2009 Goal Check-in: How are YOU Doing?

We've recently completed the first two months of 2009, so I think it's a good time to see where we all stand on our goals. What have we accomplished so far? What would we like to make more progress on in the coming month?

Here's where I stand:

  1. I've completed over 10,000 words of the novel - not nearly as far along as I'd like to be, but still 10,000 words further along than at the start of the year. I'm going to be attempting a much more aggressive plan on this project starting today - still writing 5 days per week, but aiming for around 2000 words per day. I don't expect it to be a permanent plan, but even for a week, it will get me back on track.
  2. I finished overhauling my music site. Most of the content is still from my reviewer. Wednesday my next music marketing post goes up. I've decided to post twice per week there (his review Monday, and my article Wednesday). That should keep it manageable but still updated fairly regularly.
  3. The book marketing blog isn't getting a huge amount of attention, but it's at least being updated occasionally rather than sitting for weeks at a time. I'm going to try to get a new post up this week, and keep to a weekly schedule for the time being (until I can find more time to devote to it).
  4. I've been wanting to sell off my writing jobs blog. Right now it's still sitting, aging. I just need to find a way to monetize it effectively before listing it for auction (it used to monetize well with an Indeed job board, but because they don't allow you to track boards on separate sites separately stats-wise, I can't give stats to a buyer - so I removed that).
  5. Two of the quick flip sites are completed. I listed them for auction yesterday. They'll be the ones that let me see what they'll likely pull in, so I know how to price future ones. As of now, only one had a starting bid ($50), and I've set a $100 reserve on both and a $250 BIN (buy it now) price. If they don't sell by tomorrow when the auction ends, I'll either start a new auction or hold onto them and monetize them myself (then sell them later for more).
  6. I mentioned this recently, but a third of the intended quick flip sites was built - free online courses. I've decided to keep it, as it's not  only fun to work on but proving to be a great income-generator.
  7. I haven't gotten very far on the second Web Writer's Guide e-book, but I plan to be more aggressive with that (as with the novel) over the next few weeks. I'm hoping to have it released in two months at most (a month would be ideal).
  8. The first e-book is still selling well, so I'm happy with its progress.
  9. I've generally been better about posting here at AFW somewhat regularly compared to previous check-ins.
  10. I'm still not posting as much as I should be on my business blog.
  11. I still haven't had time to overhaul my old / main business site.

Overall, things are moving in the right direction (although with a few speed bumps along the way). I'm still on track to going from full-time client writing to full-time writing for myself by the end of the year (won't quit client work completely - it will just become my part-time job).

Some things get neglected in order for other projects to thrive. That's the nature of the beast I suppose. In general though, I'm happy with this year's progress.

So tell me:

  1. What's your biggest accomplishment so far this year?
  2. Have you made any big changes?
  3. Have you abandoned or fallen behind on any of your goals?

Share your stories (and maybe a bit of inspiration) with the rest of us. 🙂

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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, consultant, and indie author. She runs numerous websites & blogs including All Freelance Writing, Freelance Writing Pros, NakedPR, and Kiss My Biz.

Jenn has 25 years' experience as a professional writer and editor and over 20 years' experience in marketing and PR (working heavily in digital PR, online marketing, social media, SEO, new media, and thought leadership publication). She also has 19 years' professional blogging and web publishing experience (including web development) and around 18 years of experience as an indie author / publisher.

Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names and is an Active member of the Horror Writers Association.

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4 thoughts on “2009 Goal Check-in: How are YOU Doing?”

  1. Just thought I’d add:

    One of my other goals was go increase my RSS subscribers to 1000 (for the main feed’s regular / non-email subscribers) by the end of ’09. I started the year closer to 500. Today I noticed for the first time it’s hit 700! 🙂 It tends to fluctuate wildly day-to-day, so I expect it will dip below again before it steadies above that mark, but still, I haven’t been watching it too closely so it’s nice to see real progress. 🙂

  2. Great job on the 4 month achievement! 🙂

    The great thing about goal-setting is that you can adapt them to changing circumstances. So even if you don’t officially change your business plan, you can still set an informal goal or two for yourself – never hurts to have something to strive for. 🙂 At the very least it sounds like it was a learning experience that will make the next business plan update and goals a bit more challenging. 🙂

  3. Apparently, the 2009 goals I wrote in my business plan back in December were LAME because I’ve already exceeded 90% of them without even executing any of the goals in my marketing plan. So now, I have no time to do the marketing I had planned to do and have no goals for the rest of the year other than taking a couple of writing courses and finishing my e-book. I may do a mid-year business plan redo or I may just let this year run its course and adjust accordingly next year. Looks like I’ll be a full time freelancer in about four months- no small achievement for a sole wage earner with a mortgage 🙂

  4. Hey Jennifer,
    Firstly, I’m really enjoying the latest batch of posts you put up here…not sure if they’re the ones you’ve transferred over from webwritersguide.com or not. At any rate, great job!

    Secondly, I actually haven’t written up any goals for 2009, but since I’m really working hard on getting my freelancing career started, I guess I should write up some! Stay tuned for a blog post about that later on.

    I’ve actually been using a Twitter hash tag to keep me going with my daily goals (#dailygoals), and that’s been helping me out quite a bit. Guess I have to start thinking a little “bigger”. 🙂


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