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2020 Bookish and Blogging Goals

Hey guys, Hocks here! Late, as usual on time-sensitive posts. We’re halfway through the month, but we still have most of the year left, which means I want to talk about my goals for the year 2020 in terms of my reading, writing, and blogging. Because what better thing is there to talk about at 2 a.m.?

As many of you may have noticed, I did fall behind on my activity the second half of 2019. After I graduated from college, I was able to have more time to myself, and instead of committing more to my blog, I attended to other matters, like family and anime (and don’t get me started on Disney+, whoops). When NaNoWriMo came, I happily participated and blogged about it, but once November was over, I was gone again.

As you may have also noticed, I’ve already posted a review for the month. I missed the end of the year tags and the December wrap-ups, and I’ve been feeling miserable about it because I genuinely like blogging and talking about books and writing, and I haven’t been giving anything to this blog the last few months.

This year I’m making a resolution that I want to stick to, even if I fail every other one I have: Stay focused on my blog. This blog means something to me, and I want it to mean something to those of you who follow it and read it and support me on this journey.

So here are some of my goals for the year 2020:

  • Read over 100 books. This is my Goodreads challenge goal and will include manga and children books, so I don’t feel like the goal is quite as daunting as it seems. However, I also only read about 26 books this past year, and I’m already behind on my schedule for this year.
  • Read as many unread books on my bookshelf as I can. This goes hand in hand with the previous goal, but there are a lot more than 100 unread books on my bookshelf. I’m bad about getting books and not reading them. Granted, a lot of them are unfinished series, but I’ve got to start somewhere.
  • Review a book at least once a week. This is the most difficult for me because I’ll read several books back to back and then by the time I read 4 or 5, I realize I haven’t reviewed any of them, and by then it’s too late, and I just end up feeling really bad.
  • Post samples of my writing. This is something I promised last year, and I never posted anything. I get extremely nervous to post my personal writing online because it is raw and unpublished and I don’t want any cases of theft. But I would really love to post some of my writing from time to time.
  • Get more active in the community. I want to blog hop more and read and follow more blogs. I want to gain more attention to my own blog and be able to communicate with others about books and writing. I’m very introverted, and I find it difficult to put myself out there, so this is going to be a great challenge to me, and likely one I’ll have to build myself up to over time. If people interact with me, I usually interact back, but I need to start initiating it myself.
  • Finish a novel. While I won NaNoWriMo last year and plan to participate this year, I only made it a little over halfway in my novel. I was excited about it, but after I got to a certain point, it wasn’t fun for me anymore. I was having problems planning the second half and didn’t know where to go from there. I hated my story more and more. I currently have no plans to work on that story in the future. But at the time of NaNoWriMo I was debating another story idea I had previously attempted, and I’ve been planning bits of it lately. I want to return to it. Though I’m not sure if that will be my NaNoWriMo novel for the year, I plan to continue working on that novel.

And just for fun, here are some of my non-bookish goals:

  • Take back up with Duolingo. I’ve been meaning to return to the Spanish course, but I also want to work on the Japanese one.
  • Practice guitar. Eventually I’ll learn.
  • Watch 30+ anime. I have already watched a few this month. Some of the ones on my list for the year include: Fruits Basket Season 2, The Promised Neverland Season 2, Haikyuu, and My Hero Academia. I’m always up for new suggestions if you want to share some!

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So those are some of my goals of the year! Do you have any goals that you want to achieve for the year?

4 thoughts on “2020 Bookish and Blogging Goals

  1. If you get upset with your own book, it is a good time to have a break for a couple of months and then return back to it. When you do, you will see the story under a different light. Unless you have a publishing contract there is really no need to get burnt or bored with your own writing.

    Also, I always have a plan when I start writing. It makes things so, so much easier. I consider it like preparing an RPG session: you need documentation for the characters, the scenario, and the events. You can detect plot holes and problems early this way, instead of realizing of some big mistake you made when you have already poured 100 000 words on the keyboard. I always end up making changes along the way, because some planned ideas don’t work, or some unplanned ones do… but having a reference helps a lot.

    By the way, which grade did you get, that is allowing so much free time for animes? 😛

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    1. Sadly, that particular novel is one I have been going back and forth on since 2015. I did manage to get further this time, and I still love the idea behind it, as well as the main character, but I just can’t arrange a coherent second half as of yet. Unfortunately, like you brought up, I do not tend to work with outlining. I do minimal character/setting planning and arrange a beginning and an end, but the events getting between the two is left in the air. My writing tends to go badly with outlining- Nothing stays on track because I’m always finding new “ideas”. I’m slowly getting better with them though.

      Surprisingly my grades were always very well. (I highly disliked my major.) I had few classes my last year of college and worked in the mornings before classes, so I often was watching anime on evenings when I didn’t feel like reading or writing. Now that I’m done with college and I’m in between jobs (as I worked on the college campus) I have plenty of free time to spare when I’m not attending to family matters!

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  2. It’s good to hear from you again.

    I think your 2020 goals sound very reasonable and I wish you luck with them. Good luck with your job hunt/new job/next round of education, too. 🙂

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