2019 Blogging Goals + Looking Back at 2018’s Goals

Happy New Year, guys, gals, and enby pals! Here we are, on the first day of the year 2019! I hope everyone’s having a great day so far. And if not, chin up, friend! This is the dawn of a whole new 365 days, and you’ve got the whole year to make things better for yourself.

One of the things I positively adore about the New Year holidays is the chance to reflect on my goals and resolutions! I realize such things may be trite and ineffective for some, but for me, it honestly, truly works. Having a concrete list of what I want to achieve in a given amount of time. (It’s the Amy Santiago in me, I’m sure.)

For today’s post, obviously, I’m gonna be talking about my blogging goals for 2019. But I’m also gonna do a quick recap of my goals from 2018. It’ll be nice to see if I’ve accomplished everything I’ve set out to do when I first started this blog, don’t you think?

Let’s get on with the show!

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2018 Blogging Goals

For 2018, I set myself five simple goals. Here’s how I did on each one!

☕ Read more current releases.

I definitely delivered on this one! A good chunk of the books I read in 2018 were recent releases, and I even managed to get my hands on the odd ARC or two. While I, of course, haven’t completely given up on reading backlist books (I will beat you one day! 💪🏽), it’s nice to keep up to date on what’s going on in the publishing world as well – especially since you know I’m all about reading and hyping diverse books!

☕ Share my blog with people I know in real life.

This…was an utter failure. 😅 I wasn’t able to get over the fear of showing my friends, family, or my boyfriend my blog. I mean, they know that I run a blog and that I like to write, but I haven’t shown anyone anything yet. Maybe this will be the year that’ll change? (I highly doubt it, but hope springs eternal!)

☕ Make some money off of reading/writing/editing.

Yet another no, unfortunately! Hopefully this is something I’ll be able to do this year. God knows I could use the extra cash!

(I will say this though. This year, when my brother was hospitalized with dengue, the bookish community came through in a huge way. A ton of donations came in through my Ko-Fi and my PayPal, enough to pay off my half of the bill that my mother and I split! I love the bookish community so much!)

☕ Read more own voices and diverse books.

I delivered on this in a really big way! As you can see from my 2018 wrap-up, a good portion of the books I read were either written by queer, POC, or disabled authors and/or had queer, POC, or disabled major characters. This is something I know I’ll definitely continue into 2019. I’ve often ranted pontificated shouted yelled fought other people talked on Twitter about how it’s very important that all the usual “tropes” and “cliches” shouldn’t be “canceled” until marginalized communities have had the chance to write these stories through the lens of their own experiences. The same old, tired plot can often be brought to new heights just by telling it through a different perspective, and anyone who doesn’t think so must have a sad, boring life indeed.

☕ Make stronger friendships with other book bloggers.

YAS, HENNY! I met so many book bloggers in person this year – Shealea and Cara of course (my best girls!), JM and Inah, Salve, Faye, and a whole bunch of others! (Mostly through #romanceclass events – thank you as always!) I also got friendlier with a bunch of other book bloggers through Twitter – CW, Vicky, Tiffany, Destiny, Taiwo, Zia, Camillea, Kaleena, everyone in the #Project14Lists chat group and in The Girl King Support Group chat group, and just basically a ton of some of the loveliest people ever.

Something else that happened this year that I totally didn’t expect? I made friends with authors. Who’d have ever guessed, right? But beyond being skilled at bringing tears to our eyes and utterly breaking our hearts, these magnificent women are also fun, quirky, kind, woke (💯!!), and great teachers. Shoutouts to all Mina Esguerra, Tara Frejas, Ana Tejano, Angel Aquino, Carla de Guzman, Celestine Trinidad, and all the other #romanceclass authors, Gail Villanueva, Lee Blauersouth, Rin Chupeco, Helen Scheurer, Natasha Ngan, and Marie Cruz. (I know there’s a ton of authors I’m forgetting to name – don’t hate me and please know that if you ever took the time to interact with me in any way, you completely changed my life.)

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2019 Blogging Goals

Let’s see what I plan to achieve this year:

☕ Get at least 1,000 followers and/or subscribers.

A tall order, maybe – especially for a small-time blogger – but I believe it’s doable! I have something to say, nd I think what I have to say is important and interesting! (A little self-centered? Sorry ‘bout it. But in the immortal words of the wise mystic RuPaul, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”)

☕ Increase my interaction on Instagram and Twitter.

As you all know, I’m super active on Twitter (in fact, I know there’s a ton of people who wish I wasn’t so active on Twitter 😏), but I’ve pretty much let my Instagram fall by the wayside. I want to start it up again, not only because is it another social media platform on which I can promote my blog, but also because I’m a certified instahoe. 😘

☕ Comment on at least 20 blog posts per month.

If I want people to pay attention to my posts, it only stands to reason that I should do the same, right? And of course, I’d like to build friendships with more bloggers, and we all know that organic growth is the best kind of growth!

☕ Write at least 10 blog posts per month.

Hopefully I don’t burn myself out on this goal. But, as my inner Amy Santiago always reminds me, organization is the name of the game!

☕ Write a review of a book within two weeks of reading it.

And I know most of the bookish community feels me on this particular goal. 😩

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So those are my plans for 2019! Here’s hoping I can keep up the passion and enthusiasm I feel right now.

What about you guys?

☕ How were your New Year celebrations?
☕ Were you able to meet your 2018 goals?
☕ What are your 2019 goals? Link me to your posts in the comments!

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20 thoughts on “2019 Blogging Goals + Looking Back at 2018’s Goals

  1. Best of luck on your goals! I totally feel you about being nervous for people in real life to read your blog. My friends, boyfriend, and mom know about it but any time one of them says they read a post I get super shy and feel self-conscious. But it is nice to have people in real life supporting your blog, so I hope you manage to get over your nervousness 🙂

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  2. Best of luck for all of your 2019 goals, Kate! ❤ I really wish I could write reviews 2 weeks at the latest after reading them, but I'm just soooooo damn slow it's terrible haha, I need to do better with that as well 🙂

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    • I think writing reviews asap after reading a book is something all book bloggers need to be working on tbh 😅

      Thank you for reading, Marie! And good luck with any goals you have as well!

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  3. I try to write the review at least 2 weeks after reading the book too but I once went I think half a year before I remembered I needed to post a review so -shrugs- I’m never going to be any help there. But AHH I love your goals so much, I’m so glad to have found your blog thanks to #Project14Lists and we should totally encourage each other to Instagram more (because I need to get back into Bookstagramming like, yesterday). Happy 2019!

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  4. “Share my blog with people I know in real life.”
    SAME!! I’ve always been super paranoid about people I know personally knowing about my blog. It makes me anxious just thinking about it.
    Good luck on your 2019 goals, Kate! LET’S GO 1000 SUBS!

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  5. OMG 100% feel you on writing the review at least 2 weeks after reading it because my current method is probably writing the review 2 MONTHS are reading it 🙃 *whispers* why do we do this to ourselves?? I definitely think you should be proud of all you’ve accomplished this year! You’ve been doing an amazing job of championing diverse reads, and I’m also super glad to be getting closer to you too ❤ Your 2019 goals are definitely achievable, and I'm rooting for you all the way!!

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