When I first started blogging back in 2013, I didn’t have a goal for my blog or a strategy. I would create a bucket list for travel, a bucket list for life and a short term bucket list, but when it came to my blog I’d end up with a bunch of unfinished stories and not one single goal.
It wasn’t until 2017, when I went to my first blogging conference that I started to learn about setting blog goals. While I did end up setting goals, I never created a bucket list for my blog. So if you’d ask me a couple of days ago what I wanted out of my blog, my answer would be “I don’t know.”
Thing is I do know what I want with my blog, but creating a bucket list for my blog helps me see what I want and the course I need to take to reach my goals. There is power in creating bucket lists. According to an article, employers should ask employees to create a bucket list because it improves productivity, engagement and overall job satisfaction.
So if you’re looking for a reason to create a bucket list for your blog, keep reading to find out the importance of having a bucket list for your blog.
Successes and Shortcomings From Last Year
Last year, I did not have a bucket list. In fact, I kept making notes of things I should do for the blog, but it became such a mess because I didn’t have a clear plan. I posted less frequently last year than any other years and my keyword game has been off. However, even with shortcomings, I still had successes.
I was able to add a table of content on my blog, I started to focus on backlinks and I learned about long-tail keywords. It might not sound as successful, but after so many years of blogging I finally felt on the right track with my blog.
Crafting My Ultimate Blog Bucket List + PDF
Crafting the bucket list was the easy part. There are so many things I want to see happen with my blog and so many things I have to work on.
To start, think of what you want to see with your blog. Do you want to see more traffic? Need more backlinks? How is your DA? If you need some ideas, check out the PDF below and be sure to save it for future reference!
My Top 10 Bucket List Goals for My Blog This Year
While the bucket list above is quite helpful, my bucket list looks quite different from the one I provided. If you’re looking for even more ideas as to what to add to your bucket list, here are my top 10 Bucket List Goals.
1. Publish 3-4 blog posts on a weekly basis
2. Grow my Domain Authority
3. Work on my long-tail keywords
4. Get 60,000 page views a month
5. Publish all my drafted posts
6. Connect with more bloggers
7. Go to more blogging conferences
8. Work on old posts and update them
9. Have blog posts scheduled
10. Get a few blog posts on first page of Google
Some of these may not make sense to you, especially if you’re a new blogger, but once your blog is up and running, you’ll realize that it takes more than just posting to have a successful blog.
Strategies to Stay Motivated
It can be hard to stay motivated when it comes to blogging. After all, there are a lot of blogs out there! It’s also hard when you don’t see any results, but you have to remember that it takes time for blog posts to pick up. I read somewhere that it takes about 6 months for Google to rank a post. I don’t know if that is legit, since I’ve seen some of my blog posts take off within 3 months.
Blogging is a long term process. It’s not like social media where you’ll have one of your videos going viral and instantly get 10,000 followers in a few days. Sometimes you’ll see a spike in traffic after publishing a post and sometimes you won’t see anything for the next 6-9 months. To help with this, I have a few strategies to stay motivated.
Something I do at my remote job are wins calls, where we share our win for the month. You should do this exact thing on social media. Even if it’s a tiny win such as gaining 20 more views on a post than the week before.
Strategy #2: Reward Yourself
I like to play the ‘make your goal, reward yourself’ game. Whenever you achieve a milestone or accomplish something, reward yourself. Blogging is hard, so finishing something on the blog is always worth a reward.
Strategy #3: Find Blogger Friends
There have been times where I’ve wanted to quit blogging, but having blogger friends motivates me to continue. I learn about their hardships, their wins and all the in between that happens when blogging and you know what? It helps! Talk to other bloggers and join blogging groups because there is no one better to keep you motivated than people in the same boat as you.
Strategy #4: Automate when possible
With todays’s technology and softwares, it is now easy to automate things! I love automating what I can because this means I have more free time to work on other aspects of the blog. There are quite a few widgets I use to automate things on my blog, but I also use IFTTT.
Creating a bucket list for a blog doesn’t need to be hard, it just needs to be about what you’d like to achieve with your blog.