Happy New Year’s Eve!
You may not know this about me but I secretly love to make lists, set goals, and flip the calendar. I don’t always follow the lists, meet the goals, or pay attention to the calendar but it is fun to plan.
The blog just turned 8 a couple of weeks ago. A lot of things have changed over the years. This year the big change was the move to WordPress and the new look. I am glad that I made the move and wish that I had done it a lot sooner. The only thing that I know that I want to change in 2022 is doing a better job of returning comments and blog hopping. I am also considering combining multiple reviews in a single post more often and including more discussion-based posts.
Books and Reading
I actually do think that these goals do help me stay focused during the year. A lot of these goals are going to look like the same goals from previous years but that is okay since I am making progress, even if it is slower than I would like.
- Increase my NetGalley ratio by at least 6% by the end of the year – This goal is a repeat from last year. I ended up increasing my ratio by 2% so I didn’t hit the goal but I ended the year in a better spot. I am currently at 90% and would love to be at 96% by the end of 2022.
- Stay current with 2022 ARCs – I actually only have 3 books on NetGalley that were published in 2021 that I haven’t reviewed yet. I have not done such a good job with the plysical books that I have been sent so I really need to focus on those books just as much this year. I am really going to try to limit requests so I don’t find myself in a position where I can’t get to everything quite so often.
- Catch up with ARCs on Edelweiss – I did a great job with this goal last year and have just one book left to read from Edelweiss. ONE! This one is happening this year!
- Read from my own shelves – I have so many books on my shelves that I want to read but I end up reading books from NetGalley or sent by the publishers instead. Those books are great but I want to read the books that I bought too. I would love to get to a point where it is at a 50/50 split.
Once again I am going to be a big party pooper and excuse myself from signing up for any challenges. In the past, I only signed up for things that I did anyway so they weren’t really challenges. And I am horrible at posting links and keeping track of where I am at with a challenge. I will participate in the Goodreads Challenge though. I will be setting my goal for 100 again in 2022. I should pass that goal with months to spare but I just like seeing where I end up without causing any extra stress.
I have put a lot of effort into Bookstagram this past year. I have discovered that I really like taking pictures and I enjoy scrolling through and seeing everyone else’s photos. I sit down at a computer to blog and to post blog comments but with Bookstagram, I can do it on the run on my phone. (I actually do a lot of it while I am at work.) I post a lot of the same reviews that I post on my blog but sometimes I do something completely different. I am just having fun with it.
I would love to increase my follower count on the platform but I have limited control over that. I also want to post more of myself. I am pretty self-conscious and it is hard to post photos that I am in but this is something I need to get over.
Books I cannot wait to read in 2022!
I am actually really excited about a lot of 2022 releases but I decided to only include books that I have not been able to get my hands on just yet!
What are some of your blogging or reading goals for 2022?