Monday, January 7, 2013


I have discovered that I like joining blog hops. So I signed up for another one. Most of the time I find myself slammed up against the deadline trying to make my brain work hard enough to get it done. In the beginning they sound like a good idea, but it seems that life always gets in the way. This time I joined a blog hop that understand that everyone is different and has different goals. I  have joined A Round of Words in 80 Days, known as ROW80. 

From the site:

What Is ROW80?

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life.

We are all different and we all have different demands on our time.  Why should we all have the same goal?  The simple answer is that we shouldn’t.  If you want to be a writer, then you have to be able to roll with the punches and adapt to your changing circumstances.  If that means changing your goals when your life blows up, so be it.  ROW80 is the challenge that champions the marriage of writing and real life. For more on why I started it, see this post.

So here’s the skinny:

  • We have 4 rounds a year, each running 80 days.  
  • Your goal can be anything you like as long as it is measurable (e.g. number of words/pages, specified amount of time to spend on writing per day/week, number of pages edited, etc.–for more on what makes a measurable goal, see this post).
  • Once you have settled on a goal, you write it up on your blog (yes, you must have one) and link to it on the Goals Linky for the Round, which will be posted on the ROW80 Blog.
  • If your goal changes before the end of the 80 days, simply write up a new goals post and link to it on the latest check-in day.
  • We have check-ins twice a week on Wednesday and Sundays where you will update us the same way (e.g. write up a blog post of your progress and link to it on that day’s linky).
  • On Twitter we use a hashtag of #ROW80 if you wanna come hang out.  Or if you’re more into Facebook, you can find that here.
  • And if you happen to find us after a round has begun, just write up your goals post and hop on in whenever.  We’re a friendly bunch.
  • Be sure to grab the ROW80 badge from the sidebar on the ROW80 Blog(right click, save image location, then chuck it in your blog’s image widget or grab some basic image html and use a text widget).
Now back to me:

 So my goals are to write 1 hour every day with a goal of 1,000 words in that time. I will also post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I think I will be able to accomplish this hop and hope to meet lots of new people who are also walking towards measurable goals.


  1. Welcome to Row80 glad you decided to join us! I think you will find this is a fun group that is very supportive. I know I have enjoyed getting to know many of the members over the last year and feel I accomplished far more than if I hadn't participated.

    May this be your best writing year yet!

    Word Love to You,
    Morgan Dragonwillow

    1. Thanks for sopping by and the kind welcome.

  2. This is a great idea! It makes us accountable but not pressured when life gets topsy turvy :)

  3. Welcome to Row80 and good luck with your writing. Look forward to following your progress. Happy writing.

  4. This is my first round too. Good luck sticking to your goals!

  5. My first round, too. Here's to sticking to our goals!

  6. I love that you shared what ROW80 is all about. I've been a member of the community for quite a while and love it. I love, too, that you have a very SMART goal. All the best!

  7. It sounds like even I might be able to accomplish something like that! :) No, seriously, I think Row80 sounds like a hop that sets people up for success. Good luck!