This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here.I actually really enjoyed making these for 2014 – and I actually did really well too! Except for reading more adult books, reformatting ALL blog posts (though I got all the reviews done), and finding a co-blogger, I pretty much finished the list! Let’s hope I can do this again with my list for 2015!
1. Collaborate with authors.
In the past year, I’ve been blessed enough to actually interact with a bunch more authors than ever before, and every time I’m like, “I should totally invite them on the blog and do…. SOMETHING.” I need to work on this. I need to spend some time thinking of interview questions and stuff, creative features to do with them – you know, put the orangey twist on there – and DO IT.
2. Finish EVEN MORE SERIES.
This was one of my resolutions for 2014, and to an extent, I accomplished it for sure. In 2013 I finished 6 series – in 2014, I finished 11. But, I kind of want to make it my sort-of-official, sort-of-unofficial goal to finish one series per month. I also want to get more into series binging. To just dive into one world until it’s done.
3. Make more connections with bloggers.
Especially in the second half of 2014, and after plenty of drama in the first half, I noticed I was more or less retreating into my blogger shell. Yeah, I have a couple of really close blogger friends, but I’ve been so busy that I don’t really take the time to make connections with others or to make my current connections stronger. Of course, this will take a bit, since January will be absurdly busy with moving, but I do want to work on this.
4. Do a bit MORE with YouTube.
To be clear: I’m not into the whole BookTube thing, because a lot of the really popular channels there are just… eh, there are a lot of things I don’t like. But I want to do something OTHER THAN book hauls. What exactly that will be, I don’t know yet. I have a couple of ideas bouncing around but I want to work on this. (If you have anything you’d like to see me do there, be sure to let me know! Always open to suggestions!)
5. Read more graphic novels!!
I looove the idea of graphic novels, but I keep skipping over them because they can be so expensive to buy. But I come from a manga-rich history, so I definitely get the appeal. I’ve reviewed a couple graphic novels on the blog in the past, but I want to do MORE.
6. Find a co-blogger?
I’m going to put this on the list again though I don’t know how confident I am in this. I mean, for the long term viability of the blog, I think I need a co-blogger. Now that I’ve entered the real world of adulting, my free time is reducing and currently almost all of that free time is devoted to blogging. I need a co-blogger or I need to reduce the amount of content I put out and… I dunno. I just don’t want to settle, you know? I want to find the right person.
7. Participate in some blogger events.
So far, I’ve been a pretty solitary blogger. Usually I find out about readathons, readalongs, or other fun events way late and then end up saying EFF IT. But taking the time to participate could also help with resolution #3. Does anyone have like a compilation post of book blogger events? Or maybe I should make my *own* events. …But that requires effort. Eh.
8. Find a better balance with ARCs.
I talk a big game about not taking on more ARCs than I can handle, but towards the end of 2014 I just completely killed that again by requesting ALL OF THE THINGS. I need to give myself the freedom to read more things already on my shelf. Seriously. 4-5 ARCs per month. That is the goal. (January and February notwithstanding because I already screwed myself there.)
9. Stress less.
I pride myself on my scheduling and organization, but I’d be lying if I said I’m not constantly anxious and stressed out about making my own deadlines. I need to chill, because this is a hobby, seriously. I need to take blogging breaks when I need to. I need to give myself the flexibility to reduce the amount of content when I need to. I need to not freak out if there are three book reviews in a row because *others* may not like that content. Psh. Stop caring so much about what publishers, bloggers, readers, etc. all think about what I’m doing and saying on here. It’s MY blog. They can like it or not. I’ve been so insecure this year about the opinions of others, and it needs to end.
10. Give the blog a design update!
I’ve had the same layout since November 2013 and I’m itching to change it up. I was maybe going to do that at the end of the year, but then it got really busy and I went away and asdfjkl; I’m a perfectionist, so this will take quite some time and effort, but I definitely want to do it soon.