Why Some Blogging Goals Are Bad

This is a highly insightful post that acts as a counterpoint to my recent post ‘How to increase your blog following‘… pursuing just numbers is often a mistake.

Wading in Wisdom

Goals are supposed to be this thing that lead us down a productive path. But, sadly this isn’t always the case. In fact, sometimes it would be better if we just didn’t make them at all.

These “bad” goals often give us the feeling that we are achieving success. But, they are often followed by dark periods of realization.

You must remember that writing blogs posts is like going to the gym everyday. While you may not see immediate results, your effort will eventually pay off (if you are writing content that people love).

Let’s take a look at a one of these “bad” goals to see how they can be deceptive.

Get 3,000 views in a month

I don’t even understand why this goal exists. It’s almost like celebrating when you get 10 people to look at you when you were at the department store.

It doesn’t accomplished anything…

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9 Responses to Why Some Blogging Goals Are Bad

  1. Eric Alagan says:

    Hello Colin,

    Went over to read Wading in Wisdom’s post and left this comment behind:

    I don’t chase numbers. I write for myself and am sometimes surprised by the response. For me, a comment validates and a reblog takes the cake.


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    • pendantry says:

      That’s a good comment! (Thanks for duplicating it here so I could see it too). You shouldn’t be ‘surprised by the response’, Eric. A great many of your Written Words are truly immortal 🙂

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  2. Andrea says:

    I actually do care about likes.
    Often times I see many more views on a post than likes. It can make me a bit insecure!

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    • pendantry says:

      I’m just working on a new post about ‘likes’. I know what you mean, though, it is a boost to get them. On some blogs I’ve found that it can sometimes be hard to find the ‘like’ button (and sometimes, due to lag, the button simply doesn’t show up at all) so I try not to fret if I don’t get too many myself.

      I also think that Wading in Wisdom has a good point when he says:

      What I’m saying is that chasing a specific number of views or likes is pointless. It’s mental energy wasted.

      It’s not the views or likes that are bad, it’s setting an arbitrary number of them in advance as a goal by which to judge oneself that is counter-productive.

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  3. Very sound advice! Found the words inspiring! Thanks Colin.

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  4. Thankfully I do not go to the Gym.. I do not set myself such targets.. I am just delighted some people enjoy what they find on my site and leave me a comment.. 🙂 And try to reciprocate when possible , The problem is I follow too many 367 my last count.
    Today I am in the process of culling that number, and hopefully I will get around here more often.. 🙂 ❤

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