#Back2BasicsBlogging Chat & My 2016 Resolutions

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It’s officially January 1st, 2016. I hope you all had a happy and safe New Year’s Eve, and are ready to start the new year off right! I know I am! 2016 will be a year of lots of new things for me: I’ll be heading off to college in the fall, living away from home for the first time, and all of the new that comes with that.

As always, the new year is the time we decide to make some changes to ourselves, and our lives. For my life resolution, in case you were wondering, is to help my mom more. She’s got a lot on her plate, and I felt like in 2015 I wasn’t doing the best to help her out. She compensated for me for the things I neglected to do all the time, and now, I want to give her the chance to have a break. Especially since this is the last chunk of time that I’ll be living with her. Okay, I can’t think that far ahead yet. I’m scaring myself.

But of course, I also have some blogging and reading resolutions that I want to hold myself to this year. On Christmas Eve, Jenna @ Bookiemoji started a Twitter chat with the hashtag #Back2BasicsBlogging. I encourage you, if you’re a blogger, to click that link if you were unaware of it before now. The chat was amazing, and it was helpful for me to recognize the things about my blog and reading that I want to change this year:

  • not worry about having a posting schedule
  • incorporate posts about my life, and in turn…
  • …let my personality shine through more
  • showcase some of my artwork
  • have more thoughtful discussions
  • recognize that I may have an audience that’s not just bloggers (more on that later)
  • don’t focus on the ARCs, and lastly…
  • …make this blog more uniquely ME!

And as for my reading:

  • read those backlist books I paid good money for!
  • request fewer books
  • don’t sign up for reading challenges or read-a-thons — they never, ever, work for me
  • except for the Goodreads Reading Challenge [I plan to read 60 books this year]

There’s quite a bit for me to do this year, but I think they’re easy changes. As my life got more chaotic this year, I saw myself starting to do them already. These changes seem like they’ll make blogging feel like less of a chore, more of a hobby, like it should be! I’m all for less stress. Plus, as I mentioned, I’ll be heading to college, and who know how much time I’ll have for reading. So, I think the addition of other things (like life and posts, and more bookish discussions) will allow me to keep blogging through it all! We’ll see how the whole blogging at college thing works out later, though…

I mentioned that I want to acknowledge that I may have a readership that includes people other than just bloggers. I never really thought about that before the #Back2BasicsBlogging chat. But now that I have, I decided that this would be a great chance to ask you readers to take my blog survey. It shouldn’t take you too long, and I’m hoping this will help me get a better idea of who reads my blog, and what you love to read about from me.

If you took the time to fill that out, THANKS A TON! YOU’RE THE BEST! That’s all for me today! I hope you all have a great New Year’s Day, and a great year ahead!


2015 Blogging Resolutions

2015 blogging resolutions

February 7th of this year was the first day that I ever started blogging. I wrote and published my first post on that day, and looking back I can happily and proudly say that I’ve improved since. So since I’ve almost been blogging for a year, I’m reflecting on my almost year of blogging just in time for New Year’s resolutions! Here are the things I hope to achieve and work at during the upcoming year of 2015!!

1. Cut back my blogging schedule, but write better quality posts.

At the moment, my current blogging schedule consists of a post every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. WHAT WAS I THINKING?! I have a real life, too! I have to have TIME to READ the books, too! I went gung-ho over the summer and for some reason thought I could keep up with that schedule. Well, obviously I can’t as you can see from the lack of posts I’ve been writing for the last few months. I’m not sure if I’ll have a blogging schedule next year or not, but I know I want to cut it down to 3 posts a week (review, meme, wrap-up/haul post), and throw in either an extra review or discussion post WHEN I HAVE TIME. Remember that little bit I wrote on my About page where I said I bite off more than I can chew? That old blog schedule was exactly that. With a smaller number of posts, I hope to be able to write better content for the posts and spend more time writing reviews!

2. Break out of the book blogging “mold”

There are SO MANY book bloggers out there. And reflecting on my blog I can honestly say that there isn’t really much that sets me apart from every other one. So next year I want to show more personality, diversify the blog, and become more unique. I’m not sure what exactly this entails (maybe more personal posts, lots more discussions, etc.) but I know that it’s a must. I want you guys to get to know me a little better!

3. Become a better commenter

I wrote a post a little while ago about how I’m a horrible commenter. Since then, I’ve caught up with all of those backlogged comments and replied to almost every one of them! But I still want to make sure that I stick to this and keep myself accountable. I am going to try and reply to the comments as they come in on my phone, and if not, then I am devoting a time of day to respond to comments. This also means I have to keep my end of the bargain commenting BACK. I have to also devote a time of day to READING other blogs and commenting on them!

4. Make blogging a part of my routine

Like I want to devote specific times to commenting and reading blogs, I also want to devote a chunk of time to writing posts and making sure they’re the best I can make them. I think this will have to be either a time during the weekend or a Friday afternoon, when I won’t have the bother of school and homework hanging over my head!

5. Let people know I blog

My parents still don’t know I have a book blog. This is mainly because I pitched the idea a few years ago when I was younger and they were against it for safety reasons. I want this to change. I want them to know I have a blog and what I do. Not only do I want to share the blog with my parents but also my friends. I’ve shown some but not all. And lastly share it with authors I meet at book events, just to start a relationship and friendship!

Those are the things I’m hoping to improve with myself and blogging next year! What resolutions are you making for blogging in 2015?