Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! I love setting goals, even if I know I can’t meet them all (I mean, who am I kidding?) But goals do give me something to aim for, so here I am once more with my blogging goals for the coming year. Some of these are repeats from last year’s goals, but some are new. After blogging for three-and-a-half years, I’m anxious to shake things up a bit and try new things. So here they are, my Top Ten Blogging Goals for 2015:
1. Learn more about and do more with my self-hosted WordPress blog. So I was forced to switch over to self-hosting this year, not the way I would have liked to start my self-hosting adventure. And since then, I haven’t had any time to figure out what the hell I’m doing! Pretty much all I’ve done is add a few plug-ins and called it a day, and I know there are lots more awesome things I could be doing. I know I want to purchase the Ultimate Book Blogger Plug-in at some point, for example, so it’s just a matter of finding time to work on making my blog better.
2. Work harder to meet my Goodreads challenge. When I started reading in 2014, I didn’t have a full-time job. And so I figured I could easily read 100 books (and I’m not even a very fast reader). But sometime around October, when I found myself 10 books behind schedule and knowing it would only get worse, I lowered my goal to 85 books, and I still didn’t make it. This year I’m realistically setting my goal at 75 books, and if I go over, then yay me!
3. Introduce new book review features. I love reviewing books, but sometimes they start to feel stale and repetitive. So this year I’m going to introduce a few new formats. I don’t have all the details worked out yet, but next year you’ll see things like “Flashback Reviews” (reviews of older books that I may have missed because of too many review obligations) and “Blogger Recommendations” (reviews of books that bloggers have enthusiastically recommended). Stay tuned for more catchy names than those, of course! I’d also love to join other bloggers in doing joint reviews, where we all read the same book and then have a discussion about it. If anyone reading this is interested, let me know, and we’ll make that happen in 2015!
4. Let myself off the hook for not reading faster. This goes hand in hand with Goal #2, I guess. I would have to say the one thing that I get jealous over when I compare myself to other bloggers is the fact that I just can’t manage to read more books each year. I honestly want to cry when I see other bloggers reading 150+ books a year. I will never be able to read that much, at least not in my present situation (married with kids, own a house, full-time job, like to get eight hours of sleep a night). That graphic up there? That was a screen shot from December 27th, so you can see how far behind I fell with my GR goal. So my hope is to Let It Go (cue music!) and just enjoy the books that I can fit in.
5. Host more authors on the blog, with interviews, guest posts, etc. I love interacting with authors, and I’d love to step up those interactions this coming year. I am starting the year off with three blog tours (take that, WordPress.com!!), which gives me an opportunity to ask some authors lots of questions. But I’d like to do even more with authors, aside from blog tours.
6. Do better at answering comments and commenting on other blogs. As most bloggers know, it’s very good form to comment back on every comment you receive on your blog, as well as returning the favor and visiting each person’s blog who leaves a comment on yours. It’s not always easy to do this, and I often fail miserably at commenting when I’m really busy, but I’m going to make an effort to do better in 2015.
7. Streamline the number of blogs I follow. I tend to follow quite a few blogs, but lately I feel that I don’t have much in common with some of the blogs I started following a few years ago. If I haven’t left a comment on your blog lately, it’s probably because we seem to be drifting apart. That’s right, I might be breaking up with you soon. But don’t worry, I leave comments regularly on the blogs I love and enjoy reading. You know who you are!
8. Work harder on “behind the scenes” stuff: sidebar, review archives, and more. I SUCK at keeping my review archives up-to-date. In fact, I cannot even tell you how long it’s been since I’ve updated that page! It’s truly embarrassing. Likewise, my sidebar often goes unattended, and there are a few things I’ve been meaning to update but just haven’t made time for, like my blogroll, for example. This is the year I take control!
9. Catch up on Edelweiss and NetGalley reviews. Of course, the best way to catch up with reviews on these sites is to STOP REQUESTING NEW BOOKS! And who among us is that strong? Not me, for sure! But—I am being much more careful about requests these days, and I hope to catch up this year. I’ve even been good about NOT downloading all those tempting HarperCollins titles on Edelweiss!
10. Read more vintage/classic SF & Fantasy. I’ve started following a few bloggers this year who mostly review the old stuff (and by “stuff” I mean books), and my hands are itching to grab some classic SF/Fantasy titles that I haven’t read. I may join The Little Red Reviewer’s annual event (above) just to jump-start this goal.
Do you set blogging goals each year? Do we have any goals in common? I’d love to hear what you want to do in 2015!