My New Year Resolutions- personal, bloggy and bookish.

new year resolutions

As I write this, it’s day 1 of 2014. I’ve had some black-eyed peas and some cinnamon rolls (I read somewhere that on first day of the year eat round foods for good luck- I forgot my doughnuts- so cinnamon rolls worked. And were quite yummy).  I’ve been thinking about resolutions- making them or not,  what I should strive for, what is essentially a step on the way to being the best “me” possible.

Here goes:

T’s Resolutions:

Book-ish Resolutions:

1.  To read more.

2. To go to more book signings.

3.  To organize my books (and keep them organized)

To read more of my book-ish resolutions, please visit here to read my resolutions that I posted as part of the Closed The Cover New Year, New Books Blog Hop.

Bloggy Resolutions:

1. To have business cards made.

2. To put serious thought into what I want for Traveling With T in the future- perhaps leaving the safety of WordPress behind and becoming self-hosted.

3. To schedule blog maintenance monthly (every 2-3 months, perhaps)- updating my sidebar, reviewing my policies, and organizing my Interview/Review archive.

4. To participate in more bloggy events (Bloggiesta, blog tours, cover reveals, and more.)

5.  For Traveling With T to become more known in the bloggy/book-ish world. Perhaps win a blog award or be found by a new publicist connection.

6. To go to BEA, to go back to Louisiana Book Festival, and maybe SoFest of Books.

7. To start telling people about my blog in real life as only telling about my blog to my online connections.

8. To nurture the bloggy friendships I have and to meet new bloggy friends.

Personal:

1. To be open to new experiences- trying different concerts, going to more symphony events, and attending things that sound fun.

2. To take more time for me. Days at movies. Mani/pedi. Massages. To treat myself to “date” nights- dinner and movie, dinner and concert.

3. To start writing letters more- random “thinking of you” notes- no reasons.

4. To organize and back-up all the pictures that I take.

5. I’m not going to say the usual “eat healthier” because I’m already doing that- but I resolve to enjoy the occasional treats I have- without even a smidge of guilt.

6. To participate in a Walk for MS or Walk for Breast Cancer. Both causes are meaningful to me for personal reasons.

7. To evolve my taste in wine.

8. To meet more fun people in real life.

What are some of your resolutions?

T Traveling With T pic sign off

16 thoughts on “My New Year Resolutions- personal, bloggy and bookish.

  1. These are great resolutions, T! I have some similar ones on my list, like attend more author events, attend BEA, etc. I actually made my own business cards last year before attending an author event – just used my blog button as the picture and did them on the computer. It was really easy and they came out pretty good.

    I did the 3-day, 50 mile MS walk last year in Charleston, SC with my mom – it was a great experience and I would love to do it again one day. This year, my goal is to walk a 1/2 marathon and I’m signed up for the DC 1/2 in March (I like to travel for these events, can’t you tell?)

    Happy New Year and good luck with your resolutions!!!

    • Thanks, K!
      Oh cool- I may see about making my own- I know you can get them on Vista Print pretty cheap- but I’d kind of like to use my TWT Pink pic- I just don’t know how that would look.

      Oh goodness! I’m so not ready for a big walk like that- I was thinking the 5k walks! But those are good goals for me to work toward! I LOVE that you are doing them AND traveling- great way to do something good and see the sights 🙂

      Happy New Year and good luck with your resolutions, as well! 🙂

  2. Tamara, self-hosting is not leaving WordPress. It all looks the same when I was WP.com and now WP.org. I just can do MORE. But it looks exactly the same besides that! 😀 You shouldn’t be so worried about a move – it’s not harder at all!

    Good luck with all of your goals! Vistaprint is fab for business cards!

    • Oh- when I said leave behind the safety of WP- I meant more as in going to BlueHost, etc. Allison had told me about the fact my dashboard would look the same just have MORE and I would have more creative control.

      Thanks so much! I’m still looking for a design that is “me”- but hopefully will find it soon!

      • NOW that’s the way to phrase it! No, no- seriously- after reading all these things about self-hosted: deleting old comments so your server’s speed is not dragged down, backing up posts, etc…. I began to think of WP (and my free WP) as my “safe” place- and out there in the internet as having to think more and more and more about things like that (I’d never even thought of deleting old comments to speed up a server!) I’ve hit a couple of snags in my quest to be self-hosted (most notably- my domain has been bought 😦 BUT, one day I’m taking the leap- even if I have to build from the ground up!

      • Luckily you won’t have to build from the ground up when you make the switch. WordPress still has plenty of themes to choose from and you don’t have to create anything from scratch or even change one of their free themes using anything other than the normal settings you have.

        It’s just that with self-hosting, you CAN use CSS coding if you want to. You don’t have to. And you can get extra plugins, which are just as easy as using widgets actually, it’s the same thing for most of them. You’ll get there when you’re ready, but I don’t want you thinking it’s really that different from what you’re already doing. I think you’ll be shocked to see how “the same” it is.

      • 🙂 You always know exactly what to say to ease my fears! And you say it in such a way that is logical and straight to the point!

        I need to email soon about a couple of snafus I’ve run into in my quest to be self-hosted- but I’m seriously getting excited and hoping that 2014 will be the year I’m ready to unveil a new (and more creative control) site!

  3. I love the wine one. I’m cheap, so a $15 bottle is a splurge (my current favorite is Cellar No. 8 Merlot at a whopping $10.99). And, like we’ve discussed, the WP switch is super easy. If you need any help with coding, let me know. I hope to see you at BEA!

    • Oh wine gods help me- my current fav wine is Marco Negri Moscato- it runs about 15 bucks in big city (but my cousin picks it up for me sometimes in his college town for around 10 bucks 🙂

      I want to have more wine options- I’ve tried reds and haven’t loved them- but I want to evolve my taste and knowledge- at least be able to describe adequately what I want when I can’t find a familiar bottle. Basically- I want to feel smarter about wine- not pretentious, just smarter.

      You know I will totally be asking you for help with coding (although I have been turning on my HTML editor when I’m blogging and just seeing what things look like in code- trying to see if I can start getting a feel for things).
      I have run into a snafu or 2 in my thoughts about going selfhosted- notably, the domain has been bought and is being used. 😦 So, now- I’m facing a few things- do I want to change my name to a variation? Or stay where I am? Or think long and hard about more options? I’ll be emailing you soon to discuss!

      I sooooooo want to go to BEA! I was beyond envious last year seeing the tweets and I just want to go! I’ll be emailing with questions about that as well 🙂

      Psst… If you have any other wine recommendations- I’d be interested. I’ll be looking for the Cellar No.8 to try! Maybe this red will be THE ONE

      • Hmm. Well, let’s start with wine. I like the Blackstone Red Blend but can’t find it anywhere out here, so maybe you’ll have better luck. I also like Rieslings and Yellow Tail is a safe bet. I pretty much hate all wines that have nature in their title…. Creek, River, Wood, etc.

        As for BEA, this is my first year and I’m so excited. And in regard to the domain – you can add blog at the end. Mine was also taken. Let’s see…. My school offers a wine class that sounds interesting but I don’t think it’s an approved elective 😉

      • I *think* I have seen a Blackstone Red Blend at the big wine store in Madison (it’s about an hour from me- but so worth driving to for selection!)

        I have a bottle in my fridge- it’s either a riesling or pinot noir- the brand is Flip Flop ( or Flip Flops). I’ve been meaning to pop that cork and try it!

        I can only imagine! BEA just sounds so exciting. Is Rebecca going? The adding of blog at the end is def an option! I kind of keep forgetting about that!

        I would love to to take a wine class 🙂 🙂 But, no, it’s prob not an approved elective (it should be!)

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