Reader Discussion: Long Term Goals

written by BlogEx on December 18, 2007 in Blogging and Reader Discussion with 10 comments

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked a question regarding the Reader Discussion Sessions by two different people. One person asked why I hadn’t done one in a while and the other asked why I bothered trying to get input from readers. Naturally, I’m hoping to kill answer two questions with one stone post.

No matter how long I’ve been reading blogs, it always impresses me when a bunch of readers get together and make a truly amazing thread of comments that’s more valuable than the post they are discussion. I think this has happened a couple of times here on this blog and things like ProBlogger’s community workshop or Shoemoney’s question and answer sessions are good examples of the phenomenon as well. While Blogging Experiment has quite a bit of growing left to do in many areas, I think we already have a large number of very knowledgeable readers and it would be incredibly foolish of me to not try and tap into that wealth of information.

As for why I hadn’t initiated one of these sessions in a while, it was simply an oversight on my part. To remedy that situation, I’d like to open up the discussion today with a short but far from simple question.

What are your long term goals for your blog?

Blogging can be a marathon
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Now obviously many people reading this will have the answer of making money (this is a blog about how to make money blogging after all) but I’m looking for more of a “big picture” answer. Are you hoping to turn your blog’s success into a full time job? Are you hoping to be able to sell your blog to finance something else? Are you hoping to leverage your blog into a successful business in your industry or niche? Are you aiming for a book deal? What are your long term goals when it comes to blogging or specifically your blog?From time to time I find it’s very useful for me to take a minute and remind myself where I’m trying to go. This keeps me from plodding too far down paths that will just end up distracting me or diverting me from my overall goal. Even more interesting, I think once we look at the collective responses, we’ll see even more the many different uses and possibilities of blogging. To me, reading other people’s plans or goals or dreams inspires me to think bigger, and to press on that much more towards my own.

So, I ask again, what are your long term goals for blogging and your blog?