This time of year always brings about reflection on the year that’s past, and what is to come in the future. While those who know me well know that I don’t “do” New Year’s Resolutions, preferring to believe that we should always strive to improve our lives, no matter the date, I did love this topic as it related to blogging. I have a number of resolutions that I’d love to make about my blog and my blogging habits. Here, then, are my resolutions (not quite ten) in no particular order
I pledge that I will try to ….
Become more regular in my posting. This was a difficult year, and when I look back, I can see that my blog posts were more erratic than I would have liked. For 2015, I’d like to have a resolution that I’ll post something at least once a week. Natasha and Lynda from Wicked Lil Pixie suggested I check out this planner, and I might just make the purchase.
Be more diligent about using Goodreads. Goodreads can be a great resource – and I’m not using it properly. I need to make more categories for myself, and to move books into those categories after I read them. They don’t need to be public, but I do need a system to keep track of everything and how I felt about it. Being able to look back and to see what I read, what I thought and who it was for would be amazing.
Don’t beat myself up for not finishing a book. I very rarely DNF a book. I most definitely should DNF books more frequently, but my good Scottish Presbyterian background insists that I should stick it out to the very end. Life’s too short, and there are too many wonderful books out there, waiting to be discovered. Just because it worked for others doesn’t mean it will work for me, and vice versa, so it’s time to let it go.
Diversify my reading. I read a LOT of fiction this year. Really. A LOT. What I didn’t read a lot of, however, was non-fiction. I kind of re-discovered my love of biographies in late November when I went on an audio book kick, listening to Billy Crystal, Amy Poehler and Martin Short read their respective books aloud – and I loved it. I need more non-fiction in my life, even if it’s on audio.
Be more ruthless when I cull the herd. The very nature of my profession is such that I end up with lots of books around me. The sad reality is that I read as many as I can, but once I’ve read them, I’m likely not going to re-read most of them. I made the decision this fall to sort through the first half of my bookshelves, and to donate books that I wouldn’t read again. I ended up finding over 400 books that I could offer up to new readers, starting first with my friends’ children and then local teachers,shelters and hospitals. Every book found a home, and I have some space to start anew. I need to make this a twice-a-year tradition.
Make the leap to self-hosting. I actually have the site. I have everything ready to go … I just haven’t gotten around to actually moving my site. What’s stopping me? Fear. Laziness. Busy schedule. You name it, I’ve likely given every reason for not doing it. This year though .. .it happens!.
Focus more on what I want to read instead of what I think I should read. There are always going to be the big hyped books that everyone is talking about. The prize winners, the high-profile books, the unusual topic books … but you know what? Sometimes those books leave me cold. I love finding that quirky book that my rep raves about, and that (s)he laments in the same breath that it ‘likely won’t find a huge audience because it’s quirky/dark/unusual’. Bring it on! I love that stuff. I want to read one book for me for every book I read because I ‘should’.
Decide which challenges I want to complete, and then commit to them. I felt a little overwhelmed this year, so I’m cutting back and only doing the challenges that really interest me. I loved doing Wendy the Super Librarian‘s monthly challenge last year, but fell off the wagon for 2014. The Brunch Book Club with Michele is near and dear to my heart, so that’s a given, but I need to let go of some of the other challenges I attempted as they just don’t work with my schedule.
What about you? What are YOUR bookish resolutions? Leave your thoughts and links in the comments below!