Another week, another TTT post. Today’s theme is centred around resolutions, so here are some blogging-related resolutions that I’m making this year! 🙂
1) Keep up with my review archive.
Yes, I have a book reviews archive. No, I barely keep up with it—I keep forgetting to, which is why I’m resolving to update it at least once a month. I’m sure tons of other people do it more frequently, but this is a schedule that works with me… hopefully. 😛
2) Use Goodreads more.
I’m the kind of person who uses Goodreads only twice in my reading process: once when I’m adding the book to my shelf, and the second time when I’m adding my review to a book.
I even do the latter in bulk because I can’t be bothered to actually update Goodreads every step of the way! Currently-reading shelves? Page number updates? Nope, they’re all too much for me.
In all honesty, I most likely still won’t use the platform religiously, but god of all gods, I certainly will try to actually like and comment and engage with my Goodreads friends!
→ Add me on Goodreads.
→ How do you use Goodreads? Got tips?
3) Clean up my blog.
When I first started my blog, I struggled so much to stick to particular post formats as well as keep to just the one type of blog images! I’ve changed my logo or header at least three times, and I know there are some posts that feel a little bit out of place.
My goal in 2016 is to clean up these little things—to ensure that my logo is the same everywhere (for branding purposes), that my reviews have the same format (for consistency purposes), and that my blog, overall, is neat and tidy (more for personal preference purposes, haha). 😛
4) Write more discussion posts.
I’ve done three that I can remember last year, and they took a lot of time but were ridiculously fun to write. This I have no doubt will be my BIG challenge of the year. 🙂
5) Use Twitter more.
Twitter is actually my accidental gold egg from last year; I first used it in 2009 but stopped for years before I picked it up again when I started blogging.
What surprised me is how much I enjoyed it—not because of the character limit (although that certainly has its charm), but more because how easy it is to get in touch with people who care about the same things that you do.
A mention is literally all that it takes, most of the time. And this goes not only for book blogs but other types of blogs and networks as well.
→ Follow me on Twitter!
6) Read more diversely.
I’m a huge fan of diverse books, and admittedly, I tend to give them a little bit of a leeway because there are still, in my opinion, so few of them.
This year I’m going to read more diversely not only in terms of reading a wider variety of genres, but also reading more variety of sub-genres in YA literature itself! Recommendations are always welcome. 🙂
7) Achieve my Goodreads goal of 50 books.
Just like 2015, 50 is the golden number for me in 2016 too—large enough that I have something to strive for, yet achievable enough in the midst of everyday life, work, personal goals, and everything else.
8) Keep a more regular yet flexible posting schedule.
The only consistent posts that I make from week to week is Top Ten Tuesday, and that’s really only because it has ‘Tuesday’ in the title, so I kind of feel compelled to stick to it.
Starting from this month, I hope to eventually move towards a more regular, predictable schedule to make it easier for myself to plan and draft my posts. If I know what’s needing to be published, then I’ll know what posts to prioritise drafting. Simple!
9) Figure out Bloglovin’.
How I’ve been dealing with Bloglovin’: I set it up all those months back and basically let it sit. I didn’t follow anyone, didn’t promote my link, didn’t even check it. But research says that it’s quite important in terms of building blog traffic, so… oops?
How I plan to deal with Bloglovin’: I’m a big fan of research and reading about best practices, so that’s what I’m going to be doing! Hopefully as time goes by, I understand it more and am able to actually put it to some use.
→ Anyone has tips on Bloglovin’? Please send help.
10) Interact with more bloggers.
This is the crux of blogging for me and what has made it so fun for the four months I’ve been doing it: interaction with other bloggers!
In 2016, I resolve to essentially stop being so shy (or anti-social) and talk to more book-lovers out there! I think I’ve been pretty okay at responding, but I still have lots to improve when it comes to actively reaching out, so that’s what I’m going to aim for.
What blogging or bookish resolutions are you making this year? Let me know in the comments, or alternatively, link me to your post! ❤