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Your Blogging Goals: Can You Meet Them? (Part 2)

by Carmela Maraan

HAVE you ever set blogging goals that have the staying power of a New Year’s dieting resolution? You’re not alone. Many of us fall into the trap of setting lofty objectives at the height of inspiration, only to be derailed later by unforeseen pitfalls.

This is why so many promising blogs fail: the goals are not realistic enough. Most of this stems from lack of preparation and flimsy understanding of one’s capabilities and limitations. However, with careful planning and a more grounded view of what one can achieve, these drawbacks can be avoided.

Remember that seemingly impossible goals can always be revamped and reached with a change of perspective and a solid action plan.

After listing down what you want to attain for your blog, consider asking yourself the following questions:

What do I specifically want to achieve?

Having a clear and straightforward vision of what you want to attain makes it easier to formulate and execute your strategy. Instead of saying ‘I want more subscribers,’ you can try going for ‘I will get at least 5 new subscribers every month.’ This way, you can take concrete steps towards gaining and monitoring that desired number of subscribers.

Are my goals realistic?

Setting high standards for your blog is ideal, but if you do not have the means or the ability to reach them, then you will only be disappointed. Likewise, if your objectives are far too easy to achieve, then you will only sell yourself short and your blog could stagnate in the long run.

Keep your goals achievable within your level of difficulty, then strive to surpass that level.

Can I expect measurable results?

Whether it’s increasing your subscribers by a certain percentage or gaining a higher PR ranking, tracking your progress is much easier and better with quantifiable results. Simply pushing yourself to be more creative with your content doesn’t mean anything if you don’t have a solid yardstick to measure it by.

Make sure that at least one of the listed goals yields results that you can monitor and analyze over time.

What is my action plan?

This is where preparation and strategic thinking comes in. If you want to increase your blog traffic, you need to know how to attract it. If you wish to increase your output, you need to set up a consistent working schedule. Whatever your goal is, it requires a plan with a detailed and workable strategy backed up with sufficient research.

Reaching difficult goals becomes more satisfying if you’re well-prepared for it. Aim high with your feet on the ground.

Are my goals attainable within a reasonable time frame?

As mentioned earlier, aspiring to achieve too much too soon may result in wasted effort. Not setting clear deadlines, on the other hand, stems from and results in lack of commitment.

Try to set a clear time period for meeting each objective. Breaking your schedule down into a series of smaller tasks may help you manage your time better, and will make the overall project easier for you to complete.

Should you run into unexpected difficulties, make room to rework your schedule so you can still meet your original deadlines — or at least adjust them accordingly.

How will my goals affect my entire routine?

There are other matters outside of blogging that need to be taken into consideration. Will the whole blogging process take up most of your daily routine? If so, what areas of your life will be affected and how?

If meeting your blogging objectives will cost you more than you initially hoped, then you may need to reevaluate your plans. Blogging should enrich your life, not consume it.

Can I expect rewards from meeting my objectives?

Meeting your goals in the form of more readers or revenue may be rewarding in itself, but sometimes you need to provide yourself with a little extra incentive to keep plugging away. One good way to keep yourself motivated is to evaluate and analyze your daily and weekly progress, focusing on the highlights. Another way to inspire yourself is to read on other bloggers’ success stories.

Meeting and maintaining your blogging goals require plenty of self-motivation, so keeping track of your achievements, failures, and areas of improvement is highly critical to your blog’s growth. When things get difficult, sometimes seeing your flubs from a humorous point of view can put matters into perspective – and could serve as great material for your upcoming posts as well.

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Tushar@BloggersEthics January 17, 2012 at 9:11 am

I have done this mistake- not making realistic goals, expecting too much from it and then getting disappointed even when it was doing pretty good. So make sure what you are expecting from blog is feasible and practical

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Pendapat NIaga January 17, 2012 at 10:51 am

your post is very nice and easy to understand. some people only after the alexa rank n PR rather than improve their post quality. thank you for nice entry! ;)

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Jamie Northrup January 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm

If at first you don’t succeed, don’t quit, stick to the plan you have laid out, and try and make it, even if you don’t quite make it, hopefully you’ll come close.

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Forwarded Numbers January 18, 2012 at 12:04 am

Try and try until you succeed. There’s no holy grail in Blogging. It’s a hobby. A habit. A Passion. :)

Keep it coming mate..

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Matt and Heather Peterson January 18, 2012 at 11:23 am

Great site! I appreciate your comments on setting goals. At the start of 2012 I’ve tried to set some goals for myself. It’s hard to know if it’s too high or not high enough :/ It’s nice to see a good site for blogging. Thanks for sharing!

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Adventure Game January 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Great Post! It helped me very much, thanks

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icases January 18, 2012 at 9:25 pm

A very nice post – thanks – I’ve bookmarked it and will read again any time I think my blogging isn’t going great

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Manhattan Beach Divorce Attorney January 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I guess we just really need to focus on what’s best for ourselves and business this year, not only to those that we thinks are best for us. Consistency and motivation could be the factors but you know, the reward thing could add up to succeed.

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Jaison January 18, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Thanks for this wonderful article. I’ve read part 1, it was great. This one was also very useful for me.

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Facebook Cover January 20, 2012 at 11:46 am

Thank You for your advice. Looks like I have to focus on realistic goals.

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Nimsrules January 21, 2012 at 7:20 am

Lovely article, very useful tips for beginners and intermediates alike.

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halsont January 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm

normally wouldn’t be able to find such great content as this on other sites.
Action plan is a god tip.
Thanks

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AThom January 21, 2012 at 11:14 pm

I was worried that I was taking things to slowly when I began my blog. But after reading this, I think that I’m on track. I set my goals for a slow progression towards getting things going instead of rushing ahead and expecting everything to get going right away!

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Mikroautobusu Nuoma January 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Indeed a nice article. I’ve read both parts and bookmarked them

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Chris January 22, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I set goals in everything thing I do, from building websites to day-to-day activities. My education is primarily in fitness, and when helping a new client these are the exact steps I take. These step can be used in any area of life;

SMART Principle

S = Is your goal SPECIFIC?
M = Is it MEASURABLE?
A = Is it ACHIEVABLE?
R = Is your goal REALISTIC?
T = Can you put a TIME on when you will complete this goal?

You need to set small goals first to achieve bigger things in the future.

Great post!

Chris

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Feye@Pediatric Dentist January 23, 2012 at 5:46 am

Nice point Chris! So true, in order to achieve your goals you need to be smart. Best of luck this 2012, I know it’s going to be tough, but with determination and proper mindset, we can conquer.

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Arifsha January 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Good Read Good Article Also This Blog Is awesome For Me Every Single Article Is Useful For Me

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Agustin January 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm

At the start of 2012 I’ve tried to set some goals for myself. It’s hard to know if it’s too high or not high enough :/ It’s nice to see a good site for blogging.

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noofaii January 24, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I think It, that Great Article. I gain more than knowledge ,Thanks a lot

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Private E-Book January 24, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Thanks for the motivation you give:) I think “Forwarded Numbers”" it’s true that Blogging It’s a hobby. A habit. A Passion. :D

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Daniel January 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Thanks for your guidelines! Nowadays, most of the profitable niches seems to be occupied and your article inspires to develop new, original project!

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Olsen January 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm

You are really writing very interesting. Part 1 and 2 – the best!

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saw blade January 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Action plan is a god tip.
Thank you!

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Ashish January 30, 2012 at 2:02 am

YEs actually an interesting thought..

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Alexander February 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I think that from for it, all give up nachaetoe when too impracticable aims put.
People start making and rezul’tato not evidently, and he will not be visible but time and patience, thank you for a post

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Martial Arts in London February 8, 2012 at 11:38 pm

This is the reason why you have to choose your blog topics before launching a web blog. Interesting topics and ideas is a must in order to achieve more traffic too.

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zina February 9, 2012 at 5:53 am

yeah u must have an unique idea to launch a super blog.

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bijuterii de argint February 10, 2012 at 7:55 am

Blogging is a hobby…if you like it and it helps you clear your mind …you should do it!

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ricky February 26, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Blogging our develop our mind to become more open mind

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Ankan February 27, 2012 at 6:06 am

Hello, your blog is full of interesting information. Thanks

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Gary Mills February 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Thanks for a great article I am new to blogging and I will use the plan as you suggested thanks again

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manoj March 5, 2012 at 8:18 am

good article,,,i hope i will achieve my blogging goals soon

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Bantugrafis March 8, 2012 at 5:28 am

Wow.. the nice the posting

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