WordWacker is 4!

Today is the birthday of the WordWacker blog. It’s 4 years old today, and I’m celebrating by looking back and looking ahead. As always, let’s begin with some statistics:

  • In the last year I posted 92 times, which means an average of about once every four days. This brings my total posts in the blog to 373.
  • The WordWacker Facebook page is now discontinued. It was never a big platform for me, with just a handful of subscribers, but I decided a few months ago to get off Facebook personally and deactivated my personal page, which means the WordWacker page is also no more.
  • I’m much more active these days on Twitter. I’ve got 121 followers over there, and I’m proud to say I lost none in the recent bot purge. I’ve been posting a haiku there every day for the last month or so, and plan to continue that. I also participate sporadically in some of the hashtag writing games, mostly #1linewed and #SciFanSat, but only if there’s something in my current WIP that fits the theme. Other than this, I drop occasional messages when I feel like it. You can see my most recent tweets in a feed here on the blog, and can follow me on Twitter @Celia_Reaves.

Looking at my blog posts over this past year, here’s what I find.

  • By far the biggest category was photo challenges. I was very active in the WordPress photo challenge, posting on that 41 times until it ended (I wrote about how much I’d miss it here). I’m not willing to live without a weekly photo challenge, though, so I decided to start my own as of July. There have been five posts relating to starting up this new challenge, and you can see the first entry here. I hope that over time more people will decide to join in and post links to their own images each week, but even if that doesn’t happen I’m still going to post an image a week based on a letter of the alphabet.
  • The second largest category was the A-Z Blogging Challenge, for which I composed a haiku word puzzle relating to each letter of the alphabet. There were 29 posts, one for each letter plus some extras like the theme reveal. This was the third year I participated, and it was still a lot of fun. The first and most popular letter was the letter A, but the letter G and the letter P also got lots of likes and comments.
  • I posted only seven times about my writing. The biggest one was in honor of the 4th version of the manuscript. In that post I said it would soon be going out for beta comments, and I’m at that stage right now. My plan is to revise based on their feedback (which will be version 9!), get another round of feedback, revise yet again, and then start querying with version 10. I’m also cooking an idea for a second book to work on, though my ambitious plan to draft it this month during Camp NaNoWriMo didn’t work out.
  • There were 10 miscellaneous posts on other topics: holidays like Christmas and New Year, Earth Day, and Star Wars Day, and some recognition of a photo of mine being chosen as a writing prompt for the A-Z Challenge.

Looking ahead, what do I see for the blog?

  • I will continue to post photographs. Those are my most popular posts in general, and I love doing them. If I can continue my weekly challenge, or even grow it, that’s great. If not, I’ll find some other way to keep posting pictures.
  • I will do the A-Z blog challenge again in 2019, and I will almost certainly use the same theme of haiku word puzzles. That’s a whole lot of fun to do.
  • Every year I vow to post more about my writing progress, but it never seems to happen. I’m not going to do that again. I will write about writing when I have things to say (as I always have), and especially if I reach some meaningful milestones. When I start querying, you’ll hear about it. I’ll probably post something when I get my 100th rejection, and my 500th. If I should get an offer of representation, you’ll definitely hear about that! If I get that second book up on its feet, I’ll write something about it as well. I also hope to do more reblogging of helpful information from other bloggers. There’s a lot of wisdom out there I can help to spread.

Oh, and there’s one more really important thing I want to say:

Thank you to my followers!
You make it worthwhile!

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Z Haiku #atozchallenge

~ people come to stare ~
~ the animals in cages ~
~ stare back through the bars ~

Here we are, on the last day of the A-Z Blog Challenge for 2018! The letter of the day, of course, is Z, which means today’s haiku suggests a word that begins with Z. Can you figure out what it is? Tell us about it in the comments, and thanks for playing along in this year’s challenge!

A Haiku #atozchallenge

~ people come to stare ~
~ the animals in cages ~
~ stare back through the bars ~

We’ve come to the end of the A to Z Blog Challenge for 2018! The last letter is Z, so today’s haiku suggests a word that starts with Z. Once you know what it is, let us know your answer in the comments.

If you want to see the other haiku puzzles in this year’s challenge, you can click here to start back with the letter A. And thanks for playing!

U Haiku #atozchallenge

~ from atoms to stars ~
~ all of it in just one word ~
~ everything there is ~

The letter of the day in the A to Z Blog Challenge is U, so that’s what today’s haiku puzzle is about. Can you guess the word that starts with U that fits with the poem? Tell us in the comments. (Here’s a hint: I’m currently reading Neil deGrasse Tyson’s book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, which I thoroughly enjoy – and you could say today’s word describes what that book is about.)