To be quite honest, as I'm sitting down to write this, I still don't know exactly what I'm going to write about (I'm a procrastinator, remember?). Some big things have thrown my life into upheaval the last two weeks, and something I'm trying to do better is “sit” with things and listen to what they're telling me.
I'm pretty good at (over)analyzing, but not so great at letting the lessons really sink in – I'm quick to move on. But I've been forced to stop and sit still the last couple of days and something that started to hit home in a big way is that life (and blogging) is really just about the little things.
Big things are important; setting goals, measuring success, tracking your progress. But it's the baby steps that get us there, and it's the little things keep us going when life/work gets tough.
That one amazing comment on a recent post, an email from a reader who just wanted to thank you, the sunrise in the morning, a quiet walk with your dog, watching the cat bat a toy around – those are the things that help us get where we're going and remind us what we're working towards.
Enjoying the little things and moments throughout the day keep us grounded, and are the things we most miss when they're gone. And what I've also found recently, is that routine, and the little things you do every day without thinking much about them sustain you, and pick you up when you're down.
Getting discouraged on the way to a Big Goal happens to all of us, way more often than we'd like, and the only way to keep going is to set your eyes firmly on the goal ahead and take the tiny steps needed to reach it.
So, while you're focusing on setting goals for your blog this year, think big (but be realistic), and add in a few little things here and there too…
Attract x number of new readers/commenters
Appreciate the one person who makes an effort to leave a comment every day, send her an email, or mention her blog in a post. Never take ANY traffic for granted; traffic is made up of people – of individual readers – and each one is important.
Partner with a brand you love
Even while your eyes are set on the big fish, build your portfolio with smaller designers or boutiques that REALLY need your help and exposure on your blog.
Earn enough money to break even/go shopping/quit your job
Start monetizing your blog by reaching out to brands or companies you already mention in your posts. Offer to work with them at a discount, building your portfolio and references. As you start to make money, re-invest it, or save it, building up enough money over time to break even/go shopping/quit your job…
On the flip side, it's possible to get too focused on little things, forgetting the big picture. What's most important to you? Your family & friends? Becoming financially secure? Owning your own successful business? As you move towards those goals, don't get stuck along the bumps in the road: negative comments, a deal falling through, comparing yourself to other bloggers. Keep your eye on the end goal, always moving forward and taking each thing a step at a time. And you'll get there. Eventually. Success doesn't happen overnight, or in one fell swoop. Time, and the little things, are your friend.
What are some little things you do to work towards your goals? What “little things” keep you going?
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