Today is Milestone Friday at Life List Club. It’s sort of a quarterly birthday party. We all blog today about our progress on our goals. Each of The Life List Club writers has a gift for one or more subscribers/commenters on today’s post. Click on other names in my Life List Club Blogroll in the right column to read their blogs see details on how many winners they will choose and what their prizes are.
I will draw the name of one commenter to receive an autographed copy of my short story “Bubba’s First Cruise” and one subscriber other than the first winner to receive an offer to swap guest blogs.
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As a new member, I wasn’t sure what the club expected in the way of goals. Other members may have goals more specifically directed toward writing, but here are mine.
1. Exhibit Jesus to others
2. Be a better husband
3. Let people see joy in me
4. Help others achieve their goals
5. Write interesting tweets and blogs
6. Finish novel and get it published
7. Spend more time with kids and grandkids
8. Share the method of Warrior Writers Boot Camp
9. Expand Twitter following
10. Expand blog readership
It’s difficult to measure progress toward meeting subjective goals. If I say my goal is to sell 1000 widgets, and I sell 700, compared with only 500 in the preceding period, I can quantify my progress. Not so with some of the goals I set for myself, but I’ll endeavor to give the most accurate appraisal of my progress I can.
How do I measure progress on the goal of exhibiting Jesus to others? I can’t say for sure, but I did have an encouraging experience a few days ago. A waitress came over to a buddy and me and said, “You guys are Christians, aren’t you?” She then began to talk about something she wouldn’t have shared if we weren’t. Something must have given her the idea we were.
You’d have to ask my wife whether or not I’m a better husband. I suspect there has been no noticeable change in the brief time I’ve been in LLC. Same with letting people see joy in me.
Hopefully my Monday blogs on Warrior Writers Boot Camp methods fulfill both number 4 and number 8.
Write interesting tweets and blogs? I tweet a lot more than I used to. I hope most of them are interesting. My guest blog on Jess Witkins’s site last Friday drew a good readership with many encouraging comments, so some people must have found it interesting.
Don’t know about finishing the novel and getting it published. Right now I seem to be bogged down in redoing character profiles and plot outlines. Hopefully I’ll get into writing it before too long.
Spending more time with the kids and grandkids probably shouldn’t have been listed among the goals. It’s really more of a dream, since I’m pretty much at the mercy of their schedules and also limited by geography.
Ah, finally some measurable goals. I started paying regular attention to Twitter in the spring. Since then I’ve gone from a handful of followers to around 2,200, with a Klout rating of 52.
Don’t know what to say about blog readership. There seems to be little progress there, but Kristen Lamb says I’m about the same place she was when she’d only been blogging for a few months, and she now has 20,000 hits a month.
Since I’ve started having guest bloggers on most Fridays, my hits for those days have increased somewhat. Stats show 86 hits for Catie Rhodes’s “Mamaw’s Cornbread.” Jenny Hansen’s “Dreams, the Fear Factor” has received 68 hits. My own best has been 49 hits for “They Also Serve,” one of my Warrior Writer blogs. Jess Witkins told me my guest blog “Breaking a Taboo” got 101 hits. Guess a lot of her regulars read it.
As a part of Milestone Friday, we’re all giving gifts to readers. I’m giving two gifts. I’ll draw a name from among those commenting on this blog and send that person a signed copy of my short story, “Bubba’s First Cruise.” I’ll also draw a name from among my subscribers, excluding the first winner, and offer that winner the opportunity to trade guest blogs.
A graduate of Duke University, I spent 42 years as a health insurance agent. Most of my career was spent in Texas, but for a few years I traveled many other states. I started writing about 20 years ago, and have six unpublished novels to use as primers on how NOT to write fiction. Since my retirement from insurance a few years ago, I have devoted my time to helping Kristen Lamb start Warrior Writers’ Boot Camp and trying to learn to write a successful novel myself.