Happy New Years Eve!
It is so hard to believe that today is the last day of 2018. I have been thinking a lot about my goals for 2019 and I have come up with a plan.
Overall, I would say that I am pretty happy with the blog and don’t want to make any big changes with it. Of course, I would love more followers but it is what it is. The blog turned 5 years old about a week ago and I have learned over the years what works and what just causes me stress. I do struggle to keep up with comments at times but I think that most bloggers have that experience. I am trying to do a little bit every day and am trying to be happy with what I am able to do.
Books and Reading
Every year I set a goal about getting caught up with my pile of past due ARCs and every year I make just a little bit of progress. I hope that this year will be different and I actually have a plan to make it happen. I hope that by setting a few simple rules for myself I will actually be able to make some real progress.
Rule #1 – Limit the number of ARCs I add to my pile
This might be the most important rule and I have realized that I need to be more specific with myself if I am going to make it happen. I am going to allow myself to add 52 new books for review in 2019. (This does not apply to audiobooks since I have no past due audiobooks.) I have a spreadsheet already set up so I can keep track of new ARCs as they come in. I think that adding an average of 1 ARC per week should be doable.
Rule #2 – Read books from rotating categories.
I really want to read my old arcs, my current ones, and some of the books that I own. I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to balance everything out. I have come up with something that seems to be working.
I am reading from 3 rotating categories:
Old – Any review book that is more than 6 months past due
New – Any review book that is current or less than 6 months past due
Anything – This is where I can read whatever I want to read. Library books, books from my shelf, or possibly an ARC.
I have a spreadsheet set up and when I finish a book and need to pick out something to read next, I can just look and see what category I can choose from. I started doing this at the beginning of December and it seems to be working. In December, I am close to finishing my fifth past due ARCs, 4 current ARCs, and for the anything category, I read a library book, a couple of audiobooks for review, and a book that I received from the publisher.
Rule #3 – Write reviews within 1 week of finishing a book
I have developed a really bad habit of writing all reviews the night before the post goes live on my blog. My life is too busy for this and it just causes stress. I have learned that reviews are much easier to write when the book is fresh in my mind and writing reviews months later just doesn’t work well for me. I spent my Christmas holiday getting all of my reviews caught up and currently only have one to write for a book that I finished just a couple of days ago. Writing reviews sooner needs to be a habit!
Once again, I plan to set my Goodreads challenge at 100 books. I will probably hit that mark sometime in the summer but I like going with the low-stress approach with this challenge. It is just fun to see where I end up at the end of the year.
2019 Blogger Shame Challenge
I hope to read 50 past due review books for this challenge.
This should be doable with my reading plan for 2019.
2019 Audiobook Challenge
I hope to achieve the Marathoner level for this challenge which is 50+ audiobooks.
This challenge is hosted by Hot Listens
& Caffeinated Reviewer
You can sign up on either blog using the links above.
What are some of your blogging or reading goals for 2019?