Blogging in the New Year

It has been my experience that if you write something down you are more likely to follow through with it.  This is especially true with me.  If I say something out loud or write it down I usually follow through, so here goes.  Plans for my blog in the new year.  I am actually coming up on my year mark for my blog soon (seriously gone by super fast) and in the past year I have learned a lot about myself as a reader.  Here are some of those things tied in with my goals for the new year:

1.  I don’t like contemporary books.  Sorry guys, I know the stories are fantastic and there are lots of people who  love to read them, but I am not one of them.  Why?  I lead an ordinary life everyday (not that I am not happy, I am) but I don’t want to read a book about someone else who leads a life similar to mine.  I want my books to take me somewhere extraordinary and other worldly, so I stick mainly to the paranormal genres.  It took me a while to figure this out, so I would pick up books in other genres, swearing I would get to them.  Guess where those books are?  On my shelf still in the to be read pile, that’s where.  So goal number 1:  Only accept books in the genres I am interested in.  There are so many fantastic adult and young adult books in the paranormal and fantasy genres.  Therefore I do not want to have books in genres I am not interested in pile up on my bookshelf when someone else could be enjoying them far more than me.

2.  For my second goal I am going to try to read my books and ARC’s in order of their release dates.  This is going to be really hard for me because I like to jump around a lot.  Plus, since I have gotten into blogging I have discovered so many new fantastic series that I am behind on I tend to get lost in those worlds and release date’s come and go and I am behind on my reviews again.  I really am going to work on this.  I am having doubts as I type, but it would not be a good goal if it was not challenging right?

3.  I am going to try to branch out a little more.  Even though it is easy to talk to you from behind my computer, I still get nervous about it.  Especially on twitter, I watch all the conversations and want to join in but I am afraid I am going to say something stupid, so I just watch.  I have also blurted out ridiculous things when I meet authors in person.  I just get so excited when I am around them because their books mean so much to me.  They are like my rock stars.  I need to remember they are people too and I can talk to them without being all nervous.   So, goal three:  branch out more and talk to authors minus the nerves.

That’s it for now.  I am going to start out with three simple goals and see how well I do with them.  Reflecting back on this year I realize that this blog is one of the best things I have done for myself, ever.  I absolutely love reading and blogging and hope to continue on with it long into the future.  The most rewarding aspects of this blog have been all the amazing people I have met, both authors and bloggers.  We are all share a common thread, we love books!  I am so happy I have found my little niche in this world, it just makes this that much more fun.  So thank you to all my readers, I hope you continue to enjoy my blog and I will continue to enjoy writing it. 🙂

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5 responses to “Blogging in the New Year

  1. I think that you have set some very worthwhile and reasonable goals…good luck with them!!!

  2. These are fantastic resolutions! I’m hoping to read more of what I want and like as opposed to stepping outside the box as well. I decided at the end of the year that I don’t like the guilt factor that some put out there that we should all be “well rounded” readers. Why? If I know I don’t like something why should I suffer through it for the sake of someone else’s opinion of me? LOL

    Anyway, I hope we have the opportunity to chat more this year. 🙂

    • I totally agree with you, I thought I should step outside my box too and try other books. I always have this voice in the back of my head though that reminds me of all the paranormal books I could be reading and I get distracted.
      I hope we get to talk more too 🙂 I love being able to connect with other bloggers!

  3. Those are great resolutions! I especially admire the one about reading ARCs in order of release date. It is something I definitely need to adopt myself. I always feel so bad about reviewing ARCs months after the release date. I know you will be successful achieving these resolutions! Happy New Year!

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