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Questions for every {successful} blogger

It’s kind of a joke now. I keep saying “I’m almost all caught up!” And it will be the truth. For about half a day! Then I get several blog “assignments” due at the same time and I’m swamped again!

I love being my “own boss,” helping the family income, testing new products, being the editor of my own little blog-azine!

Yet feeling “successful” as a blogger can be elusive…for one, many people don’t even understand what we do, how we do it, or why. So telling someone I just landed a “blog ambassadorship” draws blank stares… and kind of deflates the exuberant feeling!

It’s important to define your own idea of success. To ground yourself. To avoid burnout. To stop the roller-coaster of emotions. Here’s some questions for every blogger seeking success:

Is my life in balance? For me, success means I DIDN’T spend all day and night blogging, but instead did other things like try new recipes, play with the kids, read a book. (Oh lucky me, these activities are great for renewing my blogging excitement!). I write lists of everything I need time for in a week to see how much time I actually have for blogging… I have to stick to that, or life gets out of balance and chaotic. No matter what jobs come in, imbalance completely destroys my feeling of success! Using a blog planner helped me see my month and weeks at a glance, create a balanced schedule, and make better use of my time.

What milestones do I hope to reach? I still remember my breathless shock the first time a company said they wanted to send me a review product. The first time I received cash payment for a post. The first time I had a guest post on a larger site or blog. Going to my first blogger event. There’s many exciting benchmarks on the road to blogging success. I was always finding myself surprised each time I’d reach one, until a friend said, “Why are you so shocked? This is what you’ve been working towards!” But I wasn’t keeping good track of my progress – I was all “nose to the grindstone” and forgetting to look ahead! Now I write down long and short-term goals on the Monthly Focus pages. What do I hope to achieve daily, weekly, and annually? If it’s simply to achieve balance again – so be it! And that will be a successful week!

Am I living like a lifelong learner? Social media moves quickly. Since I started blogging, I’ve learned about Twitter, Klout, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, Alexa, and more. I’m always reading articles or taking mini e-courses to help me stay on top of this ever-changing field. I write down topics I need to study up on and when I have time I Google to educate myself, or put a question out in a blogger group. I always feel more successful when I am stretching my brain! There’s space in the Blogger Planner for notes if you come across some good info in a thread or article!

Am I spending time with like-minded bloggers to support my goals? I used to belong to a wide range of networks. Over time, certain groups rose to the top as ones where I found positive, engaging support. Bloggers concerned with quality content, not just spilling the lastest gossip. Bloggers who would actually share their thoughts honestly with you and visit your site to give feedback. I learned to let other groups go – and stick with groups that push me towards my goals. Networking with quality bloggers is actually one of my year-long goals!

Am I managing posts and sponsors well? Missing deadlines, over-booking, and not knowing what to do next always bring on that “I’m a failure” feeling. Staying organized is crucial to my sanity and success! Using the Blogger Planner, I organize blog posts months in advance. I can see if I already have too much planned (personally and blog-wise!), and coordinate with sponsors a bit further down the road to keep my life balanced. With the Blogger Planner I keep track of deadlines, blog themes, and appointments – the Planner has space for personal items like the weekly menu, to blend daily life with blogging life to help you stay balanced. Because it all circles back to balance!!

Although I still prefer my computerized system for financial and accounting tracking, I enjoy jotting notes, ideas, and plans in The Blogger Planner. One key feature the handwritten Planner has over my computer is the ability to flip back and see how I was doing three months ago. In my computer, I always overwrite changes, so it’s hard to see progress. Now I’m more organized and purposeful – seeing items on my weekly task list crossed off gives a definite feeling of success!

What questions do you ask yourself to stay focused toward success (blogger or not!)?

Crunchy Beach Mama

Monday 6th of May 2013

how do I stay focused...hmmm...I never feel like I am! I have my notes and about a week ahead I try to plan what I'm going to do for the week but that's about it!

Crunchy Beach Mama

Monday 6th of May 2013

how do I stay focused...hmmm...I never feel like I am! I have my notes and about a week ahead I try to plan what I'm going to do for the week but that's about it!

Trisha W.

Sunday 5th of May 2013

I just noticed there's another 'Trisha' in your blog world besides me. =) Anyway, I was going to comment about your narrowing down your list of 'to do' items for your blog and the support groups too. You seem so level-headed and I love to read about your 'lessons learned' and to see you mature as a blogger. I think it was wise to back out of groups that were more focused on gossip than blogging. Keep on going. I love to read your blog.

Trisha W.

Sunday 5th of May 2013

I just noticed there's another 'Trisha' in your blog world besides me. =) Anyway, I was going to comment about your narrowing down your list of 'to do' items for your blog and the support groups too. You seem so level-headed and I love to read about your 'lessons learned' and to see you mature as a blogger. I think it was wise to back out of groups that were more focused on gossip than blogging. Keep on going. I love to read your blog.

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