Ten Blogging Resolutions for 2016

Posted January 5, 2016 by Carlisa in Top Ten Tuesday / 26 Comments

blogging resolutionsI 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 small blogging 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.
    online friends
  5. 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.
  6. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 


  • I totally understand that reference!!!! I was like Abi what? Then when I read the other three words, it clicked haha A friend of mine actually uses the clip at the end of every presentation she does at college.
    To make bloggy friends!! Hi I’m Genesis, but Gen is fine. Nice to meet you! Btw, love your name. I hadn’t heard it before so to me it’s unique 🙂

  • Lauren

    Sounds like you have quite a few good goals set for yourself. Personally, I would love to go to more book/author events. When you live out in the country it’s kind of hard to find ones nearby…

    Check out my TTT.

  • Your reference was not lost on me! Lol. These sound like great goals. I’m also trying to make more blogger friends as one of mine. So hi! And I suppose I’m trying to branch out a bit? Not a whole lot, but I do sometimes like to try completely different things because, as you said, how do you know what you like if you don’t try it? Here’s my TTT 🙂

  • I definitely need to stop worrying about stats and comparing myself to other bloggers! Why do we do it?! 😀 Great resolutions!

  • Bookevin

    Hello, Carlisa.

    Can I just start off by telling you how much I adore your blog? It’s like walking into a premier art store!

    I fret about my stats too and it’s very unhealthy so I totally understand where you’re coming from. But hey, don’t you worry about making blogger friends. I’ll be your blogger friend! I’m going to follow your blog and leave comments, Carlisa! That’s why I joined TTT. It’s so much fun interacting with other bloggers and don’t worry, I have a relatively small circle of blogger friends too.

    I’ve never been to an author signing because there aren’t many in Malaysia to begin with. I missed Lauren Oliver when she came in 2014 and I felt crap about it. But! Sarah J. Maas is coming in March and I’m bursting like a bottled up firework!

    Kevin @ Bookevin

  • Jazz

    You are a blogging soul sister. I have so many of the same issues you do with stats, comparing to other blogs, and scheduling posts. I loved it when I was scheduling things because I was less stressed about it, but I fell out of the habit. I try not to compare too, but its hard sometimes. I love each and everyone of my followers though, and I really want to make an effort to be more friendly with them and other bloggers.

    My TTT http://wp.me/p3ftwe-Nb

  • LOL that gif actually made me laugh out loud. Honestly, it’s been amazing not worrying about stats. I mean, of course, I could still look if I wanted to, but I’ve been choosing not to. But for someone like you, who requests ARCs, it’s hard not to look at the stats. You’ll just have to find a place somewhere in the middle. You can do it!! I believe in you!! 😀 I also want to read more adult fiction this year. I think I only read one last year. ONE! I just need to get back into the blogging groove, in general. I’ve been having such a hard time coming up with ideas. *sigh*

  • Scheduling blog posts ahead of time is also something I need to work on. I have a lot of ideas, but I can never sit down and just prep them. If I feel like writing, I just do it! But it’s something I have trouble with, so I must do better this year. Good luck with all your resolutions! I know it’s tough to avoid comparing yourself to other bloggers, but it helps if you just focus on what *you* want to do!

  • I stopped checking my stats a long time ago. I realized I was looking at them way too often and would be sad if one of my favorite posts didn’t get the love I wanted it to. It’s made blogging a lot less stressful since now I’m just posting what I want, and hoping someone likes it too! Even if it is only a few people! Also, let’s be blogging friends! 😀

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday!

  • I need to get my cushion built back up for scheduled post too. I love that you are turning your back on stats. They really shouldn’t come into play at all unless you are trying to sell ad space. Your level of satisfaction can and should be based on so many other things like good conversation and interaction. Best of luck with all of your goals in 2016.
    -Smart Dames Clever Books

  • Looney tunes references I love it xD AND GIFS! And dude… i very much check my stats all the time. You’re very so incredibly right. It’s not healthy. Every time I post something I refresh refresh refresh to see if I got views. IT’S NUTTY I TELL YOU! I must stop! All my resolutions are pretty much the same as yours 🙂 You really hit a lot of these on the mark. Bravo!

  • Ava

    I love your goals! I hope you reach most, if not all, of them! about the stats thing, I completely agree. I NEED to do what you’re doing (but it probably won’t happen. At least I’ll try not to check them as much.) I just started scheduling posts, and it’s so much easier! I hope 2016 is a wonderful year for you.

  • We have basically very similar resolutions. Great minds think a like! 🙂

  • OMG. I just realized that my stat counter is gone. I guess Blessie got rid of that when she redid my blog. I still check views on my posts, but I don’t really stress about it. Although I do get upset when I have over 200 views per post, but two comments. That bums me out.

    I like that you want to branch out and read more genres. I don’t think I’ve read a lot of high fantasy, but I do want to get there one day, too.

    Great goals and resolutions, Carlisa! I can’t wait to see how everything works out for you this year.

  • Sarah @ Aphonic Sarah

    My biggest resolution this year is to connect with more people in the community and try to involve myself more. Through tweeting to more people, taking part in the Twitter chats and commenting more on peoples blogs! 😀

    I am not one for reaching for a book outside of my comfort level, so maybe I should work on that one too. >_> 😀

    • Connecting with people is something that I’ve definitely been trying to work on as well. Sometimes it can just be hard though! I hope it works out well for you! 🙂

  • Jo Elliott

    Good luck with all your 2016 resolutions!

    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/top-ten-tuesday-38/

  • The little click button is definitely addicting on NetGalley. I had to limit my ARC requests last year because it got to be a lot. Making more blogging friends is also on my resolution list this year as well. Great list, Carlisa! 🙂

    • Ahhh the click button! It’s just SO easy to request them and it’s definitely my downfall.

  • These are great goals! Mine are very similar, except the ARC thing. I’ve never really requested any ARCs so one of my goals is to try that out for the first time this year!

    • I mostly just use Netgalley to request ARCs as it’s a lot easier than requesting physical ones from the publishers. But I hope that you start requesting! Let me know how that goes 🙂

  • I only occasionally check my stats, and I was happy to see they were growing at a nice, steady pace. Until I looked closer, that it. Turns out I had a lot of bots crawling my pages and artificially increasing my stats. Had to filter out Russia, Indonesia, the Ukraine, and two other countries from my results to get a more accurate picture. I was a bit horrified by the new numbers. I’m getting ready to début a line of bookish clothing designs, so the dramatically reduced numbers are a sign I need to get my butt in gear.
    Good luck on your resolutions!

  • Nori

    I absolutely love your resolutions! I’m hoping to try and look at my stats less this year also, but knowing me…well, we’ll see what happens. For a month or two I was on an amazing schedule and was blogging 2 months in advance- and now, well, let’s just say I only have 2 scheduled posts. Oops? After ALAMW (and 100+ ARCS), I am DEFINITELY not requesting a lot of ARCs. No way, no how. I WILL BE YOUR BLOGGER FRIEND! *hugs* My DM’s are always open. <3