Today, I’m going to make myself accountable to you, my lovely blogosphere friends, about my writing goals.
I set these goals to encourage myself to push harder through the procrastination, the busyness, and the fear. Some studies say that by telling your goals to others lowers your chances of succeeding. But for me, I know that accountability is key. So I’m telling you. Please, if you can, check in on me later this year. Remind me of what I said. But, you can’t remind me until I tell you. So, here goes.
trishajennreads 2017 Writing and Blogging Goals
Be two weeks ahead in blog calendar (by end-February)
By the end of February, I’d like to have followed my blog calendar and at least outlined/drafted posts for the upcoming two-weeks. This goal is essentially to lessen my stress levels and still maintain a consistent presence on the blog.
In the next twelve months, I will consistently draft blog posts two-weeks ahead of schedule.
Analyze which blog posts work and which don’t
I currently write what I feel like writing when I feel like writing it. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But, I know that by writing more of what readers want to read, I’ll be able to more successfully grow my blog.
Each month for the next twelve months, I will look at what posts get the most traction (views and engagement) and revise my blog calendar and my blogging style to continue finding what works best for me and for my readers (that’s you!).
On that note, if there are specific topics you’d like to read about, or post styles that you love, please comment below and let me know. 🙂
Complete manuscript draft one by the end of March
I started a manuscript for a fantasy novel in November during NaNoWriMo. I won NaNo (wrote 50,000 words in 30 days), but I didn’t finish my story. I haven’t touched it since. I know that I need to finish it. For my own sake (I want to know how the story ends!), and for my writerly sake (I need to end the cycle of constant starts and never finishing).
In the next three months, I will finish draft one of my NaNoWriMo novel.
Complete revision of manuscript draft one by end of June
Continuing on with this creative writing thread, I’m not going to settle for a messy first draft. I know that I have the ability to revise it and make it into something decent, if not good. So, I’m challenging myself to let it sit for a few weeks and then dive back into that NaNoWriMo novel and make it something worth reading.
In the next six months, I will complete one full revision of my NaNoWriMo novel.
Film at least one YouTube video per month
This is something completely new to me, but it’s also a fun challenge. It gets me out of my comfort zone. I don’t want to overwhelm myself, but I also want to keep trying new things and getting more involved in the online bookish community.
For the next twelve months, I will film and post at least one YouTube video each month. These may be unboxings, book reviews, book tags, or just random discussions. I’m excited to see what happens and how I grow in this medium
And there you have it. My 2017 reading goals and writing goals.