I was supposed to write this last week. Whoops.
Anyway… January 2nd was my 8 year blogging anniversary. Blogging has changed a lot over the last 8 years. I’ve changed a lot. I’ve definitely changed the way I blog. I usually use this one year mark to think about any changes I want to make to Chrisbookarama, or if I want to stay right where I am.
- Find more unusual books to read. By unusual, I don’t mean books about seductive millionaire dinosaurs.* I’m thinking about reading lesser known works of favorite authors, interesting takes on my preferred genre, way-way-backlisted books.
- Write more non-bookish posts. There was a time when book blogs were more diverse in topics, more personal. As bloggers tried to break into the professional side of things, they posted about their personal business less. I’d like to bring that back here. Remember Trish’s Pinterest Challenges? They were so fun. Stuff like that.
- Less drama. I won’t go totally Mary J Blige and say No More Drama, but less attention to the book blogger drama would be good. It seems like everyday there’s a response to a response to some post about some bonkers thing that happened. I like a little drama once in a while, it gets the blood pumping, but the tendency toward a daily dose of outrage in the book world is tiresome.
- Say what I want to say. Related to the last point, I think we could agree to disagree sometimes. There have been times when I haven’t agreed with the majority of the book blogging world, whether it’s an opinion on a book, or a discussion happening elsewhere. I’ve hesitated voicing that opinion, because of the drama it might cause. There is room for a dissenting voice. I’m going to try to speak up more and hope that the response is reasonable.
- Join more readalongs. Readalongs can be fun! The Lady Audley’s Secret Readalong was a blast. I’d like to do something like that again.
- Keep reading Moby Dick. I got off track because I keep forgetting to download more chapters. I’m not good at keeping my projects on schedule.
It’s a new year, so why not think about my personal goals for the year too? They might show up on the blog in some form.
- Get Active. I gained a few pounds since I started working in August. It’s so easy to just fall on the couch and watch Sleepy Hollow after working, cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring all day instead of going to the gym. I’m trying to get back into going regularly, as well as running more. The family got snowshoes for Christmas, weather permitting, I’ll be using them this winter.
- Learn to use my camera. I have a nice camera with a fancy new lens and I don’t know much about how it works. I’m going to experiment more with it and possibly incorporate those photos into the blog. I admire how Tanya does it on Girlxoxo. She has such a great eye.
- Print those photos! I have so many photos- on my computer. It’s not very cozy gathering around the laptop to look at our family memories. I really need to pick out the best for photo albums and frames.
- Get back to my hobbies. I haven’t done much with my hobbies lately. I love to crochet, and cross stitch. Most importantly, read!
So, those are the goals I have for 2015. Let me know what you think!
*Though I am considering reading 1975 Governor General Award winner Bear. Just go ahead and look it up.