Are you a blogger? Then hereby resolve to do the following for a better and utterly wondrous 2011 where all your dreams come true, your number of RSS subscribers matches the number of records sold by Michael Jackson and you rank even higher than google when someone types in “G”…
1 – Step away from the statistics
Yes, it’s important to measure how you’re doing. Yes, it’s interesting to mull over the results (Afghanistan, really? Who’s reading my blog over there…And if they are, how come there’s a conspicuous no-show from where my family are supposed to be…) Enough.
2 – Turn on the spellchecker
Bad grammar and bad spelling make you look bad. They also make all bloggers look bad.
3 – Finish that project you’ve been meaning to do for ages
Create a newsletter? An ebook? A Facebook page? An all-singing, all-dancing blog robot that will tweet for you and manage to do your laundry? Get going!
4 – Stop writing for other bloggers and start writing for your readers
5 – Clean up your alt tags
6 – Find out what alt tags are
7 Save your Stumble/Tweet/Like/Vote requests for something you REALLY care about
(I can’t be the only person who’s suffocating beneath the cyberweight of these…)
8 Stay away from shady deals
Always disclose a freebie, always negotiate with advertisers, always stay away from something that just doesn’t seem right. And never, never, never steal someone else’s work. Don’t be the mainstream online content manager who wrote to me saying “well, I assumed if I could download it then there wasn’t any copyright. Anyway, I don’t have time to check these things.” Slimy.
9 Stifle the relentless self-promotion and…
Oh, ho ho ho, did you see what I did there? Oh, and I almost forgot – enter your own New Year’s Blogging Resolutions in the comments below!