It’s February! Which means…that some of our bloggeriffic good intentions have flown out the windows . How about revisiting those goals and renewing our zeal?
No more lurking. It’s creepy on a playground and, while slightly less so on a blog, if you constantly read someone’s words let them know! Comment, retweet, pin, post, smoke signal…Here’s something that took me way too long to figure out: if you don’t tell someone you’re reading their stuff, they have no idea you’re reading their stuff!
Keep it up. Agreeing to be a better blogger is not entirely unlike joining a gym on January 1st. We’ve all got the best of intentions, but suddenly there we are on January 10th, barely moving our legs on the lowest elliptical setting. And by the 21st we’re home watching Netflix’d episodes of Family Ties. Don’t let your social media habits be eclipsed by Michael J. Fox’s sweater vest.
Do things! It’s super easy to fall into this trap, especially in the February-In-Chicago-Frigid-Doldrums (for example), but you actually need to see and do and live the stuff you hope to blog about. The kind of stuff people want to read. Because just collecting ideas on a Pinterest board doesn’t count. (Although it is ridiculously pretty.)
Make friends. The internet is huge. And everyone and their rheumatic uncle have a blog these days. It can sometimes feel like you’re screaming into a windstorm to even be acknowledged in the crowd. So go find a blogger you adore (more if you’re feeling ambitious/popular) and make a bestie. Because no one wants to sit alone at the bloggy lunch table, yeah?
And on that note…
Be nice. There is so much competition in the blogosphere. SO. MUCH. And every single person in the world has a bigger blog than you/a book deal/sponsorships/a husband who unloads the dishwasher. (Which means that someone’s also thinking that about you and your blog.) So let’s all agree to be kind. And supportive. And champions of each other. Because there’s room for everyone in the blogging world and that should be celebrated.
Perhaps even retweeted.