Happy New Year everyone!
New year, New day and hopefully a new beginning. I know time is just a man made construct and the ‘new year’ doesn’t change anything. But for me, and many of others, this is big deal. And if you are anything like me, you probably have great plans and schedules that are ready and have just begun to be put to use.
I don’t call them resolutions, because we all know how quick I am at failing them. But they are typically long to do lists and new ideas to be tried out. So what is on store for this year? Let me show you my GRAND plans for the new year.
Here is a list of reading challenges that I will be participating this year.
Goodreads Reading Challenge 2019
I think this is the most basic of all the reading challenges. I am increasing my target from 35 to 45. I know it might seem very less compared to other prolific readers/ bloggers around here. But I hate having to stress about reaching the target and not enjoying the book.
A – Z reading challenge 2019
Hosted by the Ginger Mom and company, I did great last year and that motivated me to join this year’s challenge as well. But this year I will plan to participate more and be more social.
Target: Reading books with the titles starting with all the letters of the alphabets
Reading more classics
One of the major goals I have is to read more classics during the year. And I will following these two challenges for my reading choices.
- Penguin’s classic books reading challenge for 2019
- Book Hippie’s 12 Children’s Classics for 2019
Reading more Indies
I love reading indies and promoting indie authors. I am making it a point to read more indie books anyway, so why not make a big deal of it and join a challenge for that, hosted by As told by Tina.
Nancy Drew Challenge
It has been years since I read a Nancy Drew and I found a stash of those books a while ago. So I am going to take a go at it. I will be following this Goodreads group as a guide.
Blogging Plans and actions
We come to the interesting part of the post – the blog plan.
I participated in the Tidyathon hosted by Clo and Sam of Book Dragon247 and Fictionally Sam and I totally loved it. And all the colorfulness you see on my blog are just a result of that. It is still a work in progress, let us just face it, editing about 200+ posts and graphics is not a small deal. At least that is what I tell myself.
For 2019, I decided I will blog better, like every other blogger here. But knowing me I won’t do well without an action plan. So here are my plans.
When I started Elgee Writes I used to post lots of book reviews and a little bit of personal updates. I have come a long way from that and currently I post four times a month with a variety of content like quotes, quizzes and tags and lot of discussion posts with a weekly review.
And joining Nicole’s Book Blog Discussion Challenge last year made the switch more easier. So I will be joining the challenge for 2019 as well. As I was saying earlier, I will be more vocal and participative in this link up as well.
I am also planning to include more fun and non bookish posts in the coming months but not to worry, it will stay a book blog.
- Post helpful resources for authors and bloggers
- Add a few non-bookish posts
- Including a touch of personal life updates
- Bring back #100daysofbookquotes
We all know how important blog engagement is to a blog’s success. Don’t we all hate shouting into the void and no one hearing it?
One of the measure I am taking to increase my blog’s engagement is participating in the Comment 4 Comment Challenge 2019 #C4CC2019!
You can read all about it here and it is not too late to sign up.
Join us to leave no comment un-replied and un-returned!
I am proud of myself with my last year’s blog hopping and I plan it to keep up.
- Visit blogs I follow at least weekly once.
- Reply to all the comments on my blog
- Return the comments by visiting their blogs
- Learn to follow and use blog statistics.
- And to care about the follower counts.
This is a more obvious one – more consistent blogging.
I already post 4 times a week and I more or less am consistent in doing that. I plan to continue that but I am trying to make it more streamlined. I am putting to use of all the time I have spent on ‘pretending to be organized’ into becoming actually organized.
So what I am going to do differently?
- Planning the topics ahead of time.
- Working in batches
- Scheduling posts at least two days before the publishing date
- Taking planned holidays off the blog
Make more blogging friends
Yes you heard it right!
Blogging has got me so many new virtual friends this year, especially ones with similar interests. Isn’t that really great?
I am part of a few Discord, Facebook and Twitter groups. But being the introverted booknerds that we are, it is understandable that I didn’t take part in the conversations as much as I wanted. So this year I will be doing exactly that.
I don’t usually talk about my personal life and goals online but I am making an exception. I will explain why in a bit.
- Take more photos of the places I visit. (Bonus if I post on Instagram)
- Learn to knit
- Take initiative to talk to more people
- Create and follow routines in general life (See I am being more organized!)
- Self care and self love, for obvious reasons and I am not breaking that down
I guess that is it for now! I am not going to be trying too hard or be stressing myself with these plans, but using these action plans as guidelines and take it as they come.
Let us talk
What are your goals for the year? Do you have New Year resolutions? Share your favorite blog that I should be following already. Let us talk.