Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday Five for January 3, 2014

1. Hello, and in case you didn't hear my cheer, Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Now it's back into the groove. I'm setting a schedule for myself for blogging and networking. I need a better balance between writing and everything else I need to do as a writer. I'm sticking to the blogging schedule I created last year which worked very well.
   Mondays - Reviews, guest posts, and other author promotions. (If any of my writer friends would like to do a guest post on my blog, please email me.)
   Tuesdays - Teaser Tuesday
   Wednesdays - IWSG and Wicked Wednesday
   Fridays - Friday Five

2. I managed to get myself on Feedly earlier last week. Yes, that's how long it's taken me to get a new reader since Google Reader went away. I'm slowly adding everyone on to my feeds. It's taking a while since I can't figure out how to import my Blogger list to it. My hope is this will make visiting blogs much easier for me. I do return comment when someone comments on my blog, but I need something to help me keep all my blogs organized.

3. I've also been organizing the people I follow on Twitter into lists. I've started this about four weeks ago, and it's helped greatly with keeping up with people that get lost in the main feed. I like it, too, because I can retweet more efficiently. Tip: retweeting helps those authors and you too. Sometimes they'll retweet you in turn. I've gained more followers in December than I have since the beginning of 2013.

4. I've been making excellent progress revising my current WIP. I'm excited about how it's starting to really shine. I'll be querying the manuscript this year to publishers. I already have a few in mind. I'm reminding myself to take a deep breath and not rush it. Sometimes it's difficult to do so when I really want to share it with the world.

5. I had a lovely and relaxing holiday. My husband stayed home for a week, and we made no plans whatsoever. Family visits were done in November. We went on family hikes, lazed around some days in our pajamas, and ate way too much junk food. My son was spoiled. He got the rocket he wanted from Santa. It was awesome! A great way to end a terrific year.


Heather Holden said...

Happy New Year! Glad to hear you had such a relaxing holiday. (Those are so rare!) Hope all goes well for you in 2014, especially with your current WIP! :)

Decadent Kane said...

So glad your holiday went well. I haven't played much with Twitter lists but was thinking on it.

I have a book coming out at the end of January and will e-mail you about maybe doing a guest post or something for it.

Kyra Lennon said...

Happy New Year, Christine!

I really like Feedly - now I've got used to it! :D

mooderino said...

Happy new year!

Took me ages to sort myself out after google reader went down. And my twitter feed is a mess. Hopefully I can stay on top of it this year.

Moody Writing

joss said...

Happy new year Hun. It sounds like you had a lovely Christmas. We did much the same chilling at home and enjoying time together this year. I'm glad too as we had terrible weather and I wouldn't have wanted to be out on the roads in it. Hubby was trying to get our garden done too but the bad weather hampered that quite a lot, so no where near as much done there as we had hoped. Have a great weekend xx

Annalisa Crawford said...

Happy New Year!

I discovered the joy of lists on Twitter a couple of months ago. It does make things much simpler. Your Christmas sounds blissful.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Happy New Year!
Before Google Reader died, it only took one click to import it into Feedly. Bummer that feature isn't available anymore.
And Twitter lists are a big plus.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Happy New Year! Glad you are getting organized and having a schedule. I think we're all trying to balance our writing and blogging more.

Dana said...

Sounds like you had a beautiful Christmas. Happy New Year!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Sounds like you've done some organizing. Our holiday was relaxing too. Have a great 2014.

Bish Denham said...

Wow! Sounds like you've have a productive week.

Here's to a fabulous 2014!

Cherie Reich said...

Happy New Year! Sounds like you had a relaxing yet productive holiday. :)

M.J. Fifield said...

Five great things. So glad you're making excellent progress on your WIP.

Nicole said...

Happy New Year! I joined the Feedly train last month, too. So far, so good, though it's often glitchy on my phone. Hope it helps you organize!

Lexa Cain said...

I have so much respect for you. You work so hard, organize well, are ambitious, and give yourself do-able goals. I hope you find even more success in 2014!

Christine Rains said...

Thank you, everybody. I took advantage of my hubby being home for a week and organized. Should make offline and online cleaning much easier for me! Have a great weekend. :)

Fanny Barnes Thornton said...

Pleased to hear you had a good relaxing holiday.
I can't imagine how you cope with so much blogging with all that WIP, and so many members. You are so well organized, Christine, you put me to shame. I haven't joined Facebook or Twitter yet. It's difficult to imagine juggling all this.
I wish you a wonderful 2014.

Rusty Carl said...

I'm the worst blog follower person on earth. I rarely know what I'm doing. So your adoption of feedly sounds like a great idea. I should do that.