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Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015
I’m moving forward with my goals and resolutions instead of looking back on the year, so these are what I’m looking to do in 2015. This past year I wanted to become more involved in the blogging community, meet more bloggers, connect and comment more. I think I’ve don that fairly well. I could have done better, but it’s a starting point.
In 2015, I want to do more and really hold myself accountable. It’s so easy falling behind on the housekeeping end of blogging and sliding into some lazy habits. I suppose it’s the procrastinator in me coming out, but I want to get it together in 2015, so I’ve decided to limit my challenges. This year I wanted to do them all. Next year I want to hone my focus to certain aspects. There are a few more than ten, but they’re all much needed!
- Y’all, when I get on NetGalley I go crazy. I have largely avoided it for over six months because of this, only looking at the books I’m auto-approved for from a small publisher and even then I’ve been very stingy about selecting from their books.
- That being said, my NetGalley rating is probably below 10%. That’s horrible. How did this happen?
- I really want to focus on reading and reviewing my NetGalley books. We are all grateful to get ARCs and advanced copies, but I’ve been too flighty and put NetGalley on the back burner. No more!
- I want to read at least 50 NetGalley books.
- I also want to increase my NetGalley rating to as near to 50% as realistically possible.
- I seriously want to clear out my TBR. I know I said this last year, and I did a little bit…but I reviewed for A LOT of review tours and kind of put my planned October and November reviews at the very bottom of the list due to personal life and time.
- I have TWO. FULL. DOUBLE STACKED. SHELVES. I can’t stand it. It drives me crazy. I don’t know those authors, the characters, their stories. My bookcase represents books and characters that I love. Half of it is filled with these unknown strangers. I don’t really buy physical books anymore, but still there are two double stacked shelves that must be read through.
- I also have a bazillion ebooks on my Kindle. Like with NetGalley, I have tried to be very stingy lately with the freebies I download from various sources. I also have a handful of review requests from this year that I just didn’t get to, despite my good intentions to do so. A year late is better than never, right?
- I want my TBR to become manageable. It was in the beginning, and then things just got out of control.
- By the end of the COYER Challenge, I want to read at least 5 physical books off my shelf, and…
- Read at least 20 NetGalley books.
- I love Goodreads. I do. It’s amazing. There’s just so much I get overwhelmed…and avoid the majority of its functionality.
- This year I started creating bookshelves (thank you for the push, Brittany!), but I quickly lost steam with that whole project. The entire purpose is to make tracking easier, and…well, I totally dropped the ball on that. See what my shelves looked like?
- I want my bookshelves to have more structure and organization. I would create a shelf willy-nilly, and oftentimes wouldn’t create one at all. I don’t want 50 million shelves, but I do want to do better than that. I want my bookshelves to be a tool I can – and will – use to my advantage.
- Moment of honesty: I love read-a-thons…but last year I didn’t have the time to participate the way I should have. I signed up for only a few, and still I don’t feel I did them justice. Real life got in the way a bit, but I also kind of let read-a-thons fall by the wayside, too.
- I want to participate in at least 4 read-a-thons throughout the year. Truly participate and give my very best effort.
- Oh, reading challenges. I signed up for everything I discovered this past year. At first it was cool and fun, and then it started to become a drag. I’d have to cross-reference so many lists and update them. I’m sure a few books fell through the cracks.
- I want to simplify my reading challenges, and keep them focused on helping me achieve my goals for the year. All of the genre reading goals? I don’t need those. It really didn’t mean one thing to me that I met my woman’s fiction goal – I know I read more than 20 female authors a year!
- I do want to read more from male authors. Female authors have dominated my reading palette, always, and I want more perspective. In fact, of the authors I reviewed in 2014, I have a solid author-blogger relationship with two of the male authors I reviewed, and a hit-miss with many of the female authors I reviewed.
- Blogging Community
- I again want to continue and up the ante this year. I want to continue to foster bloggy friend relationships and find new bloggers to add to the family.
- Along with this also comes making a vigilant effort to comment and reciprocate.
- That being said, I want to….
- Participate in at least 2 Boost It Tuesdays each month.
- Participate in at least 3 Booknificint Thursdays each month.
- Participate in all Saturday Situations each month.
- Visit 2-4 new blogs each week from weekly memes (TTT, WWW, FFF, Sunday Post)
- Visit 10 COYER reviews each week
- I’ve already started to do so, but in 2015 I want to simplify. I feel like I made some things more complicated and cluttered than they needed to be this past year. I want to streamline and simplify my menus so they are sleek and easy on the eyes.