Last updated on June 24th, 2012 at 11:47 pm
When you tell the world that your dream is to have a top blog, then you have to actually go out and make it happen. Even if it means sitting in front of a computer longer than you ever thought possible.
Part of my dream work consists of reading through web statistics and looking at the habits of the readers who show up here on 8 Women Dream.
All too often, bloggers and website owners put out what they want to say to the world without thinking if it is a message the public is even interested in hearing. To be successful in publishing (because publishing is what you are doing when you deliver content online), you must care about the people who are going to be reading you.
I spend much of my time going through long “to-do” lists for this site while I test what people would like to hear about when it comes to dream inspiration.
8 Women Dream doesn’t pay for ads on Google, or any other search engine (yet) so we have to build an audience the old fashioned way — one at a time — and build a site that attracts enough love from the search engines (that we aren’t paying) so they send us targeted traffic.
And in order to get that targeted traffic, I have to look at the top posts on 8 Women Dream through Google Analytics and question what visitors are doing, how long they are staying, and if they click-through to something else on 8 Women Dream.
This week I created an 8 Women Dream affirmation resource page titled, 48 Best Affirmations for Success to Achieve Your Dreams because I realized that many of our visitors want inspiration to help them with their dreams in the form of a dream reminder.
Resource pages that provide your targeted reader with what they are searching the Internet for is a great way to increase traffic while inviting new visitors to see what your website has to offer them. Google rather likes them too because they show that your website cares enough about your visitors that you provide them with solid information they can use … for free.
Affirmations are great at reminding you to dream.
Affirmations are also an important part of the dream process. Affirmations and vision boards (or placing images up of what you want) where you can see them every day are powerful tools for helping you make your dream come true.
They remind you to keep your eyes on the goal and to reside in the state of “I am” until your dream has come to fruition.
Sometimes 8 Women Dream website ideas wake me up in the middle of the night. I roll over, feel for the pencil on the nightstand, then feel for my notebook buried somewhere in bed with me and I flip it open to any page and scribble my thoughts in the dark before passing out to snore.
The scribble then ends up on my “to-do” list.
Some middle-of-the-night ideas work perfectly, while others fall flat. That’s how the world of publishing goes — and that’s how dreaming goes. It’s not a straight-up trajectory.
It’s a whole lot of trial and error until you get it right. But you have to keep on trying.
You keep raising the bar higher and become the person big enough for your dream.
Creating your dream is a lot of mini-steps you take that eventually lead you to where you are suppose to be.
I suppose I am luckier than most because if I didn’t show up to work on the 8 Women Dream website, then everything would come to a grinding halt. I have to work my dream — I can’t ignore it. I don’t have a choice.
Maybe that’s the big secret to making your dream come true — set it up in a way that you have to show up every day — like a job.
Meanwhile, I’ve gotta go to bed.
There’s probably more scribbling to do in the middle of the night . . .
Catherine Hughes is the editor and founder of 8WomenDream. She’s also a magazine columnist, content creator, blogger, published author, and former award-winning mom blogger. Catherine collaborates with companies to craft engaging web content and social media narratives. Her work, highlighting stories of the resilience and success of Northern California residents, appears in several print magazines. Outside of work, she treasures motherhood, her close friendships, rugby, and animals.
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