Every now and then, I make time for participating in “Top Ten Tuesday,” a fun meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week takes a break from books to talk about general goals and resolutions for the new year. They can be reading and blogging-related, but you can also discuss other milestones you want to reach.
Without further ado, here are my top ten reading, writing, and blogging goals for 2015!
1. Read 20 more books. I’ve averaged about 20 books for the past four years, and I plan on continuing with this reading quota. Those next up on my TBR list include Invisibility by Andrea Cramer and David Levithan, It Happened One Wedding by Julie James, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf.
2. Read more fan-favorite romance novels. I’ve read my fair share of romance, from authors such as Vicki Lewis Thompson, Christina Dodd, Julie James, Heather Webber, and Meg Cabot. But after reading a Jezebel article on the genre, I’ve been inspired to read some of the greats. According to the article’s comments, I should check out Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels, Julia Quinn’s The Duke and I, and Jennifer Crusie’s Bet Me. Anyone have other recommendations?
3. Read more classic literature. Not every book I read in 2015 will be a bodice-ripper, and I want to make more time for the classics. I got a “50 books to read before you die” bookmark from the New York Public Library when I visited NYC in October, and I’m disappointed that I’ve only read 17! I’m most interested in checking off Anna Karenina, Huckleberry Finn, and The Count of Monte Cristo.
4. Reach 65,000 total blog views. My reach goal is 70,000, so I hope to create enough high-quality, consistent content to achieve this. I love blogging, and despite the difficulties of keeping up with Book Club Babe with a full-time job, I can’t imagine life any other way.
5. Create more vlogs. At the eager insistence of my loved ones, I released my first vlog for my 25th birthday, which discussed the top 25 things that books have taught me. Tomorrow, I’ll be vlogging my summary of the books I read this year. It’s nerve-wracking and time-consuming to put yourself in front of a camera, but thanks to the awesome video-editing skills of my brother Nick Jarrett, I’d like to continue doing these fun videos once a quarter if I can.
6. Research monetization. I never went into blogging to make money, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt, however how small. I’d love to learn more about online advertising on WordPress and other ways to earn some cents from giving you my two cents!
7. Make significant progress on my novel. I wrote 19,000 words this year during NaNoWriMo, and I’m finally at a place where I enjoy my story enough to keep going. Although I haven’t set a specific word quota yet, I plan to making writing regularly a top priority!
8. Improve during NaNoWriMo. Speaking of November’s most popular challenge aside from growing facial hair, I would love to redeem myself. 19,000 words was better than nothing, but I can certainly do better than that!
9. Attend more write-ins. Even during NaNoWriMo this year, I only had time in my schedule to attend two write-ins. I’d like to squeeze more into 2015, since the East Bay writing group is full of fun, quirky people who love writing as much as I do. I’m positive that this goal will help me make progress on my novel, because there’s always strength in numbers!
10. Attend more book signings. After having the opportunity to meet Scott Westerfeld and Azar Nafisi, I’m wondering why I never thought about going to book signings before this fall. Now that I’ve got a couple under my belt, I just want to add more notches. Who doesn’t want to hang with awesome authors?
So those are my top ten reading, writing, and blogging goals for 2015! If you’ve got a few resolutions yourself, post them in the comments! I’d love to hear everyone’s plans for the new year!