RSS

Tag Archives: blogging

2012 in Review: It’s Been a Pretty Eventful Year

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for me and it gave me the idea to do a bit of a retrospective. First, here is the stats report for my writing blog. I was surprised to see which post was the most popular–the one about my brother, Roger, His Smiling Eyes. Rather than talking about writing, this post is an example of my writing and has a compelling title. I suppose those are the reasons it was the most popular post of the year. Something for me to remember.

Here is the WordPress report for those who are into stats. I think it’s pretty interesting to see what stats they have chosen to report and which of my posts were most popular.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 18 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Some of the other benchmarks of my year include learning a lot about writing through two excellent critiquers and excellent writing techniques through Author Salon. I started book 2 of my trilogy, tentatively titled The Loyalist’s Luck, and went to historical fiction writer, Barbara Kyle’s workshop where we presented our first 30 pages for discussion. I got a lot of excellent feedback and can hardly wait to pick up that project and finish the first draft.

In late summer, after much deliberation, I decided to leave Author Salon and forge ahead on The Loyalist’s Wife on my own. A final work through the manuscript was invigorating and fruitful. In late October, I finished. Then I immediately began sending out a flurry of querries to agents with the hopes of snagging one, a quest I am still on. Self-publishing has also been looming on my horizons and loads of related articles have caught my attention both on the Internet and through LinkedIn author groups.

A marketing course caught my attention in August and I signed up for fellow Canadian, Danny Iny’s course. I learned a lot about blogging, writing for a purpose, and just what I needed to write to attract the audience I’m writing for. I read several books for writers and commented in various places, but the one I read for Joe Bunting at The Write Practice really made sense for me. His book was about writing short stories. I got really excited about going over my 20 or so stories and submitting them. It was energizing. I’ve sent a couple out but need to do more. One I got published in Quick Brown Fox in November.

Just this moment I’m in Victoria with family, chomping at the bit to get writing again, after 2 weeks of very little ass-in-chair time. I am back on my path, know where I’m going, and want to move ahead every day. That elusive book cover is moving closer and  closer. 2013, here I come!

Wishing you all a very productive and energizing New Year!

Consider leaving a comment with your successes for 2012 and wishes for 2013. 

Download a free copy of 10 Ways to Improve Your Writing Booklet from the link in the side column.

 
20 Comments

Posted by on December 31, 2012 in General, Personal History, Writing Tips

 

Tags: , , , , ,

Free Offer: I’ve Done It!

The long-promised offer of a collection of my posts about writing is finally ready! Unlike the esteemed Brinda Berry, techie extraordinaire, I had to get some help to figure out exactly how to do this download so that readers could easily click and download. My computer guru son helped me so that now I can help you.

Click on the link here to get your very own pdf file, delivered right to your computer.

Download a free copy of 10 Ways to Improve Your Writing Booklet

You can also click on the link to the right of my page, if that is easier. Yay! Yet another WordPress puzzle solved.

 

 
13 Comments

Posted by on December 12, 2012 in General, Writing Tips

 

Tags: , , , ,

Today I’m at Writania!

One of the delicious things about being involved with social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and various author web sites is the people you meet. I first noticed the multi-talented Rita Kuehn in various LinkedIn author groups. We commented back and forth and built a relationship. Please join me today on her site, Writania, where I have guest posted about my journey as a writer.

www.writania.com

 

 
10 Comments

Posted by on October 11, 2012 in Authors

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 289 other followers

%d bloggers like this: