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My blogging goals for 2017

In this third week of 2017 I am setting out (as much for my own benefit as for anyone else’s) my goals for 2017.

I have mentioned before that I have a regular slot on the More than Writers’ blog. I post there on the 31st of the longest months.

Sue’s considered trifles blog is still awaiting a decision about its future. I may reblog some of the earlier book reviews here on Sue’s Trifles. I am not promising to post here every week. However I do intend to take part in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge again this year. I have an idea about what I might do, but it will have to wait for the Theme Reveal!

On Sue’s words and pictures I hope to continue with the Daily Post photo challenges, although I have missed one over the New Year holiday. I may not claim to be a post a week blogger there either, although it would be fairly easy to achieve that goal.

Here I am planning to concentrate on quality rather than quantity. I shall continue to review any books I have read and enjoyed. Whether I find time for craft projects remains to be seen. I finished the knitting project I began in the summer on the run-up to Christmas. Now I just need to find a recipient for it…

If Twitter counts as blogging (I have heard it described as micro-blogging) I shall continue to promote my own and others’ blogs. Some of my photos only appear there. Follow me @suesconsideredt if you like.

By cutting down on my blogging frequency, I hope to free up some time for other writing-related activities. I also hope that the viewing figures for each post might increase as a result of being the latest post for a longer time. (Perhaps that is not how it works, but I do seem to put in a lot of effort for little effect.)

End of year blogging round-up

I have decided to write a single post to summarise all my blogging activity for the year, which is coming to a close.

My original blog, which shares its name with my username, has not seen much new material during the year. As in 2015 I was mainly posting links to archive posts. However in October I (almost accidentally) signed up for the Blogging U poetry course from WordPress. As a result there are some posts with new material. What will become of Sue’s considered trifles in 2017 is yet to be decided. The most popular post is an old one: Good, better best. One of my new poems was the most visited of this years’ posts.

Sue’s Trifles is my second blog. If you are ever short of something to read, there is plenty to explore here. This year books I have read have dominated the subject matter. I still find other topics to write about, particularly when something happens, which I find entertaining. My plan to post once a week was almost successful. I took part in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge, writing and illustrating an alphabet poem. This was the busiest time for visitors and comments. My most viewed post was an old one: How to adapt a child’s sweater by enlarging the neck opening. Of this year’s posts What I read in May 2016 was the most popular, probably as I linked to emily p.freeman.

Sue’s words and pictures is my newest blog. I have enjoyed getting out and about taking photos to post on it. The photo challenge posts are more popular than the posts I think up for myself! I have definitely achieved the post a week goal here. Most weeks I have posted twice. This blog also was involved in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge. I chose plants as my theme. A walk from Scargill House was the most popular post.

This year has also seen my participation as a regular blogger on the More than Writers blog. I have been assigned the 31st of months with 31 days. This gives me the chance to write for a different readership. I am fortunate in the date as anyone looking at the monthly archives finds my posts first – at least in August, October and future months with 31 days.

If you are a blogger how did your year go?

I am linking to Your blog’s Year in Review.

How to write ten poems in ten days

This year I was away from home on and around National Poetry Day.  I had a partial break from the online world.  I checked emails, Facebook and Twitter, and I even posted to my Words and Pictures blog from my phone, but so-called real-life took priority.

On my return I checked out the poetry course offered by WordPress as one of their Blogging U courses.  I pressed the ‘start course’ button as there wasn’t a ‘find out more before committing yourself’ one.  I discovered I had committed myself already!  (In case this was a mistake, there was a ‘stop course’ button.)

Being in the UK we have had most of our daylight hours at this time of year before the far side of the US is awake.  My daily email prompts were arriving just before 4pm.  I mostly acted on them immediately and scheduled a post with a poem on my original blog – Sue’s considered trifles – for the next morning (British Summer Time).  I regret that I didn’t spend more time looking at the links to information about the forms of poem, but I can do this at my leisure, so to speak!

And I wrote 10 poems in as many days.

This was actually the second time I had attempted daily poetry writing.  The first was last December, when I signed up for a challenge in a Facebook group. I managed to write seventeen poems in seventeen days that time.

Next week I hope to review the other three books I finished reading in October.

Just in case this post is not long enough and you’d like to read more of my ramblings, I had a new post for Hallowe’en on the More than Writers Blog.