Happy New Year's Eve!
Weirdly, I usually make resolutions in the summer -- I guess the explanation is that I was a student forever and now have kids in school, so summer seems like a time to reflect and plan and fall is a time for new beginnings.
But my blog runs on a calendar year, so I thought, hey, why not make some resolutions. Just a few, so that I might have a prayer of achieving some of them. Here goes....
1) Spend a little more time on social media. For me, this resolution is about balance. I had a very busy year outside the blog, and I prioritized posting and returning comments, so in 2014 I wasn't on Twitter, etc. as much as usual. This was partly a bad thing, because I missed chatting with other bloggers, but I also realized it was a good thing, because Twitter can be a place where ARC envy starts and drama lurks. So my resolution is to pop in on a regular basis, but not hang out there all day long. I'm just happier that way.
2) Run more discussion posts. I meant to do this in 2014, and then just didn't get around to it as much as I hoped. I love discussion posts, so I am really going to try to make this happen!
3) Meet more bloggers. I feel like I "know" a bunch of bloggers, most online and some in real life, but I'm always so excited when I find a great new blog. So I'm going to make more of an effort to seek out new people to talk to.
4) Try to read more books that I like. This is always a tricky one too. I like to try new things, but at the same time, I really dislike reading a book that I'm not enjoying. Toward the end of 2014, I started being pickier about requests. Then I told myself that if I was wrong about a book -- meaning that I passed on reviewing it and then read amazing things about it -- I could always read it later.
Okay, that's probably enough. What are some of your reading/blogging resolutions for 2015?
I haven't yet - but might do a blogger resolutions post but I would say keep doing what I started in 2014. I stopped chasing the ARC and I'm more chill about scheduling posts or taking breaks as needed. It helped me remember why I blog and I *think* I'm over both my reading and blogging slumps.ReplyDelete
I would like to write a few more discussion posts as well. I used to do more but this year felt like entering a land mine for expressing opinions.
Karen @ For What It's Worth
I'm determined to read more in 2015. I'm really busy with schoolwork at the moment but I am desperate to be able to read more because it calms me down and puts me in a better mood, so I am determined to make time to read.ReplyDelete
Twitter is definitely a very chatty place. I'm still getting used to it because I'm not a very social person. I mostly keep to myself but I definitely want to branch out more :D I totally understand what you mean by ARC envy haha.... I see all those ARC pics and I just want to grab them! Like can I pretty please have some? lol... I also want to do more discussion posts. I've done like two since I started my blog almost six months ago. :SReplyDelete
Hope you accomplish all these goals and thanks for having such an awesome blog! Happy New Year Jen!!
I like it Jen, short and sweet! Twitter is such a curse. It's a great place to feel both left out and included. Oh well.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year!
I hope you have an awesome bookish 2015. I'd like to meet more bloggers, too and use twitter, because I have like... four friends there, and it's always amazing to meet someone new.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year!
I'm still trying to work out my resolutions! I can't think of any interesting ones. XD lol I love yours though! I see what you mean about Twitter, although I (luckily!) haven't come across too much ARC envy. I'm looking forward to more discussion posts from you! I love the topics you picked last year. But your reviews are always fabulous too. xDReplyDelete
for me it's hard to make more discussion posts.. i feel that people don't really care too much about them XD I need to do them though. I'm making a post like this soon :DReplyDelete
- Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf
I used to be such a social media butterfly, but nowadays, I hardly have the time. Good luck with your goals for 2015, Jen!ReplyDelete
Ah, I am horrible with social media-- I am on triberr and that is mostly the only thing I post on twitterReplyDelete
I know I definitely need to work on my social media presence for sure, I also need to cull back those who aren't following me back, and work on making sure I'm getting my posts from the blog cross-posted to the social media as well. lol. And I definitely want to run more discussion posts, which isn't something that I'm the greatest at, but if you never try or at least do it then you really can't complain. I just want some new things on the blog and to also change up some of my reading/blogging habits and make things better. *g* I'm hoping that you're definitely able to meet more of your goals. :)ReplyDelete
I'm just like you about books request, I don't know if I would like them after. But I do DNF when I don't like one. Those are great goals, hope you archive them all!!ReplyDelete
Giova @ Corazones Literarios
Happy New Year!! I don't usually do many resolutions, but if I had to do something about social media would be spending LESS time on Twitter and be a lil better at visiting and commenting on blogs!ReplyDelete
These are some awesome resolutions, Jen! Definitely agree with #3 most. I know lots of bloggers, but I'm not really a sociable person. In 2015 I want to talk more with the bloggers I already know, AND discover new bloggers and friends! <3ReplyDelete
Happy New Year Jen!ReplyDelete
I need to do a bit of #1 and #3 myself! Since the new job I'm hardly on twitter and I miss it. And making new bookish friends is always good. Especially since it leads to more bookish discussions from different pov's!
Happy New Year!!!! I also hope to read more "me" books this year. I think that's common among us bloggers who are feeling a bit overloaded with ARCs. We have to keep the FUN in blogging, right? :)ReplyDelete
My main resolutions are personal (maintain an attitude of gratitude and cultivate a heart of service) but I'd also like to review at least 1 book a month on my style blog, read more business books, and reach out more on Twitter. I've had a lot of fun in November/December and I'd like to talk to more people more.ReplyDelete
Very reasonable blogging resolutions, Jen! Mine are pretty much the same, especially with regards to meeting more bloggers. My blog was born in 2012, but in 2014, I feel like so many new ones have popped up and I'm unsure how to keep track of them O.O I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't really met any of them meaningfully, you know? I hope to change that this year!!ReplyDelete
Faye at The Social Potato
Happy New Year! And these sound like some good resolutions! Meeting new bloggers as well as reading books you like are really important for making you happy. I think I also need to learn how to say no a bit more as well and just get to the ones I am looking forward to. My resolution, like one of yours, is to run more discussion posts!ReplyDelete
I've basically taken a month off of commenting on other bloggers' sites and I've missed so much! It was worth the serious and fun family time though. :) Love your resolutions! I need to read more books I like and DNF more, which is one of my goals. It's hard for me with ARCs though when it might be a 3-star book, which tend to lag for me. So hard to know... I hope it's a great year for you, Jen!ReplyDelete