2016 is going to mean a big change in the goals I set for myself. Why? Well I just graduated university in June, and for the last 5 years that was really all I had time to work towards. Every goal I set for myself was in some way school related. Now I have been out of school for long enough to feel a bit disoriented by the lack of solid direction. It is freeing, but also intimidating.
I’ve spent the past few months trying to pave a path for myself. I’ve been lucky enough to do this in a way that most people never could, and I am grateful for that every day.
I’ll give you a glimpse of what it is like to be in my shoes: Imagine you were told you had one week to pack up your entire life (having only ever lived in one place), and move to the other side of the planet. You plan to apply for a visa to be able to work once you get there, only to find out once you arrive that you have to be outside the country in order to apply. Oops. You have a over $5000 in credit card debt, over $20 000 in student loans, $500 in your bank account, it is literally impossible for you to get a job, and you are on the opposite side of the planet from everyone and everything you have ever known. Frightening? Yes.
So, being unable to work I decided to think of creative ways to make money. And I mean really creative. I started doing online surveys for money. Yes that is actually a thing. It is extremely boring and the pay is terrible. But I did manage to buy Fallout 4 with the money I saved up from it.
Now surveys certainly aren’t substantial enough to take up all of my free time, so I decided to do something ambitious: start writing a novel. My journey as a writer began long ago, but I think it has evolved more in the past 3 months than in my entire life. Once I started working on my first draft, I actually felt like I had something to work towards. I began researching ways to get published and realized that I had a lot of work ahead of me, and it was of a kind that I hadn’t anticipated: social networking. If I was ever going to get published and sell anything I needed to have a way of reaching people with my work. That’s when I decided to start this blog.
The world of blogging is vast and intimidating, but I am trying my best to conquer it. As a writer I would say 6 days out of 7 I feel like admitting defeat and giving up, but then I tell myself that nobody ever achieved anything great simply because it was handed to them. Perseverance breeds success.
In the past 3 months I’ve realized that all those cheesy phrases you hear as a child in school, such as”you always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”, are famous sayings for a reason. Nothing is more true than those sayings. They are rinsed out for a reason.
I think I’ve come a long way since I started this blog a month ago, so I’d like to set some goals for myself so that I have something solid to work towards in the new year. And I’d like to thank Anne Smiles for inspiring me to do this 🙂
Goals for my Blog:
- 2 798 visitors by the end of 2016
- that’s a 10% increase per month from my 119 visitors in the past month
- 400 followers by the end of 2016
- also a 10% increase per month from the 17 followers I gained this month – thank you so much
- Have a logo for my blog by March 2016
- Move my blog to an independent domain by June 2016 and start running AdSense
How I am going to achieve these goals:
- publish 1 post every day
- write 2 articles every day so that I have a collection I can choose from if I do not feel like writing that day
- brainstorm 3 article ideas every day
- like 5 blog posts every day from users I do not follow
- comment on 3 blog posts every day from users I do not follow
- follow 1 new blog every day
- follow 5 people on twitter every day
- retweet 3 tweets from other bloggers or authors
- use my agenda to actually keep track of all this!
Goals for my novel:
(Note: these will only be for the next 3 months as the process is always changing as I go)
- Finish typing my first draft by January 31
- Have a refined edit of chapter 1 by February 29
- Have a refined edit of chapter 2 by March 31
Reading goals for January:
(We’ll see how these go because I am always interrupting my queue with new books haha)
- The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Anchor
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- Beneath the Surface by John Hargrove
- A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
Well I think that’s more than enough for now! It feels good to materialize my ideas into goals I can strive to achieve. I hope this inspires you to do the same!
As always, Happy Writing xx