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Got a Goal? Get a Blog!

Updated on July 9, 2017
All you need is a computer, some goals, and a commitment to keep up to date blog entries about your progress.
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I have recently been reminded of the importance of being held accountable when setting a goal. People can have all the goals in the world, but without being held accountable to these goals, they may never reach it. I have often heard that to reach your goals. First you must set a goal, second you must write it down, and third, you must look at it daily. Some goal-setting gurus also say that once you have a goal, you need to tell someone about it. Telling that one person, or more than one person, makes you accountable to someone besides yourself to make that goal come true. If you set a goal, don't tell anyone, and don't reach it, the only one you are disappointing is yourself. If you set a goal and tell someone else about it, you are more likely to try harder to reach that goal because you don't want to be embarrassed by having to tell the other person you didn't reach your goal.


Now try multiplying telling that one person by the tens or hundreds or maybe even the thousands. You can do that with a blog. And that makes the effort you will put into reaching your goal that much more important. It's bad enough to disappoint one person when you have to admit you didn't reach your goal. Can you imagine disappointing your blog readers? It's certainly a good incentive, as I have just recently found out.

My Personal Goal

I have a goal to write full time this summer. I thought it would be easy and I would be able to challenge myself to make good money at it. I just tallied the dismal financial results of my first week as a full-time writer. I tallied these results one week after I started my blog about my experiment. And although yes, I do have to start somewhere on the financial ladder, this somewhere is pretty low. As I report that on my blog, I am embarrassed. But the good news is, each week that I report how I did, I have an urgent incentive to do better because I don't want to be THAT embarrassed again.

Do you Have a Goal?

Do you have a goal that you would like to reach? Maybe you have a goal to lose weight. Or maybe to write a book. Or maybe to save enough money to go on a vacation. Or maybe you want to start your own business. Or run a home daycare. Or start an eBay business. The possibilities are endless. Any of these goals can be turned into a blog quite easily. If you want to run a business, you could start the blog at the beginning, before the business is up and running and write a blog entry about signing up for a class you took on starting your own business. Once you start class, you can share bits of information that you are learning about that you had never thought of before. Then you can add to the blog when you search for an office or design your own business cards. Documenting each step of the way will help keep you encouraged, and your blog readers will also offer encouragement and suggestions. And they will rejoice with you when you open the doors to your business on the first day. Or get your first customer. Readers who are interested in similar goals to what you have will be happy and excited to follow along with your progress. And you can help others accomplish their goals as you show them you can reach yours.


Losing weight would be helpful to many people, and you can even ask people to join in with you through the blog and post their results each week. Each week, you will be encouraged to keep losing weight...trying a new recipe, trying a new exercise regimen, walking farther than you walked the day before, and your blog readers will be there, observing and giving you more reasons to keep up the good work.


Blog Hosting for Free

You may have heard that blogs cost money but two blog hosting websites that I know of that are free can be found at and blogger.com or wordpress.com. ( see links below) Each has pros and cons but would work fine if you are doing a blog as a way to help you reach a goal. Pictures can be added to these blogs as I am sure your readers would want to see your fantastic weight loss results. Or the new office you found. Or a weekly report on your favorite new exercise regimen, such as walking goals starting with walking 1/4 of a mile a day to 10 miles a day, or any similar goals you have set for yourself.


Now go after your goals, start a blog, and help others accomplish their goals as well. If you let me know the address, I will follow along and cheer you along!

If you're interested in following along with my goal of writing full time. I have included the link below.

Use a Calendar or this Goals Journal to keep track of your goals

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Wow, if you move back to CT we ll have to meet. I live about 40 minutes from there! Good luck in your move. And yes, I will be definitely keeping up with the blog so I can track my monthly progress with my future writing career.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen, I'm glad you're keeping up with your blog off and on, even after the Summer. I think it's great to track progress, and see how we grow as writers.

      Have a great weekend!

      p.s. I may be moving back to Connecticut (near Glastonbury) soon. Even though I like Boston, it's expensive. And I miss CT.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      I have discovered that they key to having a successful blog though and reaching a goal is to write in it regularly. I have not posted anything recently on my blog, but I am happy to say I am going to continue the blog as a way of keeping track of my progress with my writing career. My goal is to continue to keep track of my monthly earnings from writing over there, so that will help me to keep reaching for the stars.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      marieryan,

      Awww, thanks. That's so sweet of you to say. I was just heading over to the blog now to write a new entry. Nice to know someone's reading it! LOL...not too many comments are left so I am not sure who is seeing it, but it does keep me motivated. Thanks for dropping by...both here and at the blog.

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      Marie Ryan 4 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      Hi Karen, You have got me hooked. Very interesting article.

      It is really hard for me to keep focused on my writing. I suffer from the butterfly effect too. I really enjoyed your article. I have learned so much. And now I'm hooked on your "Seasons of Writing".

      I also have taken lots of advice from Bill Holland. I think he will have to make room for you on my "guru" list.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Mike Robbers,

      Thanks. Yes, I am finding the blog very helpful to keep me on task.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Asim,

      Procrastinating? You and me too! That's why a blog helps. Thanks for your kind comment.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Gypsy Rose Lee,

      Congrats on your blog. Do you earn money from Google Adsense here on HubPages? I don't know what blogging platform you use but I'm on blogger.com and they have a way just to add your blog to your Google Adsense account.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Oh, I just saw this and it's after I wrote a hub about a new diet I am trying: The Fast Diet. I hope it works. I will now have to go read your hub about losing weight too.

      Cruising is the best vacation ever in my mind. My husband and I just got back from a 4 day mini vacation in a condo in the mountains and I told him I miss cruising...we just got back from one in April!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      BNadyn,

      Thanks for your comments on my blog. That reminds me, I am due to pop over there and give an update. I love writing it and it always keeps me going. Thanks for stopping by here too.

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      Bernadyn 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Just stopped by and took a look at your blog, very motivating to read. I also want to write more consistently amd start submitting work so I'm going to focus on how to do that and incorporate it all into my regular blog; I don't know if I can maintain another one yet Lol! Thanks for such a great idea and I agree, sharing goals makes you determined to follow through.

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Interesting hub and quite helpful especially for new writers. Setting a goal, I agree, is important and a blog would help too. Thanks for sharing.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Got into blogging and at first it was slow going. Now I'm getting a bit better but my plate is filling up fast. Enjoy it when people like what I write. Still wondering how to get the money rolling in.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      "Losing Weight Before the Cruising Date: My 30 Pound Weight Loss Challenge" was the name of the article. It was a while ago, but I thought it was a cool idea. And since I wanted to lose about 10 pounds, it inspired me to write an article about it, to help motivate me and keep me accountable.

      Reading any of your articles on going on a cruise makes me want to go on one again! I went with my boyfriend about 3 years ago, and it was one of the most fun times of my life!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Hey, glad I could inspire you. Which post was it that made you start the weight loss challenge?

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      Yes, I just have to keep plugging away at it and maybe not have my expectations so high that they come crashing down on top of me? LOL! When I told my daughter how much money I made in the first week, and I chuckled a little, she said at least it was better than nothing. That's my girl! I have to remember that!

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      You are doing it. Little by little it will get better.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen, what a great idea. I have a blog, although I have only written two entries since Spring. It's not goal-related, though.

      I did use HubPages to create a weight loss challenge, and that has had the aspect of accountability to it. Actually, one of your posts here gave me the idea!

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and I have enjoyed keeping up with your blog. I enjoy reading about your progress.

      Have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Faith Reaper,

      Blogs can be monetized with Google Adsense so that is the only way I know of to make money with them. I am making a little money from the blog I started over a year ago about second marriage romance. I am pretty sure that one will be more popular than the one I just started about writing, but one never knows! I am sure there are other ways to make money with blogs...anyone else want to comment on that? Traffic comes from Google, or links that you connect to your blog, such as from Hubpages or Reddit, or from comments you leave on other's blogs that include your link back to yours.

      So far, I can't quit my "day job" which is substitute teaching...LOL! But I've only got 2 weeks under my belt so hopefully things will improve as I get better at it. Billybuc's hub from the other day about finding the time to write has really helped me organize my time better.

      Thanks for the read and the vote!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, very important to set goals. I have always wondered about a blog, but I just do not understand how one gets traffic to it, and do you get any money from it? Sorry, so clueless on this issue.

      Thanks for the links and your informative hub here with the great advice. I hope you are successful at reaching your goal to write full-time. That is mine too, maybe in about six more years when I retire.

      Voted up +++

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      epbooks,

      I have a friend and we used to write down our goals and exchange them every 6 months. Then we would meet at the end of 6 months and see how we did. Husbands and kids came along and we got away from it ebcause she lives in another state, but I saw then how important it is to be accountable to someone. If you start a blog let me know and I will follow along with your progress!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      younghopes,

      Thanks for your kind comments about the blog. I really enjoy writing it, and it's definitely keeping me on task!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      healthylife2,

      Yes, youa re right, even one person will help, but the more, the better. If you start one, let me know so I can follow you!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      joanveronica,

      You are most welcome. I am having a great time with my blog and it is definitely keeping me on task. Good luck. Let me know if you start a blog so I can follow your progress!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Great Hub and a great idea! I had already thought about something on these lines, but now I see ways to refine on my plan, thanks to your suggestions. So thanks for sharing! Voted up, useful and interesting. See you!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great idea to use a blog to achieve a goal. Even if one person follows it would hold me accountable and keep my motivated. Voted up!

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      Had a look at your blog and its simply great, reading your writing experiences !! You write so well and in a friendly tone.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      That is so very true about telling someone about your goal. You're right. If you share your goal with someone, you do feel as if you have to attain it. I always write down my goals, but never publicly. You've given me something to think about. Voted up!