Where Is Your Blog Going?

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One of the toughest obstacles I have had in my blogging journey is trying to pick a direction. It’s really difficult to decide on a path and stick to it.

When I first started blogging, it was more of a diary where I shared my stories, drunken adventures, and cubicle rants. Since then, my blog has evolved a few times.

Finding A Direction

Over the last few weeks, I have really taken some time to sit down and think of a direction. I knew it had to be done because without a clear direction there is no place to go. After digging deep, I concluded that my blog is about the digital nomad lifestyle.

In other words, I want to focus on my journey to make a living working from my computer. I want to share my adventures of not having a “real job” and all of the pros and cons that come along with them. I also want to share my travel stories from around the world since my main reason for wanting to be a digital nomad is the ability to work from anywhere.

Not Just Stories

However, I do not want to simply focus on stories. I also want to share my knowledge and give everyone tips on how to follow in my footsteps. I will share the things that have worked as well as the things that haven’t. I will continue to post how-to’s on blogging, freelancing, and traveling. I also plan on creating a few products relating to all of those topics. I have accumulated a ton of information over the last year and cannot wait to let it all out.

Ask Yourself Now…Not Later

That’s enough about my direction. The reason I wrote this post was to clarify how important it is to pick a direction now. When I first started writing, I constantly told myself I would morph this thing as time went on. To my luck, it has worked pretty well. But it hasn’t made it easy for me. Choosing a direction for your blog now will make it WAY more easier to reach your goals. It will give you a clear idea of where you want to be and what you need to do to get there. Here’s a few questions you should ask yourself:

  • What Is My Blog About?
  • Who Is My Target Audience?
  • What Do I Plan To Accomplish With My Blog?
  • Do I Want To Make Money From My Blog?
  • If So, How Much Money?

Of course, there are just some basic questions. The real key is to figure out where you want to be. Do you want to be the most popular blog in a certain niche? Or do you just want to keep blogging as a hobby? The sooner you figure out your direction, the sooner you will get to your destination. Do you know where you want to get? If so, please feel free to share your goals below!

8 thoughts on “Where Is Your Blog Going?

  1. Kat

    It’s pretty interesting to note that blogs have changed over the years. I started blogging back in late 2003 and like yours, it was also an online journal, an avenue to rant, rave and just hone my writing. Nowadays, it seems that one has to have a target audience of sorts when blogging. I suppose that’s a personal preference, unless you do plan to monetize your blog or such.

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    1. Justin Post author

      They definitely have. They have gone from tiny little journals to mainstream media. Sites like Techcrunch.com took blogs to a whole new level. I think having a targeted audience is much more important from a monetization standpoint. If you simply blog for a hobby, I really don’t see the importance of targeting specific people. But it really comes down to doing whatever you prefer. Blogging is fun and we need to keep it that way :)

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  2. Jake

    After reading this post I realized I am unable to answer some of the questions. What do I want to accomplish with my blog? I don’t know and I don’t know my target audience. I am going to have to work on figuring out these questions. Thanks for the info and keep up the great work on this blog!

    -Jake

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    1. Justin Post author

      Don’t worry Jake…it takes time to answer them all. I’ve been blogging for awhile now and I am just answering the last of them. Just keep writing some awesome content and good things will happen to your blog.

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  3. Tom

    It’s a great suggestion Justin, and I think it runs parallel to reassessing your life periodically. It’s about living your life/writing your blog as a product of your intentions rather than some vague momentum. It’s about living/blogging consciously. Of course things will change over time…..Good for you.

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  4. Ferlyn Adison

    I wanted to start blogging since its getting famous..
    But i wanna start it just the same as you did, Life Experiences, with all those unforgettable experience.
    As you’re getting farther and farther in making blogs you’ll be trying new post not related to your personal experience..

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