WE HAVE SURVIVED ANOTHER YEAR, my lovely bloglicious friends. *cheers*
Firstly: I'll be posting a quick 2011 recap sometime within the next few days, along with another contest (of the #namethatbook variety, thus you should be excited).
Secondly: my reading and blogging new year's resolutions, which do have some repeats from last year, but *shrugs*
1. Book of the Month
I kind of slacked with writing reviews towards the second half of the year but I still chose a "book of the month" and featured it on my sidebar, which was something I really enjoyed! The idea originally belongs to Ticket to Anywhere.
2. Review Those Old Review Copies
I accept very few solicited review copies (as you can see on my policy on the sidebar) but I still have a bunch of old review books I want to get around to reading and reviewing, or I just feel guilty and I feel like I'm racking up the blogging karma...
3. Keep in touch with bloggers and be more social
Self-explanatory, I feel like sometimes I'm absent from commenting and I lose touch with my favourite bloggers :( I want to make sure that doesn't happen, plus I want to make new friends :)
4. Keep posting videos on TotallyBooksessed
I'm loving this collab channel with awesomesauce bloggers and making videos on Friday talking about YA books. I don't want to slack on my part.
5. Post somewhat consistently
I know I'll probably go *poof* when school starts, but I want to at least post 1-2 posts a week, even if I'm insanely stressed out. I realized over Christmas break how much I missed blogging, and I don't want to give up on it.
6. Read What I Want
A repeat of last year's resolution, it's important for me, and I've gotten pretty good at it. I know it means that sometimes review books don't get enough attention from me but I've found that the books I want to read are the ones I enjoy so much more. And sure, it means sticking in the contemporary genre a little while longer ;)
7. Improve my reviews
I feel that looking back at old reviews I thought I considered somewhat good, they weren't really that amazing. I really want to work on my reviews, whether it is just writing style or conveying my opinions more concisely, or just stream-lining my train of thought. Also, I do want to cut them a bit down on length, but I doubt I'll succeed.
8. Read older books
And by older, I mean like, pre-2010. Which probably concludes to reading my favourite authors' older/first books instead of being obsessed with the newest shiny thing. I think far too many blogs do that already :)
9. Read consistently
At least read a few YA books a month, because I know with school it's tough to get any enjoyment-reading done... yeah. But I usually reward myself when I finish a test/get a good mark with reading a YA book, so hopefully this trend can continue!
10. Stop complaining so much
Yeah... not gonna happen, I don't think
Yeah, I don't really know what I'm doing here. It might just be an winter-break-impulsive thing, but I've been wanting to comment on TV and movies for a while, plus see what the fuss about Wordpress is :p I still totally confused about wordpress.com /.org but... yeah... it's just for rambles. If I decide the blog is going anywhere, I might try and recruit some other bloggers! If you're interested, do let me know.
12. Be happy
I don't need to increase my follower count or get more review books or get an ARC of Insurgent (though I'd really like one...) I don't want to slave away trying to increase SEO (I still don't really know what that is) or my Klout score or whatever. I want to be happy about my blog and myself as a blogger, and not hate myself for not reviewing more or not reading 150 books a year or having a bazillion unique hits a day. Be happy. I'd like that.
I'd love to know what your resolutions are, and until then... Happy New Year, my lovelies :)