We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. (Edith Lovejoy Pierce, English poet)
New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. (Mark Twain)
Ahh, my friends. Everyone has written such glorious posts on personal, professional, and blogging goals, and I could pretty much blend all of them into what I want, too, since they are all perfect. I want to read more, achieve my professional goals in my day job, and while I'd love to increase my readership here at the blog, I'm really more interested in just having a whole heck of a lot of fun in these areas of my life and be content.
But, to get to some nitty-gritty things? I plan to...
- Be more creative in 2012: scrapbooking, learning to knit, journaling more, finally learn Italian and not just the hodge-podge of words and sentences I know. Maybe I'll take part in something similar to the #Reverb11 project? Is there something you're familiar with that you can suggest to me?
- Read more: Young Adult books, science fiction, fantasy
- Consistency: I want to either post a little more frequently, or post consistently for weekly events (Saturday Snapshot, The Sunday Salon)
- A Walk About Town: I really want to keep my weekly feature going. I love how it motivates me to traipse about town and record its originality for my own future nostalgia. While everyone can join, it doesn't have a lot of participation, but I enjoy it. The idea, though, of doing it on a weekly basis, for 52 Thursdays in 2012, is frightening in its massive scope of being consistent to that extent! I may eventually switch it to a monthly installment, but for now, I'll extend it in its weekly form for a little while longer.
- Challenges, challenges: I do better with short challenges, but I'm thinking of hosting a year long one. It will start late because I just thought of it, but hopefully details are coming soon...
- Drama in the Blogging World: I've read a lot about the drama throughout the year and how blogging has changed for veteran bloggers. For my part, I'm thankful that I'd like to stay far away from the controversy, but I hope veteran bloggers stay around, and continue to participate. I've benefited from their expertise and knowledge, and I know that the new bloggers who will start in 2012 will also benefit. Honestly, I blog because I love to write, read books and record my thoughts, and try new things within this electronic universe. I love seeing the changes that everyone goes through within their lives, reading, and blogging, and it makes me enthusiastic for each day I press the power button on my Mac.
- Professional Reviewing: I don't think I'm interested in professional reviewing anymore. Halfway through 2011, I was accepted with a fabulous group of other reviewers to actually get paid to provide reviews for Shelf Awareness! How exciting! But, I never wrote one single review for them. Reviews are only published if they are positive, and it made me just a wee bit uncomfortable. The main reason, however, is that I was simply overwhelmed with managing the number of books I was inundated with and my regular day job! While I read several books sent to me, trying to maintain a consistent read/reviewing schedule while my "real" job requires a lot of travel from city to city for meetings that I had to prepare PowerPoints, spreadsheets, and the like.... oh, my, it was challenging to balance it all!
- Vlogs: I have done a few over the past year and a half, and I'd really like to do more. My husband purchased the Sony Bloggie Touch video camera for me for Christmas and I love it! (It's sort of like a Flip video. The name "Bloggie" doesn't have to do with anything related to blogging, I don't think. It's just a flippin' awesome video mini-camera, I love it).
So those are the things I'm planning to achieve this 2012. For the most part, I just want to see what I can do to extend my creativity a bit more within the blogosphere, and ultimately, to have much, much more fun!