Five New Year Resolutions For Bloggers

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. πŸ˜‰ 

Blogger's Resolutions

 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? 

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29 Responses to Five New Year Resolutions For Bloggers

  1. Jennifer says:

    Great tips! I’ve noticed an increase in captcha lately as well! I can never get it right. Good to know about the disclosures, I ended up putting some at the bottom more so for aesthetic reasons. Will be placing them up front after reading your post/guidelines.
    Jennifer recently posted…Friday Five – 2015 Goals…Blog Design EditionMy Profile

  2. AMEN!!!! Yes, to every single one of these!! I need to remember the last one…i always feel “bad” when I can’t post as much as I want…and WHY??? That will be one of my goals this year…write my blog for ME and not everyone else. Of course I love interacting with my readers and I would hate to lose that but if I lose readers because I take a week or two off, I didn’t want those readers anyway, right?!
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…My Year of Running and Racing 2014My Profile

  3. I am so glad when bloggers figure out an alternative to captha! I am usually okay when I have to enter the numbers but when captcha is all letters, well then that messes me up and like you I can rarely figure it out to type it in correctly!

    Good luck with the rest of your blogging goals!

  4. I love #5! With my sporadic posting of late, I’ve tried really hard to not apologize as it is one of my blogger pet peeves as well.
    carrie@familyfitnessfood recently posted…Big PlansMy Profile

  5. HoHo Rins says:

    A great list. I do not like all of those ads either. The more simple a blog looks, the more likely I will continue to read. I appreciate readers who take the time to comment! Hope you have a wonderful 2015!
    HoHo Rins recently posted…2015 Wishes (Friday Five)My Profile

  6. These are great! I have to say, Captcha is so frustrating to me. You can moderate your comments before they go up to avoid spammers. I’d love to see less of that this year! Happy New Year!
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…My New Year’s Resolutions for 2015My Profile

  7. OMG I LOVE this!!!!!!
    Mar @ Mar on the Run recently posted…Friday Five: Goals for 2015My Profile

  8. Your #5 is one of my goals as well. We can’t live life from behind our computers or constantly with our smart phones in our hands. Life happens, and if that means that there isn’t as much time for blogging as we’d like, then so be it. I took most of the week of Christmas off from blogging, and it was just the break I needed.
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…Friday Five – January 2nd – Five Blogging Goals for 2015My Profile

  9. AmyC says:

    Great goals for blogging! I have the same problem with captcha!
    AmyC recently posted…5 Strength Exercises for RunnersMy Profile

  10. Great tips! I hate catch a it’s really annoying and not necessary. I also think it’s really rude for people to drop their link and not comment on others posts in return. Hope they are reading your post
    Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner recently posted…Friday Five-Goals for 2015My Profile

  11. Great post. Love these tips and resolutions. I’m not a huge fan of captcha, frankly because it’s not like it can’t / hasnt been beaten anyway. I also really hate pop over ads. Also bugs me when it’s like for “like me on facebook” but I have already liked and the pop up even shows it. Needs smarter coding.
    John @ run. geek. run(disney) recently posted…Five Goals for 2015 | Friday FiveMy Profile

  12. Thanks for sharing, great tips!
    Jenny @ TurtleStride recently posted…Friday Five: Goals for 2015My Profile

  13. A huge yes to all of these!! I thought it was just me on the captcha but I do feel like it’s made a comeback – no bueno!
    Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted…Top 5 Posts for 2014My Profile

  14. These are GREAT! I’m guilty of #5, but I’m going to work on not apologize for living over blogging. That’s the way it SHOULD be!
    Amy @ Run with Perseverance recently posted…Goals for 2015My Profile

  15. Kim says:

    I’m playing catch up to a week’s worth of blog reading and can’t even count how many blogs are using captcha again – wonder why?!
    I’m with you on not apologizing for blogging/lack of!!
    Kim recently posted…Accepting Limitations (12/14 – 12/20)My Profile

  16. i love this post so much! so so true. i’m pinning it in hopes the masses see it :)
    Courtney @ Eat Pray Run, DC recently posted…Friday Five: 2015 GoalsMy Profile

  17. Farrah says:

    Yeahhhh, captcha drives me nuts, but I attempt to read the stupid code and comment anyway. (75% of the time, I actually succeed. I must be evolving!)

    These are all great blogger goals! I hope people who just drop their link and never comment read this post as well. πŸ˜›
    Farrah recently posted…Ultimate Coffee Date: January 2015My Profile

  18. Yes! Yes! Yes! All of this. How are people still using captcha?!
    Christine @ Love, Life, Surf recently posted…Rest, Reset and Renew on the #PathToFitMy Profile

  19. #5 totally – I always said I would never apologize. I think recently I said something about how I had barely had time to write because my kids needed Christmas presents and that’s how I was spending my online time, but I tried hard not to apologize! :) The captcha – I do not understand it. Get rid of it! However I do usually put the disclosure for sponsored posts at the bottom, and have been instructed to do so by some agencies. I will look at the detailed rules!
    Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?! recently posted…5 Ways to Stick to Your Fitness GoalsMy Profile

  20. Hahahahahaha… number 1. yes, yes, yes
    Abby @ BackAtSquareZero recently posted…Start The New Year RightMy Profile

  21. Bain says:

    Yes, 100%, absolutely!

    Captcha makes me feel like I’m prematurely aging. (Who CAN read those? Pre-teens?) I’m using Akismet and it takes care of the spam; I can just run down the spam before I hit delete, so it saves a ton of time.

    One of the things that can be intimidating to newer bloggers is that the old guard seems to obsess about editorial calendars. I’ve got a really full life, so I don’t always have a steady stream of posts. The posts I do have, I make quality.

    Thanks for sharing these.
    Bain recently posted…The New Years DoubleMy Profile

  22. These are great, Coco! I’ll be sharing these in tomorrow Friday Favorite’s link up :)

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  24. Renee says:

    Great blogger resolutions! I’m especially inspired to put #2 and #5 into practice!
    Renee recently posted…Dessert Eats: Country Apple DumplingsMy Profile

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