As is probably true with most bloggers, I think quite a bit about what a successful blog looks like and what it takes to be successful. I also think about what it takes to be successful in life in general, whether that be getting in shape, obtaining financial goals, or learning something new such as a foreign language.
The bottom line is that success, regardless of the area, requires discipline and consistency. It requires sticking with it for the long haul. People don’t become successful by quitting too soon.
What I’ve found works best for me is to set a specific goal that is completely within my control, and not allow myself to give up until I’ve accomplished that goal.
For example, in 1993, when I finally got up the nerve to pursue my dream to be a freelance writer, I set a goal: I would not allow myself to give up until I had submitted at least 100 articles (or query letters) and have EVERY single one of them rejected.
Thankfully, the second article I ever wrote was accepted by a national publication, but if it hadn’t been, I would have kept going, since I made a commitment not to give up unless I had zero success after 100 articles.
I apply this same principle to many different aspects of content creation. Set a goal, stick with it, then evaluate.
What writing goals do you have that keep you going when you don’t yet see success?