Here’s it is again, by beautiful monsters! That time of year where we look at the bright, sparkly future and dream of everything we could be, everything we want to be, and resolve that we will become that bright better person.
Small confession? I loathe New Years Resolutions. I feel like I’m seeing myself up to fail. Besides, who needs to wait until New Years to be a better person? Still, it feels like a fresh page. A new start. A “maybe I can do something for a full twelve months!” moment. So while I may not promise to change my eating habits (been working on that/failing for a couple years now) or to start exercising more (agh, time)… I will make a couple goals for The Literary Phoenix at least.
I will not change the blog layout in 2018.
This one is a hard one for me! I love messing around with aesthetics but there comes a point where a girl has got to settle. This layout it good. It’s clean. Not changing it again and revamping all the formatting and featured images AGAIN will help me better focus on content.
I will cut down on the unboxings.
Especially coming to the end of the year, I’m finding myself frustrated trying to fit all the unboxings in and still be timely about it. Additionally, I’m running out of hardcopy book space… so there’s that. I will probably commit to 2 subscriptions max in 2018… something my bank account will thank me for.
I will have more actual content.
Small fact of blogging: discussion posts are the best. From a statistical standpoint, they get way more views than anything else. From a readership standpoint, this makes perfect sense because they are far more interesting. I want to try and have an interesting discussion or content-based post (rather than lists and reviews) at least once a week.
I want to revamp my blogging structure.
This may not happen in January – this may not happen until June – but I want to look at my blogging schedule and change things up a bit. Right now, my schedule is as follows:
Sunday: 15 Minute Ficlets
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesdays
Friday: Book Blogger Hop
Saturday: Make-Your-Own Book Box
The open days get filled with tags and awards and reviews and unboxings. Tuesdays and Fridays are inconsistent because I don’t always have something to say about the topic. I want to look closer at my schedule and maybe cut down on posts.
To start with, I’m going to drop the 15 Minute Ficlets (because nobody participates, boo) and Make-Your-Own Book Boxes (because they are time consuming and don’t get many views) and I would like to focus my energy into building better posts for Tuesdays and Fridays. Plus I am STILL not happy with my review structure?
I may post something MYOBB-ish when inspiration hits, though!
I will finish back-formatting old posts.
This is an ongoing project as I keep changing my layouts, but I want to finish it. Updating dividers, inputting old reviews into the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin, and optimizing my SEO are all important background things I really want to get done.
I want to blog hop better.
For a while, I was excellent at this, but as the year has come to a close and I’ve gotten busier in real life, it’s fallen to the wayside. In 2018, I want to make sure I’m visiting a few outside blogs daily and reading new content. Because when you’re part of a community, that sort of thing is important, you know?
I will stop requesting eARCs from NetGalley until my rating improves.
Okay, my rating isn’t bad. I think I’m at 69% right now? And nothing has been archived without review. I have a schedule and I’m sticking to it, but I think I’d prefer to have 1 eARC/month rather than 4 so I can also focus on re-reading my personal library. I am a strong believer in sharing books that are older rather than harping on just the new and upcoming releases.
I think that’s enough blog resolutions for now! Some of these will be easier to keep than others – and y’all can hold me accountable. If you see me tweaking my overall layout, holler at me, okay?