Throughout January we will be running our 31 Day Blog Challenge: 31 days to clean up, grow and improve your blog. What better time than the start of a new year to get things sorted and ready to go for a brand new year of blogging?
We'll be sharing 31 tips, ideas, and strategies for you to get things in order and make blogging easier. This is Day 15.
So the last few challenges haven't been complicated, but we've asked you to do a little research AND step out from behind your computer and *GASP* communicate with people. Today's challenge is looking deep within yourself and your blog which will ultimately push your creative boundaries and make you think.
It's easy to fall into a rut, but the key is to know you're in a rut or slowly sliding into one and taking control of the situation to get out! It may not be obvious to you and that's why it's so tough to stay out of them! When you don't see them all side by side, it's really difficulty to see the pattern.
So here's what we want you to do.
- Grab a pen and paper.
- Go through the photos that you published on your blog in 2013, but don't do it on your blog. Look at them in Lightroom or your Blog Photos folder and really study them. Start by going through them one by one and watch for trends, similarities and of course improvements (pat yourself on the back). Jot down which ones you really nailed and the ones you weren't thrilled with but still posted.
- Ask yourself some questions - Is there a trend happening here? Have you fallen in love with a certain angle because it's easy or what you're comfortable with? Is that same spoon being used over and over again? Is there a plate that seems to be always in the shot? Is everything on a white background? Maybe that's your thing or maybe that's just what you have laying around at home, but it doesn't have to be!
Now listen, it's just you and that piece of paper. Go ahead and be critical. Maybe you love everything and wouldn't change a thing. If that's the case, you get a high-five BUT keep in mind that professionals who have devoted their entire career and life are the most critical of their work and there is always something they would have done different after the fact.
This isn't a matter of changing everything or anything, it's just an evaluation and being aware of what you're producing. You don't want to change everything drastically for your readers, it will leave them confused but at the same time, it's your blog, your space and your opportunity to grow.
And don't worry, we won't leave you hanging after taking all those notes and performing that critical self-evaluation! Tomorrow, we will inspire you with some ways to take your newfound self-awareness and turn it into a creative jackpot!