2017 Resolutions

IT’S 2017! LET’S DO THIS.

2016 was rough, but I managed to accomplish 6/10 of my blogging resolutions. This year, I’m widening my resolutions to include blogging, reading, and writing. We’ll see if I can accomplish them.

blogging

1. Post three times a week. This is a constant goal of mine that I struggled with in 2016, but that I want to bring back for 2017.

2. Write more discussion posts that I’m proud of. I accomplished this in 2016, but I want to push myself even further.

3. Be more consistent with Top Ten Tuesday posts. This fell apart at the end of 2016, but they are honestly so much fun to read and write.

4. Stay up on my reviews, and make sure I actually have fun while writing them.

5. Make my reviews more thorough, including calling out problematic things I notice and including trigger warnings.

5. Keep making 52 Letters my own, especially with adding some more personal posts and working on my graphics.

reading

1. Read 60 books. Last year I read about 55, the year before, about 70, so 60 seems like a good goal. I want to push myself without stressing myself.

2. Read more diverse books, especially ones by marginalized authors and #ownvoices books. Hopefully at least one a month

3. Never take longer than 2 weeks to read a book. After that, the book is kind of dead to me, and I just need to move on.

writing

1. Edit my WIP and get it to a place where other people can actually read it.

2. Bring back Hell and Styx, my short story series. I’ll need something to write while editing my novel.

3. Work on my short stories and poetry. One of my main regrets is that I did not do this in 2016.

4. Just keep writing.


What are your goals for 2017? Are there any I should add to my list?

2016 Blogging Wrap-Up

Hi everyone! As 2016 (finally) ends, I wanted to look back at what I accomplished as a blogger and as a writer this year. To see my favorite books of 2016, you can see my reading recap from yesterday.

2016 was both a great year for blogging and a rough one. With second semester of junior year and first semester of senior year, it was easily the busiest year of my life so far. I blogged less in 2016 than I did in 2015, but I wrote more posts that I’m proud of. I think my book reviews are getting better, and I pushed myself to write more honest, emotional discussion posts.


Resolutions

Here are the goals I made for myself for 2016, as well as if I accomplished them.

1. Post three times a week. ~ about 50% successful

2. Read 75 books. ~ Loool, no. I only read 

3. Use better graphics consistently. ~ Yep.

4. More discussion posts. ~ Yeah, actually.

5. Write reviews directly after I finish a book. ~ Yes…ish.

6. Interact more with the blogging community. ~ Sure.

7. Start doing readathons. ~ Lol, no.

8. Get back into Weekend Words. ~ Not even a little.

9. Increase the writing focus of 52 Letters. ~ Nope.

10. Have fun. ~ Always.

All in all, about 6/10 is pretty good. 


Blogging, Writing, and Life News

1. In March, I redesigned 52 Letters. I am still using that design that I created and am still 110% in love with it.

2. In April, 52 Letters turned 2!

3. In May and June, I took part in two University of Iowa International Writing Program #Flashwrite Poetry MOOCs and discovered how much I love poetry.

4. I started a bookstagram account (@52lettersinthealphabet)! (And then senior year started and it died…whoops.)

5. In June, I decided to start over with my WIP. Over summer break, that draft went from zero words to nearly 62,000 words!

6. In November, I created a review directory for 52 Letters.

7. 52 Letters reached 600 followers! Thank you all SOOOO much!

8. In December, I finished my WIP! It took me just over six months and is 99,800 words. It is the fastest I have ever finished a draft of a novel, and (I think) the best thing I’ve ever written. It still needs a lot of work, but that’s 2017’s problem.

9. Today, I turn 18 and officially become an adult! I’m half excited, half terrified. 


Blogging Favorites

Discussion Posts

The Importance of Platonic Relationships

Which Blog Posts Do I Actually Read?

What It’s Like to Read YA as a Girl Who Cries…A Lot

What Looking for Myself in Books Taught Me About the Need for Diversity

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Books I Have Enjoyed With Less Than 2000 Goodreads Ratings

Top Ten Parts of High School I Wish YA Authors Talked About More

Top Ten Characters I Would Name a Cat After

Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me in a Haunted House


How was your blogging 2016? Which posts are you most proud of? What are your plans for 2017?

Blogging and Bookish Resolutions for 2016

Hey everyone! As we begin a new year of reading and blogging, I thought that it would be a good time to write down some goals I have for improving this blog next year.

1. Post three times a week. 

I was doing pretty well for this before the last two months. Hopefully these three posts would be a review, a discussion/meme, and something writing based.

2. Read 75 books. 

I read 74 books this year. Stretching my goal to 75 might be an awful idea–next year is going to be crazy stressful–but I think I can do it.

3. Use better graphics consistently.

I have Photoshop, and I honestly love working with it, but I often get lazy when I’m writing posts and go with simpler graphics than I could make. This year, I want to stop this habit and really develop the graphic design part of this blog.

4. More discussion posts!

Discussion posts are definitely the hardest posts to write because they take time, effort, and thought. However, I wrote a few discussion posts last year that I was really proud of and I got a lot of positive feedback, so I want to continue to deliver discussion-based content. Going with #1, I also want to work in better graphics to my discussions.

5. Write reviews directly after I finish a book.

Right now, I have a horrible habit of waiting anywhere from one to two weeks after reading a book to sit down and write the review. GAH I know it’s awful and I need to kick this habit.

6. Interact more with the blogging community!

I want to start commenting back, following more blogs, and really developing friendships with members of the blogging community. I also want to build my Twitter following and interact with more of you guys on Twitter.

7. Start doing read-a-thons. 

This goes with #4, but I want to start doing RATs to get to know more of you better. I haven’t done them in the past because of school, but I want to get over the fear of not being able to read a ton of books and join RATs anyway.

8. Get back to Weekend Words. 

This is an original feature of my blog that I started about halfway through the year. I’ve only been doing it off-and-on (and mostly off recently), but I love the feature that I came up with and I just need to remind myself to actually DO IT.

9. Increase the writing focus of 52 Letters.

I want to get back to sharing short stories and poems with you guys. I also want to branch out into writing-based discussions and share with you my experiences with my WIP.

10. Have fun.

This one goes without saying, but I want to make sure that I’m blogging because I enjoy it, not because I feel like I need to. I doubt that this will really be a problem, but you never know.


And that’s it! Ten seems like a good number.

What are your goals and resolutions for 2016? Do we share any?

Top Ten Goals and Resolutions for 2015 (for reading, writing, blogging, and life)

top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week, they post a new Top Ten topic and other bloggers respond with their own lists. I take part in this meme when I have something to say for the topic and I have time to write up a post for the day.

Hey guys! The year is almost over! I’m going to have another post tomorrow wrapping up this year of blogging, but for today I’m going to share with you my Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2015–whether they be about this blog, reading, writing, or just my personal life.


1. Keep reading

So far, I’ve been able to balance high school and reading pretty well. This blog has definitely helped with that by giving me an incentive to finish books quickly. Next year will probably be more intense high school-wise, but I plan to keep reading at a steady pace.

2. Read new things

As you can tell from reading this blog, I read mostly YA. I have tried to keep what I read within that age range diverse. Next year, I’d like to read some older titles, possibly some nonfiction and classics (gasp!). Of course, the majority of what I read will be YA, because I love it.

3. Get a second draft of Devil May Care done

I’ve been plotting DMC (my current novel project) for a while now, but I need to sit down and write. Recently, I’ve gotten back into writing (yay!!) but I need to keep that going during the school year.

4. Write!

I don’t just want to focus on my novel. I’d like to keep writing poetry, which I got into this year, as well as short stories. Anything to keep me in the writing mindset and that I can share with you guys.

5. Keep blogging

I started blogging this year and I realized that I really enjoy it. I’m definitely planning to keep this blog going, and I’d like to keep up my November resolution of 3 posts a week (though that fell apart this month). I should return to some of the unique features of this blog, like Thoughts On… and the Hell and Styx stories.

6. Blog better

I want this blog to be more unique, more “me.” I’m not quite sure what this will entail, but next year should see more original content, better quality posts, and small things that make 52 Letters more special.

I love graphic design and I want to incorporate that into this blog more often. It probably won’t be anything more than cool images for my features/memes, but at least it will keep me working with my software and sharing the results with you guys.

7. Connect with my readers

Here’s a long overdue shout out to my amazing followers! Thank you for reading what I have to say and for all the likes/comments. Next year, I want my blog to be more connected to its readers. I’m going to comment more on other blogs and have some more interactive posts. And I’m thinking of getting more publicity for the blog by dabbling in social media (though there is a very large chance that that does not happen because social media is a beast I haven’t even conquered with my personal life).

8. Read books for review

So far, I’ve only reviewed books that I personally bought. I’d like to get some review copies, because it sounds fun, will make this blog a bit more “official,” and it will save me some money (books are expensive!). I have not yet decided how to get these review copies (mainly because I don’t read ebooks), and if any of you have suggestions–please help!

9. Stay positive about school

Lately, school has become something to survive, not enjoy. The stress and the workload have been keeping me from enjoying it, as well as my hobbies. When school comes back from winter break, I am going to try to stress myself out less and remember what I enjoy about the classes I’m taking and the people I’m taking them with.

10. Enjoy myself

Recently, I feel like I’ve shoved my personal life into the corner while I focus on school. This blog is one of the only things I’ve kept doing during the school year. I want to write more, and focus on my other hobbies, like drawing and graphic design. I want to spend more time with friends and family. Basically, I want to enjoy myself.