A Month of Faves: Goals/Resolutions for 2015

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It’s the next to the last day of #amonthoffaves! Today we’re talking about Goals/Resolutions for 2015! I can’t wait to see what Girlxoxo and Estella’s Revenge post about! We’re linking up today with The Broke and The Bookish! 


Traveling With T’s 2015 Goals/Resolutions

1. Take time weekly/bi-monthly to assess my blog (my scheduling of posts, what days I see more traffic, etc)

2. Work on a digital schedule of books to be reviewed (date of release, publisher, publisher contact, debut/continuing series, etc)

3. Organize a massive contact list of publisher contacts (names, emails, Twitter handles)

4. Attend more book signings.

5. Learn to say “no”. I can’t do it all. I don’t want to do it all. I don’t want to be the “Queen” of blogging- I just want to have fun.

6. Feel free to #freerangeread. Sometimes book blogging becomes all about reading the next hot book. It’s nice to take a break and embrace free range reading.

7. Work on my photography skills. I already take pretty good pictures- but am dying to try my hand at more landscape/scenic photos.

8. Be more organized in my stats. Books read, genres, length, pages, etc.

9. Try to be a better commenter (even on the Blogger blogs with the Captcha that makes me cry!)

10. To continue to do what makes me bloggy-happy. Not everyone is going to love me or my blog- and that’s ok.

What are some of your resolutions?


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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24 thoughts on “A Month of Faves: Goals/Resolutions for 2015

  1. I love your blog! 🙂 I love your attitude about blogging, which is so similar to my own. I think we bloggers tend to get all caught up in what is trendy, what is the hottest thing of the moment, on how big our blogs are, that we forget that we started off doing this for fun! I, too, want to get better free range reading. I have so many books sitting on my shelf and on my Kindle that I never give myself time for. This past year I made sure I was always reading at least one book just for the fun of it and I swear I enjoyed reading SO MUCH more. I want to blow that up even bigger in the next year! I also want to expand my stats. I am great at keeping up with pages read and review books v. for fun books, but I want to expand into understanding how diverse my reading really is. I love to read diversely, you know, but the last few months I’ve realized how I am not quite as diverse as I thought – reading mostly in certain countries but not everywhere.

    • Thank you SO much! It is SOOOOOOOOO easy to get caught up in the whole getting the latest/greatest ARC- and for a long time I kind of measured my blog against the idea that if I wasn’t getting the latest- then I wasn’t doing it right.

      I love the idea of reading for fun- and making room for fun reading. I know some bloggers have plans such as read 2 review books, then read 1 fun book. I am lucky that many, many, many of the books I receive are books I tend to gravitate towards anyway!

      I’m working on a spreadsheet for my 2015 reading- I want to include pgs read, book date pub, pub contacts, etc!

  2. I like your number 1…I thought about doing an “assessment” or whatever you want to call it in January to get a better understanding of what people seem to like/not like. Putting together tomorrow’s most popular posts helped a bit…but I still need to look at days of the week, etc. And – on the total flip side…I love your #10!!

    • I know some people have such a formal assessment model- I can’t use Google Analytics (you can’t use that on free WP). For me, and it goes against the grain of most bloggers, I like to post most days of week.

      And thanks so much (re:10) I promise you that when you learn that lesson- it’s the BEST thing ever 🙂 🙂

  3. I really think that learning to say no is a big one. It is so important we realize we cannot do it all, and to have fun. This is a hobby, it should not be stressful, it should help us release the stress. I also loved you included another hobby. Photography is a great skill to cultivate. I wish I were more interested in it, but alas, I’m not so much, I just love to get my picture taken, lol! I think your goals are totally manageable and keeping things organized it’s always a good thing. I hope you manage to achieve them all.

    • SO TRUE! Like I have flirted with the idea of wanting to be a publicist or do something more with social media. But, I can’t do it all for every book I am offered now (not with my work schedule). Sometimes I have to pass on books!

      I love photography. Always have. It’s, for me, about catching moments. Not necessarily having a bunch of posed pics (those are fine, tho) but the unguarded moment or the quiet moment. And looking back and saying- wow!

      Thank you so much- I hope 2015 is VERY good to you (bookish & otherwise 🙂

  4. I got really good at saying “no thank you” this year. And you know what? People were very gracious in return. I think your goals are admirable and look forward to reading your blog in 2015.

    • I LOVE it. The times I did say “no” this year were met with mostly graciousness- oh there were a few grumbles- but mainly people understood that unless I turn into a robot (and I don’t see that happening!) I can’t do it all.

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! I look forward to what 2015 will bring for your blog, as well!

  5. melissa says:

    I love your blog too. It is hard to say no sometimes! I like your list. I’d like to attend a book signing. I need to try to find one, if I can. Here’s a few for my list. #1-eat better, maybe shed a few pounds. #2-read more. I have a long list of books I want to read. #3-read my devotional daily. I miss a few days and have to play catch up. Don’t have that problem with my horoscope. #4-get out, go see a movie! #5-enjoy life as much as possible, considering…..#6-get myself organized. #7-organize house & garage

  6. I’m not setting new specific 2015 goals–I’m continuing with my 2014 goals for now. But I think I may adopt your goal #9 and comment more often on the blogs I read.

  7. ondbookshelf says:

    My only goal is to try and make a dent in my tbr pile 🙂 I’d like to read two from my pile to every one new book. We’ll see how it goes.

  8. Those are great goals! I need to be a better commenter too. I usually read via feedly and never click through to the blog to comment. So I hope to try to do that more next year! And take part in bloggy events like A Month of Faces! 🙂

    • Thanks so much. I’m a much better sharer than I am commenter- but trying to work on my commenting! Bloggy events are def great- and pretty easy ways to find blogs you are interested in reading!

  9. I’d like to do more “free-range” reading this year too! I’ve been doing a lot of that this month and last month while I’ve been busy and I’ve been enjoying it a lot 🙂

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