I hope your start to 2021 was grand and full of optimism! I had a bit of a rocky start to the year, but I think that’s to be expected. Nothing so big changes overnight. That being said, I am working really hard to be proud of my own progress rather than feel frustrated that I wasn’t able to accomplish more this month.
Let’s start with my biggest endeavor for this month: writing. I opened my editing binder on New Year’s Day and spent about two weeks reading through the second draft of Shenanigans, making notes for the third draft, and adjusting my outline. On the 18th, I started writing the third draft! While it hasn’t been hard to sit down and write, it has been challenging to stay there until I hit my goal. Over the past two weeks, it seems like every time I sit to start writing, something goes wrong or someone needs help.
I had planned to write about 12k words per week by starting at 3k words on Monday and Tuesday, and then writing a little less each day until Sunday, my one day off. As of today, I am just past 10k words. Disappointing when compared to my goals, but I am working to remain positive because 10k words is a fantastic milestone to hit! Moving forward, I’m going to just keep trying. One way or another, I will hit 70k words by Feb 28th. If I can win NaNoWriMo after skipping a week, I can certainly meet this deadline!
My social media growth has been slow going, but I am still building the habit of being active on my channels. Add in all the chaos that has been stopping me from writing, and I am just glad for what I have been able to accomplish. I originally hoped to hit all of my post days for the blog and gain new followers for my newsletter, Instagram, and Twitter. I’ll tell you now, that while I haven’t quit Twitter altogether, I just don’t have it in me to go all in. After all the research I’ve done on Twitter’s algorithms and the statistics of who is actually using Twitter, I just don’t feel that it fits into my platform as well as Instagram does.
I managed to gather up a few more Instagram followers, and I am slowly getting a better handle on hitting my posting days for the blog. Being in a digital marketing class is really turning my current practices upside down. In a good way, of course. I’m really excited to be learning better practices for my author platform. Stay tuned, because I’ll be spreading the informational love once I know what I’m talking about and have the stats to back it up!
I sadly have not managed to do much reading this month. I flipped through The Emotion Thesaurus (full review here!) earlier this month, and I read Ada Lace Sees Red* with my daughter, but that pretty much sums it up. If I’m not keeping up on writing, you can bet I’m probably not curling up with someone else’s novel either. Fingers crossed for February!
As always, BookWryms, I hope you’ll leave me a comment. How did your January goals go? What changes do you plan to make for February? Let’s get our goals met together! Don’t forget that you can follow me on social media (links below or in the top right corner) and sign up for my newsletter here! See you soon, BookWyrms!
*Coming Soon: I’ll be reviewing the entire available collection of Ada Lace books once my daughter and I get through them. Presently, we’ve read 2 of the 5, and they are fantastic so far!