It's been a little while since I had a Top Ten Tuesday post, and I had actually planned to pen this entry anyway, so it was perfect timing with the turn of the new year.
This was my post from last year, and mostly - last year's goals will be a repeat for this year, though with a few new updates.
Suffice to say, 2015 was a busy year for me personally. While I was able to do many things within the year, it was a slow reading and writing year. So I'm hoping that what I didn't accomplish in 2015 will be things that I ace in 2016.
Here are my top ten resolutions for the new year:
- I will read 350 books this year. My effort to read 450 books last year, unfortunately, was a failure. I'm still doing the final tally for my 2015 year end post, but it looks like - including re-reads - that I barely made it above 150 books last year alone. The problem came from two things: massive book hopping (meaning I didn't finish as many books as I started) and not doing a very good job of keeping track of what I was reading and when on my book communities. Though I'm happy to say I made a lot of trips to the library last year (much to the chagrin of my twin, who tells me I read too much already. She read one book last year, which is actually really good for her considering she has more of an issue with book hopping and DNFing stuff).
- I will work to get to 75% feedback ratio on NetGalley this year. This will effort on my part since I'm about 30% now with submissions. That may not seem like much to get up to speed with until you realize just how many books I've got to submit feedback for, some even reaching back to 2012-2o13ish. But my goal this year is to work through my list, decide what to take on, and just stick with the schedules I plan ahead of time. I think I can improve my scheduling for this year with better time management. And while I started the NetGalley spotlight posts last year to help with this, I'll have to be better about sticking to my reading schedule for it to work.
- I will be better about making posts on the blog - almost every day of this year. Part of this will be steadily bringing back theme day posts, and also bringing back some of my old posts out of archive/draft form. I have far too many posts that I have submitted drafts for, but never posted to the blog - I'm thinking it's because my train of thought and planning was there, but somehow ended up getting stalled - much like my massive book hopping issues last year.
- Publishing two writing projects in 2016. So I ended up not completing the writing projects I wanted to last year because I ended up starting (and finishing) two completely projects that I worked on last year for Camp NaNo and NaNoWriMo. So I can pat myself on the back for finishing my NaNo stuff last year (whoo-hoo!) but not having anything to show for it (Ughh). And mostly that progress has been behind the scenes and another reason why my posting was sporadic last year, between working with day job and focusing more on the editing process. I've had to push some stuff back, but I'm hoping to be better about this for 2016 and keep you guys informed when I'm planning to release.
- Do More Reading Challenges. I failed almost all of my reading challenges last year (my Audiobook challenge was the only one I kicked butt on - ended up reading over 60 audiobooks - my YA and other stuff though - not so much), so this is a carry over.
- Record more Video/Writing tutorials (and possible audio/V-blogs) - carry over from last year's goals. This will probably start sometime in March or April. Reason being is that I ended up ordering better audio/recording equipment mid to late last year (including a new headset - because my other one failed. Which is why I ended up not recording anything last year.)
- Read more books across a span of genres. I accomplished this goal last year, and I'm making it a goal for this year as well. I'll have a more thorough breakdown of what I ended up reading in my 2015 Year End post.
- Making myself finish stuff I have pending before starting anything new. General goal - I recognized this as a problem last year with both my reading and writing. I always get excited to start new things, but I find my mind kept wanting to hop to something different. It wasn't really writer's/reader's block as much as it was having too many things in my head that I wanted to get down or do, and just transitioning between those in-progress projects or goals made no time for me to actually come back and finish what I started. So definitely making myself stick to that this year and show some fruit from the things I've done - as well as share it with all of you.
- Cleaning out my TBR jars. I have the crafts, I have the jars. I actually enjoyed making the ones I've shared in the past, and I'd like to share more of that.
- Catching up with my book reviews. At the end of 2016 - I want to have written reviews for everything that I've read in the past several years and have actively caught up with my "pending reviews" and "on-hold" lists. So that's something to look forward to doing.
That's everything. I'm ready to take on 2016 - let's bring it.