Godin’s post today inspired me to take another look at my web statistics and finally sit down and explore other analytics/metric tools like Woopra, which has been sitting in my “To Do” box for a tad bit longer than I had originally intended.
[Woopra, by the way, is amazing... so far.]
Godin’s choice words for us “common folk” today:
Plan for the end.
I think there are relatively few of us that “plan for the end” in regards to our blogging. Many people just randomly disappear, many reach a “boiling point” in their frustration with it and explode (or implode), and some just simply fade away.
For me, before I even put “pen to paper,” as they say, I had a roadmap for the end game. ChurchCrunch is part of a much larger experiment. Personally, I feel that I’ve been called to be the most effective with the most that I have. The most valuable thing that I have, quantitatively, is time.
And I don’t want to waste it.
So I planned to blog here for 365 days. We are now on day 131 and about 36% of the way to the end. Scary.
The reason that I have a game plan for the end is because, again, I simply want to be the most effective with my time. Blogging takes up a lot of it. If I don’t meet my goals and metrics for success, then that means I’m not being the “most effective” which means I’m wasting my time and I should go do something else.
This, for me, is absolutely necessary in how I engage in this medium and how I operate day-to-day. It keeps me on mission and keeps me focused and sharp. I don’t mess-around. I’m pretty serious about it.
For many, this is not their blogging modus operandi and certainly not their motivation, what I call “Missional Blogging” or “Blogging Missionally.” There’s more than enough room for all types of bloggers and certainly all types of motivations. Rock on.
Finally, for me, this ties perfectly well with my Faith as a Follower of Christ. Although we sit in the “here and now” we are always looking toward the end. Perhaps this model is something to be copied in other parts of our lives, including blogging?