Now that I’ve been blogging for a while, I think it’s a good time to take stock and sort out what my goals are and what I want out of this blog. I am taking the Word Press Blogging U “Blogging 201” course for the next two weeks. The first assignment is to think about the following two questions and write down three concrete goals.
- Why do you blog?
- For enjoyment
- To clarify and articulate my thoughts and feelings, get them out of my head, and solve problems
- To connect with people who have similar interests
- To practice the craft of writing
- To put my life in perspective
- To publish photographs
- To gain followers who could become readers of fiction that I hope to publish someday, either traditional or self
- If your blog exceeded your wildest dreams, what would that look like?
- Would you have a different design? Yes, I would probably get a professional designer and some part-time help keeping it up.
- How many followers would you have? Thousands.
- How much traffic? Enough to have at least an interesting comment or two every day and be able to start a conversation about whatever topic was bugging me at the moment.
- What sort of community would participate? People who have similar interests to mine, or who are willing to read something that interests me even if they didn’t think it interested them beforehand. “Ordinary,” non-famous, non-celebrity people. Kind, funny, insightful people.
- How often would you post? 3-4 times/week, more on special occasions. It wouldn’t take me several hours to write a single blog post.
So, here are my goals:
- Stick to my 4X/week writing schedule: Monday, Thursday, Friday, and one weekend day. (That may not be the publishing schedule, but I can write and schedule in advance if necessary).
- Spend at least 30 mins/week reading and commenting on other people’s blogs that I like.
- Learn to blog more quickly, <1 hr/post. Keep track of time each post takes. Check in in January and see if I am improving with speed.
While #3 is hard to implement, I think it’s one of the most important. I’m pretty slow as a blogger, and I have a fear that if I try to go faster and be more efficient, my blogs will lose whatever quality and originality they possess. I need to find a way around this.
If you have noticeably upped your blogging or just general writing speed, what worked for you?