Top Ten Blogging Resolutions I’m Making This Year

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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. 🙂

→ My discussion post on insta-love relationships.
→ My discussion post on dark and brooding heroes in romance fiction.
→ My discussion post on reading YA as an adult.

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! ❤

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27 thoughts on “Top Ten Blogging Resolutions I’m Making This Year

  1. I love all of your resolutions! I don’t use Goodreads as much as I could – I’m not updating my page number, I’m just putting a book in my, currently reading shelf, and when I’m done I write a tiny little review of it….should I use it more, too?! I just added you there btw! 😀
    And yes for Bloglovin’! I have it, but I barely use it / understand it. If you find someone to explain, I’d be happy to know, too :p

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    • Thanks, Marie! I’ll add you back when I login tonight. 🙂

      Yeah, that’s exactly how I use Goodreads too–except I don’t even bother to update my currently reading shelf. Books literally go from “want-to-read” or “review-pile” to “read” in my case, haha. I feel like it’s a good way to keep track of your reactions and thoughts while reading? But I use sticky notes for that, so. I guess we’ll see what comes out of this particular resolution.

      Of course! Same goes to you. ❤

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  2. Lovely post, Reg! I’ve rarely use Bloglovin’ and I still need to update that one. YES to Goodreads! I enjoy posting updates and reviews on Goodreads and it’s easier for me to post reviews there. Also, there are lots of amazing reviewers and join on book groups. 🙂

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  3. Yes to almost all of these. I really want to write more discussion posts too, as they’re my favorite type of posts to read and comment on. I’ve only written one this far, I’m so bad at coming up with things to write about! My resolution is to note down every fleeting idea so I’ll actually remember them when the mood to write a discussion post strikes 😀

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    • Thanks, Anette! Discussion posts are always so interesting because we get to talk about issues beyond particular books, and it’s great to hear what other bloggers think. Good luck with writing them, and I hope you have fun! 😀

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  4. Oh, these are great! Admittedly, I don’t even have an account on Bloglovin’ I suppose I should do some research on that… Baha!
    One of my main resolutions would be to read more critically. Not to the extent that I end up hating every book I read, but just to sharpen my skills for editing my own work.
    Happy New Year! Have a great day!

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    • Thanks, Trey! Haha, it’s been said that it’s better not to have an account than have one but use it poorly (as I’m doing currently… oops), but I’m a big fan of doing what works for you. If you’re not interested, then you shouldn’t feel like you should, if that makes sense.

      Good luck with your resolutions! Happy new year and have a fabulous 2016. 🙂

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  5. Interacting more is definitely a top priority for me this year. I find it hilarious that even behind the comfort of a screen I am still quite shy, especially when it comes to twitter.
    I always forget about bloglovin’ and I have no idea how to navigate myself around that website. So if you find any useful tips feel free to send them my way haha.

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    • I’m the same way! Here’s to us and here’s hoping we can both get less shy in that regard. 😛

      I always forget Bloglovin’ too, which is why I feel like I’ve been neglecting a very useful channel to get more traffic. If (or hopefully when…?) I figure it out, I’ll definitely pass it on to you.

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  6. Fantastic list! I’m pretty sure they all apply to me too… ! I’ve been trying to keep to a blogging timetable but if I don’t have a free weekend it all gets messed up and I inevitably miss one!

    Happy New Year – and good luck! 😀

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    • Thank you! I know the feeling, haha. I actually don’t follow my blogging timetable to the tee–occasionally I forget to publish and miss a day or two. I should really schedule my posts, but for some reason I just don’t feel like doing that? I don’t know. 😛

      And happy new year to you too! ❤

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  7. I love these resolutions, I feel some of them may have to be my mid-year resolutions if I start flagging on my blog; I’m terrible at keeping to a regular schedule, like you the only regular posts I have are TTT and Waiting on Wednesday. I hope you manage to figure out Bloglovin’ as well, loads of people I follow use it but even after having my blog for around two months now I still have no clue what it actually it 😀

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    • Thanks, Beth! At least you have two regular posts–that’s certainly better than me. Even TTT took me a while to get used to (at first I would forget that it’s Tuesday), but it really helps having themes so I don’t have to constantly think of new things to post. 😛

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      • I love taking part in TTT, I agree it helps having the themes and the amount of books I’ve added to my to-read list since I started taking part in the tag just seems to keep growing, I like seeing what other people put on their lists. At the moment my blog is still relatively new so I have a backlog of things I’d like to post, I reckon that may change the more I put up and then I’ll be grateful for the regular posts I have lined up 🙂

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