My Overdue Blogging Goals Post

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.

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  • 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.


  1. Congratulations on 8 years of blogging!!

  2. Good luck with your goals, they are good ones. I'm also planning to focus more on backlist books...mainly because I have soooo many already sitting on my shelves. Not going to try The Bear though LOL.

  3. All awesome blogging goals. I think people, on the whole, are feeling more comfortable going for backlist, dissenting on a popular book, etc. and it makes me HAPPY.

  4. I took up your challenge to read Moby Dick and after an uncertain start I am really enjoying it. Am thinking of Rime of the Ancient Mariner to go with it.

  5. Hmmm. I thought I had commented here, but doesn't look like it went through. I'll try again....

    I like all of your goals but especially less drama and saying what you want.

  6. Dude! Seductive dinosaur erotica needs to be on everyone's list this year! :D

  7. Happy Blogiversary! Mine was on the 16th of December... I can't remember how many years it was. (I went and checked... It would have been 9.)

  8. Oo, good luck especially with the photos goal! I keep thinking that one of these days I am going to get a fancy(ish) camera, and then I'll be able to take pictures and have new photo albums. I miss photo albums! As a society, I feel that we shouldn't have given up on physical photo albums.

  9. Those sound like good goals! I also miss Trish's Pinterest challenge and Amy's Fall posts where'd we'd talk about all the food we liked to make in autumn.

  10. Good luck with all your goals!! I still haven't posted mine yet, so you are not alone in getting them up a little late.

    I love the idea of reading more backlisted books and getting more personal. I like that side of things so much more than all book business!

  11. Hmmmm These sound good, although I feel weird doing personal posts on my blog because it's not my Livejournal (hot damn, I miss livejournal).

    WE'RE GOING TO READ VILLETTE IN MARCH. It's gonna be super-fun.

  12. Wow! 8 years!!! That's awesome.

    Good luck with all of your goals :)


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