I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions – I set goals for the new year. It’s a practice my family and I adopted about 5 years ago. Each New Year’s Day we sit in my parent’s sun room, drink gallons of tea, eat our way through leftovers and create goals for our lives and businesses for the coming year.
I know for some people (YOU!), writing goals are on the list but you may not really know where to start. For 2014, I wanted to give five goals you can set that will help your writing really explode.
1. Blog. Weekly.
Yep, every week post an article or blog post to your blog. Pick at day of the week and stick to it.
You’ll notice that I didn’t say post daily. Or even twice a week! I tried that once and I burned myself out after half a year. It’s HARD writing something meaningful, researched, and new every single day. But a weekly goal – that’s attainable and you can even plan for vacations!
2. Send out your newsletter regularly.
Again, pick a schedule and stick to it! I decided half-way through 2013 that I was going to get serious about mailing my newsletter every week. Since August 5, 2013, I have sent out a newsletter EVERY SINGLE WEEK. Sure, there was a week that it was a day late but there wasn’t a week when I DIDN’T send it out!
Goals 1 & 2 work together to force you to create new content every single week. Even if you know only twenty people read your blog each week or your newsletter list is you, your mom, and your BFF, those people are counting on your content.