After four years of setting goals for the new year, I’m coming to the conclusion—at least, I’ve always known—that setting them won’t work for me?
Well, I’m gonna start this off by saying, whoops?
2016 has ended, and I don’t think I got any of my reading challenges and goals done. I stopped keeping track by May, and that’s the way life goes I guess. I always seem to forget other than the Goodreads challenge. Should I even set up 2017 goals? Might as well. I’ll keep it simple!
2016 has begun, and have I accomplished any of my 2015 goals?
My 2015 goals seemed fairly easy to get through, but a few months into the year, I had totally forgot that I had goals I wanted to achieve. Looking back at what I’ve accomplished and haven’t accomplished, it’s—well—kind of embarrassing to see the end results. You can gather from my tone that I didn’t rock my 2015 goals like I intended.
Despite my lack of achievements of 2015 goals, I still want to set up 2016 goals, and hopefully, I’ll actually complete them.
Well, it is the New Year, so what is it I have to do? Talk about my goals, of course! I don’t usually set up goals in general because I ever hardly remember. This past year was the first time in a long time I decided to type out my goals, and I did forget what I had intended to achieve, so there’s that. However, even though I forgot, I still managed to achieve some of my goals. So why not do it again in 2015?
HAPPY NEW YEAR, MY DEAR FRIENDS!
Instead of the short “Happy New Year” post, I show you my 2014 goals and resolutions! Yes, I have them! I don’t tend to make goals or resolutions at the start of the new year because I don’t tend to think about it. I make goals as I go about, but this year, I thought why not? I should have some sort of goal I want to reach with my blog. I want it to be the best that it can be. ;D I will definitely achieve these goals, but these resolutions…I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep all of them. I will do the best I can!
- Reach 500 followers.
This shouldn’t be hard. I already have a good amount of followers. I need a little over 200 at the moment and I have a year to achieve 500? Hells yeah. I can do this!
- Start requesting ARCs from publishers
I haven’t requested physical copies of ARCs from publishers because 1. I was still adjusting to book blogging and 2. I was scared about emailing them. I still am at the prospect of doing it. My reasons are mainly because it’s extremely discouraging getting rejected and I want the email to be absolutely perfect. I need to let go of those fears because it’s not the end of the world if I get rejected, and there are great guides to a good email to publishers. I should just do it.
- Get my TBR pile down to a manageable size.
My TBR pile is huuuugggeee. (I’m sure it’s the same with many bloggers.) I didn’t specify the quantity of the manageable size because I actually do not know how many books there are. :P
- Prep blog posts in advance.
I am rather horrible at prepping my blog posts in advance. (I even wrote a discussion post about it!) I want to get better at it though! I always get stressed out having to frantically type up reviews or discussion posts or memes the night before and that is no good to my health. If only I prepped in advance, I wouldn’t stress as much.
I feel like prepping my blog posts in advance won’t actually happen (at least for reviews and discussion post) because I tend to work well under pressure, but hey, it’s worth a try, right?
- Review a book twice a week.
For the last four months of 2013, I made sure that I posted a review a week. Every other week, I’d post two. This year, I want to post two reviews every week. (Maybe even three when I get the hang of it). *cross our fingers*
- Reply to comments.
I admit that I am absolutely horrible at this. Whenever people comment on my blog, I get so giddy. So the least I can do is reply back, right?
- More new original content.
Currently, I have my discussion and cover change posts. I want to create new features for my blog. I don’t know what, but I have all year to develop it. I was thinking about the books I read but don’t review, and I want to do something with those books. Maybe bring back my “letter to” feature and write to a character or theme or whatever.
I’m sure I will add more goals as we get into 2014.
What are your goals and resolutions? Any similar ones?