1. Write blog posts in advance.
In the last month or so, I started writing blog posts the night before they were "due." With commenting on people's blogs, responding to comments on my blog, and writing new posts, my nights were completely taken up by blogging. I would like to have my evenings more devoted to reading and other fun activities.
- Prepare two months of Top Ten Tuesdays in advance.
- Prepare one month of Thoughtful Thursdays in advance.
- Write reviews for ~10 books that I read prior to the blog, so I have posts ready to go, if I haven't finished a book or go on vacation.
I used to write reviews on GoodReads right after I finished a book. This was because my reviews were just a few sentences. They were a snapshot of my feelings. Now that I write my reviews on my blog, I write longer reviews. Because the reviews take longer, I don't always want to sit down and write them. Reviews are much easier to write when the books are still fresh in my mind.
- Write a book review (doesn't need to be proofread) within 24 hours of finishing the book.
Every time I create a new review/update/meme post, I have to go to my blog and copy and paste sections to create a new post. This year, I want to have templates for my most common posts in one spot, so the writing process is faster.
- Create templates for weekly update, monthly update, Top Ten Tuesday, Thoughtful Thursday, book review, and read-a-thon posts.
I used to tweet with more people on Twitter and share interesting links. The site where I used to get fun bookish links doesn't share as much anymore, so I stopped sharing. Also, I just stopped making the time for Twitter, even though I really do enjoy this platform for communicating with authors and fellow bloggers.
- Interact with people on Twitter at least three times a day (M-F).
- Post current day's post.
- Post at least one interesting link per day (M-F)
I comment on blogs in a ridiculous way. Chrome is my main web browser, and I use Feedly to read blogs. I use my personal Google Account with Chrome and Feedly. I open up blog posts through Feedly and then proceed to comment on blogs. If I have to comment with Google+ or my Google Account, I copy the web address into Firefox. I use my blogger Google Account on Firefox, so when I open these blogs on Firefox, I can post with my blogger Google Account or Google+. There are not too many bloggers that make me post with Google+ or with my Google Account, but it is enough that the process is intensive. Everything would be faster, if I just used one web browser for everything, so I need to fiddle with things. Also, my Bloglovin' account doesn't have everyone I currently visit through Feedly. Because people can follow me (not just my blog) through Bloglovin', I want to have everyone I follow on Bloglovin', so they can get some "lovin'."
- Make sure everyone on Feedly is also on Bloglovin'
- Move all blog commenting to one web browser.
I really like to comment on people's posts. I think that it is important to comment, so people feel appreciated. Also, I have gotten to know a lot of bloggers through comments. Finally, commenting on people's posts sends out good karma (and *hopefully* comments on my posts). At the same time, I spend a lot of time commenting on blog posts. I need to shrink this time down, so it is more manageable.
- Review the list of blogs that I visit
- Create a set of criteria for commenting
- Set a time limit for daily commenting
I have started slacking on when I post reviews on sites outside of my blog. This ends up costing me extra time in the end, because I have to keep checking and double checking where I have and have not posted reviews.
- Keep a spreadsheet of (review) books and note where their reviews have been posted
- Pick a day of the week to post all book reviews that went up on my blog that week (or another system that manages this issue)
8. Update the blog's pages.
I really want to have more useful information at readers' fingertips. For example, some bloggers have pages about their rating system, about what books they have reviewed, with links to their favorite posts, and about their blog's stats. I think these types of pages would be helpful.
- Create a page describing my rating system
- Update About Me page
- Create a page with links to reviews
- Create a page with blog's stats
- Create a page with a handful of favorite posts
I have a Google+ page, and I interact with some people through Google+, but I don't use it very often. I know that this isn't a very popular form of social media, but I have started using it, so I want to take better advantage of this service, especially since I use Blogger.
- Explore Google+ more
- Start using Google+ at least one time per day (M-F)
I have become a lot more sedentary this past year, and I am noticing a difference in how my clothes fit. I don't want to have to buy larger clothes, so I need to lose weight to fit into my existing clothes.
- Exercise 5 times per week
- Create a reward system to ensure success