It’s that time of the year where goals and resolutions take the front seat. Write down your goals and make sure they are in sight for you to see frequently. It’s easy to fall behind if you don’t have a plan. Here are 5 ways to stay in front of your blogging goals.
Write, Write, Write
Writing is the foundation of your blog. While some do video blogs or podcasts, a written post is still the route that most bloggers follow. If you want to write well you need to write frequently. If you are having trouble finding the words, get warmed up by commenting on other blogs. It will get the cerebral juices flowing and provide a nice stretch before diving into your own post. Try to get some writing in daily that’s longer than 140 characters. Chances are that you don’t publish a post daily, but get out and comment or generate other written content for your site.
Enough with “Epic”
It’s silly already. If you are happy with what you’ve produced before hitting “Publish” then you’ve done your job. Michael Jordan didn’t make every shot, Babe Ruth didn’t hit a HR at every at bat, and Dan Marino didn’t throw a TD every pass. You and I are not going to write something “epic” each time out. Don’t try to be perfect, it will kill your efficiency. Strive for being solid, and good things will happen.
Join a Blogging Group
Blogging is a grind, and far from sexy. The process of blogging is no picnic, and doing it all by yourself can be catastrophic. Most bloggers want to help other bloggers. There are always exceptions, but the core is more than willing to help and work together. You’re doing yourself a disservice by ostracizing yourself. I suggest you join a blogging group. You can find them in Facebook. While I’m a part of several, the best managed group is called Biz Blogging Buzz. The group basically reads, comments, and shares each other’s content. It is a great example of a group hitting on all cylinders led by Kim Castleberry. If you’re not in group, give it serious consideration.
This can be challenging, especially when you’re not making living online. At one time or another most of have lost focus with our blogs. Don’t fall into the trap of “I’ll write when I have something to say” which generally leads to large gaps of time between posts. Take a look at Mark Schaefer’s blog. He published over 280 posts in 2012 and surpassed 1000 in just four years. That’s incredible. That’s the true definition of consistency and focus. I know Mark stays ahead of the game by having more than a handful of posts in reserve. This is imperative for those times when something comes up unexpectedly. It gives you a cushion.
Be Social, Stay Social
Come here I want to show you something. I want you to meet Google Plus, Twitter, and LinkedIn. These three have millions and millions of users that want to connect with you. Open the door and exit your site. The time outside of your site is more important than the time spent inside. Roll up your sleeves and spend time on these social networks. I know you’re probably on Facebook, but are you just communicating with in-person friends only? You should consistently communicate and be social with others in your vertical or niche. It will help with your blogging world, and more importantly you’ll find a lot of good people out there to meet. Get off the deserted island.
As always, comments and shares are appreciated. Have a Happy and Successful 2013.