Oh hi, 2020. How are you? Is bad shit happening in the world by the time this gets posted, even though I’m writing it on the afternoon of January 2nd1Spoiler: Just a few hours later, this happened.? I hope not, but let’s be real…probably.
That said, I’m going to try to be optimistic about 2020, at least the best I can be. That said, I also want to look back on 2019, as it was a pretty good year for me writing-wise, as well as with the writing goals I set for myself in 2019.
If you want to go back and read the original goal post, you can find it here. One thing I’m doing different in this post in comparison to previous posts is that I’ll also be sharing my 2020 goals — or more specifically, goal — as its own section later in the post.
2019 Goal 1: Blog Growth?
Back in my original post, I said how I wanted to average one hit per hour of the day every day. That would work out to 8,760 visitors if I kept up that pace throughout a whole year. Through the first four months of 2019, I was sitting just above that goal, averaging around 25.5 visitors per day. But then my blog saw a massive spike in traffic starting in early May. I finished May with over 1,300 page views in the month. I ended every month for the rest of the year with at least 1,000 page views, including a four month stretch from June through September where every month had at least 1,600 page views.
By the end of the year, I had reached 16,136 page views — nearly double what I set out to hit. While a lot of this was driven primarily by three posts, I had 18 different posts reach 100 views. That might be the most astounding part of the whole thing in my mind, as much of that traffic was driven by video game posts that I never thought would take off. While my traffic saw a bit of regression near the end of the year, it was still exciting to reach this goal so handily.
2019 Goal 2: Finish a Second Draft of the WIP by July (WIP Update Section)
I’m not going to give a ton in this section, as it does tie into my 2020 goal that’ll be at the bottom of this post. With that said, I did get my second draft done well before July, as draft number three actually went to my editor in mid-t0-late July. I’m currently on draft number four of the book. The good news here is that this is the first draft I’ve touched that hasn’t felt like an overwhelming amount of edits. There is the downside that there’s one character that I’m going to nearly completely re-write, though I think I knew that pretty well when submitting the third draft. Things are coming along nicely, though more on that in a moment.
2019 Goal 3: Take on Four New Freelance Projects This Year
I took on a couple of new freelance projects early in 2019 and had a few others lined up for later in 2019. Unfortunately, those got pushed back for various reasons. In every case, it’s a good reason. I think the books I’ll be working on editing will be better for waiting and spending more time with their authors. That said, I did fall short of my goal here. Those same projects that were originally projected to be late 2019 projects are now Q1/Q2 2020 projects hopefully. So I still get to work with some great writers — just a little later than I had originally planned.
All that said, that leads me into my 2020 goal, which I actually tweeted out on January 1st.
I will finish my book this year. It will be good. I will make people whose opinions of my writing I care about proud of it and me.
— Tim: An Author-like Creature (@thattinywebsite) January 1, 2020
I realize that goal is kind of, sort of three parts long, but I’m considering it to be one goal. I have a work in progress that I started writing in 2017. In getting my manuscript back from my editor in December, I said something along the following lines to her. I said that I finally felt like the book was improving in terms of edits left, which was great. But more importantly, I finally started to get the feeling that the book was Good. Capital G Good. And I was a bit overwhelmed for a few hours after having that discussion with her.
So I want to finish the book. I want to get it all the way to being good. And I want people — some more than others — to be proud both of me and the work itself. I recognize that the last one is going to be the biggest challenge. That said, I think this book might just be good enough for that.
How did you do on your 2019 goals? What are your 2020 goals? If you’re a blogger, podcaster, YouTuber, or other creator, I’d love to hear how you’re doing. Sound off in the comments.
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