I hope that everyone had a great New Year’s! My birthday was on New Year’s Day, which is good because you start your birthday to fireworks, but bad because you have to remind everyone that it’s your birthday.
But anyway, I’m actually really excited for 2018. Everyone always says that the previous year sucked, so is life always going to be people saying what a crap year the previous year was? Will a year ever be good? I’ve started a bullet journal for this year, and I think it looks really cool. What it will really be used for is organisation because I am bad at creating deadlines for myself. If you want to see more photos of it, I did an insta story, which is on my instagram front page.
I really enjoy having a blog and I would like it to continue into 2018. There are a few things I would like to do, but find that I don’t have the brains or capacity to do so. Seeing as I don’t start uni until late-February, I’m going to try and fix these things before then.
I used to have a weekly schedule that went something like a review, a Top 5 Wednesday post, and a tag per week. I don’t really find Top 5 Wednesday or tags very fun anymore, so I’m just going to post whatever I want to from now on. There will most likely still be tags/awards, just not very often.
I have found it really difficult to make my blog aesthetically pleasing. When I started my blog in 2016, I tried making the graphics myself, which sucked. Here’s an example of what my blog used to look like:
I was never into graphic design, so I quickly realised that I hated it and wanted it to end. The only other way to get a pretty blog design is to either find freebies or pay for it yourself. At the start of 2017, I decided to look for some to buy. I spent some money on the current design that I have and while I like it, I would like to change it again this year. I feel like it is quite time consuming for me because I’m indecisive, but expect some changes to the design sometime soon. I would also like to buy a nice website template, but seriously guys, how do you do that??
I haven’t read a NetGalley e-ARC in a few months. I’ve never really enjoyed reading ARCs and I don’t like reading books I don’t like. I very easily DNF an ebook because they are so much easier to neglect than a physical book. Since what happened with NetGalley sort of made it difficult for international bloggers, I doubt I will be using NetGalley much this year. It was fun at first, but now e-ARCs are not enjoyable for me to read (unless I am actually hyped about the book).
I would really like to start getting physical ARCs, but I don’t know how people get them! Seriously. I’ve tried twice and haven’t gotten anything yet. I thought it would be smart to only try with Australian publishers because they are local. I’m on the database for one publisher, so am I supposed to email them about a book or wait for them to send me one?
This year I would like to have some goals for my reading and writing. These two things are really important to me because I wish to have a career in the writing/editing field, so they do go hand-in-hand with achieving my career goals.
- Read 60 books (this is 10 more than 2017).
- Read every unread book on my bookshelf (approx. 15).
- Read challenging books (A.K.A. these ones).
- Read books recommended to me by tutors/lecturers at uni.
- Read every day*.
- Write a novel by the end of the year.
- Submit at least three short stories.
- Write in my bullet journal every day.
- Contribute to my writing journal.
- Stick to self-made writing deadlines.
- Look for a part-time writing/editing job.
- Write every day*.
*I will either write or read every day. I think it is okay that I don’t challenge myself to do both, as just one or the other should be enough.
Those are my reading and writing goals for 2018! Hopefully at the end of the year I’ll be able to tick them off.
Are you making any changes to your blog now that it’s a new year?
How many books do you want to read in 2018?