Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge – 2014 Blogging Resolutions

 

Parajunkee is hosting the Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge.  I enjoy participating in these challenges, so I will be joining in as often as I can.  Here are my 2014 blogger resolutions.

1.  First and foremost – don’t put so much pressure on myself to blog the “right” way.  There is no right way to run your own blog.  I know that I host a lot of interviews and blog tours, but I enjoy them, so this content will continue into 2014.  For a while I was reading complaints that too many bloggers are hosting promo type posts, so I have gotten a little pickier about what I feature, but I like interacting with authors and look forward to introducing them to you, so I will keep doing so.

 

2.  Post more reviews.  Last year, the puppies cut into my reading time in a big way.  Now that they are older, and don’t need as many trips outside,  I’ve been able to fit more reading time into my schedule.  I was able to read just over 150 books in 2013, and for 2014, I am challenging myself to clock in at 175.

3. Read what I want to read, when I want to read it!  This is so basic, but I get roped into self-imposed review deadlines, which cuts back on my reading enjoyment.  I’m not going to lock myself into as many scheduled reviews as I have in the past.  While my goal is still to post several reviews per week, I will be more flexible about which books I read.  I will try to resist the hype about the Next Great Book, though I admit that this is hard for me.  I look at every book as an undiscovered treasure, and if a lot of people are raving about a title, I get caught up in the excitement.

4. Utilize the library more often.  I have a very nice library system that I can make use of.  The only problem is that my library doesn’t have many new books, so I have to request them from the lending library.  By the time I receive them, some titles have been out for quite awhile, so I don’t feel these reviews are always relevant.  I have to get over that and review the books anyway.  There are plenty of books that I don’t discover until a blogger reviews it long after the release date, so I hope I can make you aware of older books you might have missed out on the first time around.

5. Finish what I started. There are several series that I started, enjoyed, but never finished.  Since I need closure, I am going to make it a goal to complete some of these series.  I have made a start with The Cahill Witch Chronicles, and Veronica Rossi’s fabulous Under the Never Sky series.   I need to wrap up the Drake Family Chronicles, and many others this year.

6. Don’t get caught up in the drama.  Last year, there was a scandal of the week, almost every week.  I don’t have time to waste on these.  Some authors and bloggers are going to stir the pot, sometimes needlessly, and I am going to ignore them this year. I don’t care who gets caught plagiarizing, name-calling, or ratting out reviewers for dissing on their books.  Instead, I will avoid reading said authors or visiting said blogs.  I will spend that time reading instead!

If you blog, what are your resolutions? If you don’t, what are  some of your personal resolutions?

One thought on “Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge – 2014 Blogging Resolutions

  • January 15, 2014 at 2:18 am
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    Great resolutions! It is great to see someone sticking to what they like to do! Very refreshing!

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