I helped my friend who became a first time blogger blog set up at Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress.com, Shutterfly and Medium. She was able to provide her own description of what a successful blog would look like and I helped her get started.
My friend travels, writes essays and creates image collections but has never blogged before. “All I want to do is write!” she typed in frustration. “Why is this so hard to do? I don’t have the time to learn how to jump through hoops. Where can I go and just write?”
She has moved forward as a neophyte blogger and sent me images from How to be a successful blogger in 2014 by Atomic Reach on Jan 08, 2014 from slideshare and asked for my ongoing advice.
Successful people are realistic and pragmatic. They have clear objectives and step by step plans to achieve them within a specific time frame. To be a successful blogger visualize the big picture and then figure out what’s essential. A useful approach to goal setting is to use the SMART mnemonic. SMART stands for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. Researching where your blog is at and setting goals isn’t enough. What’s also needed is an action plan to achieve them and a feedback loop.
How to be a successful blogger in 2014
- Write your goals down and state each goal as a positive statement: Be clear about what you are out to achieve and know there is more strength and power when you express your goals positively, rather than negatively. Write your goals down to crystallize them and give them more force.
- Be precise and set priorities: Set specific goals and be precise about dates, times and amounts so you can measure achievement. Then you will know exactly when you have achieved the goal, and can celebrate having achieved it. Make sure your low-level goals are small and incremental because if they are too large and disparate, it can seem you aren’t making progress by working on them. Assign a priority to each goal so you direct your attention to the most important ones, and avoid feeling overwhelmed.
- Set performance goals, not outcome goals: Set goals over which you have as much control as possible because nothing is more discouraging than failing to achieve a goal for reasons beyond your control. If you base your goals on your own performance, you can maintain control and draw satisfaction from achieving them.
- Set realistic goals: It is important to set goals that you can achieve. Setting goals that are too high, means you may not appreciate obstacles, or understand how much skill you need to develop to achieve a particular level of performance.
- Be prepared to innovate: Remain flexible in your approach to achieving your goals and by remaining open to new means of achieving them.
- Learn from your failures: Failure is excellent feedback on your approach and what you need to change. Every failure contains within it all the elements required to achieve the goal in the future.
By deciding what you want to accomplish in each month, week and day, creating an editorial calendar, and following these 12 Time Management Tips for Top Blogging Performance you will succeed.
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