Recapping 2020 and looking ahead to 2021
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Tell Me Something Tuesday was hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings, but she has (temporarily?) stopped blogging. So a group of us that had been doing posts (Linda from Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell, Karen from For What It’s Worth, Roberta from Offbeat YA, Jen from That’s What I’m Talking About and me) decided to get together, come up with some more topics and keep the meme going.Michelle made us a logo and we’re off and running. For more details, check out this post where I reintroduced the meme.
I’m combining these posts because the topic was very similar: Tell me Something Tuesday asked – What are your blogging goals for 2021? So first a recap of 2020 and then my goals.
out with the OLD: 2020
I have to say, 2020 did see an actual improvement in blogging for me. I mean, I still have had dips where I post nothing and don’t visit and let’s not even mention replying to comments. However, when 2020 started, I was holding on by a thread to blogging. Now, I have found that I’m really focused on it again. I want to get back to regularly posting and visiting and everything. And for the last few months I’ve been semi regular. I actually have had a blogging plan. I think it goes back to why I started blogging in the first place – I needed to feel connected when I was super isolated in Grad School. That’s where it started. And here I am finding my blogging wings again… in the middle of a pandemic where I’ve been forced into isolation again. Blogging is my happy place and at least this time I already had a community I was part of and I’m hoping to really be a more active member in 2021.
in with the NEW: 2021
One big change (which I mentioned on Tuesday), is I plan to review as I read. No more of this “oh what was that book I read and want to review? Let me see what I remember.” I’m cleaning out and starting fresh – I have a shelf on Goodreads with over 200 books on it that I’ve marked as needing to review. I’m going through them and unless I wrote a semi-decent review on Goodreads, they are coming off that shelf.
The other big change is that I’m scheduling time in my day to blog, instead of trying to squeeze it in here and there. I got ahead on the blog at the end of 2020 (I wrote this post in November and have come back to edit at the end of December), so that’s a huge help. I’ve been trying out different schedules and I haven’t found the magic one yet – I tried carving out 30 minutes at the end of the day and increasing that to 1 hour. But I found that neither worked. So I’m going to try doing blogging after work every day. I’ll keep trying new schedules until I find one that works.
One thing that has worked though – I’m working on the Sunday Post a little bit every day at the end of the day. This takes only a few minutes and allows me to have the post ready to go by Saturday night. I’ve also been working on a post every day – whether it’s setting one up or finishing, etc. Just working on 1 a day seems to keep me ahead (since I only post a few times a week).
If you have a routine that’s worked really well for you, I’d love to hear it! I’m super busy between work and family, but I want to keep the blog a priority moving into 2021.
What are your blogging goals for 2021?
Next week’s TMST Topic: Resolutions/words of the year – do you do them? What are they for 2021?