Saturday, December 31, 2011

Looking back at 2011

As 2011 draws to a close, I thought I would jot down some of my more notable writing achievements that happened over the year.

Firstly, after two years of procrastinating, I started this blog! I am still finding my way in the new parallel universe that is the blogging world, and have yet to firmly establish what the hell I'm doing here, but I am enjoying it nonetheless. I am going to work on all the points Laura Barnes mentioned in her critique and hopefully have a new and improved blog in 2012. I've changed my background already.

I loved participating in Rachel Harrie's amazing Writer's Platform-Building Campaign, even though I was like a rabbit caught in the headlights. A very steep learning curve to participate in this after only 5 days blogging, but sooo worth it. Can't wait for the next one, now that I know what to expect. The best bit was meeting so many of you wonderful bloggers and I hope to meet many more over this next year.

I was very honoured to have my three Campaign Challenge entries in this ebook compilation of flash stories. All proceeds went to "Help Harry Help Others" which is a charity set up by an 11 year old boy who died of a brain tumor in October, but not before raising a ton of money for further research. If you missed this, please check it out and tell all your friends. A great cause started by a great soul.

I made real progress with writing my memoir 'Right From The Start' this year. In fact, I have 'the first shitty draft' just about done and am now editing. I actually love editing so I am enjoying it. I just need to allocate some regular writing time and I will be finished in no time. Then I can start the hunt for an agent and publisher OR go it alone and self-publish like so many of my friends have done. Oooh ... how exciting!

I uploaded more documents to Scribd and made a concerted effort to increase my number of reads and followers. I read more of what other people were writing and commented more on their documents. It was fun. I got to know even more people. I was amazed at how quickly I saw results. Helped in part by a scantily clad beach babe, I now have over 77,000 reads and 590 followers and the numbers increase daily.

A fellow author whom I much admire told me that if I wanted to raise my platform and get an agent for my book, then I absolutely HAD to Tweet. Damn. I had been doing a good job avoiding all the twittering and tweeting going on around me. But I blindly jumped off my perch and joined in the noise. With the help of one of my lovely Scribd buddies, I managed to work out some of the basics and now have over 1,000 followers since July. I still don't fully understand it but maybe that's a goal for next year.

In the next day or so I am going to define all my goals for 2012. Yikes! I hardly ever do this, but I am going to write them down and tell you. Maybe then I will keep a couple, who knows?

What have you achieved this year that you're proud of? What didn't you achieve that you would like to done? What was great about 2011 for you?


  1. Sounds like 2011 was a pretty good year. Yeah I do that twitter crap too, don't like it but it's there just in case. I got 30,000 in a year..haha I have no life. Blogs can also be fun when you don't know what they heck you're doing..haha

  2. How many?? In a year? Well, now I feel foolish!

  3. Congrats, Claire! To 2012 and hoping it brings you even more achievements and happiness!

  4. I'm still a novice at Twitter myself. It seems you grew so much in 2011. Here's for some of your publishing dreams coming true in 2012! Thanks for joining my blog, and please do come back, Roland

  5. Eastbay - thanks and look forward to getting back to our critquing in the new year.
    BragonDorn - thanks :)
    Roland - yes, I grew a lot in 2011, esp spiritually. A big year for me.