After BBAW a lot of people had posts about their blog goals, and so I started thinking about my own blog and what I want out of it. It’s been 7 months since the last time I considered what direction I want my blog going towards, so maybe it’s time to do it again.
Last time, I said (or thought) that I wanted more subscribers, more comments, better reviews, etc. I did, and still do, measure success by how many comments a post gets and how many subscribers I have. I’m still working on making my reviews better. And I’m still working on becoming more involved in the blog community. But what’s changed?
Basically, I’ve gotten rid of all my “goals.” I now have plans, and I have rules. Plans, I find, are much easier to execute, and rules just make me feel better about trying to execute those plans. At the moment my plans just include studying stats and seeing what they mean in regards to my blog. I’m calling it Operation Find Out What’s Going On, and it’s pretty much just “how are people finding my blog? what link are people clicking on? who’s linking to me? why does this post have more comments than that post?” and so on. Subscribers, daily views, how “good” a review is, etc: I’m not worrying about that anymore and I’m not going to obsess about them except in regards to Operation FOWGO.
While I’m doing that, I’ve come up with some “rules” that I’m going to try and stick to. This is just what I’ve decided for myself, but I think they could work for other people, too (yeah, I’m talking to you). They’re actually more like suggestions (or affirmations?), but whatever. “Rules” sounds more important!
Anastasia’s blogging rules
1. It’s impossible to visit every blog in existence, even just book blogs.
But: Do make an effort to find new blogs to read! Branch out! Meet new people!
2. It’s okay to have blog friends, and to link to each other/talk about each other/generally be awesome to each other. It does not mean there’s a secret blogger alliance, or that there’s a popular crowd.
But: New friends are awesome, too. See above.
3. It’s okay not to like everyone. It’s okay not to have everyone like you.
But: Don’t get into fights if you can help it. It makes you look bad (and unprofessional). Get mad, rant, rave, but don’t name names (or phone numbers).
4. It’s okay not to have fifty comments on each of your posts. Even if you only have one comment on each post, that’s still worthwhile and wonderful.
But: Do keep seeking ways to introduce conversation. Ask discussion questions! Reply to the comments you do get!
5. It’s okay not the be the best. Stop judging yourself based on how others are doing. Not everyone can have 500 subscribers, 50 freebies form publishers and 5 million comments on each post.
But: Do keep striving to improve yourself/your blog in whatever way you consider “improving.”
Have your blogging goals changed lately? Do you have blogging rules?