I highly doubt you have seen every single post I’ve published this year. That’s a lot of content. And if I can’t remember half the posts I’ve published in the past 365 days, there’s no way you will.
So to celebrate making it to the finale of another year (woo!), I’ve put together a list of the top 10 posts you loved most in 2017 — almost as much as I loved writing them, I’m sure. Enjoy — Happy New Year, and here’s to an awesome 2018.
“It would have been very easy to give up early on in my blogging journey. I say that because many people do. They’re so worried about their small audiences and whether or not what they’re saying or talking about is “interesting” to the people around them that they just quit.”
“6. Wanting to agree to do another writing thing but oops you can’t create more hours in the day. Sad…”
“We always consider the consequences of what happens if we do risk everything, and everything goes wrong. There’s another question you should always ask, after contemplating whether or not a risk is worth taking. Should you take the risk? Also: What happens if you never do?”
“You can’t undersell yourself, and you can’t agree to work if it’s below what you know you need to charge. It’s not fun letting what seem like amazing opportunities slip away, but you need to make a living — you can’t say yes to everything.”
“Post five days a week, post every Tuesday, post once a month — it does not matter how often you post. Post good content, and post it on the day(s) and time(s) you say you will. Always.”
“15. You have to write every day, or you’ll never make it.”
“When people say you have to write about what people want to read, they don’t mean there are things you’re not allowed to write about.”
“You might know a lot about this thing you’re writing about. But if your only message to your audience is “I am the king, bow down to me and my advice,” well … good luck, I guess?”
“Writing with the aim of perfection isn’t a healthy way to write. And as I slowly begin weaving together ideas for a few new projects I’m already nervous about, I’ve realized I keep getting stuck staring at a Google Doc, afraid to write anything down — just in case it isn’t “good enough” the first time.”
“Being able to write makes you an asset in more than one area of your life. I know that some of you cringe at the thought of writing press releases or grants for the rest of your life. Those are options, sure, but writing doesn’t have to be a primary part of your day job for your skills to make a difference.”
Thanks, as always, for another amazing year. Novelty Revisions would never have made it to the end of 2017 if it weren’t for you.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.