As usual for this time of year, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post is an exercise in goalsetting. I’ve never really been a resolution person, but goals and reminders work well for me. It’s time to evaluate last year’s bookish and blogging goals, which I handled fairly well, and set a new focus for this year.
After missing my Goodreads goal in 2014, I set it a bit lower for 2015 and was a-ok. The end of this year will hopefully bring a big change with grad school, so I’m aiming for a Goodreads goal of 100 books, which is the lowest its been in years, but feels realistic.
Even though I’m planning to make adjustments, I need to remind myself that reading for pleasure is something I value. What I’m really saying is, I’ll have to manage my time and priorities so reading can still be my escape (instead of Netflix and pizza, though I do plan to carve out time for both).
I want to continue to embrace my growing love for short stories. I never would have imagined two or three years ago that some of my favorite books would be short story collections, but here we are. I want to keep branching out into different types of short stories and remind myself to keep picking them up, even if they’re not always first on my list.
I’m hoping to keep up with and maybe even improve my library use. I used my library way more last year than I ever have and I’d love that to continue. I use both my city and a nearby county’s library system, but especially value the work the city system does in my own neighborhood, where it’s an incredible resource for so many people.
Sadly, I could probably copy and paste last year’s goal about letting go of books that aren’t doing it for me. It seems I always start the year strong in the DNF department, but feel some sort of obligation to hang on the longer the year progresses. I really, really need to learn to let go of books I’m just not enjoying.
Moving into year three of blogging has me settling into a confident space held up by learning from some of the blogging mistakes I’ve made in the past, so most of these goals are focused on growth with a reminder to do what I know works for me.
With changes that are sure to come over the next year, I want to be more comfortable with not posting or reading as much as usual. Not that there really is a “usual”. I don’t have a set blog schedule (for shame!), but I do like to post three or four times a week. While I don’t panic over not having posts ready, I do feel a little off if I go more than a few days without posting, and that’s something I just need to adjust to.
I went through some up and downs this year with creative spurts, but for the most part I felt like I kept last years goal of coming up with fresh, creative content ideas. It’s something I’m definitely focused on doing this year and hope to branch out even more, if possible.
I want to remember that this blog is meant to share books with readers, not just other bloggers. It’s not because I don’t love you, my sweet book blogging darlings, but I think our community is so great that sometimes we forget other people read our blogs, too. From what I’ve been able to parse out, a pretty significant percentage of my traffic doesn’t blog, so I imagine posts focused on blogging are fairly isolating (I say this…as I’m writing about blogging). While I’m up for digging into blogging issues here and there, I need to remind myself that there are other, dedicated spaces for those conversations.
This has been one of my goals for the last two years, but it feels particularly important lately: keep spreading my love of books through blogging without sacrificing content or personal enjoyment for the purpose of developing a brand. I’m excited for those that have found or are working on ways to earn money from their blogs, but I have a very specific zone of comfort in that regard and want to stay within it. I know I tend to stop reading blogs when the content turns to promotion over personality and I’ve learned I’m happiest when my blog is a space free of the pressures that come from deadlines and restrictions, so I think this is the best decision for me, at least for now.
What are your goals for the new year?