It’s that time of the year again. Time to establish our blogging goals for 2013. As with any goal, you want to be realistic, but make challenging enough so you don’t skate through. Write them down and keep the list nearby. If you see the goal list everyday it will keep you focused and motivated. Don’t look at the enormity of the goal numbers or tasks. Break it down by month, and record the data. Make all attempts to avoid “winging it”.
This goal can arguably be put down for everyone for all facets of life. If you don’t show up, you will not get results. That’s a simple enough of a concept. Many of us struggle with being consistent when it comes to our blog. I was on a Google hangout earlier this week with Amit Shaw exchanging ideas. Amit is the creator of Itechcode and just celebrated the one year anniversary of the blog. Amit and guest authors published over 250 posts on Itechcode in their first year. Now that’s consistency.
Goal: 180 Posts in 2013 (that would be 15 per month; I did the Math in my head)
Action: On average, publishing every other day. If you have a large window to write during the course of the week, knock out a few posts. You’re going to need 4-8 posts in reserve to account for vacation, illness, or whatever might arise.
Do Something New
Most blogs are centered around delivering content via a written post. By all means, you need to get that established, but there are other platforms where you can deliver content. Have you ever done a Podcast? How about a Video? Me either. You can also run a contest with a valuable prize. That brings in more traffic that tends to be unique. Think about doing an interview. Mix it up, do something new with your blog in 2013.
Goal: Create 10 Videos and Post
Action: While this seems like an easy one, if you haven’t done one ever it could be a challenge. Search on how to effectively create a video and get going. It’s less than one per month so definitely reachable.
Answer All Comments
I’m sure at one time or another we’ve all dropped the ball on replying to comments. You can’t let it happen. Let’s think about this for a second. You’ve put the time and effort to create a post. Someone comes along and reads your post, and formulates an opinion and responds. You triggered their interest enough to generate a comment. This is precious, and you need to treat it as such.
Goal: Answer All legitimate Comments
Action: Make this the first task you do when you turn on the computer each day. Yes, before Facebook and Twitter. While you want to reply to comments immediately, let’s be realistic. Replying to comments within 24 hours is acceptable.
This always makes me smile, and shake my head. If you’re serious about your blog you have to spend time outside of your blog. Yes, more time than you spend inside your blog. Too many spend a big chunk of time on their blog, and have nothing left for the social networks. This is a huge mistake. You write like Hemingway, but no one is coming to your site. Eyeballs are not reading your gems. Get out and see the world. Participate consistently and good things will come.
Goal: For every hour you spend on your blog, spend 90 minutes on social networks.
Action: It all starts with Twitter. Twitter will bring the highest amount of traffic to your blog, bar none. If your time is limited, spend all of your social time on Twitter. If your schedule allows, spend time on Google Plus as well. You need to do this to attract viewers. Don’t count on Google organic search, especially if you’re new to blogging. It takes time. Get Social.
Write down your specific goals and execute. I would love for you to comment and share your blogging goals with us. I’ll definitely reply to your comments. Please share if you found the post to be of value. Here’s to a Successful 2013.