Discussion: A Look Ahead at 2016
Looking Ahead and Making Some Changes
Like most people, I do NOT do well with change. I am a very routine person and a creature of habit. So when you throw a wrench in said routine, I'm all...
However, after a slower blogging/reading year in 2015, I decided something HAD to change in 2016. I was at the point where I was just done. I didn't want to blog anymore, didn't want the pressure I placed on myself to get books read in a timely manner, and just didn't have the motivation to sit at my computer and do ANYTHING with blogging.
In short, I wanted to quit.
However, deep down that's not what I wanted. So I needed to take a break, sit down, and really think about what I needed to do to get back on track. How do I get excited about blogging again? What do I need to do differently this year?
I've seen my biggest issue on many of everyone's Top Ten Tuesday posts this week. To be pickier with books we request. I'm tired of the obligations of ARCs. I don't want the stress. I want to read books when I want to and not have to keep to a schedule or deadline. I have completely thrown my schedule and obligations out the window and yeah, I feel a bit guilty, but it also feels SO GOOD.
I got bored with my blog. It was memes and reviews. I had stopped with the blog tours, cover reveals, blitzes, etc. They were time consuming and again- OBLIGATIONS.
So, I started thinking about the original features I already had- my Music Monday and Tasty Tuesday. I feel my Tasty Tuesdays have gotten some good feedback, but my Music Mondays not so much. So, I decided it was time to revamp.
Thus, The Monday Musts were born! Every Monday I will be showcasing my three musts- Must Read, Must Listen, and Must See. This way I can still feature music, but keep it in more of a bookish setting. My Must See can be ANYTHING. Sometimes it will be bookish, but sometimes it won't. So I like that freedom. I am going to include a Linky so I hope some people will join me in doing this!
Next up is W...W...W... Wednesday, which is not an original feature, so I won't take credit for it. I did tweak the original version a bit though. Instead of the last question being "What are you reading next?" I made it "What are you waiting to read?" I don't always know what I'm reading next and I don't want that pressure.
SO! I have 2 new features that I am really excited for! They are low maintenance, which is nice too.
In addition to the GR challenge, I signed up for 4 reading challenges this year!
RIGHT?! At first I thought, "Wow this is a BAAAAAAD idea." But, then I got excited thinking about all the books I could tackle with these challenges. Not only would they help me read books I've been meaning to get to, but I'm hoping they'll motivate me to read PERIOD. I read 9 books last month y'all.
That's a crazy low number for me. So, here's hoping these reading challenges will be a good thing and give me a little boost!
FINALLY, I want to do some collaborations with other bloggers. Whether it be joint reviews, read-a-longs, discussions, etc. I want to do more fun posts like that. Maybe I should even open up to doing guest posts, reviews, etc. I just want to connect more with the community and people I love so much. I can't be on Twitter as much as some others because I'm a teacher and there is zero time during the day to take breaks and chat. But I crave that social connection.
SO! Whew. That was a lengthier post that I anticipated. But it felt oddly cathartic to get that all out.
What do you guys think about the changes I plan on making?
Or about my new features? What brings you to my blog? What do I do that you like and/or would like to see more of? Are you as excited to take on 2016 as I currently am?