A week ago I decided to get cracking on the writing (and the marketing of said writing) side of things. And I have to say it has been going pretty well.
Probably the biggest take aways I have for this week are that, writing takes…writing.
Just like organizing, or working at a job, or driving a car, it takes time and energy and constant exercising of those writing muscles.
So in case I hadn’t mentioned it, my goals for my writing were to:
- Write six blog posts per week in my three blogs/websites (The Deadly Nightshade, Homeschool Advocate and here)
- Write daily in one of my personal journals (I have over 20 and I just randomly write in them, crazy but true).
- Write 500-1000 words on Gliese 581 every day
Have I met all three goals every day of the week?
Most of the time I have not. Other times, I’ve exceeded them.
Take Wednesday, for example. I set myself the goal of 1,000 words and ended up writing around 1,750. And the next day? Around 1,000 again before I packed it in for the night..
I need to keep this pace going. If I do, I’ll be done with the first draft of Gliese 581: Departure in about two weeks. Prior to this week I had been hovering at just under 41,000 words. Last night? 45,400. Hooray!
And I am definitely smarting from a sharp hand slap from Mail Chimp. Not that I didn’t have it coming, but still.
It all unfolded kind of like this…
Reading Tim Grahl’s Your First 1,000 Copies I latched onto the first goal, get a subscriber mail list.
And I cheated, I’ll admit it. While Grahl was reminding me to ask permission, and start with getting subscribers the good old-fashioned way, I decided to jumpstart the list by importing my Gmail contacts, which apparently included every person I had ever emailed for pretty much anything. That meant that I was looking at a list of about 875 subscribers, which I then whittled down to around 490 subscribers. Unwilling, willing, whatever.
I sent out the first newsletter on Sunday, 8/16. By the end of the day I had an email warning from Mail Chimp over the number of unsubscribes I had received. It threatened that if my unsubscribe rate rose, my list might be in jeopardy and my account would be suspended.
There was pretty much nothing I could do except wait it out. And last night, I received another email from Mail Chimp. At that point, they suspended the entire list, which included the 30+ folks who had voluntarily signed up on their own in the past week. [sigh]
I was allowed to send out an email through Mail Chimp requesting all folks double-opt in again. At that point, late last night, my email subscriber list had been reduced to a total of THREE subscribers by Mail Chimp.
So if you have gotten the email, and DO NOT want these weekly emails, then do nothing. However, if you DO want to be on the weekly list (which has giveaways to my books and other benefits) then you will need to either respond to that email or fill in the form below to subscribe…