Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Top Eight Bookish Goals for 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme for list-loving bloggers that is hosted by the team over at The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, readers compile a list of their favorite books, authors, or other literature-related things that fall under a certain category.

This is officially my first post of 2016, which means I now have posted during five different calendar years. (That's crazy, by the way.) I've been thinking lately about how I can improve Forever Literary this year, and I've developed the following list of goals. Luckily, today's Top Ten Tuesday prompt allows me to share my top ten eight reading- and blogging-related New Years resolutions with all of you, who I'm hoping will keep me accountable.
I've already read two books toward my goal!
1. Read 70 books
I've set my Goodreads challenge to 70 books this year, which may seem like a small number to some of you. However, given the fact that I'll be heading to college in September (not to mention my preference for reading slowly and savoring), it's realistic for me.

2. "Visit" a wide range of places through reading
Last year, I started keeping track of all the places I "traveled" through reading. Using a website called ZeeMaps, I made a note of the setting of each book I read and occasionally would go out of my way to claim I had visited an unusual location. I plan to do the same this year, and I'm going to continue to collect as many cities and countries as I can.

My literary travel map for 2015
(I recently discovered that All About Books hosts a challenge called Around the World, which involves tracking every place you visit via reading and trying to go to as many different places as possible. I've signed up, and you can do the same here.)

3. Review at least 60% of the books I read
In the past, I've been terrible about reviewing books, as I tend to be impatient to move on to the next enticing title in my TBR pile. But I'm determined to change that with the help of my new review-esque feature called "Three Reasons to Read" wherein I list three reasons to give a certain book a try. (You can view my first one here.) Since these posts are quicker to write than full-on reviews (although they take longer to format), they will hopefully motivate me to review books that otherwise would have fallen by the wayside.

I love this quote, and I currently have
this beautiful hand-lettering set as
my phone wallpaper to remind me to
do a lot of blogging this year. (Source)
4. Post at least once per week
My blog has been languishing the past few months, but in 2016, I want to revive my blog, posting at least once per week—maybe even more on occasion. Sometimes, I get so caught up in the day-to-day stress of school and life that writing a blog post seems like extra, unnecessary work. But this year I'm going to remember that I truly love blogging, and I'm going to act like it.

5. Comment on one blog per day
I really, really want to start commenting more, but whenever I sit down to do it, I get overwhelmed by the amount of posts I need to catch up on. Hopefully, making a commitment to leave one comment per day—sometimes on a blog I read regularly, sometimes on a new-to-me site—will make the task more efficient.

6. Maintain the quality and quantity of my posts once I leave for college
I don't yet know which school I'll be attending next year, but I do know that it will be a huge life change, even if I stay close to home. I'll probably take a hiatus for a month or two while I get adjusted to dorm life, college classes, and new people, but after that, I'm hoping not to see my blog's content suffer too much. I'll be stepping down from my group blog, Lit Up Review (since the blog's main selling point is that all of its writers are high school students), which makes me terribly sad but will also free up a huge amount of blogging time that I can then apply to Forever Literary.

7. Switch to .com instead of .blogspot.com
I think it's time, after three-and-a-half years of blogging, to switch to the more professional-sounding URL. I'm entirely confused by the mechanics of switching, though (so this is an unofficial call for help).

8. Attend the last day of BEA
Unfortunately, I can't attend BEA on Wednesday or Thursday because I'll be taking the AP Macroeconomics and AP Statistics exams, but I have to attend on Friday. Since it's in Chicago this year and within driving distance (I live in Indianapolis), I'd be livid at myself if I missed it.

What are your bookish goals for 2016? Let me know in the comments. And as for my last resolution, are you going to be at BEA 2016? If so, we should say hi.

7 comments:

  1. Commenting is something I want to be more proactive about as well, even if it's just a few words to say that I enjoyed the post. It's so nice as a blogger to know that someone out there read and enjoyed your writing, so I want to be able to spread a bit of that happiness. :) Good luck with your resolutions, and happy new year!

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  2. I love that you said "travel" through reading. That is so awesome. Love the sound of that. Might join you on that one!

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  3. That is such a cool idea, mapping out the places you "visited" in books! Leaving for college must be scary. My brother is going this year, and myself in another two. I hope you have a wonderful 2016! ❤

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  4. This is a really great list of goals. 70 books is more than a lot of people read their entire life, so don't think that's a small number (I set my goal for 50, which I still think is not going to happen for me). I'm in my second year of college and that realllly slowed down my reading (& blogging) habits. And I looove the whole traveling through reading thing. I'm not sure why, but I've never actually thought of that before. I might sign up for that thing you recommended. Good luck on all these goals. I hope that you stick with these this year!

    My TTT!

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  5. Good luck with all of your 2016 goals!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/top-ten-tuesday-38/

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  6. Good luck on your goals. The blogging ones are things I would love to be able to accomplish to. Going .com is something I have wanted to do for YEARS but I have no clue where to even begin. If you find out any useful info I'd be interested to hear it!!! I am still struggling, even after researching and googling like crazy.

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  7. Best of luck with your goals Emily! Commenting does take a lot of time but it's also enjoyable visiting new blogs. Good luck on your challenges as well!

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