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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Reality Check-Where are You With Your Writing Resolutions For This Year?


My post yesterday at ProBlogger had me on high. Really, Y'all. :-)
Not only because of its reputation as a leader in its niche, but because it represented success on a more personal level.

I had tried my hand at guest posting there before and failed. So I kept trying.
Which made recent publication even sweeter because…

A). It showed that perseverance pays.
B). That accomplishment meant that I had one less goal to check off in my resolutions for this year.


Of course, there were plenty others that fell by the waist side: securing an agent for my book, winning a Writer’s Digest award…well, you get my drift.

When you put things into perspective, next week marks June--the midpoint of this year. Can you believe it?

Time seems to be flying by and leaving many of us scrambling to make things happen and make an impact .

As they say, “talk is cheap.”

Where are you, as it relates to your creative goals for 2011? Are you on point, or feeling pointless? :-)
What would you like to see happen?

Share and let’s keep each other accountable. Your turn…

Image: Salvatore Vuono

14 comments:

  1. I am somewhere between on point and pointless. lol
    Actually, I've met some of my goals, but in my perfectionist perception, am disappointed with what I've not done. No use it getting upset, though, just moving ahead to do something about it.

    Congrats on the Problogger post! It was a good one!

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  2. Thanks, Karen.

    More and more I realize you and I were cut from similar cloth. :-) Girl, you do quite a bit! Chill out with that craziness. :-)

    As they say, "Rome wasn't built in one day." Right? Thanks as always!

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  3. Ahead of my goal. It is the driver in me. :) I really should set goals more often.

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  4. Jennifer Brown BanksMay 25, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Rebecca,

    How great to hear!

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  5. I'm struggling away from pointless. Good to read that perseverance pays and to see that happen as in your recent ProBlogger post.

    I'd like to have deeper posts on my hobby blog, I'd like to write more often. I'd like to write outside my hobby blog. I'd like to get paid for various types of writing. Sigh. So I need to set goals.

    Congratulations on crossing out something on your list!

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  6. Jennifer Brown BanksMay 25, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    D7ana,

    Wow, a blast from the past! Welcome back, girl! You do need to set goals. And you can achieve them. So, what are you waiting for? Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

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  7. Whata a great post!
    I have been a one person microbiz since 1997 and there has been a major gap in that niche. Your guesting provided not only one but two new sources as well as the goal reminder.
    You have made my brain gurgle again!

    Janet Huey
    petstuffresale.com
    Houston, Tx.

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  8. The crazy thing about goals is sometimes they morph into something else or become multi-layered especially if they're vague to begin with. I find I do better if I have a specific, narrowed down, goal. So, rather than the goal-"To Write," I've made goals like "Get published in Yoga Magazine". :)

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  9. Jennifer Brown BanksMay 26, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Hi Janet,

    Welcome!

    How wonderful to hear this. So glad I could make that brain gurgle again. :-) Keep me posted!

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  10. Jennifer Brown BanksMay 26, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    Wendy, Yep...the more specific we are, the more actionable and achievable our goals become. Go for it girl! :-) Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Jennifer,

    Very informative post at Problogger! I think blogging has forced me to set and stick to my writing resolutions and deadlines. It also improved my writing, generally. I met my target of my first poetry collection this year and just finished my second, a collection of children's poems. I would like to complete a third collection maybe next year. Being a mom to two elementary school-age girls also means that I have to constantly work at good time management.

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  12. Yasmin,

    Bravo to you! Thanks so much for stopping by @ Problogger; I had a blast! Time management is so important for many of us as we are stretched beyond limits with personal and professional commitments. I enjoyed hearing from you today.

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  13. Loved the article. I'll probably try and guest post on ProBlogger sometime myself. My writing, sadly, has fallen behind as I've focused on other business ventures. Just started writing new articles again last week. Props to you!

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  14. Jennifer Brown BanksMay 26, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Hi John,

    How lovely to have you here. Welcome!
    Yeah, you really should do a post at Pro Blogger. I got loads of links...and well, folks like you. :-) Thanks greatly for stopping by.

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