A Writer’s Thoughts: Looks Like My “Goal” Scheduling Is off to a Rocky Start…

I started out with the best intentions this year in terms of writing goals I wanted to achieve. But today, I slept right through the alarm to wake me up at 7am this morning, so I could work through Joe Bunting’s training on story structure.

I guess I was more tired than I expected – I have no excuse. I failed, and that is all there is to it. Now I need to reassess as I won’t be able to do the training again because it was a live webinar. Sometimes living where I do sucks because my time zone is so far out – mostly 16 hours ahead of PST. But that is not an excuse just an observation and a fact I should have paid more attention to.

One good thing of note is that I am well on the way to writing three articles for the movie website I mentioned in an earlier post. It’s a little slow going, but I am okay with that because we have a lot on. My partner and I have increased our weekly movie podcast to two episodes a week because we found we just didn’t have enough time to review and discuss everything we watch in one podcast. Our podcast is simply two people talking about film and TV shows. Some people might find that boring, but we like the bare-bones approach. We don’t add anything to our podcasts like music or transitions or any of that stuff. It’s just us, and we enjoy it.

My goal was always to write about film and the entertainment world in general. My point is that while I seem to be struggling with some tasks on my list, I am doing well in others and slowly progressing towards something positive.

I am writing every day, which was a goal I set myself in March of last year. It was simply to get into a writing routine every day, and I haven’t looked back. I even managed to maintain a journal since we went into lockdown last year. I’m still writing in it. That did surprise me.

And here we are, a new year with new goals to achieve! I am also finally learning about SEO which I should probably add to my list of goals too. I have had a mild interest in SEO, but at the time, it seemed like a lot of work. I am doing this through Neil Patel’s website, which is amazing for anyone wanting to learn the ins and outs of SEO to improve your Google rankings for content. There is so much more to learn from him than I anticipated, but I am dedicated to the cause.

A bit of a downer to begin with, but the day has improved, and I feel a lot more positive about it now. Goal setting is easy. It’s keeping to the path so that you reach the difficult goal.

Have you set yourself goals to achieve this year or even this week? Are you struggling like I am with my goals? How are you dealing with your struggle? Please let me know in the comments, I look forward to hearing your stories!

If you’re new to my blog – thank you for coming and welcome! I will assume you’re here for the writing and you can read my Tales of the West series starting with Milly’s story (Part I) and Ethan’s follow-up story recently completed (Part II).

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  1. I make goals every year, usually to do with writing/blogging. I try not to add too many things to the list so I don’t get overwhelmed and give up. The problem is, I’m usually a bit vague on the goals:” I want to improve my reach on the blog”. But a vague goal reaps vague results. I need to get to the nitty gritty–how will I improve it? How many follows or views do I want, and by when? What will I do every single day to achieve it? That sort of stuff. So I’ve been working on the specifics. Don’t feel bad about your slip-up, we all do it. And it sounds to me like you have a ton of stuff on your plate. I don’t know how you do it all, frankly, lol. Oh, and thanks for the link to the SEO stuff, that’s something I’ve been meaning to learn about for a long time. I’ll check it out soon. Good luck and good writing!

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    • I did feel bad in the morning but that’s only because I think I push myself too hard when I want things. I dunno why that is but I am quite hard on myself when I don’t deliver. Then I started writing and forgot all about it by the middle of the day πŸ™‚ And no problem, I am figuring the SEO stuff out too and I know some people are interested but may not know where to start. Neil is the real deal πŸ™‚

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      • I’ve always been a bit afraid of SEO, thinking it was too complicated, or interfered with how I want my blog posts to look or what they say, but I need to get over that and just learn it if I want to move forward. I write my blogs because it’s super fun and I love it, but I’d love it if they can be more than just a hobby. But I need to put the work in, lol.

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      • Yeah I know what you mean πŸ™‚ and it does require a lot of work figuring out how to maximise views and traffic. No elbow grease, no results pretty much lol πŸ™‚

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