2016 Blog Goals Check-In & 2017 Blog Goals

If you’re interested in viewing my full 2016 Blog Goal post and not just the concise, updated version below, it can be found here.

2016 Blog Goals

Read 75 books.

In 2016, I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge at 75 books. I completed 60% of this goal; I read 45 books. Honestly, this is more than I expected because I had some serious reading droughts in 2016.

Finish my Fairytale Retellings series.

This series is supposed to be 17 books long. I only needed to read 13 books in 2016. I read 3 and reviewed 2; I’ll get around to posting the review for the third book. I don’t know why it’s taking me so long to finish this series.

Publish 5 discussion pieces.

I published one. *sigh* You can check it out here.

Create a Facebook page for this blog.

I never got around to this. I got as far as brainstorming what my cover graphic might look before this task was put on the backburner.

Interact with the blog community more.

My intention was to make at least one comment on a blog each month. However, I think I only made it 3 or 4 months before my login on WordPress became sporadic making it less likely I would comment on someone’s post.

Now on to the goals I hope to accomplish this year.

2017 Blog Goals

Read 50 books.

This year I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge at 50 books. While it is lower than my 2016 reading goal, it is higher than the number of books I read last year, which, to me, is a good equilibrium. It is also about a book a week with a little wiggle room so I think I may be able to accomplish it if I keep reminding myself a book a week.

Continue to work on my Fairytale Retellings series.

I think it’s highly doubtful that I’ll finish this series this year seeing as it is taking me so long to finish it anyway, but I think trying to tackle some of it, instead of all of it, is more manageable. I think I’ll try to read another 3 books this year.

Publish 1 discussion piece.

This way if I only post 1 piece, then I accomplished a goal, but if I post two pieces, then I get to feel awesome about overachieving. 🙂

Publish 25 reviews.

So, I actually took the time out and counted and last year I posted 18 reviews. This time I going to try to write 25 reviews, which is half of the books I hope to read this year. However, the number of reviews I post isn’t as important to me as making sure there aren’t as many droughts on this blog as last year. I just don’t want my posts, reviews and otherwise, to be few and far between.

There you have it: my four blog goals for 2017, one less than 2016, but hopefully more manageable or easier to accomplish or both.

Side note: I would have loved to roll expanding my brand and interacting with the community forward to 2017, but I’m going into my final semester of college and don’t know how much time I’ll be able to dedicate to this blog. It’s better to leave the two goals off than to add them knowing it’s highly unlikely I’ll get to them.

Did you create any reading/blog goals/resolutions? Are you not even bothering with the goal/resolution trend? Let me know in the comment section.

(2016) Blog Goals

Since it’s the start of the new year, there’s been a variation of blog goals and blog resolutions spamming the blog community. At first, I wasn’t going to publish any goal or resolution list, but after reading Faith @ My Bookish Year’s 2016 Reading Goals and Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch’s Book Challenges for 2016, I thought “If I don’t have goals, then why am I doing this?” (this = blogging). And I could easily keep a mental list, but how would I hold myself accountable? And I how would I remember everything I told myself I would do by the end of the year? So even though I previously told myself I wasn’t going to do this, I’m doing it.

Why goals and not a resolution?

According to Macmillan Dictionary, a resolution is a serious decision to do something. Meanwhile, a goal is something you hope to achieve. While I’d love to achieve all of the following goals, I most likely won’t. Either life will get in the way or I’ll be biting off more than I can chew (excuse the cliché). I’d rather create a wish list than guidelines I can’t live up to. As John Oliver says in his video about resolutions, they either have to be so easy/flexible that you do them automatically or so obscure/difficult that you know you won’t be able to achieve them and won’t feel bad later. Additionally, I’m making goals so that anything that isn’t accomplished can be rolled over to the next year, which is why 2016 is in parentheses.

Goodreads Reading Challenge

This year I set my reading goal at 75 books. This shouldn’t be too hard considering that last year my goal was 71 books and I read 87 books, according to Goodreads standards. (Is there a difference between how Goodreads counts and you count? Yes, thanks for asking.) At Goodreads, as long as you set a date for a book, it’s counted, which I love. But at the end of the year, I want to know how many novels and novellas I read that year so I go through the list and subtract any DNF’ed books and any manga read. Last year, I either just made my goal of 71 novels/novellas or was just under (I’m too lazy to calculate again) so I’m going to try this year to read 75 novels/novellas. (I don’t know why I have to be so complicated.)

Fairytale Retellings

This year I hoping to finally get around to finishing the fairytale retelling series I started. I did not do a decent job of keeping up with it.

Writing/Discussions

Last year, I began drafting some discussion posts but was too afraid of publishing them. It’s one thing talking about books, but discussing opinions that are my own is scary. I’d be putting pieces of myself out in the world and you may reject me. But this year I’m determined to publish 5 discussion piece. I might have to close my eyes and click publish, but it’ll get done.

Expand My Brand

So far my only interaction with the bookish community is this blog and the few people I have on Goodreads. This year I’m going to create at least a Facebook page for this blog and maybe invite more people to be friends with me on Goodreads. I’m not going to hold my breath on the latter since I’m so protective of my Goodreads. (One step at a time, Erica. One step at a time.)

Community Interaction

I usually just read posts and like them on occasion, but I’m not gaining any blog friends by not putting myself out there so I going to try to make at least one comment each month. It’s not going to suddenly be raining friends out there for me, but at least I’m trying and I’m putting myself out there.

There you have it: my five blog goals of 2016. Seems manageable, but I probably still won’t finish.

Did you create any reading/blog goals/resolutions? If you wrote a post on it, link it below.

Are you not even bothering with the goal/resolution trend? Tell me why in the comment section. I want to know.

Unfinished Tags Post

A few months ago I was tagged by Lia @ Bookland for The Creative Blogger Award and by TheYAPage and Pooja @ BooksaRica for The Blogger Recognition Award. However, other than acknowledging the tags and thanking the bloggers, my responses to these awards just sat in my drafts folder. But in an attempt to enter 2016 with a clean drafts folder I’m just going to publish what I have done so far. Sorry, I’m not doing these awards justice.

 ~ The Creative Blogger Award ~

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate some bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.
  4. Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.

Thank you, Lia, for this nomination. It is very awesome of you. (Link to her blog above.)

Five Fast Facts:

  1. I’m the stereotypical book lady equipped with tea, a cat, and reading material.
  2. I have more eBooks than physical books.
  3. My favorite type of clothing is sweatpants/leggings.
  4. I have three siblings.
  5. My favorite colors are blue and black. (I really can’t choose one over the other.)

~ The Blogger Recognition Award ~

Rules:

  1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  2. Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
  3. Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  4. Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  5. Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

Thanks again to TheYAPage and Pooja for this award (links above). Also, shout to Edge of Night for creating this award.

I explain how this blog was started in my response to The Liebster Award so I won’t bore you by rehashing it. But I haven’t tried explaining it in emojis so I’ll try that!

Girl School Thumbs down Left hug 🙉 Crying face Computer 🆕 Rainbow

Yeah, I’m going to stop there.

My advice to other bloggers is to remember why you’re doing this. It’s so easy to get caught up in what other bloggers are doing and becoming discouraged or pushing yourself past your limits. Be true to yourself. You may not be the blog with 50+ views a day (I’m lucky if I even get one), but there are people out there who want to hear what you have to say so say it.

The Liebster Award

I want to start by thanking DeadBeatBibliophile for nominating me for this award. A recent blogger goal of mine has been to engage more with the blog/book blog community and this nomination has given me such an opportunity. I am truly grateful. 🙂 ❤

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Questions:

1. Who is your favourite booktuber/blogger?

I don’t really follow booktube so I don’t have a favorite booktuber. I used to love watching Tea Time by Epic Reads, but they don’t occur as often anymore so I don’t watch as much. My favorite blogger is Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts because I love his rants.

2. If you could save only one book from your entire collection before the rest got destroyed what would they be and why?

I would have to save City of Bones by Cassandra Clare because a close friend gave it to me as a birthday gift long before The Mortal Instruments became popular. Sadly, I hadn’t read the book until after I saw the movie. All those years just sitting on my bookshelf just waiting to be read…

3. Why did you start a bookblog?

So I begin to address this in my About page, but I’m not sure how clear that is. My younger sister and I used to share books and talk about them afterward. However, over time, I would finish books and my sister wouldn’t even get around to starting some of them so I lost a book buddy. I had just finished reading a book I really disliked/hated when I decided I would use a blog as a diary for my book thoughts. Unfortunately (/fortunately), my sister never caught up so now I use my blog as a book buddy and to connect with other readers. [Gosh, that seems sad and long-winded.]

4. What is your favourite book series?

My favorite book series is Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Katy and Daemon, enough said. ❤

5. What is your reading pet peeve?

My reading pet peeve is when people wet books. I HATE how crunchy and warped pages get when wet. What’s worse is when the pages stick together. Or if a stain is left behind! JUST KEEP LIQUIDS AWAY FROM BOOKS!!! (Sorry, I lost myself for a moment.)

6. If you could write a sequel for a standalone, which standalone would you choose and why?

I’d write the sequel to The Fill-In Boyfriend. What happens to Bec and Nate!?!

7. How many books are on your TBR shelf? (This could be Goodreads or a physical shelf, you choose.)

I have about 5 books on my physical shelf because I just went through my annual shelf cleaning so a lot of books are going to be donated to make space for new books. I have 247 books on my Goodreads TBR shelf.

8. Favourite book genre?

My favorite genre is always shifting, but I tend to stay under the young adult (YA) umbrella.

9. Do you judge books by their covers?

97% of the time I only pick up a book because of the cover. Libraries and bookstores are teeming with wonderful books so there has to be a way for the book to immediately impress me and get into my hands. Though the blurb is what decides if it leaves with me.

(The other 3% is caused by good reviews by bloggers I follow and come across.)

10. Have you ever read a book that you didn’t think would be good but pleasantly surprised you?

Yes. (That isn’t much of an answer, but I’m blanking for an example. Off the top of my head, I’d have to say Who R U Really? and None of the Above, though there’s probably a better example out there.)

11. Second hand or brand new books?

Since I get most of my books from the library, I have to say second hand. But nothing beats the smell of a new book and the feel of a book opening for the first time.

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