2019 was a year of 1sts for me. It was the 1st time I had taken my writing seriously. It was the first time I wrote for an online magazine, the first time I wrote for medium, the first time I worked with publishers. It was an amazing and kind of terrifying year.
One of the things that I am a bit intense about is goal setting, and hopefully, goal achieving. I love lists, and I love the feeling one gets when you cross something off of a list after working so hard to achieve it. This last year has had its ups and downs. The way that I structure my goals is I set small achievable goals and the date I completed them.
For instance: Participate in a guest post – 1/29/2019 New website design – 6/13/2019 Set up Patreon – 7/25/2019 New logo design – 6/13/2019 Add buy me a kaffee – 6/14/2019 Total site views 5k 2/6/2019
entire site views 7k 3/15/2019 total site views 10k 4/28/2019 total site views 15k 6/12/2019 total site views 20k 8/10/2019 total site views 25k 12/5/2019 total site views 30k
100 reviews on Goodreads 1/30/2019 150 reviews on Goodreads 4/12/2019 200 reviews on Goodreads 9/1/2019 250 reviews on Goodreads
Participate in a buddy reads 3/11/2019
100 views on a single post 4/3/2019 200 views on a single post 4/1/2019 300 views on a post total 4/5/2019 400 views on a and post total
Small manageable goals.
Granted, a lot of this is out of my control. I can’t make people come to my site, but I would love a chance to interact with people when they do. So, when/if it does happen, I want to celebrate that. I often find as one goes about the day to day of their lives, they forget the million incredible WINS they have when blinded by the vast thing they have not achieved yet. I get blinded by it and feel bad about my progress. This allows me to look back over the year and see how far I have come.
Social media is still very much a mystery to me. I liked twitter, but had no idea how to engage with people; I still feel like I don’t in a lot of ways. All I know is that I wanted to get out there and support the fantastic book community, whether that is from writers or other book bloggers like myself. So I set a goal for myself to engage, meet people, and get the hell out of my introvert comfort zone. Instagram is a mystery to me. I don’t get new books often enough to take consistent pictures of them. Pinterest I pin a lot too, but I am not sure that means anything.
Here are some of my individual goals for 2020
Read 150 Books
Last year I ended up reading 239 books. This was a combination of graphic novels, novels, short stories. I already have a list of 120 books I know I want to read already written down, so it may be higher than that or quite a bit lower. Who knows?! But I am not going to stress myself about the numbers. That is no fun.
Complete 5 Series
There are a ton of series out there that are not complete for me. I want to get some of those series buttoned up and either completed or completed waiting for the next book. For example, The Senlin Ascends series I have heard a ton about but have not had a chance to tackle it. I am doing that this year.
Spend More Time on Social media Engaging
I want to do more blog hopping.
Read the remains of Stephen Kings Bibliography
This is something I have been thinking about for some time. I have read much of King’s catalog, but not all of. I enjoy his writing, so I am going to finish his vast list this year. I will have to tackle and finally finish IT, which I have tried a few times to read and been too horrified by it.
Write More Content
I write a lot of content, but I would like to adjust the type of content so that it is about books or reading, but not necessarily about specific reviews.
Tackle My TBR Mountain
I am finishing my Netgalley TBR and getting it to 100% if it kills me. (it probably will) I know I am going to “ohhhh shiny” myself a gazillion times. But I am going to do it.