The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 570 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 10 trips to carry that many people.

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Here are my own thoughts on 2015…

Last year, I started with six goals for the year.  I’d like to take a moment to review how I did with meeting each of those goals.

  1. I wanted to finish the seven remaining WIPs in my writing folders

In some cases, it took me until the end the year.  However, I managed to either finish all of my WIPs from previous years.  Some of them were stories I never imagined that I’d even go back to.

  1. I wanted to write consistently through the year

In past years, I had some months where I’d barely write anything and others where I wrote huge amounts of words.  Last year, I was far more consistent – writing between 40K and 50K each month.

  1. I wanted to continue to finish what I begin

Again, I ended up getting several ideas for new stories throughout the year.  I had a total of 54 pieces that were longer than 1000 words.  I didn’t manage to finish all of them.  However, I managed to finish the vast majority, which was a great improvement over the previous year.  I had fewer abandoned pieces and fewer lingering WIPs.

  1. I wanted to link my “orphan” stories together into larger works

I am proud to know that I had far fewer little short stories that didn’t go anywhere.  In spite of keeping up with my writing blog, I was able to interconnect my stories far more cleanly than I have in the past.

  1. I wanted to write more longer works, rather than so many short pieces

As a result of interconnecting my short pieces into longer stories, I was able to meet this goal as well.  My total of longer short stories was far greater last year than in the past.

I reached each of these goals and surpassed them.  It made me feel like the last year was one of great accomplishments where my writing is concerned.  Being able to sustain plots over long periods of time has always been a challenge for me.  I rose to that challenge and proved to myself that it was something I could accomplish.

My final goal…

  1. I wanted to edit what I’d written

Last year was not a big year for me with regards to editing.  I did have a few stories that I managed to edit.  However, the stories I edited were not on my list of “stories to edit”.  I also far surpassed output of my new stories, compared with stories edited.  This is one goal that I feel like I failed to reach.

However, I also think that, having shown myself that editing isn’t so hard and can be as fun as writing new pieces, I’ve gotten out of the negative mindset I’d been trapped in with regards to editing.  I feel like, going into the new year, I’ll be better prepared to actually edit my past stories.  However, I also plan to continue writing new stories.  I’ll strive to balance the two essential aspects of writing.

Here’s the summary of my reading for 2015 (from GoodReads):

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