Blog Writing Project: 2008 Blogging Goals


Whether you are a student, worker or athlete, you probably know the importance of setting goals. Goals help companies and individuals to focus the energy, prioritize activities, measure performance and refine the overall strategy along the way.


Bloggers are no exception, and that is why I decided to end this year with a group writing project focused on goals.

What do I need to do?
In order to participate you just need to write a post on your blog sharing your blogging goals for 2008 (no limits on the number of goals). Once your post is live leave a comment below with the URL.

Why should I participate?
I am pretty sure that many bloggers will have the goal of improving their blog design in 2008, therefore I contacted my friend Brian Gardner to sponsor this project.

As you probably know Brian recently released a complete family of premium WordPress themes. They come in four styles (News, Magazine, Tech and Sports), and they are perfect for bloggers aiming for a professional look.

The single user license for each revolution theme costs $99, but Brian will be offering one free theme to 3 lucky participants of the project.

Apart from the prize I will also publish a list with all the participants next week, so you should get some traffic as well.

I am not sure what my goals should look like!
Earlier this year I wrote a post titled “Blogging Strategy: Goals” where I covered the process of setting up goals. Basically I stated that goals should be measurable (else you won’t be able to tell if you achieved them or not) and realistic (else you won’t be motivated to achieve them).

As a blogger here are some factors that you can use to set your goals:

  • daily unique visitors
  • daily page views
  • RSS subscribers
  • number of weekly posts
  • average number of comments received per post
  • Alexa or Compete rank
  • Technorati rank
  • Google Pagerank
  • monthly revenues
  • backlinks
  • search engine ranking positions
  • popularity on social bookmarking sites (i.e. stories featured on Digg)
  • popularity on online communities (i.e. MyBlogLog)

Notice that these are only suggestions. You are free to get creative with your goals.
What are the deadlines?
You have until the midnight of next Sunday (December 23) to leave the URL of your post on the comments below.

I will publish the final list of participants and declare the winners on the following Wednesday, December 26.

Good luck to everyone, and I am looking forward to see your blogging goals for 2008!

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114 Responses to “Blog Writing Project: 2008 Blogging Goals”

  • isabella mori
  • MyBlogContest

    Here is my goals for 2008

  • Nick
  • paracha

    Hi Daniel,
    Here is my entry

  • Jummy

    Although I’ve blogged (at various addresses) for five years, it’s never occurred to me to come up with goals for my blog, particularly because it’s a personal blog. But as I think of perhaps monetizing it, or creating another blog, it just makes sense to have goals for it.

    Here’s my entry on my blog goals for 2008:

  • Contest Beat
  • Blaine

    Here is my entry (it goes live on Friday):

  • Robert Hruzek

    Thanks for the project, Brian! OK, here’s mine:

    Why I Never Set Blogging Goals

  • Amanda

    mine is up:

  • Sean P. Aune

    And my entry is ready to be laughed at… er… read…

  • Kim Black

    Always good to have a set of goals for the new year.

  • felix

    I just posted mine. Good to have something to work towards!

  • Martin

    Answering the question slightly differently…many thanks for the idea.

  • Rod Templeton
  • Susan

    Great project idea and rather timely. Here is my submission:
    2008 Blogging Goals and The Rewards They Earn

  • Christopher Scott

    Thanks for hosting this event!

  • Erz
  • kriz cpec

    This is my entry:

  • Justin Dupre

    I’ve been looking at the other lists of goals and all I am seeing is “I want more traffic” or something else that just replaces the word traffic. People really need to go read up on what a goal is, and how to make it measurable.

    You want more traffic, well I just viewed your blog. Do you feel like you satisfied your goal?

    Think like you are in high school. Thats an easy one. What was everyone’s goal? “I want to get an A in all my courses.” Obtainable? Yes. Measurable? Yes. Of course the only people that got As were the ones who worked for them. You want it? Gotta put the effort into it…

    Anyways, here is my draw up on my 2008 goals. I thought them through to make sure they were all ‘measurable.’ I put in some more of my own thoughts on goals as well.

  • Ibrahim Cesar

    Here is my:

  • Scott

    My goals for 2008 :

  • Chip

    Hi, I like this project and, as I didn’t write the 2008 goals on my blog previously, I wrote it now, as part of your project.

    We all can learn from other bloggers’ ideas.

    Here is my article and my goals:

  • WishBoNe

    So excited! I’m in!

  • costa

    Hi Daniel.

    Good project. Here’s mine.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Sk8Dad

    Just starting a new blog so the timing is perfect!

  • Daniel

    Ted, the last two goals you mentioned I agree that could be used, since you can measure them.

    “becoming a blogging superstart in your niche,” however, is easy to measure hehe.

  • Tad Chef

    I’d suggest less number oriented goals for blogging success. Something along the lines of “becoming a blogging superstar in your niche”, “getting used panties send via snail mail”, “being invited to conferences as a speaker.” 😉

  • Ben
  • Daniel

    Sim, qualquer lingua.

    Blogs written on any language are welcome to participate.

  • André

    Vale para blogs em português também?

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