At the beginning of 2010, I didn’t bother with a New Year’s resolutions post. Come to think of it, I don’t think I did one the year before either. Mainly because I don’t generally do resolutions, full stop.
But I want to reinvigorate my blogging habits and this feels like a good time to ponder on how 2010 has been blogging-wise, and what I want to do going forward.
I posted less frequently over 2010 than in previous years. It’s probably not a massive surprise, but I came rather close to announcing a blog hiatus at several times over 2010. I didn’t because, well, I don’t like closing the door on something. Never say never – or something like! And also, I think if I had made it official, I probably would have dropped blogging for good.
However, writing my 2010 recap posts reminded me of what I enjoy about blogging and why I started in the first place – I get a space of my own to shout about the books and authors I love, possibly the books I didn’t (though I don’t spend much time writing about these), and share book-ish links of interest. I get to write about topics that interest me – at the same time, putting my opinions out on the Internets makes me think more (and that’s usually a good thing). I get to interact with all of you lovely people who comment on my posts (I don’t think there exists a blogger who doesn’t love comments), and get new recommendations and make new connections.
I want to get back to that, and hopefully I will in 2011.
My blog isn’t super-organised, and I very rarely plan or schedule posts in advance (the recent 2010 ones excepted!). I’m comfortable with that, because I don’t have the time to work to a strict schedule. But I think I need some goals, or else I will drift along as I have in 2010.
So goals for 2011 – write more reviews about what I’ve read, especially the books I’ve loved. I’ve said, slightly tongue-in-cheek, that you know I loved a book when I actually blogged about it – well, I’ve loved a lot more books than I’ve actually mentioned on this blog in 2010. I will aim for at least one review a month (I never did say I was setting high targets – and hey, that’s twelve whole reviews a year). And while I’m at it, I will also aim to write more general opinion or discussion posts. Err… maybe once every two months. Or when inspiration strikes.
And bearing in mind what I said above about comment-love, I’m going to try and comment more. I am a big-time lurker*. Let me put it this way: if your blog is on my sidebar, I definitely read it; if your blog isn’t, well, I probably do as well. Ahem. Seriously, I did try and update my blogroll over the holidays – you may have noticed it’s looking a lot healthier. If I’ve missed your blog off, let me know and I’ll add it.
Finally, I mentioned previously that I opened a Goodreads account fairly recently – I need to figure out how to incorporate that into my blogging, or actually, if it works together. At the moment, I’ve added upcoming releases to my bookshelf – this may be an easier way to track the monthly new releases that I want (at the moment, I just note them in a Google Docs document). But what about reviews? And tracking books I’ve read? So a question for you: if you have a blog and Goodreads account, how do you use the two together? Or do you keep them separate?
Right, that’s probably enough introspection for now – the summary for 2011 is blog more and comment more. I’m all full of good intentions, here’s hoping they will last!
* So if you read my blog but don’t comment, I TOTALLY understand.