Okay, it’s been 3 months since my blog turned two years old. Each time I hit an annual landmark, I recapped the previous year’s accomplishments. This last birthday though I actually wrote down goals/predictions. Here’s what I put:

  • 550 posts (that’s a post an a half every day… I want to hit 1000 posts by the end of year three)
  • 1500 comments (I had twice as many comments as posts last year, so let’s see if I can triple it this year)
  • 50,000 Unique Visitor (This should be doable, but we’ll see)
  • 100,000 Page Views (This will be a bit of a stretch, but very possible)

So, three months in, lets see where I am at:

  • 171 posts so far this year. At this rate I’ll author almost 700 posts smashing my 1000 posts by the end of year three goal. This takes some pressure off if things get busy or something.
  • 417 comments so far this year. At this rate I’ll reach over 1600 comments which is just a little over my goal. Not bad.
  • 7,089 Unique Visitors. At this rate I’ll be only a little over half way to my goal. I may have bit off more than I can chew. I do expect growth, but some amazing things will have to happen to make this goal.
  • 19,556 page views. A this rate I’m not going to fall about 20,000 page views short. However, I’m expecting growth and I still think I’m going to get really close.

What’s the point. Whether 10 people visited my site or 10 million doesn’t really matter. I’m glad to share the information, ideas and my passion with others but the significance of this site isn’t the point. Tracking your progress is.

Do you set goals for your ministry each year? Do you write them down? Do you look at them regularly? Do you assess where you are mid year and make adjustments? You should. You really should. What you do this you learn an interesting balance of writing challenging goals that are pretty out there but still possible to achieve and learning how hard you have to bust your butt to achieve that goal you set.

Last week I heard Jim Wideman say, “you’re not going to lose any weight if you don’t get ont he scales every day.” Isn’t that the truth. Although it may be painful to look at, tracking our progress on a regular basis is the only way we’ll hit our goals.