On this, the first day of 2014, I, Amanda Shofner, do wish to state my blogging intentions for the year.
1. The only challenge I will participate in is the Goodreads challenge
I’m terribly terrible at keeping up with challenges and I’m admitting defeat. It’s extra work and I usually end up reading whatever the hell I want anyway. I’m not going to put extra, unnecessary pressure on myself.
I’m not counting events like Bloggiesta and Bout of Books as challenges.
2. If I need to say “No” or stop a feature, I will do so without feeling guilty
My time is valuable. My time is also limited. To protect myself and my mental well-being, I have to be careful about what I commit to.
If a feature or idea isn’t working for me, I’m not going to beat a dead horse. I’ll give up, move on, and devote my time to something that works better.
3. I will make time to read and review
You’re running a book blog, Amanda. You’ve got to read and review. You’ve been through enough reading and reviewing slumps in the past. It’s time to carve out time and just do it.
Errr. That was kind of a weird POV switch. SORRY. Anyway. It’s very easy to get caught up in social media and chatting with people about books, but that’s also where a lot of the draining negativity and drama is. Though socializing is important, reading is too. I mustn’t let myself forget that.
4. I will have fun
Blogging for me has always been about having fun. Sometimes I forget that. And sometimes, when you’ve been blogging for a while, it becomes easy to lose the fun part. I will rediscover that fucker if I have to.
5. I will blog the way I want to
Fuck all the rules. I’m doing this for me.
6. I will follow who I want to and not feel guilty about unfollowing people
You can’t get along with everyone. And because I’m really susceptible to negativity, following negative people gets on my nerves. And it’s not worth it. I’ve got better things to expend my mental energy on.
What are your 2014 blogging plans?