Looking Ahead: Goals for a New Year

Happy new year! I feel like I am always writing “goals” posts and never checking in on them, and never setting goals that are actually attainable for me. Every year I am guaranteed to type the words “read more nonfiction” even though I know deep in my soul I will never do that. Nearly five (!!)  years into blogging and I finally know this about myself.

But, I do want to set some smaller, more realistic goals that I want to keep going into 2018. Nothing crazy, but here they are.

Consistency:

For most of 2017, and even most of 2016, I was barely blogging. I couldn’t really tell you why, aside from the fact that I was cramming in way too many freelance writing situations that didn’t end up making me happy in the long run. Finally, I remembered that I started doing all of this for fun, in a space where I could write what I want, when I wanted. The goal is to keep remembering this going forward, and write more consistently here, giving myself something of a posting schedule.

Reading consistently is easier, and there is no way to know when I’ll hit a slump, but I’m putting that here too, just as a reminder.

Balance the old and the new:

This year, I read more new releases than ever before, but it was also my most “meh” reading year overall. I want to read a better mix of old and new titles going into 2018, because newer doesn’t always mean better! It just means buzzier, and if we’re buying books, more expensive. Plus, some of my favorite books this year were under hyped books. That made me think that I might be looking to the wrong sources to recommend books that work for me.

Make better use of my library:

Since I’m reading more backlist books, it makes sense that I make better use of my library. There are so many books there, and I take fits with going. I’m either there once a week, or not for months. This year, I’m hoping to remedy that, both with physical books, and apps like Hoopla and Overdrive.

Find more bloggers I love:

When I started this blog, there was no shortage of other blogs to discover and read. But, in my on-again-off-again hiatus, I returned to find that so many of the blogs I loved had closed their doors. I know there are tons and tons of other great book blogs out there — I just need to dedicate some time to reading and finding them! If you have recommendations, please let me know!

What are your goals for the new year?

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  1. I’m with you on a lot of blogs I used to love are now shuttered. I did find some new bloggers and recommendation sources on bookstagram this year…and podcasts have become a big recommendation source for me.

    Good luck in 2018!

    1. I actually found some new ones in your linked trusted sources, so thank you! I get a ton of recommendations from YouTube videos now, but it’s not the same!

  2. I just found your blog today love it! I found it because you left a comment on Sarah’s blog. Our taste in thrillers and books in general seem similar so I made a list of books to read based on your recommendations. As for other book blogger I love Modern Mrs. Darcy, and Novel Visits those are two of my favorite and go to sources and I also love Sarah’s Bookshelves. I look forward to reading more of your blog and following you on Facebook.

  3. I download books ALL the time from our library 😉 you can extend the loan period from 1 week to 2 weeks. Knowing there is a time limit always puts a pep in my step.