Prepping The Blog For 2018

December is busy with the holidays and life in general. For a blogger, it’s 100-times more busy.

Not only do bloggers have to bog during the month of December, but they have to prep their blog for the new year as well.

I’ve been planning for 2018 since September/October – early, I know, but I get excited – but it wasn’t until December that I started putting it all into place. Thus, stress and panic sets in as the holidays get closer with the new year right around the corner.

Each year I try to think of bigger and better ways to improve the blog. I’m proud of how far its come and I like how things are run now, but you need a change every now and then; especially when you have big plans for 2018, blog aside.

I use Pinterest a lot for everything. I use it for blog and social media help, research for my writing, among plenty of other things for creativity or life in general. It’s one of those sites are super addictive and I end up over-researching or one thing leads to another that I end up veering off from what I was trying to look up in the first place.

It’s funny because I went on there the other night just to browse before bed and there were so many pins that had “2018” in big, bold letters… or numbers, I guess.

Pins are popping up for me about, “How To Start a Blog in 2018” or “Most Effective Ways to Use Pinterest in 2018.” It amazes me how people know what 2018 is all about a month before it actually gets here. Then again, it shows the posts are recent and it gets people to click on them, so who am I to judge?

My point is, people start planning for the new year long before the new year is in sight. I mean, I had most of my December blog posts done in the middle of November so I could focus on things for January.

I was looking back at my posts for this month though and I realized how all over the place it is. I talk about a theme each month and December is usually about editing or blogging in general, but not this year.

I feel like my posts this month have been on a mini vacation. My posts have been random and certainly not as informative as past months, but I have to admit that it feels good. It feels good to not worry about daily posts as I work on other projects, on and off the blog.

Most of the posts for this month will all be reflections of this year and looking forward to the next year. This post, in a way, is kind of a reflection. Or it was supposed to be and it turned into a ramble instead.

I’m looking forward to 2018 though. I think it’s going to be a successful one.

Are you prepping for the new year? Making new goals and getting ahead? Let me know in the comments below!

25 thoughts on “Prepping The Blog For 2018

    • Everyone does their blog differently, there’s nothing wrong with that!
      It is a lot of work, but I’m trying to turn my blog into a business as well. I’d like to make this my full-time career. Not all my posts can be written ahead of time (like my wrap up posts, of course), but I usually have monthly themes and post series that I can write the articles ahead of time.

  1. I’d love to get ahead a month or two in blog posts. I’m not quite that far yet but it’s my goal. I’m planning for next year at least, and part of that is changing up my schedule again. I love the posts I’ve been making but they are tedious sometimes so I’m learning to cut a bit out here and there to make less work for myself.

  2. Hi Rachel! I’ve been missing for a while, I know. First of all, happy holidays to you and your folks. 🙂
    Talking about 2018, I just can’t wait for the new year. I’m planning to get my own domain and start blogging consistently. I’m hopefully going to have more time on my hands in the new year and I’m committed to making my book blog better. I might also be rebranding the whole thing, but that depends on how much time I get in 2017.

    • Hey! Happy Holidays to you as well. 🙂
      I think that’s a great goal, I can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2018, that’s a big step in the blogging world, lol. I too and re-branding my whole blog. I’m almost done with it and am looking forward to when it goes live. Good luck and let me know if you need anything. 🙂

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