I don't know if this is the teacher in me or maybe some other quirk (re: flaw), but I love to make lists and establish goals all the time. For example, I make to-do lists nearly every day to make sure I complete all of my "errands" or obligations.
When it comes to my blog, I think it is time to also make some goals. I'm working on developing a list of how many followers I want to have in the next month, as well as how many readers I have to subscribe by email and Twitter. Lastly, I want to make a plan for writing guest posts and creating an ebook. That sounds like a lot suddenly!
Either way, I'm wondering if you have your own blogging goals? Is there a certain number of followers you'd like to have or something like that?
I don't know if I have specific goals.
I do want 500-1000 followers by this time next year, but I also know that I would prefer 200 very dedicated followers with good minds that truly understand my writing and support my work, than 1000 fair weather readers who only comment on my blog so that I comment back. So I have a hard time committing this goal to paper, because I can tell when my reader quality is good because the quality of the participation is good.
As far as subscribers, I'm at 250 now, and I'd like 1000 next year, but I run into the same issue as the followers - I like quality, and that's hard to turn into a "To do" list, because it's based on feeling.
Alexa Rank, I want to get under 100,000. I'm at 270 now, and I was at about 370 last month. I don't think it's an unreasonable goal in a year, so that one I do have written down somewhere.
Otherwise, no. I want my blog and readership to develop as organically as possible. It feels more "indie" and less salesmanly that way. To put it more accurately, I have "hopes" more than "goals".
My biggest goal is to create an interactive site where parents and kids can come to get great recommendations for their next big adventure in reading!
I hope my site can be a tool for parents to connect with what their kids are reading and a resource for kids to find great books that suit them well.
Anyone want to join in my cause? I am happy to have guest posts from you OR your children- either as a one time thing or a regular! Our site will be undergoing a full overhaul soon to reflect our goals and give a more professional look, but for now, join us and help us build it up!
Book and story promotion is important, but my first goal is to create posts that matter to me and more importantly to my target audience in terms of content. I've found that when I first created a blog, I tended to post about topics that mattered most to other writers, but our readers aren't always interested in that so I'm working on diversifying. For example, Comic-Con is taking place this week in San Diego, so I wrote about that and geek culture in general.
I want to meet other readers and discuss books. I'm a brand new book blogger, so I have a long way to go. I don't want followers for the sake of numbers, but would like to find some like-minded readers. And like RYCJ stated, I want to have fun. I see so many bloggers get stressed because they feel they have to post all the time. If it's your business, then perhaps, but this is a hobby for me, and I want to enjoy it.
I am very passionate about my book topic. www.jerodkillick.com . I think that my blog has increased awareness for my novel. It is not all about sales to me. I want the topic to be heard.
My blog http://booksandnovelstoread.blogspot.com has the single goal of selling as many self-published books by as many self-published authors as possible. It is free, all you have to do is send me an email with your book's details and I will upload it to my website www.booksandnovelstoread.com . As well as books for sale there are author interviews, book reviews. The website was only started in April this year and is already proving to be a success. I look forward to hearing from you.
Regards - Terry