T10T: 2021 Resolutions: A New Year

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope 2021 brings you nothing but good things. (: Did you do anything to celebrate while social distancing?

Anyway, I think we can all agree that 2020 wasn’t exactly the best year to date. I won’t rehash any of the issues because we were all there, you guys know. That said, it’s a new year and while things are still far from perfect good, it’s our choice to make the best of it. (:

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My first post on this blog was a little over 2 years ago. In those two years, excluding this post, I’ve published a whopping [20] blog posts. I want to automatically be hard on myself about it but due to family issues, chronic depression/anxiety, and other life stressors, no matter how much you love books, sometimes you just can’t muster the energy, you know?

That said, I do enjoy reading and blogging, and hope 2021 will show that.

Since depression generally causes me to take forever reading books, I was thinking of switching things up a little with this blog. I’m hoping that’ll make it easier to stay motivated. I’ll still be reviewing books though, of course. (:

For this Top Ten Tuesday, we’re listing our resolutions for the year – bookish or otherwise. Here are some of mine! I’d love to get some feedback on these planned changes so let me know your thoughts please!

Blogging Resolutions

 

1. Branching Out Content

I’ve been really into anime and have recently read a few manga books as well. I’ll likely be doing reviews of shows I watch or manga I read on occasion.

It’s not too far of a stretch since you still read manga – just because it has pictures, that doesn’t make it any less of a piece of literature. However, I understand that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I hope to make these types of posts more fun to read. I can’t guarantee I won’t nerd out though. (;

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2. Consistency

Clearly I’m not the best when it comes to organization and being consistent. That falls into the “stuff I can’t get done because mental health” category. I know it sounds like I’m screaming for attention with all the mentions of mental illness thus far, but I’ll go a bit further into that down below.

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That said, I’ve spent some extra time perusing other blogs on various niches and reading up on how they schedule their content. I have a google doc for scheduling posts/ideas as well as a physical planner that I purchased at Target. I adore this brand so much – they have the best planners and looking at it daily really helps keep me motivated!

I’m hoping to post at least 1-2 times per week, likely on Tuesdays and Saturday or Sunday.

 

3. Engagement / Community

I have really bad social anxiety and was already an introvert to begin with (like many of us bookworms), so you can imagine how socializing might not be my forte, so to speak. Hell, even my own family makes me anxious enough to avoid them.

If you follow me on twitter, you might have noticed my activity is a bit sporadic – that’s due to my anxiety. I do my best to interact with others when I’m on, but even getting a notification of a reply is enough to make me toss my phone.

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However, I’d really like to work on that this year. I already know I’ll just be anxious even more but the book blogging community is full of super nice people who share a passion of mine, and I’d love to connect with more bloggers, readers, and authors!

 

4. Read More Books

For some reason, I’ve found that for the last few years, it’s been harder to keep concentrating when I read. I often read a line which triggers a thought and I start day dreaming. Is this common for anyone else??

I miss reading how I used to though – I would often be able to finish a book in one or two sittings, even if I wasn’t enjoying it all that much.

I made a post about how to get more reading done so I hope to implement some more of those tips myself – especially since I’m reading more ARC’s from NetGalley. Can’t really afford to slip up there, huh?

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5. Embrace The Concept of DNF

Generally speaking, I don’t ever DNF (did not finish) books. Before becoming a book blogger, if I didn’t like a book I would simply set it aside for a while and then come back to it. I’m incredibly stubborn so my mindset was “even though this book kind of sucks, I’m determined to finish it anyway.”

Since I started blogging, I now feel the need to finish any book review requests I accept because if I don’t, I feel guilty as hell. Most requests come from indie/self-published authors so I figure they deserve a review more than a hyped up book everyone is already reading, y’know?

However, I really need to come to terms with the fact that life is too short to force myself to read books that I don’t enjoy. I still plan to take on requests from indie authors, but I’m going to try to balance it out a bit more and make ARC’s a bigger priority for myself. The guilt is still going to be there though – oof.

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6. Read More Classics

I’ve read some of the more common classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Secret Garden, which I very much enjoyed. However, when it comes to authors like Agatha Christie, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury and others, I could stand to read more of their work.

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7. Work More On My Bookish Directory

I wanted to create a directory that’s solely for book bloggers to sort of keep track of as many bloggers as possible. Having a bunch of book blogs in one list allows for myself and other bookworms to find each other and read good content or potentially make new friends!

If you’re a book blogger and want to be on the list, please visit this page and I’ll add you to it. I’d love to have you! (:

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CHAT WITH ME!

Do you have any new resolutions you’d like to work on this year? If so, let me know what some of them are! Let’s make 2021 an awesome year! ^^

7 Comments

  1. Lydia

    January 12, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    I struggle with depression and social anxiety, too. You’re not alone.
    Your bookish directory sounds awesome. I look forward to checking it out once it’s ready.
    My post.

    1. Karley

      January 12, 2021 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you for that – you’re so sweet! I hope you’re doing well with handling yours. x

  2. Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books)

    January 12, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    I love that you’re creating a book blogger directory. Such a fun and helpful idea! I’m going to add my name to the list 🙂

    Also, you’ll find that learning to DNF a book you’re not loving is SOOO liberating! I only give a book about a chapter to hook me. If I’m not loving it, I DNF that baby – and I don’t feel guilty about it, even if it’s a review book. Life’s too short (and full of too many good books) to waste time on one you’re not enjoying.

    Good luck with all your goals! Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

    1. Karley

      January 16, 2021 at 10:44 am

      I’ve added your blog to the directory list! 🙂 It’d be great if you considered adding my button somewhere to your site, but of course not required. 🙂
      That’s very true – life is too short! I just can’t imagine what I would say to an author who’s book I agreed to review if it wasn’t for me. The mere thought gives me anxiety. Hahah.
      Thank you and best of luck to your goals as well, Susan!
      x

  3. ThatUnknownBlogger

    January 13, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    I know what you are talking about. I totally feel you. I used to lack a lot of motivation because of my anxiety. It is something that we can easily overcome. It takes a lot of time. It is something that we constantly feel. Omg yes, one of my goals is to read more books this year.

    Let’s hope for a better future! 🙂

    1. Karley

      January 16, 2021 at 10:45 am

      My patience is thin when it comes to anxiety but you are so correct! Wise words indeed. 🙂
      To a better future! Cheers!
      xx

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