Month in Review – December 2018

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12-2018 report

Welcome to December 2018’s update for The Jittery Junebug. This was a month of closing old chapters and preparing to start a new one.

I’ve decided to start these monthly updates as a way to keep track of my site’s progress, and compare how far it has come. It’s so easy to forget that even a little progress is still progress because it may not strike all at once. Hopefully, these updates will serve the dual purpose of holding me accountable and tracking the blog’s growth over time.

If you’re new to The Jittery Junebug, welcome and I’m so glad you found us!

If you’re returning to these updates and want to skip over the intro and get to the juicy bits, by all means please do!

This all started out as a way to keep myself writing even when I was busy, but gradually evolved into so much more than that. In addition to writing my own stories, The Jittery Junebug (or JJ, as I like to call it) has become a source for other writers to find inspiration and hopefully encouragement to develop their craft.

The JJ has already changed so much since its creation several years ago. Some changes I remember, some I probably don’t, and others are still in progress. It’s fun to look back on old prompts and posts just to see how far we’ve come, and I know we’ll continue to improve as we expand.

Overall, this site—these prompts and articles—started out being for my own use, but are now by and large for you, writer friends. I hope you continue to enjoy my future posts, courses, books, and more!

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What’s happened in the past month?

December was a slow month for The Jittery Junebug.

The second installment of The Creative Catalyst is ready to release alongside a new look for the prompts. Since I redesigned the website, I’ve been looking to make everything else follow suit with a similar look. You may have noticed that the more recent prompts have this new look, and will also include a new schedule:

  • Magic Mondays
  • Writing Wednesdays
  • Flash Fiction Fridays
  • Submission Saturdays (first Saturday of the month, as able)

My biggest goal is to get the word out about the JJ and increase the blog’s reach. I’ve gone back and forth with the look over the past year, and I think I’ve finally settled on the appearance going forward, which I hope will attract new and old readers alike. Getting all of the pieces together to look consistent is a big chunk of work, but so far I’m thrilled with how things are looking.

I will be adding my in-progress novels and projects to my Books page, so you can keep up with where they are in the process, but keep in mind they are taking a backseat to family & work life, so updates may not be very frequent!

If you are interested in starting your novel, check out Scrivener on MacOS or Windows as a way to keep your work organized. I’d highly recommend reading Kristen Kieffer’s explanation about using Scrivener’s virtual corkboard for your work, too, especially if you’re a neat-freak like me!

What I accomplished this month — a breakdown

These are the things I worked on and accomplished during this past month:

  • Took photos for future prompts and social media posts
  • Learned how to use Lightroom and practiced photo editing
  • Set CC2 up for release this coming month***

***for real this time

Below are some of my other articles and updates to show how the blog has progressed:



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Blog news

The JJ is growing slowly, but steadily, and I’m happy with the results I’ve seen so far.

I started this blog in 2015 as a way to encourage myself to write more, but quickly found that I also love encouraging others in their writing. As the blog grows, I hope to help more people find their story and gain the courage to write it for the rest of us to enjoy.

Overall, traffic for the month was around 600 page views, largely directed from Pinterest. Stats have obviously taken a dip the past few months, so I’m looking for more ways to get the word out. Have a suggestion? Please let me know in the comments!

I am also currently working on:

  • Drafting new prompts for the months of April and May 2019.
  • Redesigning and adding pages to the JJ.
  • Finding ways to grow the blog’s audience outside of just Pinterest.

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My current goals

Ways I’m looking to improve the JJ in the coming months:

  • Start recording podcast episodes. I’ve recently discovered the wonderful world of podcasting, and since finding some episodes that have been helpful to me, I have decided to tap into what I may be able to offer to others.
  • Write at least 3 new articles for tips series. I’m aiming to have at least one Tips & Tricks article per month throughout 2019.
  • Draft CC3. I want to start drafting the next installment to keep the design consistent and am excited to brainstorm the third round of prompts.
  • Finalize email course. I’ve been meaning to create this course ever since a friend asked me about the self-publishing process.

What I’m working on outside of the blog in the coming months:

  • Finishing writing my current novel-in-progress. It has been neglected far too long, and since it is over halfway done, I need to buckle down and get it finished. I love the story, so I need to treat it accordingly.
  • Finishing drafting my next novel. I’ve been moving my giant whiteboard all around the house, and it’s time to plot the whole book out from cover to cover instead of blinding writing without a plan.
  • Finish writing my non-fiction book. I have several non-fiction drafts in the works, but one in particular has been really pressing on my mind lately. I’d like to get it done soon, so I can share it with y’all.

What writing project are you currently working on? What are you doing to keep yourself motivated?

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Hello & welcome! I'm Gretchen and I love to write. I'm a self-published author, longtime blogger, electrician's wife, and mom of two from Central Texas. I've been writing since I could hold a pencil & now I want to inspire YOU! So grab a cup of coffee, cozy up with your notebook, and START YOUR STORY!

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