7 Tips For Setting Blogging Goals In The New Year

So here we are, the last week of the year 2011. It's been a crazy and wonderful 12 months for all of us I'm sure, full of ups and downs and the usual drama. Perhaps some of us just began our blogs this year, and maybe some of us are just rounding out another calendar year of posting, tweeting, photo-taking and style reporting. Either way, the end of the year, after the holiday festivities but before the big ball drops is a perfect time to renew your online self.ย  Set goals for 2012 and commit yourself to an amazing year of blogging.

Here are IFB's top 7 tips to help you set blogging goals for 2012:


1. Make a vision board. We spend so much time looking at our computer screens, and rightly so. It's where the action's at, where we get out information, and where we publish our brilliant thoughts on fashion. I'm the kind of person though, who needs a few tangible things in front of her to get inspired. I like to physically rip pages from magazines, save business cards, print out photos, collect post cards, you name it. For 2012, why not make a tangible collective of inspiration for your blog? Hang a cork board near your computer, and fill it with motivations and inspirations. Print out inspiring quotes, collect images of trends and looks you like, and arrange them where you can always see them and let them fuel your creative fire.


2. Create a bank of blog posts. I won't wax philosophic on this because you can read an excellent post on it right here.


3. Cruise your favorite blogs for design and formatting inspiration. The start of a new year is a great time to consider dusting off the formatting, design and template of your site. You should ring in 2012 with a bright, shiny and eye-catching site! For ideas and inspirations, cruise your favorite blogs, as well as some of the blogs they may have on their ‘roll that you may have never seen. For formatting and design tips, take a look at this post from earlier this year.


4. Spend some time studying your analytics. Ugh, numbers. Blech, statistics. I have a love/hate relationship with my Blogger statistics page and my Google Analytics as well. Watching those lines jerk up and down, meticulously agonizing over why one post did better than another – it can drive a girl nuts and totally drain my creative energy. However, it's one of the best things you can do understand your audience, find your strengths and take your content to the next level. Review the posts that had the most traffic and the most comments. Think of ways you can riff off those posts fresh content and photos, minimize posts that you found to have low traffic. Pay attention to what days have higher traffic and save your best posts for those days, etc. Study, study, study – I promise it's worth it. (Also check out this helpful post from Ashe.)


5. Pick a blog star to follow. When I ran cross country in high school, I would struggle to find the motivation to push myself through the entire 5k race. I'd let my arms drag, my head wobble, and would get to a place where all I could think about was how tired I was. Then I'd hear a voice of encouragement from the sidelines (usually my mom or a friend on the cheer squad) and feel a renewed motivation to perform. I would lock my eyes forward on the numbers printed on the back of a girl in front of me. I'd watch her arms, see where she stepped, follow the swing of her ponytail. I'd envision myself tethered to her back, and never let myself fall farther back from her, and try steadily to gain on her – then eventually pass her in the last 100 yards. Consider my voice right here in this post your call to action, your “You can do it!” sidelines shout. Pick a blogger you love and admire, someone who's perhaps a little more popular than you, has a few more comments, whatever. Chase her all over the internet. Tweet a few times more than she does, study her posts, emulate what you love about her style – but always, always with your own twist.


6. Renew your social-media self. In the same way that this is a good time to brush the dust off your site's design, it's a good time to brush the dust off your social media outlets. What does your profile blurb say on Twitter? Does it include your blog URL? How's your picture? How's your background? Pick a new one! Go onto your Facebook fan page and update your image, create a new gallery, “like” a few more bloggers, make sure all your info is current. Go through your “follows” on Twitter and see if there's anyone you can weed out (try using Tweepi to clean up shop). You might also want to set goals for how you communicate on your social media channels. Perhaps promise yourself to tweet a link to another blogger's post once a day. Perhaps tweet a link to an inspiring news story each day. Commit to #FollowFriday each week. Maybe set up a link to your blog so that a tweet goes out automatically each time you post. There are so many things you can do to up your game, and you owe it to 2012 to get after it!


7. Keep all your goals in a place you can see them. As I mentioned above with the vision board, I'm a visual person. Before I moved to New York, I drew an outline of the Empire State Building, and colored it in as I reached financial saving milestones leading up to my departure. In the same way, I think everyone can benefit from having their goals written out in a place you can always see them. Whether that means creating a document that lives on your computer's desktop or printing them out and taping them to the wall – just make sure you can always see what you want. See where you want to be. See the numbers, see the earnings, see the posts, see the fashion. As you reach your goals you can cross them off, put gold stars all over them, a check mark – whatever it takes to keep motivated and reward yourself for all you're bound to accomplish!


2012 is your year, so go out and get it! Make outlandish goals, make reasonable goals. Make mistakes, get crazy, take risks and push yourself. You are the captain of the good ship “your blog name here.” Don your captain's hat, take control of the wheel, navigate the waves, and use as many ridiculous metaphors as you need.

What do you hope to accomplish with your blog in 2012? How are you going to do it?

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17 Responses

  1. Daniel Dunt

    This is a fantastic post and there are so many things I’m going to keep in mind. I’ve started work on some mood boards and already have plans for a brand spanking new blog design – where I will be heading over to WordPress. I will definitely be going over the posts mentioned in this posts before going ahead with things and therefore, thank you very much for the ideas!

  2. creativefashionglee

    Excellent new year resolutions! I so agree especially on creating a vision board. I actually call it an “inspirational board”. I had it put on the wall beside my working table. However, I havenยดt had updated the photos for like months. Reminds me to do it within this week.

    And perhaps the most important blogging resolution that i will make is to be more active in the social media. I must work on with this.

    All the best for the year 2011, everyone!

  3. Ana

    Finally find time to blog, and do it in an organized manner.

    Brainstorming in advance? Check.
    Bank of posts? Check.
    Finding an hour dedicated to blogging? Check.

  4. shikha yadav

    amazing post…… thank you so… much for sharing these precious tips i i really wish they all work out d best 4 me thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€
    n thanx 4 telling us about tweepi ^_^

  5. Meredith

    One thing that helps me is to do activities that are unrelated to my main blog topic. It gives me a wider perspective on life and my blog. For example, get off the computer and read a book or talk to your grandmother. It will open your mind, give you new ideas, and make your blogging fresher.
    – Meredith

  6. Donna

    Great post, thank you! I’ve just gotten serious about blogging this summer, so all of these helpful tips are very much appreciated. Now if someone can tell me how to take photos of myself in outfits and get the full outfit in the frame…


  7. Abby

    Such great advice!!! I’m super excited to revamp my blog in the New Year- 2012 is going to be AWWWWEEsome!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Lena's Blend

    Great tips here and very inspirational. I’m going to try and implement most of these goals this coming new year. I’d say my main focus for my blog right now is perfecting my site design which has been challenging since this isn’t my area of expertise at all, and growing my blog content and posting style. I want my blog to ultimately help my grow my personal business (i’m a stylist) and serve as a fashion/fitness/zen health blog magazine of sorts. I’m new and have a ways to go but this is ultimately what I want from my blog. This site has been a great help to me so far so thanks to you all!

  9. Loudpen

    Awesome the blogging inspiration post was motivating! My goal is to cut back on blogging but continue to produce quality content. Now that I have my own business and I’m delving into PR for my clients, I don’t have as much time to blog. However, it’s a great way to promote my clients and my work as well as proving quality content about the fashion industry. So the reason I want to post less is so I can focus on other things but ppl will always have a place to come to, to see my work. Basically I find that blogging promotes you and your work even when u have posted in a while.

  10. Thalia Ortiz

    This is a great pick-me-up post, nice work! I’ve been feeling pretty down about the stats on my blog, but this inspired me to keep going and push myself ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d definitely say that one of my major goals for this year is to gain a loyal following of readers.