Blogging Goals For 2014
1) ARCs are taking up valuable space, and I need to get rid of them. Giveaways are always an option, but I’d also like to try to donate them to organizations in my community. I’ve looked at websites for hospitals and shelters, and neither listed books as a need. I haven’t tried to call yet, so maybe the omission is an oversight. If anyone has other ideas, please let me know!
2) Listen to more audiobooks! I’ve purchased a some on sale at Audible, including The Hunger Games Trilogy. I’ve already read them, but I’m enjoying the audiobooks in a new way. I actually started listening to Catching Fire right after the film, and now I’m listening to Mockingjay. I’d planned to stay away from MJ before seeing the film. It’s been a few years since I last read it, and I think that helps to make the movie experience fresh. But I just can’t wait that long for MJ, so I’m hoping I forget some of it by the time the film comes out. I’ve also recently purchased the following on Audible: Code Name Verity, Dust & Decay, The Silver Linings Playbook, World After, and The Virgin Suicides.
3) Blog (more) about TV and movies. Maybe no one wants to read that stuff, but I will have fun writing about it.
4) Read the books on my bookshelf! You know, the ones I actually purchased. I’m embarrassed to look around my house and see so many gorgeous (and untouched) books sitting on my shelves. A while back, I thought I could set up a rotating routine of ARC, Library Book, Purchased Book. I quickly realized it wouldn’t work because I have a major ARC problem. So everything else gets pushed aside, and I get mad at myself when I read a string of poor ARCs. I still try to work in a library book on occasion, but my purchased books are at the bottom of the totem pole. Here are just some of the books I purchased in 2013, but still have no idea when I will be able to read them:
- Cinder and Scarlet
- The Archived
- Beth Revis’s Trilogy
- The Name of the Star and The Madness Underneath
- The Distance Between Us
- The Madman’s Daughter
- Doctor Sleep
- The Help
- HARRY POTTER
- And many, many more
You get the idea. There are more purchased books, as well as books I won, and books I got at BEA. The only way to get this done is to request fewer ARCs. So, I’m going to focus primarily on authors I’ve read and others with great buzz. I won’t die if I have to wait for the hardcover.
5) Since I already mentioned Harry Potter, this would be a good time to mention that I intend to read at least the first book from that series, as well as the first book from A Song of Ice and Fire. I’m so obsessed with the HBO show, and it’s only a lack of time that has prevented me from starting the books. That will change in 2014.
6) Consider DNF’ing. I can’t promise I’ll do this, but I will think about it! I’m past the point where I feel like I need to worry that this could hurt me with publishers. My problem is that after I’ve invested myself in the story to a certain point, I feel like I might as well finish. (This is the situation I’m in with Enders by Lissa Price right now.)
7) Stop feeling pressure to post daily. I’ve already decided to eliminate the Waiting on Wednesday post. I just haven’t been having fun with it lately. And considering that this is supposed to be FUN, since I’m certainly not getting $$$, I think that’s a good reason to eliminate it.
8) Teach myself to use GIMP for creating images. I currently use PicMonkey, which I hope is a decent introduction to the more complex GIMP.
9) Go to BEA. I went last year for my first time. I’d only been blogging for a few months, and I hardly knew anyone, but I still had a wonderful time. Then, it was all about books, books, books! But this time, since I have other avenues for getting ARCs, I’d be more interested in meeting bloggers and hopefully getting to chat with publishers. (Of course, I still want THE BOOKS!) But here’s the problem, and here’s where I’m going to get uncomfortably personal. I’ve gained a lot of weight over the last two years. A LOT. Trust me, whatever number your’re guessing, you’re not even close. I was already “bad” at BEA in 2013, and it’s worse now. I don’t feel like I deserve to go, looking like this, and perhaps that’s a sentiment only an overweight person could understand. So, I put this out here in the hopes that by writing it, I am somehow committing myself to work on it. We’ll see how that goes! Wish me luck! 🙂
As always with goals and me, these are subject to change at any moment, due to any whim.