Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where each week bloggers are given a new top ten theme to blog about!
As this is the first Top Ten Tuesday of the year, it’s only fitting that we blog about our, well, BLOGGING goals! It’s funny for me to see that I often pick the same goals, year after year, which means I didn’t have much luck with them the year before. So some of these are repeats from last year’s goals. I tend to forget about this post right after it’s published, but maybe this year I’ll check back in half-way through 2016 and see how I’m doing. Maybe:-) Anyway, here are some goals I have for blogging this year:
1. Read more backlist books.
I love joining Lisa’s Backlist Burndown each month, that is when I can fit in a backlist book! This year I’m going to really try to read an older book each month, even though I was a complete failure last year in this department. I have so many new favorite authors, and I NEED to check out their backlists!
2. Complete at least two reading challenges.
As always, I’ll be doing the Goodreads challenge (I’ve set mine to 90 books, at least for now). And I can’t wait to get started with the Worlds Without End Women of Genre Fiction Challenge. Why don’t you join me?
3. Read and review one graphic novel or comic a month.
This is a new goal, one I’ve been thinking about all year. I purchased at least five graphic novels in 2015 that I was dying to read, but I didn’t get to any of them, shamefully. I love art, and I love fiction, so the combination of these two is really a no-brainer. I have a stack to start off the year, so I have no excuses!
4. Host more authors.
I really enjoy doing author interviews and guest posts, and I’d love to host at least one author/publisher a month. I’m starting out the year with two interviews in January, which I’m very excited about!
5. Cut back on review requests, and say “no” more often to books I’m just not interested in.
Ever since I stopped reading self-published books, I’ve been pretty good at saying “no,” but I still find it very hard to turn down books from big publishers, even if they aren’t really my thing. I’m always afraid they’ll never ask me again, I suppose. Unfortunately, I’ve found myself agreeing to read and review some books that I just never got to, simply because in my heart I wasn’t that interested. So this is the year I plan to really be honest with what I want to read, even if it’s hard to say “no.”
6. Expand my online presence.
I have a confession: I’m not a very social person, LOL. I tend to stay in my comfort zone, visit the bloggers I’m friends with, use the same old social sites I’m familiar with. But I know there is a whole big world out there that I’m missing, and I’d like this blog to get more exposure if possible. I’m very curious about Reddit, which seems to be pretty popular these days, in particular their fantasy groups. If anyone is using Reddit and knows the ins and outs, I’d love to know the best way to start!
7. Start posting my reviews to Goodreads—immediately!
I am the WORST at posting my reviews to Goodreads, and so I just broke down and purchased a plugin that will do it for me. I just tried this for the first time and it works like a CHAMP. I don’t know why I didn’t think to add this plugin sooner!
8. Work on a blog re-design.
I’ve had this design for almost a year, and I’m just not happy with it any more. Truth be told, I’d love to change the name of my blog, but I can’t figure out a way to do it without losing all my followers. Or maybe I just need a creative project! Anyway, time permitting, you may see a new look this year.
9. Find new blogs to follow, leave more comments, and try to be more social in general.
Like I mentioned before, it’s very hard for me to be social, although it’s certainly easier online that it is in real life! I’d love to make more online friends and discover new blogs this year. Commenting on blogs sometimes feels so time-consuming, that I tend to “lurk” on blogs rather than join in conversations. But the rewards are obvious: the more comments I leave, the more visitors I have to my own blog, plus I get to “meet” some very cool speculative fiction fans that I might not have met!
10. Be happy with the amount of time I have to read, and make the most of the time I have to blog.
Instead of making a goal to “read more books!” which is the obvious one, I’m going to take a different approach this year and simply appreciate the time I do have to read and blog, and focus on quality instead of quantity. It’s so easy to become envious of bloggers who have more time to read than I do, but envy isn’t a very positive emotion, and really, it’s kind of silly. Reading is only one part of my life, and sometimes I need to remind myself of that fact.
What are your blogging goals for 2016? I’d love to know:-)