Jason left a comment a couple of weeks ago on my previous post asking how many posts readers have posted on their blogs in a week that caught my attention.
In his comment Jason talks about a ‘points system’ which he’s developed for helping him to keep his blog achieving the momentum that he wants it to.
His daily goal is 50 points and different tasks get him different amounts of posts. I’ll let him explain (note – I’ve slightly reformatted his comments):
“I work full-time on the side as well. The way I get things done is by using a point system.
Some days I don’t feel like writing, some days I don’t feel like commenting, some days I don’t feel like networking, or whatever… I have to reach at least 50 points per day.
- 10 points for a long blog post
- 5 for a short one
- 2 points for a comment on a blog I’ve commented on before
- 5 points for commenting on a site I’ve never commented on before
- 1 point per comment on my own blog
- 10 points for installing a new module/plug-in, etc.
Works well for me. I think I may have created the system, or sub-consciously remember reading about such a thing somewhere.
I just know that the point system keeps production going while I also work a full-time job.”
What a great idea. I’m sure some readers will find it a little too complicated for their free flowing style – but if you’re in a dry patch and need a little self discipline, or like Jason have limited time to throw into your blog I think that this is a great plan.
I’m sure there are plenty of other tasks one could put on such a list. Here’s some off the top of my head (feel free to add more):
- 2 points for emailing another blogger with a link to a relevant post
- 3 points for an IM conversation with a blogger in your niche
- 2 points for answering a reader’s question via email
What would you add?