Top Ten Tuesday
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
and features weekly top-ten lists! This week it’s…
Complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge »
This year I’ve pledged to read 100 books, which is the same number as I pledged for 2013. But I totally beat my goal last year, and I read my personal best of 133 books… So secretly, my goal is to beat that. Shhhh… ;)
Write Notes/Reviews Promptly »
I am the WORST when it comes to getting behind in my review-writing. This is just bad for everyone – it stresses me out, and it makes for vague and not-detailed reviews if I write it weeks after I’ve finished the book… It’s just not a good thing! So a couple months ago I really started to buckle down on writing something immediately after finishing every book, and it’s really helping. I just need to stick with it and get better about completely finishing and scheduling those reviews early, so I really don’t have to even think about tweaking them the day before.
Reach Out »
I want to be less timid about reaching out to other bloggers, whether via Twitter or commenting or whatever. (Shut up, I’m shy!) I also really want to make sure I reply to each and every thoughtful comment on TWBI, and return visits. Every visit and comment is so appreciated, you have no idea (or maybe you do). ♥
Start a New Feature »
I’ve been saying this a lot lately, and this year I really REALLY want to get my butt in gear and come up with a cool weekly or every-two-week feature. I’ve been playing around with a few ideas, and hopefully the next month or two will see one of those come to fruition… Fingers crossed!!
Don’t Stress the Schedule »
I can’t stress this (hah) enough — using Google calendar for my scheduling (book releases, reviews, and reading schedule) has helped me a LOT in getting organized and getting ahead on my reviews, and I want to continue that trend in 2014. But sometimes I feel like I don’t post enough reviews, which makes me want to schedule more, which makes me feel even more behind, and that’s just… not even a thing. At the end of the day, it’s my blog and I’m the only person who can determine whether I’m posting “enough”. I do want to have regular content and some kind of schedule for my reviews, but I also need to remember that blogging is my hobby. When it stops being fun and starts being stressful, I shouldn’t worry about rescheduling things here or there.
Leave Room for Breathers »
In the coming months, it’s going to be really easy to get trapped by too many review books. I’ve got my reading schedule planned out, and time blocked off for each book I’ve committed to… but what happens if I don’t schedule anything ELSE? I need to leave room for books that I don’t need to review, so I can let the review-brain rest for a little bit. “But all the ARCs are just so SHINY” is not a valid excuse. Plus this will give me more time to re-read, and also to pick up those “must-read” books that have been out for a while and are gathering dust on my TBR list. XP
Schedule TTT’s and WoW’s early »
Basically what it says on the tin. That way, I’m not stressed the night before! (Erm, hi, yes I am writing this TTT post just a couple hours before it’s supposed to be up… Whoops.)
Connect with Publishers »
I’m terrified of this goal. Why did I put this goal on here?? No but really, I’ve been blogging for 10 months now, and I think it’s probably nearing the time when I need to put my game face on and reach out to some publishers, make some contacts, and start thinking about requesting some paper ARCs. …….Or I can just sit over here with NetGalley and Edelweiss and never have to deal with a personal rejection email. That’s also a good plan.
Get Down to Business »
This is kind of random, but I really want to print some blogger business cards for There Were Books Involved. I’ve been thinking about trying to get more involved with author- and bookish events in general, which is a great way to meet fellow book bloggers, and it’d just be really fun to have a few business cards to give to people. I dunno, at least it sounds fun, lol.
Be Fearless »
This is sort of just a life-goal for 2014, really. Fearlessness in general. Blogging, life, work, taking risks… hopefully it’s a good year for it. ;)
What are YOUR top ten goals this year, bookish, blogging, or otherwise?
Let me know in the comments! And be sure to leave a link to your Top Ten post. I’d love to stop by!