I started book blogging around late January, early February of last year, so 2016 is going to be my first full year book blogging. So this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is perfect for me: Top Ten Resolutions for 2016.
They left it pretty open to interpretation here. We could do resolutions for basically anything that we wanted to. But I wanted to make some book blogging resolutions for 2016…so basically anything book or blogging related. Go figure.
Okay, here we go:
Blogging Related Resolutions
- Don’t Stress About Stats So Much
This is something I very much need to work on. One of my lovely blogging friends, Sarah from Kerosene Lit, just turned off her stat counter on her blog. Turned. It. Completely. Off. When I saw that, I just kind of sat there like this:
I was in awe of her and so impressed because my stats are something I check way too much. Especially if I publish a post I’ve been working on for a long time or one that I felt really passionate about. I’ll check my stats multiple times throughout the day, hoping to see people respond to what I was writing.
And it ain’t healthy, y’all.
So. I’m going to make a goal here. To only check my stats once a week max. That’s it. Abidadbiadabidabida, that’s all folks! (Please tell me someone understands that reference). Okay? Okay.
- To Schedule Blog Posts Ahead of Time
These past two or so months, my blog posts and reviews have been pretty spotty. And that’s because school got hard and time-consuming. And I didn’t have any scheduled posts to fall back on. I think I posted in November like six times total (*gasp*). But I know some bloggers who have posts scheduled for the next three months (*double gasp*).
I just want to be able to have some cushion. Probably nothing insane. But I want to schedule posts when I have free-time, rather than waiting until the night before and then deciding I need to do other things. So my tangible goal here will be I hope to create at least a steady week buffer for my blog posts. This may not seem like much, but to have posts scheduled a week in advance would be a huge deal for me.
- Not to Request So Many ARCs
This is probably on everyone’s lists because it’s way hard. And because it’s so easy to just click that little Request button on Netgalley. Today I received an email about one of my Netgalley requests that I don’t even remember ever requesting. Like the book title didn’t sound familiar to me at all. But there it was, and I had definitely requested it.
And that just shouldn’t be happening for me. I should only be requesting ARCs of books that I am dying to read. And thus, I’m making the goal to only request ARCs that I would buy in store if I saw it. And I know, that’ll be hard to make a clear-cut goal with…but I’m pretty picky about the books I buy in store. It freaks me out to buy one that I’m iffy about because WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE IT AND I JUST WASTED MY OPPORTUNITY FOR A BETTER BOOK? *slowly breathes out, trying to calm down*
So I think this goal will work for me. I just have to question myself a little bit more before clicking that ever-so-tantalizing Request button.
- To Make More Blogger Friends
I’ve been trying to work on being more interactive in my blogging life lately, and I hope it’s working? I don’t know. But I want 2016 to be the year that I make deeper connections with other bloggers and to expand my
pretty smallblogging social circle. I feel like I have a lot of blogger acquaintances, but not a ton of “I’m going to @ you all the time and DM you when I need to talk without 140 character limitations because I’m super close to you.” Does that make sense?
So this goal isn’t a super tangible one. I’m not going to say, “Oh I want to make x amount of blogger friends this year,” because that’s not how I roll. But I’m going to be working on it.
- To Grow My Followers
I KNOW, I KNOW. I just said that I wasn’t going to be stressing out about stats as much. And I’m not. But I still want to grow my blog and expand it’s reach, yes? My goal when I started book blogging last year was 20 followers, which was a very small goal but it seemed very large at the time. I’m at about 140 now, which still isn’t very many. But I want to work on it, with things like Pinterest, Twitter chats, Linkys, and my own interactions on other blogs. Woooooooohoo.
- To Not Compare Myself to Other Bloggers
I have this issue bad. I’m always seeing other bloggers who post daily or who read 300+ books a year or who just have these super creative/beautiful/thought-provoking posts all the time…and I compare myself to them. I feel bad about my blog because of it. BUT THAT SHOULDN’T BE. I’ve worked hard on this blog, just as other bloggers have worked hard on theirs. Each blog has promise and potential and beauty and unique-ness of its own. While I can still appreciate other’s blogs, I don’t want to compare them to my own anymore.
My Other Bookish Resolutions
- To Go to More Author Signings
Guys, I love author signings. Last year I went to three, which is like infinitely larger than anything before because these were my first three author events. And they were big authors for me—Lauren Oliver, Sarah Dessen, and Sarah J. Maas. I want to continue doing that if I can.
Unfortunately, I don’t live in the NYC area and so I’m not around all the fifty bajillion bookish events that happen there. But there are quite a few that happen in a bigger city about 45-ish minutes from where I live. Like Marissa Meyer is coming on her Stars Above tour in February and I AM ALL OVER THAT. So I’ll be on the lookout. I want to meet authors that I love, whose work has impacted me. So I’m going to go if I can.
- To Not Stress Out So Much About That Darned Goodreads Goal
If you saw my Reading Challenges post from a couple of days ago, you would’ve seen that I originally posted my Goodreads goal to 75. After I published that, I decided to just go back to 100, which was my goal for 2015. And then because I’m crazy, I decided to up it to 110. Which is the amount of books I read total last year. But with book blogging, I seem to read a lot more books per month than I used to. Like my January and February last year were really small book-wise. And then by the end of the year, I was pulling out 10-15 books a month pretty steadily. So I just keep that momentum going all year long, I’m hoping I can get to 110.
But I’ve gotten off track. My goal is not to stress out about this number. If Goodreads keeps telling me that I’m a billion and two books behind schedule, I can take a deep breath and be okay with that.
- To Read More Adult Fiction
I was thinking about this the other day, that I’m pretty sure I read more adult fiction when I was a teenager than I do now. I think it’s mostly because I’m an English major and I have to read a lot of heavy material…that YA is a nice escape and release from that. But I still like adult fiction and I want to get more into that this year.
- To Branch Out Of My Reading Comfort Zone
This is one that I’ve been trying to do. I read my first non-school graphic novels last year, which I enjoyed and I never would have thought that I would enjoy those. I tried a short story anthology for the first time last month…and it was an alright experience. But I’m hoping to try more. And I want to keep doing this. It’s the only way I’m going to find what I like.
Before like two years ago, I rarely even read fantasy…especially high fantasy. Now you’ll hear me raving about certain high fantasy books. And it’s because I branched out of my reading comfort zone. So I hope to continue to do that!
Do you have any reading or blogging resolutions for the year? Link me to your posts or let me know in the comments! I want to see what everyone is working on.
Also, if you have any guidance or tips to help my accomplish my resolutions, PLEASE OH PLEASE let me know.