Hi friends! 👋🏻 I’m back from my spontaneous blogging break and I’m ready to start off this year feeling refreshed and ready to make some great posts.
I don’t make resolutions every year because I am truly a cynic at heart and end up giving up on them eventually, but this year I set myself some relatively easy goals that I think will make a difference to my blogging and reading habits. Plus, they’re a little more exciting than just “drink more water”.
USE THE LIBRARY MORE OFTEN.
This is the easiest goal that I have because I work in a library and have a staff library card. In recent years I stopped using libraries because the libraries in my city are so badly underfunded that there are now only three libraries in the entire city, and the one closest to me is absolutely tiny. It’s difficult to feel motivated to use the library when they almost never get any new stock in, and it takes a year for them to get items you reserved because they spent more time closing libraries than operating normally. But I digress.
The library that I work in now is very well stocked and works like a well-oiled machine so it does motivate me to want to use the library more often. Plus, using the library more often will save a ton of money that I would have spent buying books, which is always a good thing.
READ WHAT I WANT TO READ, NOT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE WANT ME TO READ.
I will always welcome recommendations but something that I hate seeing is people on the internet saying “don’t read that, read this“. If you’re going to tell me “do not engage with this piece of fiction”, you need to have a better reason than you just didn’t like it, or don’t think it’s a piece of high art.
There’s a small pressure to read what the hottest books are at the moment and keep on top of new releases, and that is something that I just can’t keep on top of. I’ve been a backlist reader for the longest time and that’s something that I’m not likely to change about me because it keeps my reading stress levels at a minimum. Reading is supposed to be fun, after all.
BE MORE ACTIVE IN THE BOOK BLOGGING COMMUNITY.
I have been blogging for ten years and I’ve enjoyed these ten years but I haven’t made a single friend in the community. Whenever I see people collaborating on posts or even just talking on Twitter I get a little jealous because I’ve never been able to just strike up a conversation and end up making friends. Being hidden behind a screen doesn’t magically give me the confidence to become a social butterfly and I’m still very anxious to start talking to people.
I can be more active in my own way, which is mainly through blog hopping since jumping into conversations on Twitter is still very scary to me (especially with how hostile Book Twitter can be at times), and blog hopping can be daunting, but it’s something that I’m willing to try.
BLOG AT MY OWN PACE.
A huge part of what keeps the book blogging community my home is how laidback and chilled out things can be. On other platforms that BookTube, Bookstagram, BookTok, and even on Twitter, there’s pressure to be ‘on’ all the time and to keep churning out content so that your audience keeps growing and doesn’t get bored of you.
It’s been a very long time since book bloggers would post every single day and I’m glad that nobody really does that anymore because it takes so much pressure off of bloggers and readers. I sometimes find myself getting overwhelmed on the behalf of other people online because they just pump out content without stopping and that would burn me out so fast.
After two very full months of posts (October and November, respectively) I took the whole of December off from blogging without actually planning to do so. It’s worked out well in the end because I didn’t beat myself up about it and I’ve come back feeling refreshed.
TAKE PART IN THE DISCUSSION CHALLENGE AGAIN!
I love taking part in this challenge because I love throwing my awkward disjointed thoughts into a draft post and then trying to stitch them together into a cohesive argument. I get to see so many interesting discussion topics through this challenge and I’m excited to see what everyone has in store this year 😊
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Have you made any goals for this year?