It wouldn’t be right for me to start of the first Momcomm of 2011 and not mention goals.
Goals sound kinda nebulous and vague. You hear people talking about them but aren’t really sure what sort of goals you should set or how you should set them. Well, today’s Momcomm will get you feeling confident enough to create a few goals of your own.
Why Set Goals for Your Blog?
If you’re serious about growing your blog, setting goals is a must. Think of them as the skeleton of your blog. Every decision you make about your blog should move you towards meet your goals.
Once you set goals, it’s so much easier to narrow down ideas and opportunities for your blog. If an opportunity arises or an idea comes to you, ask yourself “does this help me meet any of my goals?” If the answer is no, you probably need to move on. Only do things that put some meat on those bones!
How Do I Set Goals?
Setting goals always sounds easy enough but actually knowing what to say is the hard part. I suggest using the SMART method. SMART is a mnemonic device used in project management. The letters in SMART can stand for different things depending on who you talk to but here are the ones I stick with:
Let’s dig into each one of these…
Say exactly what you’re looking to achieve. Generic goals may be easier to think up but they are also harder to get jazzed about.
“I want to be a better blogger” isn’t specific enough. “I want to gain 50 followers in three months” is specific.
Sorry to interject but this full post is now over at Momcomm.com, my blog that’s chock full of can-do blogging tips. Stop by to finish reading Get SMART with Your 2011 Blog Goals and other posts about writing, social media, blog critiques and more!