Happy New Year! I hope you’re all ready for a fantastic 2011 here on Cover to Cover.
It’s time to publicly declare my goals for 2011. Yes, goals. No, not resolutions. Resolutions often don’t see the end of January. I’m a huge fan of goal setting (and lists- LOVE lists) and I think setting reasonable, reachable goals is much more effective than “resolving” to do something.
Onto the goals!
1. Read 100 books this year.
2. Try out new genres! Specifically, I’d like to try out paranormal and fantasy. Any recommendations?
3. Write at least 80 book reviews.
4. Buy more books whether it be for my iPad or for actual books.
5. Ask my local library how I can get involved. Perhaps joining their board, volunteering my time, helping to host programs? I want to spread the bookish love.
6. Continue sharing what I read on Goodreads and maybe check out some other bookish sites. What are your favorite bookish sites?
1. Spend less time reading about writing and instead, use that time to write.
2. Finish writing a novel this year. I don’t care how often I write, how good it is or what it’s about. I just want to complete one full manuscript this year that I can edit, tear apart and work with.
3. Just keep writing. Blog posts, short stories, poems, guest blogs, freelance pieces, lists, ideas, scenes, PR pitches, etc. Write in any avenue I get the opportunity to write in.
2. Meet more book bloggers in person. I need more real life friends who I can discuss books with, so what better way than to take these amazing friendships I’ve made online offline? I know that Jamie, Steph and Melissa all live around the same area I do, so I hope to make plans with them in 2011! Do you like in the Philadelphia area? Let me know!
3. Review books soon after finishing them. I sometimes wait and write a whole bunch of reviews at once and I feel like the quality of the review decreases when I can’t remember the little details of why I loved a book so much.
4. Interview and feature more people in the publishing industry. I currently interview lots of authors on my blog (which I’ll definitely continue!) but I think it would be cool to spotlight agents, editors, publicists and other bookish people, as well.
5. Keep connecting with more book bloggers. My Google Reader is out of control with book review blogs and I absolutely love it. I want to meet even more awesome bloggers this year.
1. Maintain my workout schedule. Hooray! For once in my life, my goal is not to start working out. I’ve been steadily hitting the gym 3-4 times a week since September.
2. Stay involved with the PR community in Philadelphia. Attend events, network (on and offline), and continue to hold leadership positions.
3. Make it a point to mentor someone- whether it be a PR student, a new book blogger, whatever. I’d like to pay it forward since so many people have mentored me over the last year.
4. Put myself out there socially. After graduation, my friends all moved back home to various parts of the country leaving me with a pretty empty social calendar. I want to take advantage opportunities to meet new people this year.
What are your goals for 2011?