I already wrote a post sharing my 2010 accomplishments. Although I remain agentless and unpublished, they weren’t inconsequential, for sure.
In that post, I also outlined some goals for 2011. Those tasks included building my blog. While I still want to do that, it turns out I might have been harder on myself than I needed to be.
According to the stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com, Love & Laughter’s doing just fine. Here’s their summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 131 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 171 posts. There were 16 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 7mb. That’s about a picture per month.
The busiest day of the year was September 25th with 62 views. The most popular post that day was Doing the wrong things?.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, alphainventions.com, facebook.com, rubyslipperedsisterhood.com, and obama-scandal-exposed.co.cc.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for conflict “sherry lewis”, “sherry lewis” plot conflict, lily in wonderland by kelly fitzpatrick, “sherry lewis” conflict, and laughter.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Doing the wrong things? September 2010
About Me September 2009
Right direction February 2010
Writer’s roller coaster December 2010
The phone rang March 2010
I do have to wonder, however, why a site called “obama scandal exposed” sent me traffic. I don’t recall writing a word about our president (who is not a Muslim, no matter how many times the talking heads at FOX News insist otherwise).
Yes, now I AM making a shameless bid to draw more hits! 😉
Jan. 10 will be here before I know it. That means it’s time to craft my goals for the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival.
But before I do that, I feel a need to create some writing resolutions for 2011.
2010 was a very successful year for me. I wrote more than 180,000 words, entered the Golden Heart in not one but two categories, successfully completed the NaNoWriMo with a 53,000-word story and scored my first-ever contest final.
In 2011, I want to build on that success and keep the momentum going. After all, I’m now less than a year away from the big 4-0 (the arbitrary date I set for myself to get published).
But how? That’s a very good question. I wish I knew the answer — but I don’t. All I can do is try to set some goals for myself.
— Keep writing. I wrote 180K+ in year because I sat down to write most days. I can’t say every day, mind you. However, I did write more often than not. I treated writing like a day job … a part-time one, at least. I took myself to Starbucks (where, until July, I did not have access to the Internet. Am I the only one who thinks free WiFi at the Bux is a bad idea?)
— Continue my search for the right agent. At our last NARWA meeting, I stated the intention to send out at least two queries a week. Hopefully my agent search will become easier in April, after I final in the Golden Heart. (A girl’s nothing without her dreams, right?) Speaking of GH dreams, I already requested the week of Nationals as a vacation week so I can go when I final. 😉
— Finish the first draft on Beth & Cody’s story.
— Edit Kenny & Kristi, my NaNo novel. I started reading through it again last week and still thought it was excellent … meaning, of course, I haven’t been away from it long enough to see its flaws yet.
— Take at least two online classes/workshops this year, so I can can continue to hone the craft.
— Read more. Writers read. Conventional wisdom says you should read as many books in your genre as you can get your hands on. Now that I’m concentrating so much energy on writing, I don’t read nearly as much as I used to. BW (before writing), I could devour two to three books a week. Now, I’m lucky to finish two a month.
Hopefully, that will change soon. The Boyfriend is getting me an e-reader for Christmas. I’m hoping access to cheaper books will encourage me to read more. (Then again, I have shelves full of still-unread books, and that hasn’t been an encouragement. It just adds to the clutter in my room.)
— Build up this blog. My weight-loss blog is moderately successful, even if my weight-loss efforts have faltered. It’s doing so well that I pulled in more than 1,000 hits for two of the last 12 months. Love & Laughter, on the other hand, gets between 100 and 150.
One big difference is posting frequency. Here, I’ve been lucky to post once a week. There, I sometimes put up multiple entries in a single day.
Any other suggestions for me? What about you? What are YOUR 2011 writing goals?
The gals at the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood have just announced the details of their new Winter Writing Festival and I can’t wait to dive in.
The gist: You set the goals that will work for you and check in with the Rubies once a week to let them know how you’re doing. You earn 1 point a day for meeting your personal goal, and anyone who earns 50 points during the festival is a winner.
The challenge starts on Jan. 10. Now all I need to do is craft some goals.