Look out 2011! We are coming in hot!
I tend to focus on my goals obsessively, so it’s good for me to take a moment to look back and enjoy what I have experienced and accomplished in 2010, the year in which my dreams began to come true. Will you celebrate with me? If only you knew how far I’ve come!
1) I launched my first blog. I have known I could run my own blog for several years, and I finally found my niche! (Cloth diapers, of all things, lol.) Not only that, but I figured out how to promote it on a dime, and as of this posting have 18,000 monthly hits. Next year I think I can easily increase this 10-fold.
2) I published my first book. Could end the list right here and be happy. HUGE step for someone claiming to want to write for a living long-term.
3) I wrote my first novel/fiction book. This is something I’ve wanted to do since I was, like, 8 years old. In 2009 I started putting it together, and in 2010 it’s coming together nicely! In fact, I’m turning it into a 3-part novel or trilogy, and I have written the first 10 chapters of the second book in the last 2 weeks. Talk about acceleration!
4) I called myself a writer. In public. At parties. On my email signature. We’re getting there in my head too.
The feedback for my nonfiction book has been incredibly positive. “A must-have for new parents!” “Packed with useful information.” “Really delivers on its title.” “I LOVE Ecofrugal Baby! It has been such a life-saver (MONEY-saver!)!”
My novel made the two people critiquing it cry. Given its difficult but non-sensationalist subject matter, I’ll take that as a hearty two thumbs up! My mother, a ghost writer and book editor, will be reviewing it on the plane to Austin next week. On first perusal she assures me it looks neither bizarre nor boring (and this mother does not sugar coat). Fingers crossed I can find a publisher next year once I finish the whole trilogy.
29Diapers.com’s popularity just landed it its first advertiser, hooray! I may make money at this thing yet, lol. But I am also trying to separate income from my idea of success, since many of these projects are just seeds for future success that will take time. But here’s an email I received yesterday: “I am so excited to have the chance to tell you just how GREAT this website is. I am new to cloth diapering and have learned just about everything from this site! From how big my “stash” should be to what all the different words mean!” That’s exactly the mission of this website, fulfilled.
But I have big dreams! The website is expanding next year, I’m already working on a fundraiser and two huge giveaway events, figuring out where to take Ecofrugal Baby from here in the third edition of the book, and aiming to finish the whole fiction series I’m working on and decide on the next project.
What are you proud of that you accomplished in 2010? What are your goals for 2011? I have found in the last few years that it really does make a big difference to write it all down (no pun intended!).
Many blessings in the new year.