I hate New Year. I hate resolutions. There I said it.
January will be cold. December has been cold. I’ll probably have wet feet until February.
But I love my blog (a little too much.) Plus, good blogs normally have a list of things to improve. Improvement is something I need to be better at. Blogging and blogs are a constantly evolving product. I read a lot of blogs and the ones I love have this feeling of just. Getting better? They try new things, push the boundaries and make their blogs come alive. They post images of themselves, they welcome you into their lives. It feels like you are a friend of their’s maybe.
I’m bad for change. If something happens that I’m not 100% set on that is different this weird look comes over my face. Change panics me. But as 123455789 people tell me. CHANGE IS GOOD. Today is a look into all the things I hope to start/continue doing and some goals for 2017. Shall we dig in?
I used to be a very keen amateur photographer. Taking photographs of all kinds of different things. I wasn’t ever technically that great at it. But I knew how to edge a photograph to make you think. To make something out of it. Then I stopped. This year is the year of bookish photography. YAS.
I want to start collaborating with more authors. Working with brands would be cool but definitely authors. Whether it’s a series, a novella, a guest post a Q and A I want to collaborate more with others. It can be tough. Full time job, blogging in spare minutes, emails. SO MANY EMAILS. But I’ll get on top of it this year.
Let’s Get Social
This ties into the photography – but I want to incorporate social media more. I want to take part in more Twitter chats, use Instagram more (#bookstagram) and just get sharing a lot, lot more. I’ve found Instagram is a brilliant outlet for my own positivity and a little memory bank of all the things I’ve been happy about. Or felt is worth sharing. I’m not posting anything that is faked, or didn’t happen. Instagram is a window into my life and I want to extend that to my blog more too.
All bloggers create goals. Not this one. I work in the world of marketing so I know all about KPI’s, page views, engagement. Everything. But this bloggger – she doesnt’ do it. This year will be the year of a number of goals. I’m not sure exactly which ones yet but I’ll be making them.
I might be the worst human for answering and replying to emails. Or just reading them. I’m going to set aside some time every week to properly go through and answer. Making a year calendar with all my reviews might also be an idea to keep everything ticking along.
5 minute reviews
Stick with me on this one. This year I will be create a number of 5 minute reviews. Yes, exactly what it sounds like. I will sit down with the blurb and attempt to write up a review in 300 seconds. After I’ve done the first one we’ll see if it’s a weekly feature. Also if you’re interested in having your book reviewed in 5 minutes you can contact me here!
Those are my resolutions for the year. I might try and do a catch up post at the end of 2017 but that feels like forever away. Now I’m off to finish the final Bounties at the bottom of the Celebrations tin. I don’t know about you but that sounds mighty fine.