New Year’s Blogging Resolutions

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?

16 thoughts on “New Year’s Blogging Resolutions

    1. Thanks! I’d like to keep up more with reading blogs and not just writing on my own. I’ve been getting a bit better about that lately, but I had been quite behind for a long time.

  1. Those are all great resolutions. Congratulations on the new job, I’m very excited for you.

    Look forward to seeing the new site layout.

    I too want to blog a little more regularly vs. periods of excess followed by periods of drought.

    1. Thanks! I’m excited to be trying my hand at something new. 🙂

      I still have no idea what I’d like to do for a layout, but I want something that looks nice and that I can stick with for a long time. I’m also hoping for something responsive that looks good on a cell phone, because I find myself showing friends things I’ve posted on my phone and am just kind of like argh, this could look better.

  2. Congrats on your new job! Very exciting.

    Those are some great resolutions. I hope you are able to make it to BEA – I went in 2012 and it was a fantastic experience.

    1. Thank you!

      I went in 2012 too! It was like being in heaven, and I have to make sure to go again. 🙂

      I wanted to go in 2013 but didn’t have enough vacation time saved up, so I did Armchair BEA instead. It was fun, but not nearly as good as actually being there.

  3. congrats on the new job! and I’ve been thinking making more signings/events about town would be a good thing to do more of this year. and your mention of google calendars is a great reminder of an intention that I really want to follow through on.

    I hope you have a marvelous reading and blogging year!

    1. Thank you!

      Weirdly, I thought originally that doing lots of scheduling would make blogging more stressful, but it seems to be working out really well.

      Happy new year!

  4. Those are some great resolutions! If you do end up making the switch to WordPress, I’ve built a free WordPress Book Review plugin that you can use to make your book review posts that much easier to manage. I’m also open to suggestions and the better I know you, the more klout you’ll have with me in getting those suggestions implemented. 😉

    1. I’ve been on since October, and actually just bought a book blogging plugin this month. So far I’m loving the automation, although it took a lot more time to get everything set up than I’d originally anticipated. If I hadn’t already gotten one, I’d use yours. 🙂

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