Trying to be a better blogger: 5 things that I want to improve on.
Sometimes, I sit down at my laptop and think 'omg, I'm actually the worst blogger in the world' and I feel like I'm completely failing. And then other days, I realise that I need to cut myself some slack, because I'm trying to fit running this blog alongside my full time job and attempting to be a successfully functioning adult, which I'm sure we can all agree is a lot harder than we expected..
However, I had a good little sit down and a think a few days ago, and I made a list of 'blogging goals'. A list of things that I really want to improve on and hopefully be a lot better at by the end of the year.
I also had a good little brainstorm, about things that I really want to write about, the kind of content that I want to produce, and the kind of blog that I want this to be, and it filled me with so much motivation that I'm hoping this is going to be just the start!
So, here we go. Here are 5 things that I really want to get better at.
R e p l y i n g t o e m a i l s o n a m o r e t i m e l y b a s i s
This is most definitely a priority, oh my goodness. There's that meme that's been going round the internet recently about how life is just a constant stream of 'sorry for the delay in getting back to you', and this could not describe my blogging inbox more. I'm literally the worst, and I'm so sorry. There's probably so many people currently still waiting on a reply back from me right now, and this is something that I'm going to 100% focus on.
Partly because I've missed out on opportunities before because I've read an email at work, and then completely forgot to reply until a week later, and by then it was too late.
Party because it's just a lot more professional.
And partly because a building inbox of unread emails just triggers an anxiety switch in me, and then I just put it off even more and then the thought of it makes me more anxious. A vicious circle I don't need.
So, a simple fix for this? Just reply to the email straight away, Soph. And don't be afraid to say no.
R e p l y i n g t o b l o g c o m m e n t s
And on a similar note! I started doing this rather successfully at the beginning of the year, and then I hit a blogging slump and failed again. But, I'm determined to try this again, and make it such a habit that I don't stop ever again.
I know a lot of bloggers have split views on whether you should reply to comments or not, particularly on blogger when you don't get a notification anyway, and also because when I comment on someone else's blog, I'm not doing it for a reply, and I don't tend to expect one. But, it's always nice, isn't it?
S h a r i n g t h e l o v e
It always gives me such a sense of pride and happiness and when I spot that someone has given me positive feedback on my blog. Whether that's just being included in a blog post, or simply someone has shared one of my posts on Twitter, it really does feel great, doesn't it?
So, this is something I really want to do more of. I want to create more blog posts filled with my favourite blogs, and I want to start to share some of the hundreds of blog posts I read that I really love and that have really inspired me on my social channels, and hopefully help you guys discover what I love, too!
S c h e d u l i n g t w e e t s & u s i n g s o c i a l m e d i a
Something else that I'm currently terrible at is scheduling tweets. Anyone else just find it a really boring and monotonous task?! But, at the end of the day, I do really love it when the content I produce is actually read, and I know how much of a traffic booster Twitter can be. So, this is another priority for 2017 - using and analysing social media a lot more to my advantage!
P r o d u c i n g & c u r a t i n g b e t t e r c o n t e n t
I really want to work on the content that I create, after all - it's probably the most important thing we do as bloggers, right? I quite often find myself focussing on what my blog looks like, such as the layout and just making it look 'pretty', rather than the actual stuff that goes in it. I'm going to take the old quality over quantity mantra, and really try and create posts that really mean something instead of just getting a post out there for the sake of it.