When you started your blog, did you set any goals? Have you achieved them? Have they changed at all?
Just as my blog has changed so has my writing, my subjects, but goals has remained the same.
My goals were never lofty.
At first I wrote satire. It is enjoyable and fun, but soon readers assume you are something you are not. To me, satire is like playing a role. A person soon becomes known as the character in the role rather than the person they are.
I started to write personal items that might be entertaining and enlightening, yet, always having a hand on the satirical lever.
My Daily Prompt activity started the first of February of this year. It is a great exercise. It gives a subject to write about each day. It allows me to write and comment on things that otherwise would not have to mind.
WordPress provides stats. They are, I suppose, a good gauge of how well one is doing. There is a drawback to stats; one could be so consumed by them that good writing may become the secondary goal.
Certainly, if the writing is poor than your visits will be low, but if one writes with the idea of attracting volume perhaps the trueness of your writing may be compromised. A reasonably skilled or not so skilled writer could become a blogging sensation overnight by choosing any number of hot bottom subjects and write outrageously about them.
If one has the goal of followers, that can be deceptive. Most followers are like a professional courtesy. Not everybody who is a follower follows me, in fact I’d say most don’t. That is a false indicator.
The same can be said about the ‘like’ button. I posted a thousand word post a few months ago. I got a ‘like’ within a minute. I appreciated the ‘like,’ but I wished they would have taken the time to read it first. That said, some readers may like what has been written, but don’t know or bother with the ‘like’ button.
Certainly the number of followers and likes may be an indicator but they don’t give a complete picture.
The best measure is to look at what you wrote a year ago and compare it with what you wrote yesterday – you know, you know whether it is better or not. That to me is the goal – am I writing better?
That gets back to a goal: my goal is to write good stuff.