2015 Plans for Untamed Writing

2015 Plans

2014 was a good year for Untamed Writing. 2015 is going to be even better. Here’s what I’m planning to do:

The Advanced Class

So I guess you’ve probably already figured out that this is a big part of my plans for next year. I want to finish up the beta test of The Advanced Class: How to Score Highly Paid Blogging Gigs, get feedback from my students, tweak it, make it awesome, get it professionally designed, and then launch it to the public.

The Master Class

What’s this, you say? A SECRET PROJECT? Yes indeed. I don’t expect I will get this completed by the end of the year, but I’d like to start work on it at least.

Coaching Services for Freelance Writers

One thing I’ve been thinking about for a while is launching coaching services for freelance writers. A few people have asked me about it, and I’m now doing it behind the scenes with a few of my Advanced Class students. I like it. It’s fun and I want to do more of it. I want to help more of you get better clients and quit your jobs, and this seems like a fine way to do it.

REDESIGN

I was going to call it a rebrand, but the brand will really be the same. Just more awesome. So what I’m really talking about here is a redesign: I want a spanky new logo and a slicker, more organised design for the website. Speaking of — if you know anybody, let me know: karen@untamedwriting.com

Blog Twice Weekly

That’s right, kids. I’m going to start publishing blog posts TWICE A WEEK. Dun dun duuunnn! From now on, you can expect to see new blog posts on Untamed Writing every Tuesday and Thursday. Except tomorrow, because tomorrow is New Year’s Day, dude, and I’m probably going to be hungover.

Blog More for Writers

Since this blog started, it’s been targeted at a broader audience of people who want to run online businesses. But it’s become more and more apparent to me over the past few months that most of you are aspiring writers. Probably aspiring writers who want to run businesses from your laptops and live life your own way. So I’m going to talk more about stuff that will be directly useful to you guys.

Pitch One Guest Post Per Week

Last year I had in a mind a vague ‘get some guest posts published’ thing. As a result, I only had two guest posts published. Both of them boosted my traffic considerably, and it never sank back down to what it was before. There’s a lesson here. I’m going to heed it and commit to pitching one guest post per week. Note that the goal here is not to get a guest post published every week, because that’s not under my control. But pitching IS under my control, which is the way goals should be.

Stop Being So Shit at Social Media

Sometimes I’m amazed I’m doing so well when I consider how abysmal my marketing efforts are. As you can probably tell from how I’ve titled this goal, I haven’t thought a great deal about it. I just know I suck at social media and that it’s an important part of marketing, especially when you run a personal brand like Untamed Writing. I experimented with using Buffer this year, and it was pretty cool. I need to pick that back up again, methinks. And probably make sure I, you know… post on social media daily. I’m thinking a couple of times a day on the Facebook page, and several times a day on Twitter. I actually enjoy doing both things, but I just never make time for them. CHANGE, THIS MUST.

Study More

I’ve bought multiple courses this year and done nothing with them. Also books. I read a grand total of seven business-related books this year, which is a fucking poor effort. And some of them are only loosely ‘business’ related. I want to devote at least one ‘slot’ per week to studying. This should be easy because, again, I enjoy it. SO WHY THE FUCK DON’T I DO IT? Because it’s easier not to, of course, lazy bones.

PRODUCTIVITY

Ah, now here is the big one, on which all others rely. Last year I said I was going to work on my productivity and, well… I kind of did. I tried. I failed. This year I’m going to take it more seriously. So seriously that next week’s first blog post (because there will also be a second, huzzah!) will be exclusively about this. The main things I want to get to grips with are working consistently, not leaving everything to the last minute, and experimenting with different work schedules to see what works for me. Right now, I work Monday to Friday, but my hours are ALWAYS different and — I’m not going to lie — sometimes the only thing I do is respond to emails. The only way I’ve managed to move my business forward this year is by forcing myself to be accountable to others. I want to become accountable to myself, too. Basic thing I need to get to grips with? Doing things in advance. If I do things in advance, I will do things better and I won’t be so stressed. BOTH SUPER IMPORTANT THANGS, GUYS.

Fuck, and that’s it. What are your biz-related goals this year? Want to score a certain number of clients? Want to find your first client? Want to quit your job? Share in the comments down below! And then don’t be surprised when I come a-knockin’ this time next year to ask if you’ve actually achieved what you set out to do.

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    8 Comments

    1. Great post Karen! My goals for the year are to start a freelance writing business and of course everything that goes with (scoring clients, quiting my job, etc) and to be more productive in all areas of my life. Last year, I just sat around on my ass wasting the day away on the internet or watching tv most of the time. I’m sure you can agree that is NOT a great way to spend your life. Maybe spending one -two days a week like that wouldn’t be so bad, but doing that every DAMN day is just ridiculous. I hope your goals for the year succeed ,and I look forward to your new work! Happy New Year!!!

      1. Thanks Amber! And I hear you on the ass-sitting thing! I did way too much of that in 2014. Good luck with starting your writing biz! I hope I’ll write some things you’ll find useful for that ;)

    2. My plans for this year include actually attempting to start the business that I left my job for, 3 months ago. But I might just think about it for a few more months instead.

      Good luck for 2015!

    3. Tonight I discovered the $100 Club (via searching for how to run a get-me-the-most-subscribers-and-win-a-cool-collectible-Starbux-mug contest), and then I discovered you, Karen—-your zany yet inspiring story, to be exact, and your badass, incredible writing talent.

      I’m a brand identity designer so I had to check out your badass awesome website. It wasn’t badass. It was not congruent with your writing style. Which meant it wasn’t awesome. Especially the logo. Shit. I was disappointed. But then, you’re a writer, not a designer. Oh well. I just kept on reading, and really enjoyed what—-and especially how—-you write. You sure know how to pen kick-ass copy, Karen.

      Then—-I saw one of your 2015 goals in 27 or 36 point caps:

      REDESIGN

      That put the bad back into badass. So you actually are aware you need a badass image to brand your badass style. You even asked if anyone knows anyone who knows a badass designer. Well, guess what?

      (Keep guessing.)

      Yes, of course I’m going to tell you I’m that guy. But you’ll never guess the next part…

      My work is professional. World-class. State of the art. Whatever hyped-up term you want to use. How about top shelf–like the whisky you used to pour. (Used to pour. Never again! Except for friends. Except for free.) Speaking of free…

      My fee for a single logo starts at $2500. A corporate identity package is $4500 and up.

      But here’s the part you weren’t gonna guess: I’ll design your logo absolutely free.

      I may ask you to help me with my bio. I can’t seem to write a good one. It’s either too vague or too long or too goddamn egotistical. I need to convey that my work is beyond brilliant. Because it is.

      (You don’t have to help me write my bio, though, because when I offer something for free I mean just that. No strings attached whatsoever. I might never even get around to the bio thing, anyway.)

      So why in the world would I offer to give you a $2500 logo for free?

      • Because I love the concept of this $100 Club. It’s really cool. People have helped me along the way in my career. This is like giving back.

      • I love the entrepreneurial spirit and admire anyone who has it, like you, Karen. (My father was just a barber, but his service was second to none. His customers loved him. He was “CEO” of the best barber shop in town (chief janitor, too). When he was deathly ill he still suited up and went to work everyday during those last two weeks. The haircuts were getting shabbier and shabbier, but more and more of his old customers were lining up at the door. They loved my dad. That was my first lesson in entrepreneurship—treat your customers like family.) Here’s a tribute to my dad: http://amperart.com/51-salt-pepper-3/

      • I want to make sure you get not only an untamed logo, but a professional one. There are good logos out there that look abstract or grunge, but they really have solid design “rules” as a foundation. Same with your writing: I can tell you know all the proper rules of structure, grammar, punctuation and such—but you break the rules all over the place. That can only be pulled off when you know the basics in the first place. So your logo should be “untamed” but also exude a sense of professionalism.

      • Finally, I kinda tripped up when I read you lost your father just a couple years ago. Mine died at the same age I was last year, so he’s been heavy on my mind lately. I want to give you a gift that will help your business prosper to its full potential…so your dad can look down on you, Karen, with immense pride as a successful writer and entrepreneur.

      Now stop re-reading the sentence that says your logo will be free. It’s not a typo. Not a gimmick. I just feel good about doing this for you.

      There’s a slightly longer version of this post with a few links in an email to you.

      Have a happy new year, Karen. Because you fucking can.

      1. Holy fuck, Chaz! You’re awesome. I’m going to email you, either later today if I can, or tomorrow if not. Winner winner!

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