I’ve been talking a lot about 2020 with my recaps (and I’m not quite done yet) but now that I’ve wrapped up my 2020 challenges, I want to get into my plans for the new year. Here are some of my goals for both my blogging and my reading in 2021!
Side note: will I ever be able to type 2021 without first typing 20201?
2021 Blogging Goals
I wrote 129 posts in 2020, my second highest in a year since starting this blog, though without my June hiatus I likely would’ve broken past my 2017 record too. But it was also my highest viewership by far in my almost 5 years of blogging (2x as much as last year and almost 1.5x from my highest post year)! I’m really pleased that this year when I felt I’d found more of my voice and shared many creative features, readers really responded!
I’ve never set any blogging goals like a certain number of weekly posts for myself, and I think doing so would be too much pressure. I’m happy with the pace I’ve been able to maintain and for the opportunity to take hiatuses when I feel the need, so I’ll keep roughly aiming for 2-3 posts a week but that is a very loose goal.
I would like to continue with my creative features because I have a lot of fun with them (watch for a post next week with a recap on those!). And perhaps I’ll finally finish new graphics for the site, now that I’ve figured out my re-organization and templates over the past year (arguably the more difficult part).
2021 Reading Goals
For my reading goals, I’d like to continue reading from books I own or that are on my TBR so I’ll continue tracking those. I also really enjoy weeding my Goodreads (and now StoryGraph) shelves, as someone who hates clutter and in trying to be more mindful and really assess what I want to read. I’ll keep weeding my shelves as a monthly goal, both physical and digital, so I can remove any books I’ve decided not to read and keep that TBR under control.
Another challenge that’s returning from last year is the Chosen TBR! Thanks to those who offered a number on Twitter! I matched each number with a book on my Goodreads shelves so here’s my initial 2021 TBR with a lucky list of 13 books:
- 127: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
- 33: The Mothers by Brit Bennett
- 8: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
- 114: Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby
- 39: Bluets by Maggie Nelson
- 84: This Place: 150 Years Retold, foreword by Alicia Elliott
- 4: Pauls by Jess Taylor
- 7: Sounds Like Me Sara Bareilles
- 171: Glass Town: The Imaginary World of the Brontës by Isabel Greenberg
- 44: The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari
- 12: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
- 11: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
- 92: The Melting Queen by Bruce Cinnamon
I’m very excited about this list, some that I’ve been meaning to read for a while and others I only learned about last year and it’s a good mix of genres – YA, memoirs, poetry, graphic novels, to name a few. One book is a repeat from my Chosen TBR last year but as I’m planning to still read the ones from my 2020 list that I haven’t gotten to yet, that worked out perfectly! My other remaining 2020 reads are:
- Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar
- I Hate that You Bloody Left Me by Heather Hill
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
- Lady Susan by Jane Austen
A solid 17 to work at this year so that seems a manageable list to take me through the year. Of course, I often get sidetracked but as long as I keep slowly working towards reading those books I’d really like to read, my TBR will hopefully keep getting smaller (one can dream).
Keeping it fairly easy with my reading goals this year but that’s exactly how I like it! I do have a lot of ARCs from the past year (and previous years ) to get caught up on as well so that’s where most of my attention’s been this month but I’m starting to make a dent in the pile.
Do you have like setting reading or blogging goals for yourself?
What’s one book you’re hoping to read this year?
Cover images from Goodreads.