Hello dear readers.
2019 is coming to an end in just a week and a half, and I am amazed by how quickly it flew by.
I remember it was January just a few days ago, and I had set my goals for the blog for 2019.
Jump forward just a little bit, and here we are, nearing the end of December, and I cant believe I have been doing this blog for over a year now.
It has been a fantastic ride, and I can’t wait to get started with 2020!
I had started 2019 with two different sets of goals for myself, reading goals and social goals.
Reading goals were the books I wanted to finish in 2019, and the social goals were the milestones I wanted to hit on social media platforms.
So let’s look at the social goals first to see how I did.
Goal #1: 100 Blog Followers
I am beyond happy to say that I achieved this goal a few months ago. For most of 2019 I was worried that I wouldn’t hit 100 followers. I would check every week, and I would do the math to see how many followers a week I would need to hit the goal, and it scared me a bit. This was the goal I wanted to hit the most, and I can’t wait to see where I can get next year.
Luckily, a few key moments during the year came my way, and I was able to hit my goal, and surpass it even…so thank you to all of those who followed my blog, liked my tweets, or did whatever it was that helped me reach this goal.
Goal: 100 followers
Start of 2019: 32
Goal #2: 250 Twitter Followers
Since Twitter is the social media platform I use the most for the blog (even then, not that often) I wanted to focus most of my attention there to reach the book blogging community.
I had my ups and downs with using Twitter. I connected with a lot of cool people, and had some posts that helped me a lot, but unfortunately I did not reach my goal of 250 followers.
Start of 2019: 39
Goal #3: 100 Instagram Followers
Instagram was the other social media channel that I wanted to grow on. I’m not a great photographer by any means, but I really wanted to use it as a channel to help grow my photography skills, and interact with people.
I was doing really well for a while. Getting a picture up every week, a few new followers every week, and getting good likes on my photos. Unfortunately things kind of stopped for Instagram. I posted less, got less interactions, and wasn’t exploring content like I used to. Unfortunately, this was another goal I did not reach.
Start of 2019: 24
Goal #4, #5, and #6
These goals I dropped pretty early on in my attempts. They were goals I thought I would be interested in, but when I tried them they either didn’t pan out well at all, or I didn’t enjoy attempting them.
These goals I am less hurt about than the other three, but I am still upset with myself for having failed them.
Goal #4: 25 Book Club Followers – Didn’t pan out
Goal #5: 50 Twitch Followers – Didn’t enjoy streaming
Goal #6: 25 YouTube Subscribers – Didn’t have as much time to make videos.
Next, let’s take a look at the reading goals I had for 2019.
Here are the reading goals I set for 2019:
Lord of Chaos
Fire and Blood
A Crown of Swords
End of 2019
7 other books
The good news: I did read every named book on that list. I finished up Lord of Chaos, Norse Mythology, Fire and Blood, and A Crown of Swords.
I don’t remember exactly, but I doubt I read all of them by the expected dates.
The real question is…did I read seven other books this year?
As I’m writing this, I honestly don’t think I did, but I’m gonna try to remember them all.
- Mistborn #1
- Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
- The Devil’s Apprentice
- Outlander (Audiobook)
- The Path of Daggers
Other: Where We Feel Human, Exploit Me, The Hole, D’Arnold Finds a Home, The Snow Queen
So no…I didn’t hit my 7-book goal for this year. I managed to get through five books, and a bunch of small books or short stories. All that, plus the manga I read weekly I think adds up to at least seven books, so I may not have hit the numbers naturally, but I believe I got there.
I am actually a lot less upset about my goals than I thought.
I didn’t think I had read that many books at all, and I am okay with not hitting a few of the social goals I had set for myself.
I am mad at myself for not hitting the Twitter and Instagram goals though, and I am going to beat myself up for that and push myself harder for 2020’s goals because of it.
Next week I am going to give you my reading and social goals for 2020. I have a few projects I want to try out, and maybe a giveaway or two. I’ll also have a writing goal for 2020, because I am slowly in the process of writing a book, which I have wanted to do since I was a kid.
Anyways, if you have made it this far, thanks for the wonderful journey that was 2019! I can’t wait to share 2020 with all of you and grow alongside you!