Let’s Talk: My Blogging Bucket List

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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. 🙉

I was blind but now I see bradley cooper gifThis 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. 🤗

Readathons to check out: the ever popular Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, National Readathon Day, the 24 in 48 readathon.

2) Take on a challenge that’s not from Goodreads.

tangled-read-book-gifWe’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.

typing gifEveryone 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.

icarly readingI’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’.

big-time-blogger-gifAh, 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. 

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111 thoughts on “Let’s Talk: My Blogging Bucket List

  1. I love this whole blogging bucketlist idea, Reg! Definitely a great, no pressure way to make resolutions. I so want to try to do a few reading challenges this year as well. I’ve never joined any because life is crazy and I’m worried I won’t have time for it when it comes down to it but I like the sound of the #RockMyTBR one and it might just go with a few of my own goals. I’ll have to look into once I get past these review books. Also, I really want to start using Bloglovin’ more too and follow some Blogspot blogs. And I want to go to a book launch. I’ve been to one signing but never a launch because we don’t really have them here. Who knows? Maybe this year will be the year! lol
    Oh and your blog tour goal! I know of this website called Rockstar Book Tours, http://www.rockstarbooktours.com/ , where you can sign up and they email when new tours are opening so that you can sign up for them.
    Good luck with your bucketlist! I hope you achieve all of your goals in 2017. 😊♥

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    • Thank you, Melissa! Yeah, I’m exactly the same – life is always so crazy and it can be hard to plan to read books I didn’t originally plan for just to suit a challenge.

      I didn’t start going to book launches until last year too and really enjoyed the experience! There’s something special about seeing an author in person and how passionate they are about their work. I hope you find a book launch in your area soon that you can go to and enjoy it as much as I did. ❤

      Oooh, thank you so much! I'll look up that website and see if anything catches my interest. I must have been living under a rock – everybody seems to know how to do it and I'm just like ???? 😂

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      • You’re welcome!! ♥
        I know right? Sometimes it’s even hard to find time to read the books I plan to read in the first place so. 😂
        Funny enough Veronica Roth is doing a book launch type of event here next week for Carve The Mark. I’m not sure if it can actually be considered a launch since it’s after publication but she’s doing a whole discussion and such on her new book. I’m hoping I get to go. 😁
        No problem! I think the only reason I know is because of an author who posted about a blog tour once lol.

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        • I hope you get to go too! Carve the Mark has got tons (and I mean TONS) of bad hype because of its racism issues, but I’m curious to hear what she’s going to say about that (if she’s going to say anything – I imagine she wants her book launch to be all happy and not controversial). 🤔

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          • It’s looking like I’m not going to get to go so boo on that but hopefully there are other events this year 😊. Also, I actually didn’t know it was getting a lot of bad hype. I’ve been so absent lately that I feel like I’m missing everything. I wish I would have known because now I’m not sure if I want to read it it. I’ll have to check out some reviews and such.

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  2. Lovely goals! When I first started blogging, it seemed like everyone was on Blogspot, and I was the strange one. Now it seems easier to find self-hosted or WordPress blogs, which I am fine with. I often have great intentions about following Blogspot blogs but then run into enormous difficulties actually commenting on some of them.

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    • Thank you, Briana! That’s actually my problem with Blogspot blogs too – it’s hard to keep track of all the comments I’ve posted and sometimes also really hard to just comment! I wish they have like a streamlined commenting system where everything stays in one place. 😛

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  3. Haha you just reminded me of how I want to all of these as well! Like I have always ALWAYS wanted to participate in the 24-hour readathon, but I’m not sure I could ever pull it off. Also it always happens in October, which is one of my busiest months when it comes to work. Book launches seem fun! I think I’ve been to one, but maybe it wasn’t called that, as it was just a regular author talk and signing. OH AND BOOK CLUBS. I have failed horribly, as I am in one online and also one in real life (which I have not been to one meeting yet, whoops). I will try to read the books this time around. Though it doesn’t help that the meetings are on Fridays and I am always busy during that time.

    Awesome post Reg!

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    • I think the next 24-hour readathon is actually in April! April and October. So maybe you can do April, if that’s not a busy month for you?

      I’ve always assumed book launches to be essentially an author talk and a signing, haha. At least the launches I’ve been are essentially that…

      I can relate so much re: being too busy for book clubs. I have all the best intentions but the timing never works out and it’s the first thing to go whenever I’m busy with work.

      Thanks! Good luck to us. ❤️

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  4. Love your 2017 goals! Good luck!

    A few of my goals are:

    – Establish a blog schedule/routine
    – Re-design blog
    – Expand my blog to include children’s books as well as work on promoting diversity in children’s literature

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  5. Lovely list and very inspiring. I’d love to participate in a readathon as well and post on my blog more consistently because that’s my weakness. 😀

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  6. I love the idea of a blogging bucket list instead of resolutions! Like you said, it’s more about wanting to do something, rather than having to do it 🙂
    I’m pretty bad with both reading challenges and book clubs as well, so that would be nice to do. I’m currently hosting my first give-away (a blogoversary give-away) so that’s one down I guess 🙂 And book launches would be cool, but I don’t think there are any in Belgium – well, not for the books I love reading anyway. Great post!

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    • Thank you! Yeah, exactly – especially since this is a hobby more than anything else, I feel like there’s no real need to pressure myself. 😛

      Oooh, congratulations on your blogiversary and have fun hosting the giveaway! That’s so exciting. ❤️️

      And yeah, I know. I don’t go to a lot of book launches as well since I tend to be rather picky.

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  7. These are great!

    READATHONS ARE GREAT. My favourite is Bout of Books – I try to participate in it whenever I can as it’s SO MUCH FUN!

    I’m a part of a few book clubs on Goodreads but I NEVER read the books and I’ve always wanted to actually read one of the books and join in on the discussion but I NEVER DO and I really must change that! 😄

    Good luck with all of these!

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    • Thank you so much! Oooh, that’s a good one I’ve heard of but don’t know anything about.

      Haha, I know. Goodreads is actually a ‘habit’ I haven’t gotten used to either. So many people update their reading status and just use it as a bookish social media, and here I am, often too lazy to load it more than once a week. 😛

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  8. Good luck achieving all of these! I love your blog design already – it’s one of my favorites, but if you decide to redesign, I know it’ll be epic ❤ Also thanks for the readathon & challenge links you listed. I'm looking to join more myself.

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  9. Aww I’m totally the same! Resolution never works for me hahaha not that I never achieve/work for it but just like you, I simply forget about it 😂😂 Last year I joined DiverseAThon and it was the ONLY read a thon that worked for me hahaha I don’t know if I’ll be joining any this year. Also yes to redesigning blog! Not that there’s something wrong with your design, but just changing something even a little could refresh the whole thing up ❤ my #1 blogging goal is to have a better scheduling! Last year I posted quite a lot discussion posts with only a little space between them and I ended up running out of ideas hahaha anyway, good luck with all these and I hope you'll achieve all of them 😀

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    • Thank you! I’m curious about the DiverseAThon but I admit a big part of my never joining these things is pure laziness – I just can’t be bothered researching about it, making my TBR, following my TBR… etc. Perhaps this year that will change. 😂

      You’re actually one of my inspirations when it comes to discussion posts – you write so many of them and they’re all so coherent! Meanwhile I struggle with even thinking of topics, and when I have one, I struggle with articulating myself well. 😛

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      • Me too!! Like now I want to join the diversity bingo but I’m too lazy to look for the books so all I do is just looking at people TBR and read books that I’m interested in hahaha 😂😂 AWW REALLY?! I’m flattered Reg hahaha but I love your discussions too! They’re always so interesting & relatable 😀

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        • HAHA YES, ME TOO. I’m sure I’ll end up picking up many diverse books this year, I just… don’t have an explicit TBR to cross out? I think that’s the best way to go about it for me though – I really dislike pressuring myself when it comes to reading.

          Thank you! That means a lot. 💖

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  10. I loove this!! I’m really wanting to create an original feature/tag, change up my theme or follow some more blogspot blogs! I kinda forget bloglovin’ is a thing honestly 😂🙈 I definitely recommend joining in a readathon 😀 I’ve never finished one, but as long as you don’t put a ton of pressure on yourself they’re so much fun!!! In regards to Blog Tours the two upcoming ones I’m participating in the publishers both contacted me first. You could probably contact them and be put on databases though if you’re not already! That’s how they contacted me. Also, I say go for it in regards to Society6/RedBubble! They can be time consuming, but they’re a lot of fun! I’m sure your designs would be amazing too!!

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  11. Ok I love this and I feel like I share a bunch of these with you, firstly I’ve never held a blog tour and i’ve had emails from people asking I want to do it but honestly I don’t have a clue what they mean? I never understand them!

    Also I would love to have a redbubble account and create bits that I would love to have for the fangirl within me but also I don’t know how I would even start that, do I pay them?
    I basically need to research everything don’t I…
    I’ve never done a read-athon or a challenge before either other than the Goodreads one because I can’t even stick to a TBR for a month. I always think i’m pressuring myself so the other half of me is like don’t read it. Read something else, and I’m just annoying myself.
    Haha!
    Love this post!

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    • I’m so glad! I think a blog tour is often just like a blog-hop around a particular book – you and a bunch of other bloggers would post something about the book (review, interview, etc.) on a designated day and the idea is that the reader just ‘hops’ from your blog to another following the tour stops. 😛

      Hmm, I’m not sure how it works with Redbubble but I think with Society6 you just upload your designs and they make/produce the stuff, and you get a small percentage of the whole price when people buy your stuff.

      I understand re: not being able to stick to your TBR. I have a loose-ish TBR but I always end up deferring to my mood in the end. I’m not too fussed about it though – I read for pleasure, after all. 😛

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      • Ok that makes sense, honestly when I first started blogging and heard about blog tours I had in my head like it was like an actual tour. Like we went somewhere? Then that moved on to I wonder if you give the author your blog and they just go on it and write a post?
        Oh the ideas my brain had!

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  12. I’d like to -successfully- join a readathon, haha. I’ve done it once before, but I found that I had too many things I wanted to do to be reading in every spare minute. I’d like to be going to more book launches this year, but I’m not sure how to fit that with my book budget… I think I’ll settle for more bookish events in general!

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    • That’s how I feel! Plus I can never stick to a TBR, and I hate the idea of limiting myself. I suppose a 24-hour thing would work though, bc it’s just all about reading as much as you can, and since it’s just a day I might be able to actually plan around it…

      I’m excited to go to more events too this year! I think my problem is that I often don’t know they’re happening and when I find out, I sometimes already have things planned on the day. 😂

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  13. You can always add me on Bloglovin. I wish I had a button on my blog…I have literally 11 followers. It’s pitiful. I thought it would end up being my go-to for blog hopping, but alas, that is not how it’s working out, lol!
    Great list. I have several of the same ones, like the challenge thing. I’m doing Beat The Backlist (which is just like RockmyTBR) and Netgalley challenge. Good luck!

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  14. A blogging bucket list is a great idea. As for yours, …well actually, I had no idea some of those things existed–okay, actually just one. I had no idea what a blog tour was. I just thought people came to your blog and that was it.
    Now I have to think a bit more.
    I might have to come up with my own bucket list…

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    • Thank you so much! I blog for fun and for me there’s no real… push for pressure, if that makes sense. But anyway, I think your definition of blog tour makes sense too – I mean, it is just when people come to your blog (but usually following a series of ‘stops’ at other blogs). I hope you enjoy coming up with your own bucket list, if you ever get to it. 🙂

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