Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. It was a free pick this week so I chose; Top Ten Bookish Blogging Goals for 2017.
This time last year(ish) one of the Top Ten Tuesday topics I took part in was Top Ten Resolutions I Have for 2016, so for this week’s free pick I thought it would be interesting to go back and see what resolutions I managed to keep, what ones I broke, and what ones I can work towards for 2017. I’ve never been good at keeping resolutions, most of the time I end up breaking them before January is halfway done, which is why I’ve decided to set goals rather than resolutions. That way maybe I can trick myself to keeping more this year than I did last.
…Complete my Goodreads reading challenge.
Originally my Goodreads challenge was to get through 150 books, which seemed like an easy goal considering I read over 200 books in 2015. I didn’t manage to read 150 books last year, but I lowered my Goodreads challenge to 100 and managed to exceed that so I’m going to count this one as success.
…Make a dent in my seemingly endless to-read list.
I think this one was one I was doomed to fail from the start. My to-read list was already huge before I started blogging back in November 2015, and after joining WordPress and discovering so many amazing books it was impossible not to add the majority of them onto my to-read list.
…Don’t add any new books onto my to-read until I have finished some of the series that have been on it for years.
While I did manage to get through a fair few series last year I can’t say many of them were ones that had been on my to-read list longer than a year. The only series I did read that could count towards this resolution was Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, and unfortunately I couldn’t finish that one because the sixth book hasn’t even been released yet.
…Re-read some of my favourite books.
Not as many as I would have liked, but I re-read old favourites every year without fail so I think this one was always going to be an easy resolution to complete.
…Discover new authors and genres I’ve never or rarely attempted before.
I’m not sure I can say I managed to discover too many new genres I’ve rarely attempted before, but I can definitely say that about new authors. Sarah J. Maas, Rick Riordan, Jandy Nelson, Ryan Graudin, Anna-Marie McLemore, Kasie West, and so so many more have become new favourites of mine.
…Attempt to get through at least one Classics novel.
Honestly, when it comes down to it, I’m really not surprised that I didn’t manage to cross this one off my list last year. Classics are not my favourite genre, too many bad memories caused by required reading assignments at high school.
…Try and stick to a budget for book buying.
Ha! No, definitely not. All you have to do is look at some of my book hauls from 2016, including the ones from when I was on a book buying ban, to see how badly I failed at this one.
…Finish the ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ series.
Again this one was a no. Despite only having two books left, A Dance with Dragons part one and two, I couldn’t motivate myself to pick them up. I am up to date on the TV series if that counts for anything though.
…Keep blogging, no matter what.
I can say this was a massive success. Last November I reached my one year blogiversary which was a goal I never thought I would get to. To say I was thrilled to make it that far feels like a massive understatement but here’s hoping it’s the start of many more years blogging to come.
…Reach 100 followers.
This one was always going be hit or miss because it was the only one I couldn’t control myself. When I made it I thought it was lofty goal to reach, but by the time I got to my one year blogiversary I’d had ten times that many followers. To say I was surprised is understating it, but I was so amazed as well.
…Reach my two year blogiversary.
I made it to one year so I feel pretty confident that I can make it to two years now.
…Complete my Goodreads reading challenge.
Considering I read over 100 books last year I’ve made my challenge this year the same. Fingers crossed it will be second time’s the charm.
…Redesign my blog.
I’ve had the same layout, banner, design, everything for over a year now. I feel it’s past time for a change.
…Create a Goodreads account.
This is at the top of my list, and if it isn’t done in January it will be before February is over.
…Try and keep on top of my tags and awards.
I’m already starting at a loss on this one, but I’m determined to be in better place come the end of 2017.
…Take part in a blog tour.
They always look like so much fun, and it would certainly be interesting to take part in one myself.
…Start discussions or a new feature.
At the moment I only take part in two weekly features, and asides from that it’s just tags and reviews. I’d like to expand my posts at some point, and while I have a few ideas I need to work on something more solid.
…Try and plan ahead when it comes to blogging and posting.
This is a major one I want to succeed at because last year blogging pretty took up my whole life. I love it don’t get me wrong, but I’d like to make more time for some of my other hobbies as well.
… Attempt to get through at least one Classics novel.
I failed last year but I’m determined to get through one this year. The Iliad is my top pick at the moment so finger’s crossed.
…Try my hand at creating graphics.
There are so many blogs out there that have such gorgeous graphics, I’d like to see what I could create for my tags and/or reviews given a chance.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what some of bookish blogging resolutions you made are or what you picked for this week’s free-for-all.