How well did I do with my 2015 book- and blog-related resolutions?
- Read more books from my TBR list. I pretty much failed at this one. I did read about 5 books from my Top of the Hoard list, and a few other older books from my TBR list, but not nearly as many as I had hoped. I’ll be revisiting this goal in 2016!
- Request fewer ARCs. This one didn’t work out too well, either. I requested a lot of ARCs, and to my shame, I didn’t read all of them. I’ll be working on this one again in 2016 as well.
- Catch up on some older ARCs. Another fail. I didn’t get to many of my older ARCs. However, I did manage improve my NetGalley review percentage, bringing it up from around 63% at its worst to 74% today. I’ll keep trying to improve it in 2016.
- Write reviews closer to when I finish reading the book. On the whole, I did better with this, at least in terms of writing notes or review drafts after I finished a book. My success was a bit erratic, since I had a hard time finding time even to write notes whenever I had a major indexing project.
- Stay at least 2 to 3 weeks ahead on reviews and other posts. I did well with this for a bit, then lost my cushion and struggled for months to rebuild it. I’m in slightly better shape now, but I’m not 2 to 3 weeks ahead by a long chalk.
- Find a better balance between blogging and the rest of my life. This one is hard to measure, but I think I did better with it.
- Find time and the discipline to write. FAIL. No writing got done at all. I seem to have a lot of blocks keeping me from getting started.
- Work on my blog design. This one went really well! Last spring, I got a new header thanks to artist Christin Jaynes, who drew my little bookwyrm, and designer Michelle at Limabean Designs, who turned it into a header banner. Then I tweaked the rest of the blog’s design to complement it. I added social share buttons to my posts, added some review archive pages, and streamlined my sidebar a bit. I’ve still got some tweaking and cleanup to do, but on the whole I’m pretty happy with how it looks.
- Keep learning HTML and CSS. I have learned some more HTML, but I didn’t get very far with CSS. I tend to learn what I need when I need it, and so far, I haven’t really needed CSS.
- Have more fun (in both blogging and life). I definitely made progress on this front!
Summary and year in review
As far as my resolutions go, 2015 was a mixed bag — partial success in some areas, very little in others. I hope I can accomplish more of my goals in 2016! You can see what they are on Tuesday (1/05/16) — it’s my Top Ten Tuesday post for next week.
In the broader sense, I had a very good year, both personally and in terms of books and the blog. I read 192 books, 12 more than my Goodreads goal, and a lot of them were new titles rather than re-reads, which was also one of my goals. I applied for and was chosen to be an Avon Addict, which has been (and will continue to be) a lot of fun — wonderful boxes of books, and the camaraderie of many fellow romance-lovers, plus the chance to share reviews and giveaways with you all. I updated my blog design (I love my little bookwyrm/dragon!)* and successfully participated in a number of challenges.
In my personal life, Mr. Bookwyrm and I celebrated our 25th anniversary with a wonderful getaway in Sedona, Arizona. We had a lovely family reunion/vacation in Minnesota and along the upper Great Lakes, and I’ve spent several weeks with both sets of my parents. I directed two good concerts and sang in two others. I even gave a voice recital in October — admittedly, to a small audience, but I was pleased with my progress. Robin got her driver’s license and is halfway through her 3rd year of college. And all my loved ones are healthy and happy (on the whole.) I would call that a very satisfying year!