When I set my November blogging goals, there was something that I didn’t take into account. I decided to take part in the Harlow-MaGaw Media NaNoWriMo challenge. The aim was to complete 50,000 words in November across the HMM sites that I write on.
These are all revenue share sites, some pay per view and others AdSense share. The benefit is that I managed to focus on my November goals at the same time.
I didn’t quite reach all my goals, though. I had to make changes towards the end of the month because of other aspects getting in the way. My husband had a week off work, and he didn’t make it easy to write in the last week of November! I’m not catching up on things that I missed last week.
But the good news is that I did reach many of my writing goals for the month. Here’s an overview of the accomplishments, things I’ve learned and a look forward to December.
Including More Christmas Products in Posts
I certainly managed to accomplish this. One of the HMM sites is a Christmas toys one, and I included numerous products as Christmas ideas on there. I also included some on my student website and in the weight loss blog.
Adding Christmas products into posts wasn’t that difficult.
I didn’t do as much as I would have liked, though. Personally, I wanted a lot more. I wanted to focus on the Christmas site a lot more. It didn’t happen, and that is something I need to learn from to make sure I do it next year.
In 2016, I’ll focus on Christmas products during October. I will also make sure I include one Christmas post every couple of days. Whether it will be on the HMM site or one of my own is something I’m going to have to think about over the next 10 months or so.
Post Three Evergreen Posts Per Week
This wasn’t an issue, especially when the NaNoWriMo challenge was taken into
consideration. I made sure there was a history post every work day, which meant four evergreen posts at least on a weekly basis.
The only week that I didn’t accomplish this was last week. I managed two history posts. But when I take on my average, I did reach the goal.
Going forward, this is something I’m going to keep doing. Evergreen posts are just as important as seasonal ones. I enjoy writing these types of posts, too.
Publish My New History eBook
I really wanted to get my book published, but I didn’t quite manage it. I didn’t even get through the final draft. Part of this was because I decided to take on the HMM challenge.
The good news is that I did make a start, and got through the first third of it. I plan on doing a lot more of this eBook this month.
I also got side-tracked because I decided to update some of my old eBooks. I wanted to take them offline and publish them under a penname instead. That meant changing the covers and creating new sales pages for them. I have seen some positive news from doing this.
Finish Work by 6PM
An extremely important part of my November blogging goals was to finish work by 6pm at the latest. I want to spend more time with my family, and especially with my daughter. She tends to end up with me working while she finds something to do after nursery. It often leads to her crashing out on the couch, and that just isn’t fair on her.
This last month, I have finished all work by the time she gets home from nursery. The only days I have to work with her in the house is a Monday, but I make sure I plan some time in with her.
I’ve finished most days by 4pm. The only days I haven’t have been when other bits have been added in or there have been other problems to deal with. Every day, I’ve finished by 6pm.
The only night I had to work late was last Friday. There were some private clients that I needed to write articles for, that my husband had put me off from. In the end, I got them done while everyone else was in bed.
This is going to be an ongoing goal. The aim is to always finish by 4pm every day.
I have the failures and successes in mind for creating my December blogging goals. I’ll share these by the end of the week, because I really believe that this has helped keep me accountable again.
Did you reach your November blogging goals? Feel free to share your ups and downs from the month and anything you’ve taken away from them in the comments below.