Day 9 – So, did I fulfil my New Year’s Resolutions?


Well, did I?

Last year, after Jolly St Nick, a.k.a Santa Claus, had delivered his presents, and shortly before Big Ben chimed twelve to a chorus of ‘Auld Lang Zine’ with fireworks exploding like flowers in bloom, I made my New Year’s Resolutions.

So,what were they?

I made two resolutions:

*To spend more time following other blogger’s activities.

*To make 2014 my Year for Collaborations, culminating in my first NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month challenge of writing 50,000 words in a month.

So, how did I do with my first resolution?

Most of the time, I keep a beady eye on my ‘Blogs I follow’ page. Who doesn’t? Then I’ll go for a couple of weeks without looking, and wonder how much I’ve missed out on! I’m following more blogs than ever, but conversely am also commenting on fewer. The interaction is one of the most joyful aspects of blogging, so I aim to fix that over the next twelve months.

And how did I do my second resolution?

In December of last year, in order to mark the advent of the Chinese Year of the Horse, I decided to make 2014 my Year of Collaborations. How did I do this?

  • I published a poem in the Paperbook Collective ‘zine, an Australian initiative to showcase poems and stories throughout the world.
  • I discovered a talent for Beta Reading, which has led to writers I know becoming published authors.
  • I sponsored Joe Bunting’s Kickstarter project, ‘Goodbye Paris’.
  • Then I started chirping on Twitter, to 500+ followers.
  • I took part in FebNaNo, an unofficial NaNoWriMo, writing 30,000 words in a month.
  • From following Twitter, I became an author for the We Are Cardiff local website, publishing two articles a month for them.
  • I have started to reach out for new markets in order to publish short stories and poems.

I’m very excited about my progress over the last twelve months. And I’m just weeks away now, from taking part in my first NaNoWriMo!

And, as the Chinese Year of the Sheep doesn’t start until February 19 2015, I still have four months to go to really max out on my resolutions!

So, how about you? Have you done what you’d hoped to do in the last year? What do you hope to achieve going forward?

Thanks for reading!


About Katie Hamer

I am a writer, an artist, a photographer, philosopher, interior designer, listener, and explorer.
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