My 2020 Goals

Hello dear readers. I hope all is well with you. I hope life is treating you well, and the words on the pages keep you hooked on your books.

2019 is officially over. It seems like it flew by, and I can’t believe I just completed my first full year of blogging.

There were some ups and downs for sure, but we weathered through them…and now we are in 2020!

If you haven’t checked out whether I completed 2019’s goals, check them out here.

I’m going to give my 2020 goals, both for the social media, and my reading goals. This will probably be a long post…so bare with me.

I’m going to start with my reading goals for 2020. I am still amazed at the people who can find the time to finish 100+ books a year. I don’t understand how they have the time or money to finish that many, but I tip my hat too them. You are truly worthy of calling yourself a reader.

I, on the other hand, am going to set the bar much lower. Since I prefer the books that are around 700-1,000 pages, and I don’t find as much time to read as I’d like to.

I am going to shoot for 12 full books this year, and 10 short stories (or something similar)…and yes audiobooks will count in these numbers.

I’m hoping to exceed these numbers. I want to find a nice local park I can go to in the summer and just lay there and read for hours on end.

I’m excited to get myself back in to reading heavily again, and I have more than enough books to read.

I won’t be counting manga reading in these numbers, because I read through several of those chapters a week.

Social media goals are another story.

I didn’t hit a lot of social media goals, which upset me, but this year I am going to hit them for sure, even if it kills me.

Goal #1: Twitter

Current: 158
Goal: 325

I was disappointed I didn’t hit my Twitter goal, but I am going to spend more time interacting with my fellow bloggers, and I am going to reach that 325 follower count.


Goal #2: Instagram

Current: 51
Goal: 150

I had a nice initial rush of followers on Instagram, but it died off pretty quickly. I stepped away from it for a while, but I have a few ideas to hopefully get back into the game.


Goal #3: Facebook

Current: 0
Goal: 25

I started a Facebook page to share my thoughts and opinions with others, in a book club style group. I didn’t figure out all the rules and regulations for it at first, and I quickly lost interest in it, but I want to try again. I think it will be a good opportunity for people to share their thoughts in a slightly more permanent place than Twitter.


Goal #4: Blog

Current: 141
Goal: 300

My blog grew much slower than plenty of other people’s that I noticed, but there are many factors to that reasoning. I am happy for their success, but I am undervaluing my skills and going to shoot lower. I think I can do better than 300 followers, but anything higher will be a success.

Those are the main goals I want to achieve in 2020 with On My Bookshelf. They are probably the most important to em personally, but I do have a few minor goals that I want to work towards through the year…so here they are:

  • Host 2 giveaways (one for Christmas and one for hitting 300 followers)
  • Host 1 contest for writers
  • Have 5 collaborations with authors or other bloggers this year
  • Create a blogging award (not specifically for book bloggers)
  • Create new look for this blog
  • Create a blog mascot
  • Make significant progress on my book

I hope 2020 goes well for you all, and I hope that you are able to stick to your goals and resolutions. I’m not a big fan of the saying ‘New Year New Me” but it’s true….let 2020 be your year!

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Did I Reach My 2019 Reading Goals?

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
Current: 136


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.

Goal: 250
Start of 2019: 39
Current:
154


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.

Goal: 100
Start of 2019:
24
Current:
53


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:

January
Lord of Chaos

April
Norse Mythology
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.

  1. Mistborn #1
  2. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  3. The Devil’s Apprentice
  4. Outlander (Audiobook)
  5. 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.


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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!

100 WordPress Followers!!!

It’s been just over a year since I started this blog, but I have finally hit 100 WordPress followers.

I actually hit the milestone a few weeks ago, but I never had the time on Thursdays to write about it.

Finally I have found the time.

I am very proud of myself for keeping up with my blog for an entire year. There were a few times where I thought about quitting, but ultimately I enjoy it too much to give it up.

I like making the time to write posts for you guys. I am far from the biggest blog out there. One of the blogs I follow just hit the 11,000 milestone, but ultimately I am on my way to get there.

I have seen plenty of other blogs start after me, and reach the 100 followers much quicker, but there are many reasons for that I will not get into. Ultimately I am happy I have finally reached that mark, which was one of the goals I had set for myself in 2019.

I am genuinely surprised that I have 100 people that follow my blog. I am terribly sorry for all of those who get the notifications or read through my content, but thank you at the same time.

Honestly, without all of you guys I probably wouldn’t still be doing this. Being busy with life means I can’t dedicate my life to this blog, but seeing the slow and steady climb in followers has been a real boost when making my posts.

I’m not sure I will ever make the 11,000 follower milestone like other blogs I have seen, but I have accepted that reality.

I also took a look at making some money from runnign this blog, and I’ve seen a few opportunities to be able to do that, but I don’t expect this to pay the bills any time soon.

For now, it’s something that I enjoy doing, and it’s something that helps keep me sane through the day.

Words cannot express how thankful I am for all of you that read my posts. You must be crazy if you keep coming back, but I am thankful nonetheless.

So, from the bottom of my book filled heart, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

What does success look like as a blogger?

When I started this blog as a school assignment my first thought was “Ugh, I’ll have to figure out what I can talk about every week.”

Once I started writing the first few posts, it was like a switch had turned on in my head and suddenly I had dozens of ideas I wanted to try, posts I wanted to make, and things I wanted to do to get my name out there.

The blog quickly became something that I loved and wanted to take full-time, and it didn’t take long for me to buy my WordPress domain and start posting daily content.

The next step after that was to start engaging with the book blogging community and my followers to gain traction within the community.

It’s not easy engaging with audiences. You have to constantly be looking online, talking to them, and growing your brand and image so that you can stay relevant and not fall behind.

It was while I was talking to some of the members of the book blogging community that I realized how much more “succesful” they were compared to my blog.

Some blogs had been around for years, slowly growing their following and community, while others started within the last year or so, and were miles ahead of where I was.

It got a little disheartening after a while. Seeing all these succesful bloggers, booktubers, and whatever else I could find online with hundreds and thousands of followers.

How could I keep up with them?

Clearly they were doing something right that I wasn’t doing in order to be so succesful.

I had lost my heart for blogging. I didn’t want to bother any more. I mean when it comes down to it, how would a little book blog make any  money? It would just be a waste of my time, sharing my thoughts and stories on the internet and get basically no reward from it.

That’s the mindset I had for quite a while before something changed. I couldn’t point it to a specific moment, or even a day or two.

It may have been from writing different posts and falling in love with it all again, but something made me realize what I wanted from the blog and why I had enjoyed doing it so much.

The goal wasn’t to make money one day, the goal wasn’t to become some world-famous blogger that people all over the world knew about.

The original goal had been to enjoy being a blogger, and I haven’t stopped doing that. I love sharing my stories, my thoughts, and my opinions.

I love sharing my take on different books, or giving writing prompts, or sharing a quote from the book I reviewed to the community.

I love having all these ideas flowing through my mind of different things I could do to share my voice with other people, whether that was different types of posts, different platforms, or even different types of books.

This was when I realized that success as a blogger, for me at least but im sure others in the community also, is just to enjoy doing it. You don’t need to have thousands of followers or make a lot of money, or get thousands of views a day.

You don’t need to be the best, or the most succesful. Hell, you don’t even need to have any readers.

To me, the point of a blog is to enjoy what you’re doing. I mean if you don’t like what you’re doing and you are forcing yourself to get posts out every day or every week then what’s the point?

If you get followers, or get famous from it, then that’s a bonus. Making a little money is probably pretty exciting too, and can’t hurt the fact that you’ll enjoy doing it more.

Yeah, if you’re making a blog that doesn’t have viewers it gets disheartening, and you’ll probably want to quit, but it does get better.

It may take some time, and it may not be easy, but it does get better. People will read it.

In this world that’s full of online content, it’s difficult to gain traction compared to those who have been doing it for years, but it will happen.

All you have to do is keep doing it. Keep posting, keep writing, and keep falling in love with what you’re doing and people will find you.

I hope this helps in some way. Sometimes it gets frustrating, trying to post regular content with no reward, but it does get better, and if it’s not something you want to continue, that’s fine too.

It’s difficult to do this. It’s difficult to post regular content while juggling who knows how many other things in your life, but you should do it because you love it.

Why do you love blogging? Is it the followers? Sharing your own stories and opinions? Let’s talk about it in the comments

 

My Goals for 2019

I know about a month and a half ago I had set some reading goals for myself for the year. I still plan on sticking with them, but I completely forgot about what goals I had for the blog and my social media channels.

I’m a relatively new blog, so some of these goals don’t seem like much to other people, but I figured I would set a decent milestone for myself and use it as a good foundation going forward.

Blog

I started this blog in September 2018 for a school assignment and really enjopyed doing it, so I decided to start doing it more full-time. I haven’t made any money from it yet, but I hope to in the future. I’m currently sitting at 32 followers on my blog, and I want to hit 100 by the end of the year. I don’t think this is a lofty goal at all, honestly it’s probably the easiest one to hit. My average is about 1-2 followers a week, but I think with some of the ideas you’ll hear about later in this post, I can definitely bump it up and hit 100 by 2020.

Goal: 100 followers

Current: 32

 

TWITTER

So currently Twitter is the platform I use the most to promote the blog. The writing and book blogging community seems pretty active and robust, so I’d really love to get involved more and start to grow. I’m sitting at 39 Followers at the moment of writing this, and I really want to hit 250 by the end of the year. I think this might be my hardest goal to hit, but I think it is possible.

Goal: 250 followers

Current: 39

 

INSTAGRAM

Not sure if any of you know this, but yes I do use Instagram. It’s not my biggest platform, I only use it to post a picture once a week and try to engage with some different audiences. I’m far from a great photographer so that’s my biggest weakness for Instagram, but I’d still like to start growing on there and getting some more engagement with my audiences. I’m hoping to hit 100 followers on Instagram, and I am currently at 24. I think this will be an easier goal. I only started Instagram earlier this year, and jumped up to 24 followers pretty soon.

Goal: 100 followers

Current: 24

 

Book Club

I thought it might be a good idea to start a Facebook book club too. I thought it would be a great opportunity to engage with my audiences and discuss a book in a more laid back environment.  I planned to get it started in February, but I’ve hit a few hiccups with school, so I’m shooting for getting it going by summer time. I’m currently at 0 followers, and I didn’t really have a goal for this one because I wasn’t sure if this was one I would stick with too much, but if I had to set a goal I’d say 25 or so.

Goal: 25 participants

Current: 0

 

TWITCH

So I guess this is the first teaser to my upcoming Twitch Channel. Yeah, I am planning on using Twitch to start engaging with different audiences. I plan on doing a sort of book club, where I will read a book to my viewers and then engage with them in a discussion about the book. I’m starting this from scratch, but I have 1 follower currently and am hoping to hit 50 by the end of the year. From my experience with Twitch it shouldn’t be too hard, and I have a few people in place to help build my following, but I just wanted to set the bar a little lower because I’m not too skilled with Twitch quite yet.

Goal: 50 follower

Current: 1 follower

 

YOUTUBE

I was talking to a few people who use Twitch, and they said if I did want to start streaming on there then I should take the videos and throw them on YouTube. I wouldn’t necessarily focus on YouTube content, more so have it as a side platform to get some views and maybe some followers. If there was enough interest on the platform, I’d probably start engaging with audiences more, but until that time I’d keep it as a side platform to use. I haven’t started quite yet,  but I’m hoping to hit 25 subscribers by 2020.

Goal: 25 subscribers

Current: 0

 

So these are all of my goals for my social media platforms in 2019. I think they are all obtainable, and I am gonna do my best to reach all of them.

What do you think? Do you think I can reach these goals? Any tips to reaching them faster?

Also, if you’re interested in my Twitch channel look for OnMyBookshelf. I’m hoping to get my first stream out this weekend.