December Wrap Up // What Happened This Month
If you read What I Wish I Could Say, you know that my grandmother died this month. Thank you to everyone for your support and kind wishes. It will take time to adjust, and I’m grateful to have so much support.
On The Blog
Did You See This Infographic?
My first infographic went live this month, as promised. Guide to Using Pinterest for Writers is an infographic covering ideas that can help you write better, get story ideas, organize your character boards, and get your work in front of more readers using Pinterest.
Top Performing Articles
- The Character Most Writers Get Wrong (And How To Fix It) hit 10k pins on Pinterest this month! I’m thrilled to see this article help so many writers. Thanks for being a part of this.
- How A Broke College Student Saw Europe, isn’t far behind with 9k pins and counting fast. I’m excited to see this one building momentum. I wrote it on a whim. It isn’t even about writing. But it hit #1 on Pinterest for the search terms “travel Europe.” Sweet!
- I learned most from my article, Writers: Get into The Writing Mood with This Free Online Tool, though. Why? I had given up hope that this article would help as many people as I’d wanted it to. And then I found a new writing group board on Pinterest. After pinning the article there, it picked up a lot of speed. That taught me that I just need to find the right audience for my articles. And that just because you hear crickets when you first hit publish, doesn’t mean it won’t pick up later. I thought I learned this lesson in November. And still it caught me by surprise.
Did You Catch These Yet? Here’s What Went Live In December
I shared 5 new writing prompts, 7 techniques that keep you writing through writers block, defended the YOLO generation, gave you a free zombie story to read, introduced you to the writer’s swipe file, and shared what you and other writers can learn from Buffy character, Xander Harris.
The other thing? My first movie review wasn’t as movie-reviewy as I wanted it to be. Actually, it was really just a blog post in blog post format. I’ll try again in January. And this time, it’s going to be in the traditional movie review style. You’ll see what I mean.
Wish me luck.
What To Expect in 2015
A Better Email Newsletter Subscription Experience
Oh man, do I suck at the whole newsletter service thing. And that’s terrible because my subscribers are my favorite readers (naturally). So I’m working hard to get a welcome email series set up. And better looking newsletters.
A Giveaway for Subscribers Only
I’ve reached out to a few services, bloggers, and brands to see if we can’t get some freebies together for a subscriber giveaway. Blogger courses. Movies. Books. Expect those giveaways in 2015.
It’s a special thank you for my favorite readers.
(Shameless plug ahead!) Of course, if you aren’t on the list already, you’ll want to sign up. All the standard disclaimers apply. Unsubscribe anytime, I’ll never share your email, blah blah blah and stuff you already know.
Plus, right now I’m giving away the pretty eBook version of that top performer I mentioned above, The Character Most Writers Get Wrong (And How To Fix It) to new subscribers.
If you already subscribed and you didn’t get your eBook, take a second look at your subscription confirmation page. You’ll find the link to your eBook there.
Upcoming Series for Serious Writers in 2015
Myers-Briggs Character Design Series
Design seriously complex characters using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI. MBTI is all about human personality types. It explains how different people process information and use it to make decisions.
This series will outline the 16 different MBTI personalities and how to use them to develop complex characters that feel almost too real. This is how you move readers.
Best Places to Write in Bakersfield
Let’s face it, writing from home is full of distraction pitfalls. And it gets lonely. We need places to write that spark ideas and keep us focused.
If you’re local, this series will tell you the best places to work on your WIP in Bakersfield. If you aren’t local, you’ll get a few ideas on where to look for writing spaces in your hometown.
What Writers Can Learn from Other Writing Styles
In this series, I’ll cover the basics of different writing styles like: journalism, blogging, novel, and academic writing, etc. After this series, you’ll have a ready arsenal of writing tricks from all the styles that you can use to write better, no matter what you write.
This series was slated for December. Because there was a death in the family, I pushed this series back. Don’t worry, it’s on the way.
Follower and Traffic Counts
Here’s a snapshot of MandyWallace.com numbers for December 2014:
- December pageviews: 36k
- Subscribers: 337
- Pinterest: 1.5k
- Twitter: 964
- Facebook fan page likes (launched in December and unfinished): 8
- Months blogging since reboot: 4
- Number of posts published since reboot: 59
Don’t Miss A Thing In 2015
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