Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Blogging Resolutions for 2011
I am terrible at keeping New Year's Resolutions. My goal for the past 5 years or so is to get a six-pack by the end of the year. This never happens, except for perhaps a six-pack of beer or a fistful of Slim Jims. But it's always nice to verbalize those goals, even if you don't fully follow through. At least you made them known to the universe, right?
1. BE (relatively) STRESS FREE.
Book blogging is supposed to be fun. It IS fun. It's not something where you should find yourself stressed out to the point of heart palpitations if you don't post for a few days (or, in my case, A WEEK due to the holidays!) I have a ton of other obligations. I have a full-time job and full-time classes, both of which drive me insane. I never want blogging to become an obligation. I have far too much love for reading, writing about reading, and this community in general for it to be something that burns me out. It's not all about ARCs or followers (and I mean that.) It's having a bunch of awesome people with whom I can discuss YA books and who won't tell me to read a grown-up book.
2. STOP VENTING ON TWITTER.
People don't like negativity. It repels others and makes you look like a Debbie Downer. I know I complain about school/work a lot, and I'm going to try and cut that out. Oh, and the cryptic tweets. It's totally a pet peeve of mine on Facebook when people post cryptic statuses that cause an onslaught of "WHAT'S WRONG!?!" and "ARE YOU OKAY?!?!" Yet I am a hypocrite, because I find myself doing that on Twitter sometimes. If you're going to say something, SAY IT. I will definitely try to NOT post things on Twitter that are cryptic and vague.
3. JUST PUT IT DOWN.
I've gotten a lot better at DNFing books that just weren't working for me. I think there were 3 or 4 for this year. A problem I have is differentiating between boredom with a book and impatience with finishing a book. I set a goal of 100 books this year and I fell short by five. I feel that the reading experience was hindered due to the fact that I had set a goal that I was desperately trying to achieve. Reading shouldn't be rushed. It should be a relaxing, leisurely activity. No goal for me next year! I'll read as many as I can and that is that.
4. PUMP UP THE DETAIL.
I write fangirly reviews. Duh. Upon re-reading some that I've posted, I don't feel like I accurately and efficiently conveyed the reason WHY I liked something about this character or that plot. To make my reviews a little more quality, I'm going to try and elaborate on why I felt a certain way about whatever it is that I read.
5. DO NOT WAIT.
I have fallen into the habit of writing reviews in bulk. 5 reviews here, 3 reviews there. I am going to try and write a review within mere days of finishing the book, giving the plot and my feelings for the book time to sink in and marinate, but not months after when I have to re-read the summary to remember what happened. I'll also try to keep a better review journal, complete with highlights, post it nost, page numbers, quotes, etc. Because not only does it help with the review writing process and remembering events/characters, but it makes me feel organized and gives me reason to buy pretty pens and highlighters.
6. PUT A DENT IN MY 2010 TBR.
I have between 120 - 140 books on my shelf that I've bought and forgotten. I'd really like to read 20% of the ones I currently have on my shelf in 2011, which is 30books. I think it's doable. I realize this is basically setting a goal, but 30 isn't bad. Also, I realize that with the books I'll buy in 2011 (which are a bunch of amazing titles, by the way) I'll likely be more in reading debt at this time next year. Meh, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
7. WORK OUT LOTS AND GET A SIX PACK.
So those are my blogger resolutions for next year. I will do my darndest to achieve these goals. If not? Well, I tried. And they say the road to HEAVEN is paved with good intentions. Right? RIGHT!?