Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Blogging & Reading Goals - How Did I Do?


I can't believe 2018 will be over in a few hours!  It's a great time to check in on those blogging and reading goals I set at the beginning of the year before I come up with some new goals for 2019!  I also want to wrap up the year-long challenges I participated in.

Blogging Goals
  1. Participate in at least two reading challenges. Pass!  I participated in two year-long challenges (recapped below) and also did a summer challenge and Nonfiction November (more of an event than a challenge).
  2. Come up with new or different ways to present our travels. Pass-ish?  In addition to our hiking posts, I did two posts recapping trips we took and another on spots I want to check out the next time we're in Las Vegas.  The brainstorming I wanted to do to for this goal never really happened.  I did a post incorporating books and Disney World, so that might be something to explore more next year.
  3. Learn more about the technical side of blogging.  Fail!  I don't know why I added this as a goal.
  4. Start doing monthly recaps.  Pass!  Monthly recaps have been some of my favorite posts to put together.  I add to it all month long, and it's been a fun way to see everything I've read and blogged in any given month, as well as connect a bit more with readers.
Reading Goals:
  1. Read or reread at least six classics.  Pass!  I read exactly six classics.. and then stopped.  So, I'm glad I read them, but I probably wouldn't do this again.
  2. Read at least one nonfiction book per month.  Pass-ish! While I didn't reach my goal of reading one nonfiction book per month, I did read way more than 12 nonfiction titles for the year.
  3. Listen to more audiobooks.  Pass!  I've listened to 15 audiobooks this year for a total of almost 130 hours of audio.  Considering I only listen to them when I'm driving to and from work, I think this was pretty good!



Originally I chose 30 titles for Beat the Backlist 2018, hosted by NovelKnight.  Of those 30, I read 27, DNFed 2, and skipped one because I realized I didn't actually want to read it!  However, I read way more backlist titles than just the ones on my TBR and ended up reading 64 backlist books in 2018.


I joined the Nonfiction Reading Challenge, hosted by Doing Dewey, to help me with my goal of reading more nonfiction in 2018, and it definitely worked!  I ended up reading 28 nonfiction titles this year.

How did you do on your 2018 reading and blogging goals?
 

38 comments:

  1. Ah you're good to join challenges! I never do it ;) For some reason I feel more pressure to read when I'm participating in an official challenge!

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    1. Yeah, I get that, I just try to pick books I know I was going to read anyway or stuff I want to make sure I get to!

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  2. Wow, you did really good with your goals! Happy 2019.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. 64 backlist titles? Wow, that is amazing! Sounds like you kicked butt on all of your goals. I hope that 2019 is just as successful for you!

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  4. You did really well with backlist. I do most of my backlist via audio, though I have been mixing in more older books since I introduce the new feature on my blog. I often need motivation to do things.

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    1. I think your new feature is a great way to incorporate backlist titles!

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  5. You did awesome!! Can't wait to see what you do in 2019!

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  6. Wonderful job, Angela! What a way to end a year! Congrats!

    Jennifer Tar Heel Reader

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  7. You did so well! I want to do monthly tbrs but adding a recap section might be interesting. I wouldn't have been able to do the six classics so good on you for being able to read them. I'm so bad with reading nonfiction. I think in the future I might try reading them but I'm too stuck into my fiction ways. Good luck with any new goals you are planning for next year and Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks, Adriana! There are definitely genres I enjoy more, but I did want to try to read more nonfiction, so that was good.

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  8. Wow, you did really well with all your goals! Congrats! :)

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  9. Wahoo!!! Congrats on completing so many of your goals! That's so exciting!

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  10. I think you did very well on your goals and I loved your travel posts. Well, I loved all your posts, but it was fun seeing where you guys went and hiked. Disney - I'll watch for that one. :-)

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  11. You did awesome on your challenges! I only do a few as I can't take to much on right now but I completed them this year and I am happy about that! YAY!

    Mary

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  12. Oh wow, you did great with your goals! I feel you about the classics. I pretty much only read them when I have a retelling of one that I want to read lol.

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    1. Haha, right? Like I had never read Pride and Prejudice, and then I came across a retelling and felt like I had to read the original first.

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  13. Looks like you had a great reading year! Wishing you a happy New Year and lots of great reading ahead!

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  14. Great job on your reading goals. I'm jealous. :) Hope you have another successful year.

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  15. Congrats on doing so well on your goals, it looks like you completed all the ones that were important to you!

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  16. Wow! No matter how you distributed your nonfiction reading, that definitely sounds like a pass to me. And I very much admire your backlist progress. That's something I always struggle with!

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    1. I think I have way more backlist than new titles on my TBR, which I think is surprising for a blogger!

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  17. Sounds like you did really well! And good job on the backlist reading!

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