Whether you are an experienced blogger or just starting out, goal setting is a useful tool in building motivation and momentum in your blogging journey. Here we’ll explore how your why can guide you to setting blogging goals and how to use our free printable goal setting worksheet for bloggers.
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So what are some goals you should be considering as a blogger?
Finding Your Why
The first one and probably the most important, is finding your “why?”
- Why do you want to blog?
- Do you want to blog as a hobby or for an outlet for your creative side?
- Do you want to make some extra income to supplement your household?
- Or maybe you would love to have a flexible schedule but still provide a full time income while doing it?
Whatever your why may be, we have provided a goal setting worksheet to help you with the task of goal setting.
Your why is SO important because it is what will drive you in moments when you feel like giving up.
Write your why at the top of our goal setting worksheet. Then it’s time to think about setting those goals.
Using the Goal Setting Worksheet
Before I even started my blog I did this goal setting activity as part of the Profitable Blogging for Beginners Course. There were so many amazing and actionable tips in that course that launched my blogging sucess, and I loved looking back at these goals as I moved through my first years of blogging.
Setting New Blogging Goals
After printing the worksheets, use the goal tracker boxes to write down your goals for 6 months from now, 1 year from now and 5 years from now.
Though setting goals that far in advance might seem daunting, do not let it stop you from setting them.
Blogging goals will vary for everyone. Some factors include but are not limited to:
- What is your niche?
- How much time do you have to devote to blogging?
- Will you be working another full or part time job while blogging?
In the goal tracker worksheet you’ll set goals for Pageviews, Email Subscribers, Income and Time Spent Weekly. It’s okay if you’re not exactly sure what’s possible yet, start with some goals and you can modify them if needed as you move forward. The important part is to have something you’re working toward.
Now that you have those goals in mind it’s time to take action on them. We also provided a worksheet for you to log the actionable steps you will take to meet these goals.
The steps page on the goal setting worksheet is just as important as your goals sheet because, let’s face it, if you don’t have a map to get somewhere you’ve never been, you might get lost on your way.
If you are just starting out on your blogging journey, one of your first actionable steps to gaining Pageviews, Email Subscribers, Income and Time Spent Weekly might be just to write four blog post drafts to have ready to go before you go live.
If your blog is up and running already, one of your actionable steps might be to go to attend a blog conference or create a small tribe of bloggers in your niche for networking purposes.
Do your best to come up with 3-5 actionable steps you can take and then get started on moving toward your goals.
Need help? Come join us in the Blogging Bits Facebook group. We’ll help you identify some steps to help you reach your goals and cheer you on along the way.
Remember to Track Your Progress
It can be a lot of fun to look back and see how far you’ve come, so be sure to set a reminder to look back at those goals regularly to see how you’re doing. I like to keep mine in a blogging binder so it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle!
No matter where you are in your blogging journey; setting goals, writing them down and taking actionable steps to get there will not only help motivate and set momentum but will serve as documentation of your progress.
If you are willing to set aside time and put in the effort, the possibilities are endless in blogging.