Confession – I really, really suck at making any New Year’s Resolutions. Honestly, I think it’s because of my fear of failing, and 99% of the time, I fail to stick to them.
Except for that one time I went a WHOLE YEAR without soda or alcohol and woo wee, that was hard.
I have been thinking a lot about blogging – where I have come in my (almost) 3 years, where I want to go, and what I need to do to GET THERE. It’s not a secret that I want to take my blog to new heights. I want it to GROW and continue to grow. I want to make more money. I want to throw the rules out the window and make my own. I want to write amazing, inspiring content that’s not boring.
See? New Heights.
So, how do I do this? How do I break out of the mold, kick ass and start taking names?
This sounds like a DUH. But I feel like I am holding myself back. Not in a bad way – because I am always honest, but with a small buffer there sometimes to lessen the blow. I catch myself typing out a post, a tweet, or an email only to hit delete delete delete. I am always so worried about what others will say back, or how they will take my comment. I worry that no one will like my post, read it, comment or share it. I worry that what I want to do isn’t what other people want to read.
No more. As Arnold would say,
“Don’t listen to the naysayers.”
Set and stick to my (realistic) goals
Again, DUH. When we set goals for ourselves, we are usually pretty ambitious. I need to REALLY figure out what is realistic for me, and STICK to it. When I say I read less ARCs and more ME books, I am gonna do it. When I say I don’t want to be restricted to reviews, blog tours, promos and the like, I am gonna do it. When I say I want to gain 500 new followers in the next 4 months, I am gonna do it.
Redesign my blog and rock the hell out of it
.. and possibly change my name
Old followers – stop laughing. I know.. I KNOW I have changed my look so many times it’s unreal. This time, I am going to invest the money and hire someone. Finally get a design that fits ME and this blog. And yes, possibly change my name.
On After Hours I have been doing On Life Confession posts. And some of those will move here – as well as other, new fresh content. I want to do more than review books, I want to TALK books and life and GREAT THINGS.
Inspire and help others
I want to start an ASK ME HOW or ADVICE series. One of two ways (or both). 1) Once or twice a month, write personal posts about how I have grown over the course of my (almost) 3 years of blogging and give tips for random things. 2) Once a month, post answers to questions that readers ask. Problem? I don’t know how many people would participate in #2. So I created a list of interest. Enter your email below if you would like more information or would be interested. If I get enough people to express interest – I will make it a THING and open it up on the blog! If I don’t, then well, no harm done. But I will still post ADVICE or growth posts.
Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic, and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.