For many this is a “duh” statement, but most bloggers remain inside the “box that works” more often than you’d expect. When someone has a profitable blog, it takes a lot of work and things can be stressful.
You want to make sure that nothing goes wrong, and so the days of the blogger are pretty typical—read and/or write any content for the blog, upload the content, respond to comments, analyze your clicks for the day, do a little bit of social sharing, and then do it all over again in the morning.
Well after some thought, I came to the conclusion: Although many professions require this type of schedule, blogging doesn’t have to.
Different Ways to Get Creative in 2013
One of the greatest things about blogging is the fact that you can be creative and have a little bit of freedom. You have to be disciplined to run a profitable blog, but there are ways to improve your blog without sticking to all of your 2012 rules.
A few ways to get creative this year include:
- Travel and work on the go. Speaking from personal experience, I can say that traveling only helped improve my blog. I was able to gain inspiration that I never expected, and changing time zones was a great way for me to connect with my followers who are not living in the US. Traveling helped me to realize how much I love my job, and in a strange way it helped me become even more disciplined. Even if you don’t think traveling is for you, give it a try while you’re working. You might have a different experience.
- Create a new column. Chances are there is something else that you’re passionate about and want to discuss. You don’t want to veer away from the real meaning of your blog, but consider having an editor’s column on Fridays or over the weekend. It can be in its own section, but it’s a great way to give your readers a little something extra. It allows you to be creative and think outside that box, and that’s good for any blog.
- Start incorporating your own photos. No matter what your blog is about, you can likely incorporate your own photos. Put up photos of your business or of your home-life to help demonstrate your point. Readers like to feel connected to the editor, and this is a great way to make it happen (and not many bloggers are doing it).
- Interview others and allow more guest posts. This may not be your focus at first because you want your blog to be your blog, but it’s something to give a try in 2013. It’s easy to get the opinions and viewpoints of others and then you can start the conversation. It allows you to give your take as opposed to always being the author, and you might find it to be fun.
Do you know of a great way bloggers can expand their blogs to something new for the New Year? Let us know your ideas and thoughts in the comments below.
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Amanda DiSilvestro is a graduate of Illinois State University. Although she graduated with an English Education degree, she found herself working as a full-time blogger in the SEO/social media department at HigherVisibility, a leading SEO company.