Happy New Year!
I find entering a new year to be a very stressful experience. There’s a lot of emphasis on the concept of ‘New Year, New You’ with new routines that need to be established and goals that need to be achieved.
Even though I’m aware that time is a construct and that my life and me as an individual don’t suddenly become dramatically different at the final stroke of midnight on New Years Eve, I still find that I go along with it and that it’s embedded in my brain that somehow – I must be better.
(But there may not have been anything ‘bad’ in the first place).
It’s because I, like many others, see the New Year as the chance for a ‘shake up’ and that it is the opportunity to make some positive changes. But, I must remind myself that:-
a) Positive changes can occur at any point in the year and not some ‘special’ date, and;
b) If I set myself goals/ targets/ new routines and don’t/ are unable to achieve them that this isn’t an awful thing and that I have not somehow failed.
With those in mind I have, inevitably, set myself some blogging and book reading goals.
You could take these goals with a pinch of salt. I recommend you do. Along with some other ingredients.
For the 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge I set myself a goal of 52 books (or 1 book a week) which I didn’t quite meet. However, for the 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge I plan on setting myself a goal of 52 books.
Why? Why not?
Ok, the actual answer to ‘why’ is that I’m more likely to remember its 52 books. Ahem.
Do I have any specifics of what I would like those 52 books to be? I.e. fantasy/ YA/ horror etc?
The only goal I have on those 52 books is that I want to read every unread physical book and every unread Kindle book before I buy/ download anymore.
I have 13 physical books and 19 Kindle books (including some ARCS). That’s er… 32 books and only 20 short of my actual 2019 goal. If (and this is a big if) I achieve my goal of 1 book per week then I’d be allowed back in a bookshop in…
12th July 2019
My only other book goal is….
No more requesting ARCS until I have read those 32.
I can do this because I DON’T have a book buying/ requesting problem.
There are some things that I would like to achieve with my blog though and this is where some actual effort on my part comes in.
Re-brand my blog and ‘tidy up’ the layout.
Some of you may (or may not) have noticed that I’ve already begun this. I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to aesthetics so I’m just going with the flow. Just flow along with me.
Netgalley badges and achievements. This is tied into my book goals – where I actually need to read the damned books & review.
Re-consider how I do my book reviews. I posted 39 reviews this year. Some were of books read in 2017 and which I pre-wrote before launching The BookNook UK but many were of books read in 2018. I need to polish off some reviews that I’ve drafted and post them.
Confession – I don’t actually like writing reviews. I thought I would but I don’t. I find them stressful and actually at times it sucks the joy from reading and this is why I think I’ve entered a reading slump because reading = homework.
Oddly this means that my goal is to NOT review every book I’ve read. Yes, I will review the ARCS and yes, I think I will review the current years releases and possibly those that I either adored or despised but for anything else that is ‘middling’ I may leave and just include in my monthly wrap ups.
Review my content – I’ve actually done a review of this but it will hopefully be an organic process depending on what people like and what I can achieve.
What I hope to offer is:-
- Reviews (see above)
- One Off Features and Collaborations – as and when The Mood strikes
- Book Blogger Hop
- Top 5 Wednesday
- Friday Fairy Tale
- Monthly Wrap Up & TBR
- Monthly Book Themes
- Book Edits – I won’t be doing these every month as they took up a lot of time
- Conversations In A Coffee Shop – ***new feature***
Engage with others a lot more than I currently do. This means I want to go a’hunting for wabbits and by wabbits I mean more book blogs with content that interests me.
When I have found that content I want to make sure that I comment and highlight and feature that content on my own blog. We are after all a community and the community can only thrive with interaction.
Get connected via other social media sites.
This pains me. No really. It pains me. I am so clueless when it comes to social media that it hurts.
As you can see from goal #4, I hope to produce a lot of content. I hope some of it is meaningful, I hope some of it is fun and I hope all of it is enjoyed by someone other than me.
Content is not enough (and for all I know my content is appalling) especially in these modern times where social media is where it’s at in order to get people to see your content. So, with a heavy heart, I’m going to have to get on Twitter. Sobs.
It’s going to be trial and error because I literally only got a smartphone this year after my flip phone from the 90’s died. That’s right. I am being dragged into 2019, screaming all the way.
What are your bookish and blogging goals for 2019? Do you even have any?
Do we think I am setting myself up for massive failure?
Do we think I’ll end up drinking my body weight in chocolate milkshakes to overcompensate for my feelings of self-inadequacy?
Do we think I’ll enjoy drinking my body weight in chocolate milkshake anyway?
Answers on a postcard please!
May your 2019 be awesome!