Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2015

Posted December 30, 2014 by Debby in Uncategorized

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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.

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.

That’s it! What do you think of my resolutions?



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13 responses to “Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2015

  1. Best of luck with all your goals! I’d love to see some new stuff brought to the table in the BookTube community. I’m kinda getting sick of all the usual stuff as well. But I can’t think of anything sorry! >< I hope that you can stay less stressed. I know what you mean about feeling like your blog is an obligation even though it's not. I guess sometimes we just forget that it really is just a hobby. Plus, all your readers won't mind if you ever need to slow down or take a break! 2015 will be the shit! 😀

  2. I tend to stay in my blogger shell a lot, too, and I really want to work on it this coming year. I’m also not really into the whole booktube thing either, but I have put together some book haul videos. I’d love to see what idea you come up with.

  3. Haaaa, you looked at your 2014 goals. You are so brave. I’m just going to pretend they didn’t exist, because I imagine I didn’t do most of them.

    I think I’ve mostly given up on author collaboration. I’m just never sure what to do with them. :/

    Ooooh, I’m doing so well on series finishing. I should include that stat when I finally do an end of year post…of some sort. EEK. I AM NOT READY.

    Spreadsheet’s all (well, mostly—I need to do some cleanup of Caught up versus behind) updated and I can now say that I “finished” 30 series in 2014. Of course, I’d imagine a few of those will end up having more books in them, but I can’t know for sure, so I’m counting them for now.

    I’m not even managing book hauls, but I should probably do some vlogs of some sort eventually.

    YES GRAPHIC NOVELS. The thing that sucks is that they’re really hard to get. My library’s selection sucks. 🙁

    Pretty sure there are about two people in the whole world I could handle as cobloggers so I doubt that will ever happen for me. Good luck on your search!

    Hmmm, I sort of want to do blogger events, but also I’m just not a joiner. I’ll probably always be a solitary blogger. BEA is my blogger event.

    It is so hard to resist requesting all the ARCs. SO HARD. But I’m actually getting things under control now that I’m DNFing what doesn’t grab me. If I’m bored, BUH BYE BOOK. Unless I’ve been promised that it gets better. Boring books sap my will to read.

    I seriously do need to calm down. I’m getting less books than I have for years, but I need to remember it’s not a failing, but a choice. Getting to read more stuff for myself feels so freeing. Yes, I like the ARCs, but I have money and can buy what I really want. Plus, library. I’m also learning to appreciate egalleys again, now that I have time for them.

    • I actually checked on my 2014 goals regularly throughout the year to keep myself on track, because I’m Type A like that 😛

      Yeahhh, but your interview with Katie was so cute and and I dunno. I’m trying some things out. Some more blog tours and guest posts. But I feel like I need to come up with some *new* concept, because everything’s been done before.

      30 finished series. I am not worthy. x_x


      BEA counts as a blogger event! Very doubtful I’ll make it there this year, with job and finances all a bit up in the air, but if I did, that would count. Though I didn’t really socialize with *new* people much there either….. D: WHY IS SOCIALIZING SO HARD.

      I think I’m doing well in disillusioning myself about ARCs, because they tend to be the bulk of my 1-3 star reads. If I read books from my own collection, which have been selected super carefully, I’ll probably have higher average ratings! I need to keep this in mind and just keep being super selective.

  4. I’m always behind on blog events. Like you, most of the times I find out about them when they are almost over. I’m curious to see what you might do with the blog design 🙂 and I’m with you when it comes to finishing series! I need to make more time to binge-read them when I have the chance.

  5. I would love to make finishing series a priority/goal in 2015 but it doesn’t seem likely because I have so many unbought books in series. But I do get what you mean about binge reading a series. There is just something about doing that which makes them even better. Probably because you can stay constantly immersed in the world. It’s well worth the investment. [:

    Like you I am trying to make it a priority to put myself out there more and get more blogging buddies. I have a couple relatively close ones but the majority have quit blogging or at least slowed down so I’d like to get more active in the community myself. And if I could stress about that and everything else less that would make 2015 perfect in my eyes.

    • I’ve considered implementing some kind of rule for myself that I can’t start buying a new series until I’ve finished another one… something like that might help you! I get what you mean though, it gets overwhelming to have to collect all those books.

      Lots of bloggers have been quitting lately and it’s really sad 🙁 I didn’t even realize how out of touch I was until I saw all these new faces on Twitter and all the old ones had kind of disappeared. I guess this is what I get for growing complacent and not putting myself out there more.

  6. Your goals look great. I’m glad I’m nit the only one that has to remind themselves to jot stress over a hobby. I’m also trying to get out of my blogger shell more next year. Good luck with your goals.

  7. I’m so scared to do #1 as well! I I just feel like I’m not interesting or funny enough to hold an nice interview but I’m definitely gonna change that next year! BUT YES TO #5!! If you can’t find graphic novels, then you should probably give some manga series a try 😛 Who knows if you’re gonna enjoy it like Maid-sama 🙂 And I don’t think I’ll be participating in a lot of blogger events like readathon or binge-reading. I really wanna do it cause it might motivate me to read but at the same time, I feel like I’m gonna neglect it anyway if I have some tests during that week haha.

    Good luck with these goals, Debby! ^^

    • Right, the problem with interviews is that you need to make it kind of different. I don’t want to just ask stock standard questions of, “How did you come up with the book? What’s your favorite part? How was your writing process?” because ehhhhhh. If I wouldn’t necessarily read it, I shouldn’t be writing it either.

      I have read plenty of mangas in the past. There’s a reason that was not my resolution.

  8. #2 is a good one. I’ve started so many series in the past year or so. I can count the number of sequels I’ve read on one hand… and the number of series enders I’ve read is even smaller!

    Good luck with your goals for 2015!

    • Seriously! There are a couple of series that I’m 1 book away from finishing, and I just need to DO IT. I can’t believe I didn’t read Ruin and Rising last year. Such a fail.