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Saturday Conversations: 2014 Goals April Update

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Saturday Conversations

April 2014 summary

Okay, okay… so it’s only FRIDAY… but I’ve got my weekly review of the Kraken King tomorrow, so I figured I would post my Saturday update today!

Back at the beginning of the new year, I listed my 2014 reading and blogging goals. I plan to post monthly updates on my goals as one of my Saturday Conversation posts near the end/beginning of each month.

  1. GoodReads Reading Challenge… 100 Books.
    In April 2014 I finished 11 books – note the first two titles were finished in March, but after I put up my March progress report:
    Book #22: The Kraken King Part I: The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster by Meljean Brook (March 31, 2014)
    Book #23: The Kraken King Part II: The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm by Meljean Brook (March 31, 2014)
    Book #24: The King by JR Ward (April 6, 2014)
    Book #25: Survive to Dawn by PJ Schnyder (April 10, 2014)
    Book #26: The Kraken King Part III: The Kraken King and the Fox’s Den by Meljean Brook (April 11, 2014)
    Book #27: The Kraken King Part IV: The Kraken King and the Inevitable Abduction by Meljean Brook (April 12, 2014)
    Book #28: Once Bitten, Twice Burned by Cynthia Eden (April 14, 2014)
    Book #29: Burning Dawn by Gena Showalter (April 18, 2014)
    Book #30: Dimitri’s Forbidden Submissive by Ann Mayburn (April 22, 2014)
    Book #31: The Kraken King Part V: The Kraken King and the Iron Heart by Meljean Brook (April 24, 2014)
    Book #32: My Wicked Masters by Ann Mayburn (April 26, 2014)
    Book #33: The Kraken King Part VI: The Kraken King and the Crumbling Walls by Meljean Brook (April 27, 2014)
    If I want to finish 100 books by the end of the year, I need to read on average 8.33 books per month. That puts the tally at 33.3 books through 4 months, and I’ve caught up! The primary reason – I read 7 novellas last month. It was all for review and super enjoyable – but the shorter length meant more books! Plus, I’ve been on a tear – really enjoying my books lately!
  2. Reading books off of my TRB pile instead of picking up new-to-me authors and series.
    Nothing from my TBR per se – but these books are ALL part of series that I currently read – so ones that I would have picked up anyways! No new authors this month!
  3. Featuring more GLBT authors and books on the blog.
    First… I changed this category to LGBTQ to incorporate a wider range of titles. Second, I’ve reached out the some f/f authors in hopes of guest posts and Sunday Snippets. I had some positive response, but then it kind of fell flat. I will continue to work on this, however! In April, we featured two reviews and one blog tour in the LGBTQ genre.
  4. Spending more time reading and less time tweaking the blog.
    Other than working on updating old blog posts as new books were reviewed in the series, I stayed away from any major changes.
  5. Opening up Sunday Snippets to authors as a chance to spotlight his/her work.
    This has REALLY taken off! Although only two of the four Sundays in April were author submitted snippets (Easter being one date we did not schedule), we are getting a positive response to this feature. Working with authors and publicists who submit requests, Una and I have booked out author-submitted Snippets through mid-June!
  6. Continue Saturday Conversations Posts, but open them up.
    As I wrote in my post dated March 15, 2014, I’m dropping the weekly Saturday Conversations post for now. It’s just not working for me with the time spent on posts versus the readership of the feature. I will continue to post monthly updates, and I have some Saturday Reviews scheduled for the coming months. Maybe in the fall, Saturday Conversations will return for a more regular appearance.

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I’ve also been participating in the #BookBlogWalkers challenge hosted by Felicia The Geeky Blogger. I do weekly updates on this goal HERE, but I’ll also do monthly updates with my monthly goal updates.

My April went well. I completed my goal of moving with purpose for at least 20 minutes every day, with a few exceptions, and tracked all of my food using the LoseIt! app. I was successful with the LoseIt! challenge I entered to track my calories for all 30 days in April. The big news is that I have lost a total of 15 pounds, and I am wearing pants that I couldn’t all last year!

Coming up for May, I plan to keep my daily movement goal to a minimum of 20 minutes, with at least three days per week at 30 minutes. Plus, I’m allowing myself one day off per week.

So how did YOUR April go? Did you accomplish any goals? Did you set any new ones? 

Thanks for stopping by to chat!

JENsignature

  • UnaReads

    Jen, you are doing great! So happy for you, keep up all the great and hardwork!!

    I ended up dropping out of a 30 day challenge. Health reasons have me reevaluating my fitness goals and such. It’s okay, just a bit frustrating. However, I have maintained my weight which is awesome through this so I’m happy. My reading goals…I’m slacking but hope to tackle my immense TBR pile soon.

    • Thanks my friend. It’s so awesome to fit back into my clothes again! And knowing what you went through and that you are maintaining a much healthier weight – you ROCK! You are doing great!!

  • I need to spend more time tweaking the blog, I need a makeover bad. I’m scared to mess it up though and wouldn’t know how to put it back LOL.

    • Create a copy of your blog and work from that to try out the format until you are happy with it!

      I still feel the newness of my blog makeover (did last fall). I am always finding small things to tweak, but I’m trying to leave it alone unless it’s critical!

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