A look back at 2018 & my reading, blogging, writing and personal goals for 2019

I’m not that big on new resolutions for the new year, yet it seems to be a sort of habit here, on the blog, to look back on what I’ve accomplished blogging and reading-wise in the last year and to set new goals for the year to come and… I kind of enjoy that habit. I’ve come to realize that I like going back to my old blog post from a year ago and realize whether or not I actually accomplished everything I said I would.

So today, I’m going to do just that.

In case you’re curious, here is last year’s blog post with my 2018 resolutions!

πŸ’» My blogging resolutions in 2018

“In 2018, I wanted to give more. To the community, in terms of giveaways, blog posts, showcasting the books I love and so on.”

❎ I would say that wasn’t quite the success I’d hope. Despite creating a Ko-Fi like I said I would, I didn’t manage to host a whole lot of giveaways. I did manage to create more blog posts and more lists posts showcasting the books and authors I loved, so… that was half a win, I’d say?

“In 2018, I will be joining the discussion challenge and aim for the highest goal.”

βœ… I DID THIS! I have been loving discussion posts all year long, they are without a doubt my favorite blog posts to write and I am thrilled that I manage to write a whole bunch of them thorough the year.

“In 2018, I want to take better care of myself and just relax about blogging. (…) also need to stop the comparison game and tell myself that I am enough.”

❎ Ha.Ha.Ha.Ha. Next.

πŸ’» My blogging resolutions for 2019

Okay, so here are a couple of things I really want to do in the next year…

  • Starting guest posts maybe from community members (would you be interested?), special blog post series on themes that matter to me maybe. I just want to do more with that somehow?
  • Join the discussion challenge again. I love a good discussion and I’m not planning on stopping any time soon, so I’ll be part of the discussion challenge again this year! This challenge is hosted by the two amazing bloggers Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight & Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction. I’m also going to be aiming again for the highest goals of discussions here because why not.
  • Try different things: I would love to try different kind of blog posts, to showcast books and their authors more somehow. I don’t know, I’m brainstorming.
  • I also want and hope to do more collaborative posts with my sister (currently a once-a-month co-blogger here)!
  • Continue to blog hop and comment a lot and discover new blogs and spread the love all year long.
  • RELAX! ABOUT! BLOGGING! I just need to do better with that and CHILL.

πŸ“š My reading resolutions in 2018

“In 2018, I want to read 65 books and read more diverse and #ownvoices”

βœ… As I’m drafting this, I have read 73! Books! Which means that if I finish my current read before the end of the year, I’ll have gotten through 74 books, which is my ALL TIMES RECORD. Fingers crossed. But also, pretty proud of myself on that one. I also read a whole lot of diverse and #ownvoices books and I’m honestly so proud and happy about that.

“In 2018, I don’t want to be too influenced by the hype.”

❎ Yeah, let’s just pretend I didn’t write this down okay.

“In 2018, I want to read backlist books.”

βœ… I had joined the #BeatTheBacklist Challenge in 2017, one of the very unique challenge I actually joined, in order to read more backlist titles. My goal was to read 20 books, which wasn’t a whole lot and I am thrilled to say that I SUCCEEDED in that one, so yay!

My reading resolutions for 2019

  • Read 70 books. Let’s be crazy and aim high?
  • Continue reading diverse and #ownvoices books and boost them.
  • Be! Better! With! The! Hype! (a.k.a know to avoid it when you should)
  • Continue being contemporary trash and make everyone a contemporary fluff ball like me.
  • Try to finish reading some series I started in… well, 2017. Overall do better with series? (This Savage Song, The Young Elites, Legend, An Ember in the Ashes etc.)
  • Read and get more books as ebooks (a.k.a resist the appeal of physical copies when I can get ebooks). Now. That might be kind of hard.
  • Beat The Backlist : without officially joining, I want to read backlist titles and try to focus on them as much as I do on new releases.

πŸ–Œ My writing resolutions in 2018

“In 2018, I want to open my damn Word doc and start editing.”

βœ… I DID THIS. It’s honestly one of the things I’m the most proud of, even if, as of right now, I’m not done with this draft. I still got through maybe 2/3 of my story and that’s pretty good, even if I have no idea what I’m doing.

“In 2018, I want to start writing another story.”

❎ I haven’t done that, because I have been focused on editing my work and… not writing the rest of the year, so…

“In 2018, I want to talk more about writing and write regularly again.”

❎ Another failure here. Oops.

πŸ–Œ My writing resolutions for 2019

  • Finish editing my current WIP (and maybe send it to beta readers)
  • Brainstorm and maybe write another story
  • Bribe my sister into co-writing a WIP with, drumrolls, sisters as a dual POV. I HAVE IDEAS.
  • Try to write on a regular basis again.

πŸ’• Personal resolutions in 2018

“In 2018, I want to travel as much as I can, love and be thankful for all the people around me.”

That was a success, even if that end of the year has been pretty terrible for traveling and everything else, too. Still, I managed to go to Paris, Berlin and Edinburgh this year and I’m pretty happy about that!

πŸ’• Personal resolutions for 2019

I’m not making any personal resolutions, because life is a rollercoaster and I just hope to take it as it goes and that everything will be nice. I obviously want to travel more and obviously just want to be happy and take better care of myself. Let’s take a second to laugh at that one, because I’m terrible at taking care of myself, but well… I guess I can try!

Are you the kind of person that likes making new resolutions, or not at all?

What are some of your reading, blogging or personal resolutions for the new year? Does anyone knows how to chill about blogging? I might need some adviceeeeeeeee because I suck at that okay. Oops.

I’d love to hear from you, so let me know everything in comments!



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148 thoughts on “A look back at 2018 & my reading, blogging, writing and personal goals for 2019

  1. Ah, I totally relate to the ‘chill about blogging’ one. I love blogging and sometimes it’s hard to balance it with the rest of my life and not spend too much time hunched over my computer, so yeah, I also have that goal. One thing I tried this month was scheduling a ton of posts in advance, which gave me a bit of a break for the holidays which was nice?

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    1. I’m glad to hear getting a bit of a break was nice! I need to do that more often. Thing is, I’m okay with planning, but there are always so many things to do, blogs to read and so on and… it never stops, I need to chill and take time for myself too haha. Fingers crossed we’ll do good with that resolution πŸ™‚
      Have a wonderful new year Annie!! ❀ ❀

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  2. You’ve read a lot of books this year! Like that’a amazing! I honestly don’t know how many I’ve read because of the fact that I started using goodreads really late this year, but for next year I’m prepared! Great post Marie πŸ™‚ x

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    1. Aw thank you Melina, that means a lot! ❀ ❀ I can't wait to see you using goodreads more, it's always so fun to see the statistics at the end of the year πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! I hope you'll have an amazing new year!! ❀

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  3. Yay for achieving so many of your goals this year, Marie!❀️I’m so happy I have discovered your blog and have gotten to read so many of your blog posts this past year, it’s been so wonderful and I’m so excited to see what comes next. Best of luck with all your new goals! I hope your 2019 is phenomenal.πŸ₯‚

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    1. Awww Olivia, thank you so, so much this honestly means the world to me ❀ ❀ I hope to chat with you more and more this year and here's to an amazing 2019 for you, too! ❀ ❀

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  4. I would say you did pretty well with your resolutions. I am so proud of you πŸ™‚ One thing I missed this year is traveling more and like you, I really want to visit some amazing places. But now, I am not sure if that is possible any time soon πŸ˜›

    Good luck with all the resolutions for 2019. I am sure you are gonna be awesome πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much!! ❀ Here’s to hoping for more travelling soon and life-changing things, too. I am certain you’ll be able to travel soon and it doesn’t have to be too complicated or too far away, you can find hidden gems anywhere πŸ™‚
      Thank you! ❀

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  5. This post was awesome! I hope that 2019 is wonderful for you and productive in writing. I’m definitely rooting for you and glad I stumbled across your blog towards the end of the year, and excited to continue reading your posts throughout this year!

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  6. Aahh Marie, this post made me so happy!! I’m so proud of you for accomplishing everything you did — and especially with your reading goal! And I really need to stop comparing myself in blogging too, especially with the rough year I’ve had lmao. If you need to hear it — you’re an absolutely amazing blogger and I know so many people look up to you!! And aahh writing a WIP with your sister sounds like so much fun and I hope you get the chance to do it — along with finishing all your edits on your WIP! Best of luck with all your goals, you’re going to do amazing things in 2019!! ❀

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    1. Aww thank you May, you’re honestly the sweetest, your words mean so much 😭❀️ I know that comparison really is the worst thing to do and I hope to be better with that in the new year, hopefully we both will. Also, you’re an incredible blogger and deserve all the praise and love, always remember that ❀️
      Thank you so, so, so much! Best of luck for your goals just as well, I hope that January is treating you well so far ❀️

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  7. Reading all those goals and what you reached and didn’t reach, I’d say you still did an amazing job, Marie! ❀
    You might not have ticked them all off, but at least you attempted most of those you didn't succeed at entirely? And that's worth so much!

    As for being chill about blogging.. Honestly I wish I could help you there. I thought I had that one figured out for myself, but lately all I've been thinking is "AAH. MY BLOG WILL BE DEAD ONCE LITTLE WIGGLE IS BORN AND I CANNOT LET THAT HAPPEN AND WHAT DO I DO". I know it makes no sense and I probably won't even think twice about it once the time's there but.. right now it's causing me stress I so do not need?
    Now that I think of it, maybe it can help if we actually schedule our blogging time and, say, devote x amount of time to reading blog posts or devote that specific day to answering comments and stuff like that? I have NO CLUE and no time to figure it out either, haha. So if you ever figure it out, I'm all ears!

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    1. Aww thank you so much Kathy, you’re too sweet ❀ I did my very best with it ahah πŸ™‚

      Oh I can imagine how you must feel, that's so stressful, I get it. Sometimes even when my usual schedule gets off track, I stress out a little bit too haha. I kind of already try to schedule my blogging time ? Blog hopping and comments on evenings a bit, writing blog posts on weekends – but if that gets off track all of a sudden, or if I need to plan ahead a little more, I'm NOT RELAXED at all. I'm just not a relaxed person overall either, so that doesn't help hahaha.
      Just do you, try to schedule a bit, try to take it as it comes and… well, it's okay if your blog is a little on hiatus, too. It is stressful to think about it (I know, I stress out about hiatuses haha), but I know that people, the important ones at least, come back when you do, too ❀

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      1. Ugh, right? I get annoyed the moment my schedule changes last minute – even though people think I’m chill as hell of things like that but secretly I’m not? I hate last minute changes.
        Ha, I’ve never even taken a hiatus since starting my blog so to say I’m stressed about it is a no-brainer. Even more so because it’s not like I *need* the hiatus; I simply won’t have time to blog – probably – and go on an automatic hiatus. :’) I’ve been writing posts for February already though – I’m nuts – so maybe people won’t even notice.. [yeah right, brain..]

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      2. Ughhhh same here it frustrates me so much πŸ™ˆ I wish I could learn how to be chill, we should learn together haha.
        Wow well you are the QUEEN of scheduling, wow haha; I guess it will be a sort of automatic hiatus and you’ll be slower, but it’s okay too! and I’ll notice that you’ll be gone and I will miss chatting with you tons, I’ll have to find other ways to bother you than endless comments hahaha ❀

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      3. is there a course for that? Like.. we totally need something along those lines! Pretty sure we aren’t the only ones either, haha.
        Gaaah I’m NOT. I don’t even know how I’m doing it. Wish I did. :’)
        Aaawh ❀ I'm the worst at social media [seriously, it takes me ages to reply on those platforms for some reason? if I do at all?] but there's always email? I THINK I'm better at that? :')

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