NaBloPoMo is almost over – two more posts after this one. I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the new goals I’m setting coming out of it.
Posting every day is A LOT of work. As much as I enjoyed the challenge of writing every day, nearing the end, I’ve found I’m not enjoying it as much. Going forward, I’m going to try to keep up a three posts a week schedule (I had dropped to two because I’m working full time). I’m also going to try very hard to ensure they’re quality pieces.
I love writing for writings sake. I’m going to keep challenging myself with Wednesday microstories. It’s not as big a commitment as an 800 word post. I’ve found that they’re helping to refine my writing. I can use less words and have more of an impact. It makes me think very clearly about the value of each word. I’m also going to keep up with #1000Speak and I’ll pop into Sunday Confessions, Ten Things of Thankful and Ask Away Friday.
I’m going to work on submitting to the big sites at least once a month. Live By Surprise is getting out there – and I’m refining a submission goal list. I’ve hit a few this year – I had pieces accepted at ScaryMommy, YourTango, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the staff at MockMom and Sammiches and Psych Meds. I was very disappointed when The Mid closed to new submissions. I had a piece accepted at the Elephant Journal too (you didn’t see it because they needed a pic of me…and unfortunately I’m not willing to submit).
I set a goal in January of making at least $1000 from my blog at the beginning of last year. At this point, it appears I’m going to squeak in just over that amount. I’ve moved to a self-hosted site, and I’m working on cultivating an audience (that’s you!). I’m so enjoying the conversations – and I’ve made a number of lasting friends. Next year, I’m going to double my income goal.
I’m hoping next year to attend a blogging conference and meet some of you in real life. I’d like to emulate some of my favorite bloggers – and learn from them. If all goes well, I’ll pay for the whole thing with my blogging money. I’m also taking a writing course.
I’ve really enjoyed #NaBloPoMo – I’ve made a lot of new friends, found some new blogs to follow, and set some new goals for my writing. I may even do it again next year!
How about you? Did you join? Have you posted every day? Would you do it again?
This is my twenty-eighth blog post for #NaBloPoMom, #NaBloPablano and the Yeah Write Me NoMo Challenge.
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