For the second day of the social media challenge we’re discussing our goals. My overall hopes are to continue with coherent, productive, efficient weekly schedules, breaking down monthly schedules fashioned from three months of challenges in 2011-2012. Also, because I’m a neophyte in the world of literary publishing, it’s imperative that I determine an annual schedule as well. Considering reading schedules of literary magazines, this is essential.
Here are my specific and general writing and social media goals for the month, year, and life.
Optimize my social media skills.
Gain 100 new Twitter followers each month for the next year.
Gain 108 subscribers to my professional Facebook profile.
Get published twice more this spring.
Get three more pieces published this year.
Build my author platform to a level that will pique the interest of publishers.
Build up the participation levels of the two monthly online chats I start hosting in April on SheWrites.
Become a regular member on Litopia.
Build my network of fellow writers.
Help someone get published.
Gain the focus, concentration, detachment, and patience necessary to start and complete a book– whether a collection of essays or narrative nonfiction– that I can be proud of.
Increase my blog readership to the point where more writers, those in the publishing industry, and travelers leave more comments. Hopefully it will build to the point of earning some reliable cash each month. I’d like my blog writing to be more professional, more literary, though by no means do I want one of those “This is how to be a professional writer, now buy my…”. There are so many other grand writers to do that. To help reach a higher literary quality in my content, I’m considering dropping down from 10 monthly posts to eight, especially because many people come to see as a chore those blogs which publish more frequently.
Enter (and win) at least one contest.
Enter the world of writing residencies. It’s lately occurred to me that this may just be the way I comfortably land back in my own country.
Improve my writing, por supuesto!
Much luck to all other writers participating in the social media challenge. For those of you who aren’t yet doing so, it’s certainly not too late to start.