It’s time to take action

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about needs. What I struggle with. What I need help with. What I needed a year ago, two years ago. How I can help others.

You know what I really need, that I’m guessing you need, too?

Someone to tell me what to do.

I started this Blogkeeping series in 2012 when I had a giant list of things I wanted to work on for my blog rather than in my blog. Things like updating the sidebar, installing a pin it button, you know. The things that get pushed aside in favor of actually publishing posts. So I decided in order to do a little housekeeping (ahem, Blogkeeping) for my blog, I needed something to hold me accountable. So I wrote about those tasks on my blog as I did them.

In 2013, after a year of working in my business full time and seeing what my clients kept asking, I realized I had a lot more to share about that than I did about style, home decor, or any other lifestyle topic I was writing so much about. So my goal for 2013 was simply to share. Like I’ve mentioned so many times before, I thrive on a consistent schedule, so I told myself that at the very least, I would write a Blogkeeping post once a week and share it in my newsletter.

Now it’s a new year, which always brings up the question of what’s next. Which brings me back to that long list of website changes I started with and the idea that we all just need someone to tell us what to do.

When that list is long, you just need a place to start. And sometimes you can’t even think about the bigger picture things because you’re too busy just trying to publish posts (let’s be honest, it takes forever).

So in 2014, I want to help you take action. One thing you can do each week for your website beyond scrambling to get that next post up. Take it or leave it, I hope it gives you a place to start.

The other change? Starting next week, Blogkeeping will be sent only to newsletter subscribers and not published on the blog. This is for 2 reasons:

1. I’ve been wanting to do exclusive content for my newsletter for a while. It’s a big thing to invite someone into your already overcrowded inbox, and I want to make it worth your time by giving you something you can’t get elsewhere.

2. The point here is to take action. And let’s be honest, you’re a lot more likely to take action if it’s staring at you in your inbox than if it gets lost in your feed reader.

But don’t worry — I’ll still be sharing content here on the blog. After all, you can’t really have a discussion through a newsletter, and I love reading your thoughts! I will just be scaling back here for a little while to try to find a new posting schedule that works well for me. My goal is two posts per week for now, with additional posts as I can.

So today, I’d love to hear what things get pushed aside on your to-do list! What goals do you have this year that you aren’t sure how to fit in between posting?

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Discussion

  1. Karima says

    First off, I love your blog. You are a wealth of information and my first go-to when I’m stuck and trying to figure things out. So, thank you!
    I just started my blog last summer so I am still learning. My goals this year for my blog are to [1] grow readership and [2] be more efficient with my time posting. When not working on a post I am going to try and
    learn more about setting up/making changes on wordpress. The designer of my site has been amazing, but I hate to bug her when I want to make tweaks here and there. It would be nice to have the confidence to go in and make the changes myself. I would also like to find tutorials on photoshop graphics. Those are 2 areas that I would be thrilled to learn more about this year, while still keeping up with my blogging.
    Thank you for all the tips you’ve provided in the past. Look forward to Elembee in 2014!

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  2. I think that this year, I’m going to move my blog to ettible.com. Since I’m posting mostly photos, anyway, I think it makes sense to focus more on my brand and to force people to remember that I’m a photography company. I think you probably think I should’ve done this a long time ago!

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  3. I love your newsletter every week!

    My goal is to figure out how to define my blog from my business. My business is wedding planning but my blog is about my life as a wedding planner. I want to continue to post about the wedding world but add other topics too!

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  4. I love your blog and newsletter. Goals I have in mind besides posting are to figure out what the best option is between Elements and Lightroom, both for editing photos and creating graphics, then after committing to one figuring out how to actually use it! Also growing readership is always a goal.

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  5. Hi Lisa! I just found your blog today while trying to plan out my sidebar for my upcoming blog. I look forward to reading more from you and learning about awesome blogging. I guess you could say my goal is to start my blog!

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  6. I feel there’s so much to be done! First of all my about page and I’m debating on getting it more personal or not..Ad tons of other stuff need improvement of course!!!

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  7. My biggest goal is to organize more of my work into templates / email drafts, etc. so I can make the sorts of emails or posts I create regularly go as smoothly as possible… basically just getting organized and fine-tuning!

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  8. I have been wanting to create food posts since last year but they seem so time consuming to produce, that always get pushed aside in my attempt to post more often. However I made my first step and launched the simple food series 2 days ago with a super fast recipe :)
    Also, I have been meaning to find a way to increase the quality of my pics (I’m doing something wrong when posting apparently as every kind of pic shows very poor quality even if it comes from DSRL) and create a solid template for the head picture of posts (which is the most time consuming thing for me while preparing a post).
    Thanks for pushing me into reflection :)

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  9. I have loved your Blogkeeping posts – I’m not always the best at reading them when they’re published but your archives are the first place I search when I have questions!

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