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Monday, January 7, 2013

Book Blogger Confessions: Happy New Year!


Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that allows book bloggers to discuss issues unique to what we encounter in the blogging world. Hosted by Karen at For What It's Worth and Pam at Midnyte Reader,  a new question is posted the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month to answer, comment on, and discuss. 


This week's question:

Happy 2013! What are your blogging goals for the new year? Are you making any changes or testing out new ideas for reviews or organization? Have you joined any challenges?
What are the trends you noticed in blogging from 2012 and what do you hope to see for the blogging community in 2013?


Every year, I make New Year's Resolutions and every year, I somehow fail to keep them. Despite my best intentions, something always seems to get in the way.

Because of my history of Resolution Fail, decided to try something a little different. Will continue to work on the blog goals that I started during Bloggiesta instead of proclaiming lofty goals that I'll never be able to meet. It will be a work in progress throughout the year, so that should take some of the pressure off.

I'm also going to cut back on the number of review copies I accept, as I'm putting too much pressure on myself. I have bookshelves full of unread books that keep getting pushed to the back burner because of the bright and shiny and new. Plus, I don't really like some of the blog tours out there, with their excerpt and book blast and author interview requirements. I just want to read/review the books I want, when I want.

For the review books I do accept (I know I won't be able to resist all of the requests), I'm going to schedule them using Google Calendar. I've been doing this for a few weeks now and seems to work better for me than any other method I've tried.

How about you? Did you make any New Year's Resolutions? If so, are you able to keep them? Would love to hear your secret!

38 comments:

  1. Oooh, love to hear about behind the scenes details of blogging. My goal is just to keep providing useful material.

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    1. You're doing a pretty good job with that LM! :)

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  2. I gave up making news years resolutions a while ago as I always end up breaking them and being disappointed so like yourself I'm concentrating more on continuing to tweak/improve things.

    Sometimes difficult to schedule book review requests as I seem to be receiving more and more unsolicited books through the post, I'm also planning to cut back on what I accept.

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    1. Congrats on receiving surprise books in the mail! Sometimes those result in great new reads!

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  3. I don't really accept books for review, so that helps my committment phobia. I totally know what you mean about book fickleness...the shiny and new outweighing the dusty.

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    1. I'm like a magpie that way...oh look! Shiny and pretty! Want! *L*

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  4. I have been more picky about book tours too. I agree with the pile of books to read too. I try and do a little at time ...little baby steps to accomplish the big thing.

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    1. Baby steps are a good idea, so it doesn't get too overwhelming.

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  5. I made a resolution months ago to cut down on how many requests for book reviews, and it's made a big difference in my reading (in a good way) and my overall attitude towards blogging, too. :)

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    1. Think if we cut back on review requests, we might all relax and enjoy blogging again. And I like your resolution to not kick ourselves if we fall behind. Here's to a great year!

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  6. Instead of going with my usual resolutions, I have decided to live by a theme this year instead (I covered it last week on my site!). This year will be all about DISCOVER! This includes reading what I want, when I want, and so much more. It actually makes me excited, despite the craziness that is about to ensue!! :)

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    1. Love your theme idea! My theme is going to be Discipline, as I need to focus on getting my TBR piles under control and stop with the bright and shiny and new obsession! *L*

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  7. I really cut back on review books last year. I accept maybe one or two at a time, then when I'm caught up I reevaluate. I was in the worse reading slump ever and I think a lot of it came from the pressure to read/review.

    Good luck with all your goals for 2013!

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    1. Think the pressure from review copies causes reading slumps all over the blogosphere! Here's to a great year, where we can read what we want, when we want!

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  8. Totally hear you on the calendar use and pressure...as long as it remains fun, that's what'll keep you coming back for more and to give more. Rock on my bloggy friend! ^_^

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    1. Hope I can keep up with the calendar, as seeing my schedule all laid out like that has a calming effect on me! :)

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  9. I this this is a great idea. My non book related resolutions are going OK so far but it's going to be tough to keep strong. Maybe I shouldn't put such pressure on my self...

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  10. great goals and they sound totally achievable. i try not to put too much pressure on myself when it comes to things like resolutions and goals. it's nice to have something to work towards but i don't want to feel guilty or bad i don't reach those goals. only makes me want to avoid them next time.

    i totally get the review copy guilt. it's so hard to resist but i have so many awesome books i need to read.

    good luck and happy new year!

    fishgirl182 @ read now sleep later

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    1. Thanks FG! I'm working on the review copy guilt, so fingers crossed I'll be able to stay strong!

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  11. Those sound like great goals! I have a hard time saying no to review copies, too, but there are books I've been dying to read and bought that I haven't had to get to and I'm sad about it.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm now following you via GFC.
    Megan @ Love, Literature, Art, and Reason

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    1. Thanks Megan! I'm trying to alternate a review book with one from my TBR pile, but not sure how that's going to work since I'm only on my third book for the year. Need to read faster!

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  12. It's very important to keep reading the books you love :) Nothing is more worse than feeling stressed over the books you need to read! Great goals.

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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    1. Currently reading a book from my TBR pile and am loving it! Not that I don't love my review copies, but I think it's the whole obligation thing that bothers me...

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  13. I've tried to cut back on the review books, too, but dang, it's tough! They're so pretty and shiny and new -- definitely hard to resist. Good luck with it, though!

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    1. The bright and shiny and new books are my weakness! Wish there was a ban on publishing until we can all catch up!

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  14. Excellent goal! I find myself not enjoying reading periodically because I'm forcing myself to read review books that I just don't like! blech, who wants to do that?? Thanks for stopping by my blog, new follower :D

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    1. I know that we wanted the review books, so maybe it's the "having" to read them that turns us off? I'm hoping that alternating review books with my TBR books will bring back the fun in reading for me!

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  15. Every day is a challenge for me. My goal is to get better at this, to learn tricks of the trade so I can in turn mentor some new up and comers. I want to be able to understand how to make it all work better and utilize the tools of the trade I don't even know about. I want to be saavy. In short, I want to be more like you, the book blogging goddess that you are.
    Now, if I only had more time...

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    1. You're a fast learner my friend! Love your reviews, especially the little stories you include at the beginning of your reviews. You're a natural! :)

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  16. Book pressure is horrible! It's so hard to say no sometimes.....but then we should remind ourselves what happens if we don't!

    And Google Calendar is a life saver! Plus it's colour-coordinated, which immediately gets me happy...small things LOL.

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    1. I've changed the colors on my calendar a few times. Love it!

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  17. I know what you mean! I've got a history of being kind of terrible at keeping my New Year's Resolutions as well! Good luck with your Bloggiesta goals!

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    1. Thanks Natalie! I'm hoping that 2013 will be my year!

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  18. Good luck with your goals! I too want to read more of what I want so things are not so pressured (its a double-edges sword - I really want to read those bright shiny books but then the pressure sets in). I only participate in TLC Book Tours and their only requirements is to read and review the book which is nice.

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    1. It is a double-edged sword.....ah, the lure of the bright and shiny and new!

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  19. New Year's Resolutions are pointless for me. Like you, I never keep them. lol I like to make goals here and there thought. Blogging wise, I'd like to meet more bloggers out there. I'd also like to make a better blog design and get in a better posting rhythm. I'm new to the blogging world, so there's so many goals I could make. :)

    Brandy @ A Little of the Book Life
    New follower!

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    1. Nice to meet you Brandy! I've been at this for almost four years and am still trying to find my posting rhythm, so don't sweat it! :)

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