Goodbye November, Hello December!
Who else feels like the holiday season snuck up on them? I can’t be the only one! I swear 2019 has gone by in the blink of an eye and I’m not really sure how that happened.
November was a bit of an odd month for me because I was busy, but also not…if that makes sense? I finished up some pretty big projects in November and once they were done, I didn’t have much going on in terms of work other than my usual monthly projects. Not that that’s a bad thing—it was nice to catch my breath a bit!
I did a lot of traveling in November, too. I made two trips back home to visit my family and meet with my Fargo-based clients. In total, I think I spent about two weeks out of town, which is a lot for a homebody like me! Both trips were super successful though and I landed a new client and also had a semi-new client confirm a contract for 2020. So, if things keep trending in that direction 2020 will be off to a great start!
Last month I mentioned how excited I was to decorate for Christmas. I’ve always been a die-hard, wait-until-after-Thanksgiving kinda person but I didn’t make it! I tried, I swear but in my defense, Thanksgiving was a week late this year so I was technically right on time.
What about you? Did you hold out until after Thanksgiving or were you all in as soon as Halloween was over? Let me know in the comments.
Anyways, let’s get to it!
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November Goal Review
As usual, I set my goals for the month using my Powersheets planner from Cultivate What Matters. Here’s how I filled out November’s Trending List and what I actually accomplished last month.
Update my Freelancer’s Guide to Setting Rates freebie ✅
I was on such a roll in November, that I actually updated my Freelancer’s Guide to Choosing a Niche freebie too!
Monthly Action Items
1. Publish 4 new blog posts ✅
2. Send 2 emails to The Quiet Type subscribers ✅
3. Read a personal development/nonfiction book ✅
Weekly Action Items
1. Check + respond to blog comments ✅
2. Post 3 Facebook posts ❌ – I wasn’t quite as consistent as I meant to be. I think I averaged about 2 posts/week instead of 3.
3. Publish 1 new blog post ✅
Daily Action Items
1. Gratitude ✅
2. Practice hand lettering ❌ – As much as I want to be as good at hand lettering as people on Instagram, I didn’t devote any time to practicing. Oops!
3. Read from a personal development/nonfiction book ✅ – I read/listened to Get Scrappy by Nick Westergaard in November. I did a lot of traveling for work, so I listened to the audiobook while driving and then read when I had the time. Overall, I really liked this book. It had a lot of great insights into how to be smarter when it comes to digital marketing. I definitely would recommend checking it out!
Blog Posts I Published in November
All in all, I published 4 new posts and updated one existing blog posts:
- Best of October 2019 + Powersheets Progress
- 4 Simple Tips for Marketing Your Online Business
- 7 Easy Ways to Get People to Subscribe to Your Blog
- How to Impress a Freelance Writing Client (And Keep Them Coming Back for More)
- 5 Tips for Sending Holiday Cards to Your Freelance Clients in 2019
Free Tools I’ve Been Loving
This is going to come as no surprise to those of you who have been following along, but my #1 tool of the month is Grammarly. It saves me so much time with editing and I really love the built-in thesaurus feature! I tested out a free 30-day trial of Grammarly premium in October and I loved it so much, I upgraded during Grammarly’s Black Friday sale. I use Grammarly every day and the free chrome extension makes it super easy to do. Fun fact: since I started using the free version of Grammarly last December, I’ve written over five million words!
One of the coolest features of Grammarly premium is the plagiarism checker. As a freelance writer, I want my clients to have original content, so having the ability to compare work to billions (yes, billions!) of online works is so helpful. Grammarly will highlight content that matches another site and create a citation for it.
Another feature I love is that I can set “goals” for whatever I’m writing. Basically, you customize how Grammarly checks the document by selecting goals for your audience, domain, formality, tone, and intent. Then it gives you suggestions to help your writing fit those goals. So cool! If you haven’t checked it out yet, you definitely should!
My Favorite Blogs Posts from November
- How to Set Up Trello for Freelance Writing Success (Contenta)
- 15 Types of Content Marketing You Can Use to Stand Out Online (My Client Strategy)
- 9 Boundaries to Set With Your Clients (Erin Flynn)
- 9 Habits of a Highly Confident Women (Everything Abode)
Books I Loved in November
While I read a whopping 14 books in November. I’m not quite sure how I managed it but I’m not complaining! Here are some of my favorites from the month:
- The Family Upstairs* by Lisa Jewel
- Ninth House* by Leigh Bardugo
- Never Tell by Lisa Gardner
- Josh & Hazels Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
*These were my Book of the Month choices for November. Interested in getting a FREE book? Use my link to sign up for a Book of the Month membership and you’ll receive a free new release hardcover book of your choice! I always look forward to the first of the month when the new selections are released for Book of the Month. Check it out here!
Magic Moment of November
Something really cool happened in November! One of my long-term clients got in touch to see if I would be interested in a possible referral he had for me. He had met a woman who was starting a high-end lifestyle magazine in my hometown and she was looking for a writer to join her team. After hearing more about the project, I was to him I was interested and he put me in touch with her. We chatted for a bit and she ended up hiring me as her writer/editorial coordinator, which I am so excited about! We’re currently working on the launch issue and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!
I can’t believe I’m just about done with Powersheets planner! I’ll be doing a review on my experience using the Powersheets planner in the new year, so if you’re on the fence about purchasing one, check back then. If you’d like to get your own Powersheets planner, the 2020 version is now available and there are some super cute designs. Get your own here!
Define my goals and set my intentions for 2020! I have some pretty lofty goals in mind for the new year, so I want to do everything I can to help myself reach them.
Monthly Action Items
- Publish 4 new blog posts on The Quiet Type
- Publish 2 new blog posts on my business website
- Send 2 emails to The Quiet Type subscribers
- Update my blog theme (I purchased the Willow theme from 17th Ave Designs during the Black Friday sale.)
- Prep my business for 2020 → Check out this blog post to see how I’m going to do that.
- Send holiday cards to my clients → Get my best tips for sending client holiday cards from this blog post.
Weekly Action Items
- Check + respond to blog comments
- Post 3 Facebook posts
- Publish 1 new blog post
Daily Action Items
Alright, I think that’s everything! If you’d like to check out my previous roundups to see the other freebies and goodies I’ve recommended in the past, click here.
Katie Jenison is a freelance writer offering copywriting, blogging, and ghostwriting services. She works closely with home builders, remodelers, interior designers, real estate and property management professionals to help them create content marketing strategies, improve their digital presence, generate leads, and engage with their target audience. Katie also helps freelance writers and creative entrepreneurs pursue their dreams of working from home by providing tips and advice, business strategies, and writing tips on her blog, The Quiet Type. Download her free workbook, A Freelancer’s Guide to Setting Rates, here.