You get to make a brand new start in life thanks to the calendar…
January…the first month of the year.
Wipe the slate clean.
Set New Blogging Goals – Challenge Yourself in 2018
2017 is now behind you. It’s okay to look back and reflect. Just don’t stare at your rear-view-mirror for too long or you will get in a wreck.
Looking back can be productive only if you are doing so to learn what NOT to do going forward.
Jot down the lessons on your blog and move on.
Now let’s get to the fun part!
Imagine where your blog can be twelve months from now…picture the results you want:
•A tribe of devoted fans
•Lots of readers
•Higher levels of income
•Helping more people
•Making a difference in your niche
Super ambitious goals like these are a beautiful thing. Yet, to reach big goals you must first set some specific goals to help you get there.
A few examples of specific goals that take you where you want to go are:
•Write four guest posts by Feb. 28
•Get 120 email subscribers per month
•Post one new blog article per week
How do you reach the top of a mountain? One step at a time.
There is power in writing down (or typing) your new year’s resolutions.
In Habakkuk 2:2 it says, ““Write the vision; make it plain on tablets so he may run who reads it.”
Below are the bloggers and aspiring bloggers who replied to my recent email.
I asked my subscribers if they would be willing to share their blogging goals publically.
Many people responded as you’ll see below.
Notice how most of these folks are beginners. I’m talking at the very beginning of the journey (in many cases.)
I’m proud of them. And it’s not too for you to join them here.
Just share your goals for 2018 in the comments, and you will be entered into a drawing for a $15 Starbucks gift card.
Everyone who participates this year by sharing their blog goals automatically gets entered into the drawing.
Be sure to include a link to your blog in the comments (if you have a blog already up.)
Time to get inspired.
Here are the brave bloggers who responded to my email.
Tom R. – “My goal is simple. After more than a year of trying, I would just like to get my site up.”
Merle, a.k.a. Pinena – “I am a new blogger: www.babyboomers-iview.com. My goals are to increase my visibility and to encourage ppl to continue a conversation with me via email. Us boomers are new to being at this stage of life and I am blogging about my experiences with my millennial daughter and also downsizing and other goodies that come with aging.”
Toni H. – Well, I’ve been feverishly working on my stories since I will be setting up a book blog. I have my title however, I’m still a little nervous because I have not found another blog concept similar to mine. Not trying for perfection but I would like to be successful. My goal is to have my blog up and running by my birthday, (Happy birthday to me . . . ) 25 January.
Lynn W. – “I plan to set up a blog and learn how to create additional, passive income streams.”
Nati – “Hi, I just set up a new blog last week and it’s not ready to launch yet, so much to do (it’s my first blog). Thank you, it’s so good to know I could reach out to you for help. My goal is to start blogging NLT Feb or sooner, improve my design, get traffic to the blog, and generate some income!”
Greer – “My goal for 2018 will be to get a blog up and running.”
I have already followed your suggestions on how to start with a Blue Host account (now have one & time is ticking on my 3-year subscription), I have a WordPress.org account, but each time I sign in to do some work on setting my site up, I get covered over with things I should be doing (or at least feel I should be doing).
For instance, I am almost zeroed in on a theme (it had to be a free one).j
Anyway, you asked and I am trying to be quite candid with my reply.
Sincere best wishes for a Happy New Year 2018.”
Carol G. – “I would like to start a blog for domestic violence for the new year.”
Jeanette H. – “Just made it home from rehab after having my left hip replaced after falling on Dec. 10th. Current goals are learning not to FALL!”
Sue C. – “This coming year I will be composing content for a Facebook page with this title: Global Solutions.”
Helen M. – “I have sought advice from you in the past and in so doing have created a website which I am pleased with as far as structure and design is concerned. I need to go in and correct and add meaningful content with a goal to now publishing it. I am unsure how to go about effectively publishing it. I have included social media plug-ins but I think I should create a facebook page for this website alone not just use my personal facebook. Also, I haven’t a clue about Twitter. I would love some tuition now- do you offer tuition and what would be the cost?”
Tyler N. – “Mr. Loomis, thank you for all the information during 2017, and insight into starting a blog. I am planning in 2018 to start my blog. Working with you to get this started is going to be a pleasure. Thank you.”
Michelle E. – Here’s my goal for next year. On http://MobilePreppersCommunity.com My goal is to do more blogging. I tend to be very picky about everything so maybe I will let up a little bit. I’ve spent more time setting up the website than I have been blogging. That will change this next year.
Annamarie Muirhead – Hi there Matthew,
Yes, I intend to put out one of the children’s books once a month.
Getting toward the first week of the month, but not managing this for January,
It will be” Adventures of Harry the Super Dog, Book 4.
I will take care of my website and get an email list.
I will write something maybe once or even twice a month.
I’m mostly concentrating on writing more books,
especially the one I started before the Children’s books demanded all my attention.
I am wishing you all the success you are looking for in every aspect of your life
in 2018, it’s a great number and I’m looking forward to that year.
Love and Blessings
🙂 <3 🙂 A
Thank you so much for all your encouragement.
Bob T. – “My goals include the following:
Continue or enhance my twice a week schedule.
Gain more of an audience.
Upgrade the look of my blog
Figure out how to monetize my blog”
Bertus – “Hi Matt, hope you are doing well. I am now finished with my site and I have written my first blog. I have also launched my site. The problem that I have is that when I go to my blog page, I have this ugly looking big, black box with 1160 x 508 written on it. PLEASE tell me how to get rid of this box, it spoils the whole page. My website is the-housedoctor.com. Please also have a look at the rest of the site if you wouldn’t mind and let me know if you find something wrong with it. Thank you very much in advance.
Alli – Hi Matthew, Thanks for the email! We are so excited to see what 2018 has in store for us!! Some of our goals include; writing more content, generating more traffic from multiple sources and writing our first e-book!”
Sharlene – “I am a Breast Cancer survivor in
2017. It has been a difficult year.
I am not a youngster but NOW
is the only thing any of us have.
I am hoping to dive into my blog
in 2018. Planning revisions and
Right now my blog consists of only
my own essays and verses. Photos
that I have taken over the years.
My content will include contributors
who are looking for a safe place to
hangout and write.
I am planning to explore some of the
Blue Host templates to make my
blog shine and I’d like to make some
I am active on social media,
On Facebook, participating in
several private groups, as well as
Twitter and LinkedIn.”
Danae – “Hey Matthew, I do intend on setting up a blog, I have been spending a lot of time thinking about it and will act soon. Thank you for the continued emails and not giving up hope.
Kim G. – “Aloha Matthew, I’m living in Hawaii and have had many things in my life change recently, as my husband and I have moved back here to care for my mother who was just recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s I need to be close at hand here to care for her but with my husband being the only one employed we could use the extra income, as well as I would like to have something of my own. I would like to learn how to do affiliate marketing, I have always wanted to learn but I tried myself a few years ago and just didn’t know where to start if you had any answers for me I would be very grateful …. Aloha, for now, Kim”
Maddy Osman – “I have high aspirations for my 2018 blogging goals. In addition to all of the paid blogging projects I execute for clients, I’ve been playing around with an SEO strategy for my new eCommerce website, Tanks that Get Around a lot during the end of 2017. By finding keywords with a reasonable search volume and a low keyword difficulty, with each new (optimized) blog post, I drive hundreds of new qualified visitors to the site in hopes of converting them to paid customers!
On this website and on The Blogsmith, my “business” website/portfolio, I want to spend a lot more time on affiliate marketing. I just purchased the course How to Make Sense of Affiliate Marketing and will be making my way through that in January 2018, then implementing what I learn from here on out throughout the year!”
Rod H. – “I am working on pretty much all of the above. I am going through training with Clickfunnels and also affiliate marketing with Anthony Morrison. I have some trading also with Jeff Goins.
I have a blog at www.accessibleestates.com but I don’t know the exact URL. The last piece is to create great content that people will want to read and then tie all this together so that I can create a profit center for my business.”
Regan Fraser – “I am going to try to start a website in 2018. I have a business partner. The purpose of the website will be to help people having difficulty remembering the myriad of passwords in their life. Among others…
Also, I want to ask your opinion on how email works nowadays. Do you agree that it would seem that collusion and/or conspiracy exists between email providers and cell phone providers? Such that once you give the email provider your cell phone number, such that they send a 6-letter code used a password to login, instead of just a password, like it used to do? Thus, are you forced into a loyalty to that cell phone provider?
I’m am unsure of average monthly rates of cell phone rates in the USA, but believe them to lower than in Canada. Although there are about a dozen different companies to choose from in Canada, it is a common belief that Canucks pay much higher rates than do Americans. Personally, I averaged a cost of just over $100 (Canadian) per month, or that converts to about $79 (US)/month.
Final word: Canada’s leader, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just visited Trump at the White House to talk about NAFTA and tried to tell him, in front of cameras that Canada has a trade deficit with the US. Trump tried to turn that around and say its just the opposite- that the US has a trade deficit with Canada. After fact-checking was done, it turns out the correct answer is what Justin Trudeau said, that Canada has a trade deficit with the US. That means Canada buys more goods and services from the USA than it sells to the USA, if my college economics serves. You be the judge of “fake news”.
…and we too are living in a world where once mighty major retailers like Sears are going out of business with society’s illusion that in future, shopping will only be done by pointing and clicking on a computer’s screen to have all things delivered to your home by companies like Amazon.com. Is it society’s illusion that the future is that simple?
I hope I am giving you something to blog about.
Happy New Year from The Great White North!”
Don L. – “I Don, have a goal to use Mail Chimp to send a list out to a small group of people on a daily basis. This is my first Blog and it is up and running, although, without something like Mail Chimp, I only have 1 or 2 people out of 30 viewing it on a regular basis. My overall goal is to have a 70% daily viewing of my blog. My blog is a short thought about what I read in the Bible each day.”
Samkelisiwe S. – “My aim is to set up a blog.”
Cathey East – “My goal for 2018 is to complete the blog content on the static pages and do articles on a regular basis.
Thanks for your tips. I really appreciate them.”
Chido M. – My goal is to set up a blog for the first time. My name is Chido from Zimbabwe.
Jackie L. -“In 2018 I would like to get more traffic, improve my design and hopefully, monetize my blog.
I am Jackie and my blog is https://wordpress.com/view/worldwidewalkies.blog – about Mutts and Bailey; we gave up our jobs to travel in a caravan with four dogs!
Best of luck to all you bloggers and to all you aspiring bloggers out there, my best advice is JUST START!”
Donald S. – “I really enjoy your emails and blog info. Some time ago you helped me set up my blog. I have not been very successful with it, however.
As you said, I am going to use the beginning of the new year to re-energize and see if I can’t be more consistent with the content and getting some traffic, and lookers.
My blog is on “Water.” I am trying to educate people on the water that comes into their homes. I have law enforcement and other experience that has caused me concern for my family regarding clean, safe water for drinking.
For the most part, our water suppliers do a great job. But there are things that can and do go wrong (i.e. Flint, Michigan). I want to show consumers that they can mitigate their vulnerability to all sorts of water issues simply by filtering their water.
So, that is my goal. Educate and then recommend my filter of choice. I want to be more consistent in 2018 and finally see some success.
I know my blog is not perfect. Far from it. I look for help and advice always from anyone. I appreciate the content you put out there for people like me who are trying to get things moving and hopefully have a great 2018. 2017 was great too in so many ways. I am grateful for so many things.”
Gail G. – “I’ve been travel blogging for about three years now while learning about all things word related. In a short travel hiatus since my return home after thirteen months on the road, I realized recently that I hadn’t posted anything in a few months. And so, as 2017 shivers its way into 2018 here in the currently frigid Vermont landscape, I sit close to the woodstove thinking about my next extended travel sojourn, maybe this spring.
I realize that even though I haven’t been photographing and linking and writing ongoing posts in the last few months, there is no reason not to keep posting. My New Year’s post muses on the hunkering-in phase, like winter hibernation, that is as important for rejuvenating the juices. BUT—there is every reason to offer up the internal dialogues, planning and researching even though the miles aren’t traveled. This is my blogging goal for 2018—not letting the ball drop just because I’m not stacking up the road adventures on a daily basis right now.
Vermont (but with a mini-road trip sorting itself out for February—Zydeco dancin’ during a downhome Mardi Gras around Lafayette, Louisiana, and I definitely feel a posting wanting to happen once I hit the road)
Thanks for all you do!”
J.S. – “My goal is to get my blog going out to people on my email list by the end of January.”
Nathan Reep – “It’s been a while since we’ve communicated, but I just had to respond to your email asking about blogging goals.
A couple months ago, thanks to your site and your helpful information, I was finally able to get a blog (masteryovermindest.com) up and running fairly easily, which was a big achievement for me.
Moving forward in the new year, I have two primary blogging goals:
1. A consistent posting schedule to make sure I’m providing plenty of content to build authority in my niche and to keep people coming back regularly.
2. Improve my technical knowledge with regard to things like theming my blog, setting up a page structure that I like, and most importantly figure out the most direct way to add email capture and integrate that with an autoresponder.
Basic stuff for most, no doubt, but hitting these goals in the new year would definitely be an achievement for me.
Lastly, my bonus “stretch” goal – finally taking you up on your offer to guest post for your blog *grin*
Thanks for all you do, Matthew – happy new year and cheers to you!”
Malcolm S. – “My Blog took off one year ago – but within months afterward – obligations to work and parenting left it in the back seat 🙁
2018 I wish to :
Engage in affiliate marketing and increase networking – and adjust the Amazon and google ad sense already set up
Commit to more regular posting – its good for the mind
Actually get a distribution list more organized
Have an SEO consultant vamp the site – to optimize showing up in searches; properly create keyword links; “readability”
To co-author a book with someone: the divine self and what makes us be … likely memoirs formatted
My recent blog post may be construed as anti-list making – but without goals somewhere along the way – we will never be able to have a check back for what fulfills us – goals can be set at any time; goals can be amended at any time –
sometimes a goal may change in form several times before the actual desire down inside is reached?
I seek to motivate and encourage.”
Anita S. – “Still nervous about lacking vast IT skill and very overwhelmed in recent attempts to compile and setup online. Not to get to long winded unsure about choosing between a Blog or Website. All same, have a collection of only about 45-50 articles on Eagles band, Glenn Frey, and/or Don Henley that I am possibly interested in sharing via some method online. These were mostly op-ed contributions, vine documents, guest blog posts, poems or tributes that I had the opportunity to share in past several years usually in paper documents, newsletters, or local newspaper. All written by me as a member and staff writer (Now, retired Administrative RN that usually covered Nursing or Education sections but on occassion, we would have a need or request for material outside Medical). Thanks for your support and any feedback. Happy New Yr.
Stacy – “My blogging goals for 2018 are to stop procrastinating, release the fear, choose a popular niche, and start.”
Trevor P. – “Greetings from Australia and the year 2018. I have been working on the blog system you have given to me during 2017. I have created a number of articles and have some questions. Despite my writings, I have yet to have anyone discover them. This has puzzled me and would like to receive some advice on what have I done wrong, or what should I do? I will list my various articles. I have published a regional history book along with two other authors and sold copies. However, I would like to sell more of this beautifully illustrated and accurate history book using this modern electronic promotional tool if possible.
My initial heading was HILLSTORY where the web site gives details of the book “In Search of the Pennant Hills’ and 100 articles I have published in a local free TV magazine published monthly for some years then recently increased to printing every two weeks.
I created a second heading HILLSTORIAN where I have used the WordPress system to make a series of articles:
Hills District History Found – search the truth and the myth [ a short promotional for my book]\
Discover Australian Treasures – where a twelve-day flight around the top half of Australia covering 10,000 miles is picture and text detailed under title Discover Day One through to Day Twelve.
Discover the Real Parramatta – The Cradle City of Australia
Dreaming of Tim Travel
Hills District History Found
HILLSTORY has a number of blogs: Kenthurst Combined Probus WALK GROUP – a tour of an Australian Native Plant Garden
my latest blog: Cultural TOURISM – a guided tour of the local historic cottage.
I made all the articles as Australian Heritage and Australian History.
The extra puzzle is the location map that appears associated with all my articles is wrong. It is in England and I do not know how to replace it with a google map of Hambledon Cottage which is the colonial cottage built in 1824 and the subject of some of my writings.
I have enjoyed working through your various tutorials and would now like to know how to reach out to the world and let people come on journeys with me to fascinating Australian Heritage and Historic sites.”
Elizabeth – “Happy New Year Matthew! Thank you for always being so kind to me about blogging.
The new year goals are to blog soon..starting a new blog and just terrified to start. Can’t say why I am stumbling on myself to just do it but I am.
Do you have any idea why someone would want to write but just couldn’t get started?
I thought I would start in the year 2017 started to study a book with everything you need to know to blog even took two certification courses on blogging saved all your emails or most of them and just can not for the life of me get started.
Hmmm..Matthew, what do you suggest I do? Such a delima..ho hum. I want to write. I wish I could just get in there and do it..oh dear!..”
S. Gopal – “I have the following to be done:
Thank You for your mail.
I have the following to be done:
1)I want to write content on my blog.
2) I want to design my blog (to use WordPress instead of Blogspot).
3) I want to know the cost that I need to incur every month for maintaining my blog.
4) How to devote time for writing blog on a daily basis.
5) How to monetize my blog?
6) In addition, can i also go for online surveys like neobux or clixsense – are they good ones in case you are aware of them.
Melanie C. – “I set up Blogimal, www.blogimal.net, in May after following your instructions on how to start a blog.
I’ve added affiliate marketing links, social media links, and a newsletter subscription but now need to attract new readers to the site.
So in 2018, I’m going to write my first guest post, gulp, and learn how to use social media properly. I’ve joined a free course with FutureLearn that starts in January to help me understand how to use social media for business, how to create my social media presence and how to measure its success. Fingers crossed for a bigger audience in the new year!
Happy New Year!”
Tina C. – “My goal for 2018 is to start my blog and be a blessing to others.”
Temwa M. – First, Happy New Year! I wish “Build Your Own Blog” infinite success.
My 2018 goal is to build my mailing list to 1000 subscribers. I am
Temwa Mzota and my blog is tmzota.blogspot.com. My blog is about
motivational poetry, through this poetry I talk about how to aim
higher and achieve bigger success in life.
Amy G. – “My goal this year for my blog is simply to write more. Publish more content. Be consistent in posting. My hope is that this will build my audience. My blog is:
Cheers to a new year!”
Deborah – “My plan is to start a blog and have 10k followers by June 1!!”
Trenda – “Three of my main goals for my blog “Cottage Green on the Lake” is to improve the design of my site (though I don’t know how!) to get more followers, and to get more traffic from my
I’ll be looking forward to reading your post!”
Jill J. – “My goal for 2018 is to write, design and post my first blog entry—and post follow-up blogs a month apart.
Happy New Year!”
Banabip S. – “Thanks, Matthew Loomis, I’m grateful for your concern towards the growth of my blog. Obviously, I haven’t started my blog yet due to some financial challenges. I’m optimistic about starting my blog in the new year and starting right from scratch and without blogging experience but following your blog and newsletter, I believe my blog shall be a success.
Thanks once again and I expect to hear from you soon.
I wish you a prosperous year ahead.”
Eve R. – “Happy New Year!…I haven’t posted yet, still figuring out things…I still need to learn. I hope there’s someone who can help me speed up. I can’t decide what to blog about. I have many subjects in mind and I don’t know which one to start. I read some bloggers focus on lifestyle blog and not a fan of a particular niche blog and maybe what they’re saying is also right. Any thought of me regarding blogging?
Anyway, Cheers for your success as a blogger :)”
James B. – “At some stage this year I hope to set up my first blog.”
Stacy Z. – “I started my blog to be able to begin my own business as a life coach. I am working hard this year to be able to graduate in the fall with my BA in General Studies with a concentration in psychology and sociology. I look forward to being able to start my own business and it was recommended that I start a blog to begin to accomplish that goal. At the present time I have not done more than just start it, but look forward to beginning to utilize it as I draw on my own personal experiences to help others.
I choose my blog name based on Psalms 16:11 “thou will show me the path of life, in Thy presence is fullness of joy.” My own journey down the path has been filled with turns and mountains but I know that there is joy by following the right path.”
I decided to respond to your email not due to the offer of a chance at a gift card. It was because of the verse you shared. My goal in 2018 is to get my degree and begin my business.
Cathy – “1) Finding a tribe of people, outside of the ones I already belong to on Facebook, that will read and appreciate my blog for its thoughtful posts about improving the affordability of health care the free market way without a bunch of snarkiness.
2) Figure out to further promote my blog in the niche it’s in (going through the Tribe Writers course right now – very slowly).
3) This one is not directly related to my blog, but I want to find opportunities with doctors interested in the free market and want to communicate with their patient and potential patients, but they just don’t have the time. I am thinking about offering to do a monthly newsletter for them (for pay, of course)
4) To grow my email list by publishing a monthly newsletter about current events in the world of Free Market medical and surgical care.”
Rebecca M. – “Hi Matthew,
A great 2018 for you too. And thank you for your newsletter, I appreciate it very much.
In answer to your question, i have a blog under the name of alexa khan, called: www.shadowsonthewall.nl which is about why I’m totally against death. My goal for 2018 is two-fold: 1) more traffic to my blog, and 2) improve the design and post more often with smaller pieces.
For what it’s worth!
Thank you again for your advice, support and giving hope about the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Have you declared your blogging goals for 2018?
Do it right now in the comments!
I also encourage down in the comments to say hello to any of these bloggers already on the page. They will probably reply to you.
Let’s make this page a place where we encourage and challenge one another as we go forward together.
This is what Build Your Own Blog is all about.