|Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts At Midnight host the 2016 Discussion Challenge.|
I’m very goal-oriented. I like to pick a goal, figure out what it takes to reach it, and organize everything so I can get there. I’m also neurotic. Having a task to concentrate on keeps me from pointlessly spinning my mental wheels. That’s why I’m a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. I don’t always accomplish them, but they force me to focus.
So, of course I made some 2017 resolutions for my reading and blogging. I thought I’d share them with you. (You guys can peer-pressure me into following through on them.)
2017 Reading Resolutions
1. Read at least 100 books. I was able to do this in 2016, so hopefully it’ll be possible to repeat it in 2017.
2. Read more nonfiction. I’ve been meaning to do this for years. Some of my favorite books are nonfiction, but I don’t read enough of it. I want to make it a priority in 2017.
3. Stay eclectic. I’m hopelessly attracted to certain subjects (religion, nature, isolation, history, travel, violent death), but I don’t want to get stuck in a reading bubble. How will I find new subjects to obsess about if I stay in my odd little comfort zone?
4. Maybe reread Harry Potter. Cursed Child left a horrible taste in my mouth. I need to get back to the originals. I always feel bad about rereading a series I’ve already read a dozen times. There are so many other books in the world. I love Harry Potter, though!
5. Keep trying to find diversity. Can you believe that way back in 2013, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to “find diverse books”? That’s the year I realized that most children’s book characters are clones of each other. Main characters are starting to become less clone-like, but I don’t think I’ll ever stop looking for diversity.
2017 Blogging Resolutions
1. Promote small presses. I’d like to start doing Small Press Spotlights where I read a few books from a small publisher and write a post about them. There are two problems with this. First, I can’t afford to pay full price for books, and it’s hard to find small press books at libraries or used bookstores. Second, I feel awkward emailing presses and asking for review copies. If I want Small Press Spotlights to happen, I’ll have to dig deep and get creative.
2. Promote older posts. There are nearly 600 posts on this blog. The majority of them get no traffic. I might start tweeting some links to older posts.
3. Blogging from A to Z. I want to do the Blogging From A To Z challenge in April. I’ve watched other bloggers do this challenge for years, but I’ve never been brave enough to try it. It involves a lot of blogging.
|This may or may not be my graphic for the challenge.|
4. Discussion library? Discussions are the most popular posts on my blog. It would make sense for me to organize them in a user-friendly way. Right now, they’re not even tagged under “discussion.” That would be way too logical. I need to put them all in one place.
Those are my New Year’s resolutions. Did you make any?