My Goal Is To Write Gooder

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Daily Prompt: Goals

When you started your blog, did you set any goals? Have you achieved them? Have they changed at all?

Just as my blog has changed so has my writing, my subjects, but goals has remained the same.

My goals were never lofty.

At first I wrote satire. It is enjoyable and fun, but soon readers assume you are something you are not. To me, satire is like playing a role. A person soon becomes known as the character in the role rather than the person they are.

I started to write personal items that might be entertaining and enlightening, yet, always having a hand on the satirical lever.

My Daily Prompt activity started the first of February of this year. It is a great exercise. It gives a subject to write about each day. It allows me to write and comment on things that otherwise would not have to mind.

WordPress provides stats. They are, I suppose, a good gauge of how well one is doing. There is a drawback to stats; one could be so consumed by them that good writing may become the secondary goal.

Certainly, if the writing is poor than your visits will be low, but if one writes with the idea of attracting volume perhaps the trueness of your writing may be compromised. A reasonably skilled or not so skilled writer could become a blogging sensation overnight by choosing any number of hot bottom subjects and write outrageously about them.

If one has the goal of followers, that can be deceptive. Most followers are like a professional courtesy. Not everybody who is a follower follows me, in fact I’d say most don’t. That is a false indicator.

The same can be said about the ‘like’ button. I posted a thousand word post a few months ago. I got a ‘like’ within a minute. I appreciated the ‘like,’ but I wished they would have taken the time to read it first. That said, some readers may like what has been written, but don’t know or bother with the ‘like’ button.

Certainly the number of followers and likes may be an indicator but they don’t give a complete picture.

The best measure is to look at what you wrote a year ago and compare it with what you wrote yesterday – you know, you know whether it is better or not. That to me is the goal – am I writing better?

That gets back to a goal: my goal is to write good stuff.

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  1. “The best measure is to look at what you wrote a year ago and compare it with what you wrote yesterday – you know, you know whether it is better or not. That to me is the goal – am I writing better?”
    Yes, that is indeed the plan. To, hopefully one day, be able to look back and say “ok, this was a good exercise, the writing’s gotten better after all”. Thanks for this post, it kind of reminds me of what I always knew: that you cannot arrive at your goal if you’re too embarrassed to just start walking, to fall over a thousand times, bore people even more often and maybe .. just maybe, learn what you need to in the process. Then, after you’ve lost about a billion lives, new goals to be reached appear on the horizon 🙂

  2. I would have to say, your writing has always been great. I’d loved to know how it worked out for the guy that had a deadbeat brother and went to prison. That writing was on fire.

  3. Great post…I really like reading your posts…I agree with the likes, the followers and the stats…they’re great tools but, well, one can easily obsess…keep on writings…and I’ll try to keep on commenting!

  4. You have so surpassed your goal as you do not right good stuff, you write great stuff. Love reading daily. Thank you for sharing with your readers. Thank you for the reference to my articles also.

  5. Insightful post. I agree with you in terms of using your past work to evaluate your growth, it can be pretty hard to maintain perspective when you’re surrounded by great writers. But as they say (I have no idea who said this) Compare yourself to other and you get bitter, compare yourself to you and you get better.

  6. I agree with you on so many levels, I was practically nodding while reading this post. I keep a bit of an account of my likes/comments/readers/stats while reminding myself that these in no way define me or my writing. But it is a sort of acceptance.
    Contrary to you I happen to have lofty goals. But I am farther away from them. It’s just that I like to aim high, higher than I believe myself to be capable of!
    Ironically when I write a post I do not try to be very articulate; I just write from my heart. I’m not a god writer, I’m at stage one where I am just writing B after A. But I love my blog, like my baby!
    Thanks for the pingback. I think I wrote a mini-post here in your comments section

    • I enjoyed your reply. I have found the simpler and more direct I write it is most effective and receive the most complimentary feed-back. When reading someone who is trying to impress, no matter how good the story, I’m distracted. Write in such a way nobody knows your writing – if that makes sense.

  7. Excellent blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you advise starting with a free platform like
    Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out
    there that I’m totally confused .. Any recommendations?

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Wordppress is a a good place to start. They have a core of contributors and people who work for them who encourage a lot of self expression.
      Write, write, write, and write some more.

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