New Year, New Me | My 2016 New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolution

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?

Be Me

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.

I will not share your email, and providing your email does not subscribe you to any other lists’.

Make some money

This has been something I have been thinking (and talking) about for a while. There is nothing wrong with making money, even though for most of us, this is a hobby. Currently, I am an affiliate with many different companies and it’s working to save up for my blogoversary giveaway (EXCITING). I don’t feel I am OWED anything per se, but with where I want to go, it’s going to take time and well, money. So why not?

Interact more

This one will be REALLY difficult. I love talking books with everyone, but TIME. But I want to spend more time socializing. Going to more events in my area and just getting out there. Of all my goals and/or New Year’s Resolutions, this one will be the hardest. But again, REALISTIC GOALS FOR THE WIN!

Learn more coding

I dislike relying on others to fix things I break. Or when there are customization’s that I want and don’t know how to do. I don’t want to overwhelm myself with anything, just enough to make changes I want/need and rock it.

Well there you have it!

These are my more serious New Year’s Resolutions. Yes, there are many small ones in there. Stay organized. Clear out my inbox and Bloglovin Feed. Tidy up the blog. Get a co-blogger? But these are the game changers. These are the ones that will make 2016 FANFREAKINGTASTIC!


Tell me your thoughts

  • Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions? 
  • What is ONE thing you want to see yourself achieve in 2016, and how will you do it?


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15 thoughts on “New Year, New Me | My 2016 New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Annie

    I think it’s awesome to set big, but still realistic goals. Or, I guess set big goals but break them into smaller pieces that move you toward the big thing. I think every year I look at my blog and want to spend a few days overhauling it 🙂 But then I get distracted by a dozen other things I want to do that I decide are more important. I think it’s great that you have good goals and you have a focus of what you want to do next year and how to do it 🙂
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    1. tonyalee

      Exactly. It’s great to have big goals but small ones are necessary to get there! Pace yourself and I hope you do what you set to for 2016!

  2. Chrissi Reads

    My fingers are crossed that everything goes well for you blogwise in 2016. I’d love my blog to grow more, so I will make sure to keep an eye on your blog. In a non creepy way! Ha!

  3. Nereyda @Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist

    My goal is to focus waaaaay less on ARC’s and read whatever the fuck I want, even if I’ve already read it five times or if it came out 3 years ago. I want to take a step back from interacting with publishers and authors, cause as you know I just don’t like crossing that line or making it blurry.
    I also want to take on more discussion posts and other fun and non-book related posts.
    Good luck to you in 2016!
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    1. tonyalee

      Yes, less ARCs are a good goal! This is one of mine as well – but in a small scale compared to the other ones. I’m excited for more non book related posts too!

      That line we talk about gets more blurry everyday.

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  6. Trish @ Between My Lines

    Great goals Tonya! I can identify with lots of these. I especially love BE ME! Don’t hold yourself back , really just be you and go for it, I love that you are never afraid to speak your mind and how honest you are. So why not push that even further and leave the filter off!
    And I agree with the make money goal. I want to make enough to make the blog pay for itself and why not, it’s possible and I have no shame in saying that. It’s a reasonable thing to want but it seems go against the grain to say it. But not for me, it’s one I’m going to work on!
    A co-blogger??!! Eeekk, big decision and one with lots of pros and cons.
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