I decided to get involved in the 2019 Bookish Resolutions Challenge this year because there are behind the scene things for the blog(s) that I really want to accomplish in the coming year. Honestly, I’m banking on publically announcing my intentions to the world at large will motivate me to do some butt kicking around here.
Because this Challenge is a year-long event the goals have to be a longer vision. It’s too easy to say that I’ll read five books in January… but what about the rest of the year? See my point? Think long term for this one.
So here is my list of things I want to accomplish for the blog(s) in 2019. Listed in no particular importance level, simply as I’ve thought about them for this list. (I may add a few over the year, but that’s between me and my notebooks) 🙂
- I need to become more involved in the book blogging community. I’m such a lone wolf. I’ve met some amazing bloggers, and authors these past few years and in 2019 I intend to reach out a bit more, take part in more events, take a few risks. So what if I fall flat on my face, it’s not as though no one else ever tried and failed, right?
- I’m content with my NetGalley % – I have a number range in my mind that’s rather high, so I’m fully aware when I’ve gone beyond that. My need is to request fewer ARCs in 2019. Odd, perhaps. Yet this year I felt incredible self-made pressure to get those titles read and reviewed by publication day, and in the process lost some of my enjoyment of simply falling into a book. I intend to get that back, so asking for fewer titles for a few months will help me find my comfort reading time frame, and I’ll give better reviews for feeling less stressed. I honestly fall into “Shiny Object Syndrome” when I see titles by authors I love or a new series starting, It’s going to be a year-long battle to change that habit of “wanting all the books”.
- I intend to learn more about the “backend” of blogging. The creating my own graphics, the website design, the fixing the stupid stuff that goes wrong without always asking for someone else to fix it. If this is my passion, my enjoyment place then I need to own it and understand all aspects of it. Not daunting at all is that one?
- The last item on my public accounting list is the need to find a better balance between my main blog and my smaller, genre-specific blogs. I have no intention of giving up my smaller blogs. They bring me great enjoyment, and I hope others as well. What does need attention is the timing of posts, the getting cross-blog postings done in a timely fashion… and perhaps combining some genres that are closely related. I firmly believe there is a place for a blog about one genre, that’s been done time and time again. My “problem” is that I enjoy too many different types of books, and I simply need a better way to organize my actions.
My list of Resolutions for blogging in 2019 isn’t about numbers, but about actions that I need to begin taking. I believe that every single one of those items is attainable, over time. And I have a year to see how far I can get for I have a feeling some of these are going to become part of my blogging lifestyle and not only a yearly list.
If you’d like to take part in the 2019 Bookish Resolutions Challenge simply follow the links or click on the graphic above – or the one in the sidebar. It’s fun, it gets us bloggers focused on what we need to get done. And the satisfaction of checking off items on that list is tremendous.