Book Bloggers New Years Challenge…Day 1 Resolutions

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The lovely Rachel, the mastermind behind Parajunkee, has created this awesomesauce challenge for us book bloggers.  I am super excited about it.  As I am jumping back into book blogging after a hiatus.  The upside to this challenge is that it is super EASY!

NOTE: If I happen to acquire any new followers to my blog.  Thank you and I look forward to learning more about you!

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Since I am jumping back into book blogging I have decided to keep my resolutions simple and hope that I can keep this thing going.  So here are my resolutions for 2014…

  • Complete my Goodreads reading challenge.  I have committed to reading 60 books in 2014.  Here’s hoping that I can stay on track.
  • Try more Audiobooks. I am currently listening to Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.  I am exactly 1% into it.
  • Meet new bloggy friends. I actually started book blogging many moons ago (like 2009) but I have taken several hiatus’ and now I need to basically start over and make new blogging pals.
  • Find a review format and stick to it.  This was part of my problem with my old blogs.  I couldn’t find a review format that I enjoyed so I wasn’t really able to commit. Parajunkee’s BB101 posts here I come!
  • Do my own thing. In the past I have been known to be super jealous of the “popular” bloggers.  Since I am in the process of starting from scratch I just need to focus on doing my own thing and worry about my blog and no one else’s.
  • Complete my 2014 Reading ChallengesThis was a big issue in the past.  I’d sign up and then not complete a single one.  So I’ve only signed up for 2 so far for 2014.
  • Create a Review/Giveaway Policy.
  • Participate in WOW and Stacking the Shelves.
  • Try to create discussion posts that encourage engaging conversation.
  • Complete my About page

That is what I have come up with so far.  I may not be participating in all of the days, since I am just jumping back in, but I will participate on the days that I feel I have something to contribute.

Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll drop by and visit.

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15 thoughts on “Book Bloggers New Years Challenge…Day 1 Resolutions

  1. I had THE hardest time coming up with a review format, too!!! It took me a year to figure out how to write a review. I finally stepped back and decided what I liked in books: world building, characters, story, and the technical aspects. Then I divided my review into a critique of those parts. I started with headings for each of those. Then my reviews evolved to only having two of those headings. THEN some books, like contemps didn’t have “worlds” so that heading fell away. Now sometimes I manage writing a review hitting all those aspects just by writing flowing paragraphs. Sometimes I have to go back to headings. It all depends on the notes I take while I’m reading or right when I’m done reading – notes help a TON!!! I suck without them!

    As for your review policy… just read a whole bunch of other people’s to get an idea of the wording and then write your own. Don’t copy but, you know… paraphrase 🙂

    You NEED Bloggiesta this year… Be on the lookout for it 🙂 On a Book Bender & Geeky Book Blogger usually do it and you learn so much from everyone!

    Happy New Year and see you all over the blogs this year!!!!

  2. Welcome back to the book blogging community! Re-establishing your blog after a long time is always difficult – especially since the book blogging community is constantly changing! I find connecting with other bloggers difficult but I’ve followed you on Bloglovin 🙂

    I think it’s a good idea to start off with an easy resolution for now to encourage you to continue. Maybe start with the About Me page so that we can all get to know you better ^^

    Thanks for stopping by at my blog 🙂

  3. Great challenges! I like that you want to do your own thing. I’ve always wanted to do that but I’m not always sure I could come up with creative ideas. I’ve done a few posts call Bligger Best Friend Friday Feature. I’ve thought about opening it up for other bloggers to use but I don’t do it very offen because I don’t think I could think of a new blogger best friend every week.

    I used to participate in WOW every week but about a month ago I stopped for because I felt guilty that in was only posting that on a lot of weeks in the last month or two. I should totes start that back up again.

  4. Great list of resolutions. I agree with the policy bit, read a few that are out there and you can go from there. I don’t do challenges because I suck at them LOL

    I think for a format you have to find what works for you and stick to it. I have yet to find one that works for me. Perhaps that is something I need to work on this year,.

  5. Awesome goals! I agree that finding a review style that works, while hard, is important. I have two in using three I use now, one regular review, an audio format and my new short and tweet feature where I just do a mini review in 140 characters or less. I’m hoping this works because otherwise I get behind on reviews, blogging and commenting. Here’s to doing your own thing in 2014!

  6. I didn’t follow through with any of my 2013 reading challenges either. I think most of us sign up with great intent, but then run out of time to give them the attention they need. This year I’m going to try to stay away from them, though I might try again in 2015.

    And don’t worry about keeping up with the “Joneses”. If your try to blog for popularity sake alone, you’ll drive yourself mad. You have to do this for the simple love you have for books and reading. 🙂

  7. I love audiobooks! I have such a long commute to work and it’s just a way to really stay relaxed and feel productive. Plus I listen on my phone app for Audible at 2x speed, so I get through books a lot faster. Here’s to doing your own thing in 2014, that sounds like the perfect resolution!

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