Friday, December 27, 2013
Looking Ahead Part 1: Blogging Goals for 2014
Blogging Goals for 2014
It’s almost that time again, ya know…the end of the year and we’re all rushing to finish up our reading challenge goals, reflecting on the past year in blogging and in general, and getting end of the year wrap-up’s ready to go up on our blogs. We’re also deciding on what fun new reading challenges we’ll all be participating in next year and figuring out how we can improve our blogging skills and habits. I know I am; which is the idea behind this post, to give myself something to look back on throughout 2014 and remind myself of the goals that I want to accomplish and also to help be a little more organized when it comes to my blogging.
One. Be more consistent. I want to be a little more consistent with my blogging, it’s pretty self-explanatory. I’m thinking about picking at least 3 or 4 permanent days where I will blog consistently and then use the remaining left over days to catch up on emails regarding the blog, respond to book review/blog tour requests, catch up on review books/writing reviews, and prepping posts to be scheduled ahead of time on those specific days.
Two. Reducing the Memes. I’m only going to be posting 3 meme’s on the blog. I have it pretty much planned out, to where I am going to be posting those memes every two weeks to the blog. I’ll be posting the Top Ten Tuesday by The Broke and the Bookish, my version of Waiting on Wednesday inspired by the original, and The Sunday Post created by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This one will be done twice a month as well, the first being a mid-month wrap-up and the second, being a wrap-up for the entire month.
Three. Cut back on blog (promo post only/cover reveals) tours. I’m planning to only participate in a small number of blog promo post tours and cover reveals, in the new year. My reason for this, is so that I can free up a little more of my time so that I can get discussion posts/reviews/etc. ready and written for GBYA. It’s a New Adult book blog, where I’m co-blogging with three of my best friends and fellow bloggers.
Four. Less filler and more real content. I’m planning on writing more discussion posts, getting a little more personal on the blog, and posting a new feature in the upcoming year. One of those new features is Bookish Charms and it’s a part of this blog where I will be offering custom made bookmarks (different variety of them) for sale. I’ll be charging between $15-20 for them a piece and you can either fill out the form or email me about custom designed ones. The money that I make from them, will be put back into the blog and used to sponsor giveaways that I’ll be hosting throughout the year. So, if you’re interested in a special blingy bookmark, check back after the first of the year and I’ll have the feature/page set up with more information and there will be pictures with examples.
Five. Reading and Blogging for pleasure. I’m going to be reading more books for pleasure, trying to balance out reading what I want to read and the review books that I’ll be reading for the blog. I’ve created a TBR Jar that is filled with different colored folded up post it notes that have the title and author of a book that’s either sitting on my bookshelf or my Kindle, each month I’ll be picking two random books from the jar and reading them for my own pleasure. I’ll be adding them in with the review books that I have for that month. I’m also going to be blogging a little more leisurely and working on being a lot more personable in my posts, like sharing more things about who I am and opening up a little bit more. So, you’ll definitely be seeing more posts like my If We Were Having Coffee post throughout the year.
Six. Be more personable within the blogging community. I’m going to work on getting to know you guys a little better and making friends with you, by commenting more on your blog posts and building up social media communications. I haven’t been as great with that in the past, as I had hoped to be but I do want to get to know those of you who follow my blog and take the time to read my posts.
So, that’s pretty much it, all of my blogging goals for next year. It’s just basically a guideline to keep me on track and help me to stay on top of things, also to help remind me that blogging about books and reading in general, is supposed to be a fun and enjoyable thing and not necessarily a stressful ball of disaster waiting to unravel.