Despite the fact that I’m not especially great at keeping track of my goals each year, I always go through the exercise of reflecting on my goals from last year and setting some new reading and blogging goals for the next year.
I set seven goals for 2011, and had mixed results:
- Catch up on review copies. – This one was a major fail. I ended this year with more review copies on my shelves than I started with… I blame BEA for a lot of that – I brought home 40 books and, if my record keeping is correct, I’ve only read 13 of them. Yikes!
- Balance personal, review, and borrowed books. – This is an ongoing goal that I never quite meet. This year I wanted to read 40 percent personal book, 60 percent review copies or borrowed books. At the end of the year, I’d read 27 percent personal books and 74 percent review/borrowed books (28 percent borrowed, 46 percent review). That’s closer than I’ve been in the past, but still not quite where I want to be.
- Give the blog a redesign. – I think I did this. I know I gave the blog a facelift, but I can’t remember when I did it. I did, however, do some shifting around to add space for adds above the header and in a sidebar, so I’d give this goal a complete!
- Be more consistent about blog features. – I had mixed success with this. I haven’t done a Narrative Nonfiction 5 post in ages… but I did do a pretty good job with Off the Stacks.
- Write two reviews per week. – I’m pretty sure I did this, most weeks. I definitely averaged more than two reviews a week over the year.
- Vary up my post types. – I also had mixed success with this one. I had fun varying the way I write reviews this year, but I can’t think if I did much with short posts or other varying than that.
- Give myself a break. – I think this was a success. I haven’t felt much on-going blogger guilt this year. I’ve taken breaks when I needed them, and things have gone just fine. Still, this is an continual challenge for my inner perfectionist.
This year I decided to set a more reading goals and less blogging goals since, for the most part, I’m comfortable with where the blog is at right now and where I might try to go with projects in the new year. Here’s what I’m trying to do in 2012:
- Complete my Essay a Day Project. – You can read more about this project I’m doing with Ash (English Major’s Narrative) at this post. Since it’s announced, it’s obviously a goal to complete it. You can keep up with my progress on my Tumblr, A Little Bit of Dorkiness.
- Complete the 2012 TBR Challenge. – This is my other reading challenge for the year. You can read my sign-up post here. I decided to start the year reading Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood — so far, so good.
- Re-read the rest of Harry Potter. – This is one of my reading goals for my Day Zero project, and I would love to be able to finish it in 2012. I re-read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone this summer, so I just (ha!) need to read books two through seven this year.
- Balance review, library, and personal reading. – A new year means new goals for how I balance out my reading life. This year I’m going to go for something that seems realistic: 40 percent review copies, 30 percent library books, and 30 percent personal books. That’s relatively close to what I did this year, which means it should be achievable?
- Write reviews within two weeks of finishing a book. – I’ve gotten good a taking notes when I read (a goal from 2009, I think?), but often take a looong time to write reviews. I want to work on being more prompt in writing up thoughts on what I read.
- Give myself a break. – Just because I did it this year, doesn’t mean I don’t need a reminder for 2012. This blog is a hobby that I love, but all hobbies sometimes take a back seat to real life… and you know what? That’s ok.