My 10 months old boy (Reyansh) has started walking and he took one step more every day. He’s been watching his neighbour’s children (and his mom and dad) run around the house for 10 months now and you can just see in his eyes the desire to be up and doing it too. Last month he’s started pushing around the block trolley and is practicing his standing up without the aide of anything to pull him up.
It’s not been a fast process and by no means do I expect to see him running around the house soon but he’s almost ready for his first steps.
Many bloggers begin blogs recently with the dream of scores of readers and creating giant amounts of cash.
While it’s possible to build blogs that are wide read and profitable and there’s nothing wrong with dreaming massive –the truth is that it takes time and a great deal of work to build these types of blogs.
New bloggers would have best to pay longer wondering their ‘first steps’ than simply the massive image dreams and goals that they need.
Yesterday whereas chatting with an innovative blogger’s United Nations agency had some terribly lofty goals for this blogging I mirrored back to him that I felt that additionally to the massive dreams he had that I questioned if he may also have the benefit of having some realistic goals for the short term.
Here’s a list of 9 first step type goals that I suggested to him that might be a good place to start:
- Publish 10 Posts
- Getting your first comment from someone you don’t know
- Get your first link from another blog
- Build your readership up to more than 20 readers a day
- Hit a level of 20 RSS subscribers
- Getting your blog indexed in Google
- Get your blog earning $1 a week (update: only if making money from your blog is one of your goals – it’s not for everyone
- First guest post on another blog
- Having someone (not you or your mum) tweet about your blog
Note: Others goals might include goals more to do with setting up your blog including those related to design, platforms, setting up metrics/stats etc.
To someone who has been blogging for a while these kinds of goals might seem rather small and insignificant – but for a new blogger they’d be where I would start.
For new bloggers these goals additionally|may additionally |may also|may additionally} appear a touch insignificant also (in truth the blogger I used to be reproof told me. I used to be thinking too tiny and laid-off my idea) – but I’d argue that to urge to your massive dreams there’re heaps of steps in between – several of which could not be exciting or as fun to consider. but typically it’s useful to see the terribly next steps that you just have to be compelled to absorb order to maneuver towards your goals.
Tangent: I once had an opportunity to read a story about a guy who had travelled the world climbing some of the highest mountains. When a person asked to him that it must be an exciting thing to do he told him that there are moments of exhilaration and excitement but that the reality is that much of what he does when climbing a mountain is pretty boring. It’s one foot in front of another type activity through foothills, carrying a heavy pack and not feeling like you’re making much progress. Of course, once you make it to the top or conquer challenges along the path you have moments of excitement but it all starts with setting out from base camp and with the goal of getting to a point where the climb starts in earnest.
Once you’ve achieved these first goals start to increase them. You might want to double the numbers for the next step (although for different bloggers the numbers will no doubt be different) – then double them again and so forth.
What other ‘first step’ goals would you suggest to a new blogger just starting out? If you’re a new blogger what are your first goals?