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Blogging Goals for 2010 and Beyond

PlannerOne of my conference speeches is called Super-Charged Stay-at-Home Mom. It’s a workshop in lifelong goal setting, tailored to women who are home with their kids. Measurable goal setting is particularly useful for sahm’s because they generally have complete autonomy: no one to answer to and no one prodding them with rewards.

In much the same way, most bloggers are going it on their own. Most of us aren’t blogging for a regular nine-to-five paycheck. So whether or not we conjure up some blogging motivation, is entirely up to us. I takes a little extra internal motivation to be a successful blogger.

With that in mind, here is my abbreviated goal setting formula — personalized for bloggers — along with examples of professional goals you might use for your blogging venture.

Create a Master Goal List

Brainstorm. Write down everything you can possibly think of that you’d like to do with your blog. Write down every blogging goal — no matter how over the top — that you’d like to accomplish before you die. A blogging bucket list, if you will.

Keep this list handy and remember to add to this whenever a new idea occurs to you.

Choose the Goal with Greatest Impact

With your goals clearly written, look over the list. Which one goal, if accomplished, would have the single, biggest impact on your blog success? Don’t agonize over this choice. Just choose the one thing that seems most beneficial.

Write this goal down in bold letters. Underneath the goal, write why it is important to you. What will you gain if you accomplish it? What will you lose if you don’t? Be as specific and compelling as you can. Remember, this is about internal motivation! Find what speaks to you.

Goals Become Projects

A project is a goal that has multiple parts to it. Now that you have chosen the goal you intend to work on, you must figure how to move forward on this. It might be simple common sense or you might need to research different methods. Whatever course of action you must take, break it down into reasonable steps.

Projects Become Actions

Take the first step in your project and further refine it into single actions. In general, the smaller the actions are, the more motivating they will be. If they are incredibly easy, we almost feel silly not doing them.

Each step on your list should now be an actionable item and came make up your project to do list. If possible, do the first thing now and get some momentum going.

Choose the next action item and do it. Rinse and repeat.

Example Goals for Bloggers

Goals must be tailored to the individual. If you want to achieve goal setting success, you’ve got to create goals that excite you, motivate you, and get you up in the morning. No one else can do that for you. Take these possible example goals and use them as a map to finding what will work for you. (I like to write my goals as if I am already accomplishing them. Do what works for you.)

  • I make a full-time income as a blogger.
  • I get to share my ideas with tens of thousands of people each month.
  • I have created a support community for a group of people.
  • I sell 100,000+ widgets each year.

Example Projects for Bloggers

  • I write three posts each week on my blog, each with at least 200 words.
  • I use my blog to create detailed posts about my products.
  • My blog has valuable information people can’t get anywhere else.
  • Every afternoon, I blog for two hours after lunch.
  • I use FaceBook and Twitter to promote my blogs.
  • Every time I write an article, I submit it to BlogEngage.
  • My RSS subscription list doubles every year.
  • One great writer creates a guest blog for me every month.
  • My blog’s affiliate income is four figures each month.
  • Each month I create one vlog (video blog).
  • Each week I comment on three quality blogs in my niche.

Remember, these are just ideas. Look at what you are doing now and imagine what you’d like to have happen. What are the steps to get you there? Move forward one step at a time.

Make your  life amazing in 2010 — and beyond!

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  • Parker January 5, 2010, 8:54 pm

    I am very encouraged by this. I’ve never really been a goal setter because I didn’t really know how to go about it. I’ve already started following your steps and getting my master list together.

    Thank you.

  • Jared P Little January 5, 2010, 11:40 pm

    Great advice one of my things this year is run things more like a project. I found last year I was so scattered that I didn’t every finish anything not this year clear focus and a plan.

    This is very well put. I like your examples.
    .-= Jared P Little´s last blog ..Brian Tracy Tuesday – Dealing With Overwhelm =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith January 6, 2010, 1:30 am

    Jared, thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. I agree that having a clear plan can really be the key. I feel so much better when I’m really moving forward as opposed to just getting by. I’d love to hear some specific blogging goals others are setting!

  • Bjorn January 11, 2010, 9:00 am

    Great drilldown on how to set and to work with goals. Hope you get to reach yours for 2010, and beyond 😉

  • bbrian017 January 14, 2010, 2:09 pm

    By far Allison this is one of the most advanced word challenge articles I seen and this is my third to visit and comment. I love the layout of your article it’s really nice by the way.

    I love your idea about creating a master goals list. This could be a great way too keep track of your progress. It would be cool to do it in a check list format. This way when you’re complete you can simply check it off the list. The blogging bucket list is a perfect name for it lol.

    Thanks so much for participating in our challenge and I hope to see you continuing as we move into this week’s word.
    .-= bbrian017´s last blog ..The first time I know what’s the meaning of Spamming – interesting story! =-.

  • Shaun Maddox January 21, 2010, 12:51 am

    After some research I found out that more than 75% of people who set New Year’s resolutions will break them within 3 months and almost one-third will break them by the end of January? Whether your goal is to stop smoking, lose weight, get in shape, break bad habits, pay off debt, or find true love; most people end up being another statistic.

  • Brad Harmon January 27, 2010, 3:26 am

    Alison,

    I like your list of projects for bloggers. There’s a couple in there that I am not doing, but I need to give some serious thought to making them a goal for my blog. By the way, I don’t think Super-Charged even begins to describe you – it’s much too small of a word!

    Brad
    .-= Brad Harmon´s last blog ..What’s Your Small Business Two Minute Drill? =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith January 27, 2010, 3:52 am

    Brian, that is so kind of you. Thank you.

    When I teach the workshop, I always tell participants to put at least 101 things on their lifetime list. The number seems to work because it feels unfinished. That allows (and even encourages) people to keep adding to it.

    I ran a marathon in 2004 to celebrate turning 40 — and I don’t even like running. Why? Because it was put on my list when I was 23 years old and I needed to get it off! I’m so proud of that goal because it was so hard, but I finished it anyway.

    Brad, thanks. That’s really nice. I think! My mom always did say I had a “strong personality”! 🙂

  • DDD October 25, 2010, 12:46 pm

    This is the kind of thing I try to teach people. Can I count on a sequel?

  • SDD October 25, 2010, 1:10 pm

    Amazing website! Keep up the good posts.

  • Alison Moore Smith October 25, 2010, 2:20 pm

    Yes. I’ll plan on a 2011 version. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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