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What Are Your Blogging Challenges in 2010?

What are your biggest challenges going forward as a blogger into the new year?

In the coming weeks I’m planning on taking a day or two out to plan a roadmap for ProBlogger going into the new year. I already have a fair idea of where I’d like to go based upon a recent survey I did of newsletter subscriber – but I want to test some of the ideas I have against your feedback as the wider ProBlogger readership.

As you look at your blog and the year ahead:

  • what is it that you feel is holding you back?
  • What problems do you face?
  • What questions do you have that you can’t get passed?
  • What issues do you keep coming up against that just hold you back?

I’m not going to give you any suggested answers on this question as I don’t want to cloud or skew your answers in any way – but am keen to hear what you have to say.

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Comments

  1. Ginger says:

    Happy New Year Darren,

    My list:
    - Learn more about SEO
    - Increase traffic from the SEO.
    - Include keywords in my work so that they drive traffic.
    - Increase traffic from better keywords & SEO.
    - Increase revenue from SEO, keywords & traffic.
    - Network with other seasoned bloggers and learn from them.
    - Do some guest blogging, link exchanging and meld all of the above into 10K subscribers and 3x the revenue for 2010.

    The only thing(s) holding me back are real life issues, time constraints and ignorance. If I can organize a tad better and school myself up a bit I should be on the right path.

    I’ve gotten over a large hurdle – Google isn’t blocking my domain any longer and I am showing up in Google Alerts and other searches. I’m about half bald but thanks to WP, SEO All in One Plugin and lots of hard work over the past month I have made it to PR4 too.

    Happy New Year!
    Ginger

  2. Scott Webb says:

    My biggest challenge is my cubicle corporate hell. I need to quit my job so that I can put all my energy into blogging and doing what I truly care about and love. 2010 is the year to do it and I am going to show it on my blog.

  3. Finding enough time to keep posting on a regular basis. I would also like to see some progress with the affliliates programs that I belong to.

  4. Blommi says:

    My biggest hurdles are a tendency to get distracted, and a reluctance to do pitches. It is my blogging resolution to overcome both.

    I feel scheduling blogging time will make me use my time more effectively. When it comes to pitching, I’ll just have to suck it up and jump in.

  5. Zach Younkin says:

    My biggest challenge this coming year will be staying on topic with my new topic I have chosen for my blog, making it through college with as little debt as possible.

    I seem to stray a bit too much…

  6. I have a problem with sticking with one niche till the end. The new year will see me doing that.

  7. Fatin Pauzi says:

    Hye, Darren. Thanks for the chance to give a feedback

    - What is it that you feel is holding you back?
    When I feel that if there are bloggers out there could do it successfully, especially you, why not me?

    - What problems do you face?
    Usually, I’m having problem while trying to update my blog. I can’t disgorge what I want to write even though there’s a lot of idea in my mind.

    That’s the only feedback for you for this while. Thanks, Darren.

  8. I need to stop second-guessing myself and just post.

    Also, I would like more tips and ideas on marketing my blog. I know it would be good once I actually start.

  9. Fazreen says:

    My biggest challenge is limited time that I have due to my college schedule and also the internet access because I keep moving from places to another places.

  10. The biggest issue that’s hindering my blogs overall success would be how to get visitors. My google analytics does not always paint a rosey picture.

  11. Asif Raza says:

    Hello,
    I have a three blogs but my main problem that i am still faced to get traffic. My focus will be to get traffic to my blogs.

  12. Joe Kern says:

    The biggest challenge is getting corporate backing of the effectiveness of business blogging. We still struggle the corporation seeing the benefits of blogging for marketing, sales and the general business,

  13. Lisa says:

    Like everyone else, I want to increase readership and monetize my blog, but the challenge for me is that my blog is hyper-local (free and cheap things to do in wine country–specifically Sonoma County, CA) , so while I love getting stumbled, etc, it doesn’t always translate to regular readers for me.

  14. Since my blog recently launched, generating traffic and getting subscribers is the biggest challenge.
    My audience is art students and emerging artists, and there are plenty of them!
    My focus is on interviewing experts, and they all say yes to being interviewed! (Although getting quick response time is a little challenging).
    The other challenge is to stay fresh, keep posts super-relevant and informative, and make sure I stay in touch with what people want to know.

  15. Justin Wise says:

    Honestly, it’s coming up with constant content. Very difficult, probably my most besetting challenge!

    You can only revolve around certain themes for so long, it seems. Themes seem to have a shelf-life. For me, anyway.

    That’s why I’m glad I have resources like this blog!

    Peace.

    Justin

  16. shop says:

    This year I am planning to launch 5 other blogs with niche targeted topics. I made a small mistake in going with a wide audience with my present blog. But I am trying to make up for that mistake in 2010.

  17. Budzer says:

    I dump so many things and topics including free articles in my blog. I’m planning to blog on specific topic next year and no more free articles.

  18. Tara says:

    My challenges – time management, consistency (in posting, in content), engaging others, developing my own info products I can sell. Thanks!!

  19. Ms. Freeman says:

    I just finished writing a post about my Goals for 2010. They seem like very easily obtainable goals that require a commitment and dedication to the process. I intend to track my progress along the way and do a follow-up post at the end of the first quarter.

  20. Kofi says:

    Firstly, I am looking for a blog designer to start me off to enable me build a list and build a relationship with them. Instead of mounting a search on the internet without any prior experience would you be kind enough to recommend to me a handle of designers you know well?

    Secondly, since I know nothing about blog design, would you tell me the marks of a good design and how I can use this knowledge in making my final selection.

    Finally, what is a reasonable amount to pay for an effective and efficient design?

    My deep appreciation

  21. Greg says:

    My main challenges will be:

    1. Staying focused and actually writing articles and creating content.

    2. Learning how to get more traffic to my site.

    3. Becoming a better writer: headlines, interesting, funny etc.

  22. Angelica Ars says:

    hi Darren,

    The biggest challenge is maintaing the blog efficiently,
    and then getting my google rank back – it was probably lowered due to some affiliate links which I was unaware off and have to add the rel=nofollow attribute to.

    Then, I do have some sort of a format, magazine style, but am not quite happy with it.

  23. villa bali says:

    Hi Thanks for giving the list of these challenges. Now we can be well prepared to face it easily and as you will be here to help us so we are not worried about this challenges.

  24. D.I. Telbat says:

    Happy New Year, Darren,
    My challenge will be just to start my blog. I’ve been reading and learning all I can so I can tackle it soon. You have provided such good and helpful information. Thanks for all your help!
    David

  25. My biggest challenge is finding time to write interesting, compelling content. I love my blog and want to provide the best content I can for my readership.

  26. Megan Walker says:

    Darren,

    Great questions. Right at the end of the year I really tried to evaluate where I want to be, and what I need to do to achieve that, so this is great timing.

    * what is it that you feel is holding you back?
    Time, or lack of, coming up with new and interesting content for at least one post a week, combined with a full time job, a full time business and a full time family!

    * What problems do you face?
    My target audience is the small business owner. How to give them ideas and knowledge that can help them out day to day. However, much of my own personal interest is a little geekier or techie than I think my readers might be interested in. Perhaps I need two blogs? But how to incorporate them both into my business would then be the challenge.

    * What questions do you have that you can’t get passed?
    What to write about? Although I feel like planning ahead is helping. With 2 months worth already planned, I think I am doing ok so far in 2010!

    * What issues do you keep coming up against that just hold you back?
    Again, it used to be what to write about, but planning and thinking ahead and forcing myself to commit to at least one post a week is helping. Hopefully the more I write, the easier it will become to think of new content.

  27. Self Esteem says:

    Thank you so much, there aren’t enough posts on this… keep up the good work