Back in September I spent some time and wrote out some goals for my blog. After going to Word Camp in June I was really inspired to take my blog to the next level. I started writing more consistently and better quality posts. It took me awhile though to realize that I wasn’t quite sure where I was going. I didn’t have a plan.
I’m pretty sure there was a post on byRegina.com that laid out some suggestions on how to create a list of blogging goals, but after looking and looking on her site I can’t find it now. Of course that would happen to me – I read an inspiring post and then can’t find it again. (You should still check out Regina’s site though, she had lots and lots of great information on blogging and small business.)
How I Created my Blogging Goals
I sat down at my computer and opened up a Google Doc. I laid out a timeline of goal deadlines (3 months, 6 months, 1, 2, 3, 4 , and 5 years) and started writing down what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go under each section. While the writing it down part wasn’t too hard, figuring out what exactly I wanted to accomplish was more challenging.
It took a few hours (I spent a couple days writing it in chunks). It wasn’t all that much fun, but by the time I had it completed I felt pretty good about myself. I had a plan to hold myself accountable. I know exactly what I want to get done when. If you haven’t done it yet and you want to improve your blog, I’d definitely recommend it. It’s well worth the few hours it takes to get it done.
I found that with my list of blogging goals I was better able to figure out where I should spend my time. I remembered the things that I told myself I wanted to do but forgot a week or two later. Breaking down big lofty goals into things I could do in the next 3, 6, or 12 months helped me actually get there. It was great that I wanted to improve my blog, but I didn’t know what that meant or how to get there before I spent some time on making goals.
Three Month Goals
Now that I’m three months into my goals, I have to say I’m pretty impressed with myself. Everything that I wanted to do or complete by January 1, 2015 is done with the exception of one thing. I’m still working on it, but it’ll take some time. It has to do with networking, and being that I’m a huge introvert, it’s tough to put myself out there when I’m surrounded by people I either don’t know or don’t know very well. I’ve gotten a lot closer to achieving my goal though. I’m much more comfortable as well, which is a long way from where I started.
Six Month Goals
Looking forward to my six month goals, I’m glad to see that I’ve already completed one and in the process of another one. I’ve already found a couple goals that I want to change completely or modify a bit. I’ll still have the same number of goals, but three months down the line I know I want to go about it differently or I’ve found that something else is more important to me now.
12 Month Goals and Beyond
While my goals beyond the 12 month mark aren’t as detailed as my other ones, I still know what I want to accomplish. It might be that I’m not quite sure what a certain goal will look like exactly yet, or I’m not sure what kind of steps I’ll have to take to get there, but I know I want it.
Achieving my Goals
For the first month after I wrote my goals I didn’t look at them at all. I ended up completely forgetting what I wanted to do and I wasn’t very focused in my efforts to get there. I found that I had better luck reviewing my immediate goals every week. I took a few minutes every Sunday reminding myself what I was working towards. That way I was making sure that the time and effort I was putting in was focused on the most important things that I wanted to get done.
Have you made any goals to grow your blog? Leave me a comment telling me about one.