I’ve decided to join the WordPress two-week challenge called Blogging 201, Branding and Growth, because I’m ready to get serious about blogging.
Michelle W at WordPress.com says this about the challenge:
Branding, Growth, and Traffic is a 14-day challenge to give your blog’s growth a serious kick start. We’ll help you:
Define your blog’s brand and make sure it’s effective and consistent.
Build your audience both within WordPress.com, and without.
Understand and use your blog’s stats to grow your traffic.Make the most of your existing posts, to bring them ongoing attention.
I found out about the challenge today, which is day one, so my answers may be a little more spontaneous than I’d like, but I’ll do my best.
Today’s assignment: consider what you want to accomplish with your blog. Write down three concrete goals you want to achieve.
Question 1: Why do you blog?
I blog is a form of self-expression for me. I am an artist and I enjoy creating. I love the challenge of putting together images with text to convey a thought or feeling or sentiment, and to share that with others. But I also blog because I am a uplifter. A quote I live by is:
Every day, I wish to make the world more beautiful than I found it.
~Madame de Pompadour
That is why I started blogging, to share joy, beauty and humor with others.
Question 2: If your blog exceeded your wildest dreams, what would that look like?
This is where I get nervous… it’s not easy to share with people, or even myself, what my dreams are for this blog. But this is why I signed up for the challenge… so I’m going to get serious, and dream 😉 .
I would love to have thousands of people who read my blog to brighten their days. I’d love to have delightful conversations in the comments, sharing joys and sadness. I want people so excited to read my next post that they click on my “new post” email first thing each morning when they go to their computers or tablets or phones. I’d have hundreds of people, from all walks of life, enjoying my daily posts so much that they buy my artwork and products because they inspire them.
Oh, and Jack Cat is serious about having his coffee mugs (here) in every kitchen around the world, and Buffy Cat wants to publish her haiku in an e-book which would sell like hotcakes of course. Cooper the Cattledog just wants to be faithfully at my side no matter what.
Michelle W. goes on to say,
Answering these questions helps you create a vision for your blog. Next, translate that vision into three specific goals.
Three specific goals… hmm. Here goes.
- Attract more followers (email, WordPress and RSS), increasing 30% by September 1.
Increase my daily traffic 30% by September 1.
Socially interact with other bloggers on their blogs, as well as my friends on Facebook and Pinterest 2 hours a week.
Personal bonus goal: Have over 100 subscribers to my new monthly newsletter by my birthday in late November.
I feel good putting down solid goals. I think I’m going to like the next 14 days as I get even more serious about this fun thing called blogging.
See you tomorrow for day two.
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