March 2014 summary
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.
- GoodReads Reading Challenge… 100 Books.
In March 2014 I finished 7 books:
Book #15: The Innocent by Shiloh Walker (March 1, 2014)
Book #16: Bladed Magic by JC Daniels (March 2, 2014)
Book #17: Dawn’s Early Light by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris (March 14, 2014)
Book #18: At Star’s End by Anna Hackett (March 17, 2014)
Book #19: Dangerous Angel by Stacy Gail (March 20, 2014)
Book #20: Turned by Virna DePaul (March 26, 2014)
Book #21: Immortal Hunter by Kait Ballanger (March 30, 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. Currently I’m not making that mark – with a quarter of the way through the year, I should have read at least 25 books, I’ve only finished 21 books. But as I stated when I started, I won’t cram books in to make the goal. If I only read 90 books, so be it!
- Reading books off of my TRB pile instead of picking up new-to-me authors and series.
I FAILED at this one during March. I didn’t read a single book from my TBR pile, and I did read two books from either new-to-me authors or new series. UGH!
- Featuring more GLBT authors and books on the blog.
In March, we featured two reviews and two blog tours in the GLBT genre.
- 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. I’m still trying to figure out the best why to present a review rating, but that tweaking was minimal.
- Opening up Sunday Snippets to authors as a chance to spotlight his/her work.
We kept up hosting outside authors with three Snippets from non-reviewed books. I am happy with that mark. I’m working pushing this option more with authors, and I think it’s working. Next month may be more difficult with the Easter Holiday.
- 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.
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 March went well. I completed my goal of moving with purpose for at least 15 minutes every day and tracked all of my food using the LoseIt! app. Towards the end of the month I started to eat pretty poorly, but I still tracked everything. I was successful with the LoseIt! challenge I entered to track my calories for all 31 days in March. And although my goal was only to move for 15 minutes each day, I generally walked at least 20 minutes. That is a win!
Coming up for April, I plan to increase my daily movement goal to a minimum of 20 minutes.
So how did YOUR March go? Did you accomplish any goals? Did you set any new ones?
Thanks for stopping by to chat!