It’s time for me to list my blogging goals for this year. I really tried to be realistic here and actually lay all my bad habits on the table.
I came up with 5 blogging goals for 2019 below, let’s get into it!
- Make a Dent in My Backlist
I want and need to read the titles I already own on my bookshelf. It’s not only financially better, but ya girl is running out of room on her bookshelf. Sure some of them I’m not even sure I want to read anymore, but I won’t know unless I start cracking them open.
- Actually Stick to my Reading Goal
I set out to read 50 books in 2018 and I surpassed that by reading over 200 books. While that’s good, I was exhausted by the end of the year from cramming so many in a year. This really can go hand in hand in the next goal below.
This year, I plan to have my reading goal at 48 books. Why 48? Well, 4 books over 12 months are 48 books per month. That will give me time to actually do things other than reading all of the time. Watch some more KDramas or spend too much time looking at makeup videos on YouTube. I just want to set a goal where I don’t have to read every day if I don’t want to.
- Request Less ARCs
Yes, I know. This was on my goals for last year. Maybe if I keep adding it every year then I’ll actually get the idea. I requested so many ARCs last year thinking I wouldn’t get approved for them. Well, I was looking like an idiot once I got approved and was wondering when I was going to find the time to read them all.
This year, I just want to kind of go back to the days where I would preorder a book and join in on the excitement along with everyone else. While ARC’s are a blessing and it’s fun to read a book before it comes out, it’s also a lot less stress to just buy it when it releases.
- Be More Active in the Book Community
While I do have a book Twitter and Instagram, I’m still an introvert with social anxiety. It’s hard and intimidating for me to reach out and attempt to make friendships. I always feel that the other person won’t respond or will just think “why is this person attempting to talk to me”. So I’m going to try and get out of my comfort zone and reach out and hopefully become more active!
- Stick to Books and Genres That I Know I Love
You’re probably reading this one and thinking “What? Where’s the fun in that?” Well, I hate to say it, but I read because I enjoy it, not to better myself. I don’t really like to read about hard topics or very controversial things. I have stepped out of my reading comfort zone (which is YA contemporaries & Romance) a lot in 2018. Some of those have even become of my favorites.
While I did find some favorites, stepping out of my comfort zone has also led to quite a few DNF’s. Now that’s not to say that I won’t pick up a fantasy every once in a while or something I wouldn’t normally read. I just want to get back to the ones that I know I love.