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What are your goals for 2014? I have spent about an hour and half the other day thinking about what I would like to achieve in the New Year.
I would like to read what your goals are. How will you accomplish them, and what are your thoughts about making sure you don't give up.
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Just so you did not think I was ignoring this question - like you, I need a quiet hour and a half to get my mind around it.
My main goal is to get at least a little closer to having my novels listed in the top 100 at places like Amazon. In order to do that, I need to develop some better marketing strategies.
Send me a list of your novels via e-mail on my
profile page. I will assist you with the marketing
if you would like. :-) That is a great goal! And I would
be happy to offer my experience & marketing expertise for
the accomplishment of this goal. :-)
Like Suzanne Day, I too plan to write 100 Hubs during 2014. This would entail writing between 8 and 10 Hubs per month (hopefully closer to 10 so I could surpass my goal). Breaking it down in to 2 or 3 hubs per week makes it attainable. I plan to keep a better physical list of upcoming Hubs to keep me organized and on task. Since my Hubs are primarily recipe- and DIY-oriented, the bulk work of each Hub is usually hands-on work and documenting through photographing. I've very recently found personal success with completing two dishes or projects in the same afternoon (back to back and including many pictures), and then spending that evening editing photos and posting to HubPages. I'd like to stick to that schedule/idea to keep focused and productive instead my usual plan which is, "Oh I feel like doing a Hub today or maybe I'll do some food Hubbing on Thursday..."
That is so cool! If it is working for you, why change it? I will be sure to stop by and visit. One of the topics for the new Gold Award's is DIY topics. I wish you the very best and I am sure you will reach your goals!
Thank you for sharing and what an awesome goal! :-)
Well, my list includes as I mentioned earlier. I will finish the one novel and have it ready for the public. I will have my screenplay finished and ready for submission for the contests in October/Nov of 2014. I will be thrilled and enjoy every minute of helping 10 unknown authors become successful and they will have the recogntion they have for so long struggled to reach.
And, I will be taking my retreat destination for about a month, to relax and give myself the down time I so desperatly need. Spending four years working 20 hour days and struggling myself. I believe I will deserve the needed break. :-) Most importantly, are the authors who are going to see their work on retail store shelves, enjoy the thrilling time of a book party and with any luck.
I wish to as well, reach the 100 featured hubs accolade. and do this before I reach my three year anniv here. :-)
My goal is to have a fun year, full of restaurant meals, a holiday with the kids, some crafting, some jewellery buying. And write 100 hubs, slowly but with attention to them!
I have no doubt you will reach this goal.
I see with the hubs you have now you are a hard worker.
All the very best. :-)
What great goals Suzanne, with a focus on treating yourself well. Writing 100 hubs is do-able, especially if you give yourself the permission to have a life and get some fodder for the articles.
Thanks Millionaire. I think it is achievable too as long as I don't go away again! But so far so good, I am actually more inspired now on HP than ever been. I'm finding the performance of longer hubs is much better for traffic/$ than what I was doing pre-Panda. And some nice restaurant meals won't hurt of course! Now to figure out if I can quit smoking anytime next year...
My goal is to become gainfully employed, lol. I won't be able to pay off my student loans by making minimum payments out of my savings forever!
Please send me your resume in an e-mail through my
profile page. I am looking to hire some folks. The pay will be
per topic. Pay is not less than $9.00 per completed project. :-)
Make sure you include *hire me* in subject line, so it doesn't go to the spam folder. I will keep my eyes open for it.
One thousand followers. Write hubs, as many as I have time for- Working on improving my writing. Reading all billybuc's tutorials, finishing a couple of writing classes and not being a grumpy old woman. We were on a train this evening and there were the grumpiest old people. I don't think some of them were much older than I am, but they sure acted older.
The train car was full of noisy little kids. All they would have had to do is walk to another car to get peace and quiet. I definitely will work on being enjoyable to be around.
Run a 1/2 marathon, and ride my bike 100 miles.in one day.
Well, I better getting working on the tweets for all your fine work, then huh?
I cheer you on as you complete all your items on your list of goals for 2014.
I really enjoy your work tireless, and I am sure anyone who reads your work will too. Have a Blessed New year! :-)
With everything going on in my life with hubby's health issues, I don't make long-range plans. I simply live by the expression, "carpe diem."
One day at a time; do what I can with each day.
Sure, there are things I'd like to accomplish, but I long ago gave up the tradition of New Year's Resolutions as a lost cause. All they seem to do is make people depressed when they fail to achieve their stated aims.
So, back around 1989, I made my final New Year's Resolution, and the only one I've ever successfully kept: I vowed to never again make any New Year's Resolutions.
I don't have many goals beyond getting through one more day; writing a bit if I find the energy and an intriguing topic; surfing the web a bit, playing with and enjoying our cats, and being there for my husband. Maybe that's not lofty or noteworthy, but it's where I am.
Thank you very much! I appreciate your praise!
( I'm afraid I'd feel much more "noble" were I filthy rich enough to build and maintain the huge animal rescue sanctuary that has long been a dream...but, at this point in my life, I've had to let that go for so many reasons...money being the first, and lack of knowledge on running a large operation and setting up a non-profit, etc. etc....)
I certainly understand where you are coming from. At least you have one goal you have remained steady and true to yourself and family. This in itself is a huge accomplishment! Wishing you the very best! :-)
This is one of the most meaningful and valuable posts I've seen anywhere on this forum in a long time. My love and best wishes go out to you and hubby-and my gratitude as well at having found a kindred spirit in the cyber world. Thank you-and my family thanks you too for reminding me of the supreme importance of making them the focus of my resolve.
Why, thank you very much, Motown2Chitown!
:: blushing ::
I'm most pleased that you found my rather ordinary life praiseworthy. Thank you again for your most kind words of encouragement.
Aside from the fact that MY cats are dogs, our ordinary lives are eerily similar. I find that extraordinary-and comforting. We are never alone in our struggles, and that reminder strengthens me daily. Hope abounds that you find it a comfort and a strength as well.
PS - I'm only asking because I've been published a lot, and could possibly assist.....depending....
My memoirs. I wrote a hub with the short version.
Oh OK, so you are looking for a publisher then, instead of publishing yourself?
I feel so happy, you stopped in here. Maybe we could discuss the publishing aspirations you have. I am after all a publishing company! :-)
I am working on one of three novels. And one of them is for sure going to get published! :-) I promise myself to complete one chapter of my novel, each day. So far so good. It takes me about two hours to complete one chapter. So, I think what is working for me is the small step of saying "okay, I just need to write one chapter."
This way I am not working myself up into a lather, because the novel isn't getting finished. hope this helps! :-)
Thanks for your thoughts, and wishing you the very best.
My goal for 2014 is to develop alternative income streams for my retirement, because I've decided writing online is not going to do the job.
For those of you who know her, Lissie's post on her blog pretty much sums up my feelings:
http://lissowerbutts.com/taking-a-big-l … -business/
Lissie and I both started taking online writing seriously at about the same time, but she worked a lot harder at it than me, and was doing a lot better too, at one time If she can't make it work, I certainly won't!
Don't give up Marisa.
I like your hubs. They are really engaging and useful information there.
Turn the negative around and you will be amazed at how far you can go! I was having the same negative feeling and it wasn't until I changed my thinking and attitude, focused on the positive and the ideas to making it come true. That is when I started to see results. And all because of Hub Pages and this wonderful community of talented people, like you! :-)
Jo, there's a difference between negativity and realism. I've spent the last two years trying to make online writing work, and it's time to face reality. In spite of all my efforts, I've watched my online income continue to fall.
It is possible to make a living from writing online, but it's no longer possible to build a passive income - it's a job like any other, where you have to keep on creating new material week after week. I know people who make a living writing online, but their life is spent in front of a computer screen. For those who love writing, that may be a dream come true - but although I like writing, it's not my life's work.
By going back out in the real world and doing things like mystery shopping, eBay, casual work etc, I'm finding I can earn more in one day than I earn online in a week. Which means I can work one day, and have the other six days to get out and get a life!
I think one of the big dangers of writing online is that you can get so focussed on it, you close your eyes to the better opportunities that might be out there.
Hub-wise, well, I kinda slacked off on the Hubbing this year, I'd like to increase my output in '14 and maybe -- who knows? -- finally make some stinkin' money out of writing this nonsense. I've been treating this site as a hobby long enough....
Personally, I'd like to lose some weight (doesn't everybody?) and be a little more active. This year I decided to give up tobacco and that's been going OK so far, so it's time to move on to the next hump.
-My first and most important goal right now is to get my 6 uni assignments done before deadline [Jan 3rd].
-Start gym asap to lose a bit of weight and tone up for summer 2014.
-Look into outsourcing content for my sites.
-Publish 50 hubs before next summer.
Only because you have a lot planned and need mega energy to do all of that!
LMAO I'm not sure if that's a sarcastic joke or not but thanks anyway.
No, not sarcastic at all. I think you will probably achieve all of that. Of course, finishing your degree is the most important thing on your list. Everything will fall into place after that.
You write good Hubs, you deploy SEO, you know what you're doing – but I really was serious about the vitamins because you have so much on your plate right now. Happy 2014!
You should read my SEO page. 'How not to Upset the Easily Upset and How not to Care if you Do.'
Thanks again. Ha my brain functions normal-perfectly fine whenever I manage to get my 8 hours of sleep. I think I'll have to work on that more than the vitamins lol.
Happy 2014 to you too.
That is great advice about taking vitamins. I know I should. My sweetie tells me this all the time. I just don't like taking pills of any kind. Even if it is a vitamin. I try to include lots of vegtables in my diet and I drink vitamin water.
This is about all I am willing to do. :-) Thanks for stopping in..wishing you the best! :-)
Lol. Happy charm offensive.
What a sweet Writer Fox!
I can't talk to you anymore. Ppl are saying terrible things. From now on, I will simply nod when I see you. If you can't see my nod, just know I did it. Sometimes I might smile too, but mostly it will be a very curt nod.
Curt is good. And so is Jurgen. I would not trust Hans.
My goal right now is to finish my book. I might never have written page one if it were not for a few fine folks here who gave their time to encourage me to keep at it and gave me some good advice as well. My personal goals are probably all too private, but that one I'm glad to share.
I send you much inspiration and strength to get your novel finished!
You can do it! :-) As far as the personal stuff goes..blessings and praying for miracles for you! :-) You are so worth it! remember this!
I don't see any point in writing long lists of goals. I never have.
I achieved quite a lot in my nearly 60 years of life, including a doctorate and a successful career without ever writing down a single goal.
Now I am happily living a life in a place where I want to live, doing work that feels like a game, and being answerable to no one except myself.
I just do what I want to do. As long as the net effect is to bring in enough money for me to continue doing what I want to do, I will continue to ignore the concept of "goals".
That's pretty much how I've lived my life--I do what I want (within the law--LOL), and every time I've tried writing down goals and pathways thereto, I've come across roadblocks and loss of inspiration or desire, and given it up. It obviously was not what I really wanted to do, but some version of what someone else thought I should do....
I got tired of trying to live up to someone else's expectations/ideals, and decided long ago to "just be me," and "seize the day!"
Just i want to acheive lot of favours in my carrer as an java analyst on best java training in the year 2014.
I want to ride a horse.
I'm going to learn how to knit.
I'm going to train my dogs.
I want to chisel my body for the beach.
Hello, my goals are to get serious with the projects I started this fall. Some folks would like me to illustrate for them. They wrote short stories and are looking for artwork. They get published then I would get published. ( one would hope)
I truly have to get my muse back...have been in a funk for a bit. I have to network a little more, get serious and well hopefully get paid!
I won't call them "goals" (OK...I wrote a hub on goals vs. dreams and why it's important to know the difference. I won't rehash that. ), but this year, I hope to:
-Attend the Nationals and World Team Tryouts for my sport.
-Train two of my dogs to be diabetic alert dogs (already making great progress on this! It's fun to train.).
-Earn over $300 on HP. Not a lot, I know, but it would make me happy.
-Get an agility championship on one of my dogs and watch several of my students and friends do the same.
-Start trialing my new puppy..
-Continue to find joy, adrenaline (lots of it) and excitement in what I do for a living.
I hope to:
- Write 110 hubs next year on top of the number I have now
- Make $200 next year, I would be very happy to get that
- Get a constant stream of 500 hits or more per day by the end of next year
And non-hubpages related:
- I would like to become semi-fluent in Spanish (getting Rosetta Stone!)
- Finish my Android App and sell it on Google Play
Happy new year to everyone!!
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