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Blog Goals – Group Writing Project

200606051534I’ve written on a number of occasions on the topic of developing goals for a blog over the past few months.

I’ve also written on a number of occasions about making some of your blogging goals public as a way of adding accountability and motivation to reach them. I find that when I write something on my blog about what I want to do that I’m much more likely to actually follow through on it.

Each time I’ve written these things I’ve had readers write to tell me their blogging goals and even to suggest that we create a space where people can post them. As a result I thought ‘blogging goals’ might be a good topic for another ProBlogger group writing project (the last one was on Habits of Effective Blogging).

So this week I’d like to invite you to write a post on your blogging goals as part of a group writing project.

To participate, here is the process to follow:

1. Write a post on blogging goals

  • Be as creative as you’d like – take it in any direction you want from writing a long list of your own blogging goals, through to sharing just one or two of them.
  • You can write it in any form you like (last time we had poems, rants, humorous posts etc).
  • Consider calling your post something a little different to ‘blogging goals’ as last time we had 80 submissions, most of which had similar titles. Your title is a key to making people come and read your post.
  • Ideally it’d be great if you could write it on your actual blog but if it’s completely inappropriate to do so I’ll post them again on ProBlogger on a ‘page’ (not a post) with a link back to your blog.

2. Let me Know about your post

  • Once you’ve posted your post simply let me know about it by sending me an email via my contact form.
  • Make sure you include your name (as you want it to appear in my list), your post title and the URL to your post (not just to your blog’s front page).
  • Submissions must be received by me the the end of Thursday 8 June (as long as it’s still Thursday where you send it from I’ll accept it).

3. I will post 2 links to your post

  • In the day or two after you let me know about your post I’ll post a link to it in two places. Firstly there will be a daily (ish) list of the submissions from the last 24 hours. Secondly there will be a central list of all submissions for the project so we can see everything on one page. From what I could tell last time – people did visit the posts that were submitted – some bloggers seemed to get more traffic than others depending upon what day they submitted and a little on how their title read.
  • I’ll post my final list of submissions on Friday.

4. Surf Surf Surf

  • This is where you take over. Surf the submissions received. Leave comments, make connections with other ProBlogger readers and enjoy reading what others have to say.

5. Link Link Link

  • There is no formal ‘judging’ as this is not a competition. Instead – I encourage you to surf through the submissions at the end of the week and announce your own winners on your own blog. Name a top 5 or so and share the link love.
  • Probably the best part of the last group project was the amount of inter-linking I saw happening between participating bloggers as a result of their posts. It was obvious that people found new blogs through it and that the benefits of participating was way beyond getting a link from me but flowed on to a lot of new connections and links between other bloggers.

PS: if you want to use the blog goals graphic above you’re welcome to do so.

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Comments

  1. Jamsi says:

    I can’t turn down a blogosphere linkfest! Count me in .. or in other words check your email :-)

  2. Hi, ich denke, du nimmst es mir nicht krumm, wenn ich das hier auch einmal versuche. Schaun mer mal. Lg. Meinhard

  3. Patrik says:

    Great idea!
    Can we use your graphic this time too? I felt that it was a great way to get a community feeling among the posts last time. But I also understand if you don’t wish to be the graphic designer for the whole of the web. Especially since you don’t get paid for it:)

  4. Darren Rowse says:

    please feel free to use the graphic if you so desire – but don’t feel any need to do so if you don’t want to :-)

  5. kimson says:

    Hi Darren!
    I’ve been lurking on your fantastic website for about a month, now it’s “hands-on” time for me! I’m new to blogging, though, so I hope it won’t be too much of a flop… Anyway, I’ll be sending you the link to my post once I am finished with it.
    And I jump on the occasion to say that ProBlogger is an amazing source of information, on which I have already learned a huge amount of priceless things; thank you for sharing!

  6. Very well. Here’s mine: How I plan to take over the world

    http://jergames.blogspot.com/2006/06/how-i-plan-to-take-over-world.html

    Yehuda

  7. Oops, sorry. I only just realized that I was supposed to email this. Please remove these comments and I will send via your email form.

    Yehuda

  8. oziz says:

    This project (and site) gave me motivation to write a blog in response to this topic :) I’ve taken it in a slightly different direction towards the issue of motivation but that’s what goals are for. Hope you enjoy the read and thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Rob Elam says:

    I’ve writen about something that has been very powerful in my life and applied it to my blogs. Its called “the secret”.

  10. Great Idea and i can see that for the next day to come it can be a step stone and platform for blogger to promote their site too! change link!

  11. Bakari says:

    What a coincidence. I decided to start a new blog today, and so what a better way to begin than stating some of my goals. Great idea. Thanks for all the work you’re doing on this site.

  12. Patrik says:

    Thanks for letting us use the graphic :)

  13. ah pek says:

    Hi Darren,
    thanks for another opportunity to get free publicity on your site. I have just submitted my entry and i sure hope people who reads it, would like it enough to drop a comment or two.
    Thanks again!

  14. ming2.0 says:

    the graphic does get a sense of community going and is a powerfull tool,

    and a great gift.

    thanks.

  15. Jason Boog says:

    Fantastic idea. I can’t wait to sift through everybody’s posts. I’ll be back with some goals by Friday…

  16. Honest Abe says:

    Title: Take This Job and Shove It

    I am new to blogging. A friend of mine does internet marketing for a living and recommended I try it. I started on April 21 and I must say I enjoy it a lot more than my current job.

    My goals are:

    1. To get my blog to start making enough money to where I can focus more of my time on it to make it better and more profitable. I would like to quit my current job and get a part-time job and focus on blogging and expanding to other topics out side finance.

    2. To provide personal finance information to people who need it and help them make good financial and investing decisions.

    3. GET OUT OF MY CURRENT JOB! (Or did I already mention that)

    Since my blog focuses on personal finance I do not have a blog post on my site for this, but my blog is: http://finance4dummies.blogspot.com/

  17. Jersey Girl says:

    I enjoyed this writing bit…Posted my top five and other noteworthy’s…thx again for the opportunity to be included in this project. Cheers!

  18. Lo says:

    I’d love to have a link. I’;ve only just started a new blog, and I’n trying to make it a sort of mini website, with extra pages to fiction and reviews. There’s not much on it at the moment but it’s a work in progress. I’d liove a link because I’m trying to update it every day.

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