Goals For 2021

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Happy Tuesday, bookworms! 

I hope you're all doing well. I saw this week's Top Ten Tuesday prompt and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to reflect on some reading/blogging goals. I'm not one for resolutions, but I do like to set goals for myself. Let's go!

Read 100 books

Last year, I managed to read 196 books (dang, so close to 200) which was much more than the previous year. I don't know how 2021 will go, but just to be safe, I'm setting my goal to something more manageable.

Get a 95% NetGalley feedback ratio

I'm currently sitting at a 91% feedback ratio and I really want to get to a 95% this year. Tied with this goal, is to read less ARCs - I'm aiming for about 60% ARCs. I think I could do it? I just need to be more selective about the books I request.

Re-read favorite books

I realized while I was going through my 2020 Goodreads reading challenge the other day that I hadn't re-read a lot of books last year. I love re-reading and spending time with my favorite reads. In December, I spent most of time re-reading all my favorite historical romances and it was the most fun I've had in a while. I'll be priortizing a few re-reads every month! :)

Become organized

I uesed to be so good at being organized when it came to the blog. I'd have posts scheduled out weeks in advance and even have a whole Google calendar set up. I've gotten more chaotic in the past few years, however. I'm always up late scheduling the post for the next morning and something has to change. I already set up a calendar and have this entire week scheduled, so progress!

Include relationship disclosures

I've been thinking a lot about disclosures in the book community lately and I realized that I should probably be more open about the relationships I have with authors on social media when I'm reviewing their books. I want to be more open and transparent and it seems like good practice.

Revive the Instagram account 

While I love the idea of bookstagram, I'm just not good at taking photographs, but I do want to revive my account. In fact, I got the idea over the weekend to turn my Instagram into a book cover + dessert/book/outfit pairing feed. I posted my first one already and I'm so pumped and excited! I'll definitely be able to be consistent this way.

Spend less time on Twitter

With the pandemic and living alone,  I latched on to Twitter a lot for human connections. I think it did me more harm than good, if I'm being honest. So this year, I want to try and spend less time on the bird app. I'm actually using the app timer function on my phone which blocks me out of the app once the timer runs out. It's pretty awesome!

Learn to be more concise when writing reviews

I have a tendency to ramble on and on in my reviews and I know they are no fun to read. I want to learn to be more concise when writing reviews so I can put more out! Someone teach me!

Post more listicles and author interviews

I loved making book lists and doing author interviews last year and I intend to do more this year. Blog readers also seem to enjoy them since they drive a lot of traffic.

Have fun!

It's easy to get overwhelmed with blogging and reading, which can suck the fun out of it. In 2021, we should all aspire to do the things we love and have fun doing them. If I need a break from blogging, I'll take it.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and Bookish and is hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

Let's chat!
Are you setting blogging goals for the year?
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