Blogging Better New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge

December 16, 2015 Uncategorized 45


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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I want to get out of my blog in the coming year. I know I’d like to continue growing, both in number of followers and follower engagement. I think I’d like to do more actually tracking my stats and seeing what’s working. I’d also like to get really good at one social media platform other than twitter and I’d like to explore the possibility of making money from my blog in a way that wouldn’t annoy anyone reading it. So, with those goals in mind, I’d like to do more reading about blogging to see what I can learn. I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking about how to improve my blog in the new year, so I’d also like to invite all of you to join me for a Blogging Better reading challenge.

Like Andi of Estella’s Revenge (hosting the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks reading challenge), I’m all about you do you kinds of challenges, so the rules you follow for this challenge will be your own. Here’s my plan:

  • Read at least one book about blogging each month
  • Implement at least one suggestion from each book, unless I think a book has no useful advice
  • Do a post each month reporting my progress
  • And… that’s it! Keeping it simple.

Here are some of the books I’d like to read:

Books I’ve already read that might inspire your list include:

If you’re interested in joining in, drop a link to your sign-up post here:

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45 Responses to “Blogging Better New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge”

  1. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    This is such a great idea! I feel like I’m not very into reading a whole book about blogging, but I hope that you will impart much advice and wisdom (and you’ll be able to make the advice in the books you read work for a book blogger) so I’m very excited for this challenge, and reading your posts about it. Good luck with this!

    • DoingDewey

      Haha, hopefully I won’t be bored of reading books about blogging by the time I’m done! And I have noticed that most of the book blogging books seem to be by and/or intended for lifestyle bloggers, so I hope I’ll be able to find advice that works for me too 🙂

  2. Priscilla

    I didn’t know Darren Rowse wrote a book! The kind people at WordPress also wrote one and it’s free! I have it sitting on my virtual shelves. 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks for mentioning the WordPress one! I’ll have to check that out. I’ve got a few blogging books on my shelves already, but not enough to get me through the year.

  3. Pat @ Posting For Now

    I enjoy reading about blogging. I don’t think I could keep up with a book/month though. Thanks for sharing your list. I will plan on checking them out and visiting your blog next year!

    • DoingDewey

      We’ll see how I can do! I’m starting with the ones I already own and I’m trying to read them early in the month, to keep me on top of this challenge 🙂

  4. Laurie C

    I think I just need to focus more on posting more often with wider variety this year, but I’m looking forward to seeing your updates on what you’re learning from this challenge and what changes you’ll be making!

  5. Jennine G

    Very cool challenge. I already know what I’d like to do with my blog – go self hosted. I have the plan and a tech person all lined up, now it’s a matter of when. But this year holds two possibilities: doctorate school and moving, both costly. So we’ll see. Good luck!

    • DoingDewey

      That’s awesome! I recently switched to self-hosted and am glad I did. I can see where it might have to wait on your big life changes though! I’m excited to hear more about your grad school and moving plans as you figure them out 🙂 Good luck to you too!

  6. Naomi

    I just barely have time to keep up with my blog as it is. But I’m hoping that by reading your posts about blog improvement, I will get some new ideas for myself. 🙂
    Sounds like it’s going to be interesting!

  7. Andi

    THIS! “I’d like to explore the possibility of making money from my blog in a way that wouldn’t annoy anyone reading it.” You actually inspired me to sign up for blog-to-business and I’m finding that it gets me thinking new ways. Love it!

  8. Kerry M

    Like Andi said, I love the idea of learning how to monetize without being annoying to readers–I’m not sure what that would look like, but I’d love to look at that for 2016. Not sure a book on blogging is my speed, but I may tailor this with some online resources and try to check in monthly on what’s working and what’s not.

    • DoingDewey

      That sounds great! I’m excited about people doing this challenge however they want. I may even update the description or change it at my monthly to clearly include general blogging improvement discussion each month, even for bloggers who don’t want to read a bunch of blogging books. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  9. Rory

    I would love to do something like this in the upcoming year. I know I need to learn more about ANY social platform, and I’d like to learn the ins and outs of blogging better.

    • DoingDewey

      Great! I need to get back into reading some more books for this challenges this month since I didn’t do anything in February. Sorry I missed your comment until now! I just noticed I still had one that needed to be approved and found it that way 🙂

  10. Sarah's Book Shelves

    I’d love to join in this challenge in some way – just need to figure out what my parameters will be! I’d also like to find creative ways to monetize in the coming year without “selling my soul”.

  11. Julianne @ Outlandish Lit

    Ooooh, this is a really good idea! I know there’s no way I’d be able to read one book about blogging a month, but I’ll try maybe… 1 every 3 months? Looking forward to hearing more about what you learn!

  12. SDCB Steph

    I haven’t read many books on blogging, but would like to try more. I love this idea! I look forward to seeing what new things will be happening on your blog during this process. Happy 2016!

  13. LuAnn Braley

    I’m spreading out my challenge sign-up. For some reason there seem to be quite a number of them! *lol* My sign-up for this challenge goes live tomorrow and I will be back with the link for the link-up.

    • DoingDewey

      Awesome! I’m excited to check out the challenges you’re joining in on 🙂 I always do mine as a single post, since I’m often doing too many to do one post each!

  14. Geoff W

    Looks like a great idea for the year. I occasionally think about these things, but I still think of mine as a book journal for myself with commentary.

    • DoingDewey

      I appreciate that my blog serves as a book journal, but that’s definitely secondary for me. I primarily think of it as a way to interact with people and it’s something I do really focus on improving, especially getting more people involved in events in commenting 🙂

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