It’s that time of year when we make lists of the things we will do differently in the year ahead so that we will be happier, healthier, and more successful this time next year. While self-improvement is all well and good, isn’t it more fun to think of how others could do things differently to make our lives better? In that spirit, I’m sharing five New Year resolutions for my fellow bloggers. 😉
1. I will stop using captcha. Is it just the blogs I read, or has captcha made a comeback recently? I would love to comment on your post, but I honestly can’t read the captcha code 3/4 of the time. I know spam is a problem, but there are better solutions. (I’ve got the “Anti-Spam” plug in and it seems to work pretty well.)
2. If I participate in a link love group or link-up, I will participate. Link love and link-ups only work if you spread the love–don’t just drop your link and run.
3. I will disclose sponsored posts up front. I can usually spot a sponsored post by the end of the first paragraph, but I’m still annoyed if the sponsorship isn’t disclosed until the end. As I understand the FTC guidelines, the disclosure should come up-front, before any links to the sponsor’s webpage or product (see Example 21). (You can read my post about the FTC rules here.)
4. I will not use ads that pop-up over my content or chase my readers down the page. I visit your blog to read what you have to say, not to click through an ad for Pantene, and how will I know if I want to subscribe to your newsletter if I can’t even read your posts?
5. I will not apologize for not blogging. I know many bloggers feel obligated to keep to their publishing schedule no matter what, but you don’t have to apologize for taking a few days or weeks off. If you know ahead of time, let your readers know, but if life just gets in the way, don’t feel bad for making living” a priority over “blogging”–even if “living” just means curling up under a blanket to rest. On the other hand, when bloggers decide to stop blogging, I always appreciate a “farewell” post so I don’t worry about them.
What would you like bloggers to do differently this year?