Blogoversary and Bookish Resolutions

Today is my blogoversary! SEVEN YEARS! I have been blogging for seven years!

Last year, here were my bookish resolutions...

Read what I want to read.

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I read whatever I wanted when I wanted and not having the pressure to blog really made reading more fun for a while. However, my blog suffered because I was too busy reading to write.

Participate in Top Ten Tuesday…sometimes.

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I don’t think I did a single top ten Tuesday last year. I wanted to do it but it just never happened.

Start Querying.

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I started querying this year! No bites yet but I’ve at least begun the process. Plus, I met my goal of having one of my manuscripts query ready by the time I had my first child in October. But once I had her…things kind of came to a screeching halt. I’ll query more this year.

Get ARCS.

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This didn’t happen. I didn’t even try really. I’m too busy reading to request galleys, and to be honest, ARCs are a lot of pressure to read and review in a timely manner and I didn’t really want deadlines this year.

For 2018, it was a 50/50 split. I’m going to look at it as if the glass is half full…so go me.

And what about 2019? What resolutions do I have in store?

Keep up with my goodreads. Last year, I forgot to log a lot of the books I read and now I’ve forgotten what I’ve read. *sigh* This year, I want to log each book as I’m reading and leave a short mini review so I remember what I thought about it to help me with writing full length reviews.

Read out of my comfort zone. A little while back, I started a book club to read outside my comfort zone and it’s been a great experience to read things I never would have picked up on my own. I want to do more of that but with me picking the titles that aren’t necessarily my go-to genres.

Go to a writing/book conference. I don’t know if this will happen with a newborn, but I’d love to go to another book-related conference this year, even if it’s a writing retreat to meet other writers.

Decide if I want to keep blogging. I’ve recently had a baby and I’ve been struggling to keep up with blogging. I still read and want to write reviews but I don’t know when I’ll have the time to get it all done. Do any of you other book blogging mamas have any advice?

 

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5 Year Blogoversary and Bookish Resolutions

Today, I’ve been blogging for five. whole. years. Happy Blogoversary to me! If you’re reading this, thank you so much. It means a lot to me. Cheers to you.

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This blog started out as a New Year’s resolution, and I’m a goal-oriented person so I’m really big into creating and sticking with resolutions over the year. Here are my resolutions from last year.

  1. Make it to 100 followers. you-love-me-you-really-love-me-o.gifIf I add both my wordpress followers and those that follow me by email, I have a little more than 200 followers!! This is super exciting. Totally crushed this goal!
  2. Connect with more bloggers. raw.gif I did okay with this goal but I wish I had more time to engage and comment with fellow book lovers.
  3. Utilize Social Media and other review platforms.GIF-agreed-agreee-bummed-Christian-Bale-Kermit-nodding-satisfied-yes-GIF.gifI was fairly consistent with posting on twitter and Facebook. I did well updating Goodreads but I didn’t do that well with uploading my reviews. Overall, I’m satisfied.
  4. Post more discussion posts. 13105235_88aea114.gifI did okay with this goal. I posted a couple discussion posts this year, such as 5 Bookish Things I’m Thankful For and 5 Book Quotes that Help Me with Anxiety. I also started doing a monthly recap that’s a lot of fun because I get to talk about other things that I’m currently obsessed with. *cough* Vampire Diaries *cough*
  5. Start a book club. Fat-Amy-Crushed-it.gifI did it! I started a book club and I’m really enjoying it.

Now for my 2017 Bookish Resolutions.

  1. Stay consistent with my blogging throughout the year. This year, I kinda fell off the face of the earth a few times over the year, especially in November. I want to make blogging a priority this year to create engaging, consistent content.
  2. Focus on quality over quantity for reviews. I read a lot of books and as much as I want to review every single one of them, it’s not realistic. If I try to do all of them, my reviews aren’t as good as I want them to be. I want to focus on reviewing the books that matter and sharing them in a timely manner.
  3. Write more. Last year, I finally finished a novel. I’ve tried many times over the years but I never pushed it over the goal line. This year, I want to get serious about writing and maybe try this whole getting published thing. You never know. It could happen.
  4. Get more ARCs. Last year, I focused a lot on books I wanted to read and books that I already owned because the pressure of reading the new, up-and-coming books was too much. This year, I want to be on the frontlines of the publishing industry and read the new stuff coming out before it hits the streets. Wish me luck!

What about you? Have any bookish resolutions?