I’ve made it 6 months! It is said that 95% of all blogs fail within 6 months after they were created. I am officially in the 5% that survived the first six months! Of course, I never had any doubt that I would make it this far. It is simply a matter of dedication and perseverance. I have been committed to the success of this blog since day one, so right from the start, I saw this reaching and easily surpassing this benchmark. This blog will be around for a long time to come.
There are many reasons given for why most blogs fail so quickly. A quick Google search for why blogs fail enlightens us to many of those reasons. The bottom line is a lack of dedication though. Most people do not set goals when they start a new blog (or a new project of any kind for that matter).
Goal setting is imperative.
It helps you to realize what you have achieved within a specific timeframe in order to properly gauge your success or lack thereof. If you need help with goal setting, or even with understanding goal setting, I recommend that you read my article An Effective and Realistic Approach to Goal Setting.
I set numerous goals when I started my blog, most of which I have shared on here with you over time. An obvious goal was to make it to the six month mark still going strong, which I have now done. The next benchmark where that is concerned will be reaching the one year anniversary of this blog.
Even though this was a goal that I fully expected to achieve, I am nonetheless proud of myself for reaching it. It has certainly not been an easy task. In fact, it has been a lot more difficult and more challenging than I originally thought it would be. That’s ok though. It has helped me to grow, and of course growth is what this is all about.
By the numbers
This makes the 40th article that I have posted to this blog, and in my estimation, I have written approximately 36,000 words over those 40 posts. To get a better idea of how much content that is, let’s compare it to writing a book. When writing a book, the industry standard preferred length is 250 words per page. Based on that, I have now written enough to fill a book that contains 144 pages. If I write the same exact amount over the next 6 months, then when this blog reaches its one year anniversary, I will have written enough to fill a 288 page book! Now that is a lot of writing!
Just for amusement purposes, let’s extrapolate these numbers further. I should mention that as this blog further picks up steam, I intend to increase the frequency of which I post new content. For now though, let’s use my current writing pace. If I continue writing at the same pace that I have been on during this first six months, then at the 2 year mark, I will have written the equivalent of one 576 page book or two 288 page books. The 3 year mark will equal 864 pages of book material and 4 years will mark a total of 1,152 book pages. If I were writing shorter books, then that would equal SIX 192 page books! What’s more is that it will total a whopping 288,000 words!
This kind of thing makes me start thinking that perhaps I should begin looking for a book deal! If someone had told me when I was in high school that one day I would write that many words and pages, I probably would have laughed at them. To imagine writing such a large amount is overwhelming. This is why goal setting is so important! Are you seeing a recurring theme here? I probably could not have done this without the help of goal setting. If you don’t currently set goals or if you need help in that area, then do not wait any longer. Educate yourself on goal setting today!