Friday, May 3, 2013

A to Z Recap.

In the month of April:

My followers (google friends) increased 6% in size.

My total page views increased 60% in size.

I met dozens of bloggers that I will continue to follow and learn from and share with. (My memory is far too unreliable to try and name all of you!)

My compendium of Silexare gained 29 new definitions and finalized 12, for a total of 173 total entries.

But I think I gained something greater than any of those numbers.  The entire reason I started this blog - and the reason for its title - was to give life to Silexare, which is the world where a good bit of my stories will take place.

If all of Blogger.com's servers were to crash today and I lose every post I've ever written, I'd still have the knowledge that I have the time to write every single day. No matter what.  And I have a relatively small following!  Those of you with followers in the hundreds and comments by the dozens are spread even thinner than me and yet you still have time to eat and function!  (very presumptuous on my part, I realize)

My point is that I need to stop making excuses all the time.  I treated the A to Z like a job, every day.  That's how I need to treat my writing if I ever expect anything to come of it.

I want to thank each of you who visited and especially all who commented.  I've enjoyed following you through the challenge and I've bookmarked many of your pages to which I plan to return.

After being exposed to tons of successful blogs over the course of April, I've decided to TRY to introduce some kind of standard to my blog and give you something consistent at least once weekly.  We'll see how it goes.

Again, thanks for coming and it was great to meet you all.

David


18 comments:

  1. Fortunately it's not a job if you're having fun at it!
    You understand the work ethic. Now make it happen.
    Glad you enjoyed the Challenge!

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    1. Indeed!
      I plan to be back next year

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  2. It does seem like we can always find an excuse to avoid that which we really think we want to do. Good for you for treating your writing like a job--I think if you have something to say, you have to say it or something inside dies. I hope you can hold onto your motivation and make it through to your dream!
    tm

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly about something inside dying if it doesn't meet the sunlight.
      Thanks for the encouragement

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  3. Yes, I looked at it the same way you did, but I called it dedication! I loved it and look forward to it next year, and I felt it really helped me to expand my dreams one day of becoming a writer. Hope that just made sense!!

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    1. It totally did. I've met tons of fellow writers and fantasy enthusiasts this month. April can't come soon enough!

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  4. This is such a huge thing, can you imagine when you started writing if you had written 400 words a day everyday how much you would have by now. Still it is a hard thing, life can and sometimes should invade, but like Alex said it is about work ethic the thing every writer wants and dreads. It was fun reading your post and learning of your world.

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    1. Thanks Brandon.
      I actually went through and did a quick word count (well... I have a tool) to see how much I wrote in April on my blog and it's about 10,000 words... You're right, that's almost right at 400 words per day! (minus Sundays)

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  5. Congrats on finishing! I think we can all get different things from this challenge. Glad it was encouraging for you :)

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    1. Thanks, Steph!
      It was a good experience for sure

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  6. Nice to meet you too.

    I hope your momentum carries on in your writing.

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  7. Good for you for being an A to Z challenge survivor:) Cool post!

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  8. Jay - So far it has!

    Thanks Mark. Digging your blog.

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  9. Hey, I nominated you for a blog award.

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    1. Dude! Thanks! I'm simultaneously flattered and intimidated!

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  10. Hey there. Sorry I didn't get a chance to drop by during A-Z, I'm still trying to catch up. But it's great to hear that you had such a good experience with it.

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    1. It's all good, Kelworth. It was a busy month for sure! I'm struggling in my attempts to maintain the same work ethic.

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