Wow, has 2019 already come to a close? This was an amazing year filled with incredible blessings beyond anything I would have imagined <3 I honestly do not have the words to say just how awesome it was. I attended my first two reader events where I met over 50 authors and loads of reading and blogging buddies. This was truly a year for connection to other book lovers.
One of the Top 10 Tuesday posts from last month pretty much sums up a lot of what I’m thankful for from 2019. You can view that HERE.
How did I do on my reading goals?
For 2019 I set a goal of reading 125 books. I was shocked to have reached a whopping 201 books! According to Goodreads I read 57,492 pages. I consider that quite the accomplishment!
For 2020 I’ve decided to keep the same number of 125. I want to be careful not to overcommit myself and take time to enjoy what I’m reading while having time for other things too.
How did I do on my blogging goals?
Here’s the list of goals I created for this post last year:
- Increase social media presence
- Devote more time to reading non-fiction (I generally have a non-fiction and fiction book going at the same time)
- Allow myself to actually take breaks (Not just because of feeling overwhelmed… but because I’m a book addict and need to do other things as well lol)
- Be more intentional about reading, commenting on, and sharing other bloggers’ posts
- Be more intentional with my time management. (Yes, I can read a book a day, but I can’t read and review a book a day along with visiting, sharing, posting and everything else)
- Go to CFRR! I already have my ticket, but just happy and anxious to go! (I will be taking a blog for that week since I’ll be touring DC for a few days after 🙂 )
- Go to Fiction Readers’ Summit! (Currently planned, but waiting on tickets to go on sale 🙂 )
- Read some old TBR items and not just new releases
- Have an official logo for my blog (I’ve been working on this but so far not happy with anything I’ve come up with)
- Not sure what else but didn’t want to end my list on 9 hahaha
1. I’ve had a pretty active year on social media. I think I could do a better job on some of the sharing though. When it comes to Facebook I started sharing a lot more on my personal pages instead of my Becca Files one because I noticed that posts were getting more views there. Oh Facebook and their algorithms 🙄 I also started to use Instagram but need to work on being active on there more consistently.
2. I’m continuing this goal into 2020. While I read some nonfiction this year I think I should have dedicated more time to it.
3. Yeah, I didn’t do so well with this one. I’m actively trying to make sure that I do this more in 2020.
4. I’ve had times where I was great with visiting and commenting on other blogs, but I’ve also had periods where I barely visited at all. Life happens. I think I just need to accept that more than feel stressed about it.
5. If anyone ever figures out the magic of this one, let me know. This was a year of learning balance. In the beginning of the year I think I definitely bit off more than I could chew and it became overwhelming for me. As the year continued I kept busy but I actively tried to slow down so that I wasn’t putting too much on my plate. This year my hope is to be more intentional with this as well.
7. Observe again:
8. I didn’t get to work on this goal until later in the year but would definitely like to work on this one more next year. I added a lot of books to my shelves this year and still have a lot to catch up on.
9. I don’t remember exactly when I finished creating my logo but I’m happy with it 🙂
10. Whew hoo! Freebie! 🤣
New and Exciting to Mention:
Last year I started making bookish tshirts with a cousin of mine. I wore them to both CFRR and FRS, and after so many requests for people to get shirts for themselves, I just recently opened an Etsy shop called All Things Bookish Tees. I’m really excited about it and have had a lot of fun with it so far 🙂
1.) Work on Balance especially when it comes to time management
2.) Get caught up on old TBR
3.) Read more Nonfiction
4.) Grow my Etsy shop
5.) Go to Mississippi River Reader’s Retreat
6.) Go to FRS
7.) Be more intentional about reading and supporting other blogs
8.) Make more graphics for social media and find more ways to be more supportive of authors
9.) Take breaks!
10.) Take time to write too