Creating Goals, Doggedly Chasing Them

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?


  1. I am such a goals-oriented person, that it is not even funny! I have met the blogging goals that I have set in the past. Now, I am making more financially-related ones. I think (hope!) that those will be met also. We will see!


  2. Now you tell me that its not needed for me to stay up late at night?! LOL. Gosh, I can so relate to your early blogging mindset.

    My current goals are to fine tune my voice and online presence. For years I’ve been a bit all over the place. While that was fine as a community blogger, as a “mom blogger” if I wanna get those “perks” I gotta step things up to a professional level.


  3. Building through social media is very important to me, and it works. But it can become lopsided and leave other areas not properly managed (as it has for me in the past). So current my goals relate to the proper balancing out of all the areas that make my blog “go”, so it all runs smoothly and grows together perfectly.


  4. My blog is only a few months old, so I am very focussed on getting it set up right, trying to write meaningful content and building traffic. I’m getting there.

    I can certainly relate to your early days and look forward to becoming a more experienced and “mature” blogger.


  5. Yes. I believe strongly in setting goals, writing them down, and pursuing them passionately. I have notebooks all over the house that are filled with doodles, dreams, ideas, goals…and plans for how to get where I want to be. :)


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