Blogging Goals for 2014

My blogging goals for this year are pretty simple.

  1. Be more consistent.  Right now, there are weeks when I blog every day and there are weeks that I skip entirely.  This year, I want to blog three times per week:  Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Of course, that may have to change when I find a job and have to adapt my writing schedule around my work schedule.
  2. Narrow the focus of my blog.  Right now, it bounces around from Humor to Nostalgia to Divorce to Writing to rants on fanfiction.  I need to decide just exactly what kind of blog I want to write, and stick with that.
  3. Participate more.  There are some great bloggers out there, but I’ve missed out on a lot of them because I get so caught up in my own world.  I need to seek out other writers, comment on their blogs, and learn from them.
  4. Learn.  I have so much to learn about becoming a better blogger and about reaching a bigger audience.
  5. Have fun.  Right now, I have over seven hundred followers.  That’s seven hundred people who want to read what I have to say.  That’s not great compared to some bloggers, but I think it’s pretty awesome for me.  What a tremendous opportunity to reach out and make people laugh or cry or just go “huh”!

And so, to all of my fellow bloggers out there, I wish you a Happy New Year and Happy Blogging!  What are some of your goals for 2014?

State of the Year

Today’s Daily Prompt was to write up a mid-year “State of My Year” post, and I have to say that I really liked this one.  I’m not very good at patting myelf on the back for my accomlishments, and I absolutely stink at setting realistic, concrete goals.  So it was nice to have a chance to do both today.

The first part of my year has definitely been productive, both in my personal life and with my writing.  I have accomplished the following:

  • Finished first rough draft of “Her House Divided”
  • Had my blog chosen for Freshly Pressed
  • Faced some fears (swimming, driving the Expedition)
  • Entered Writer’s Digest Contest
  • Joined Twitter
  • Joined RWA
  • Completed three RWA classes
  • Started writing poetry again
  • Lost 16 pounds
  • Acknowledged Depression and sought treatment

Goals for the second half of the year

  • Finish revisions on “Her House Divided”
  • Lose another 20 pounds
  • Complete three or  more RWA classes
  • Blog on a schedule
  • Reach 400 followers on  my blog
  • Get Freshly Pressed again
  • Sell a short story or poem
  • Have more fun