When 2016 began, I compiled a list of blogging resolutions that I totally planned to achieve throughout the year. Evidently, I learned very little from my own life, where I’m always forgetting resolutions about, oh, three minutes after I made them. Not only that, my second mistake was not making them SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely) and even now I have no idea which resolutions I actually (unwittingly, accidentally) achieved. 🙉
This year I thought I’d do something a little bit different and just write out my blogging bucket list. Now, I love bucket lists — the whole idea is more “things I want to eventually do” instead of “things I have to do” and is congruent with how I feel about my blog. I know, I know: it’s not exactly SMART either, but hey. Whatever works, right?
So here’s my blogging bucket list! Hopefully by the end of 2017, I’ll have done some of them. 😎
1) Join a readathon.
Life keeps me really, really busy so readathons don’t really work with my regular IRL schedule… but I thought this year I’ll take the plunge and join at least one, regardless of how my life looks like. I mean, it doesn’t have to be an obligation and I’m giving myself full permission to back out the moment I feel overwhelmed. 🤗
2) Take on a challenge that’s not from Goodreads.
We’re all familiar with the good old Goodreads challenge of reading x number of books in a year. Ever since I started blogging, though, I’ve become aware of other challenges — book bingos, diversity challenges, banned books challenges — but I’ve never really joined any because I don’t want to add more books to my TBR and force myself to read. 🙊
This year I thought I’d do it a bit differently and use a challenge to actually push myself out of my comfort zone — so instead of ‘limiting’ my reading, I’ll be expanding it. Good times, everyone.
→ Challenges to check out: POPSugar Reading Challenge, #RockMyTBR Challenge. Not sure what’s available in 2017 yet, but there should be good things coming.
→ Sara @ Freadom Library has a handy list of challenges she’s doing that I miiiight refer to at some point.
→ Some Twitter folks are hosting a bingo to read more diversely this year. Check out the hashtag: #DiversityBingo2017.
3) Redesign my blog.
Shake things up a little, you know? Keep things from being stale. 😉
4) Create an original feature or tag.
Everyone touts and touts and touts about originality, but I’ve always felt like it’s one aspect of blogging where I have truly and surely failed. It’s fair to say that I actually haven’t tried and have always been content to use what’s existing, but I’d like to see if I could come up with something myself. 😤
5) Host a blog tour.
You’d think that I know how to actually accomplish this, but I really, really don’t. Do you contact publishers first and offer? Do they offer it to you? God knows. Perhaps this shouldn’t be on this list, but hey, it’s a bucket list for a reason. 😂
6) Actually read a book club book.
I’m a member of at least three different book clubs that I can remember, but to my great shame, I’ve never actually read a book with the club.
Sometimes it’s because the books they’re reading are books that don’t interest me, but most of the time it’s because I just can’t be bothered to shift around my TBR plan to make space for that book club book. This year, though. This year. 💪
7) Open a Redbubble or Society6 account, maybe?
The ‘maybe’ is because I don’t know if I actually want to. It seems REALLY cool in theory, but I have no faith in my own graphics and personally dislike having identifiable or fandom trinkets — I’m not the target market, but I could be the… er, market? Maybe? 💁
8) Follow 30 Blogspot blogs on Bloglovin’.
Ah, finally, a goal that is SMART. I’ve spoken before about wanting to reach out and follow more Blogspot blogs and use Bloglovin’ more, and this one nicely combines the two into one neat package. I’m gonna be using my Twitter following list as a starting point, but shout out any recommendations you have! 😉
9) Run a giveaway.
This one’s for no particular reason other than, well, giveaways are fun. I hope to do a bit of unhauling as well so we’ll see how that goes. 💞
10) Go to book launches.
I’ve only started going to book launches last year, and already I love it so much. The atmosphere, the meeting your bookish/blogger friends, the getting a new book… yup, I’m totally doing that again this year! Thankfully I live in a relatively big city and we do get exciting authors relatively often. 🙏
Now, let’s talk! 💗
- How did you go with your blogging goals and/or resolutions of 2016, if you made them?
- What’s on your blogging bucket list?
Happy new year, guys! I hope that 2017 will be amazing for all of you. 😘
This post is a part of Blogger’s Corner, a section on She Latitude dedicated to all things blogging.