Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge : The Resolutions

January 1, 2014 Book Event, Bookish Fun 49

I love the idea of this challenge which is run by Parajunkee, click on the picture for more details.  And tis the season for resoluting, so let’s do this!



I have a ton of plans for next year!  I feel really motivated and inspired about blogging at the moment.  2013 was the year of finding my feet but I want 2014 to be the year to find balance:

1.  To read less review books.  I have gotten a ton of books for Christmas so I want to concentrate on books I own and only request review books for authors I love or where the books screams at me.

2.  To only blog when I want to.  If I feel it gets too much, I give myself permission to take a break as long for as long as necessary.

3.  To make time for re-reading.  I sucked at re-reading in 2013 and this makes me sad as I used to be a huge re-reader.  There is nothing like the comfort of sitting down with favourite characters who feel like friends.

4.  When I’m blogging I want to challenge myself to be as innovational as I can.  I want my blog to be my creative outlet and I want to let my mind wander down new roads and try different things out on my blog.

5.  I want to make sure I make lots of time to support blogging friends by reading their blogs and also by leaving meaningful comments if I have something to say.

6.  To participate in blogging events – challenges, BEA (maybe, possibly, hopefully!), readathons, etc.  I love the community aspect of blogging and I want to join in as much as I can but also walk the fine line between enjoying something and feeling overwhelmed.

7.  To get exercise.  OK not blogging related but last year, I often neglected exercise in favour of exercise which has meant weight gain.  2014 is also the year of my personal challenge operation-bringing-sexy-back!

Bookish Chat : What do you think of my resolutions?  Any that pop out that you are also doing?  What is your number 1 resolution for 2014?

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49 Responses to “Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge : The Resolutions”

    • trish

      That’s it, I love the idea of making resolutions as it causes you to focus on priorities. I want blogging to continue to be a fun, enjoyable hobby so hopefully my goals will help me achieve that 🙂 Happy New Year Mel!

    • trish

      I think blogging breaks are essential for keeping this fun. Knowing there is no obligation is so important as otherwise it could all too easily become a bit of a drudge no matter how much you love it.

  1. Aimee

    I have sort of the same goals as you, especially #1 and #2. There are others who blog every day (I have no idea how they manage that) and I think I should blog more, but if I’m tired or really have nothing to post about, I won’t. And about the exercise thing–everyone tells me I’m already a stick even without exercise. I really should go out more if I want to stay healthy.

    Good luck with your resolutions!
    Aimee recently posted…2013 Wrap Up: Best Books of 2013!

    • trish

      Lucky you, wish I was more stick-like! Exercise is still great for the head though and I really want to make it higher priority this year.
      When it comes to blogging it can be hard not to compare yourself to what everyone else is doing but finding what is right for us is so important.

  2. Roberta R.

    2. To only blog when I want to.
    Agree, I have been mostly doing that last year.

    3. To make time for re-reading.
    I reread a lot. And it’s confy. And it makes you feel like that particular book hasn’t just been a volatile pastime…

    4. When I’m blogging I want to challenge myself to be as innovational as I can.
    Going to step out a little from my path as well. Just have to think about the how. But this challenge is my first attempt at changing something…by being more involved in the community. (See you point 6).

    Have a great year and good luck on the exercise! 😉
    Roberta R. recently posted…Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge Day 1: Your Blogger Resolutions

    • trish

      Thanks Roberta! Challenging myself to be creative is probably going to be the hardest but potentially most rewarding as I know it will make me happy just to try. Stepping out of comfort zones is not always easy and can set you up for failure but that’s all part of what makes it more satisfying if it works out.

  3. Kate- Midnightbookgirl

    I hope you get to come yo BEA! This will be my third year, and I just plan to go as long as it’s possible. Which is another reason that I too need to exercise in 2014, BEA is tough when I’m so out of shape! Good luck with all your blogging goals!

    • trish

      Ohh, good point! I need to get fit to carry all those books and do all the walking!! LOL. That’s the best motivation in the world for me 😀

    • trish

      Thanks Lacie, the more exercise one came about as I blogged too much last year at times. This is the year of balance (I hope!). Happy New Year.

  4. Lexie C.

    Definitely what pops out was “blog when I want to blog” – I need to follow this better. I get caught up in – did I blog enough? Should I blog more? – that I feel anxious you know?

    And it would be so cool if you make it to BEA!! COME SAY HI!!

    Good luck!
    Lexie C. recently posted…BBCNYE14: Day 1 Blogger Resolutions

    • trish

      If I make to BEA, I will 🙂 Saying blog only when I want to blog is the easy bit, following through will be a bit harder as I tend to get a bit obsessive! I intend to try though 🙂

  5. Farhana

    Great list, I understand #1 and #2 completely. Personally, I find that it’s so easy to get wrapped up in review books that sometimes I just want a break from my blog to read books that I want to read! (I have made that a resolution now haha)

    I’ve never been a to a book blogger specific event. I don’t think they have any for book bloggers in London unfortunately. I do love book events though, they’re great fun.

    Good luck with your resolutions and happy new year! 🙂
    Farhana recently posted…My Blogger Resolutions

  6. trish

    I’m in Ireland so we have even less book blogging events here! I’m hoping to combine BEA with a holiday in NY though but we’ll see 🙂 I love all the virtual ones like readathons and Armchair BEA though.
    I def want to read books sometimes and not bother to review them. Like you say, it’s too easy to get caught up in a cycle of review books…..been there, done that!

    • trish

      Good luck with your exercise goal.. BEA is a great motivation, we want to be fit to carry ALL the books 🙂 LOL

  7. Angie

    I want to participate in more blogging events too. It can be hard to find them though. I have like that on Book Blogging Community in the blog section they are starting to write up posts on events happening each month. This is great because sometimes I don’t follow blogs that might have an event that I would enjoy and wouldn’t know about it otherwise!

    Happy New Year!
    Angie recently posted…Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh- Review

    • trish

      I joined the book blogging directory but haven’t spent much time there. I do love but I just don’t have enough time for all the things I want to do!
      I find wrap ups on Sunday posts are great for finding out about challenges and events.

    • trish

      Thanks Becky! That’s the aim but when I go on to NetGalley and EW, I’m weak! But at least I’m trying :O

    • trish

      Thanks Ana, I need more balance between blogging and other things I love. Here’s hoping that putting it in writing will be a good start.

  8. Cayce

    I love your resolutions/goals (I like that word more), Trish! I’m planning to cut back on review books too, not that I’ve ever requested many, but now I just really want to concentrate on the books I already have. “To only blog when I want to.” *nods* And I want to reread more, too. Oh, I love the 4th and 5th one! ME TOO 🙂
    Cayce recently posted…[LGBT Challenge 2014] Sign-Up

    • trish

      You are right goals is a much more positive word. I need to start using that. I have lots of goals, lets hope I stay on track (most of the time anyway) with them.

  9. Emma

    Great goals. I did a lot of rereading last year, particularly of childhood favourited. I loved it but my TBR got a little (more) out of hand as a result. It was hard not to feel guilty about that. But books are for enjoying and buying them is part of that… And I will read them some day.
    Emma recently posted…2014

    • trish

      That is such a good point. Buying books is a huge part of what I enjoy about books. Sometimes I feel guilty that I buy more when I have a long TBR but I do get around to them eventually. I need to ban the guilts!
      Rereading childhood favs is one my fav things to do and it will be happening in 2014 🙂

    • trish

      Yes, so hard! Especially when the review books keep tempting me. Hopefully we’ll get better balance next year 🙂

  10. Carol Graham

    Loved the list and although I am relatively new to this community of bloggers am learning the importance of ‘doing it right.’ I especially liked what you said in number 6 – I want to join in as much as I can but also walk the fine line between enjoying something and feeling overwhelmed.

    Thank you
    Carol Graham recently posted…I May Be Small — But I Dream Big

    • trish

      I think it’s hard not to get a bit ott with review books initially as it’s just so exciting! Hopefully this year, I’ll be more balanced with review books/non review books 🙂

    • trish

      I went to my gym yesterday for the first time in forever! My husband was teasing me on the way in by giving me directions! I used to be a big gym rat but it just all fell apart last year but I’m back on track now 🙂

  11. Aven Ellis

    Okay, NOW that I’m on the right blog–Trish, right there with you on exercise!! I would often take writing over the workout and that needs to be balanced. I think you, me, and Danielle should be blogger/author workout accountability partners. But I’m definitely getting back on track this year!

    • trish

      I’m all for accountability so feel free to kick my ass if you think I’m slacking! Thankfully so far all is going great and I’m eating healthily and getting lots of exercise so you can keep your foot on the ground for now :O

  12. Lizzy

    Yes, yes, yes! on the re-reading. I want to re-read Raymond Feist’s first couple of books and continue his series, but I keep pushing it off to make room for review books. I also want to re-read some of my Anne Rice and Harry Potter novels. I miss them. *hugs books*
    Lizzy recently posted…Day 2 — Your Pros and Cons of Blogging

    • trish

      Nothing like rereading a book, it feels like catching up with old friends 🙂 Hope you fit lots in during 2014. Harry Potter is on my reread list too.

  13. acps927

    Great resolutions, Trish! I’ve seen a lot of people resolve to only blog when they want to, and I’m jumping on that bandwagon as well. It can be hard to keep up, and while I want to be fairly consistent, I also don’t want to put too much stress and pressure on myself for a hobby!
    acps927 recently posted…My Top 10 Books I Read in 2013

    • trish

      Exactly Amy, blogging is just a hobby and one of many. Last year I neglected other interests (like exercising) in favour of blogging so I’m determined to be more easy going about it this year. Like you said a hobby shouldn’t be stressful and if I carried on putting as much time into it as I did in 2013, I know it would become a chore.

    • trish

      I’m still hopeful for BEA but it is bad timing for me in work, so I’ll have to see. I’m saving like crazy for it just in case 🙂

  14. Kelley (Another Novel Read)

    Gosh, this challenge is cool. I wish I’d know about it sooner! I totally agree with all of your resolutions, and I’ve basically decided I want to do the same, even if I don’t post them officially or anything. I don’t think I’ve even taken on that many review books, but they are so stressful! (Although I’m sure getting more exercise would help with that a bit. Another goal of mine, argh.) Best of luck with all your goals for 2014, Trish!
    Kelley (Another Novel Read) recently posted…Confession: I’m Addicted to Novellas

    • trish

      To be honest the exercise is my main goal. I put on so much weight last year that I get a bit fed up about it. I know what needs to be done though and I’m on it 🙂 Getting a review book is great but I hate reading to a deadline as I’m a huge mood reader. Good luck with all your goals for 2014 too Kelley!

    • trish

      I know! New books just beg to be picked up but I love rereading too. I’m determined to fit it in this year.

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