Today is Milestone Friday at Life List Club. We all blog today about our progress on our goals. We also all give away gifts on Milestone Friday. I’ll draw one name from among those who comment on today’s blog and one more name from among those who subscribe to my blog. If you do both, you won’t win two prizes, but you will have two shots at winning. Your prize will be your choice of one of the following:
- I trade guest posts with you.
- I promote your blog/website/cause in one of my blog posts.
- You interview me for your blog.
Other Life List Club members and their prizes – click on their names to go to their blogs:
Gary Gauthier– 1 ebook to a new follower
Jennie Bennett– To 2 commenters, a copy of Totally Cliche‘, the ebook in which her work is published
Jenny Hansen– To 1 commenter and 1 subscriber, choice of 1 prize: be interviewed at More Cowbell or Jenny will guest post at winner’s blog
Jess Witkins – An iTunes gift card and the opportunity to guest post or be interviewed on Jess’ blog
Marcia Richards– To 1 subscriber, new or exisitng, an Amazon gift card and the opportunity to guest post or be interviewed on Marcia’s blog
Pam Hawley– To 1 subscriber and 1 commenter, Choice of one prize: guest post @ Hawleyville, be interviewed @ Hawleyville, OR Pam will guest post at winner’s blog and promote @ Hawleyville
Sonia Medeiros – To 1 commenter, a $15 Amazon gift card
Exhibit Jesus to others.
Let people see joy in me and in my writing.
Help others achieve their goals.
Write interesting tweets and blogs.
Finish compilation of inspirational stories, along with my commentary on them, by next spring.
Spend more time with kids and grandkids.
Expand Twitter following.
Expand blog readership.
This is my second Milestone Friday since I joined Life List Club. As before, I feel a bit strange talking to the world at large about my progress on my goals. Much of it is very subjective, and in areas where I feel like I’ve improved it’s hard not to sound like I’m tooting my own horn. Also, you who read my blogs and those who know me may have a different take on my progress or lack thereof.
Given that very large disclaimer, I’ll attempt to assess my progress.
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to say I exhibit Jesus as well or as effectively as I’d like to, but doing so has at least become a part of my nature. I doubt many people know me without realizing I’m a Christian. How good an ambassador for Jesus I am will have to be left up to others to determine.
Joy is so much a part of me that I find it impossible to be down or unhappy for a very long period of time. I just hope the joy shows through to others around me.
So far as helping others to achieve their goals, I think we all do that by following one another, reading one another’s blogs and commenting or tweeting about them. I do all these things, and I enjoy giving an encouraging word wherever possible, so to that extent I’d say I help. I hope I have helped you in some way or another.
How can I say whether or not I write interesting tweets and blogs. If I claim to, I’m bragging. If I don’t believe I do, I’m wasting my time online. I don’t get as many RTs and comments as some of my better known friends, but I do get some. I’d say I’m holding my own in this area.
Finish compiling stories and commenting on them for my upcoming book. I’m on target to finish by spring, but I don’t know how much editing and rewriting I’ll have to do before I get this work ready for market.
Spending more time with my kids and grandkids is more of a yearning than a goal, I suppose. I never miss an opportunity to spend time with them, but my daughter and her family live 230 miles or so from me, which limits opportunities to be with them. My son is only 30 or 40 miles away, but he and his wife lead very busy lives. I’d like to spend more time with all of them than I do.
Expanding my Twitter following is one place I can say I’ve done pretty well. From near zero a year ago, I’m now up to nearly 2,800 followers.
The blog readership continues to lag. Last time I checked I had 72 subscribers, but my daily readership continues to run between 25 and 50 most days. My biggest blog readership to date was 361 hits for my October blog on Plagiarism. I wish it had been on a more pleasant subject. Most of my posts seem to run between 50 and 75 hits.
Maybe between now and next Milestone Friday I’ll come up with some different goals, but that’s it for now. Be sure to comment, so I can enter you in my drawing.
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.