It may not have been such a good idea to sign up for a 2 week blogging challenge that coincides with my last two weeks in South Africa.
I thought I would be a captive audience, sitting each morning on the sunny patio, finishing my coffee, surrounded by mountains and waving palms.
But of course being my last two weeks, I suddenly have a whole lot of things I want to do – and I will be travelling towards the end of it all.
I will do my best, though, and I will do as many of the tasks as I can.
So with that caveat out of the way, task one of the Blogging 201 Challenge involves goal-setting.
My initial thought was that I don’t like setting goals. I don’t want goals. That’s work, and this is writing. My writing. My fun.
But as I thought and wrote about it, I realized I do have goals, they’re just undefined – subconscious.
Maybe I should think about them.
I definitely don’t have any stats-related goals. I’m humbled to have any followers at all and I love interacting with them. I often wish I had more time to do so.
I’m equally more than happy with the number of likes and comments I receive on my posts.
I would like to better understand how others view my blog – why my followers are interested in what I write. Is it the stories? The poetry? My thoughts on life? A combination of all three?
I’d also like to seek feedback on my writing – constructive criticism as well as the positive thoughts. As long a it’s honest. Because I know I can improve, I’m just not sure where I should focus initially.
Finally, I’d like to find a way to lead readers to my older pieces. A way that works for me.
Well, there we have it. Three goals. A good start.
There is also the goal I set at the beginning of 2014: to publish something this year. I’ve waffled back and forth on that one but as it would probably be a collection of my poems and/or short stories from this blog, I thought it worth mentioning here. And I’m open to feedback on that, too!
Ok, I’m ready for day 2’s task now. Happy blogging everyone!