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I honestly used to think New Year’s Resolutions were super cliche (and in some ways, they are I guess), but I can’t deny that I love the feeling of a fresh start on January 1.
I did some soul searching and reflecting during December and came up with quite a few goals for myself in 2023.
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Goodreads and StoryGraph Goals
I do like the idea of StoryGraph because of the stats feature, so I’m going to give it one more try this year. I don’t want to completely drop Goodreads though because all of my reading for five years is there. And yes, I know you can import your data to StoryGraph, but when I tried it the first time, it didn’t work out right.
So to make the tracking feel different, I will have two different reading goals in 2023. I want to read 52 books (Goodreads goal) and 20,000 pages (StoryGraph goal) in 2023. I thought about setting my goal higher this year, but I feel like 52 is always attainable for me. I like the idea of the pages goal because I have started reading fantasy more and those books are always longer than general fiction.
I got in this terrible habit of thinking I needed to finish a book within 1-3 days of starting it. So when life was busy, I wouldn’t start a book because I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish it right away.
And I need to get over this in 2023.
I want to establish a reading routine in 2023. I love the “Angie Way” that @angiereads uses, but I don’t think I have the patience or discipline to set a TBR and stick to it each month. Basically she decides which books she wants to read each month and divides the book up into segments and reads that exact amount every day.
I do like the idea of setting a time or page goal each day, so I think I am going to start with that for a few months and see how it goes. But I need to figure out a way to fit reading in to my day more often.
I have written an update to my Why I Am Breaking Up With ARCs in 2022 post. Not to spoil the update, but I do not intend to start requesting ARCs regularly again. You can read all of my thoughts and reflections about this decision in an upcoming post.
I first joined bookstagram to connect with other readers, but I feel like I got away from that in 2020 when I became too obsessed with the algorithm and growing my account.
So I want to get back to reason I joined bookstgram in the first place. I participated in a buddy read for House of Sky and Breath last year and had so much fun! I really want to participate in more buddy reads and readalongs this year and possibly even host some myself.
I recently created a digital reading journal, which I shared in my Etsy shop! My goal is to finally follow through with keeping up with a reading journal all year.
You can check out a free sample of the journal here to make sure the journal is compatible with your device and PDF markup app of choice.
Brand and Content Goals
I don’t know that I really have many goals for Instagram. I would like to reach 7,500 followers, but I also don’t feel like your follower count really matters much anymore.
I would like to use my TikTok account more often and do weekly reading vlogs on the app. I love to watch this content and it is fun to make when I remember to stop and video during the day!
In 2022, I feel like my blog content became very stale because I was only posting Book of the Month prediction posts. And while I do plan to continue those posts, I would like to add 1-2 other posts to the blog each month as well. I hope to do some blog posts for different prompts on the 2023 reading challenge list. I would also like to keep my Recent Reads posts more current. I kind of stopped posting those half way through the year and its hard to be motivated to go back and do 3-6 months of those posts!
I don’t want to share any specific numbers, but I do have a goal in mind for my 2023 sales. I am looking forward to creating new fandom and bookish bookmarks and stickers while also offering pattern bookmarks in my shop. I am also adding more digital and printable products to my shop this year. I love creating planner sheets even though I’m terrible at keeping up with a journal all year.
I think consistency should be my word of the year for 2023. In some ways, I have been more consistent. For instance, I’ve kept up my bookstagram since 2018 and blog since 2019.
But there are other areas of my life that I am not so consistent. Like taking care of myself mentally and physically. I have gotten in the habit of using my busy life as an excuse to skip workouts and that needs to end in 2023.
I also need to give myself rest when I need it. By December, I felt like I was being pulled in a dozen different directions because I was trying to do too much. I hope to manage my time better in 2023 and plan my product launches in advance so I can give myself the rest I need during breaks from work.
Wow. I apparently have more goals for 2023 than I thought. Even though this is a lot when you write it all out, I feel like many of my goals work together because so much of my life revolves around work and reading.
I would love to know some of your 2023 goals! Drop a goal or two that you feel comfortable sharing in the comments below.