New Year’s Resolutions

Invested_Ivana 50Hey Nell, it’s almost New Year’s Eve. One Book Two is 10 months old! Have you made any New Year’s resolutions regarding the site this year?

Nervous_Nellie_50One of my resolutions is to keep more on task. I have a list, I need to follow it. No more hareing off to read a book that’s not on my list.

Invested_Ivana 50Ooh, that’s going to be hard! But I need to do that, too. Here’s my list of resolutions for the site:

1. Set aside time to read other blogs and Goodreads discussion groups. I want keep up with other blogs, but always struggle with that.

2. Remember that WordPress assumes one space between sentences, not two. I was trained for two spaces between sentences and it’s really hard to break that habit.

3. Do a better job of balancing direct review requests with NetGalley reviews and books I buy for myself. I’m not sure how to do this yet.

Nervous_Nellie_50You have some intense resolutions with #1 & #3. When you figure out the solution, let me know. Oh, and it can’t include quitting my day job. I still need to eat! Here are my resolutions:

1. Interact with like minded bloggers more often.
2. Continue to develop good relations with authors to help both author and blog.
3. Attempt to attend more author related events.

Invested_Ivana 50Oh, author-related events. That sounds fun! We have some of those planned, too. And you want to interact with more bloggers, as well. Nice. Got any ideas for fitting in a “real” job plus family stuff with reading requests, reading books you bought, reading blogs and discussions, answering emails, talking with authors, and going to author events? I think that’s where I’m struggling. 😉

Nervous_Nellie_50I wish I had a cure-all for all the things we do including ‘day job’ stuff. I have been working on my planner (you know that organizing is a sickness of mine) and trying to get reminders and notes all in one place.

A list of ‘want to’ reads is a goal of mine, but there are so many books that look good, I have a hard time choosing anyway. I need a list of emails to return, but I just use my inbox for that. I try to use an electronic calendar, but I just never look at it. OH, the problems! Woe is me!!

Invested_Ivana 50I know. I feel the same way. Guess we’ll just have to ask for more hours in the day, huh?

Nervous_Nell 50I think you’ll get that request granted about as quickly as you would asking for a clone.

Maybe I should cut down on the books I read? I’ve got 110 done for this year, but if I do 1/2 that, like say, 52 (one per week) then I’d have extra time? I know that’s easy to say, but do you suppose I could stick with that? I’d hate to give up my 100 per year goal, though.

Invested_Ivana 50Oh, wow. Yes, that would give us more time, but my goal has always been 100 books in a year. It would feel like slacking if I didn’t make that, and I’d fall even farther behind than I am now! Maybe a better goal would be to reduce the amount of books we buy next year? Since we could keep completely busy with just request.

Nervous_Nellie_50I have reduced the amount of books I’ve bought. You should be very proud of me – I’ve so totally stepped outside my box, I don’t even see the cardboard sides anymore!! I’ve been nearly exclusively reading request for review books for the past few months, and to tell you the truth, I would have missed some darn good books if I hadn’t!!

Invested_Ivana 50That is so awesome! Good for you! I agree, we’ve found some awesome books through requests this year! I don’t think I’ve reduced the amount of books I’ve purchased, though. <blushes>. There are just too many good ones!

I know. Maybe I’ll have to alternate between books we’ve received via requests and books I’ve bought. One request, one purchase, and so on. That way I should be able to get through 50 or so of each? Plus the audiobooks I usually have going on the side. Think that would work?

Nervous_Nellie_50If you buy me a secretary, it might. My instincts rebel against structure.

Invested_Ivana 50<sigh> Well, then, here’s to struggling through another year. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

About Invested Ivana

I'm an adult learning professional, a book blogger at One Book Two, and lifetime reader. I like geeky things. All opinions expressed on this site are my own and do not reflect the opinions of my employers, my clients, the other reviewers on this site, or this site as a whole.

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