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My 2019 Reading and Blogging Goals

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Hello lovelies and happy new year! I know I didn’t start this book in 2018, but I feel like I did and that’s because this is the year I fell in love with it. I started it on a whim, I didn’t know what I was doing or if I’d even stick with it. I never thought this little blog would become such a big part of my life or that anyone would actually, you know, read it. I truly feel like I’m part of this warm and lovely little bookish community, which is a brand new feeling for me. I feel so lucky that this is the first online community I’ve been a part of. Because it’s full of kind, creative, intelligent and lovely people who’s wonderful posts and kind comments always brighten my day. You always guys inspire me to create better content and work even harder. On that note, it is the time of the year for looking forward and making new plans and goals, and these are my blog- and reading-related goals for 2019!

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CREATE BETTER CONTENT

As I mentioned in my long, rambling intro I’m so in love with blogging right now. I’m feeling so inspired and motivated to come up with ideas and work really hard to make this blog everything I want it to be. Which is essentially a nice and cozy place full off bookish love, joy and enthusiasm. I’m so grateful to all of you for stopping by and reading my bookish ramblings, and I really want to write post that you’ll find entertaining and informative.

INTERACT MORE

My favorite thing about blogging is connecting with other readers. I get super excited every time someone leaves a comment on one of my posts or replies to one of my tweets, but for some reason I can’t convince myself that others feel the same way? I can’t count all the times I’ve wanted to talk someone, but didn’t cause I’m too shy or worried about annoying them. And it’s so silly! We’re all hear cause we want to connect with other readers, we all love hearing someone enjoyed what we created. If you have something kind to say – say it. I’m making that my 2019 motto,  you guys.

WRITE EVERY DAY

I’m currently outlining a WIP, which I’ve named my Witchy Woodsy Girl Gang Thing (the title’s also a work in progress, if you were wondering) and I’d love to actually start writing it soon. But honestly as long as I write something creative every day, I’ll be very happy. It doesn’t matter if it’s a blog post, a book review, a list of ideas, a journal entry, a poem, song lyrics or even a love letter. Anything goes. I just want to put more words on paper.

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READ MY OWN BOOKS

Like most book dragons I have a lot of unread books on my shelves. I’m genuinely super excited to read them, so getting to them soon shouldn’t be a challenge. But I’m still making this a goal, cause I really, really want to read my backlist this year. We all know how easy it is to get distracted by those shiny, new releases

READ DIVERSELY

In 2019 I want to keep broadening my horizons and make it a priority to read more books by marginalized voices. I’m not that into putting numbers on my reading at the moment, but for reference I read 40 books written by POC authors and 34 books with queer main characters in 2018. So I’d like to read at least as much in 2019.

READ BOOKS ‘NO ONE CARE ABOUT’

This goal’s totally inspired by Ariel Bisette’s video about books she wants to read that nobody cares about. I loved this video so much and it made me want to follow my whims and curiosities more with my reading choices. Maybe 2019 will be the year I’ll pick up the Tove Jansson biography, learn more about astrology and read all the memoirs I own about living on boats. I really likes boats, guys.

READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING

I’ve mentioned this before but every time I hear someone say “This book was so good, I finished it in one sitting” it sounds like sorcery to me. If we don’t count children’s books, I’ve never done this and it makes me sad. So in 2019 I’m going to work on my attention span and hopefully finish a whole book in one sitting. Probably a short one.

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What are your own goals for 2019? Do you have any tips for improving ones attention span? I wish you all a wonderful  2019 and lots of happy reading! xxx
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64 thoughts on “My 2019 Reading and Blogging Goals

  1. Happy New Year!!..i too want to interact more on my blog, i get excited when i see new comments, i am reading more of my own books this year and i am buying only four books this year( so help me God). i pray you achieve all your goals

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  2. “I never thought this little blog would become such a big part of my life or that anyone would actually, you know, read it.”

    Me neither. It’s so weird when I think about it – people read this? I’m not screaming to the void? – but it’s also nice and… stressful.
    And I get what you say about loving when people comment on your posts but never really believing others feel the same way. Which makes no sense but that’s my brain, too.
    Also “Witchy Woodsy Girl Gang” is possibly the best concept ever.

    I hope 2019 will be a good year for you!

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    1. It really is the strangest feeling! It’s also lovely and a little bit scary, but mostly lovely. I’m so happy I’m not the only weirdo who feels that way, and happy to know you love getting comments. Cause that means I can keep leaving you rambly comments in 2019 and not worry about that ❤️ Thank you! Gotta write what you love right?

      I hope 2019 will be wonderful for you too!

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  3. Love the goals and a few are similar to mine so we can encourage each other!!

    I know what you mean about commenting. There’s a few times when I feel like I’m bothering someone by commenting but then I am desperate for comments and interaction because I feel like I am often screaming into the abyss. Sadly my blog isn’t hitting the mark I wanted it too (lots of content but slow interaction and growth) which makes me question my content. There’s been a few times where I’ve felt like I’m talking to the void so when I get a comment it massively makes my day!!!

    Because of that I’ve decided to be better at commenting and interacting myself because the blogger is probably wanting the same thing!

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    1. Thank you! That’s lovely, I’ll definitley be rooting for you to reach yours 😊

      Exactly! I’m going to work hard at telling my brain that most people will be just as excited by comments and interaction as I am, and even if they’re not – it never hurts to spread some love! Your blog’s one of my favorites. You have such a unique, fun blogging voice and your content’s also so creative and entertaining. Keep being wonderful and I’m sure the rest will come naturally. There’s no way your blog won’t be huge! 💕

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      1. My plan is to do a lot more interaction this year! I need to stop being so nervous about it, which is funny because it’s all online and behind a screen! Thank you for your kind comments, they’re very encouraging when it gets a bit disheartening! xx

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  4. Your goal about interacting more spoke to me! I feel shy too and worry about being the uncool kid that won’t leave you alone, as you say it’s silly! It literally makes my day getting to know others and striking up conversations!
    Good luck with all of your goals! Hope 2019 is a happy and healthy one for you! X

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    1. It’s good to hear I’m not the only one who has these insecurities. Talking to people always makes my day too! So here’s to not being silly and spreading lots of blogger love in 2019! Thank you so much, I hope it’s a wonderful year for you too! 💕

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  5. Is that your planner on the photos? Cause I think I am a little bit in love with it 😀 I hope you can accomplish everything you set your eyes on in 2019, but definitely know that I love your content and think you are doing great 😀 ❤

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  6. Ahhhh, I really needed to hear “If you have something to say, sat it.” I struggle with that a lot as well, especially when I’m coming to a bigger blog that already seems to have an established community around it. But commenting + talking with others is one of the most exciting parts of book blogging!

    I also love your resolution to read more books that nobody cares about. I’ve been drifting further and further from YA in the past year and reading more adult or obscure books that nobody else is talking about. But I still love blogging about my favorite books . . . which is hard when it seems like I’m the only one who cares about them, like I’m just shouting into a void while everyone else is off over there talking about the latest Stiefvater or Schwab book. (I actually recently wrote a post highlighting some of these books that nobody seems to care about.)

    Happy 2019, and best of luck with all your goals!!

    Eleanor | On the Other Side of Reality

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    1. I’m so glad that stuck a chord with you! It’s good to know I’m not the only one with these insecurities and that we can inspire each other to rise above them! We’re all here to connect and interact right? I know it’s my favorite part of blogging 😊

      It can be so hard to make time for the more obscure books on our TBRs, cause a book bloggers we want to be in on the conversation and read the books everyone’s excited about. But I really hope to listen less to the hype and follow my own interest more in 2019. That sounds so interesting, I’ll definitley check it out!

      Thank you so much! Best of luck with all your goals too and happy new year ❤️

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  7. Love all of these goals and fingers-crossed for you. ‘If you have something kind to say – say it.’ – this is perfect! I would really like to read a whole book in one sitting too – not sure if I have the attention span, but this is definitely going on my list of things to try in 2019. Happy new year and happy reading! ❤

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  8. A big YES to reading more books that “no one cares about.” Someone (at least one person — the author!) cared about it enough to write it, so just because it doesn’t have a million ratings on Goodreads doesn’t mean it can’t also touch us in some way! These are good goals — I should work on some of these, too.

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  9. Happy New Year! 🥳

    I’m thinking about compiling a list of books I own as I’m not even sure which eBooks I have anymore. Then I can hopefully read more of what I own. Plus list making is totally my thing and will be a lot of fun regardless how this turns out.

    Reading books no one cares about sounds also great by the way, I like it a lot!!

    Good luck with all of your goals! ❤️

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    1. Happy new year! 😊

      I tried reading my owned books in 2018 too, but completed lost track of what was new and what wasn’t. So that’s a really good idea! Writing lists is totally my thing too. It makes me feel so productive, without actually having to do anything 😂

      Thank you so much! Best of luck with all of yours too and happy reading ❤️

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  10. Wonderful goals, which will be quite interesting to accomplish, I think! And your planner looks really pretty and organised, as people nowadays would say, “very aesthetic”~ Sometimes, I do read books that I should think no one really cares about, but is more based on my own interests. I find it fun and that’s a great way to find out what you love, so what I’m saying is that I hope you’ll enjoy discovering new books that you’ll love!

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you think so, cause “very aesthetic” is definitley something I would say 😉 I hope I will too and I’m so excited to get started, I hope you’ll discover lots of books you love this year too!

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  11. These are fantastic goals! ❤ I get that fear of leaving a comment sometimes, but getting over excited when you're the one getting them. I used to be so afraid to bother other people with my comments and honestly I'm so glad I'm not anymore, because it feels so nice to be able to chat with such a warm, welcoming community overall ❤ Best of luck for all of your goals and I hope you'll have an incredible 2019! ❤ ❤

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  12. What great goals for the year. I have a lot of similar ones. I want to work on making my blog better and more involved. I love this community and I love communicating with everyone. If you ever want to talk or anything, totally do so! 🙂 I love getting to know other bloggers better. ❤ I'm really hoping to read more of my own books this year. Although, I foolishly signed up for a New Release challenge this year. Hahahaha. I'm crazy! lol

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    1. Thank you so much! I love this community too, it’s so warm and friendly! I definitley won’t be afraid of reaching out ❤️ Hahaha, that does sound a little counterproductive! But I’m sure you’ll still be able to fit some backlist books in there as well. Good luck with all your goals and happy reading! 😊

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  13. I get super excited when people comment and I love having conversations with bookish people, but I am always worried that I will bug them too. So you are not alone in that! And I will never get annoyed with people “bugging” me and wanting to talk about things! I like your list of goals! They sound very doable 🙂 Good luck and I hope you have a great 2019!!

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  14. I’m hoping to read more. Last year I read very few books because I allowed myself to get too overwhelmed and found my time was spent elsewhere. I hope to read more and write more. I also hope to expand my blog to more of an audience. I’m new to blogging but I enjoy it so much and hope to continue on the same track. Your goals are great and I find myself relating to some of them. I wish you luck in the next year with accomplishing your goals!

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