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Happy New Year! + Where This Blog is Going

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic holiday period and end of the year, and that you’re all ready for 2019 to begin.

I’ve been absent from this blog for a while, and I wanted to take the time to explain myself and also jot down where I hope to take the blog in the future. I’ve been book blogging since 2010, and I can’t see myself ever leaving this community, but that does mean that I need to organise myself better and adjust my scheduling and my own expectations.

There was a time when I first started book blogging when it was recommended that you post as often as possible, and that posting every single day was best for your blog. I used to strive to post at least five times a week, which often led to burnout and less creative posts like memes and tags. I’ve come to realise that now that I’m older and working an intense job full time, posting that often isn’t achievable for me. If I take time off work, I am able to schedule a full month of posts ahead of time, but then I can’t keep ahead when I return to work. I also struggle to find the proper amount of time for commenting back and sharing the blogging love, which is something I want to do, otherwise I’m not really a part of the community, you know?

For 2019, I plan on returning to book blogging, but I also plan on taking a massive step back in my approach. I am going to aim to post a couple of times a week minimum, and those posts will probably mostly be reviews. I do want to post more substantial posts like discussions or recommendations, however there is no way I’ll be able to do that weekly. I also want to set aside a certain time each week to comment on others’ posts and share them, because I really want to continue to support this community.

I am back on Booktube, and have been for the past year or so. To be honest, I’m finding it much easier to post videos than blog posts because, for me, it takes a lot less time and effort. I’m seeing a nice and steady growth on my channel, and I’m making a lot of friends on there because the Booktube community is thriving. I’ve kind of switched my focus onto my channel lately, and to be honest, I can’t see that changing. I’m just enjoying Booktube a lot more than book blogging right now. However, I don’t want to switch my focus entirely, and I don’t want to abandon this blog since it’s been a massive part of my life for the past eight years.

I’ll be back soon with more posts about my 2019 goals and anticipated releases. I’m going to take it easy and try to avoid burnout. I’m going to try to comment on other blogs more and continue to support my fellow book bloggers. And, most importantly, I’m not going to put myself down if I’m not posting as much as other people.

2018 Reading, Blogging, and Life Goals

2018 goals

Reading

1. Read 5 books

I’ve set my Goodreads goal to a massive five books this year because I’m a reading machine. At the beginning of 2017 I got stressed out because I would normally set my goal to 100 books, and I would smash it. However, once I started hanging out with people from work more and more and I somehow got a social life, and my reading took a massive hit. So last year I didn’t know what to aim for, so I picked 10. That amused me, so this year I’ve gone even lower in the hopes that I’ll hit my goal in the first month and then I’ll be free for the rest of the year.

2. Finish some series

I have sooooo many series that I’m in the middle of! And they’re not even series that I don’t own the complete collection of. I tend to stop reading before the final book because… I actually have no idea why. This year I’m determined to get some of those unread final books off my shelf. Off the top of my head, I know that I definitely need to read A Conjuring of LightThe Crimson CrownThe Bitter KingdomSunrise, and Dust.

3. Take down the TBR

This is my massive project for 2018. I moved house last year and I couldn’t take all of my unread books with me (!) because we just don’t have the space in our current flat. So my plan is to knock out a bunch of books on my TBR, stop buying so many things, and then bring some more books from my Grandad’s house to replace them. The TBR is going down!

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My Reading and Blogging Plans for Over the Christmas Period

Guys! It’s almost Christmas! Can you believe it? You know, I don’t normally get all that excited about Christmastime, but these past couple of years have been super busy and exciting and I have so many plans that I’m actually looking forward to. What about you? Do you still get excited for Christmas, or can you not wait for the holidays to be over?

Since I have the entire week off from work and won’t be going back until the 27th (YES!), I thought I’d make some sort of reading plan (that is likely to go completely awry) to hype myself up, and then I decided I should share it with you because I’m a book blogger and it’s the right thing to do.

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  • I have the week off, so I plan to read like the wind

I’ve already finished one book from my physical TBR, and I’m about to start another one. I want to crack out some really good books over the next two weeks, so the next few days will be spent on my sofa with a hot chocolate and a book. Or several.

  • I want to read a few 2018 ARCs

I’m not super behind on my ARCs or anything, but I’d like to get ahead a bit so that my spreadsheet looks a bit nicer and my brain will stop freaking out when I think about how many books I have to review. I’m pretty chilled about the whole ARC thing after seven years of blogging, but it does occasionally get to me. So I’d like to finish at least two or three review copies before the new year. I’m considering Everless, Unearthed, and Honor Among Thieves.

  • I want to schedule my posts for January

I mean, maybe not all of my posts for January, because that would be a bit mad, and also I still have some review copies to read for the coming month. But I’d like to get ahead as much as possible while I have the time, since January is always super hectic and I’d really like to just chill out and focus on my reading. I used to schedule things a month ahead and it felt amazing to just sit back and not worry about my blog for a bit. So that’s a goal for this fortnight.

  • I have been slowly updating and tidying up Recaptains

I’ve still got a tonne of work to do on Recaptains, but over the past three months or so I’ve been tidying up the pages, sorting out the links, and making sure I post a recap every Thursday. It’s been going really well, and I realised that I actually missed recapping books during the long period of time I spent ignoring the site. I’m going to continue to work on it over the Christmas period, although I’m very relaxed about it at the moment. I’ve got some great ideas for the site that I hope to execute in the future, but for now I’m happy to just sit back and tweak it bit by bit.

And that’s it! What are your plans for the next couple of weeks? Do you have a set TBR or are you winging it? Are you joining in with any readathons?

Seven Years of Blogging

As of today, I have been blogging for seven years. Seven. Years. I know it’s a cliché at this point, but when I first started this blog back in 2010 (in May… except I stopped after one post and didn’t pick it up again until September) I didn’t think I’d make it this far. Fortunately, I quickly discovered that book blogging is a hobby that I really freakin’ love. I love collecting my thoughts on books in one place, I love the book blogging community, I love getting excited about future releases, and I love looking back on old posts and feeling nostalgic.

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2017 Goals

I like to post a New Year’s Resolutions post every year, partly because I enjoy making lists, and partly because it gives me something to focus on. I never actually complete the list or stick to every single thing, but it’s still a fun thing to do. Last year I actually did quite well, as one of my main goals was to start taking driving lessons. Not only did I start, but I passed my test and bought a car! So 2016 was a good year for that. Hopefully 2017 turns out to be just as productive.

1. Travel

I did a tonne of travelling in 2016, and I visited some pretty wonderful places. It’s always been a dream of mine to travel the world, and I’m lucky enough to be in a situation where I can afford to. So this year I want to see some new places, go back to some old ones, and start planning future trips! I’ve already got a few places in mind. In April, my boyfriend and I are going to Carcasonne in the south of France for a long weekend. We’ll be visiting a few nearby places while we’re there. Then later on in the year I’m hopefully going back to Bavaria, Germany, and we’re also looking at Croatia. So that’s two new places, and one “old” one that we can explore.

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