First thing, I hope everyone had an awesome Christmas, and... HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I mentioned last year that I was hoping to tackle a blog redesign over Christmas… well, I kinda did. I created a private dummy-blog so I could go crazy and play around with code and designs without destroying this blog if I screwed everything up! When I began designing, I did go a little crazy and it ended up looking like a bunch of random miss-matched graphics barfed all over the place. Then, I swung too far the other way… and I ‘created’ a white box. With what I've settled on, I’ve ended up somewhere in the middle – I hope! It’s a little different to my current design, but it has a sort of similar feel… well, you’ll see it soon, and I really hope you all like it!
So, this is a little bit of a warning… I’ll hopefully start implementing it in the next few days. If things get a bit screwy, or you get a few hundred 2014 posts showing up in your bloglovin’ feed for no reason at all… you’ll know I’ve fucked something up and I’ll be having a full on meltdown trying to fix it!
This brings me onto my first resolution for 2015 – I want to start the new year off on the right foot, and I want to get the blog sorted out PROPERLY once and for all. I don’t think I’ll be posting much content over the next week; I want to focus completely on getting the design done, and straight after that, I’ll be working on my policies, review archives and all that stuff that I kept putting off last year. I think it’s best for me if I tackle the ‘housekeeping’ - (Erm, ‘blogkeeping?’ Is that a term??) – part first before I fully begin writing reviews and posts – we all know how much time that eats up!
My Resolutions, Goals and Plans for 2015
This one’s a bit obvious after reading the beginning of the post, but hey, it’ll be a resolution that I’ll actually complete! Huge WIN in the making ;)
Read 100 Books in 2015
I’ve set my Goodreads challenge to 100 books this year. I'd like to read 120 again… but I’m giving myself a little breathing room.
Fairytale Retelling Reading Challenge
I’ve signed up for the Fairytale Retelling challenge, hosted by Mel over at The Daily Prophecy. I love retellings, so this is the perfect challenge for 2015. I’ve signed up at the Big Bad Wolf level, which is 10-15 books over the year. Sign-ups are still open, so definitely try and join in if you plan on reading some fairytale retellings this year!
Before blogging, I reread all the time and I will admit that I miss it. This year, I really want to allow some time to reread my old favourites. I’m planning on signing up for The Re-Read Challenge, and I’ll write a sign-up post very soon!
Find a Blogging/Life Balance
… and STICK TO IT this time!
A Little Less WoW
Not World of Warcraft… but Waiting on Wednesday. I love WoW, I really do, but I feel I need to cut back on these posts as I don’t have time to participate in the actual blog hop part of the meme on Wednesday evenings anymore. I will still participate whenever I can, but I don’t think it’ll be as often.
Schedule? What Schedule!?
I attempted to do the whole organisation thing last year, but I think I spent more time stressing out about trying to be organised rather than actually being organised. So this year, I’m throwing away any kind of blogging schedule, and just post a post when it’s ready. I will try for 4 - 5 posts a week, but no real pressure. I think this is manageable for me right now, and it’ll allow me more time to visit and read all of your awesome blogs!
Finish Some Series I’ve Started
… or at the very least, make an effort to continue them! I’ll probably do a separate post on this, but I NEED to finish dozens of series I’ve begun.
All too often blogging can feel like a full time job, and for 2015 I really want to just enjoy blogging. Resolutions and goals aside, I think this should be my focus – all the rest will happen, no worries and all that good stuff :)
That just about wraps up my resolutions and plans for the year. I’ll be back to my more normal posting next Monday, hopefully with a new blog design!
Have a great week, and happy reading!