Reading and Blogging Goals for 2013 [TSS]

As 2012 has come to a close, it’s exciting to look ahead to 2013 and think about what I want for myself and my blog in this new year. In terms of reading, I enjoyed 2012 very much (except for the fact that I didn’t have much time to read for the last half of the year). I read a lot of crime fiction and started to read more fantasy and science fiction. I took the pressure off myself to post a review daily (though I managed to keep up with it for much of the year) and as a result, found myself exploring more 500+ page books than ever before.

I’ve loved the freedom I enjoyed in my reading in 2012 — if it wasn’t working for me, I put it down. I want to continue that in 2013. Read what I feel like, when I feel like reading it. I want to be more consistent with my blogging. Once we put an offer on our house, it seems like any time I had for blogging and reading went out the window. Now that we’re pretty well settled, I’d love to turn the focus back on my blog. I will likely never return to my previous daily reviews, but I’d like to be posting something at least four times per week. I’d also love to do a blog redesign and switch from Blogger to self-hosted, but that’s not a priority in the next few months.

I’m also letting go of challenges this year. Of course, I’ll continue with perpetual challenges (Amy Einhorn and Reagan Arthur), and I’ll still host the South Asian Challenge (sign-up post to come, I promise). I’ll also still focus on South Asian literature. But I feel as though my reading tastes have become so eclectic that there’s no real reason to participate in challenges anymore; I read a wide variety of genres, set in many different places. Most likely, I’ll miss challenges in 2013 and come back to them in 2014, but I’d like to try a challenge-free year for now.

So there it is, my goals. What are yours for 2013?

Comments

  1. I just manage to get by with the skin of my teeth so I’m not setting any goals – I figure I won’t be able to meet them anyway. Good luck with yours!

  2. I just manage to get by with the skin of my teeth so I’m not setting any goals – I figure I won’t be able to meet them anyway. Good luck with yours!

  3. Reading for me is a stress buster and though I have some goals for 2013 (reading wise) but still I don’t want to just push myself into reading more just to achieve those goals.
    So I can understand “reading what I like, when I like…” part.
    Good luck and best wishes for 2013.

  4. Reading for me is a stress buster and though I have some goals for 2013 (reading wise) but still I don’t want to just push myself into reading more just to achieve those goals.
    So I can understand “reading what I like, when I like…” part.
    Good luck and best wishes for 2013.

  5. Right there with you on the challenges. I gave those up a couple of years ago. I just end up feeling bad when I don’t finish them! I just read what I want. Sometimes that includes book club reads or something for Trish at TLC, but I never allow myself to feel forced to read anything. I sense that many of us have been there with the blog stress and it seems everyone is allowing themselves to take it easy. Which is great!

  6. Right there with you on the challenges. I gave those up a couple of years ago. I just end up feeling bad when I don’t finish them! I just read what I want. Sometimes that includes book club reads or something for Trish at TLC, but I never allow myself to feel forced to read anything. I sense that many of us have been there with the blog stress and it seems everyone is allowing themselves to take it easy. Which is great!

  7. So many bloggers have hit the same point in the book blogging journey this year, growing out of challenges and needing to breathe a bit more. It’s been really interesting to watch everyone claim back their sites a bit more! Sounds like a great plan for the year though. :)

  8. So many bloggers have hit the same point in the book blogging journey this year, growing out of challenges and needing to breathe a bit more. It’s been really interesting to watch everyone claim back their sites a bit more! Sounds like a great plan for the year though. :)

  9. We bought a house this past year and I agree- it turned our whole lives upside down for quite some time! We have been here for about 9 months now and we are just starting to settle in more.

    Last year I eliminated participating in reading challenges and I enjoyed the freedom that it brought me. No more reading something because I “have” to, now I only try to read what I am excited about!

  10. We bought a house this past year and I agree- it turned our whole lives upside down for quite some time! We have been here for about 9 months now and we are just starting to settle in more.

    Last year I eliminated participating in reading challenges and I enjoyed the freedom that it brought me. No more reading something because I “have” to, now I only try to read what I am excited about!

  11. My goals are very similar. I’m only doing one challenge this year. I want a stress free year of reading. No pressure! :)

  12. My goals are very similar. I’m only doing one challenge this year. I want a stress free year of reading. No pressure! :)

  13. These are great goals! I had a challenge free year of reading a couple of years ago when I wasn’t blogging. It was very freeing, but I did miss the accountability somehow. Perhaps because I also wasn’t blogging as well.

  14. These are great goals! I had a challenge free year of reading a couple of years ago when I wasn’t blogging. It was very freeing, but I did miss the accountability somehow. Perhaps because I also wasn’t blogging as well.

  15. I stopped challenges and started reading whatever I felt like a couple of years ago and it has worked well for me. I still try and challenge myself of course, but I read according to what I feel like rather than what I think I should read next according ot a challenge im doing. Good luck with your goals and I hope that they make for a great 2013

  16. I stopped challenges and started reading whatever I felt like a couple of years ago and it has worked well for me. I still try and challenge myself of course, but I read according to what I feel like rather than what I think I should read next according ot a challenge im doing. Good luck with your goals and I hope that they make for a great 2013

  17. Hi I’m Heather! Please email me when you get a chance, I have a question about your blog! LifesABanquet1(at)gmail.com

  18. Hi I’m Heather! Please email me when you get a chance, I have a question about your blog! LifesABanquet1(at)gmail.com

  19. I’m not doing any challenges this year either – I never manage to keep up with them anyway!

  20. I’m not doing any challenges this year either – I never manage to keep up with them anyway!

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