Happy New Year, folks! I hope you all had a lovely time ringing in the new year and didn’t have the horrific prosecco hangover that I experienced. Me and prosecco are no longer pals tbh.
Anyway, those of you who have read my blog for a little while will know that since 2013 I have been sharing my hopes for how blogging will change in the new year. Unfortunately, I ran out of time to write this post before the clock struck midnight and we ushered in 2017 – this year’s hopes will have to sit a few days in! Soz about that.
As always, I like to start by reflecting on my hopes for the previous year before sharing my thoughts on the future. So what did I hope for in 2016?
One of the things I so hoped for in 2016 was bloggers sharing their skills with other (often newer) bloggers. I think this has happened to an extent, and some clever so-and-so’s have monetised on it but it would’ve been nice to just see bloggers sharing what they do and how they do it without a price tag attached.
Props are definitely due to the always awesome Hannah Gale who has actually shared a few posts this year, free of charge, all about the business side of blogging and props to up your photography game, to name a couple. Hannah’s not alone though, as a number of bloggers have shared their wisdom…let’s hope it continues into 2017!
I’m aiming to commit to sharing more blogging tips posts as well, as they do always go down well and I often get comments or tweets to say how handy they have been.
Less Twitter chats
I felt at the time that this was a controversial wish, as I assumed that all bloggers were crazy about a Twitter chat. Yet, when I published my hopes for 2016 post, I actually had a few comments saying Twitter chats were getting a bit old.
That hasn’t stopped them from being very popular in 2016 though! Even more have come along, but I do think that a few must’ve died out as well. I used to get involved in weekly chats quite often, but I can’t remember the last time I joined one. I’d like to get back into taking part in the #lbloggers chat but I always seem to have something else on!
The final change I hoped for in 2016 was to see more bloggers going self-employed (not just for blogging, but for their other creative endeavours and digital consultancy too) – and this definitely happened! Several bloggers I follow have now started their own businesses which is really great – and again, I hope this grows even more in 2017.
It’s a bit of a mixed bag this year! Whilst some of my hopes have come into fruition, there are still SO MANY TWITTER CHATS and the skill-sharing still has room to grow!
So…shall we crack on with my hopes for blogging in 2017?
A wider variety of topics
What I love most about blogging is that one day I can read a post reviewing a product I’ve been eyeing up, and the next I can read honest commentary on mental health (among many other topics). My mood for what content I fancy reading can change so quickly, that it’s amazing that all my needs are catered for! Does anyone else feel like this?
However, in 2017 I’d love to read more posts about topics that are new to me. Perhaps some commentary on current affairs – some real life stories to get further in touch with the world. I realise how cheesy that sounds, but with everything that happened in 2016, and the drastic rise in fake news, it would be amazing to read real views, by real people.
Saying that, I’m not sure I’m ready to branch out into that sort of content…so maybe that’s what is also holding others back?
No more bad SEO’s!
As a community, I’d like to see bloggers continuing to call out bad SEO’s who want a free/low pay link to their dodgy client’s site for absolutely nothing in return.
Instead of taking whatever we can get in terms of “opportunities”, we should be turning them down and educating these cheapskates on exactly how much work it takes to run a blog and how “exposure” is not a valid form of payment.
Even more blogger businesses
OK, so maybe this last one is a bit of a cop out, but it is genuinely exciting to see these new enterprises popping up, formed by determined bloggers with amazing talents. Plus, I love that lots of other bloggers then buy their products to support them. It makes me less sceptical about the community as a whole, and reminds me that it’s not all about drama all of the time!
So what do you think? Are you pleased with how blogging went in 2016, and what are your hopes for this year?