Every year around this time, I like to think about my previous year on the blog and what I’d like to do in the future. 2019 is going to be another year of change and busyness for me – we’re moving again so a good deal of the spring is going to be tied up in packing boxes and unpacking boxes. Add to that certain career expectations I have been expertly avoiding, and there’s a few different aspects of my life that I just don’t know right now. And that is TERRIFYING for me. I’m the type of person who likes to feel like she has a measure of control over her fate, but there’s so much of life you just can’t control.
First, lets take a look at last year’s resolutions and see how I did!
I will not change the blog layout in 2018 ✓. – I would say this is an overall success! I did format a little this year, but I didn’t do a complete overhaul and I’m still very happy with the look and feel of this blog. It’s not as crisp and clean as some other book blogs out there, but it suits me.
I will cut down on the unboxings. ✓ – I was super good about this one. I did a couple unboxing early in the year, and just one unboxing for Scribbler in the summer, but that’s it. I tried a couple of little book boxes For November/December, but ultimately decided not to do unboxngs for them. What I may do this year is a couple of unboxings that are related to merch instead of books? Undecided. 😉
I will have more actual content. – The goal here was to add more discussion posts and less frivolousness and I would say I neither failed nor succeeded at this one. There have been some months where I rocked content, and others were it just fell flat (why yes December, I’m talking to you!).
I want to revamp my blogging structure. ✓ – I would say I succeeded enough to be content here. I spoke about dropping a couple features last year, and I’m glad I did. I think regular posts on Tuesday/Fridays have been a good fit, with the occasional feature or review thrown in for good measure.
I will finish back-formatting old posts. x – Oof, no, not even close. I think I’ve formatted into 2016 for regular posts, but there are still LOADS of old reviews that need to go into either UBB, or the Library, or both. Yeouch.
I want to blog hop better. x – You guys deserve so much more from me. I started off doing this really well at the beginning of the year, then faded out with Camp NaNoWriMo back in July and never really got back into it. This is something I’m mildly ashamed of and really want to improve on.
I will stop requesting eARCs from NetGalley until my rating improves. ✓ – This whole year, I’ve only requested a chandful of new books from NetGalley, and since the summer… only books I really wanted to read anyway. All of the eGalleys I have now are for this year so far, and since I’m not a fan of ebooks anyway, I think it really improved my reading motivation not to have a stack of “I’m doing this for the ARCs”.
I’m actually really pleased with my progress from last years goals as a whole. There were a few bumps in the road. I think NaNoWriMo really takes it out of me, because in terms of both engagement and content, July and November were killer months. That’s something really good to note, and I’m going to keep it in mind for next year. Additionally, going away for three weeks in April and September made me lose a bit of blogging steam and get behind on my posts.
Looking at my other real life responsibilities for this upcoming year, I’m going to take into account the things I have planned (two weeks of vacation and a move) and the things I want to accomplish, and make sure I continue to set both challenging and realistic goals for myself.
One of the hardest things for me is failure – it’s why I always hit the word count in NaNoWriMo. I don’t like the idea of failing. But it’s hard to grow if we don’t set difficult goals.
Don’t participate in NaNoWriMo.
I can’t believe this has to be a goal… but it does. While I love this event, I need to take a break from all these shiny new ideas and work on polishing the manuscripts I already have. Hand in hand with this comes a little extra energy to write blog posts.
Blog hop more.
This seriously needs to happen. Part of blogging is the community and I love you guys and the posts you have to share. Sometimes my brains is fuzzy from work + blogging + reading and I forget to do my rounds… and I don’t want to be that person.
Finish formatting old posts.
I hate having all these posts that are without SEO and with broken images and formatting. I keep pushing them to the back of my mind… but 2012 happened and I need to go deal with it. 😛
Book buying ban.
Woah, say what now? … Here’s the deal. I have now overflowed my bookshelves by enough books to fill a whole ADDITIONAL bookshelf. I am literally taking over the house with hard copy books. And, as such, I’m imposing a book buying ban upon myself. What does this mean?
Okay, so it’s a little loose.
- Books in OwlCrate are okay because I’m in love with that subscription box. But I’m not allowed to subscribe to any new boxes unless I unsubscribe to OwlCrate. I’m limiting myself to one book box at a time.
- If I have rewards dollars, I can use that towards a new book under TWO CONDITIONS. First, I must require that book in hardcopy. Reasons for this include a new release that’s impossible to borrow and I must have (*cough* The Devouring Gray *cough*) and books I’ve already read and know I love, but don’t own. SECONDLY, I must first donate a book I already own so I’m not increasing my numbers.
I’ve already pre-ordered Song of the Dead and Children of Virtue and Vengeance, so I’m giving those a pass here… and when I can preorder The Starless Sea you better believe that’s happening. But these are the rules. FOR THE WHOLE YEAR.
Read the books I own.
A couple years ago, I started The Great Bookcase Crusade where I try to read through all the books I own and weed them out. While this is a conceptually good idea, I’ve been buying a lot more books than I’ve been reading… so this goes hand-in-hand with the book buying ban. I’m not a book hoarder just to have the books – I really only want to own the books I love and keep a curated library. So I want to focus better on that this year.
Tidy up some of my blog pages.
This is a loose goal – I’ve been really focused on the posts, and I haven’t reformatted the pages in a while. The My Stories tab needs some love, for starters, and bits and pieces under About need at least some image updates.