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This was last week’s topic, but I was sick and wanted to do it, so I’m doing it now ;-). I set some strong goals for this past year and did an all right job of them, some months better than others, ha. These goals might entertain you a bit since some of them are “relax” goals instead of “progress” goals, but that’s where I am with blogging right now as my discussion post about posting less purposefully brought up :).
- Keep Mondays blank – I’m worried that I’ll start feeling all “I have so much content that needs to be posted NOW” and I’ll give in and stop keeping Mondays free. But I’m determined to mostly not post on Mondays and I’m being all official about it :D.
- Only request four books a month – Tabitha and I were chatting and this idea came up as kind of a joke but I really like it. I’ll go for a while without requesting anything but then go on sprees that end up backfiring on me as stress. If I hold myself to only being able to request four books a month, including books that seem like a long shot, then I’ll hopefully get my priorities straight in terms of which books I actually really really want to read :).
- Ignore book haul posts – We all deal with ARC envy and now that I’m trying to not go too crazy with requests, I think it’ll be easier for me to do that by skipping over book haul posts. When I see ARCs other people received, I start wanting them even though I didn’t when I originally read the blurb (we all get that right??). So the best way of avoiding that envy is to not worry about requesting all the ARCs and instead request the book from the library if it turns out that it’s awesome according to all my book blogging friends who did read the ARC ;-).
- Unread-book-buying ban – This past year I bought a lot of books that I hadn’t read and wanted to because owning it seemed to make it halfway to read. However, I think the only purchased book I read recently was Endsinger and I worked hard to fit that in. So to reduce books hanging over my head and save some money, I am going to try hard not to buy books I haven’t read with exceptions being sequels that I will read immediately >.>. I will borrow everything else from the library and buy books when I already know I love them and want to support the author!
- Continue to mood read – I only recently rediscovered the joy of mood reading and I’m going to keep letting myself do that!
- Bookshelf purge – I kind of did this already, though I’ll probably have to continue. This is partially because I’m moving in May and hate moving heavy things like boxes of books and because the unread books on my shelf sometimes make me break out into a panic. So on New Year’s Day I went through my bookshelves of finished copies and was honest with myself about whether I still wanted to read all the unread books and will be bringing them to the library. I need to clean off the ARCs too, so keep an eye out for some box giveaways ;-).
- Prompt commenting – As many of you have noticed if you’ve ever commented, it often takes me a week to reply if not more during finals >.>. I always do though! And I try to always comment back on your blog too, which is a recent thing that I’m proud of. However, when I do find time to reply on the weekends, it becomes a huge task that intimidates me and takes most of Saturday. Therefore, my main blogging goal is going to be to reply to comments daily as much as I can.
- Actively look for new blogs to love – I get overwhelmed with commenting if you couldn’t tell so I haven’t been reaching out to new blogs as much as I’d like. I love the social aspect of commenting and finding new friends who love books as much as I do! I want my focus this year to be building friendships and community :).
- Host an event – There are plans, so keep your eye out :D.
- Organize my bookshelves – My bookshelves are a complete mess. I try to make sure that books of a series or the same author are next to each other, but don’t always accomplish that…. The main reason for this is that I can’t decide how to organize my shelves! Tabitha gave me a great idea that I’m going to try though: YA and adult :D. It’s perfect since I have two main bookshelves! And now that I have fewer books on the shelf and don’t have to horizontally double-stack them, I should be able to make them look pretty. I can’t decide whether I’ll try to do this before or after moving though, it seems a shame to organize everything just to put it into boxes….
I’m really happy with this list since instead of thinking “gah so much to try to accomplish” I’m thinking “yey, this looks like fun and I’m already doing some of it” :D. What are your goals for the new year?
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