Blogging Advice

Get Your Blog 2020 Ready

Let me guess. If you’re a blogger, your goals for 2020 are: to be more organized with your blog, create more consistent content, increase your following and page views, work with more brands or something of that nature? I’ve been blogging for 7 years next year, I’ve read enough “blogging goals for the New Year” posts to know what bloggers are striving for year after year.

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And the best time to get your blog ready for the new year is now. You don’t want to get to January and be scrambling for blog post ideas and rushing to get last minute content out that isn’t your best work because you didn’t plan and prepare.

However I’d just like to add before we continue that if that’s your preferred method for blogging and it works for you, banging. But this post probably isn’t for you.

And I know you don’t need an entire new year to change things but I feel like a new year can certainly bring out the best in us. Heck, we’re going to be in an entirely new DECADE. If that doesn’t inspired you to get the roaring 20’s off to a good start, I don’t know what will.

So, you’re ready to take your blog to the NEXT LEVEL in 2020 but need a bit of a helping hand in laying the foundations? I got your back, baby. Here’s how to get your blog 2020 ready:

Set realistic goals

Yeah, I know, I’d love to have a 6 figure brand collaboration with Disney too but is that likely to happen this year? No. I cannot stress the importance of setting realistic goals enough. Dream big, yes. But dream realistically too. Use the SMART goals method to help: are your goals specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and can they be achieved within a realistic time frame?

When I come to set myself weekly, monthly or even yearly blogging goals, I always think of the different aspects of blogging to help break it down. Looking at the big picture can often seem overwhelming. How many followers would you like to gain this year? Which brands would you like to work with? Do you want to go self hosted?

Get clear on your vision

You’ve set your realistic goals which is fab. But you don’t just want to sit there until new year doing nothing with them. This is the part when I find manifestation comes in really handy and PLEASE BARE WITH ME before you click off this post rolling your eyes.

If you’re interested in how I use manifestation, I use all the techniques from Alyse Parker’s video here. But basically I like to envision my blog, my business and my life throughout the year and use manifestation techniques to solidify my vision. Which helps me get clear on what I really want.

Make a plan

You’ve set your goals and know exactly what you want now what? You sit back and wait for it to happen? Hell no. You make a PLAN SISTA. How are you going to hit those goals? HOW are you going to gain 5 thousands followers next year? Are you going to do the same things you’ve always done? (Answer: no).

Having goals is great but they’re just useless sentences if you don’t plan on acting upon them. If you goal is to work with brands for example, the things in your plan should include: getting your own domain, creating a media kit, learning how to pitch, setting your rates, signing up for outreach platforms, etc. etc.

Schedule blog content for January (and beyond)

This one is huge for me cos y’all know how much of a schedule fiend I am. I love, love, love having blog posts planned and scheduled in advance. It helps me plan out my months of content, get a good range of different types of posts AND it takes a whole lotta stress off your shoulders when you enter a new month (or year) and know everything’s ready to go.

Having a calendar, planner or spreadsheet to keep track of everything REALLY helps with this. Throughout 2019, I used this digital blog planner from Tea Party Beauty. It’s been a godsend. Obviously this isn’t helpful now we’re heading into 2020 but I’m hoping she’ll do another one for this year too.

Change anything you’re not happy with

If there’s anything you’re not happy with in regards to your blog, NOW is the time to change it. You don’t want to be heading into a new year with your goals, your plan, your content scheduled only to click on your blog and think “ugh”. All of that aside, being happy with how your blog looks and your content can do wonders to motivation.

Not happy with your blog banner? I’d recommend Type Gal Studio, who created my new one last year. Change up your theme if you’re not 100% with it. Not happy with your photography? Experiment with new presets and ways to take photos. Photography was a big one for me this year.

Get the boring stuff sorted

Ugh, I’m talking taxes, making sure you’re registered as self employed if you need to be, fixing your broken links, clearing out your emails – you know. All those things we HATE but know we have to do. They’re not doing to do themselves.

Do that thing you’ve been putting off starting

And finally, now is the time to DO THAT THING you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t got around to – for whatever reason. This might mean starting up a mailing list, creating an eBook of your area of expertise, investing in a blogging course or purchasing a new piece of equipment.

I know how easy it is to put these big, daunting things off. They seem too overwhelming and too difficult. But if it’s something that’s going to help you with your blog and help you progress further, they’re always well worth doing.

Did you know my new course can help with ALL of the above? Find out more here.

What have you been doing to get your blog ready for the new year? Are you excited to start any new projects in 2020? And what are your blogging goals for the next 12 months?

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

85 Comments

  1. Kayleigh Zara says:

    I’m actually spending the next few days editing my blog and the things that I’m not happy with! I love the rest of the suggestions x

    1. Yessss! x

  2. Diana Maria says:

    What a great post, this is definitely me right now sitting here working to get sorted for 2020! I’m definitely looking to schedule more posts this new year, thank you for sharing this! xx

    My Lovelier Days

    1. Yesss for scheduling more posts!

  3. I think my plan for 2020 is getting half finished posts written, like my holiday and charity walk, great tips thanks for sharing 🙂

    Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

    1. Best of luck!

  4. Boss Babe Chronicles says:

    Thank you for the tips! My blog has been pretty dry all month of December because life happened, but I’m excited to start planning content for 2020!

    1. Me too – I’ve had an awful month for views haha!

  5. I’m as unprepared as ever lol I hate being that way as with everything else in life I’m such a planner. My blog though? Nope, I’m a last minute gal. I want to make some changes in 2020 but I’m just not sure what those are ..yet. 🙂

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post

    1. Oh no haha! Maybe you can implement some things you use in other areas into your blog x

  6. It’ll be 2 years next year since I came back to blogging and I really want to start working on some goals! I’ve started loving the idea of envisioning what I want so this is brilliant! Thank you!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

    1. You’re welcome! You’ll smash it in 2020 xxx

  7. I’ve been blogging off and on for ten years and can absolutely agree with this post! I just did a complete re-brand with my blog and really need to make it a priority this coming year. Thank you for all of the great recommendations!

    1. A re-brand can help massively! x

  8. Setting realistic goals is so important! I tried to be sensible about mine last year but still hadn’t really been blogging long enough to fully know what sensible looked like. But I’ve managed about two thirds of them so I guess I didn’t do too badly. I started planning my Veganuary 2020 content with my leftover ideas from Jan this year so for once I’m VERY prepared. Pinterest growth is my main blogging goal for next year so far but I haven’t sat down to do my full list yet! x

    Sophie

    1. Definitely not too bad at all!

  9. I’ve not started planning for 2020 yet, but when I’m off work for Christmas, I definitely plan on getting lots done!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. That’s a great time to get loads of 2020 stuff done!

  10. I’m really excited for 2020! I always try to set goals that are challenging, but still realistic. I got back into blogging properly this year, so next year I mostly want to grow my following, work on my photography and post more beauty content. Can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

    1. Challenging but realistic is always good!

  11. I need to start planning what I want with my blog for next year x

  12. I’ve started with blog ideas for next year but that’s it so far x

  13. I am so pumped for 2020!
    I have spent the last month creating content, I have a years worth almost completely planned but with plenty of room for additional bits as and when.

    My blog is going to be taking big steps next year, and just know that you have inspired that Jenny.

    It’s all that BANGING content x x

    1. That’s incredible, I’m so proud! I can’t wait to see your blog grow and grow. I’ve seen it thrive so much this year (in fact, I always make a point to check your page views when I go on your blog and I love seeing them go up and up!) so I know next year will be incredible for you x

      1. Oh bless you! Thank you so much 💕💕

  14. One thing I need to start doing now is to make girls for 2020. When I do, I always set realistic ones at first before beginning to think of the bigger, more extravagant goals! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. Starting off with realistic goals is always a good idea 🙂 x

  15. This is such a useful and helpfulpost for all bloggers. I’m going to spending all today planning and sorting my 2020 goals so this post came at a great time!
    Alex xx
    http://allthingsalexx.wordpress.com/

    1. Go and smash it next year! x

  16. Love this!
    Will be setting aside time to schedule content and get my plans and goals written down!

    1. Hope it helps ! x

  17. I need to make some changes to my blog before the new year! Definitely!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    1. Hope you manage to get them done! x

  18. Thank you for sharing these tips – I want to really get things going with my blog in 2020, particularly in terms of working with brands so this has given me some inspiration on how to get organised with it all. I’m eager to get started! x

    1. I’m so glad, good luck with it! x

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