January 1, 2018 by elnadesbookchat
Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2018! Hopefully it will be a better year than last for all of you.
I am looking forward to a great year of reading and blogging. There are a lot of books coming out this year that I am really looking forward to. But that isn’t really what I am going to talk about today. This is about my goals in both reading and blogging that I am setting up for myself this year. I am not really big on setting goals, but there are a few things I want to achieve this year and I thought setting them down on paper so to speak would help me work on them.
This is a term that one of my fellow librarians uses with her kids to set goals for the coming year. I’m not sure where she got it from but I really like it, so I’m stealing it from her. (She has a great blog by the way about teaching in the library, check her out at Librarian Arika)
My goals for this year are pretty simple as far as reading goes.
- I read a lot of books last year. Which is great, but I think I spent too much time reading and not enough time doing other things I enjoyed. So I am going to cut back on my reading a little bit. I don’t usually set a number goal, so I am just going to say less than last year, or at least not more than 190 books.
- NetGalley is kind of my downfall. I keep seeing books that look awesome, so I add them to my shelf and then of course I feel obligated to read them. So I am going to try and be more selective with my NetGalley reads. For example I have committed to ten books for January alone. That is just way too many. So my goal that will start after January will be only to have five or less books per month on NetGalley to read and review.
- I am going to work hard on reading the books on my TBR list, especially the ones that I have purchased or been given but have not yet read. I have about 20 books sitting on my shelf that I really want to read, but keep putting off because of other reading obligations (see above). This also includes wrangling all of my want to read books on Goodreads. I went through and dropped a few that I didn’t want to read anymore, but it is still a long list at 89 books. Many of those are books coming out this year so hopefully I can keep up on that one.
- Reading books in genres I don’t normally gravitate too. I so enjoyed A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtues this year that it has almost changed my feelings about Historical Fiction. So I am going to keep a more open mind about other genres and try to read more of them.
- Even if I don’t post them right away, I need to write my reviews sooner after finishing a book. I sometimes don’t get the review written for days after I’ve finished a book and by that time I forget some of the things I want to say about them. So a faster turn around on getting them written, and remembering that scheduling a post is good thing to do.
I really enjoy blogging about the books I read. I mostly do it for myself, but I am glad that so many of you enjoy reading them and visiting my blog. Thank you everyone who has chosen to follow me and who leave such nice comments. I only have a couple of goals for blogging this year and hopefully putting them in this post will keep me on target.
- I am going to try super hard to get at least 3 posts done every week. There were a number of weeks that I did not post at all this year and I always felt bad about it. Three posts every week I think is reasonable, but hopefully there will be weeks where I can get more in.
- I am setting this next goal more for me than anyone else. I have been saying to myself for months now that I need to rewrite my about page and add a contact and review policy page. I will get these done by the end of the first quarter of the year.
- This isn’t a blogging goal per se, but I have a twitter account that I rarely use. I want to tweet more so I am going to set a goal of at least one tweet a week about something. I have been trying to get my blog out there more and this is one way I can do that.
- More book tags! I really enjoy doing these, though I don’t get tagged often. When I do get tagged I will try to get it done in a more timely manner. I was tagged months ago for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Windowsill Books and I still haven’t finished it. It is sitting in my drafts folder about half done. Soon, I promise!
Those are my goals for the year! Let me know what goals you have set for yourself and maybe some tips on how to manage NetGalley better.