At the beginning of 2014, 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 blog regularly and avoid major hiatuses.
When 2014 began, I was about to start a new job, and wasn’t quite sure what curveballs life might throw. I did know that I was determined to keep blogging, which meant developing some new time management strategies to keep me on track. I’ve been using a Google Calendar to help me schedule my posts, and I’ve been trying to blog consistently rather than posting five times one week then once in the next. I’ve found that posting 2-3 times per week is manageable, and that if I schedule in advance, I can have the occasional slow week and not get behind. For the most part, this strategy has worked.
Even though I did relatively well with this goal, I did take a few weeks away from my blog at the end of 2014. It’s kind of sad, too, because that’s usually my favorite time of year to hang out around the blogosphere and see what everyone’s been up to. I just got burned out and had a hard time making myself do anything.
I will work on my TBR pile and not get too distracted by shiny new books.
…ahahahahahahahahaha. I read a few books that had been on my TBR pile for a while, but there were a lot of really good releases this year!
I will redesign my blog and make it more cohesive.
Major success on this count. I now have a fully customizable theme from Creative Whim, and some plugins like the Ultimate Book Blogger that make my life easier. I’ll probably play with it a bit more in the future, but right now, it suits me rather well. I realized after the fact that the color scheme I ended up using matches the blanket that I was wrapped up in while I was working on the design.
I will go to more bookish events.
During 2014, I made it to both ALA Midwinter and BEA, as well as a number of book signings and author events in the Washington, DC area. And I got to meet Brandon Sanderson and now my life is complete!
As 2015 begins, I’d like to take a few moments to set some new book blogging goals for the upcoming year:
I will try to find a balance between blogging regularly and getting burned out.
I love book blogging, and it means a lot to me, but every few months I hit a point where I start feeling burned out and what should be fun and relaxing starts to feel like a chore. In 2015, I’d like to figure out a happy medium between blogging consistently and keeping it fun. I’m not quite sure whether that balance will mean more discussion posts, more mini-reviews, or just a different schedule, but it’s a good year to experiment and find out.
I will interact more with other bloggers.
In trying to keep a consistent schedule in 2014, I didn’t leave myself nearly enough time for reading other book blogs. It’s something I love to do, but when I look at my Bloglovin list of the hundreds of blogs I follow, it’s very intimidating! In 2015, I’d like to carve out more time for visiting and discovering other blogs.
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*).
For the first couple months of 2015, I’m going to severely limit new review copies and focus on reading the books that I have. I’m hoping to make it to Book Expo again this year, especially as it’s the last year that it’s going to be in New York, at which point it will be much more challenging and expensive to attend.