Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 Blog Resolutions


1. Do more interviews/guest posts. A whole side of blogging that I haven't really tapped into. That might be fun to try...

2. Post at least 5 reviews a month. For me, five books a month is all I can manage right now, but I've been kind of lackadaisical about posting reviews. I'd like to churn out a book review no later than a few days after it's been read.

3. Figure out reviews. First they were long (and yeah, kind of rambling) but they were genuine and from the heart and conveyed what I wanted to say. Then I kind of got insecure about my style - maybe it was too wordy? maybe people don't like it? - and then I made my reviews too short. I don't do short very well...I am short, but... So I'd like to figure out a style that works for me and have the confidence to stick with it, no matter what.

4. Make regular posts. I was really good about this last spring, but as transitions in The Life started happening, my schedule got out of whack. I hope to be more of a faithful post-writer.

5. Comment more. No need to elaborate. I need to work on this.

6. Manage time better. A lot of times, I'm on blogger, but I'm not posting. I just kind of stalk around the different sites, and it takes away from reading. And writing. And (oh yeah) studying. Not quite through with school yet :S I'd like to write my posts, make my comments, and move on to something else. Time gets away from me real fast, like Rip van Winkle.

7. Not stress so much. I've stressed way too often about whether or not my reviews are good enough, comment issues, followers...just general 'Is my blog good enough and why not? that's kind of made me lose focus. This year I want to get back to basics and get to where I enjoy blogging and writing reviews the way I did last January, when I didn't care so much about trying to please and be good enough. I want to get back to when I blogged for fun, and for me; not to please other bloggers, or **ssshh** publishers, or whoever.

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So those are my blog resolutions. Not too grandiose or anything, but maybe since they're kind of small, I'll be able to reach them. Thank you all again, my faithful friends, who read my posts, who leave feedback (I read every line of them) and who have given their support and encouragement so that a novice, eccentric blogger could become...not quite so novice. Thank you Steph, Jess, Natalie (oh boyo, thank you!), Christie, ALY (I'll never forget what you did for me "That Day," how much you helped me. Now *that* is a real friend!) Christina, Enna, Juju, and Aussie Jess :D
Let's start 2011!

12 shout-outs!:

JessiKay89 said...

Good luck with all of your resolutions! Your blog remains one of my favorites, and I love how genuine you are. You've always stayed true to yourself, and I hope you continue to do so throughout the new year.

Happy New Year's!

Unforgettable said...

Happy New Year! I hope your resolutions are met. And sometimes it's fine to change your review style. As long as you like it. And I do that thong a lot too. Being on blogger but not blogging.

Blueicegal ♥ said...

Awww Amelia!! your most welcome! that is so sweet of you! *hugs* :)

Stray said...

your posts are amazing Amelia, I don't think anyone cares if you are too "wordy" (your long reviews are my favorite, I like how you elaborate your opinion), what I love the most is your honestly. And good luck with your NY's resolutions, I'm sure you'll reach them

StephTheBookworm said...

I just adore you... and your blog resolutions. I need to do some of those things as well.

Happy New Year! <3

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Good luck with all of your resolutions, Amelia! I love your blog and I can't wait to see what you have in store for us in 2011! :D

A Canadian Girl said...

Good luck with those resolutions! A lot of mine would be pretty similar ... starting with managing my time better.

Have a Happy New Year!

Katie said...

5 reviews a month is a great number to shoot for!! I've been lucky if I've been able to pull that off for a few months at a time this year! Happy New Year!

Darlyn said...

Hi Amelia! Most of your resolutions are quite like mine.Good luck to us both on achieving them.And hope this year will be a great year for all of us!

Christina T said...

Happy New Year! I love your resolutions although I think your reviews are fantastic already. What I like about your posts and reviews is that you have an authentic voice.

I enjoy reading your blog and look forward to seeing what you read and write this year.

Athena Reader said...

Your reviews are great as they are! I'd rather read a review that's long but genuine than one that's short and has everything crammed together, and not enough thought.

Megan Hoover-Swicegood said...

Figuring out reviews was one of my resolutions too! I think it's so hard to find a style that works well (for the writer). I have no complaints about your reviews and I don't think anyone else does either so I think it's one you can definitely not stress about.

 
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