As we begin the new year, I just want to thank each and every one of you again for making the blogosphere such a wonderful place. Book blogging has become my passion largely because I’ve met so many awesome fellow book lovers. Happy New Year’s!
And now, some blogging resolutions for 2014:
I will blog regularly and avoid major hiatuses.
I have some exciting news. As I begin 2014, I will also be starting a new job. It’s a great opportunity for me, and there will be a lot to learn. My goal is to make sure that even if life gets a bit chaotic, I’ll keep up with my blog and not take another hiatus like I did in 2012. More than a year later, I’m still playing catch up.
Similarly, I also started using Google Calendar to organize my blog posts and to spread them out properly. Lately, I’ve been sure that I have at least one review scheduled per week for the upcoming three weeks before posting more than once in the same week. This has made blogging a lot less stressful, because I can look at my calendar and know that even if I fall behind, I’ll have some leeway.
I will work on my TBR pile and not get too distracted by shiny new books.
I’ll still read a lot of shiny new books, but I’ll try to spread them out between books that have been on my shelf for a long time. There are people that I promised reviews to more than a year ago that I haven’t gotten to yet, and I’d like to make sure that they aren’t forgotten.
I will redesign my blog and make it more cohesive.
After switching to a self-hosted WordPress installation, I’ve kept my old theme to make the transition a bit smoother. After browsing other book blogs, I want something a bit more cohesive and put together. I’d also like to have more customization options than my theme currently allows. To get the kind of look I want, I might have to invest in a graphic designer, or at the very least a premium theme that gives me more flexibility. If anyone knows of any good designers for bloggers on a budget, let me know! I’ve also been considering upgrading some of my behind-the-scenes plugins to make the site run more smoothly. Moving to a self-hosted installation has been a learning experience, and I hope to make my blog even better as I learn more about the platform’s capabilities.
I will go to more bookish events.
I’m hoping to make it to either ALA or Book Expo this year. I’d also like to go to more book signings and events in the DC area. There are some great bookstores that host literary events, and I’d like to make the effort to go to more of them. This also means I need new business cards that reflect my blog’s current domain.
What are your New Year’s blogging resolutions?