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Goals for 2017

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I’ve seen many of my blogger friends posting about their blogging resolutions/goals for 2017, and it made me think about my own blog, and what I would like to accomplish with it this year.

Reading Goals

I signed up for the 2017 Reading Challenge on Goodreads, and set a goal of reading 45 books. Last year, I set my goal at 30 books, and ended up reading 61. I don’t think I’ll read double my goal this year, but it would be pretty sweet to beat 2016’s total.

Read more diverse books. This is something I’ve never consciously thought about when choosing what to read, until I saw a discussion about diverse books on Twitter. I’ve got a few lined up that are a step in the right direction: Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann, and And Then There Was Me by Sadeqa Johnson.

Stick to a reading schedule. The quickest way for me to fall behind on reviews is for me to get on Facebook or Twitter, so I need to manage time spent on those sites better. If that’s even possible?!

Netgalley Goals

Auto-approvals and the ‘Read Now’ list proved to be my downfall in 2016. I was doing great for the first several months—kept a tight rein on my requesting, fairly consistent with getting reviews out before or on publication day—but then I saw a LOT of books that sounded so good, and I was but a click away from being able to read them all. So I clicked… and clicked… and clicked. I clicked so many times, I was in danger of getting a blister on my clicker finger. My self-control was obliterated, and my shelf was bursting with books.

The inevitable happened, and my review schedule was blown to hell. I ended the year with 14 Netgalley books unread that were published in 2016 or earlier. Not to mention, I also have 14 more to read that will be published in 2017.

My Netgalley goals are to:

  • control my clicker finger and give it a stern warning against being so greedy (unless it’s Bookouture because their books are so irresistible I can’t help myself)
  • have ALL reviews for 2017 books posted by publishing day, if not before

Blogging Goals

There are so many things that fall under this category!

  • Posting more regularly. If not daily, then every other day, at least.
  • Improving my writing. I often find myself using the same tired phrases to describe things, and it drives me crazy. I like to think I have a decent vocabulary, but I seem to forget 80% of it when I’m writing.
  • Make more time to interact with other bloggers. I always mean to be more chatty and visit more blogs, but there never seems to be enough time. I’d like to join in more often, so I need to figure out a way to make that happen.
  • Content! Content! Content! There are so many things I’ve planned to write about, and haven’t written a single post about so far. Even if it’s only a few posts, I’d like to change that this year.
  • Make better decisions about review requests. I accepted several requests last year, and ended up being unable to get interested in the book. I felt terrible about not reviewing those books, and hated having to tell the author. I’m going to be a lot more careful about what I do—and don’t—take on for review consideration this year… which means I’ll be tweaking my request form a bit in order to help me make better decisions.

There are many things I could add, but these are the main things I’d like to work on. Wish me luck… I think I’ll need it.

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15 thoughts on “Goals for 2017”

    1. I’m so far behind, I try not to look at all, but that doesn’t work very well. Seeing the cover is enough most times to make me want to read it, because they have some of the most gorgeous covers I’ve ever seen.

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  1. Good luck with your blogging goals.😀

    Glad to see a respectable number of 45 books for your reading challenge, mine is 35 (most fantasy books are twice if not more in length than lots of other books in different genres, that’s my excuse anyway) but when people put 200 – 250 books as their reading goal I think I wish, so many books, so little time.😢

    I’ll look forward to your ‘content, content, content’ posts, I haven’t a clue what to write about on my blog!😂

    Lol at time management, made me smile, sorry, I’m new to FB and it eats up my time browsing stuff on there!😂

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    1. Thanks, Drew! I agree that book length has to be considered. I love historical fiction, and many of those tend to be more lengthy than the average book, as well, so I know what you mean there. I’ve often wondered if people with high challenge numbers read a lot of short stories and novellas. That’s the only way I could come close, I think. LOL

      Re: Content… I always meant to write up thoughts about my favorite tv series, video games, and things like that, but I never could figure out what to say that was interesting.

      I’ve been on FB for almost 9 years now… I hate to think about the exorbitant amount of time I’ve probably wasted on there!

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      1. Ha, I thought about video games for my blog to but was stumped on how to word them and gave up, may have to look into it again.

        Lol, 9 years, damn that’s long, I wasted over an hour this morning on there, it’s so addictive and yes, that time could have and should have been spent doing something constructive.😂

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        1. Good to know I’m not the only one! Finding the right words is never an easy task, is it?

          Facebook is very addictive. I always say I’m not going to look at it for long, but it’s a hard site to get away from!

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    1. LOL! Much like my book addiction, it’s something where I never want to be cured! The first time I looked them up was after seeing so many people talking about them on Twitter… and now I know why!

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    1. I’d love to be auto-approved by Bookouture, but I think it would destroy the tiny bit of restraint I have. LOL

      On a serious note, I’m grateful to have found them. I have discovered so many new (or new to me) authors via Bookouture, and read some truly outstanding books because of it.

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  2. These are some great goals! Good luck on your reading challenge! My goal is fifty this year just like last year but seeing that I ended 2016 with only 38 books, I don’t know how well I’ll do this time.

    The same exact thing happens to me when writing reviews! I keep repeating the same few phrases over and over again. Interacting with more bloggers is one of my 2017 goals too. Good luck on all of your goals! Let’s hope the year turns out well!

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    1. Thank you, Shouni! Hopefully I’ll be able to stick with them. Time will tell, right? Good luck on your reading goal! As long as you’re reading and enjoying it, that’s all that counts, right?

      I think the reason I get stuck on the same phrases is I worry too much about how my review sounds when I’m writing it, and the only thing I can think of are those same tired old phrases. I need to learn how to relax and just go with it… stop editing myself as I’m writing and just let it flow, and fix it when it’s finished.

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  3. Good luck with everything 🙂
    I think no one can or want to resist to Bookouture, haha!
    I have been blogging for a year and it’s becoming hard to find time to visit all the blogs! Also, despite my goal to review all books read this year, I feel my review content is lacking something these days, so I hope my writing will get better and I can be satisfied with my reviews again soon (was I ever really satisfied, though??)

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    1. Thanks, Donna, I have a feeling I’m going to need it. Definitely off to a rocky start, as I’m behind on reviews already. And I’ve added MORE books from Bookouture to my TBR since I wrote this post. LOL

      It really is tough to find time to visit blogs, even if I go with my top favorites. If I spent as much time at it as I wish I could, I’d never get any blogging of my own done.

      Maybe we’re both being too critical of the reviews we write? Of all the reviews I’ve written, I’m fully satisfied with only a couple of them.

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