Well, here we are. March. The month of, err… marching? March is always a funny month for me. January is great because it’s full of all the promise of a new year. February’s fun because of my birthday and Pancake Day (the two most important dates of the calendar year). But March. March is, well, March. It’s not quite warm enough to be classed as Spring, and nothing terribly exciting happens in its 31 days.
But whether I like it or not, it is March. And a new month means new goals to set – and then promptly forget about, if February is anything to go by. So let’s stop with the waffle and cut straight to the chase. Here are my March goals.
Stay off social media
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I spend a good chunk of my life scrolling, tweeting, re-tweeting, replying, and generally interacting with some of the fabulous people that grace my timeline.
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll also know that towards the end of February I said I needed to take a break from social media. And the reason I need to do that is because I want to be a better writer.
The two may sound unconnected, but if I spent even half the time I spend on Twitter writing and pushing myself to try new things, I’d produce a lot more content than I do now.
As much as I love Twitter (and trust me, I do love it), it’s allowing me to become lazy with my writing. I’m reading the same articles over and over because I’m following the same people; which means I’m writing the same kinds of essays and posts over and over because I’m not exposing myself to new ideas. I’m also just not writing all that much because I spend a good chunk of my free time scrolling.
Well, enough is enough. I’m not cutting Twitter out of my life entirely, but one of my main March goals it to use it less – and, more importantly, to use the time I would spend on social media writing instead.
Pitch three articles to publications
If you read my somewhat controversial piece about the blogging community, you’ll know that I’m trying to become a writer, not just a blogger.
Which means I need to start getting my work published in places other than this blog. Which means I need to start pitching ideas to publications.
I’ve pitched a couple of pieces (unsuccessfully) so far this year, but the only way I’m going to get myself out there is if I put myself out there. So one of my March goals is to pitch at least three articles to different publications. They may get rejected, they may get accepted – but I’ll never know unless I try.
Finish reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
I don’t spend nearly enough time reading – which is silly because I actually really love it. A few months ago I finally got round to ordering Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, and although I have started reading it, I’ve not yet gotten round to finishing it.
So this month I’m making it my mission to finish reading the wonderful collection of essays. I’ve loved what I’ve read so far, so this really shouldn’t be too much of a hardship!
So there you have it, my March goals. Let me know in the comments if you have any goals or exciting plans for this month!