Thursday, January 1, 2015

I Don't Do Challenges & A Challenge!

This is the second year in a row I'll be doing some blog resolutions and goals, and I wanted to talk for a minute about why I don't participate in yearlong challenges (other than a general books read goal).
I forget.

Plain and simple. A year is too long a time for me to plan for, and since I'm on the search for a full time job and moving around a lot, I can't commit to where I'll be or what I'll be doing two months from now, let alone a year. Most times, I get excited about a challenge, but one month later I lose focus and totally forget or move on to something else.

That being said, I am participating in a challenge this year! (I know, makes a lot of sense, right?)


The reason I'm doing this is because Book Addict's Guide has put together a month-to-month-through-June blog organization plan, and I am all about the blog organizing.
I've already got my plans up on Wunderlist (the best organization program ever), and I'm really excited about this one. Mainly because it's month-to-month and I won't get bored and because since I take my computer when I move, I'll be able to work on it wherever I go.

That being said, my resolutions for 2015!

1. Up my follower count. I know, I know, it's not about numbers. But a lot of days it's rough when I put together really expansive posts that I get excited for and remember I have been blogging for SEVEN YEARS and only have like 60 followers total. It's hard. And I'm not sure how to go about increasing my readers, but I know I'm going to work really hard this year. My current counts are:

GFC : 99
Bloglovin : 63
Email : 6
Twitter : 245
Tumblr : 69

Is there anything else I should be using or doing to help get my posts out there more?

2. Actually DO the organization challenge. I talked about this one already. I just hope I follow through.

3. Read ARCs close to release dates. This is one I struggle with. I get ARCs that are being published like 6 months later, but by the time they are released, I forget about them, and then the hype is over and no one reads the reviews anymore. So I'm trying really hard to start organizing how I read books, beginning with unreleased ARCs. This also may result in a lot of giveaways in 2015 to celebrate book releases!

These seem like very do-able goals to me. That's always a hesitation I have making resolutions. I want to be able to achieve them, but I want to work a little bit for them. I am confident I can at least make a little progress on these! What are your resolutions?

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