I keep these goals in focus by writing regular updates about my progress. The original post outlined four categories of resolution:
- Blogging Resolutions
- Freelance & Publishing Resolutions
- Fiction Resolutions
- Gaming Resolutions
Once again, my monthly review is late, mainly a result of also juggling the FebShoMo project in February. However, better late than never.
I started the year with a busy month, as I hosted the roving Blog Carnival. This brings additional traffic, a decent number of comments and a chance to network with other bloggers. My topic for 2017 was Prophecies & Omens, but this only drew about 2/3 the contributions of my 2016 hosting.
Traffic for the month was only a fraction higher than the previous January, suggesting the blog has plateaued. Yet, feedback from the Carnival has been positive, and I always enjoy the networking aspect. I cannot award full marks for blogging, but hosting the Carnival was a lot of fun. Blogging score 4/5.
Freelance & Publishing Resolutions
Alongside running the Blog Carnival, I focused on completing The Best of 2016 pdf. This progressed a lot faster than the 2015 version, which stalled early in the year. The bulk of the work was finished in January, but it was still in layout by the end of the month. Sales elsewhere were slow. Freelance score 3/5.
The notable achievement in January was the acceptance of a short story at an online magazine. This is a small step forward, yet gave me a lot of satisfaction. I also submitted to an agent, and read a large chunk of The Children’s Writer’s & Artist’s Yearbook. It is so rare for me to make significant progress with my fiction, that I award full marks for this month. Fiction score 5/5.
Roleplaying in January focused on brainstorming the Shadows of Ulubrae story arc. I ran Microscope, the relationship web from DramaSystem and Fiasco. I also played Basic D&D with the boys. The great variety of games built up our setting and made for a fun month. Gaming score 4/5.
The final score for the month is an impressive 16/20. This is about as good as it gets, and represents a very encouraging start to the year. February is likewise developing well, with the FebShoMo project and our first session of HeroQuest Glorantha in the new story arc. I doubt I can repeat this score, but nor am I losing much momentum.
Have you set yourself any resolutions for 2017? Share your thoughts in the comments below.