To start off this post, I want to look back at this post I wrote last year that talked about my blogging goals for 2016! Let’s see how I did. I honestly do not even remember what I wrote down, so I may have done horribly. I did not consciously focus on achieving these goals throughout 2016, which is not a completely negative thing. I blogged when I wanted to and had fun with it.
My goals for 2016 were:
1. Keep blogging all year
Well. I’m still blogging now, so I guess that’s something, but I know I did take a few unexpected hiatuses- life got so much crazier than I could’ve expected. I’m not sure if I can count this one as achieved or not.
2. Make more blogging friends
I talked to and met so many people this year, so I would count this one as accomplished!
3. Learn HTML and coding
4. Post better blog content
I would hope so! I feel like my posts have definitely improved from a year ago.
5. Be more organized
Hmm. Not really.
6. Think about self-hosting
I *thought* about it… but nothing really happened.
7. Comment more
Not really, sadly.
8. Get my NetGalley percentage to 80% AND request less books on NetGalley and Edelweiss
As of right now, it’s at 90%, so I’d count that as a win. And I definitely requested less e-galleys this year.
9. Read 100 books
I read exactly 100 books in 2016, so this one is a YES.
10. Stick to a book buying ban
Well…Not really. Oops.
11. Continue to bookstagram
This one has not been accomplished, sadly: I’ve been in a photography-taking rut this whole year, but hopefully in 2017 I can make a comeback.
12. Follower goals
My goal for last year was to have 300 WordPress followers, 100 Bloglovin followers, 1000 Twitter followers, and 10,000 Instagram followers.
I can now say that I have:
675 WordPress followers
161 Bloglovin’ followers
2,535 Twitter followers
9,011 Instagram followers
So, I met almost all of those!
Taking those goals as a whole, I did not do so well. 6/12? Not that great.
But that isn’t what truly matters. I had such a fun year blogging, and hope that 2017 will be the same, regardless of the number of goals I meet or followers I have.
Now onto goals I’m setting for myself for this upcoming year: Some of them will be the same as last years, and some will be new!
1. Keep blogging all year
This is one goal that is the same as last year, because I adore blogging, and couldn’t imagine stopping. It’s something that I look forward to when things like school are overwhelming, and I hope it will continue to be throughout 2017 and the years that follow.
2. Be more organized
Last month, I bought an inexpensive but cute planner from Ross and am using it specifically to be more organized in my blogging endeavors. Right now, I already have posts through February planned, and I definitely believe it will help me keep posting consistently and improve my content.
3. Respond to more comments
When I wasn’t blogging consistently these past few months, I just…stopped responding to comments on my posts. I felt absolutely terrible about it. Every time I visited my blog, I would get anxious and sad. I need to get back in the habit of responding to every comment I receive, because your comments mean the world to me, and the very least I can do is have a conversation regarding the topic of the post.
4. Post twice a week
In my time blogging, I tried to post every other day. It worked for a while, and then it just became too much. I would be stressed when it didn’t happen, the posts would not be of the quality I wanted, and I just wasn’t proud of my blog. For this next year, I want to try and post twice a week, but if that doesn’t happen, it’s not the end of the world.
5. Read 60 books
Last year, my goal was to read 100 books, and I barely reached that, truly struggling with it in the last 10 days of December. I did reach it, but only after… a lot of reading in a short amount of time. I think it’ll be difficult this upcoming year to do that again with school and life, so I’m setting it for 60. I know I’ll read more than that, but this way I won’t be stressed about it. We will see how I do!
6. At least half of the books I read this year should be diverse
Since I’ve started reading more diversely and love it and am participating in #DiversityBingo2017, a lot of the books I read will be diverse. Besides the 36 books I plan to read for the challenge, I want half of the total number of books I read in 2017 to be diverse. If this year is anything like last year, I’ll be reading around 100 books, and I’m excited to discover incredible diverse reads!
7. Get back into bookstagramming
My bookstagram account… halted in 2016. I barely posted, I had no motivation, and all I could do whenever I opened the app was compare my account to others. This next year, I’m hoping to change that and make my account into a place-like this blog-that I enjoy posting on and being in the community of.
8. Finish writing my novel
As you may know, I participated in NaNoWriMo this year, and wrote 50,000 words of a novel that I wholeheartedly love. Since then…I haven’t touched it. In 2017, I want to finish it. Beyond that, I know I want to have people beta read it, and then maybe get started on the long, long road to publication.
9. Participate in NaNoWriMo again
I loved NaNo this year, and it really motivated me to actually write after not doing it much for the months previously. I’m hoping it’ll do the same for me this year, although I’m not sure what project I’ll be working on yet!
10. Improve my blog content
This will always be a goal of mine. Why would I continue blogging if I didn’t always strive to have better content for those that follow me? There is no point if I don’t feel like I’m improving, because I enjoy looking back on what has changed and what I would like to change in the future.
11 (Bonus!): Follower goals
Like I mentioned in my previous post, follower counts are not all that matter to me, but if I’m being honest, they do matter a little. It’s nice to see your hard work being appreciated by more and more people, and I like to see the progress I make over the years, so that is why I set them.
I also like to be transparent with you guys, which is why I mentioned how many followers I have above. I don’t have as many followers as big book bloggers. That’s okay! But I also don’t know how many followers said big book bloggers have- and maybe those bloggers don’t think of themselves as that title, and have others they look up to! Success in book blogging is all relative and personal, and I share my follower counts because of that. I don’t think I’m a ‘big book blogger’, but, I don’t know, maybe some of my followers do! It all depends on the person and what they think success is.
So, by the end of 2017, it would be amazing to have:
1,000 WordPress followers
300 Bloglovin’ followers
4,000 Twitter followers
12,000 Instagram followers
If I don’t reach these follower goals, who cares? That’s a flippant way to put it, but these are not life or death, and in the scheme of all the things I want to achieve with my blogging, it is not very important.
That goes for all of these goals, really. While I’d like to achieve them and am going to do my best to stick with them, I know that when 2017 ends, I won’t be too hard on myself if I don’t do so well.
What are your blogging, reading, or writing goals for 2017? If you created goals for last year, how did you do? Let’s discuss what your plans and motivations for this year are!
I hope you have a wonderful 2017, and as always, thanks for reading!