Setting Blogging Goals: How Often Will You Update?

Posted June 23, 2009 | Laura Christianson

Part 2 of 4

In Part 1 of this series, you learned that in order to be a successful blogger, you must develop a marathon mentality. Hopefully, you’ve completed your goal-setting homework assignment (if not, go back and read How to Train for the Blogging Marathon.

Deciding how often you’ll publish new content is a must-do. Enthusiastic newbie bloggers tend to overdo it; they post every day for a month and then run out of steam.

Publishing fresh content five times per week or more can burn you out. I recommend setting more reasonable goals for starters:

Blog once a week every week for a year, or three times a week for three months.

The key is consistency. Readers are creatures of habit; they want to feel assured they will hear from you on a regular basis.

At the end of each quarter, re-evaluate and adjust your publication schedule.

Today’s assignment:

Set a blogging goal for yourself.

Fill in the blank: My goal is to blog ____ times per week for ____ weeks/months.

Now make your goal public (it’ll only take a minute). Write it in the Comments area below this post.

Often, making a public commitment to your goal will help you hold yourself accountable.

In our next post, we’ll interrupt our goal-setting activities to discuss a common malady that afflicts all bloggers.

Also in this series:

Part 1 How to Train for the Blogging Marathon

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13 responses to “Setting Blogging Goals: How Often Will You Update?”

  1. Betty says:

    I was trying to write something when I first received this eamil and I could not. I have two blogs. Bcultural.org – I would like to write 3 times a week for the next 3 months. On babbankruptcy.com I would like to blog every day for the next 2 months, then I will decide which one I can keep/cope with.

  2. Betty says:

    I was trying to write something when I first received this eamil and I could not. I have two blogs. Bcultural.org – I would like to write 3 times a week for the next 3 months. On babbankruptcy.com I would like to blog every day for the next 2 months, then I will decide which one I can keep/cope with.

  3. Betty says:

    I was trying to write something when I first received this eamil and I could not. I have two blogs. Bcultural.org – I would like to write 3 times a week for the next 3 months. On babbankruptcy.com I would like to blog every day for the next 2 months, then I will decide which one I can keep/cope with.

  4. Betty says:

    I was trying to write something when I first received this eamil and I could not. I have two blogs. Bcultural.org – I would like to write 3 times a week for the next 3 months. On babbankruptcy.com I would like to blog every day for the next 2 months, then I will decide which one I can keep/cope with.

  5. Bonnie Way says:

    Setting a regular schedule helped me (and I like to think that my readers like it too).  I then knew when I had to come up with a post and could be working on it in the back of my brain as I was going about my day.  Also, if I have tons of ideas one week, I can schedule posts for the coming weeks, so that I stick to my schedule.  🙂

  6. Bonnie Way says:

    Setting a regular schedule helped me (and I like to think that my readers like it too).  I then knew when I had to come up with a post and could be working on it in the back of my brain as I was going about my day.  Also, if I have tons of ideas one week, I can schedule posts for the coming weeks, so that I stick to my schedule.  🙂

  7. Dawn says:

    I will post once a week for 12 months.

  8. Dawn says:

    I will post once a week for 12 months.

  9. Dawn Ford says:

    Ok…so I read the article and created a Gravatar…why didn’t it work???

  10. Dawn Ford says:

    Ok…so I read the article and created a Gravatar…why didn’t it work???

  11. I’m not sure, Dawn. It should instantly display your Gravatar.

  12. I’m not sure, Dawn. It should instantly display your Gravatar.

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