4 Year End Blog Post Ideas

hollyThe 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.

holly2. 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).

holly3. 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.

holly4. 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.

xmascat 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.

Discussion

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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41 thoughts on “4 Year End Blog Post Ideas

  1. What?? You do all this and bake cookies, too?? : )

    Stop lying awake thinking of new posts, get a good night’s sleep, and thanks for all you do. You make it a better world just by being in it. : )

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  4. Reblogged this on Leading in the 21st Century and commented:
    If you are a blogger and wondering what to blog about over the holiday, consider these tips by time thief at onecoolsitebloggingtips.com. Her blog always has great ideas for WordPress bloggers and for those wanting to generally blog better!

    Merry Christmas!

  5. TT, all the ideas are great, especially the first one. So many people don’t take time to reflect on their lives and beliefs. Blogging causes us to at least reflect. Review, that puts one in another level of reflection, leading to understanding one’s self better and allowing us to choose paths to take and noise to eliminate from our lives.

    Giving thanks to those that help us along the way is also vital for ourselves and for those helping us. While some people need fewer kind words than others, all of us respond to sincere gratitude and thanks.

    Finally, blogging about the value of our blog to our readers helps us double check our motives and helps our readers articulate for others why they read our stuff… and that helps them be evangelists for our blogs. After all, we don’t just write to please ourselves (although that is part of it), we blog to add value to other people.

    I wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you have a wonderful holiday!

    • Hello,
      I think it’s a good time of the year to review, reflect and renew and I’m happy that you agree. Your penultimate paragraph says it all and says it very well. Merry Christmas to you.

  6. “Revisiting why you blog is important.” Dead on, right there… if I could do that effectively, I’d be doing better blogging. Right now, I am contemplating shifting to self-hosted WordPress for a website (on advice of a friend), because I want better control of aggregating services. I keep running into limitations. I’d like to bring together other services I use, and then maybe I’d find year-end summaries more relevant. WordPress just doesn’t seem to be enough, alone. Flickr gives me the most social networking mileage right now, but doesn’t fully integrate. Blogging from 43Things (a goal site) seems to be broken at the moment; maybe I’ll find an alternative.

    No need to find me a solution right now– I just wanted to thank you again for your helpful posts. Hope your Christmas season finds you well amid the busy-ness and… pistachio shortbread? *drool* May I ask for the recipe?

    • Hi there,
      I find myself revisiting why I blog every year at this time of the year ans I suspect many other bloggers do too. I’m not surprised to hear you are considering self hosting. It will probably be the best fit for you. I hope your Christmas is delightful and if I have the time I’ll be posting the pistachio shortbread recipe in my personal blog.

    • I’ve seen some search terms that made me shake my utter in disbelief. I’m pretty sure we all a a collection that ranges from bizarre to out of this universe. Happy Christmas to you too.

  7. Once again you have published a brilliant post at just the right time. I may not post often but I visit your website very frequently. Yours is the only ‘How to’ blog website I have permanently on my portal page (how old fashioned is a portal page ?)
    .
    Because of your post I will definitely be posting a year end ‘letter’. I will use the post to highlight the 3 or 4 big hitters on the website and to thank our many contributors. The driver for the website is a free directory of retired people offering their talents and services back into the job market and I will definitely highlight this aspect.

    Many retired people are finding that the good old pension of 10 years ago (pre the global financial melt-down) isn’t quite cutting the mustard, their credit cards are maxed out and they need to earn something if they can. Life doesn’t get any easier when you are retired.

    A financial setback when you are 35 is not the end of the world, but at 65 you have very little time or opportunity to recover.

    Thank you again for a ‘spiffing’ idea.

    • Hello Peter,
      It feels so good to hear that my post has inspired you to create a year end post. It feels even better to know you have my blog bookmarked. Best wishes with your assignment. ;)

  8. Great ideas. I just have to quit being a sloth. I admit I already have 2 blog posts lined up for 2013. One of them hopefully will be fun for dull months of winter.

    I don’t blog that often but yes there are some surprising top blog hits…which some of which bewilder me.

    Many warm wishes for a wonderful holiday, TiTi. May it be surrounded with love and peace.

    • Maybe you’re not a sloth. You work full time and it’s the season of hibernation because it’s dark both going to and coming home from work. After this energy push I’ll feel like hibernating.

      There are days that I look at my stats in utter bewilderment.

      May love and laughter light up your holiday season, Jean.

  9. Great ideas! I usually share a summary of my best posts at the end of year. I’ve cut back to blogging just once a week through most of the month of December because I know most people are so busy.

    P. S. Still love the look of this theme on your blog!

    • You have such excellent monthly posts and annual ones as well. I noticed you have cut back as I’ve been able to keep up with reading at least some of the blogs I follow. I far behind on commenting — shrug — that’s not news. I always come back to this theme. Thanks.

      • Posting less can definitely be easier for readers. In my reader survey, about half the readers were happy with a single weekly post and half requested two or three posts a week. So I usually post twice, but I see the wisdom of posting less often when people are busy (like now) or during the summer when people seem to read blogs less. Blogging is a grand experiment!

        • Hi Sandra,
          My blogs both show a low visits in December traffic pattern so once weekly posting during December is sensible. I’m so busy at this time of year that I have to be disciplined in order to make sure I get enough sleep. I’m simply posting when I can and that amounts to whenever there’s a lull at work.

          You’re right – blogging is an ongoing experiment. I have tossed around the idea of posting a survey but what I see on Quantcast stats is that most of my traffic to this blog ie. 83 % of the visits are not by regular readers. Perhaps I’m too focused on that figure and ought to post a survey anyway as only regulars will be likely to respond to it. It’s on my 2013 list of things to consider doing.

          Wishing you all the best always,
          TiTi

  10. Wow! That’s a lot of work there, tt. My year-end post would likely be along the lines of “Happy New Year – don’t post while you’re hammered – you’ll regret it!” If I remember, which I often don’t.

    As for where my blog’s going next year, there’s likely to be a more pronounced change of direction towards food and, perhaps, away from politics, the latter being mainly an exercise in futility with a government that heeds nobody (even though they have plans to spy on everybody!).

    I’m finding that food-related posts generate more interest than pretty much anything else right now. Not as many comments, maybe not even as many hits, but certainly in terms of likes, retweets and reblogs, plus they bring in more new readers than any other genre, most of whom appear to stick around. If that’s what people want, I’m more than happy to provide it. And my established readers are happy with that, too – everyone, it seems, wins.

    And as you say, it’s worth bringing forward old posts, as long as they’re not time sensitive, and putting them in front of a new and bigger audience, and it needn’t be limited to the year end – that’s worked out pretty well for me this year.

    The idea of a year-end summary, though, is positively scary, and would probably take weeks. Not sure how many posts I’ve written this year (that would be a useful stat, WP), but it must be an average of one a day, maybe more, and I’ve no idea on how many subjects. And have you noticed, when you look back at posts, you always spot a glaring typo that somehow got overlooked? Or maybe that’s just me . . .

    So I think I’ll content myself with just hoisting a glass to all my readers, old and new, when the time comes . . .

    Merry Christmas, tt, and a Happy New Year, when they get here.

    • Dear Ron,
      I love your comments. The phone is ringing off the hook as I’m at work. Two shipments are lost and 3 customers failed to show up on time this morning and re booked for this afternoon. I’ll definitely reply to you when I can but I agree that the project could indeed be a very scary one — scary but informative and even rewarding.

    • Good day Ron.

      TT’s idea is excellent, solves my year end newsletter block. Brilliant idea, in fact. I have just discovered your blog Ron and must explore it more. I spent 2 sessions in ICU during March and May this year, diagnosed with COPD – foolishly, a smoker. No longer.

      Thanks TT and Ron, have a grand holiday and may 2013 be a cracker.

      • Hi Peter.

        You’ll find a lot of information about managing and living with COPD on my blog – highly recommended – so I’m told. ;-)

        The thing to bear in mind is that COPD isn’t a death sentence – it can be managed very well, but you do need to be assiduous about taking your meds to a strict timetable. Taking them when you remember isn’t good enough.

    • Hi there,
      I’m happy you liked it. It all came to me in the middle of the night when I ought to have been sleeping. Truth be told I’m going nuts on the home front as I have a very active offline life. At this point I don’t even know if I will have the time required to follow my own advice. I am actually aiming to publish such a post before Winter Solstice but I have so much to do as far as baking, cleaning, practicing my music goes and I have work and company coming too. I may end up hanging my head in shame if I don’t get such a post published prior to New Year’s Eve. Assuming you decide to do one, best of luck with yours.

        • Add on ferries that do not sail when gale force winds are blowing an trees are falling over powerlines. Picture me almost tearing out my hair .. lol :D Well, not really as I’m a longtime islander I cope very well. I’m so looking forward to visiting with my company as they are longtime friends who we haven’t seen for over a year. Baking pistascio shortbread cookies for my friend as she loves them. Oven time just went off got to go.

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