your attributes. Put on your publicist cap and start showing off your fabulous features. No one will know you won that blog award if you bio only mentions you like cats.

4. Update your email address and signature. With every email you send you are making an impression. So, it’s time to get a professional email address (I’m guilty of this offense!). It’s very affordable and if you look at your blog as a biz, then it’s time. Make sure your signature is updated too. It should have a link to your blog and even do a bit of bragging.

Here’s mine. It may be a bit showy, but I’m sure we can all agree that sometimes people don’t give the title “fashion blogger” the respect it deserves. It’s my way of showing potential business contacts that I know what I’m doing, so hire me for a collaboration:

Jessie Holeva

Editor-in-Chief – Trend Hungry

King of Prussia Style Setter – Simon Malls

Resident Fashionista – WPLJ’s The Ralphie Show

Founder – Philly FABB

Facebook  // Twitter // Reel

As seen/heard on: The Wall Street Journal, NBC10, FOX29, 6ABC, PA! Live, Better TV, WPLJ’s The Ralphie Radio Show, Wired 96.5

5. Editorial Calendar. I know, I know, you’ve heard this before. If you don’t have one, get on it! I use my ical. It’s synced to my phone so wherever I am I can gauge whether or not I can take on a sponsor, go to an event, whatever. If you’ve got contributors, it’s a must. It will help you manage your content so you’re not doing five shoe posts in a row, unless that’s your blog’s thing. Plus when working with a brand it comes off much more professional when you schedule when they’re post will go live. The more organized you are, the more professional you look.

6. Fung Shui your site. The whole point of Fung Shui is to make things convenient. If your doorway of your living space is crowded with boxes, then you’re blocking your entryway and making it less inviting. Adapt this to your blog. Is your site really cluttered? If so, it will distract readers and it will be harder for them to get swept away reading your new DIY. Ask a friend to browse your site and watch them do it. You’ll be able to see what works and what can be improved.  A lot of Fung Shui is common sense. So, if you want readers to share your posts, make social media sharing buttons easy for access.

7. Get your invoice in order. When a brand comes a knocking (or you pitch to them, don’t wait for opportunity to come to you) you’ll need to bill them for your services. Draft an invoice that looks professional. It should include your logo, the client being billed, service you provided, who to send payment to (mine includes my PayPal info and address), and a date payment is due by. Obviously, this all changes depending on the deal, but if you’ve got a draft, then all you need to do is key in their info and send it over.

8. Organize your cash money. Whether you’re profiting already or are planning on monetizing this year, plan to save. You are taxed on the money you make and will owe the taxman later, so a good rule is save at least 30 percent for taxes. Create a spreadsheet of what you’re making, who it’s from, and whether you’ve received payment. My web designer Lisa of Elembee uses QuickBooks to keep her bookkeeping in order.

9. Get goal setting. Want to add videos to your site, get your social media numbers up, or monetize? Start thinking about these things and write them down. Make yourself accountable and that way you can figure out what mini goals you need to get there. A goal I recently reached was to have the blog pay my rent. To get there, I had a ton of mini goals to meet first. I had to make a media kit, work on my social media to build an audience, research brands, pitch ideas, go to blogging events and read up on blogging strategy. Whatever you want to happen needs some type of road map to get you there.

10. Get your head right. This one is the most important. Get a positive mind set. Blogging can seem competitive sometimes and it’s hard not to compare yourself and feel like you’re failing when you see other bloggers being flown on trips, posing in campaigns, hosting cool events. December is a busy month for blogging (hello, biggest shopping month of the year) and whether you’re December was profitable or not, focus on the great things you do have and set some goals to keep you focused and feeling positive for the new year. Your attitude can be what takes you to the next level or hinders your success, so get positive and start putting those good vibes out to the universe. It’s the laws of attraction. Be a positive energy magnet and more good things will come to you.

So, what now? Go write a killer bio for your about page, remind yourself how fabulous you are, and get prepared for a year of success and good fortune. And put yourself out there. We can all use a few good blogger friends to share trials, tribulations, plus we’re stronger in numbers!

Comments

  1. Addison says:

    These are SO inspirational. I especially love the bragging in your bio part. It is so hard for me to do, but I respect bloggers a lot when the put any awards they’ve won out for the public to see.

    Thanks for these… making me feel prepared for the new year. Happy New Year, bloggaaas!

  2. Avatar of Mariana
    Mariana says:

    Perfect article to start my year with. Very inspirational and motivating.
    Happy New Year!
    x Mariana | http://www.goingteen.blogspot.com

  3. Avatar of Incognito
    Incognito says:

    It is really a great post !
    I know that I have something to do about my About page and that I have to work to grow my readership and followers on social media. I know I also have some things to do about the design of the blog to make it easier to read.

    Each time I click on your links I should prepare a notebook and a pen because what you you write is always useful. But for now I will copy/paste it and put it in my list of “IFB useful articles” on my computer :) .

    Seems like your site is getting better and better :) .

    Thank you

    Shug Avery of Incognito

    http://www.thinkincognito-eng.blogspot.com

  4. Avatar of moiminnie
    moiminnie says:

    Why am I subscribed to the comment feed? Every comment from this story arrives in my mailbox. What’s going on?

  5. Avatar of Devon - InformedStyle.com

    Love the tips – will be keeping this list handy for the goal-setting extravaganza that is January :)

    Devon
    InformedStyle.com

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    Nadya Helena says:

    Referring to #10 ,being a somewhat new blogger in this time doesn’t help the fact either. We have to stay sharp and get our heads straight or we’ll get knocked down by our own minds. I have to agree with everything on this list, even though I have to admit I’m having a tough time juggling real life- blog life sometimes. I hope the things in this list could help!

    Have a great year ahead Jessie!
    Nadya
    http://thedillychic.com

    • Avatar of Kashara
      Kashara says:

      I definitely know what you mean when you talk about juggling real life and blog life. I found that the best solution is using a calendar. That’s how I stay focused and avoid neglecting one or the other. :)
      Kashara | UndiscoveredWorth.com

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    Kashara says:

    I think #7 is the best advice for me. I have a personal Paypal account, but was trying to figure out exactly how to go about setting up one for my blog. Should I sign up for the business Paypal account? Are there any sites that could teach me more about invoices and other related topics?
    Kashara | UndiscoveredWorth.com

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    underaveil says:

    Thank you for the priceless advices.
    We will try them all.
    The #9 about setting mini goals is the more valuable one,
    for that it will help us to be more work oriented,
    rather than sitting idly just waiting for something to happen.
    All the best, and happy new year.
    Peace be upon you.

  9. Jeanie says:

    There was no link to Gala’s portion of the video… would love to check that out.

  10. I’m getting ready to overhaul my blog, and this was super helpful.

    I wrote everything done in a scribbler, and am working on it now. Thanks for the great article! XD

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    PJ Gach says:

    Loved the tip about invoices, so smart! I had to hand one in the other day and spent a redic amount of time on the web looking for a template. URGH!

    http://www.thequeenofstyle.com/

  12. Hi! Thanks for all the great comments!

    Here’s the link to Gala Darling’s video: http://bit.ly/2gala

    Also, here’s the link to Meg Biram’s Get Sh*t Done series: http://www.megbiram.com/tag/get-shit-done/

    Thanks for reading!! Happy New Year!
    Jessie

  13. Avatar of Girlscout
    Girlscout says:

    Absolutely fabulous piece of advice!

  14. Avatar of Laura Coronado

    How do I download this post into my To-Do List app? ;) Love it. Getting bloggers right on track!

  15. Avatar of the little dandy

    Thank you for this! I am taking every word to heart. Srsly. <3

    <3Jo of thelittledandy.com

  16. Avatar of TheAsiaMonique

    *sighes*…the media kit is where I’m just like o_o. I know its not hard, but to sitdown and knock it out. Great post!

  17. Avatar of Lauren Williams

    I like the idea of this post, it is very heplpful. I’m hoping my sophmore year in the blogging world is going to be great!

    http://five-dimes-for-9-lives.blogspot.com/

  18. Sarah says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve been on IFB for two hours now going through all of your posts, they are so useful and informative. I’ve just started a fashion blog, I actually thought of it in October but decided to wait till 2013 to actually run it. I’m still customising the look (lots of HTML!) until I’m happy with it, then I’ll actually start blogging… But I’m scared that no one will want to read it or go through it because I’ve just started and would barely have any posts and followers/viewers… :(

  19. Avatar of ebey04
    ebey04 says:

    Is there a link to an article detailing what to put IN a media kit? I’m trying to create one and I’m not totally sure what all goes into it.

    http://www.curvystahaven.com

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