Last week, I shared my reading goals for 2019 with you guys and as I mentioned then, I had also set myself some blogging goals for the year, hoping it would help me get on track and be more organized – which I desperately need.
Unlike my reading goals, these aren’t quite as specific and more loosely formulated but that’s because I don’t have numbers or specifics to track them by, I just know that I have a couple of things I’d like to work on and improve this year which is what these goals are mainly all about.
So, let’s jump right in and hopefully, by the time I do a check-up, I’ll have worked on most of them!
Create & Commit To A Schedule
This is always a goal I set for myself because it helps me be a bit more organized when it comes to writing posts or just thinking up ideas for the month: knowing how often I’ll be posting.
And I don’t mean to create a schedule in January and stick to it throughout all of 2019 – that rarely works for me. I change up my schedule a few times per year. xD
But instead, I want to commit to a schedule I decide on. Say, I want to post three times a week (which is my goal at the moment), I want to make sure I actually commit to that for as long as I can handle it. If I need to cut back, that’s fine and I’ll do it and just stick to the new schedule after.
Post At Least Two Reviews Per Month
Hands down, this is something I need to work on more in 2019! I always say I want to share reviews more often but then I often end up not doing it after all. And this doesn’t even have to be about reviewing ARCs – I want to review books I picked up on my own too.
And actually, to help me with this goal I’ve decided on the following goal too:
Change My Wrap-Ups
For as long as I’ve had this blog, I’ve always shared monthly wrap-ups with you guys and while I love doing it, I think it’s time to switch things up or I’ll come to really despise writing wrap-ups and that’s the last thing I want to happen.
And since I want to share more reviews too, I figured I’d do a wrap-up for every 5 books I read. This way, hopefully, I’ll have more space to talk about the books and how I felt about them rather than having to rush through them in monthly wrap-ups, especially if I have a really good reading month and read way more than five books.
This way, whenever I have a book that I really want to talk about in more detail, I can share a review for it and just link to it in the corresponding wrap-up (which is how I’ve been doing it already anyway).
Since this is something I haven’t done before, it’ll be connected to some trial and error, which I hope you guys will forgive me for!
Tweak My Blog Design
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I have a couple of things I want to work on this year and my blog design is one of them. I’ve recently noticed that I’m unhappy with it which will often seep into how I feel about blogging overall so I want to work against this before it gets much worse.
It’s not like I want to change it up completely, as I like the overall look and feel of my blog, it’s more about tweaking certain elements to keep things fresh and interesting for myself – and you guys! Plus, I’m curious to see where this journey will take me, especially considering the earliest versions of this blog!
Take Regular Breaks From Blogging
Something I’m slowly coming to realize is that I need regular breaks from blogging or otherwise this stops being as much fun as I want it to be.
Everything will be going well for weeks/months on end and suddenly I find myself in front of this huge wall that I just can’t climb over. I’m stuck for ideas to write posts about, I dread opening WordPress itself and I don’t even feel like replying to comments that I’ve gotten (which is a clear sign that something is very off). And I hate getting to that point.
So, for 2019 I want to make sure that I take a step back regularly. Before I feel that wall coming closer, preferably. Though that probably won’t always happen as I like to ignore warning signs. That’s just who I am. But I want to work on this, for sure.
Comment On Other Blogs More Often
This, right here, is the biggest thing I want to work on this year: commenting on your guys’ blogs! I used to be so much better about it – if I didn’t comment, I’d at least try my best to read and leave a like on posts but I haven’t really been doing that either and it sucks.
I’ve been so incredibly lucky to meet some amazing people through blogging who continue to just be super freaking sweet and supportive and I just want to make that I return that. But I’ve also not been looking for new blogs to follow and people to get to know either, which I want to change too.
And commenting on people’s posts is definitely going to help me do that – I mean, it’s how I found most of the people I follow today!
Reach 1.000 Followers
Here’s one goal I’ve kind of been looking forward to for the past couple of months as my follower count has slowly gone up: reaching 1000 followers.
I know blogging isn’t about numbers or statistics, but there is just something about that number that’s so awesome to me still. And by doing everything I’ve talked about up until now for my goals this year, I’m hoping that it’ll get me closer to that number while also introducing me to more awesome people I can get to know. 😀
Make Sure Blogging Continues To Be Fun!
This, right here, is actually the most important goal I have for myself and the blog in 2019 and what everything will be contributing towards.
Never, in a million years, would I have thought that I’d actually still be here, two years later, writing more posts, meeting more people and reading more books than ever before but here we are! And I want to continue on this journey. I want to keep this blog running because I enjoy it so much.
Reading has always brought me joy and getting to talk about books and just bookish things with people who enjoy it as much? That’s freaking awesome. And definitely something I don’t want to give up.
So yeah, everything I’ve listed here, everything I want to change or tweak, it’s all to ensure that blogging continues to be fun.
How about you guys? Do you set yourself blogging goals at the beginning of a new year? If so, what are some you have for yourselves this year? Let me know in the comments down below!
Oh, wait! By the way, do you ever find that whenever you notice something you’re happy about with your blog that it’ll quickly seep into other aspects too? Say you’re not happy with some design elements does it ever seep into you not wanting to post? Or does it hinder you from doing any blog related things? I’d be super curious to hear about that!