It only makes sense – If you want to be the star center on your basketball team you don’t put on your cleats and practice tossing a football.
You focus all your attention on basketball and jumping.
Using the same logic, if you’re not reaching your blogging goals it may be because they don’t match your current blogging practices.
With blogging there are so many different avenues for success, all branching off of each other and interconnected. It’s easy to start out with one goal in mind and gradually slip over to a different path without even knowing it. It’s always a good idea to regularly evaluate your goals to make sure you’re still on the right path.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
Many bloggers start blogging simply for something to do. They enjoy writing and they enjoy the Internet community. It’s only after they’ve developed a steady stream of traffic that they even realize they can make money with their blog.
Suddenly, that sounds like a great idea. Instead of blogging for entertainment, now they’re blogging for money. But those are two separate goals that require different approaches.
There’s no shame in either goal. The important thing is to understand that your goals can change and when they do you also need to alter your course of action.
What do you want to get out of blogging?
Do you only want to pick up a few extra bucks, do you want it to replace your full-time job, or are you looking to build a blogging empire? Again, any goal you set for your blog is perfectly acceptable. There is no right or wrong in the blogging world. But you need to determine what you want to get out of blogging so you can create a plan for success.
Will your current blogging practices help you achieve your goals?
If you want to build a blogging empire then you’re going to have to give it your complete, undivided attention. You may only be able to work a few hours a day while you hold down your full-time job, but every hour you devote to your business will have to be productive.
Productive doesn’t necessarily mean “writing blog posts”, either. To build a business you’re going to have to learn all about Internet marketing techniques, reader engagement, creating products, planning successful launches, and so much more. So one of your blogging practices will have to involve educating yourself on good business and blogging practices.
The most important point to take away from this article is the fact that your long-term and your short-term goals will probably always be undergoing some changes because the more you learn the more opportunities you have, the more different pathways to success open up. Once you realize that, then you’ll understand the importance of regularly analyzing your blogging practices to make sure you stay pointed toward your goal.