I said it, I don’t care anymore. Let’s see how I did with my 2022 goals and how it all feeds into where I am now.
My 2022 goals: did I pass or fail?
- Track genres, pub years, books purchased each month: Failed after six months. (Remember my bi-monthly Reading Trend posts? Yeah no one else does either). That was interesting but ultimately told me what I already knew – that I read what I want and moved away from YA.
- Read more books off my shelves: Pass. I think I was about 50/50 but stopped keeping track
- Save $: request arcs, use library, and buy used: pass. I only bought three full priced new books with my own money, all year. The rest came from my Amazon points (work bonus) or used & garage sale finds.
- Increase blog visibility: pass (but comparative fail). I did increase views, visits, and likes almost double from the prior years which is wonderful. Compared to other people posting their stats though it’s embarrassing. That’s why I’m not doing a “stats” post 😅
- Read what I want: Mostly success. I abandoned a lot of series though due to increasing book length and perceived need to “keep up” with other things
- Broaden Horizons: I did read more classics from around the world, tried new voices, and went looking for new authors. I’d say success
- Read what I buy: fail 😅 most of my newly hauled books from this year are sitting in stacks still 🤣 though I did read
- Unhaul books: success. I gave away boxes and boxes after Instagram got hacked and I didn’t have to care about what people saw on my shelves.
So where does that leave my 2023 reading goals?
- Arcs: not a goal anymore. I have two 2023 arcs left to read and am not requesting or taking requests at this time
- Finish some of the series I started. I’ll write a post about abandoned series, my list is somewhere between impressive and disgusting 🤣
- Read what’s on my shelves. A goal for every year. I have a lot of fantastic literature from around the world here and need to read it.
I‘ll mood read and absolutely fuck anything with a deadline.
Oh, the blog
Sunday Brunch has garnered some interest (but none of the old posts still get views, so…) and may or may not come back depending on if I re subscribe my site. If someone else’s blog wants to host the interviews I would consider that too.
The fact is that despite whatever enjoyment I get out of this, even my best articles just go into the void, my “evergreen posts” are rare and the stats on them are embarrassing. I don’t know if this blog is worth it’s headache and I guess that’s a personal choice for me going into the new year. It also needs a visual overhaul that I’m not competent to do on my own 🤷♀️