Ok, this is the final meta-book and blogging post for the foreseeable future. Next week I’ll be back to reviews and other bookish stuff, promise. But my first post for 2010 was a review of my 2009 goals and setting my goals for 2010, and it seems like a good way to start 2011.
Looking back, I like the way that post was formatted, so I’m going to mimic it for this year.
I set six goals for 2010, which were a mixed success:
- Review books in a timely manner. — This remains a big fail. At this moment, I have books from October that I haven’t finished reviewing yet. Shame! This will be another goal for 2011.
- Continue to take notes while I read. — This has been hit and miss, still. I abandoned the red notebook I was using because I didn’t like carrying it everywhere and started using big post it notes at the back of each book. This works when I, 1) Remember to do it, and 2) Have a pen with me. Another thing to continue to improve on.
- Acknowledge other bloggers. — I think I’m starting to do with with my Monday Tally link round up posts, although I could do more to include book bloggers rather than links from other news sources. I’ve also been trying to continue to include other blogger reviews with mine and reference other bloggers, but I think this is still ongoing.
- Start my Nonfiction Five feature. — Accomplished!
- Give myself permission to step away. — This is one I definitely accomplished. In looking back over old posts, I saw that officially unplugged for a bit in January, March, and again just a few weeks ago around Thanksgiving. And you know what, nothing terrible happened while I was gone. Lesson learned 🙂
Now, the more fun part — what do I want to accomplish in 2011?
Catch up on review copies. I’ve gotten into the unfortunate habit of accepting review copies, then letting them sit on my shelf for a really, really long time. This year, I want to be more efficient reading and reviewing these books, or deciding they aren’t for me and passing them on to another reader. I have about 25 unread review copies now, which I hope to reduce to 5 to 10 by April 1, 2011.
To help that along, I decided to sign up for The TBR Dare, which is hosted by Ready When You Are, CB. The idea is to make a pledge about how long you are planning to read from your TBR pile. My goal is all the way through the challenge (April 1, 2011). I will have some exceptions for books for my book club and library books that are currently on hold. There might be more, we’ll see how it goes!
My first goal might be conflict with my second goal, which is to balance personal, review, and borrowed books. In 2010, I wanted to read 50 percent personal, 25 percent review, and 25 percent borrowed books. I didn’t quite make that, but that’s ok; goals are ongoing projects. I’m also modifying my percentages a bit for 2011: 40 percent personal, 60 percent review or borrowed.
Give the blog a redesign. I love my South Park character, so that’s definitely going to stay, but the rest of the blog needs a bit of a face lift. I’m not sure I want to do this myself though — any aspiring and low cost designers interested in working on the site?
Be more consistent about blog features. I’m talking mostly about Narrative Nonfiction 5 lists, but overall I think blogging consistency is a challenge for me. I’m a very mood-centric blogger for features, which means they come mostly when inspiration strikes. I could be better about this.
Write two reviews per week. When I was in school, my goal was one review a week. Now that I’m out, I think two is a more than reasonable goal. I think setting this goal will help me review things in a more timely manner. I’m also going to use more mini reviews and comparative reviews to keep up.
Vary up my post types. I tend to get in a rut of 700ish word posts ALL. THE. TIME. For 2011, I’d like to do more types of posts — lists, vlogs, short posts, pictures, or anything else.
Give myself a break. I realized that over the last month or so I’ve started out just about every post with some version of, “I meant to do X, but then that didn’t happen. I’m not good at Y.” That’s just lame because no one reading this cares what I meant to do or needs me to keep complaining about myself. So in 2011 I’m going to try to give myself (and all of you) a break from the pressure I put on myself.
So that’s what I’ve got. Let me know your thoughts, and welcome to 2011 everyone!