Saying Goodbye to the Goals of 2019! (Week 52 in Review)


It’s finally that time, you guys. It’s time to look through 2019 and see what I made of my goals for the year. I won’t lie: there were definitely some failures and absolutely some very weak attempts, but there was also awesomeness as well. So first off, let’s take a quick look at what happened in week 52, the final week of the year:

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

I fully understood that writing was going to take a major back-burner on this last week; I mean, come on you guys…it was Christmas! But I also actually ended up writing a lot more than I was expecting to. I was determined to finish off my Ineffable Advent without missing any days, so I managed to find moments here and there and wrote as fast as I could. I can’t speak to the quality of the pieces, but the lovely people over at AO3 seem to have enjoyed them so I guess I did okay!

Long story short, I ended up writing 10,979 words right at the end of the year, which was pretty wicked in my opinion.

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words.  What’s even better than managing to write 11k words throughout the holidays is the fact that just under 10k of them (9956 words) were fictional ones! Once again we have my Ineffable Advent to thank for that one. I was plucking away like a maniac, let me tell you.

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

You’re probably going to laugh at me for this one…but I didn’t end up finishing A Christmas Carol. <<insert laughing/embarrassed emoji here>>

I definitely intended to, but every time I found a few moments during which I could read I chose to write instead. 😐 I trust you’ll forgive me for that one. One of these years I’m going to get through that book, I swear. lol

Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!

Social media usage slowed down as the holidays took over, although I still posted some stuff here and there as we celebrated together. Reasonably, viewing of social media was also down, but honestly? I think that’s a good thing. We shouldn’t be screwing around on our phones when we should be enjoying time with friends and family.

Last week’s numbers are as follows:

  • The YouTube channel went up 5 followers
  • The YouTube Twitter account stayed the same
  • The YouTube Instagram went down 4 followers
  • The Snapchat account’s score stayed the same
  • The Author Twitter account stayed the same
  • The Author Instagram account gained 1 follower

Basically another steady week with little to no movement in any direction. Except for five random new YouTube subscribers which, I have to admit, confuses me a tad. But hey, I’ll take it!

Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games.

I did play some games during the last week of the year! For one thing, Jason got me the Mana collection for the Switch, and I immediately delved into Secret of Mana because that game is nostalgia in a cartridge for me. For another thing I got Jason Mortal Kombat 11 and spent some time playing that with him. For ANOTHER we had company and ended up playing Smash Bros on the Switch for several hours. It was all a very good time. 🙂

Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel. 

There’s no pussyfooting around this one. YouTube was plainly and simply set aside until after the holidays. And since I’m currently in the process of flying back out West for work again (don’t worry, it’s only two weeks this time) there won’t be much done now until at least mid-January, unless Jason feels like filming some stuff on his own.

OKAY! So that’s how the final week of 2019 went, but how did 2019 in GENERAL go? Let’s take a look at the broad numbers!


Goal #1: Write half a million words.

The official word count total for all of 2019 is a whopping 472,304 words. WOO! It sucks that I petered off at the end so close to the actual goal, but as I mentioned in previous posts I am still more than pleased with these results. This is far, far more than I’ve ever written in a calendar year before, so I’m exceptionally proud of myself. I can only hope to continue this kind of pace into the new year (and decade)!

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words.  Okay, so I finally went back through all the numbers from throughout the year and did the calculations…and, you guys, I murdered this goal. I was fully expecting to pull this one off with the amount of fiction I’ve been writing these past months, but I didn’t expect it to be such a blow-out! It turns out that I wrote 347,105 fictional words in 2019. That’s nearly six short novels worth! Hot DAMN, right? ❤

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

As far as Goodreads is concerned, I only read 40 books last year. That’s still quite decent, but also means that I failed my Goodreads challenge.

That said, a very quick skim through the fanfics I’ve been reading tells me that I’ve read the equivalent of about 20 novels just worth of that stuff. So, take that as you will! In my personal opinion, reading is reading, so I did awesome. And if a bunch of that reading just happened to be sappy angelxdemon fluff-n-smut written by fellow hyper-fanatics? Well, that’s my prerogative and ya’ll can keep your mouths shut on the matter. 😛

Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!

Looking at the overall numbers for the entire year, everything went up, which is obviously a good thing. The numbers aren’t exactly huge increases though, so I’m finding it difficult to be overly proud about them.

2019’s numbers are as follows:

  • The YouTube channel went up 173 followers
  • The YouTube Twitter account gained 112 followers
  • The YouTube Instagram went up 56 followers
  • The Snapchat account’s score went up points
  • The Author Twitter account went up 44 followers
  • The Author Instagram account gained 235 followers

I wouldn’t exactly call those bad numbers, but they’re definitely rookie ones. Over the course of an entire year the biggest increase was a little over 200? Yeah, no, obviously I have to work harder in 2020.

Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games.

I didn’t really record this one in a way that I can give an overall report on, but suffice it to say that I didn’t end up playing nearly as much as I was hoping or intending to. Part of that comes down to the fact that I ended up out at work in Alberta for four straight months. Part of it is that when I had spare time I chose to spend that time reading or writing (which you can’t really blame me for). Part of it is just good ol’ fashioned failure to make an effort. But as this particular goal was mostly just about enjoying life a bit more, I’ll let it slide, because I enjoyed life just fine in 2019.

Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel. 

If there’s a failure on the list, this is the one. I’m not even going to make any excuses. There are definitely some good ones, and they’re legitimate, but the overall issue here is that I just haven’t been into it at all. I’m really hoping to turn it around in 2020, but 2019 just had so much else going on for me that I couldn’t find it in me to expend any excess energy on YouTube, especially after the “child-friendly” bullshit began and made everyone terrified to breathe on the platform.

Long story short, YouTube was pretty much a bust in 2019. But I’m not ready to quit yet, so fingers crossed for a significantly more productive 2020!

And that’s what it all boils down to! 2019 is gone, and while some of my goals may as well have not existed at all, some of them ended up being all kinds of success. Overall, I’m pleased, but I definitely have thoughts about the upcoming year! To hear about those thoughts, stay tuned for my Goals 2020 post, coming soon! 😀

How was your YEAR? Did you accomplish any goals? Make any new ones? Do anything else that made you feel awesome and accomplished? Feel free to share in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye to the Goals of 2019! (Week 52 in Review)

  1. I don’t think I ever said this before, but I kind of took some inspiration from your list of goals when I set my own goals for 2019. I had a word count goal, and I had a goal to read fifty books. I was successful with both.

    So I’m really grateful to you for giving me that inspiration, and also for your weekly reports, which reminded me every week what my own goals were.


    1. Awww, that’s so awesome to hear! Especially since my reports weren’t exactly always of the highest calibre. lol It gives me the warm and fuzzies to think that I could have been even just a little bit inspirational to someone. ^_^

      Congratulations on reaching each of your goals! It must feel nice! lol I hope to pull that one off this year. ^_~

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