After collecting responses from our reader survey, the answer to the question: “What’s In Store for The Blog Loft in 2015” was crystal clear. You want more specific business advice, and you want to learn how to find your authentic voice to become a better blogger, and build a sense of community on your blogs. In 2015, that’s exactly what we’re going to do here on The Blog Loft- and we’re all doing it together! I can’t tell you my plans yet, but I can tell you that I have big things in store for us. Things that are going to make this blogging things a lot less confusing and isolating. My hope is that you’ll be able to stop scouring the internet for conflicting blogging advice, and focus more of your time on creating your best content. That’s all I can tell you at the moment. As we move through the next couple months I’ll be dropping hints like flies, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!
So what are my personal goals for The Blog Loft this year? Well, it’s hard to believe that this community only started 3 1/2 months ago because it’s been steadily growing ever since. Obviously, I want to keep it that way, so continued growth is always on my mind. Other accomplishments I
hope to will see by the end of 2015:
- Create an even more active community on The Blog Loft forums – I want our forums to be bursting at the seams with your bright ideas, vibrant conversations, and lots of collaboration opportunities. I want no blogger left behind- we are a team here and I want to encourage every blogger as much as I humanly can. That means spending more time on our forums, and on social media bringing bloggers together to keep the momentum going.
- Reach out to more bloggers on a personal level – I spend a lot of time creating content for The Blog Loft, and I love it. I want to create more time in my schedule for connecting and communicating with other bloggers. Growing my existing relationships, and starting some new ones!
- Keep the new “Freelance” column going strong – with lots of advice geared specifically towards freelance designers, writers, and photographers. You can check out some of the past posts here!
- Start a freelance blog tour – I want to do a blog tour with freelance photographers, writers, and designers who will be sharing their stories about how they ended up freelancing, what worked for them, what didn’t, and advice to those who are looking into freelancing.
- Create a blogging e-course – I’ve been blogging for nine years, and have owned three successful, and profitable businesses. I love talking shop- I could do it all day! I really want to create a course where I can interact with those who are enrolled. I’ll be talking more about what’s in the works soon!
- Create a kit of Photoshop templates for bloggers – You want a blog that looks good, and you’re on a budget right? Wouldn’t it be nice to have pre-made Photoshop templates for logos, social icons, social media accounts, blog post images, and ads that you can edit to your liking? My goal is to take the mystery out of branding and create ease in the process for women who just want to start a blog that looks good! Women who are just starting out on a budget and don’t have the money to hire a designer deserve beautiful blogs too- and since I’m a graphic designer, I figure I’m the right woman for the job! I’ll be adding some blog graphic kits to a new shop right here on The Blog Loft along with free tutorials on how you can edit those graphics, and a mini-course dedicated to teaching you how you can create your own cohesive brand! Launch date for this is TBD but it is in the works and I’m really excited about it!
- Create a private and focused group for those of you who are committed to growing community on your blogs – I love posting our community building challenges here on the blog- but I want to bring it up a notch. I want to create a group space that is more focused on the specific aspects of community building. This will be a group for those of you who are craving a sense of community. A space for bloggers who are ready to make a commitment and take on all the community building challenges together! I’ve taken every one of our community building challenges myself, and I can say with certainty that I’ve seen growth as a direct result, and built some really important relationships and connections. I’m excited to grow that into something more!