Blogging in 2017

Guys, GUYS! We made it to 2017. A whole year without any mistakes in it (yet).

I don’t know about you, but the last days of 2016 were a slog. I barely read, I was irritable, I couldn’t focus – I was just done.

But now it’s 2017 and I feel like I can move FORWARD.

I’ve thought a lot about how I want to do 2017 differently. One of the things I want to focus on more seriously is this little blog space. So in that spirit, I’m going to do something I’ve never done before: set blogging goals.

They always say that successful people are the ones who set goals. Last year, I set myself a major goal: watch all 154 episodes of Gilmore Girls before the revival season premiered. Well, I achieved that goal, so….

Here are the goals I have for this space:

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  1. Re-read. In 2016, I re-read one book. ONE. Out of 157. I like re-reading old favourites and this year I’m going to make time to do just that. Normally I only ever re-read books from Jane Austen or the Brontes. In 2017, I’m going to give modern favourites another go as well.
  2. Elevate diversity. This past year was the first year that I made an effort to read books “diversely”, that is books by or about people of colour, and LGBTQ authors and characters. My reading year was the better for it. As an added incentive, Nazahet @ Read Diverse Books has set up a challenge this year, encouraging bloggers to do just that.
  3. Focus on books I have. I’m noticing that the books I own are starting to pile up again. Some of these have been around for a while and I’d like to get them read. It’s partly a space thing and the fact that I really hope this is the year that we move – anyone that’s ever moved tons of books knows what a job that is!
  4. Walk away. Learning to walk away from books I’m not enjoying is an ongoing learning experience for me. But right now? I am technically “reading” Drums of Autumn and haven’t read a page in months. I also started The Kitchen God’s Wife before Christmas and it’s just not capturing my imagination the way I hoped it would. This year I want to stop wasting time feeling guilty about not enjoying books, forcing myself to finish books that I don’t care about. I’m never going to read all the books and there are no medals for forcing it.
  5. Classic lit. I’ve always considered myself a classics reader. I have enjoyed them and re-read them and it’s been wonderful. But in 2016, I read three classic books. That works out to less than 3%. I want to read more Dickens, Trollope, Tolstoy, Gaskell, maybe even some Woolf!

I also want to try and up my participation in blogging events. Non-Fiction November was so much fun  (definitely doing that again) but I want to engage more. I’m not a participator by nature so this is a stretch for me.

So there you have it. New year, new Paperback Princess.

What are some of your blogging/life goals for 2017?

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34 thoughts on “Blogging in 2017

  1. I love your goals…especially your goal to walk away from books you’re not enjoying, and to re-read more of your favorite books. One of my goals this year is to read more non-fiction and to finally read some of those books that have been on my shelf or TBR list for years. 🙂 Here’s to happy reading in 2017!

    • Non-fiction reading is a great goal. I found that when I actually made the effort to read more of it, I found so much that I loved.
      I’ve been getting better about walking away from books over the years but it’s still something I have trouble with.

  2. Oh my gosh – walking away was such a game-changer for me. 1) You’re more likely to take risks on books outside of your wheelhouse since you are always free to stop whenever you don’t feel like reading them anymore 2) Time is just way to precious and there are way too many good books out there.

    Hope these goals work for you!

    • Time is way too precious, for sure. The issue that I run into (I walked away from 6 books last year which is probably a record!) is that I read like 100-150 pages, struggling to make it work. At that point, it feels equally wasteful to just stop.

  3. Great goals. I’m not much of a re-reader so I’ve set that as a goal for myself this year. I’ll pursue a couple themes in my reading, too which has always been sort of unintentional for me but I’m making it official for 2017. 🙂 I just found out about NonFiction November so I’m looking forward to that. Good luck to you – happy reading!

  4. Learning to walk away was one of the best things I’ve learned to do. If a book’s not working for me I just go onto another one. Unfortunately, i usually don’t walk away until at least 1/3 in, which sometimes can mean over 100 pages.

  5. I’m not much for re-reading, so I admire that in others. I learned to walk away about 10 years ago and it has enriched my reading life so much. You don’t get any prizes for finishing a book you don’t like. I highly recommend that one! Organization is my number one gaol for the year. Best of luck on all of yours!

    • Organization probably should have been one of my goals – I’m a mess!
      Walking away continues to be a work in progress…
      Re-reading feels kind of decadent when I think about all the books out there that I still haven’t read.

  6. Good luck with your goals. I need to be better about giving up on books I don’t enjoy and reading more of my own books as well. And, yes, the classics are on my list as well. So, let me revise my first sentence: Good luck to both of us. 🙂

  7. Your goals are GREAT and I’m so excited to see you’ll be back for Nonfiction November! I’m a little blown away by the fact that you accomplished that Gilmore Girls goal from last year – that’s tough to top!

  8. These are amazing goals! I look forward to watching you accomplish them all :). I want to find some sort of reading or blogging challenge I can join in with you on! I’ll keep an eye out lol. Best of luck with all your 2017 goals 🙂 can’t wait to read all the reviews for awesome things you read!

  9. I should be rereading books! There was a time when I reread my a couple of my favorites every year, but at this point it has been several years since I have reread a book, apart from reading books as an adult that I read when I was in high school.
    Focusing on the books that you have is a great goal. I have been doing that, and utilizing my library more. I have had a great time digging into books that I have meant to read for too long, and it kind of pushes me to read those books that I own, want to read, but have been just intimidated enough to leaving them sitting where they are.
    I am a big fan of some of the authors that you mentioned. I haven’t read Gaskell yet, but plan to finally get to North and South!
    I already have the DNF down pat. There are too many books out there that I want to read. Life is too short to read crappy books. Not that I don’t read some here and there believing them to turn out better than they do.
    Best of luck with your goals.

    • Thank you! You’ll be glad to hear that over the weekend I totally walked away from a book that I was reading. Progress! It was a library book – those are always easier to give up on because they didn’t cost me anything.
      There’s a special kind of joy in re-reading books that you don’t get the first time. The delicious anticipation of your favourite part, spending time with characters you love. But there are so many books that it feels so indulgent to read something again.
      Ohhhhh Gaskell is WONDERFUL. She’s really good at discussing social issues of her time – kind of like Dickens did but with more of a focus on women. North and South is so good!

      • Bravo for you on walking away from a cruddy read!
        I agree that there is a wonderful experience that comes with rereading a book the second or more time. I really should cool my jets. Sometimes I get wrapped up in reading the books on my TBR and feel like I don’t want to slow down things for a reread.
        You have set aside a book that was not to your liking, I can reread a book that was to mine, and then we have both accomplished something that is quite nice.
        Yes, I will be reading North and South in 2017. 🙂

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    • Funny how it’s a strength you have to work on to quit something. I’m really good at quitting other things – like eating well or working out. But walk away from a book I’m not enjoying? Never!
      We can totally do this!

      • Hahaha. Oh my, we definitely have a lot in common! I too can easily walk away from eating well and exercising. Lol But put down a snoozer of a book? Nah, I rather endure the torture for another 327 pages only to say “Wow, that book was awful. BUT I finished it!”….LOL But I agree, we CAN do this! New year, new motto!

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