This is what happens when you blog without a plan and a target – Good posts come up frequently when you see good results. Good results could be heavy traffic, good revenue or lots of reader feedback.
But when times are bad, you loose the inspiration to keep going. The result? Lesser posts, and a dead blog.
Blogging is not always fun, if you have blogged for a month, you know this. But those who push it even after it starts to get boring, finds success. Still, you need something to keep going, and that’s where Targets come in.
I like to share an experience. In 2009, I took part in an SEO competition, I should say, it was one of the best times in my life as a blogger.
I found myself thinking about ways to bring in more Google traffic (since that was the aim of the contest) and in the process I learnt a lot about Search Engine Optimization. I learnt to use many tools SEO’s use. I am pretty sure that if I hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t have done any of it.
It was the simple goal that made me do all of them and gladly, it worked well.
The moral of the story is: Set Targets and Goals and Emulate Them.
A Goal should be definite, achievable and should have a deadline. Something abstract like, “Make a lot of money from Blogging” is not a goal. On the other hand, “Make $500 before July 31st Online” is a better goal. The goal is defined as $500 and it has a dead line as July 31st.
Some easy examples could be:
- Write Two Articles with 1000+ word length this week.
- Get an Alexa Rank of 80k before March end.
- Get 100 new subscribers to your newsletter this month.
Once you set the goal, start working on it. Remember, you are after something and nothing can stop you from getting it.
Why is the deadline important? Haven’t you found that your efficiency goes sky-high when you are late to submit that college assignment or that business report? Same reason. People need deadlines to work.
What’s your immediate Target? Did you make one already?