We have less than five months left in 2015, so when I look back to my top ten goals for the year, I wonder…how’s my progress so far?
1. Read 20 more books. I’m making fantastic headway into my annual reading quota, since I’m already on my 15th book of the year. According to Goodreads, I’m two books ahead of schedule. Right on!
2. Read more fan-favorite romance novels. I’ve completed Jennifer Crusie’s Bet Me, but unfortunately I’ve been distracted by other genre at the moment. I’ve received some wonderful recommendations, however, so I hope to cross a couple more off my list before 2016!
3. Read more classic literature. My progress toward this goal is pretty dismal, to be honest, considering that I started Beowulf months ago and put it on pause for less dense reading. But I will definitely finish it…eventually.
4. Reach 65,000 total blog views. I’ve blown this goal out of the water by already reaching my stretch goal of 70,000 total blog views! I don’t post as often as I used to but I’m grateful for all my supportive followers for sticking with me!
5. Create more vlogs. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to vlog since I discussed my favorite books of 2014, but I plan on producing another video in late September. After finding my brother Nick Jarrett some significant freelance work, I believe that he owes me a favor!
6. Research monetization. I haven’t made a single ounce of progress on this goal, but I’m not ashamed. I never went into blogging to make money, so it doesn’t bother me one bit. When I’m ready to take this blog to the next level, I will.
7. Make significant progress on my novel. I haven’t made a single ounce of progress on this goal either, but this time, I’m deeply ashamed. Sure, I struggled through a stressful job transition and relocation recently, but there’s no excuse. Bad Book Club Babe, very very bad.
8. Improve during NaNoWriMo. Can’t fail at a goal that hasn’t even started yet! Is it weird to be freaking out over something that’s months away? I swear NaNoWriMo will give me PTSD, but it will be worth it!
9. Attend more write-ins. Technically, write-ins occur throughout the year, not just during NaNoWriMo–or so I hear, since I haven’t attended any in 2015. However, a friend of mine sent me information about my local Shut Up and Write! chapter, so that might be the motivation I need.
10. Attend more book signings. I know that this year will be epic when it comes to this goal. I’ve already met one of my heroes, Kazuo Ishiguro, and today I bought tickets to see another of my absolute favorite authors…
I will share all the details tomorrow, but I just wanted to say that even though I’m not making as much progress with my goals as I would like, the fact that in a couple months I will be in the same room as Margaret Atwood means I already declare 2015 a major success!
Stay tuned for more info!