2019 Blog Goals
WOW another year is upon us…and I will be honest here, blogging isn’t easy, more than 6 years of blogging isn’t easy. 2018 was a hell of a year all around, and there were good times and there were bad, but overall I am super proud of what we did in 2018 as a blog, bloggers, and overall cheerleaders for the love of books! Since Christy was new to BookCrushin in 2018, this will be her first blog goals post! I on the otherhand will recap my 2018 goals and create new ones for 2019! Of course to celebrate another year of being a part of our bookish community we have a giveaway for y’all!
So of course the biggest change for BookCrushin this past year was our entire blog overhaul! We redesigned our logo, and our blog theme. It was a lot of work and I am so glad we did it! I love it, and there are still some tweaks we need to make but seriously the best thing. After 6 years I definitely wanted something new to stare at! Also, I am thrilled to have Christy on board as my co-blogger, plus Shannon is getting back to reading and I look forward to having her back in the fold in 2019!
2018 Recap – 2019 Plans
Here was my summary of my goals, you can read the whole post here if you want!
- 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
I can definitely quantify some of these successes and misses. However, some things are not easily defined.
I feel like I posted on instagram more, but my Best Nine tells me differently. Apparently I had 325 posts in 2017, and 291 in 2018…but I did gain more likes and followers this year. Our #SignedBookSundays challenge has been a wonderful photo challenge, and I have enjoyed getting to know new insta folks from it. Plus the bookstagram community is so relaxing comparatively to say twitter, that I prefer to hang out with beautiful photos of books! So come join me on instagram!
I completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge, and have read more than 115 books this year, 120 to be exact! Woohoo. I however did not actually read more than last year. For 2019, I hope to challenge myself by reading more, read more diversely, and read outside of my comfort zone. I also hope to read more of the books I want to read and stop reading things I am not enjoying. My completest soul has trouble DNFing books, but no one has time for bad books.
I kicked my #beatthebacklist goal’s ass. I wanted to read a third of my total goal as backlist books (anything that was released prior to 2018) and I am happy to say I read 48 backlist titles this year, 12 more than my goal! I have joined NovelKnight’s challenge again this year and we have partnered with Austine to help motivate participants to participate in Book Rewind, our backlist review feature on Thursdays!
I have no idea if I bought less books than in 2017. I tried to keep track of my bookish spending in my reading journal, and funny thing…I didn’t keep up with that either. Do I actually want to see what I spent on books? Nope…big huge nope. Some things just shouldn’t be delved into. Hard Stop. However, I do want to try and do better with my journaling this year, and I think I really should keep track, because it may be so enlightening.
It is really hard for me to cut back on books, they just bring me so much joy. However, I also acknowledge that I do not read all the books I buy! Also, I buy a lot of duplicates. I already decided I will not sub to any box but Owlcrate, and if I do buy another box it will be here and there. I also cancelled my Wizarding World Crate, so that saves me some bimonthly funds.
The dreaded blogger goal of reviewing more books. Did I succeed? Maybe. Do I feel like I failed no matter what the numbers show? Yes. Do I even want to look at the numbers? No. Will I make this a goal for 2019, of course.
I definitely tried to comment on more blogs, but this is probably my biggest failure. I can’t believe how bad I am at this. I do tend to scroll and like posts on my wordpress app & I follow every blog back that follows me (on wordpress). I will continue to try and do better & be a better blogger.
Once Christy came on board we made it a goal to deliver content on Saturdays and we are doing damn good at that IMHO. We went from rarely to semi-regularly posting on Saturdays! We did have about 22 less posts in 2019 (344) than 2018 (366), but we also took two weeks off to revamp the site and just took this holiday week off as well. We are averaging 28 posts per month.
I definitely think that Christy and I are trying to do more fun and engaging posts, and I love that we are doing personal posts now and reviewing more than just books!
TL;DR – Kelly’s specific 2019 Goals
- Goodreads reading challenge goal of 120 books.
- Beat the Backlist challenge and read 30% of all books read.
- Read more of the things I want, more diverse, more branching out. Will try the A-Z challenge & maybe a varied genre challenge.
- Instagram better. Be better at taking more pics ahead of time, try more photo challenges consistently. More commenting/liking building friends. More stories!
- Buy less everything!
- Review more!
- Track my bookish life better. Journaling, spreadsheets, apps. Whatever it takes.
- Fix old reviews on blog so they populate in review listing.
- Enjoy the blog & blogging. Have fun with it!
I centered a lot of my 2018 goals around general reading that fit into my other (life related) goals. This is the first year since starting Goodreads Reading Challenges that I read less than the previous year and also worried a bit that I might not make my challenge of 200 books. Thanks to being down in December, I landed at 225 books for the year. I also set out to bookstagram more (2x per week) but my fitstagram became more of a priority since it was aligned with my bigger goals. I had no idea coming into 2018 that I would join BookCrushin but it’s the best thing I did this year in relation to my bookish habits. Having a supportive blog partner you can communicate with is critical for a co-blogging relationship and I am so happy to have that in Kelly.
In 2019, I plan to:
- Read 200 books
- Be an active participant in Beat the Backlist, which includes reading backlist books regularly, playing the (more simple) BINGO card, reviewing them for Book Rewind, and doing the weekly challenges on Instagram
- Review the books I love and shout about them more
- Be more choosy in the books I accept and buy
- Use the library more
- Start or join a cookbook club
- Keep up on twice monthly Comic Crush posts
To celebrate 2019 Blog Goals we are going to giveaway 2 prizes!! A mystery box filled with books, ARCs, and bookish stuff to one USA winner. And one international winner will be able to choose a book up to $20 (USD) from Book Depository (as long as BD ships to your country for free). Just leave a comment about your reading goals, blog goals, instagram goals, or life goals for 2019!
Open to USA/PR for the Mystery Box prize & Open INTL for second prize of one book up to $20 from Book Depository. Open until 1/14/19. Must leave a comment to be eligible to win, please be sure the email you use to leave the comment is valid, as that is how we will contact you if you win. Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner may be chosen.