Blogging is a crazy journey and you need a lot of dedication and determination to make it work. And because of that, sometimes it’s easy for us to self-sabotage and basically stand in our own way when it comes to achieving our blogging goals.
Let’s face it. It happens both in regular life and in business. The new year rings, you set goals, and 2 weeks into the new year you’re back to you’re old habits. It happens.
Sometimes we just feel stuck and we’re ready to move forward, grow, and kick butt in the blogging world. So why aren’t you achieving your blogging goals? And how can we actually work towards succeeding?
Why You’re Not Achieving Your Blogging Goals
You’re setting unrealistic goals
The very first reason for why you might not be achieving your blogging goals is probably because you’re setting unrealistic expectations.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing bad about dreaming big but when you set incredibly unrealistic goals for your blog, you’re basically setting yourself up for failure. It’s important to set goals that challenge you but at the same time are attainable.
You need to feel like they can actually be in reach for you. If not, you’ll be deeply disappointed and discouraged at the first sign of things not going exactly as planned.
You’re not making a plan
And the only thing worse than not setting realistic goals is not setting any goals at all! You might be thinking of all these things you want to accomplish — we all do — but you’re not setting any real goals.
You can’t just sit there and hope for readers and money to fall out of the sky. Like I said before, it’s okay to dream but you need to make a plan of action. You need to have *something* to look forward to and work towards.
Without a plan, it’s hard to move forward and accomplish things because you’ll be completed disorganized and lost along the way.
You spend too much time comparing yourself to other bloggers
Lastly, you might not be achieving your blogging goals because you’re spending waaay too much time comparing yourself to other bloggers.
There is only one of you. There is absolutely no need for you to be comparing yourself to others. Your blog is one of a kind because YOU’RE the one who created it.
Sure, it’s nice to feel inspired by other pro bloggers around you making big moves in their businesses. But there comes a point where it no longer inspires you and instead causes jealousy, disappointment, and resent for yourself because you want to be there and it might feel like right now it’s just so far away.
This right here is a big fat time-waster and just stands in the way of achieving your blogging goals.
So what’s a gal to do?
How To Actually Reach Your Goals
1. Figure out what you want to achieve and where you want to be
First, you’ll want to sit down and figure out what you really want to achieve in your blog and where you want to be in the future.
It’s hard to achieve anything when you don’t know what you’re even working towards. Everyone’s blogging journey is different so make sure that your blogging goals fit your current life and schedule.
If you know you want to turn your blog into a money-making business, you likely want to start generating income from your website. Some good goals for this would be to grow your traffic to X pageviews, get your first 100 email subscribers, or maybe even just write 5 blog posts.
It all depends on what part of your journey you’re on.
2. Set your goals
The next step is to set your goals. Once you really figure out what it is you even want to accomplish, it’s time to break that into realistic goals.
Start with your big goals and then work your way back to what you need to achieve to get to that big goal. Having a huge scary goal can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s so essential to break up your goal into smaller, more manageable ones.
3. Schedule out your tasks
Once you have your smaller, realistic goals set – think about what you need to do to accomplish each of these goals. Make a list for each one and you will come up with a task list for each goal.
These tasks need to be completed in order for you to make progress towards your goals. And when you know what tasks need to happen, the next thing you need to do is schedule them out!
When will you complete these tasks? How long will it take you? These are all important questions. You can track your tasks and progress towards your goals by using a project management tool like ClickUp.
4. Track & analyze your progress
While you’re working towards your goals, make sure to track and analyze your progress. Sometimes you think you’re doing great but when you look at the bigger picture, you haven’t had that much progress after all.
Keep a spreadsheet or checklist to keep track!
5. Check in on your goals & reevaluate if needed
Last but not least, you need to check in on your goals!
Like I mentioned before, you might think you’re making progress when you’re not. Or maybe you get set back when a bump in the road comes along.
It’s so important to check your goals and reevaluate if you need to. Sometimes things happen and our paths shift. When that happens, you need to shift your goals too so that fit with your new journey!
Life doesn’t always go according to plan. No biggie. Just readjust if needed.
A lot of the time, bloggers get down in the dumps when they’re not seeing the growth that they’d like to. But more often than not, it’s because they don’t know what they should be working on and end up trying to do #allthethings
“What should I be working on? SEO? But what about social media? But I should also be monetizing. Should I be guest posting? What about sponsored post collaborations? AHHHH.”
Sound familiar? If so, you might be guilty of not focusing on the right things and not having a plan in place to achieve your blogging goals. And when you don’t plan, everything is a mess and nobody wins.
The blogging space is big enough for everyone to succeed. You just have to set your goals, work towards them, and keep at it.
And remember: you might not hit ALL your goals and that’s perfectly okay. Failing is learning – it’s not failure at all. It’s a chance to grow and learn from your experiences.
So go plan your goals and crush them. Go on, I’ll be waiting 😉