With the ending of an old year and the beginning of a new, we all get a chance to reflect and make plans for the coming year. As I look back over 2012, I see a year of growth. I cannot think of a single year in my adult life that I’ve learned and experimented as much as I did in 2012. Going forward in 2013 I intend to add depth to my knowledge and width to my experimentation.
During my time of growth and discovery, writing took a back seat. As I look at the infrequent posts here on NJFM, it’s obvious that writing about writing hasn’t been at the top of the list.
A few things writing has taught me:
- Don’t force it
- If you have nothing to say, be quiet
- Let life happen
I enjoyed making money as an online writer. When the online writing climate changed and my income dropped, I made a half-hearted attempt to do what I did in the past to increase my income. The big difference this time around is the enjoyment level. I don’t have the same level of joy as an online writer as I did in the past. That meant I would have to force myself to write. Forced writing doesn’t work for me.
I also found that I pretty much said what I had to say, especially on the topic of writing. My philosophy remains the same and though there are many ways to slice a pie, do I want to keep slicing the same old pie and repeat the same stories on how I sliced the pie?
So, rather than force myself to write about things I’ve written about before, I thought it would be better to shut up, sit back and let life happen. But before I shut up and let life happen, I thought I’d share a few numbers with you.
Income for 2011 vs. 2012
As you can see my income dropped in 2012 and will probably drop further in 2013. I went from a high of $3,237.49 in March 2012 to December’s low of $1,128.16. The only thing that makes it a little less painful is my income is mainly residual and I didn’t do much writing this year.
For the immediate future, I’m taking my Suite articles and sprinkling them around my various sites. Since taking them down from Suite I have quite a few broken links to mend. Once that task is completed, I’ll play it by ear.
One of my goals this year is to practice mono tasking. On the whole, we seem to glorify the ability to do several things at one time. We do lots of things at one time, but don’t do them very well nor do we truly enjoy the plethora of tasks we’re engaged in. I want to slow down and enjoy what I’m doing.
With that goal in mind, I’ll write when inspired and find alternative ways to bridge the financial gap of my lowered income. That’s my plan, plain and simple. How about you? What are your plans for 2013?