2012 Goals – How did I do?

1. Focus on writing. – I did a lot of writing in 2011. Blog posts, short stories, novels-in-progress (yes, I started multiple ones this year). I’d like to publish at least 208 (that’s only 4 per week) posts to the blog this year, finish a novel-in-progress, and submit one short story for publication.
I only wrote 114 blog posts this year, but I did write a lot on Finding Agnes outside the blog. I think I ended up focusing more on reading this year than writing.

2. Edit. – I’m going to work on growing my freelance editing business. I’ve already got two clients, plus at least two more in the wings. I think, by the end of 2012, I should be getting at least two editing jobs per month.
Didn’t quite work out that way. But I do have two bloggers that have hired me to edit all of their blog posts, a writer who uses me time and again, and several projects in the works.

3. Participate in NaNoWriMo again. – I won in ’10 and “lost” in ’11. As long as I participate, I feel pretty good about myself.
I participated. And I won. So bonus points!

4. Transfer to WordPress. – And do the transfer myself. I’ve got a book and a website, and a whole slew of friends to go to for help (hello Jessica!). I love learning new computer-y things.
Transfer complete. Woo hoo!

5. Get site up and running. – I bought a second domain (www.roxannepiskel.com). I’d love to get it running as my primary website (especially for editing) during the first part of the year.
So the site is live. And I’ve been working on it little by little. But I’m not using it like I’d like to. It’s my own fault. I’ve been putting all my focus into the blog instead.

6. Go to New Mexico. – My little sister had a baby girl this month. This is my first biological niece. My ex-husband’s half-sister has two children, and my best friend’s son is basically a cousin to T. But this is the first “real” one. It feels important to me like I never thought it would. I want to go see my sister and her baby girl before the girl is a teenager.
This didn’t happen. My niece just turned a year old, and I’ve never met her. Fail.

7. Read more books than in 2011. – I read 15 books this year and I’m in the middle of about five more. If I finish those five, then I only have to read 11 books the rest of the year to reach this goal.
34! Plus I’m halfway through about 5 more.

8. Save money. – This will always be on my list. Because I’m terrible at it.
I really am terrible at it.

9. Get T into a sport. – Christmas presents from his grandparents including contributions towards whatever sport he wants. Since one of his friends is in karate, he says that’s what he wants to try. I’m all for it. But in the spring, I’d love for him to try soccer. Put all that energy to good use!
He played T-ball, and loved it. In fact, he wants to play again.

10. Spend more time with loved ones. – Because, obviously.
I don’t know if I spent more time, but I did spend time with them. So that counts.

Did you have any specific goals for 2013? How did you do?


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