I’ve been blogging for a long time now, but I’ve not always felt like a “good” blogger. I don’t just mean in terms of comparing my content to others, but also my role within the community.

The usual excuse that springs to mind is being too busy. Finding time just to post on here is not always easy, let alone supporting other blogs or even finding the time to be consistent with my posts.

In 2017, I was a pretty pants blogger. Sure, I kept my blog updated and saw some gradual growth throughout the year but there are definitely things I want to do this year to improve this space and become a better citizen of Bloggersville. Here they are…

Plan, plan, plan!

I started to get better at planning my content towards the end of last year by digging out my Dot Creates Ultimate Blog Planner and jotting down ideas, but I still have a long way to go to make sure I am never in the position I am now where I’m typing up a post the day before to keep up with my already slightly sporadic schedule!

Earlier this week, I got my finger caught in my car door and badly bruised it which has meant I wasn’t able to write things down (or put on my bra without assistance, or tie my shoes etc…) so using my blog planner wasn’t an option.

Instead, I’ve been typing up my blog post ideas into an Excel spreadsheet. I’ve been opening it up whenever I come up with an idea and instead of closing it as soon as I’ve typed out that idea, I give myself a couple of minutes to see if I can come up with any more. Not exactly a groundbreaking plan but it has really helped to build up a bank of blog post titles to come back to!

Read and comment more

I love reading blogs, and discovered some real gems this year. I’m also loving the rise in “think pieces” in particular. However, I know I should find more time to read and be inspired by other blogs. It’s like what they say about authors – to improve their craft, they read more books.

So in 2018, let’s read more blogs. Let’s make it a goal to read so many posts in one week. Not just from our trusty faves, but from new discoveries too. I personally plan to try and spend more time in the evening reading content instead of aimlessly scrolling through Twitter and Instagram…

But as well as just reading more, I want to be a better blogger in 2018 by commenting more. If I enjoy a post and have something to say, instead of keeping those thoughts in my head I want to share them as well. When I get a nice comment on my post it really makes my day and I want to spread that feeling around.

Support fellow bloggers

As well as reading and commenting on blogs, I want to take that support further by sharing their posts on Twitter, or by giving them a shoutout on Instagram.

Much like seeing a new comment notification on WordPress, getting a shoutout on social media gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling. I love seeing others get those shoutouts too, so this year I want to make sure I’m getting involved.

I mentioned this in my How I Hope Blogging Will Change In 2018 post, so I’m positive the community spirit will be strong this year!

Just a few of the ways you can support your fellow bloggers are: by retweeting their posts, sharing links to your favourite posts or even doing a round up post of your favourite reads like Emma over at A Cornish Geek does with her Saturday Share series.

How do you think you can become a better blogger in 2018?ย