It's always a good idea to keep a list of blogging goals to make sure you're always moving forward in your business. But what happens when life gets in the way and makes it a little trickier to actually achieve those goals?
If you're having trouble keeping true to your goals, or you're just looking for a way to seriously improve them, take a look at these tips!
1. Change the Verbiage
Sometimes all you need to do to succeed with your goals is to change up how you're stating them. Are your goals time bound, specific, and attainable? Make sure you're keeping a journal, goal board, or something that you can write down everything specific about the goal you're trying to achieve.
Another trick you can use is to write what you want to STOP doing instead of what you want to START doing. Stopping doing something that's been destructive for you in the past is just as big of an accomplishment as starting something new. If focusing on your blog and your goals is an issue, maybe you can make a goal for yourself to stop comparing yourself to other bloggers.
2. Start Small
Focus on just one goal and once you've reached that, move on to the next one instead of trying to accomplish everything at once. This has the added bonus of letting you tick things off your to-do list, which always makes me feel like a super-achiever! There's no reason why you can't reach for the stars, but starting with realistic, smaller tasks and goals will actually GET you there without too much back-pedaling.
If you don't have any smaller steps on the way to being able to quit your full-time job and becoming a professional blogger, you might get discouraged before you get there. Focus first on earning enough money to break even with your hosting fees, then move up from that.
Always remember the little things!
3. Work in Increments
Say your goal is to get more comments or grow your community on your blog this year. Figure out the steps you'll have to take to get there and work on them one at a time. For example, a great way to get more comments is to comment MORE on other blogs; so focus on that for a month until you see results before you move on to trying something else. You could try to do everything in conjunction and all at once if you're really good at time management and analysis, but why make it harder on yourself?
4. Read, Read, Read (and Learn)
That's why you're here at IFB, right? This is an amazing resource for both new and established bloggers – I've been doing this for a long time and I always take something away from every article I read. Here are links to just a few of my favorite articles on IFB that relate to popular blogging goals. You can use some of these as reference points.
Want to start monetizing?
The Fashion Blogger's Quick Guide to Monetization
The Secret to setting Rates
Know When it's Time To Start Monetizing
Maximize affiliate income
Create an effective media kit
How to do Sponsored Posts right
Increase Ad Sales
Work with Brands successfully
5. Ask for Help
Finally, if you're stuck, or don't know where to go from here, ask for help. Make an appeal on twitter or facebook for advice, or even ask your readers. Just make sure that you don't take any advice for granted. Be grateful, and always thank other bloggers for providing help.
Any other tips for sticking to your blogging goals? What are some of yours? Comment below!
Note: This article about blogging goals was originally published January 10, 2014. It was updated on February 1, 2017.