The crush of the holiday season is upon us and if your life is anything like mine you are challenged to create the time to blog in. There are the concerts and pageants and parties to attend. There are preparations for the yet to come big seasonal celebration with family and friends.
Neither last nor least is expressing your appreciation for your online friends who supported your blog and helped it grow. Here are 4 Year End Blog Post Ideas — warm ideas for the season of snow.
1. Annual Blog Summary Post
Creating a tradition of publishing annual year end summary posts helps you review your goals, determine your path and progress, make changes in direction, and acknowledge the contributions others have made to your blog.
Revisiting why you blog is important. Surveying your Archives provides a look back on your blogging year that helps you see where you’ve been and where you’ve yet to go. An annual survey helps you keep on track or decide to set off in a new direction.
An annual year end blog summary post not only wraps up the year with a handy overview, it also introduces new readers to your blog and what it’s all about. You can blog your annual highlights. You can feature evergreen content in posts new readers have yet to locate and regular readers ought to be reminded of.
Example: The year’s best posts under a specific Category or Tag.
2. Best of Feeds and Reads Post
Keeping abreast of the news in your niche via RSS Feeds to social media and social networks, and by subscribing to the RSS feeds of the blogs of several leading bloggers in your niche, and reading books, ebooks and newsletters in your field was a catalytic agent for posts you published in the past year.
Reading comments received on other blogger’s posts as well as on your own posts revealed new material and new angles for presenting older material. The season of sharing and caring is the perfect one for saying thank you in a best of feeds and reads post.
Examples: The year’s best reads (books, ebooks, comments, newsletters).
3. Annual Appreciation for Inspiration Post
Throughout the year there have been images and videos you viewed and audio clips you have heard that provided inspiration and information. Year’s end is a time you can acknowledge sources and resources or inspiration that were not necessarily directly connected to your posts.
Recording potential blog fodder you experience in everyday life events in conversation is also a helpful way to find inspiration for creating new posts. Quotes, words of wisdom, music and art that comprised the background behind your blogging ignited your imagination and stimulated publication.
An annual appreciation post provides an opportunity to share these background sources and resources with your readers and you share the link love with artists, videographers, photographers, musicians and artists that contribute to your blogging environment.
Examples: The year’s best quotes, songs, images, videos, etc.
4. Humorous Year End Post
Bloggers and their reader’s create a blog’s brand. What the blogger determines the purpose of the blog will be, their goals for the blog, keywords and tags assign to their posts are all used to derive new content as the blog grows and the brand evolves.
Keeping a record of search terms readers used to locate your blog is an excellent resource. We all strive to use keywords effectively and we all make errors in judgment. An annual review of the search terms others used to locate your blog and comparison with your intent can lead to belly laughter.
Additional to the bizarre search terms some have used to connect with our blogs is the fact that we all make blogging blunders like accidental deletions of posts under development or accidental publication of half-baked material. Sometimes we make an error in choosing a blogging platform, web host, a co-blogger, software, a blogging environment and/or a social network to belong to.
A talented wordsmith can use language in effective ways to point out their own blogging shortcomings and to share the silly side of blogging revealed by search term analysis in a humorous year end post.
Not enough time to do a comprehensive post?
Make a brief list of guest authors, most frequent commenters, and/or fellow bloggers who have backlinked to your posts and acknowledge them with some link love.
I don’t have a tradition of publishing year end blog posts? Do you? If you do publish year end blog posts then please share your tips. If not, then are you considering publishing publishing year end blog posts?
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