At the beginning of 2015, I made a post with some blogging resolutions to start the New Year. As 2015 begins, I’d like to revisit that list and see how I did.
I will try to find a balance between blogging regularly and getting burned out.
During 2015, I tried not to stress about how often I was blogging. There were periods of the year where I blogged more regularly than others, and there were times that I ignored posts like my Month in Review or New Acquisitions features. I didn’t have any major hiatuses (with the exception of the one caused by laptop keyboard failure), and blogging remained something that I did out of fun rather than obligation.
I will interact more with other bloggers.
I’m still not reading other blogs as much as I want to, and that’s something I’ll continue to work on in 2016. When I started blogging back in 2011, I was reading other book blogs on a daily basis. My personal and professional lives have since gotten much busier, and it’s hard to find a balance between what I want to do and what I can realistically expect to do.
I will work on my TBR pile and not get too distracted by shiny new books (*borrows 2014 goal that was a bit of a fail*).
This was a mixed bag. I read some books from my TBR, some new-and-shiny books, and I was able to read a bunch of the books that had been piling up on my Kindle. But I still have a lot of books on my shelf that have been sitting there for a few years now and are in need of some love.
As 2016 begins, here are my new blogging goals:
I will read what I want to read when I want to read it.
Even though I’ve been getting better about this, I let myself feel pressure to read books that I’ve received for review as soon as possible, and that leads to stress and burnout. This year, rather than focusing on my TBR pile, I want to allow myself to read impulsively and to pick up whatever book I’m in the mood for, whether it is old or new
I will try to finish series that I have started.
I read a lot of fantasy novels, which have a tendency to be written in trilogies. And there are a bunch of series that I started, read a book or two, and then put down. I’d like to complete some of them and see how they turn out!
I will try to be more connected with the book blogging community.
It’s been the community that’s really kept me going for all these years, and I’d like to make sure that I am contributing to and connected to all of the other great bloggers out there. This is something I’ve struggled with since grad school, and this year, I want to figure out a system that works and stick to it.
What are your blogging goals for the upcoming year?