It's July! We're half way through the year, how are you on goals for your blog? Maybe it's time to try something different? Here are 15 new things to try if you're looking for ideas – it's always helpful to go outside your comfort zone, and summer is a good time, since its quieter and more “relaxed.”
Take photos outside. Take a walk. Get away from your desk.
Allow 24 hours between writing a post and publishing it.
Give yourself some time to reflect on what you wrote. Edit the post again. Spend a lot of time on quality posts instead of more posts.
Take a social media vacation.
Take a break from the internet. It'll be here when you get back. Spend some time with your real-life.
Take a REAL vacation.
Blog about it, or don't blog, but do something different. When you get back, you'll be refreshed and ready to try new things.
4-4-4 – instead of piddling around on Pinterest or Facebook, or getting stuck down the rabbit hole of the internet, sit still and breathe. I've been trying the four-breaths in, four-breaths out for four minutes thing every day (or as often as I remember) and it really helps to get clarity back.
Call your PR or brand contacts.
How often do we just “hide” or become comfortable with email as the only way to communicate? A 5 minute phone call, or even a message on voice mail goes a long way towards creating a closer and more productive relationship. Email is still good for quick questions, but a phone call is great for follow-up and just to say “hi.”
Record a video review.
If you don't do those already. Just try it, maybe it's not something you'll do all the time, but it might be an interesting way to see if you can attract new readers or engage existing ones with a new type of content.
Try a giveaway.
If you've never done one, a giveaway can be a fun way to engage readers, getting them to comment when they otherwise don't, or at least making them feel like part of a community. If you don't have a sponsor, find one, or buy the prize yourself. Keep it simple and ask them to leave comments to enter to win – make it fun and interesting and a way for your readers to interact with each other and you.
Make a collage or outfit post.
Whatever, as long as its a different type of post than what you normally do.
Publish every day.
If you normally publish 3x a week or less, try to create a post every day for a while and see what difference it makes to your traffic and engagement.
Ask a question at the end of your posts.
This suggestion gets a lot of flack, but if it's relevant, asking a question, or saying “what do you think?” at the end of a post goes a long way towards engaging readers with your content.
Value your time.
Think about how much work you're doing and what you earn from it, then calculate what your time is worth. Focus more on producing quality content that will earn more in the long run. Don't work for free.
Work in a different location.
Notice how your inspirations change when you work someplace different.
Narrow your niche.
I always say the smaller the niche, the better – talk about what you're most passionate about and readers will follow. Don't just keep your blog wide open, discussing fashion, or lifestyle, make it vintage fashion, online shopping, or 40-something style. The more specialized you are, the more easily others will identify with you.
Expand your niche.
Once you've narrowed down your niche, widen it a little! There's no ONE right way, or the perfect formula for success. If your niche is too narrow, make it bigger; talk about a few things you might not normally and see what happens with traffic and engagement.
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