The first time I was flabbergasted by blogger perks was when I read Dooce and other popular bloggers at the time — this was probably four or five years ago — had been invited to visit Amsterdam on a travel junket. I couldn’t believe it! All I could think about was how lucky they were and how it was the most amazing experience a mere blogger could have. It was also the first time I realized this blogging thing had legs.
At the time, I was blogging about my family (something I rarely, rarely, rarely do now) as well as topics in the news like the mommy wars and workplace discrimination breastfeeding mothers face. It was a different time in my blogging life for sure. Plus, I was relatively unknown then.
In those early days of my blogging career, I didn’t know what the future held for mom blogging. All I knew was that I wanted to be in the midst of the digital world as it grew and matured and I wanted to receive blogger perks (whatever that meant) like the bloggers I looked up to. My course of action to become a recognized mom blogger was not for the faint of heart. I barely slept, I networked like crazy online (there was only one blogger conference then, Blogher), and I tinkered away on my computer like a mad scientist creating web sites and tweaking them until I thought they were good enough to share. I also wrote for sites like Literary Mama and AOL that actually had professional editors so I could improve my writing. My goal was simple: I wanted to connect with other moms like me, be creative, generate new ideas, continue blogging and at the end of the day have something tangible to show for it.
Through the years I have certainly met most of my early goals and along the way I have achieved things I never thought possible. I continue to set goals and chase them like there is no tomorrow. Now, though, I am more purposeful. I don’t stay up all night anymore to reach my goals. I learned the hard way that that isn’t the smartest course of action to take. I plan now with a deliberate strategy behind my work, rather than haphazardly creating in a vacuum. I’ve grown a lot, but there are still goals to be met and stars to reach for.
Have you set any goals recently? How have you met them?