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
|I've already read two books toward my goal!|
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
|My literary travel map for 2015|
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)
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.