If so, let us know at the linky:
Sometimes you need more than just a desire to achieve… which is exactly why Kait Nolan created the ROW80 a few years ago. The steps work, but #4 requires one extra bit… the sharing of progress. Because how can we support each other if we don’t know where we’re at in our various journeys?
So, here it is again, another check-in, a chance to give and get support from your fellow ROW80 members. Even if you’ve been behind for a while, a lax member whose been afraid to check-in because saying “no real progress” over and over again feels self-defeating… stop in, check in, and begin again. Today is a brand new day to build your dreams.
Annnd… another week down. The End of Round 1 is getting closer and closer, and that means it’s time to start thinking about new goals and about calmly assessing how we’re doing so far. It’s also time to check-in with our fellow ROWers for support, encouragement and for the fun of it. As usual, you have a few ways to share your progress:
No matter how you reach out, you’ll find friendly, supportive writers out there. There will be none of this… mostly. 😀
Ready to check in? Go ahead and click…
We’re nearing the halfway point! How is everyone doing? Making clear strides toward your goals? Feeling like you could use a little extra nudge forward? Just ambling along?
No matter where you’re at, here’s the place to tell us all about it. Just add your link to the little froggie.
And while we’re at it, a small survey of sorts (leave comments below). Is there anything I could add to the website that you feel would be a help to our writing community? Would you like a page listing writing resources? Writing-related blog hops? Inspirational posts of the kind we used to run here (I do have something in the works for that coming)….
Please, let me know. This is your ROW80 too.
Can you all believe that we’re already into Week 5 of this Round of Words? The New Year has been flying past us, with elections and stories… and general life distractions! I can’t speak for you all, but I know the wild world outside has put the crimp on my wordcount. But that’s what we’re here for: to support and cheer each other.
Report your progress below:
So y’all, let’s have a little talk. I started ROW80 back in 2010 (!!!) because I wanted a writing challenge that was more flexible than National Novel Writing Month. I felt like it was important to give writers a place where they could get that kind of support but set goals that work for their lives. From that standpoint, ROW80 has been, I think, a huge success. We’ve developed a great little community here–and that’s the thing. We are a COMMUNITY. Communities are (or should be) inherently SOCIAL.
The original incarnation of ROW80 was blog-based because that’s how the other non NaNo challenges I’d participated in were set up–and also because I was a super active blogger back then. But the world has changed. Where those first years, we averaged 40-50k visitors over the course of a year, we now are going to be hitting less than 20k. There’s been an enormous drop in traffic to the site because blogs just aren’t how people tend to do things these days. I’ve maintained the site and the linkies (not free) all these years and coordinated sponsors every round, and over the last couple of years it’s just gotten harder to do as I’ve had more and more on my professional plate. I didn’t even manage to recruit enough sponsors for Round 3, so some of these kind, awesome people have been pinch hitting and doing double duty.
ROW80 is not going away. But it is going to change. I have made the decision to put the blog in stasis. Well, it’s not going anywhere, because there are a lot of awesome inspirational posts here, but it’s not going to be the focal point of the challenge. Instead, we’re moving things TO OUR FACEBOOK GROUP. It’s just flat EASIER to post your updates there and get comments. And it makes for more of a community-oriented focus than the way we’ve done things up to now. There will be those who complain “Oh, but I’m not on Facebook!” just as there were those who argued “Oh, but I don’t have a blog!” I’ll say the same thing now as I said then: My challenge, my rules. This is a FREE support group maintained by me and it is your choice whether to participate or not. It costs you nothing to create a Facebook account, just as it cost you nothing to create a blog for the original version of the challenge.
I want to open the doors for everybody to post inspiring things there. Memes, articles, whatever. Not only because it relieves the burden of me needing to recruit sponsors, but also because it’s YOUR community and I think you have lots of valuable things to share.
Your fearless leader,
And so marks our final check-in for #ROW80 Round 3! Let us know how you did this round!
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