Blog Goals Set for 2016: Take Off Your Blindfold and Get Focused

December 31, 2015

blog goals

Ready for a fresh start?

Doesn’t matter what happened in 2015. That is now behind you.

We either learn from it and grow or we repeat in 2016 what we did in 2015.

Choose option 1!

Imagine where your blog can be twelve months from now…picture the results you want:
•A tribe of devoted fans
•Lots of readers
•Higher level of income
•Creative satisfaction
•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 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.”

I think you should do this right now.

Go ahead, share your new year’s resolutions right here in the comments below. I’m going to be hanging out here in the comments closely over the next 48 hours or so, and I’ll definitely reply to your comment with some helpful feedback or encouragement.

Then be sure to bookmark this blog article, so you can refer back to your resolutions at any time.

You know, this could really be a powerful exercise for you.

I’m here to give you a boost any time you’re feeling discouraged throughout the year, so don’t worry about a stumble along the way.

Here’s the thing: Accountability is powerful, and this will provide you with that. Plus, your goals can inspire other bloggers.

Even if your goals do not sound at first like “blog goals”, go ahead and share them. Chances are these goals will still somehow help your blogging.

A couple of examples:
•Losing weight or any resolutions in the “health” category will help you feel better, and this will help you be a better blogger
•Eliminating distractions will help you be more productive as a blogger

You get the idea.

Need more ideas on blog goals? Read through my resolutions here for some examples…

Take the 2016 Blog Goal Setting Challenge Right Here, Right Now

Blogger: Matthew Loomis

Website: Build Your Own


Here are the goals I’ve set for myself:

1. Upgrade my video camera and additional equipment so I can communicate these blogging tips ever more effectively for you.

2. Start a podcast.

3. 4 guest posts on some sites I’ve never posted before that I admire.

4. Add 10,000 email subscribers

5. Do more interviews this year than last year

6. Read 27 books and do reviews here on the ones you will find interesting. (Not all of these on my list are a good fit for this audience.)

7. Double my income.

Those are mine. I’ve asked some of my prominent blogger friends to share their goals with us. Those that come in, I’ll be adding to this post.

Now It’s Your Turn! Share Your Blog Goals for 2016 Below

Everyone who did this last year had fun and many were empowered by putting their goals down “on paper.”

I hope you will join us this year.

Let’s inject some momentum into our future–together!

Tap me on the shoulder in the comments.

Today I set my 2016 blog goals!

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Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Connect with him on Google+


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  1. Nicoli says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matt,
    So resolutions for this new year huh? Well, let’s see….

    -Write for at least a half hour a day on my own stuff

    -Start blogging (still trying to decide what exactly I want the overall driving theme to be here)

    -Do some more exercise challenges (Just finished a month of 30 minutes a day of sitting squat and 7 minutes a day of static hanging)

    -Brew something again (probably a mead to start… haven’t done this in over a year now)

    -Get at least one hire as a freelance writer either through my website or through other means beside the upwork website.

    -Make a noticeable dent in paying off my debts

    -Read at least one book a week.

    There you go. Now it’s out there….
    Cheers, Brother

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Nicoli,

      The quickest way to find your “niche” or as you say, “driving theme” is to write (blog). Starting is your best goal here. As that will lead to achieving all the others. I recommend choosing books related to blogging, online marketing, and books that inspire you. 🙂

      Keep me posted! Have a magnificent 2016.


      1. Nicoli says:    •   4 years

        Just thought I’d share… Published my first blog post. Gotta start the new year off right.


  2. Jeanette Hall says:    •   4 years

    My writing goals are to blog every day that I do not have a doctor’s appointment.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Jeannette,

      I hope this next year brings you better health and more writing time!

      Keep me posted.



  3. Donnie Bryant says:    •   4 years

    I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, but I to want to focus on two main things: consistency and balance.

    In 2014, I blogged randomly…and infrequently. I want to fix that. Two posts a month on (my own blog) is my goal.

    One of the main causes for my lack of consistency was the surprising amount of client I took on. While I’m ecstatic to have had such a great year in that regard, I want to balance my time better.

    I’m also reviving last year’s goal of appearing on one podcast and writing one guest post per month. Got close in 2015. I’ll have to be more proactive this year.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hey Donnie,

      Finding the “balance” (rhythm, flow) between our content production and achieving the other things that need our attention is a challenge we all face. There are various factor to consider, like the purpose of the blog, ROI, order of importance, learning our own skills and ability to deliver, our speed of working…..we all have a sweet spot somewhere in there, and yet sometimes life can throw a curveball, or success makes us readjust.

      I hope you have tons of success again this year, and you also are invited to do that follow up article to this guest post.

      Let us know throughout the year how you’re doing, okay?


  4. Daniel Martinj says:    •   4 years

    i will start a blog this year and post at least twice a week. It will be a personal blog, about me, what I am thinking, reading, doing, experiencing. When I was a hospice chaplain, I talked to many older people who spent time telling “war stories.” I came to realize that they were validating that it was worthwhile that they had lived; passing down bits and pieces of themselves, seeking to make themselves known. At 77, that is my goal, to validate my existence, share my mind, spirit, history, faith, essence. That is my goal for this year: two a week. Maybe no one will read what I write, but I will have the creative satisfaction of having put words to paper. Chaplain Daniel

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Chaplain Daniel,

      First, I want to thank you for the work you do, helping people in their time of need.

      Secondly, your comment is beautiful. That is such a powerful point you made. I wish more people knew how much satisfaction and joy blogging can bring them, despite the size of the audience.

      Writing has so much emotional, mental and spiritual benefits attached to it. I hope your story will
      help others see that.

      Your blog sounds like a good read, and I expect you’ll find some new subscribers here.

      Keep in touch,


      1. Amy Lynn says:    •   4 years

        I look forward to reading your blog, Chaplain.
        Let us know what the web address will be.

  5. Donna says:    •   4 years

    My goals for 2016 are:
    1. Write one blog post per week. During 2015 I was totally inconsistent with my writing. I find my research takes most of my time and then can’t pull it together. I also need to concentrate on what I want to post about. Some days the ideas come right and left and other days nothing excites me.

    2. Get one guess post by Feb. 29.

    3. Get my first 100 email subscribers. I have no idea of how I’m doing this as I don’t have even 1 yet.

    Here’s to a wonderful and prosperous new year.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Donna,

      Fantastic goals! Have you considered MailChimp for your email subscribers? I like using it and you will like how it is free until you get 2,000 subscribers.

      Let me know if you need anythig this next year.



      1. Donna says:    •   4 years

        Hi Matt,

        Yes, I have signed up with Mail Chimp and have a sign-up form on my website. Just don’t have an audience yet. I’ve only been blogging for a few months and I have not been consistent at all. Plan to change that in 2016.

        Thanks for all the help and advise. I’m taking Jeff Goins course on writing, although during the holidays I was not able to work on it because along with visiting family I was also pushing to get all my CEs for the year for my Tax Preparer certificate for the new year for one of my JOBs. That being done now, another goal is to get back on track with the writing and intentional blogging courses.

        1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

          Sounds good, Donna! MailChimp is a helpful tool. Do you have something of value to give away to folks who opt-in to your email list?

  6. Timothy "The Danger" Hucks says:    •   4 years

    – I want to publish my novel in August.
    – By that time, I want to have built a community of no less than 2,000 people around my blog.
    – I want to open my website by my birthday (Jan 11)
    – By that time, I want to have at least written 10 writing blogposts on my website to start.
    – I want to have regularized time standards for my blogposts (i.e. not just “every Wednesday”, but “every Wednesday at 10am”)
    – I want to more effectively understand the “business” of blogging, SEO, managing websites, security, web hosting, as well as understand more methods of promotion, like guest posts, ads, etc.

    I’ve already completed up to Step 5 and your blog is already fantastic. Can’t wait to make this a go-to resource. 🙂

    So that’s what I wanna do. It’s gonna be a good year. 🙂

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Timothy,

      Love your goals. They’re specific which makes them strong.

      I’m glad the 8 steps are helping you so much!

      Yes, 2016 is going to be a fantastic year for sure!

      Keep us posted.


  7. Brent Jones says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matt,

    Great idea for a post to start off 2016.

    As you know, I’m working through re-branding my blog at the moment… it will be fresh, shiny and new-looking by sometime in January.

    From there, some of my goals include:

    (a) Add 300 new subscribers / month to my mailing list strictly through blog posts, not including additional methods like giveaways or webinars.
    (b) Re-brand my video interview series to focus on freelancers, with 20 new episodes in 2016 — and turn the whole thing into a podcast, as well.
    (c) Double my monthly web traffic from roughly 6,000 to 12,000 by April.
    (d) Start generating upwards of $500 per month by April through premium blog content.

    Thanks for all your help and support in 2015! And thanks for being my very first guest on my video interview series.

    Happy New Year!


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Howdy Brent,

      Yes, I know you’re rebranding right now, and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for you.

      Love your goals. Specific numbers always make better goals.

      Your interview series was fabulous last year. I’m honored to have been a part of it.

      Happy New Blog! 😉 I’ll be seeing you around.


  8. Lily Caraballo says:    •   4 years

    Resolutions, huh? I’m not good at making these, but I’ll give it another shot.
    -Stop overthinking and second guessing every decision. Just do what needs to be done.
    -Read more books. I know Steam is very addicting, but I need to have more quiet time where I can relax–rage quitting doesn’t help with that.
    -Get out of the house more often. Even if I don’t have any money to travel, that never stopped me from walking for an hour or so.
    -Don’t be afraid to go for something I want.
    -Don’t take rejection personally. Unless it’s in a relationship.
    -Get back into Black Studies. I shouldn’t give it up because I don’t major in it anymore.
    -Start eating healthy. Cook more. Drink more water.
    -Write. Just write. Set up a time to get writing done if I have to.
    -Meet my deadlines. Stop procrastinating, especially when it comes to jobs.
    -Write more posts for my blog. Like, actual posts.

    That’s all I have for now, I’m pretty sure I’m not finished with this list.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Lily,

      Thanks for being so real with us. Your goals are well rounded.

      My favorite is “just write.” That’s it. You could start by writing about all these New Year’s resolutions in more detail. 🙂

      Feel free to come back and reply to this with your additional goals once you finish.

      Keep us posted on your progress this year. Blog comments lead to more readers. (hint hint)

      Happy New Year, Lily!


      1. Lily Caraballo says:    •   4 years

        It’s funny you say that, because I started doing that right after I posted my comment. I might post it on my blog later today, lol!

        Here are a few more I came up with.
        -Be patient. Results don’t happen overnight.
        -Learn to be more sociable and network.
        -Stop being a slob. Just…no.

        Happy New Year!

        1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

          Excellent! Good luck on ALL your goals this year, Lily!

  9. Yvette says:    •   4 years

    Thank you, Matthew, for your motivation! I am new to blogging and I like the idea of setting goals.Here are a few of mine for 2016:
    1. Launch my blog by January 16, 2016

    2.Post 2 blog articles per month
    3.Get 20 email subscriptions per month
    4. Read a book an post a review once a month
    5.Post on 3 blog sites I admire twice a month

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Yvette,

      I’m glad this is motivating!

      Wonderful set of goals you have here. I can definitely help you with #1 😉

      I have tips availabe on #2 and 3 in the blog archives.

      #5 is a great goal. A new blogger recently emailed me and said that my site here had referred 129 people to his website last month. The traffic was all from his comments on my blog here.

      Good luck and I’m sure we’ll be talking again. 😉


  10. Sandra Lee says:    •   4 years

    I want to step beyond the fear, find time to actually step out and create the blog. I know I have good info to share. Even write on paper if nothing else, something each week.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Sandra,

      Taking that first step is the hardest, but the difficulity is mostly our own doing.

      Once you do it, you will be so glad you did.

      Let me know if you need any help.



  11. Jean Webster says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matt

    I am going to start a blog with your help.

    Thank you.

    And thanks to all the bloggers who are sharing their goals publicly. It’s brave. Isn’t it?

    Best wishes for a wonderful 2016 to you and all us bloggers. Especially the Newbies..

    May all your dreams come true.

    Jean P Webster

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Jean!

      That’s wonderful news! I’m here to help make it happen.

      Best wishes to you also. Cheers to an incredible new year!


  12. Lynne says:    •   4 years

    This is all about accountability, right? If I don’t make them public, they will disappear in the fog of daily laze. So here goes…
    1) Work three times a week on my education/teaching work-in-progress.
    2) Work twice a week on education resources to publish & sell, marketing via et al

    3) Post two blogs a week at
    a) One on education
    b) One for fun

    4) Post two book reviews a month at
    a) Connect (Twitter and/or facebook) with authors and publishers’

    5) Increase earnings from editing and proofreading.

    6) Ensure blog posts attract Follows via Email and Comments!
    a) Prepare automated responses to emails.

    Maybe #2 should be further down the list if time were the emphasis. But importance puts it right at the top.
    Thanks for this forced memory dig-in-the-ribs

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Lynne,

      Yes, putting it out there brings a sense of accountablity. You need to stay in touch with me and some other peers though throughout the year to make this stick. Stay plugged in to my blogging tips and comment along the way. This helps bring lasting accountablilty.

      Great set of goals for this year. Let me know if you need anything.

      Best wishes to this “dig in the ribs” 🙂


  13. Elizabeth says:    •   4 years

    Oh, dear! Stage fright.. I would have to say that 1) overcoming the fear of letting others read what I blog. 2) willing to learn all I can about blogging 3) then blogging. 4) To make money 5) To be a blessing to others. 6) To build a website 7) To really make a go at this and make my dream come true of writing for a living.8) Meeting new people and coming out of my cocoon.
    9)Building a friendship with Matthew Loomis as well as many others. 10) To let my creative side go and really adventure out into the writing world of blogging. 11) To find my niche and work hard to make it a reality. 12) I would like it to be a part time job for me spending at least four hours a day on. 13) To see the rewards of what blogging can be in my life. 14) To know how to drive traffic to my website 15) To find what people want to read and fill that gap. 16) To find the adventure and fun to this type of thing in my life 17) To be able to one day express the joys of blogging and how it changed my life. 18) To be able to encourage others and be a mentor for others in blogging one day. Ok. I will stop there..Lots to do already. Big dreams and I want to put them into work this year and I want to see the blessings from the effort. I look forward to learning and growing in this. Thank you Matthew for continuing to work with me.

    So for a start overcoming my shyness and learning as much as possible. To see this as a job and begin working toward making this my life.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Your 9th goal sounds great! We can become better friends, but that’s going to take more interactions than this one time. Drop by here and comment often, email me whenever you have a question, blog about this site, share social media posts…all these things will help us become better acquainted over time, like any relationship. It is my pleasure to continue working with you, so I hope you will keep this going.

      Then, goals #17 and 18 will eventually be achieved. I look forward to celebrating those achievements with you. 🙂

      Conquering shyness is doable. Have you taken the Myers-Briggs personality test?

      Okay Elizabeth, let’s begin the work to make this your life.

      Talk soon,


      1. Elizabeth says:    •   4 years

        Thank you Matt, for responding to my New Year’s goals.:) I agree I don’t keep in contact too well, but I am going to try to be better. Friendship and sharing, interesting that these are the ones you feel strongly about me accomplishing this year. Friendship is easy when taking the time to build it. I agree and I thank you for your suggestions on how I can do my part. This is great! I love to teach so I guess I have alot of learning to do in blogging. I went to the site you gave on writing my blogs for a business and because I am totally out of funds I looked at it and that was that. I don’t like the thought of sites stealing my blogs or sharing in the glory of my blog like some sites you have mentioned so I am so thankful you let me know about them. I greatly appreciate you giving me some phone apps that I can blog on, though, as I do download alot of apps to test. This adventure will be a fun one for me. Hmm….A Myers-Briggs personality test? Question for you.. As you read my letters to you, what do you see? And to answer your question, no, I don’t believe I have taken one of these, but am excited to do that very thing, just because you mentioned it.;) Curious creature I am. I will tell you this that people tell me all the time that they see things about me that I don’t see and I do know that I am a certain way but life has dampered some things in my life making me “Shy”. I agree with you shyness is something that can be overcome. And learning new life lessons of being positive have also been a huge help to me as well. So off I go to Myers-Briggs and see what I shall see. Thank you for being real with me and for continuing to seek me out to be all that I can be even if I am struggling with “shyness.” 🙂

        1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

          Hey friend, 🙂

          Looking forward to reading your new blog posts! Just keep digesting the blog tips here and through my email newsletter.

          Also let me know what your Myers-Briggs results were! I’m an INTJ, btw.

          Just one other thing to consider, do some searching on “shyness coach” there may be one in your area.

          Drop by again soon, Elizabeth.



  14. Tracy Twyman says:    •   4 years


    I agree with Yvette and add my thanks to this initiative as it made me think about my overall goal for my business specifically in relation to my blog. Therefore my goals for my blog for 2016 are

    1. To have to move to a paid Mail Chimp account because my subscribers exceed the free 2,000 threshold

    2. To generate income from my blogging activities

    (My 2017 goal will be to put a figure against that income.)

    And to all those who are scared of starting Matthew is right that is the hardest step. It was stressful in the beginning but I am now comfortable with the basics and I am ready to ramp it up another notch. So thank you Mathew for continuing to be there for all of us: it is much appreciated.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Tracy,

      So proud you took that first step and are now ready to ramp it up! I enjoy being there for folks, it is so rewarding.

      I wish you lots of success with your email list and income generation.

      Let me know if you need any help along the way.



  15. LaShaun Franklijn says:    •   4 years

    I started designing my site over a month ago. I have an idea for my blog, but it’s a bit muffled right now. I’m going through a separation, and I can’t clear my mind consistently enough to focus on the blog. So, mu first goal is just that…to allot a large block of time to focus on designing and beginning y blog.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi LaShaun,

      I’m sorry to hear you are going through a rough time right now. Writing is a good way to clear our head. Perhaps that could be your starting point? Even if you don’t allow anyone else to see the blog posts, it could be a good way to start.

      I’m really glad you shared this. We all have different challenges, and simply sharing them with a suppportive community can do wonders for our emotions.

      Drop by again soon, okay? You can also email me directly if you need to talk.



  16. Leena says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matthew.
    I’m not good at setting goals like these for my blogs, but I’m going to give it a try.

    So, for 2016, I’ll aim to:
    – grow my email list of subscribers (maybe 10 a month). I have none at the moment.
    – write 2 guest posts a month
    – feature one guest poster a month
    – start earning an income from my blogs
    – continue posting new quality content on my blog.
    – read more books and articles.

    Thanks for making us accountable for this year.

    Happy New Year, and may all your goals for this year be met 🙂

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Leena,

      May all your goals also be met in 2016! 🙂

      Remember, there is not “try.” Only “do.”


  17. Karen (GoatKeeper) Smith says:    •   4 years

    I don’t like setting resolutions. They are too rigid. I prefer setting goals.

    My website is and has been up and running with three blogs for my three writing audiences on it. For this year I would like to:
    1) Complete and publish four books
    2) Do a better job of marketing the six I have published
    3) Build a bigger audience for my website
    4) Adjust my blogs so they relate better with my books
    5) Learn more about marketing through Amazon, Smashwords, Pinterest and Goodreads
    6) Learn about email lists

    Although I know I could think of more, these should more than fill this year.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Karen,

      Someone who already has several eBooks published would do well to have an email list. That is an important goal for you, it looks like to me.

      Glad you dropped by. Have a wonderful year ahead!


  18. Zoe @ Top Floor Treasures says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matthew,

    My goal this year is to blog every single day. I feel like this is a crazy undertaking because I only blogged 17 times in 2015. But it’s something I really want to do and I feel motivated to do it now. I won’t kick myself if I can’t stick to it, but I at least know I’ll be able to blog a lot more than last year.

    I also want to re-launch my YouTube channel and luckily I’ll have some help with this from my daughter who’s a vlogger.

    Happy new year 🙂

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Zoe,

      Ambitious goals! A little each day goes a long way. Just keep focused on the prize: a lot more content on your blog once the year is over.

      Video is a great tool! Do you want to give your daughter’s vlog a shout out?

      I wish you lots of joy and fun as you pursue these goals, Zoe.



  19. Peter Mack says:    •   4 years

    OK. For someone who has consistently made NY resolutions and often forgotten them or lost the list by mid January this is indeed my Aha moment.

    I am resolute in my resolve to create a revolution to generate a solution to my failures at resolutions which should clarify my vision (by higher resolution). I will see clearer now that the rain (water solution) is gone. I now have a notion to cease the meditation and to put this in motion.

    Build a blog.
    Post up to three times a week.
    No specific theme or discussion, just my thoughts on the day. Some will be positive others negative but hopefully they will attract comments and generate a discourse.
    Discipline is something that I excel at only when it suits me. I will need to be precise and forthright if I am to succeed at this.
    I am a 68 year old retired guy and need this for my continued sanity.

    Finally but of the utmost importance after two hip replacements I will fight to get back my single figure golf handicap.

    Happy New Year to everyone.
    Matthew I have a very big question that needs some advice. May I talk with you on Skype perhaps. I tried to send a request but there are 21 Matthew Loomis’s
    Thank you

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Peter,

      Reading your comment was fun. I have two young kids and enjoy rhyming for them, so this resonated with me. 🙂

      Let’s do this! I can help you build the blog and then you can get your sanity back. 😀

      I’ll see you on the other side of your new blog! You can email me your question to [email protected]



  20. Sanjay Banerjee says:    •   4 years

    I will become unstoppable.My day job as Vice President Marketing will not stop me.I will consistently do content curation on my blogs
    Thanks a lot Matthew

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hey Sanjay,

      Dude, if you have the discipline to be a VP, you can content curate like a boss in your spare time!

      Enjoy and I wish you lots of success this year! Drop by again.



  21. Thembani says:    •   4 years

    Would like to do at least one blog post about the environment and nature conversation,and one about fashion per month. Do not know whereto start though, guess I will try to follow your advices and guidelines.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Thembani,

      I would start with Step 5 if you already have a blog. Not sure at what stage you’re at, it sounds like you may have mulitple blogs now.

      So yes, follow the blogging tips and have fun creating those blog posts this year!

      Let me know if you need anything.


  22. Amy Grigoletti says:    •   4 years

    Hello Matthew!

    I just finished writing my goals for 2016, and then breaking them down into 90-day chunks. That way I can adjust as needed after three months of (hopefully) progress. My overarching goal is: Build readership in my blog. Here are my goals for the next 90 days:

    **Add one blog post per week. This will result in 12-15 posts in the next 90 days.
    **Schedule in writing time on the calendar. Aim for 4-5 days/week, at about an hour each day. (This is actually a lofty goal, as I work full-time and have two small children!)
    **Watch/listen to more tutorials by you, Matt!!! Your website is what got my blog launched!
    **When publishing, share out my posts on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. This will help to grow my readership.
    **Figure out how to get email subscribers. I read in the above comments that MailChimp is a good way to do this. I will get this set up on my blog.

    My check-in date for these goals in March 31. At that time, I will adjust accordingly. Thanks so much for your encouragement and tutorials, Matt. They have made a world of difference for me! Cheers to a great 2016!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Amy!

      I’m happy to hear how helpful my tutorials have been for you!

      To help you with email subscribers, be sure to study Why Smart Bloggers Build an Email List–Here’s How to Get Started.

      Keep us posted on how your audience building develops this year.

      You can do all of these!



      1. Amy Grigoletti says:    •   4 years

        Thanks for the link! 🙂 I will keep you posted for sure.

  23. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

    Hi Amy Lynn,

    Thanks for sharing your goals!

    A blog totally for Bags of Love would help spread the word.
    If you have any questions about Steps 5-8, let me know.

    Cheers to your success this next year,


    1. Amy Lynn says:    •   4 years

      Great idea with the “Bags o Love” blog. I’m going to focus on my current blog for now. I’m just learning the ropes. I completed steps 5-7 from your site. I added pages to my site, posted one blog today and continue to work on my web design, layout. I do have a few questions. I thought I linked my pinterest, Facebook and instagram accounts to my website, however, when I click on the icons, it takes me to a blank page on my site. It has taken me hours to do what I did, but still plugging away. Someone did offer to build my website for me, for a mere $4k. So I will muddle through, take my time and thank you over and over again, for your website.
      Be blessed and keep on blogging!

      1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

        Thank you, Amy!

        You don’t need 4K to build an audience. Keep going and I’ll see you at the top!

  24. Rosalind says:    •   4 years

    I have high expectations for myself when it comes to blogging and usually that perfection mindset leaves my blog blank. I have an encouraging story to share but I want to be laser focused on relevancy.

    1. Get up earlier
    2. Blog at least once per week with another in que for the next week.
    3. Have at least 100 loyal readers and friends to share with.
    4. Be consistant, push through even when I don’t feel like it. That will be huge because my topics can even be about how I don’t want to do it but I will be cheating others out of what they may need to hear to make it through.

    Oh, I have a lot more but I will focus on these so I don’t overwhelm myself.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Rosalind,

      High expectations can be good, just don’t make them unrealistic at first. Break them down into steps, and go for step 1 first. I like the analogy you hear all the time in pro football. YOu have to focus on the next game in front of you, becaue if you focus on the Superbowl, that can get you defeated before you even get close. One game at a time. 🙂

      Your four goals do sound like great first steps. I wish you lots of success!

      Keep us posted,


  25. Sean says:    •   4 years

    I have a blog at which I have had for few years. In October last year (2015) I decided to dedicate time to posting twice a week, but the number of hits I get is minuscule compared to other blogs. So this year my blogging resolutions are:

    1) to increase the number of blog visitors tenfold.
    2) to expand my email list to 500.
    3) to make sure that I consistently produce high-quality blog posts through the year.
    4) to continue to blog twice weekly.

    Those last two are within my control. But I am not entirely sure how to go about achieving the first two. Any advice is welcome!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Sean,

      Great to see your goals here. Yes, 3 and 4 are in your control. You can do those.

      Goal 1 and 2 are more in your control than you realize. You just need to take some actionable steps.

      To increase your traffic (visitors), I recommmend you read through my series of blog posts on the topic of “keywords”. Understanding them and knowing how to use them will help your traffic increase. Start with this first post on keywords.

      As for buildin an email list, here’s a post to get you going.

      Let me know how things go, okay?

      Happy New Year,


      1. Sean says:    •   4 years

        Matthew, thanks so much for your help. Happy New Year!

        1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

          Hey Sean,

          Happy New Year to you as well! If you need any more help, let me know.



  26. Chris says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matthew!

    Great idea! I’ve actually been thinking about the things I need to do as far as my blog goes, so why not write it down and put it all out there!

    – Add content to The Crew and The Boat pages
    – Add another map to The Route page which shows our current position (or possibly a Where Are We Now page)
    – Look into options and decide what avenues to pursue for potential monetizing opportunities (I have set up an Amazon affiliate account, but now I need to figure out what I need to do to actually take advantage of this.
    – Add a privacy policy
    – Publish four (at minimum) blog posts per month
    – Set up and start using a Pinterest account, with links to it on my blog
    – Figure out hashtags, how they work and when I should be using them
    – Learn about SEO and figure out how to start using it for my blog
    – Learn about Instagram and decide if that is something I should be using to promote my blog

    Whew! I better get busy!

    Thank you and Happy New Year!

    Chris –

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Chris,

      Boom! That’s it! “Why not write it down and put it all out there!”

      These types of exercises add up and make a difference. 🙂

      Great goals. Look me up on Pinterest once you get set up there.

      Here’s an introduction to SEO.

      And here’s some tips on using Instagram.

      Have a wonderful New Year, Chris!



  27. Lee-Anne says:    •   4 years

    I am new to blogging and my travel blog has gotten off to a slow but steady start.

    I am currently working on fine tuning my writing skills by producing a post a day and plan to keep this up during 2016.

    My primary goals are to attract more readers to my blog and generate a passive income.

    I find that I am most effective when I break things down into small chunks and set deadlines for the things I want to achieve.

    So here is my plan for increasing readership and acquire a passive income broken down into monthly chunks:
    January – Create a ‘free incentive’ to encourage readers to subscribe
    February – Develop a strategy to promote my blog on social media
    March – Be engaged in the blogging community and improve my commenting skills
    April – Learn how to interpret and utilise the statistics for my site
    May – Gain a better understanding of who follows my blog and why
    June – Identify my target audience
    July – Continue to finetune my posts
    August – Learn more about affiliate advertising
    September – Decide on a topic for an ebook
    October – Draft an ebook
    November – Review and edit ebook draft
    December – Publish and promote my ebook for the holiday season

  28. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

    Hi Mary,

    I appreciate the feedback! Thank you and I’m excited to see you growing!

    As for the topic of guest posting, I have not coverd that yet. Here’s a handy guide I recommend from Neil Patel: The Ultimate Guide to Guest Posting.

    Mary, let’s have fun this next year and reach our goals, okay? Keep us posted on your progress.

    See you around,


  29. Colin says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matt,

    thanks for all the brilliant material on BYOB in 2015, brilliant material which this year I intend to put into practice.
    As an artist and altered doll maker I reckon I managed to turn procrastination into an art form last year, but this year Blogging and writing are top priority.
    Some of the goals above are really inspiring and I’m looking forward to subscribing to some of those blogs.
    Here are my goals:

    1. Launch my blog by 25th Jan 2016
    2. Post a minimum of 2 blog posts weekly – Wednesdays & Saturdays
    3. Finish creating my opt-in Freebie – keeping it simple but providing value
    4. Get my first 50 email subscribers by 18th March 2016 (I’ve already signed up for Mailchimp)
    5. Integrate my blog with my FB page, Pinterest and my Youtube channel
    6. Make one 3min video for Youtube every 2 weeks from blog launch date.
    7. Write five blog articles and create four 3min videos to be ready for launch date
    8. Keep enjoying and learning from BYOB and of course you Matt
    9. Have fun and be happy achieving these goals

    Have a fabulous 2016


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Colin,

      Thanks for sharing your goals. Let’s get your blog launched first and the rest will follow.

      If you read my instructions or use the video tutorial, starting your blog should only take 15 minutes.

      I’m here if you need any help.

      Excited to see you grow this year.

      Cheers to your success,


  30. Sylvia says:    •   4 years

    Hi Mathew:

    Happy New Year!

    I have so many interest-until I feel like a kid in a candy store-however, I know I need to narrow down to what is priority first.

    There are a few goals I would like to work on this year: the first to improve better health habits -such as exercising and eating.

    Second to grow in my spiritual life-which is important to me.

    Third to work on paying down debt. Dream to become financially independent.

    Fourth increase better client base for my real estate business

    Fifth maintaining my interest as a community activist.

    Sixth completion of play scripts that I started writing.

    If I can get just a few out of these I would be happy.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Sylvia,

      I hear you about having too many interests. Our limited time forces us to prioritize, doesn’t it? 🙂

      Definitely important to take care of ourselves physically. Bloggers can do a lot of sitting and need to move around frequently as we knock out our priority to-do list.

      As I read down your six goals, I noticed that each one could include a blog specific to that niche. I’m sure you don’t want to start out with six blogs, so again, you have to priortize. 🙂

      Not saying you should blog on all those things. Just noticing you could blog on any of those.

      I’d say if you get “a few of these” your next year will be wonderful.

      Drop in more and let us know how you’re doing.

      Happy New Blog,


  31. Adrienne says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matthew,

    Happy New Year and hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family.

    I don’t do resolutions, I quit those way over 20 years ago now. I do set goals though but my this year are mainly to help with my business.

    My two goals for the year are to finally conquer doing webinars and doubling my consulting business. In order to achieve those two things I have smaller goals and I do them in shorter time periods. Something that helps me achieve small tasks so that I get the results and then that helps me get more excited about reaching my bigger ones.

    I finally got my theme up so that one is behind me. Didn’t expect it to take me all year but I didn’t know what I wanted and then when I did it took me forever finding a theme that I could work in and figure out easily. Never a fun task at times.

    Great post and I’m eager to hear how everyone here reached their goals.

    Thanks for sharing this and have a fabulous week.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Adrienne,

      I did have a nice holiday with family. It was cold here but the fireplace made it relaxing. 🙂

      Yeah, I prefer “goals” over “resolutions.” Never used that word in this post. Some are quick to denigrate new year’s resolutions, but this time of year has a deep connection with our desire for renewal, starting over, clean slate, however you say it, so I definitley like to talk about the next year and set goals. I think everyone should.

      Every year, I like to set some personal goals on a couple of things I’ll be working on. Last year my motto was, “Action. Efficiency. Details.” I kept that in my mind the entire year. I did make progress, but I’m going to carry these over again as my personal goal focus for 2016, as I’m not satisfied with where I’m at yet.

      I like your new theme, it’s hard to knock a clean look with lots of white space.

      I’m glad you shared your goals with us. I encourage those reading this comment to visit Adrienne’s blog when you get a chance. (Click on her name.)

      I wish you lots of success, Adrienne! Hope to see you a lot in 2016!

      Have a wonderful week,


      1. Adrienne says:    •   4 years

        Hey Matthew,

        Well I’m happy to hear that and I had seen one of your photos on Facebook of you and the kids in your P.J.’s standing outside the front door. Way too cute I have to say.

        I knew I wasn’t losing my mind. You said and I quote, “Go ahead, share your new year’s resolutions right here in the comments below.” Goals is a much better word because you can keep tweaking them throughout the year but I think most people just fall flat when it’s a resolution. Never could understand that really.

        Well your personal goals sounded good and I’m sure you did very well last year. Whatever you set your mind to I know you’ll achieve Matthew. You just seem to be that kind of guy to me. Speaking of which, we need to chat sometime. I would LOVE that.

        Well thank you, I’m thrilled with it so far. Still have a few things I’m tweaking as it went live but for the most part everyone seems to like it. I definitely like the clean looks and lots of white.

        Thank you so much for that shout out, how kind of you. If anyone needs assistance with this blogging thing then I’m definitely someone that can help them. Eager to please! 😉

        You have a great week Matthew and a fabulous year as well. Here’s to us all achieving our goals.


        1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

          Ha ha, I did use the “R” word once. My bad. 🙂

  32. Tom Clarke says:    •   4 years

    Here are my goals:

    [1) Using Matthew’s 8 steps, create and publish a WordPress based blog focused on a niche ‘boat-topic’ by Feb 29. To do this, I must…
    a) Create an overall design of the site, including the types of materials I will curate and create,
    b) Draft 5 blog entries
    c) Obtain the site name I want to use, and install WordPress
    d) Enter the 5 blogs
    e) Publish the site
    f) Get the site entered into the “Monday Blog Roundup” (a weekly list of only new entries in about 60+ boat building blogs published in “”

    2) Write a new blog entry every two weeks… I’ll aim for one a week, but commit to every other week.

    3) By May 31, reevaluate this blog and make any changes necessary by June 30

    4) By March 31, will have researched and established some form of social media related to the new blog… not sure how relevant social media is to the audience of this niche blog… but I’ll need the practice in preparation for the second blog I want to start.

    5) By August 31, create the design and implementation plan for a second blog focused on photography, my second passion.

    Matthew, I want to thank you for being responsive (to my questions earlier this past week) and being extraordinarily supportive of your readers… You have set an example on how to build and maintain a relationship through blogging… and for providing good ‘service’. Thank you!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Tom,

      So you’re wanting to start a “boating” blog, eh? Cool. I’ve chatted with a few folks who have started similar blogs. Not sure specifically what you mean by boat. One guys I talked with for several emails was living on a boat in the Philipines.

      Photography blogs are huge. Very popular, which means you’ll have plenty of compettion, but you know going in there’s a big demand for that.

      Sure Tom, I’m happy to help however I can. I appreciate the kind words.

      Let me know when your blog is up!



      1. Tom Clarke says:    •   4 years

        Hi Matthew… The blog ( is up and running… about 1,200 pageviews in 16 days… I understand that you may be upset that I did not use WordPress, which was my original intention, but changed for purely financial reasons.

        Regardless, your input through your personal email and Blogger Tips have been invaluable. I’ve accomplished the first and second phase (steps 1) and 2)). I’m now creating future blogs so that if I have a tough week, I’ll still be able to maintain the one per week schedule.

        I looked at your suggestion of an ‘editorial calendar’ and it didn’t feel right for me… what I DID do, which has been very helpful, is set up a folder on my desktop that contains one ‘Word’ doc for each blog… for example, right now, I have 4 blogs in various levels of completion… as I think of something to add, I just open the folder, go to draft blog and add it… Or if I think of a new blog, I set up a new draft and immediately dump in any ideas or photos I have… When it comes time to actually write the blog, I first rough draft it in Word, then copy the whole thing and dump it into a blog, but don’t publish until I’ve read 3-4 times, cleaning up format, etc.

        Thanks for you help!


        1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

          Hi Tom,

          You didn’t use WordPress? Oh come on man….I’m kidding. 🙂 Although a self hosted blog is best, I understand and am just excited to see you get started anyhow. Keep that dream alive!

          Your editorial process is perfectly legit since it works for you. Sounds like you are organized and keeping the once a week content going. Good job!

          Once you’re ready to own your domain and online real estate, let me know and I’ll help you set up.

          Keep me posted on your progress, Tom.

          Congrats on becoming a blogger,


  33. Dotti Virgadamo says:    •   4 years

    Here are my blogging goals for 2016. Hope this was not sent too late.

    1. I hope to exercise more, and reach 10,000 daily steps, to eat healthy, cook healthy, eat less, and to lose more weight.
    2. I hope to be more motivated in 2016 and not to procrastinate any longer. Things need to be done when they come to mind and not to be “put off” constantly until some later date.
    3. I hope to be able to load the comments page on my blog and receive comments, as well as to learn how to delete a comment, if it is inappropriate, mean or spam.
    4. I hope to learn how to make money at blogging, as well as to make some decent, substantial money by the end of the year.
    5. I hope to read at least 6 books by the end of the year, maybe more, depending on how motivated I may be able to get. Hopefully, more motivated to read more.
    6. I hope to blog about every book I read about, at least one or two blogs written per book read.
    7. I hope to be able to learn about how to publish an e-book, and create my first e-book, and have it published, and to have it for sale on Amazon.
    8. To become a more accomplished writer in time through reading books and blogging about what I learned.

    To be able to have reached all or most of these achievements before 2016 is over.


  34. Sami Graham says:    •   4 years

    1) Write something, anything!
    2) Post something, anything!
    3) Stop procrastinating!
    4) Stop thinking and start doing!
    5) Read all of Matthew Loomis’s emails in my inbox and put them to work!

    I have been “building” my blog for a couple of months now and need to actually WRITE something.

    Thanks for all you do 🙂

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Sami,

      Alright, let’s get to work. 🙂

      Let me know when your first three posts are up.


  35. Rob Philbin says:    •   4 years

    Matt – I’m so late to the party it’s almost 2017.

    BUT …

    Excellent motivational post that echoes John Carlton’s “January 15th Letter”.

    Love the work you’re doing with BYOB. It seems like a lifetime ago we worked together on that original guest post.

    Keep trucking, sir – you’re a hero.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hey Rob,

      Yeah buddy, it’s not too late to make 2016 special. I’m glad you crashed this ongoing party. 😉

      Your post still gets readers. That was a proper post.

      You are a dad. You’re a copywriter and you have a cool accent, so you’re a hero as well. 🙂


      1. Rob Philbin says:    •   4 years