“When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it” – Yogi Berra
One journey culminates with a gathering of people whose support made the journey bearable.
I’m proud to display my outstanding graduate award and as soon as my diploma arrives in the mail, I’ll be putting it in a place of honor as well.
Unfortunately, the end of this road means the beginning of another one. There is no standing still in life – only moving forward.
I’ve already laid out my writing schedule (along with my summer list of projects that need to be completed around the house). For more on this, come back in two weeks.
Today, however, my son, my niece and I will celebrate our accomplishment with family and friends. Feasting on homemade food, the three of us will bask in the glory of this moment.
Then, we’ll begin again. A job hunt for my son will eventually yield him a paid position, the first of many in his working life. Beginning a Master’s program is up next for my niece.
Fortunately, all of you will get to join me as my quest for completing a young adult fantasy novel becomes central. I’ll throw my name into a few hats for paid gigs. But mostly, I’ll do the work in order to reap the benefits of my perseverance.
In fact, completing my Bachelor of Arts degree only reaffirms that I am capable of climbing the mountain named Publishing and leaving my flag atop it.
On Thursday, June 6th, I received a notification from WordPress that I had my 100th follower. It surprised me that I didn’t do a bigger happy dance.
Since reading Kristen Lamb’s book Are you there Blog? It’s me, Writerin August 2012, I had set some goals for my blog. One goal was to have 100 followers by my one year anniversary – February 2013.
I missed that target by nearly four months.
Of course, I’m not out and about spreading the love to other bloggers the way Kristen encourages new bloggers to do. Who has the time? I was pleased when I managed to get the two blog posts I had committed to up every week.
I still don’t get regular comments on my posts, which was one of my goals.
How do I encourage comments?
I noticed that when I did the Round of Words in 80 Days challenge, I scored quite a few more comments. Part of the requirements for the challenge is to visit five different blogs each time we post our updates. I believe I will participate in this challenge again…whenever it starts next.
Of course, I’m reaching my overarching goal of graduating from college. Once I’m finished with that, I can’t take a break. I need to start toward my next goal right away.
Here are the goals I expect to accomplish in the next six months:
Complete A Round of Words in 80 Days challenge with higher word count goals than last time
Bump blog posts up to three days per week.
I’m considering making a page just for samples of my writing. Do any of my readers have any thoughts or experiences with that?
Finish my WIP by the end of October
Send out one article/story for publication
Visit more blogs on a regular basis and leave comments
Start a Facebook page
What is your secret to setting goals that you can complete?