Bookish Resolutions For 2015

I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to change about the way I blog and the way I read (and how those two intersect) for a few months now. This month, I’ve given most of the items on the list below a test run. My theme for 2015 is to cut out unnecessary tasks, and read freely. Here are my top five resolutions for this new year:

1. Thanks to this post by Valeria at A Touch of Book Madness, I’ve started using Asana to organize the blog. I’ve already found that it saves me time, and it also meshes perfectly with the way my brain wants to organize and keep track of tasks.

2. Although I like the images I’ve been using this year for my regular book review posts, I think I’m going to go back to using the plain book image, as is. I’m going to reserve the PicMonkey fun for lists and other non-review posts.

3. Along the same line, I’m not going to have the word “review” as part of my post title at all. Whether a post ends up being a full review, a mini review, or just random thoughts about what I’ve read, it’s all worth sharing. I’ve started to feel like the word “review” has changed the way I approach my posts and made the blog less…fun.

4. No quotas. I do like my Goodreads Reading Challenge tracker, so I’m going to set 2015 at a conservative 52 books (a book a week) so that I don’t have to think about it. 52 is a pretty easy goal for me to reach without really trying. I got close to the 100-book goal I had set this year, but now that we’re officially homeschooling, I had less time to read than I anticipated (what was I thinking?!). So my goal loomed over me while I was reading. Not cool! I’m also not going to set goals for specific types of books this year. I’m just going to read. Simple.

5. This last one is a huge one for me: When I pick up a book completely for fun, I don’t want the blog to be at the forefront of my mind. Having a “Books Read” tab with scattered unlinked titles makes me feel like I have to review those titles, and feeling like I have to review I read has been bringing me down while I’m reading. I deleted the “Books Read” sections from the blog a few weeks ago and already feel the relief.

I’ve also tinkered around with the idea of including some non-bookish posts once in a while, maybe on the education front (homeschooling? teaching music?) but I haven’t decided one way or the other about that yet. So this is basically it for my 2015 book blogging resolutions. Cut out unnecessary tasks, and read freely. I’m hoping it’ll help me avoid blogger/reader burnout this year.

What are some of your resolutions for the new year?