Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about our New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t really make resolutions because I know I don’t stick to them. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a disorganized blogger (and a disorganized person) and plans and lists don’t really work for me. Still, there are some things that I definitely want to do this year, so I’m going to go ahead and list them out. We shall see!
These are a mix of blogging goals and some other things. I could only easily come up with six, so I decided to just list those, rather than struggling to come up with other things (and not really meaning them). Honestly, I feel like my blogging has been going pretty well – I’m interacting a lot with others, commenting a lot, getting good content out there, so there’s not that much I want to change. Still, there are always some things, right? So, here they are!
Ten Six Resolutions for 2015
- Put up a discussion post every week – Of course, since I’m hosting the 2015 Book Blog Discussion Challenge with Shannon from It Starts at Midnight, I have to be a good example, right? Plus, I think this will go a long way toward building up relationships with even more bloggers because discussion posts get us talking!
- Finish writing my book – I started my book during NaNoWriMo and wrote enough to “win” (50k words), but the book is not nearly done yet. And now that NaNoWriMo is over, I’ve lost steam – majorly. Even worse, I’ve totally lost confidence, and I’ve been dwelling on the fact that the book just isn’t that good – there are so many things I need to do to get it up to snuff and there are some issues that I’m not even sure how to tackle. There are some elements of the book that I LOVE, but others that frustrate me. So, in my usual ADHD way, I start thinking about another book I could write and lose confidence in the first book. I don’t know if I can make the original book good enough, but I still want to finish it. I don’t want to just give up. So, I need to finish it in 2015!
- Request some physical ARCs – I feel like, in order to be seen as a real book blog, I have to request (and get) some physical ARCs directly from the publisher. I know, I know – this isn’t truly important. But I want the publishers to know I’m out here – I have to confess that I want to get invited to a publisher event or two at BEA. Is this a shallow goal? Maybe, but I can’t help but want it anyway. So far, in my blogging career, I’ve only requested ARCs twice (I got one of the books, and didn’t get the other – I was SO excited to get my first physical ARC directly from the publisher!). I will make more requests this year.
- Prioritize my editing work – Last year, one of my resolutions was to publicize my editing a bit more and try to get new clients. Well, I didn’t do too much with that, but I did create an Editing Services page on my blog and put up a half price introductory offer, which was enough to attract a new client. Turns out, that one client (L.A. Starkey – check her out!) was all I needed! I’ve already started working on four books with her (finished two), and she has plans for LOTS of books throughout the year. And, unlike me, she’s very motivated to keep writing (I need some of her energy!). She signed on with a publishing company called Booktrope, which is a sort of hybrid publishing/self-publishing company, and now I’m freelance editing for Booktrope too! All this is to say, that I will need to prioritize editing over reading and blogging sometimes throughout the next year. Which brings me to my next point …
- Find someone to guest post or co-blog – I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, and have mentioned it once or twice, but this year I really need to make a concerted effort to find someone who can help out on the blog. Like I said, I will most likely be doing more editing work this year, and I don’t want to let my blog just peter out in the process (which I don’t think would happen) or kill myself trying to do everything myself (right now, I really should be editing, but I already didn’t put a post up yesterday, so I really wanted to get something up today). So, I’m going to find the right person (or maybe people?) to help add some great content to the blog!
- Exercise more – Yep, I’m going there. I used to be pretty good about working out – even if it was just on the elliptical down in the basement. But this past year, I was horrible about exercising! My husband joined a Crossfit class and has convinced me to join one too. I’m really nervous about it, and not at all sure that this type of program will be for me – but I do think it will be good to have someone specifically motivating me to work hard. Wish me luck!
How about you? What are your 2015 resolutions?