As you may know, I’ve been encouraging writers to blog for many years. Some writers pay attention (the successful ones), and others just don’t. Successful writer/ bloggers set goals for their blogging, and for their writing.
I’ve asked two enthusiastic writers, who are focused on achieving results from their blogs, to share recent goals they set, and the results, with you.
This material is personal, and they requested that I hide their details, so I’ve done that, by changing their names, as well as any anything else which would make them recognizable.
They’re sharing their results with you so that you understand that goal-setting, and keeping your goals in front of you each day, can make all the difference in the world to your writing career.
1. Carol’s Goal: to Get Three New Clients a Week
A full-time writer for three years, Carol got her start on the out-sourcing sites. Within months, she had the confidence to leave the sites behind, and strike out on her own.
She says: “My blog helps me to get new clients. At the start of January, around eight weeks ago, I set a goal to get three new clients a week within six months. To achieve that goal, I blog at least twice a week. On the days I don’t add content, I tweet — I love Twitter.”
How long did it take her to achieve that goal? Carol says that she was shocked when she achieved her goal within six weeks. Currently she’s cutting down on adding content, because she’s fully booked for the next two months. Not only is she fully booked, she’s raising her rates.
I asked her how she managed to stay focused — it’s easy to set goals, but difficult to work on them each day. We all have far too many distractions.
Carol says: “I was determined. That’s all. My partner wants to start his own business this year, and we want to get married. Setting client-acquisition goals was a first step to achieving my income goals for this year.”
Your takeaway: know what you want, stay focused, and you’ll get it.
2. Ian’s Goal: $1000 a Week Part-Time Writing Income
Ian’s a new writer. He’s one of my writing students, and we started chatting when a combination of events and stresses in his life left him demoralized and unable to write.
I gave him some easy exercises to help him to enjoy writing again. Gradually, he’s built his enthusiasm, and his productivity has bloomed.
Just five weeks ago, he set a blogging goal to earn $1000 a week part-time from his writing within three months.
I asked him what he did. “I decided to write four new blog posts every week — a mix of writing on my own site, and doing paid and unpaid guest-blogging for others. I approached local companies too, just introducing myself.”
So how long did it take him to achieve his goal?
Like Carol, Ian was shocked at the results he achieved. He says: “I’m stunned. Three weeks into working on the goal, I signed a six-month blogging contract with a local business. They sent me a deposit of $1500. That same week, I signed a deal with an ebook packager to write seven short reports, with a $600 deposit.”
Ian is positive that he surpassed his goal because he set a goal. “It gave me something to aim at. I initially doubted that I could do it — I still can’t believe that I did, some days.”
Ian’s life has changed because he set a blogging goal. He’s set further goals — a major goal is to build a nest egg, so he can quit his day job this year. He says he’s well on his way to doing that.
Your takeaway: start where you are. Set a goal. Make sure your goal has a time limit (goals without time limits are just wishes). Work towards your goal, even if you have doubts.
Are you ready to shock yourself?
Set a blogging goal today. Don’t wait for your life to change so that you magically have more time, or are a “better” writer. You have everything you need already.
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