This past week was the 6th anniversary of beginning my online writing. And per tradition, here is my yearly post updating all on the state of the blog and myself.
I: The year in review
This year I decided to publish two posts a week starting in March – a blog or short story on Tuesdays and a poem on Thursdays. I did this to experiment with larger styles of writing while still putting out poetry. Additionally, I decided to focus predominantly on larger styles of poetry as well – both to stretch myself, and to get away from my recent focus on short forms like haiku and limericks. While I did slip a few shorter poems in this year, I kept up with both of my goals, and I’m proud of the work I posted this year.
I also spoke last about wanting to write more side content in other areas of writing, as well as having important matters in my personal life that I’d been neglecting. The bad news is that I still have not done much towards the goal of side content, aside from the short stories I’ve published here. The good news, however, is that one of the biggest personal issues was resolved this year – I got a new job in July that pays me very well, and that’s been a HUGE load off of my shoulders.
While I have not made much progress on the writing front, I have made some strides in another, unexpected, direction: performance. I started reading my work at open mic nights earlier this year, and even was one of the featured poets at a special art night at a local business this summer. I was also invited to and performed at the 5th Haiku Duel in the Bowery in New York City this past November. And while I’m on hiatus from performing at the moment, that’s because I’m currently taking an improv class to help improve my stage-work. If everything goes as planned, I’ll start performing again after the New Years.
II: Plans for next year
First and foremost, what’s in store for the blog? Well, blogging posts will be ending at the end of December. I’ve said it a couple of times throughout this year, but I’m really not enjoying this style of content. Additionally, I spend significantly more time on blog posts than poems, which doesn’t give me as much time for some of the other things I want to work on. So, no more blogs after December – except maybe as a special treat. But starting in January, this blog will go back to being a full poetry blog.
Secondly, I have a few more books to publish. The publishing contract on my first book ran out this year, and I am currently in the process of republishing it through Amazon and CreateSpace. This will be a republication of both the paperback and the ebook – though it will be the first time the paperback is available through Amazon. The ebook previously was listed there by my former publisher. (No hard feelings with them though. I’m happy with the work they did on book one – I just like using Amazon and CreateSpace as an online store.)
Additionally, I would like to publish paperbacks and ebooks for my 2014 and 2015 content. I’m not sure yet if I’m going to split 2015 into two books, but that looks likely – one will have this year’s poetry, and the other will have the blog posts. I’ll keep you posted on that. But as of right now, one of my goals for next year will be to release 3 to 4 new books.
Thirdly, I WILL work on additional content. This will probably consist of short stories and flash fiction, and I will probably publish these to my Patreon page – both as a way to hold myself accountable, and as an excuse to get my Patreon back up and running. I also started doing some audio recordings of my work earlier this year and posted them to SoundCloud, and I may do more of them (possibly even an album).
Fourth and finally, I will put a focus on getting my name out there. This includes not only performing here in Harrisburg, PA, but also submitting stories to writing contests and blogs. This has always been one of the weakest areas of “my brand” (I hate calling it that). But if I want to make a living from my writing, and I do, I will have to step up my game, get out there, and make some noise.
So…that’s where I’m at right now, and that’s what I’m planning to do going forward. What do you fine folks think of my plans? Was there anything you were especially excited about? Was there anything you were looking for that I didn’t mention? Please leave a comment, and let me know.
Thanks for six wonderful years everyone. Here’s hoping there are plenty more to come.