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Travel Bloggers (Including Myself) Set Their Goals For 2010

goalYesterday on foXnoMad I took a look back on 2009 with other travel bloggers sharing their best posts of 2009. Today I’d like to take a look ahead to the year to come and the goals you’ve set for your travel blogs as well as some of my own.

Your Travel Blogging Goals For 2010

  • Stephanie (Twenty-Something Travel): Monetization is the biggest one; I’ve been blogging for about six months now and I think it’s time to get that ball rolling. Also, I really want to figure out how Stumbleupon works and how to use it to my advantage. Right now the whole thing just perplexes me.
  • Chris (Amateur Traveler): I intend to build a business around the Amateur Traveler this year. As I announced recently I am leaving my day job in a few weeks so this is the big experiment.
  • Sarah (She’s In Love With The World): My biggest goal is really just to keep up with my blog and get it off the ground and running. I want to maintain it while on the road and increase my readership, even though it just launched less than a month ago.

Carol Margolis has a good set of 5 specific goals for 2010 and Dave (GoBackpacking) entices use with the launch of his first digital product coming out in the first 3 months of 2010. That’s about the time Travels With Adam will begin his RTW trip.

  • Chris (The Aussie Nomad): The goal for my little blog is to gather a few readers and share the experience with them. Money and all the like is nice but really I’d just love to share the adventure and maybe meet a few fellow bloggers along the way.

celebrating goalMy Personal Travel Blogging Goals For 2010

I break down my blogging and professional goals into 3 month segments with 2-3 longer 6 month goals so my first set of milestones will be this March. These are just a few of my goals for the upcoming year.

  • Continuing my blogging schedule. That’s 5 per week on foXnoMad, once per week for Travel Blog Advice and the Tech Guide For Travel, and once a month for How To Travel With Pets. I’ve been pretty good about this over the past year and hope to continue it through the next 3 months. After then I’ll consider expanding and updating some of the weekly sites more frequently.
  • Write another eBook. Creating my first eBook, Overcoming the 7 Major Obstacles To Traveling the World, was one of my proudest accomplishments. I write all the time but for some reason organizing and putting it into book format was very gratifying and I think it provided to be very useful content for people who want to travel the world (and overcome most fears for that matter). I hope to release my second eBook sometime by June.
  • More meet ups. I’m a bit shy and don’t take the opportunity to meet other travelers in person enough. I’ve enjoyed meeting other travelers on the road recently and hope to harness the power of the tweet up more in the coming year.
  • The usual suspects. I’ve got very specific RSS, page view, Google Pagerank, and the other common goals as well. I’m rather superstitious and don’t like to talk about details (until I’ve accomplished them). Overall I’d like to increase the numbers (who doesn’t) and have closer to 100% of my income come from my websites. (A goal I’m not too far off of on.)

Why Goals Are Important

Next week I’ll be talking more about how to set achievable goals for your travel blog. Well defined goals are critical for maintaining a travel blog for the long haul. I appreciate all of you sharing your goals for 2010 and wish you the best of luck. Hopefully Travel Blog Advice can be a part of that in the coming year.

[photos by: keylosa, brtsergio]

{ 10 comments… add one }

  • Stephanie January 3, 2010, 20:54

    Great goals all around. Happy to be included on the list. Heres to 2010!

  • Good luck – am sure you’ll do just fine :-)

  • flip January 4, 2010, 05:40

    i havent setup any ‘real goals’ in my life… maybe it’s about time do one (not just for blogging)…

    goodluck on yours anil

    • Anil P. January 4, 2010, 07:32

      Got to have hurdles to setup and jump over one at a time :)

  • Dave January 7, 2010, 11:04

    Hey Anil –

    Great post. It’s nice to see a lot of people’s goals in one place.

    I’m glad you made it to the first DC travel tweetup in Arlington last year. And then again to meet up with Danny and Jillian at Union Station. I think Twitter is making it easier than ever to bring people together offline. And we’re all still human, so that connection you can make in person goes a long way once we’re all back behind computers again, even if we’re halfway around the world from one another. I expect to see a lot more tweetups happening in 2010.

    • Anil P. January 7, 2010, 11:50

      I can’t wait to be back in the DC area before I head up to TBEX, maybe I’ll catch one of the DC tweetups then. I really enjoyed the tweetups and glad I was able to meet up with you. Often I get caught working and forget to get out and meet some awesome travelers in person!

  • marina k. villatoro January 16, 2010, 10:10

    Hey,

    I’ve been so busy to even realize it’s time for goal making:) But this definitely has inspired me to sit my butt down and make one up!!!!!!!

    • Anil P. January 18, 2010, 05:37

      I used to be one to think goals weren’t that important and put them off, now I’ve got my list with me at all times. Working on some new projects?

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