We’re a week into the new year already! How time flies. I was planning on writing and posting this blog post a lot earlier this week, but I’ve been feeling pretty lousy lately, so I haven’t done much of anything. It’s been all about taking it easy, since it seems I overexerted myself (and mostly my brain) a little during the holidays. Today’s been good, though, so here I am typing this at last!
I’m excited about 2018! When 2017 started, I had no idea what it would bring. I was going to graduate and then I would need to start looking for a job, which is always a tricky thing. But now, at the start of 2018, I’ve got a job I really like and life is pretty good. I’m excited about reading and blogging and figured I’d put together a little list of resolutions to go with that excitement.
1. Keep reading fun
This sounds like a logical one, of course, but I’m actually taking steps to do this this year. Last year, I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge to 40 books, and although I did my best to choose books I wanted to read as opposed to books that helped me reach my goal of 40 books (i.e. short books), it still felt like a race at times. The “you’re 3 books behind schedule” made it all a lot less fun. It felt like I was doing it wrong, or wasn’t reading enough, while actually I was reading just the right amount. It’s a hobby after all, as we (book bloggers) like to remind ourselves of.
To avoid the feeling of failure that comes with the “you’re 3 books behind schedule”, I’ve decided to set my Goodreads goal to 1 book this year. And guess what? I already made it! I considered not setting a goal at all, but I do like being able to see at a glance how many books I’ve read. And who knows, perhaps I’ll adjust my goal to 30 books once I’m almost there, just to feel good about myself.
So, what’s my reading goal this year? It’s to read as many books as I can and (most importantly) want. I’m already having the best time with this goal, so the plan’s working already!
2. Do more on Instagram
I like Instagram a lot, but somehow I just can’t seem to manage to post regularly. I really want to invest more time in that this year, though. On Tuesday, I went out to buy some new props (some fake flowers and a blanket, for instance) and I’m more satisfied with my pictures already. I kind of want to post something every single day, and so far I’m doing just that, but it’s only been a week, so anything can happen. If you do want to follow me on Instagram, though, my handle’s @booksbakingandblogging. Come say hi!
3. Blog regularly
Last year, I only posted 49 posts, the majority of which were in the second half of the year (I think, I didn’t check that last part). I only started blogging regularly again in October, and I’ve really been enjoying it so I want to keep that going. Having said that, it should remain something I do for fun, though. I used to post something every Thursday and Sunday and while I do want to try to do something like that again this year, I also need to not put too much pressure on myself. That’s something I tend to do and something I’ve been working on lately.
So, my resolution is to post regularly, because I know that I find satisfaction in that and it makes me happy, but if I don’t feel like writing a blogpost, I’m not writing a blogpost. It shouldn’t feel like a burden or make me feel stressed. That’s basically the mantra for this year, it seems.
4. Keep up with the technical stuff
My Recipe Index isn’t up to date at all, I’ve been meaning to post affiliate links to Amazon and Book Depository for well over a year, and my picture in the sidebar is at least four years old. Oh, and the Bloglovin link picture has been broken for ages as well. All stuff that needs to be fixed! Will 2018 finally be the year when I actually do this stuff? We’ll see!
5. Comment on other blogs more
I’ve been kind of bad at this since my return to blogging in October. Although I do comment on other blogs, I only do it sporadically and not on that many blogs. But I love reading other people’s posts and I know how great it is to receive comments from people who are interested in what you have to say, so I need to get back to doing that more! It’s a huge part of what makes blogging so much fun!
This isn’t a reading or blogging one, but I wanted to include it anyway. I’ve been outlining and planning a story I’m quite passionate about for a while now (although not for the last month because of the madness we like to call December), and I really want to start working on it properly. I just need to sit down and start writing, but it kind of scares me at times. Hence the resolution! Perhaps this’ll serve as a kick up my butt to just start doing it. I know I want to!
Most of these resolutions are pretty low key, but I think that’s what I need right now. I tend to be pretty hard on myself and I need to let go and just relax without feeling I have to do certain things when I don’t. That’s what 2018 is going to be about and I have high hopes that it’ll be a great year!
Do you have any resolutions for the New Year you want to share? Let me know in the comments!
18 thoughts on “My Reading and Blogging Resolutions for 2018”
Great resolutions, good luck 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
I love your reading goal! Keeping the joy of reading and releasing the pressure is so important!
I’m excited to hear about your story idea, hope you find time to work on that this year.
Thank you! That is exactly what I was going for. And so far it’s working out great; I’ve already finished reading two books, and I’m excited to read more.
Aw, thanks! I hope to really get going on it this year, but so far I haven’t gotten around to it much yet.
Good luck with your goals! I definitely share your goal of “Writing”. I felt I actually read TOO MUCH last year so this year I haven’t set myself any reading goals – hopefully this will inspire me to be less flustered about what my goodreads page looks like, and focus more on working on my own book! Happy new year and all the best for 2017!
Thank you! Haha, I do wonder how one reads too much? I always feel like I haven’t read enough! Although I do get the feeling flustered about your reading goal, though. Not setting any reading goals is a great strategy as well! It’ll keep it casual and fun, hopefully 🙂
And the same to you, Sarah! 😀
I’m similarly determined to write more this year (and I’m kind of succeeding, slowly). I’m also going to try Instagram again and to get more reading done… basically all of these goals are also mine, haha. Good luck!
Ah, well done you! I haven’t really gotten around to writing yet, unfortunately. But it’s still early in the month! Haha, good luck to you as well! 😀
I love the friends reference lol. Our blogging goals are fairly similar but I’ve never thought of setting reading goals!! Such a good idea. Good luck this year x
Haha, Friends is my first love! Thank you, good luck to you as well! 🙂
Who doesn’t love friends! Thank you lovely X
But actually, ditto on all of these haha 🙂
Hahaha, I’m glad they’re so relatable! 🙂
I love that you’re keeping your resolutions low key! I have a habit of putting too much pressure on myself for things that are supposed to be fun so I can relate on needing to keep things fun. Our goals are pretty similar except I don’t write. Good luck with your WIP!
It seemed like the best way to go! I, too, put way too much pressure on myself, usually, so these resolutions are a reminder to keep it chill this year. Thank you very much! Happy reading in 2018! 🙂
These are such good resolutions and I really admire you!! I think it’s easy to like mount all this stuff we “need to achieve” on ourselves at the start of a new year, but like a ton of me resolutions are just “chill out”. 😂😂 I want to remember to always enjoy reading/blogging too!! And focus on writing as much as I need to, eep. (I hope you get a ton of great writing done this year and you’re happy with it. :D) Good luck with these and they all sound great!
Thanks, Cait! I figured I could just set way too challenging goals for myself again, but I knew the pressure would take out the fun at least a little bit! It’s about enjoying ourselves, right? 😀 By the way, I saw the cover for your book yesterday and it’s SO PRETTY. I’m so excited! 😀
Yess your goals are so good! I really hope you get some epic writing done too! And, pfft, it doesn’t have to be epic at first, but just the fact of writing is epic and I’m cheering you on. 😀 I also want to keep reading fun this year…I tend to stress a bit trying to hit the big numbers because I feel like everyone expects me to now?! But I want to (a) keep reading fun, and (b) not be so competitive with myself.😂Lmao like that will happen but we can dream.
Good luck with these!!