Happy New Year! I’ve decided to officially end my hiatus on January 1, 2016. I apologize for being away longer than I originally anticipated, but I had a rough end of the semester and year. I really needed time to myself to recover and decide what I want to do with the blog (and to a greater extent, my life).
I’m still figuring it out but one thing I know is I don’t want to feel constrained this year to doing the same old posts that every book blogger is doing, just because everyone is doing it. I really want to pave my own way this year, experiment, and feel like I’m being true to myself.
I failed miserably at last year’s resolutions, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to set any for this year!
➴ Reading Resolution
I do not feel like I enjoyed reading as much in 2016 as I did in 2015, and I think that is partially to do with my goal to read 60 books that year. I “only” managed 53, which I’ve been needing to remind myself is still a great accomplishment. But this year I only want to commit myself to read at least three books per month, or 36 for the entire year. This way I can prioritize reading books that I’m excited to read and spending quality time with them.
➴ Writing Resolution
As was my goal last year, I want to finish writing my book this year. I’m hoping that this goal will be achieved pretty early. I want to finish the first draft within the next few months and then be working on revisions and whatnot the rest of the year. I also want to finish a new novel project in November and finally end my NaNoWriMo losing streak. As with my reading goal, I don’t want to set crazy goals that just stress me out all year so I’m going to end on that. But I may elaborate more on my more discrete writing goals each month.
➴ Creative Resolution
This is kind of a weird resolution to set, but I used to be really into art and drawing and I want to start getting back into it. Over Thanksgiving Break, I splurged on a pretty good Wacom drawing tablet which comes with an editing software. The plan is to get back into drawing and see what possibilities exist. I’d really like to try and make bookish-themed blog art and perhaps start taking commissions. I’d also like to experiment with short animation videos of short story ideas.
I don’t want to set too ambitious of goals, but if I can, I’d like to set my mind to one larger project per month and debut it at the end of each month on the blog or on my YouTube channel with some behind-the-scenes tidbits.
So these are my resolutions. Last year I set some blogging resolutions, but I really don’t feel like I can commit to a schedule right now because there’s nothing that tears me up inside like scheduling posts, forgetting to finish them, and discovering they’ve gone up ahead of completion. If anything, my goal for 2017 is to never. let. that. happen. again. I do hope to get at least one post up each week and let you know ahead of time if I need on any more hiatuses.
In the comments, let me know if you have any similar new year’s resolutions or links to blog is you also have a post dedicated to them. I hope you had a safe and rejuvenating holiday season and are as ready as I am to kick off the new year with a bang.