Goals for 2018

Now the dust has settled on the New Year it’s time for me to set down my plans and goals for the year. I’ve been thinking a lot about the kinds of things I want to achieve both with my reading, this blog and with social media too. I’m quite an ambitious person, but I find it difficult to really throw myself into these ambitions because things get in the way (like, y’know, life).

This year, I want to try to focus more on what I hope to achieve within these ambitions, and how I can use the various outlets around me to support that. Whilst also, at the same time, supporting myself in terms of care and well-being. Last year was an incredible year, filled with highs and lows and a huge amount of change. And while things aren’t always going to be smooth sailing throughout the year, I’d like to try and settle myself, take care of myself and enjoy myself.

Blog Goals

As you may have noticed, things around here have had a little change – everything’s a bit cleaner and a bit brighter and a little more text-based. This is because I’d like to tie in everything to my shiny Bookstagram (which you can see are my new featured images on posts), but also because I’d love to add a new dimension to the blog: my writing.

I’ve thought about having a separate place/blog to feature some of the stuff I work on in terms of my writing, but I figured it would actually work just fine to have it all here in one happy, booky, bloggy place. There’s nothing up as yet, but I’m hoping to feature some of my writing soon. I may even add up some prompts so you guys can write along with me!

And I’d like to blog here once a week. Any more than that ends up getting too much, but I want to keep it consistent for you guys as much as myself. Once a week seems reasonable, and it means I can stock up on developing and writing posts when I have a bit more free time and energy.

This all feeds into my overall goal of the year, which is finishing the editing of my book and getting something published – not necessarily the book, but something! And by building up this platform and encouraging myself to try to write weekly, I think I can do just that.

Social Media Goals

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@openlitbooks on Instagram!

Other than revamping the Bookstagram at the end of last year, I sort of dropped out of social media once I finished my degree. I’d really love to get back in the swing, tie everything together and a whole complete package of goodness. Sure, I’ll admit it, it’s the start of self-promotion and brand-building that goes with publishing these days, but it’s also a way of connecting with some awesome people about the things I love. And as the occasionally shy little muffin I am, that’s got to be a good thing.

So I’m also upping my Goodreads game too. I’ll be posting mini reviews up there, and maybe getting involved in some of the more social aspects on there. Feel free to add me, and we can chat bookish goodness ❤

It may also be the opportunity to start reaching out and shaping some ideas I have about a project I’d like to launch this year. But more of that in a future post!

Book Goals

Let’s not pretend – this is the bit you’ve all been waiting for! How many books? Any particular writer/genre/demographic? Just what am I going to do??!!!

Well, I didn’t quite hit my goal of 100 books for 2017 (81, in the end!), so I’ve decided to aim for the same again. This might actually be even more of a challenge this year, as I’m in full-time work and have all my other bits and pieces I’ve mentioned above. I’m also not going to be too strict or push myself too hard – I’m not sure I’ll be taking part in any readathons this year – so that might slow things down too. But I’ll give it a shot and see what happens.

I didn’t read a lot of the diverse books I wanted to last year, either. While my LGBTQ+ and books by women reading was pretty good, most of my books were from white, UK and US authors. I’d really like to change that this year, and get a lot more classics under my belt too. I also really enjoyed reading non-fiction, so I’d like to read more. If you have any suggestions, let me know!

But my main focus this year, and this ties in with the 100 book challenge, is to cut down on how many unread books I have. The bookshelves are getting out of control, and I really need to get through some of the books I have owned for YEARS. This may mean I end up doing an unhaul or two, clearing out the books I’m not interested in anymore, but ideally I want to get them read. It is kind of difficult, as all my books are spread across a couple of different locations at the moment, but I’m thinking I might put all the titles of the books I own into a jar and just pull one out at random when I’m picking what I want to read next. I am quite a mood reader, but there have been a couple of times in 2017 when I’ve just grabbed a random book and ended up super enjoying it.

That being said, there are a bunch of books I definitely want to read this year, so keep an eye out for my post next week, when I’ll be listing my 10 books to read in 2018!

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With all the new things I’m trying with the blog, I’d love to hear if there’s anything you’d be interested in me delving into – any posts, prompts or just general ideas, do let me know down below!

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