Happy New Year, everyone! I hope its been treating you well so far and that things started out on a positive light.
As for me, things have been a bit rocky and, at times, hectic for the past couple of weeks. I’ve been struggling with depression for the past couple of months and its really affected my motivation to do anything blog related; I’ve even stopped posting as frequently on my other social media accounts. Then, my poor furbaby got sick for a couple weeks and when I brought him to the vet we found out he had pancreatitis. At this point, both my pups were being treated at a vet because my other pup has had a really bad ear infection for a few months now and then recently developed a bacterial skin infection. And, to top it all off – because the holidays wouldn’t be the same without it *sarcasm*, the regular dose of family drama. Seeing it all summed up like that, I’m not surprised why I’ve resorted to staying in bed watching Netflix and movies whenever I’m off work rather than being social.
I really miss writing and blogging though, so I thought maybe making some blogging goals for the New Year would help motivate me and get me out of this slump.
Mina’s Blogging Goals for 2019
- Catch up on old posts.
I actually have so many pending reviews (books, dramas, and otomes) just sitting in my Drafts, abandoned after losing the motivation to flush them out. All my points are there in a bullet list but I haven’t finished writing out my explanation for each one yet. I really want to finish the ones that are almost done and get started on the ones that are still only in list-form this month.
I also have a few discussion posts that I felt really inspired to write at the moment, but once it passed I lost motivation to write for those too. There’s one fairly long one about this popular Chinese drama I watched last year, and that’s one I for sure what to finish soon.
- More variety of posts.
It’s become a bit boring for me to just write about books and do book reviews, so I want to have more variety of blog posts this year. I already started doing more discussion posts (just have yet to finish them) but I also want to do more otome reviews and start doing reviews/discussions for the Asian dramas I’ve watched. Lists are fun to do and maybe I’ll do the occasional tag post again because sometimes I miss doing those.
- Quality over quantity.
I’ll admit, occasionally I had the problem of pressuring myself to post more frequently but I realized prioritizing frequency usually resulted in lower quality of my post. All I would focus on is getting one post done after another, making sure I had a few scheduled ahead of time in case I felt uninspired for a few weeks, and never really caring much about what I posted – I just needed to post something. And I’ve come to realize that really sucked the fun out of blogging, which is how my blog is supposed to be. I’m not getting paid to do any of this; I’m literally not getting anything out of blogging so why turn it into free labor? This year, I’m going to try to only do posts I’m actually passionate about and have an emotional investment on, so no more simple excerpt posts or cover reveals on books I’ve never even heard of. I’m going to value my limited time more, and in doing so, also be more picky on which blog tours I participate in and which books I read.
- On my own pace.
I kind of already mentioned this previously. I want to stop pressuring myself to get posts done and giving myself deadlines that do nothing but stress me out, suck the fun out of reading and blogging, and do things at my own pace. That will probably result in me having less approvals on NetGalley or whatever, but it’s what’s best for me and my health. Again, I need to remind myself that I blog for fun and am not getting anything out of it so there’s no point in stressing myself out with back-to-back deadlines. Trying to “keep up” with other bloggers who probably have more time than I do or are just better at managing their schedules with their blogging and daily life is pointless and absolutely not necessary.
Well, there you have my blogging goals for 2019. Now that I’ve actually written them down and posted it, I hope I can stick to most of them if not all.
Did you create New Years blogging resolutions? If so, what are some of yours? Let me know in the comments!