The Year Ahead
Welcome to 2014! With the start of another year, it’s time for me to take a look at my blogging and reading goals. I don’t call them challenges, because I don’t want to be “forced” to read anything just to meet the challenge. Instead, I set goals for myself and the blog; things that I want to accomplish, but on my own terms. So without further ado… here are my plans for 2014:
- GoodReads Reading Challenge… 100 Books.
Okay, so this is a challenge by name. In the past, I’ve set up a goal of reading one book per week, so 52 books. However, I usually get several more than that in… between 60-90 books in a year. In 2013, I actually finished over 100 books for the first time! I was super excited, and so I decided to be brave this year and put down as my official goal: 100 books. I won’t be crushed if I don’t make it, but I really don’t want to put down a goal of something less, when I really do want to reach 100 again.
- Reading books off of my TRB pile instead of picking up new-to-me authors and series.
This is going to be very difficult, which is why I am not associating a number of books with this goal. In fact, I’ve already broken this guideline a few times in making my January – March schedule. It’s so hard when there are so many great books out there. But I’m going to try to say “no” to the new books/authors and focus on the backlog of books I own. I’ll keep you updated on this one. It will be a challenge. LOL.
- Featuring more GLBT authors and books on the blog.
Currently, I think we do a good job with this. I feel like we have a rounded representation of m/m books and reviews. What I don’t have much of are f/f stories, and I’d like to feature more, whether as reviews, book spotlights or author guest posts.
- Spending more time reading and less time tweaking the blog.
Again, this will be difficult for the perfectionist in me. I want everything to be “just right,” and it bugs me when it’s not. I am hoping with my lovely new blog design and format, that I can spend less time tweaking. One of the biggest consumers of my time is updating the format on old reviews and posts. When we moved from Blogger, the formatting did not hold, making older reviews messy and a little difficult to read. What I’m doing is updating those posts as I add new reviews in that book’s series. Make sense? I don’t know how often the older posts are viewed, but I feel better knowing that they will look better.
- Opening up Sunday Snippets to authors as a chance to spotlight his/her work.
Currently, Una creates the snippet posts from the books she reads and reviews. I plan to open this up to all authors, where s/he can submit a request for a specific Sunday and send in a snippet for us to showcase. I like this idea because it will help broaden our coverage to titles we may not have the chance to read and review.
- Continue Saturday Conversations Posts, but open them up.
I really enjoy my Saturday Conversations feature, but some weeks, it takes a lot of time. Seeing as one of my goals is to spend more time reading… I feel like I need to do something to limit how much time I work on posts. With this in mind, some Saturdays I may feature a review or a guest post from an author instead of a post from yours truly. We’ll see how this goes.
So, there you have it. What do you think of my goals? I am curious… Have you set any personal or blogging goals for 2014? Are you participating in any challenges? Do you feel setting goals or entering challenges enhances your reading experience?
Thanks for stopping by to chat!