Hello, 2017!

Oh, gosh… And another year begins! I can’t believe we’re already into 2017.

2016 came and went in a blink of an eye, it seems like. It was a weird year, but I think 2017 is going to be bigger and better with more positivity and success.

Hello 2017

Did I complete my resolutions for 2016?

Yes and no. At the end of 2015 I wrote a list of things I wanted to accomplish in my journal, some I knew were a big unrealistic for the coming year, but I wrote them down anyway so I wouldn’t forget them. There were 30 things on that list and I completed 10 of them.

Not bad, right?

I’m not going to mention any specifics. If any of those accomplishments had anything to do with writing or blogging, I’m sure it was mentioned on here once it was completed. A lot of the goals were more personal.

What are my resolutions for 2017?

They’re more or less the same from last year, with a few add-ons. Again, it’s private in my journal so I won’t be sharing too many of those goals on here. If I accomplish them and it’s a big feat, then I’ll probably mention something on here. But my main goal is to check off a few items from that list.

Reading

I’m pledging to read 52 books again this year. I managed 59 books in 2016 whereas I pledged 52, but attempted to aim for 60. If I didn’t get sick that last week of the year I definitely would have been able to do it. The books are on my desk waiting to be read.

So maybe this year will be the year I read 60, but I’m still only pledging 52, one book a week, to be on the safe side.

Writing

I think my main goal is to have The Lost Girl and the George Florence series planned out as well as the first book completely done. If I could finish two novels this year, that would be incredible.

I also want to write plenty of short stories and such for contests and magazines. I submitted a lot last year, not as much as I had planned, but more than usual.

What’s up for the blog in 2017?

I have a lot of plans for this blog in 2017… Too many for me to keep track of, actually. My posting schedule is more or less the same:

Weekly

Sunday: Short Story Sunday (flash fiction, poetry, and now “Dear Diary” non-fiction pieces)
Monday-Thursday: anything about writing, reading, or blogging
Friday: Time to Write (writing prompts; I’ve added picture prompts this year!)
Saturday: Book review

Monthly

Guest Bloggers: Still twice a month on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pretty much all of 2017 is wide open, so if you would like to be a guest on my blog, go here to my Be a Guest Blogger page.

Interviews: I’ll be interviewing authors on my blog once a month now! For more information on that, check out my Interviews page.

June: Our third Mystery Month. It will be new and improved this year with a special event… The event is still up in the air at this point as it’s too early to tell whether I’ll actually be able to do it or not.

July and August: Bookish events will happen during these two months. I’ll attempt to read two books a week, plus do some fun book tags, book bingo, readathons, and more.

Overall

Book reviews: I’m still accepting book reviews from authors, publishers, or just recommendations from anyone. For more information on that, check out my Book Review Policy page.

Newsletter: I started a monthly newsletter back in November. A few subscriber only happenings will begin once I get settled into 2017. So, if you enjoy this blog, sign up for more exclusive content and some goodies for you at my Newsletter here! Or, if you want to know more about my newsletter, check out my Newsletter page here.

There’s a lot of other stuff I’m planning for 2017 both within the blog and outside of the blog, but I’m not going to reveal all of my secrets here.

Overall, this year is going to be filled with fun blog happenings, lots of writing, and great books!

I wish you all the best in 2017.

What are your resolutions for 2017? Let me know in the comments below!

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1,000th Post: Resolutions

1000 Blog Post

Today marks my 1,000th blog post for this blog! Yipee!

Seriously, 1,000 blog posts… That’s a lot. And, when I think about it, if I had started posting daily when I originally started this blog, I would have reached 1,000 posts a while ago. But I didn’t start posting daily until 2015 and now here we are.

I started this blog in May 2012, but I had no idea what I was doing and I didn’t really find my “niche” until 2014. I made some slight changes to the blog and then my resolution for 2015 was to really keep up with it. So, I guess you could say I didn’t get serious about blogging until 2015.

A lot has happened since May 2012. A lot has happened since the beginning of 2015. A lot has happened since the beginning of 2016. I can’t believe I’ve been running this blog for so long and now I’m writing the 1,000th post with a newsletter, author and publisher book review requests, guest bloggers, etc. And there’s so much more coming in 2017.

It’s amazing what can happen as time goes by.

I make resolutions every year. Some are more serious than others, some I really work hard towards and some I don’t.

I remember at the end of 2015 I wrote a list of everything I wanted to accomplish in 2016. Well, accomplish most of those things. There were some things I wrote down knowing I wouldn’t be able to do it in 2016, but wrote it down anyway just so I wouldn’t forget.

I plan on doing the same thing this year. I definitely have to start branching out more.

But the other day I realized that my resolutions have been the same for the past three years. Four, if you include 2016 going into 2017.

My doctor’s appointment got rescheduled and when I thought about making my following appointment afterward, I realized that the receptionist wasn’t asking, “How about this day?” She was asking, “Where do you see yourself one year from now?”

And I’ve been in the exact same spot for the past couple of years.

Having the same resolutions isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if it’s something that takes time. A year is a long time, but nothing happens overnight. And time loves to play tag and boy, does it run fast!

However, while I’ve been trying to think of different ways to improve my blog, and find a new schedule for my writing, among other things that happen in life, I realized that the way I attempt to accomplish my resolutions hasn’t changed, either.

Each year, I’ve been making the same resolutions and trying to accomplish them in the same exact way, if only with small changes here and there. Before I know it, the New Year is upon us and then I think, “What did I actually do this year?”

Well, I do a lot, I’ll tell you that much.

So, for this year I’m not going to change any of my resolutions. I’m going to change the way I accomplish them. I already have a plan of action (well, half of a plan so far), so we’ll see how it goes.

Sorry to be so secretive, but I’m only going to share my accomplishments. My resolutions are kept to myself because some have to do with writing and some don’t.

Plus, a lot can happen between now and a year from now.

How well do you do with your resolutions? Do you make different ones each year? Let me know in the comments below!

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