My girl Lauren made it a New Year goal to have regular blog business meetings, so by extension, that means I’m having them too. It’s something I used to do a lot with the lovely Katy and Natasha while I was living in London, but fell by the wayside when I moved back home. However, Lauren and I had a test run sesh at the beginning of the month, and it’s reminded me of all the reasons they are a GREAT idea.
So why should blog business meetings be a part of your plan for 2018?
- They keep you accountable. Knowing you have regular check ins with your blog/business buddies is a great way to keep you on track to your goals. I personally found myself pushing to finish small tasks and keep up good habits so that when the next meeting rolls around you’re ready for it and on track.
- A chance to assess your goals, and analyse where you are vs. where you want to be. Particularly if blogging isn’t a full time job for you, blog goals can be the first ones to be forgotten when life gets busy. Some of us are even guilty of not setting blog goals, which if you want to keep moving forward is pretty crazy. Setting aside time once a month to look at your goals, how you’re progressing towards them and what steps you need to take going forward is so helpful for keeping you on the up.
- A chance to discuss your worries and ask for help. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from partaking in blog business meetings, it’s that if I’m worried about it, chances are my friends are or have previously been too. It’s so important to have a support system + someone who understands what you’re doing, someone you can turn to for help. It’s likely your friend needs help too, and it’ll make you feel good in yourself as well as confident in your abilities when you can help!
Have I convinced you? Well if you’re ready to pick up the phone on your blogging buddy and get a date in the diary, here are some things to remember.
- Have an ‘order of business’. When you’re hanging out with a friend even in a work capacity, it can be hard to stay on track and not get distracted. It’s also pretty easy to snowball on one topic, and run out of time to discuss everything you meant to. Before you get together, make a list of topics you want to touch on and have a think about how much time you want to devote to each subject. I’d say you need at least an hour to cover each of your blogs, and usually for two people I like to block in about three hours for a meeting!
- Stay honest. There’s no point in going through the motions of a blog business meeting if you’re not willing to be open and honest with your blogging partner about how you feel. These meetings should be almost cathartic, and the more honest you are the more you’ll get out of it.
- Create an action list. At the end of each meeting you should have an action list of small tasks and things to try that have come up during discussions for you to work towards for your next meeting. This action list will keep you on track throughout the month! Make sure you and your friend both have a copy of each others lists, so you can check in throughout the month and offer support.
So, pick up the phone, set a date, pick someones house or a quiet coffee shop where you can spread out laptops and notebooks and coffee cups, and get talking about your blog!
Have you ever had a blog business meeting?