Plan Out Your Resolutions And Blogging Goals For 2018
The year is ending, and there are probably many ideas in your head for this new year that starts. The beginning of a new year can be powerful and full of enthusiasm. We get all of our ideas on paper, think and imagine how wonderful our lives will be this year, all the things we will do. We become more productive, talk about how we are going to accomplish all our goals… and then reality strikes… Out of the 100 goals, we wrote down for we realize only 5 to 10 are accomplishable…
Don’t worry! I have been there too! Imagining how great that new year will be, how amazing I will feel about myself once I accomplished them all. But you know what? It is not for lack of effort or skills. It is the way we set up our goals that make us fail.
You can take advantage of the excitement for a New Year full of opportunities and turn your resolutions into your Blogging goals and thus create your blogging plan for the year. If one of your New Year´s resolutions is to start blogging visit my step by step guide on how to get yours up and running!
No fear my friend, planning is fun! And you are going to learn how to become a better blogger by setting up attainable goals for your blog and transformed it into a profitable side hustle or business.
Why is it essential to set real and narrow goals?
Resolutions are like any other goal you set in your life. They can be too broad because you will never make it happen. Each goal needs to be specific because it not only be easier to accomplish but it will help you keep you on track and motivated.
How to set your goals for the new year?
Be concise and specific
As I mentioned before your resolutions need to be clear and concise. Don’t be too general. The more specific, the better. You need to keep yourself on track, and a broad resolution will make you fail. Here is an example of a bad and a good goal.
Bad: In 2018 I will travel more.
Good: In 2018 I want to visit Sevilla and Atlanta.
Do you see the difference?
I want to travel more is like “yeah, whatever let’s go somewhere”. And while that is good, I love to be adventurous and go places, that doesn’t leave much room to planning and accomplishing. Travel more can be going to one place like going to 100 places.
So, with the second goal, I am assuring something tangible, something I can be able to accomplish. Two places to go is something I can do in one year, and it is also realistic because I can afford both trips.
Blogging goal: Publish one post per week.
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Set goals that are attainable and achievable. It is fantastic that you want to become a singer or to be the next Lebron James.But are you good at Basketball? Are you willing to go through the hard work and effort that will help you master the skills you need to become unbelievably awesome at basketball?
Maybe one of your goals is to lose weight or to save more money. Make it attainable, something you will be able to accomplish without getting depressed or overwhelmed.
If you want to lose weight, talk to your doctor or dietician and get an overview of how you can accomplish it and how much weight should you consider losing.
Want to save money? Me too! I see many posts out there of how to save $25.000 in one year, and while that can be possible for some people, it isn’t for me. I will love to be able to save that much money, but it is something utterly impossible to accomplish if you don’t earn more than that in a year. Do you get me?
Blogging goal: Reach 10,000 page views.
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Make it exciting
There is no bigger turn down than a boring goal. So, make sure your goals will be exciting to achieve.
This doesn’t mean you have to think only of fun goals. You can make them exciting by creating little challenges for yourself. If one of your goals is to write more each week, you can start with small writing prompts that motivate you. These prompts will help you to write every day, and for instance, you won’t only accomplish your goal of writing more each week, but you will also become a better writer, and who knows maybe great samples to become a freelance writer.
Blogging goal: Create a blogging e-book.
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Focus on the positive
Some goals take longer to accomplish than others, and for that reason, it is vital to keep your cool and motivation. There are many temptations to make us become procrastinators and want to give up on our goals. Keep yourself focus.Create a vision board to help you get through the days you feel demotivated or feel like giving up.
Instead of thinking that you are new to blogging and you won´t get as much traction as other bloggers that you follow. Think of how can you learn from their experiences and information and find the best ways to turn your blog into your side hustle starting from the beginning. Rome wasn’t built in a day 🙂
Blogging goal: Earn my first $100 from blogging.
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Measure your progress
A great way to keep yourself motivated and on track is measuring your progress. In the blogging world, you can do that by looking at your Google, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook analytics page.
Keeping track of your analytics will help you see where you are and where you are heading. Also, you will be able to spot what works and what doesn’t and recreate what helps your blog succeed.
Blogging goal: create and stick to a strategy.
Schedule your goals
It is hard to accomplish something when you don’t have a due date, maybe you are awesome at time management (in that case you rock!) but for me, scheduling my goals and tasks helps greatly and makes me feel more motivated when I cross out those tasks from the list 🙂
You can schedule your goals digitally with free apps like google calendar, Asana or Trello. Or physically with inspiring and motivational calendars like the one I created for this post.
Blogging goal: Schedule blog posts at least one week in advance.
Here are my Blogging goals for 2018:
- Publish one post per week.
- Write one post every other day to build up content.
- Create an Instagram account for my blog and grow it to 500 followers.
- Create a Facebook Group for my blog, create a community and grow it to 300 members.
- Make 300€ a month from my blog in the first semester of 2018.
- Make my first 1000€ blogging.
- Start my email list and grow it to 400 subscribers.
- Guest posts on at least three different authority blogs.
- Guest post on a regular blog once every two months.
- Grow my Twitter following to 200.
- Create digital products with what I learned from my Masters.
I hope this post helps you realize the importance of setting achievable goals, not only for the new year but as a way to become more productive, a better blogger, and turn your hobby into a business or side hustle.
What are your goals for your blog? And your new year´s resolutions?