This is a list of ideas I've been kicking around for my blog. Honestly I'm not even entirely sure I will follow through on all of them but I want to spend time considering each at the very least.
1. Number one for me is always trying to comment more as well as be on twitter more. I made some big strides in commenting this year and I want to continue. There are so many amazing bloggers out there and I want to acknowledge their hard work. We post our writing online because we want to talk to others and I want to continue to be part of that conversation.
2. On the technical side, I have lots of ideas.
- I am considering buying my own website or moving to wordpress.
- I would also like to study html a bit more while I'm on blogger. I don't always feel able to convert my vision to reality and would like to experiment with that more.
- At the least, I am thinking about adding a blog list and experimenting with a three column layout.
- Write reviews or at least notes immediately after finishing. So many times this year, I waited too long and had forgotten points I wanted to make, resulting in reviews I was not very happy with
- Link to other opinions. I especially want to link to those bloggers who inspired me to read a book and when a blogger had the exact opposite reaction to a book as me.
- I am also planning to post ARC reviews further in advance. These will be clearly marked and will include the scheduled release date. Since many of the ARCs I read are e-copies, they have a tendency to expire and I want to make sure I get to as many as I can so that I can promote the ones I love.
- I also want to do a spotlight of favorite books throughout the months-am contemplating a more regular giveaway schedule.
- I don't want to go overboard with memes but I want to participate in Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday (and maybe others) at least once a quarter this year.
- To include books I don't plan to review in my reading list (currently I have two Rhys Bowen mysteries on hold and I've struggled to write reviews of those in the past so I will not even try this time...unless something in them calls to be reviewed).
- To not feel pressured to read-this is always an internal pressure and something I need to work out with myself.
- To tackle both Anna Karenina and War and Peace this year-it's ambitious, I know, but they've been on my to-read list for a long time and I want to show myself that I can do it.
- Update "About Me" section which I think is from 2010
- Revise tagline: "No Frills Book Blogging"
- Revise mission statement
One of the problems I've had with New Year's Resolutions is making them too big and non-specific so that I eagerly jump into something and then blaze out. This year I am approaching it month by month and choosing a habit I would like to start or break. My understanding is that it takes about 30 days for something to become habit so that seems manageable. For January, I am trying both.
TO START: Making the bed every day. I used to do this as a kid but fell out of it in college. After reading about habits at Dear Author, I thought this would be a good one to start up again. Plus I have already started doing this so now I just need to continue.
|This is not my bed. I just wanted to add a picture to this post.|
What are your plans for making 2013 the best year yet? Any tips for me that you've discovered as you've worked on similar issues?