2010 at 10pm Posted by Rebecca Joines Schinsky
Welcome Bloggiesta participants!
For the last week, my gym has been crowded with newcomers, I’ve seen a rash of cheesetastic new self-improvement books in the media, and I can’t change the channel without seeing at least twelve commercial for diet products. It must be the new year! And you know what means….
It’s time to make some resolutions!
But we all know that no one sticks to their resolutions, so let’s just set some goals. Sure, the difference is really just semantic, but go with it.
The Challenge: Set Goals for 2010
There’s nothing quite like publicly committing to something to motivate you to do it, so take a break from the bloggy action and spend some time thinking about what you want to do with your blog in 2010. If you’re like me, you have some kind of blogging routine. This is your opportunity to evaluate your blogging practices, shake things up, and dedicate yourself to a set of self-appointed goals for the coming year.
Some ideas to get you started:
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your blog and identity opportunities for improvement. How’s your routine working for you? What would you like to be doing differently? Is there something you’ve been wanting to try but haven’t gotten around to? This is your chance.
- Take a look at your blog’s content. How can you make it better? Are you stuck in a rut of weekly memes or stale writing topics? Spend some time brainstorming ways to add original content to your blog and commit to working on it regularly. This might mean writing one original piece each week, or revamping your review format, or cutting down on the fluffy/cluttery content, or adding a new twist that shows your personality and enables you to form a stronger connection with your readers, or, well, pretty much anything else you can think of.
- Explore your blog stats. We’re all obsessed with our stats anyway, so you may as well make your obsession work for you, right? How would you like to see your blog grow in 2010? Set a goal and record what you’re going to do to get there. Participating in social networking and Twitter, commenting on other blogs, reaching out to professionals in a related industry (this would be authors, publishers, and publicists for book bloggers like me), making business cards, or attending a conference are all possibilities. Pick some (or all) of these, come up with some of your own methods, and commit to doing them.
- Seek inspiration. Think about the blogs that you love. What makes them stand out? What keeps you coming back? Identify ways to adapt the principles they work on to your blogging practices.
- Set goals related to the topic of your blog. If you’re a book blogger, set some reading goals. Maybe you want to have a year of reading deliberately or branch out of your comfort zone. What about that series you’ve been wanting to finish or that great author you want to read more of? Is your reading diet lacking in certain genres or topics? Make a list of books, authors, topics, series, etc. you want to cover in 2010. Do you want to read a certain number of books or pages this year or commit to spend a set amount of time reading each day? Track your reading with Fyrefly’s awesome spreadsheet. You get the picture.
For non-book bloggers, just adapt these concepts to your topic. Commit to take a certain number of photos or cook a certain number of new recipes or write a certain number of new stories or essays or whatever it is you do.
- Now, how are you going to make it happen? You’re more likely to achieve goals that are realistically ambitious—goals you can obtain if you stick to the plan—and for which you have a plan. Break your goals into manageable steps, identify a way to reward yourself or celebrate each increment, and give yourself a concrete way to measure success.
Now let’s move along before I completely transform into the Bloggiesta version of Tony Robbins. (I suppose he would have to be Antonio, si?)
If you haven’t already signed up, sign the Bloggiesta Mr. Linky to let everyone know you’re participating.
Once your goal-setting wheels are turning, write a blog post about this challenge. Leave a link to it in the comments here and on the starting line post at Maw Books. That’s how Natasha will keep track of who’s at the party. Update your post to record your progress. To make it more fun, tweet about your blog improvement efforts using the bloggiesta hashtag, follow @Bloggiesta on Twitter, and subscribe to the shared Bloggiesta RSS feed.
Everyone who completes the challenge will be eligible to win a publisher prize.
Now put on your sombreros, shake your maracas, and get down with your blogging bad self. Ole!