Okay, I know it’s not the beginning of the year or anything, but there’s no wrong time for turning over a new leaf (or a few), right?
Today, I want to talk about some new blogging goals I’ve set in place for myself! As I’ve mentioned time and time again, you guys are excellent accountability partners—I always find that it’s so much easier to stick to my goals when I’m upfront with you all about them!
So, here are the new goals I’ve set for myself:
1. Post more reviews
In the month of July, out of 31 posts, only 11 were reviews! That’s not a lot for me; I read 23 books in July not including my assigned reading, so obviously I didn’t review everything yet. In June, I posted 12, so not much better, but every previous month in this year has averaged 15-17 reviews per month, which is a number I’d like to get back to. Which leads me to my next point…
2. Start reviewing while reading
I know I’m always saying I want to review books sooner, but a new goal I have that I think will help tremendously is starting to write my review while I read the book! Even if that just includes bullet points outlining things I want to touch on, not only does it help me remember minor details I want to talk about in my review, but it should also help motivate me to finish the review quickly after finishing the book (which also will mean you guys get to read my thoughts while they’re still fresh!).
3. Prioritize overdue ARCs
I’m going make a shameful confession today: I have a really terrible habit of completely de-prioritizing ARCs if I miss their due date. If it’s a really high priority ARC and/or a publishing company I don’t work with often, I’ll try to do it within a week or two of the book’s release, but if it’s a publishing company who I’ve built a good relationship with (like HarperTeen), I have the worst habit of saying, “Oh, I missed the date? Oops, well, moving on to the next ARC on the list!” I want to stop doing that, and to start trying to review overdue ARCs as soon as I can, because let’s be honest—it’s way less shameful to review an ARC a week late than six months late…
4. More discussion posts
Ironically enough, this one goes against goal #1 a little bit, because I refuse to post twice in a day (except for in very special circumstances), which means I have less days for reviews! That said, I love reading discussion posts, and I LOVE reading your responses to the ones that I post!
5. Blog hopping and checking my WP reader everyday
This is a goal that I’ve actually been working on already, which many of you have noticed; I’m trying really hard to form a habit of checking my reader at least once daily and commenting on posts! I love reading all of your posts, and am always sad when I realize I’ve missed some great reviews and discussions, so I feel so much more “in the loop” now that I’m staying on top of things a bit better.
6. Replying to comments within 24 hours
This is another one I’ve already been working on! Earlier this year, I was in a really bad rut where I didn’t reply to comments for about 2 weeks on average, and they would just pile up and become unmanageable and I felt so guilty every time! I felt like I wasn’t carrying on genuine conversations because, by the time I replied, let’s be honest, we had both forgotten what was being talked about! Lately, whether it’s through my laptop or the app on my phone, I try to catch up on comments every day. It makes it so much faster to reply and I feel like I’ve gotten to know a lot of you SO much better because we’re actually communicating quickly! ♥ So, win-win!
7. Fill tags in a timely manner
If you check out my tag posts, you already know that most of the ones I fill have been sitting in my bookmarks for months, and that’s really not okay. I mean, I don’t judge anyone else for not filling their tags right away, but let’s be honest: if I tag someone and they fill it within a couple of weeks, it encourages me to tag them again in the next post! And I want you guys to keep tagging me in things, because it makes me feel warm and fuzzy and loved! But I can look at it objectively enough to say that, if you tag me in something and I don’t fill the tag for six months, there’s not much motivation for you to keep tagging me. ? My point is: please keep tagging me in stuff, because I promise to start actually doing the tags!
Okay, that’s it! I tried to keep this manageable, because I think all of these goals are super feasible and will just require a little effort and working on my time management skills (which will be very important, as my fall semester is starting today and I’m taking two pretty heavy-duty classes!).
Do you guys have any tips for how I can stick to these goals better, or do you have any goals you’re working on? Let me know in the comments—let’s talk!