2018 Blog Goals & Giveaway!
Bring on 2018! Our 2018 Blog Goals may be bland or grand compared to others, but I am ready for a new year, are you?! This can get wordy, but Kelli & I want to share some of our plans with our readers! We have a wonderful readership and even though growth is always a goal, I am thankful for our steady readers! So if TL;DR, (made a summary list as well) feel free to jump to the end of the post for a giveaway!
2018 puts us well on our way into our 6th year of blogging & I think we have come a long way, baby! Even though I toy with the idea of re-branding the look and feel of our site, I get so many compliments for our design, that makes it hard to move towards anything else. So I hope you all don’t hate seeing the same color scheme and all! I may have struggled with coming up with unique content, but I loved some of the fun posts we did create. Plus having Kelli initiate things like Crush On This has helped keep some fun new posts on the blog. I hope we can continue to bring fun and inspired posts to the blog in 2018!
I hope that my goals will make me a better blogger, reader, and all around fangirl. I will also be discussing my 2017 successes and failures for you all to see! I will try and keep this brief and engaging but it is important for me to put things in writing to help hold myself accountable throughout the year.
I really delved into Instagram the more than anything else this year. I think I personally like instagram the best out of any social media platform that I run, and I hope to continue to be inspired to take pretty pics. I have gained over 1350 followers this year (net gain 800-ugh), and I posted 325 photos, that is 130 more than last year. I also earned 25,000 more likes than last year! I also started a monthly giveaway photo challenge with Christy, @diamondxgirl, called #SignedBookSundays, and that has brought so much joy to my life. So join in the fun! My specific instagram goals are to post more consistently, create more insta stories, get more personal with my discussions, and let people see my face more. Those last two goals are advice from Christy, because she is always right, and helps push me out of my comfort zone! Thank you all so much for the likes, comments and continued support. The bookstagram community is so relaxing comparatively to say twitter, that I prefer to hang out with beautiful photos of books!
2. Goodreads Reading Challenge:
I have participated in every Goodreads Reading Challenge dating back to 2011! (at least I think that was when Goodreads started the Reading Challenge since I have been a member since 2007 and can find no data on a challenge before this by searching out on the internets – may not be factual but feels right)! Every year I try and increase my reading goal. The only year I lowered my goal was 2013, because we were working really hard to get the blog going that I didn’t read as much. I am not a power reader. I am SLOW AF. I don’t know anyone who reads as slowly as I do. My partner who reads a few books a year can destroy me in a timed reading contest. So slow and steady I go…and I managed to read 125 books as of this post (maybe will finish one or two before the actual year end).
My 2017 goal was 100 books. I am ok with these numbers, I read a lot of serialized fiction this year and that boosted my numbers but reading is reading! I read 32 episodes of serialized fiction totaling 1,411 pages. So in my calculations I definitely broke the 100 books read mark no matter how you look at it.
My plan is to set my 2018 goodreads reading goal at 115 books! Let’s wish for no more reading slumps! I hope to challenge myself and read outside of my comfort zone, as well as read books I enjoy. Stop reading crap that I don’t want to read. READING FOR FUN!
3. Beat the Backlist:
Since I technically set a mini beat the backlist goal (but wasn’t a part of the challenge) to read just 5 specific 2016 titles in 2017 — and I read only 3 of them. JUST 3! Ugh! But I did read about 23 backlist titles, not too bad. So this year since I definitely bought more books than I read, I am going to join the official Beat the Backlist Challenge hosted by NovelKnight. My goal is to read at least a third of all books read in 2018 as backlist titles, so if I math right, that’s at least 36 books. I made a goodreads shelf and there are at least 65 books on it as of now, so let’s hope I read a whole lot of them! Which will help in my 3rd big goal.
4. Book Buying Ban:
So I think my biggest problem this year & every year, is that I buy A LOT OF BOOKS! I know…so many books, and I didn’t read half of them. As much as I want to own all the books, my personal library is overflowing. So I need to make some restrictive goals this year. I am going to try really hard to follow some of these rules:
- Only buy books that are already in a series I am reading
- Only buy books for signing events (if I haven’t read it yet)
- Only buy books that are in subboxes (and only buy them ONCE – cause I have a lot of duplicates)
- Read more backlist books that I already own
- Read more from the library
- Only buy it after I know I love it & must own it
- Read more books that I request for review
- Reduce, trade, donate, sell
5. Blogging Stuff:
You can check out what my 2017 Goals were, but I am going to tell you that I definitely set more ambitious goals than I actually accomplished. Where do people find the time?!
I had some great bookish accomplishments in 2017 that I am really proud of. I was asked to moderate Julie Eshbaugh for her book launch at Barnes & Noble. I have some anxiety so this was a big deal for me and something I always admired my friends who do this! I went to YallWest again and got to spend time with an amazing crew of bloggers, and get a lot of books signed! I got to meet so many people and authors. Even had an author tell me how much my blog, review, and support meant to her! Never would I have expected those kind words. I went to BookExpo/BookCon and what a maddening, yet fun industry event! I got to go to the NOVL (Hatchette) headquarters and wow so cool! I had breakfast with Penguin Teen authors! Had lunch with Cora Carmack, someone whom I have adored since we started blogging! Partied with the Fierce Reads team, had Leigh Bardugo remember my face…dear lord I may have lost my cool! My blog has even been quoted in a few places like amazon, inside arcs, and marketing promotional materials! I have also seen my name in print in book acknowledgements and I get so much joy just thinking about it! So it’s been a good year all in all! Here’s to 2018!
I have to review more of the books I read…not just the ones I am scheduled to review. As many years in the past, I try to accomplish this goal, but review tours seem to be my main motivator. But I did manage to do a lot of the short mini-reviews on goodreads as I set as a 2017 goal. I made some progress on our Netgalley rating, it is now 70% and one of my main goals this year is to get it to at least 80%. I am also going to try and not request as much, but my eyes are bigger than my…time(?). I am pretty proud that I did two huge goodreads purges this year. I removed over 600 books from my TBR list. Crazy! I did accomplish my goal from 2017 to make header graphics, and they may be simple, but I like them…hope you all do too!
I hope to continue to build my readership and comment on more blogs. I am abysmal at this, which is why I love that I can like blog posts on the wordpress reader, but I am going to try and comment more too! I want to get more creative on the blog, and do more posts like my 15 YA Books for Game of Thrones Fans post. Just maybe even talk to you guys more, like advice type posts…we shall see!
Too Long Didn’t Read Summary:
- Instagram – more!
- Goodreads Challenge – 115 Books
- Beat the Backlist – at least 36 books
- Buy Less Books
- Review More
- Comment more on other blogs, build community
- Post on weekends more
- Have more fun on the blog
Kelli’s 2018 Blog Goals:
1. To read at least 50 books. And write reviews for all of them.
2. Come up with new, fun memes for the blog!
3. No more DNFing! Sometimes, it’s so hard. And I think it’s often because the book just isn’t right for me at the time I open it. Or, maybe I’m Jekyll and Hyde? (Example: Wintersong—I DNFed it and started it this week…LOVING IT!
Books from 2017 I’d like to read in 2018:
1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – It’s been on my TBR forever, and I know I’ve gotta catch up before the movie releases!
2. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo – Oops. This is just an all-around fail. It was so hyped and then I never heard much about it post-release. Kind of just, forgot about it.
3. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater – I’m probably going to be banned from the blog for this! But again, it’s just another that kept moving down on the list till I’
d forgotten it released!
4. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff – No excuse. I just plain suck on this one. I loved Nevernight, but I think I need to reread it before I delve back into this world.
5. A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab – Yeahhhhh…I just need a series reread here, too. I’ve forgotten so much of the story.
As for my progress on my goals for 2017? I failed my reading challenge spectacularly. I got a new job in February that severely impacted my reading time. I ended up finishing only 82 books (at the time of writing this)!
To win a preorder of 2018 release open internationally (if Book Depository ships to you), up to $18 (USD); AND if in the US you can pick a few books from the giveaway pile with 2017 ARCs & finished copies! To enter just leave a comment about our 2018 goals or your reading/blogging goals! Closes on 1/12/18 at midnight EST.