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Monday, February 12, 2018

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2018 Blogging Goals! Trying to Improve As a Blogger

The above GIF is an accurate representation what the FBI agent assigned to my computer says from their side of the screen when they see me open my laptop and watch as I open up my blogging dashboard.

2018 is a new year, February is a new month, which means RESOLUTIONS! Or in my case, goals, because resolutions will never be accomplished from my end of the spectrum.

One of My 2018 Goals Is Being a Better Blogger

Why? Because I'll admit that I'm pretty bad at some aspects of blogging, even if I have six years experience under my belt, one of which is deleted unless I look into the way back machine. 12/10 would not recommend.
Would also not recommend looking at my cringe-worthy posts, but if you want the more entertaining version where I react to old blog posts in GIFs...

And ever since sometime in 2016, I've gone down a blogging hole I've tried so hard to come out of it, but I always had something come up. All you could hear were my fingernails scraping dirt as it tried to hold on.

Five Ways I'm Going to Try and Improve As a Blogger (Plus One?)

I say "improve as a blogger" because it sounds better. Also, isn't that the whole point of goals? To improve?

Comment on Blogs More

I've always struggled with this - from the beginning of my blogging career and even now. I didn't comment on other blogs or comment back because I was afraid, and that might have hurt me more in the long run. I've gotten better at this over the years because I've realized fellow bloggers don't bite - they're supportive if I take the time to interact.


Post More than Sporadically

When I first started, I blogged every single day - sometimes there would be two posts in a day. But over the years, as I took on more responsibility in school and life, I started posting less - until I posted maybe once a week or a few times a month.

And of course, there was that one time in my life I probably didn't blog for a good year straight - most, if not all, of those posts, were from my emergency stash of blog posts that I've finally used up.

Over the years, I've found I enjoy blogging enough I might want to pursue a career in the future that is related to blogging - so long as the topic is something I enjoy writing about. I find I'm not bad at coming up with ideas now as I did in the past - I just don't write them. Oops.

And in the professional world, there is no such thing as writer's block. What I've gotten away with on my own for the past few years won't be an acceptable excuse in the future.

Update the Blog

I don't mean the design - I'm pretty happy with the design if you want my honest opinion - but I do mean other aspects of the blog.
  • My review archives haven't been updated since last year
  • My old blog posts are formatted strangely because I have no clue what I was doing as a 15-year-old
  • My bio still says I'm 19, even though I turned 20 back in September
  • My review policy is more than likely outdated because my reading tastes have changed a little
  • Etc. etc.

Cleaning Up Links

It's hard to see bloggers come and go over the years, but it happens. I've also cleaned up labels during winter break...

There is, without a doubt, hundreds of broken links littered throughout my posts.

I want to find them. Slowly but surely, I want to find them and either get rid of them, update them, etc.

Reformat Old Blog Posts

I've put Bookwyrming Thoughts through so much, my blog would cry if it could. It's gone through so many design changes over the years - from three columns to two columns to plenty of other tortures. I think I even broke the blog once in my attempt to design my own blog.

We don't speak of young blogging Sophia. We don't speak of young blogging years period.

But I thought indenting was a thing when I started blogging. "Why won't the tab button work?!" I don't think anyone else thought of this because everyone else seems to not have indented?

Move to Self-Hosted WordPress? 😱😱

I've been considering this for quite awhile because
  1. I've always enjoyed the plugins and flexibility of WordPress.*
  2. I might have to move one of the blogs over to WordPress for a future class. I honestly don't feel comfortable making a third site when I can easily ask if I can use my own site. Plus it'll be nice to see how we grow because there's a baseline established already?
  3. Blogger is owned by Google. They can take it down at any time for any reason, which scares me a little because it has happened before, and my entire account got taken away due to a hack.
  4. I'm already planning on cleaning the blog. I could move it in the future, but that's just adding more hassle because well... WordPress = theme change.
But it's a HUGE learning curve for me since I plan on learning to migrate it myself rather than spending more money. (Also my budget?! It cries.)

*I've spoken to Lupe and Anelise. I'm not that cold.

Let's Talk: Have you been blogging for a while? What are your goals for this year? Have you migrated from Blogger to WordPress and have advice?


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Sophia

Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.