Blog New Years Resolutions And Bloggiesta Goals!

Every year I like to make New Years Resolutions. Often, I fail miserably at keeping the resolutions not related to reading, for example I can keep my resolution to read 100 books in a year easily, but don’t do so well at keeping my resolution to work out or eat healthy food. This year, I say screw food and exercise resolutions, instead I will make resolutions I can keep.

In the year 2010, I hereby resolve to:
1. Read at least 175 books. So far in 2009 I’ve read 152 books, and that is with only reading 2 books during the month of January.
2. Review ever single book I read during the year honestly
3. Read all books sent to me for review within one month of the book being sent.
4. Write at least 3 reviews per week.
5. Host Unicorns Week – basically a week of reading Unicorn books and blogging, oh and blogging about the film The Last Unicorn(and it’s awesomely cheesy soundtrack). Hopefully I can get some guest posters on board, maybe do a contest in conjunction. The tentative week for Unicorns Week is February 1-5, 2010. Please email me if you would like to take part — goodbooksandgoodwine(@) – just remove the parentheses.
6. Work up the courage to ask bloggers I admire to do a guest post on my blog.
7. Come up with awesome interview questions and actually post more interviews, I attempted this in 2009 but got way too caught up in life.
8. Participate in and complete 3 challenges.
9. Leave 100 comments per week. A large part of blogging is networking and connecting with my fellow bloggers!
10. Pick and mail out contest winners on time!

What are your blogging resolutions for 2009?

Now that this is out of the way, I’d like to mention Bloggiesta!

From the original Bloggiesta 2 post at Maw’s blog: Some of you may be asking what is Bloggiesta?  In short, it’s a blogging marathon.  A opportunity to cross those nagging items off of your to-do list and improve your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing.  Break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music and whack a pinata or two!

What to do during the Bloggiesta?

  • Write reviews.
  • Write backup posts for a rainy day.
  • Write that great post idea from three months back.
  • Work on series posts.
  • Write guest posts.
  • Put out invitations for guest posts.
  • Conduct and edit author interviews.
  • Create template posts for your future reads (ie: title, images, linking, tags, etc,) so you can open up, write review and post without being bogged down with technicalities
  • Clean up your tags, archives, books reviewed list, etc.
  • Create a text file (or Google Doc) of cheat sheets (html codes, post url’s, etc)
  • Improve your blog template, clean up sidebars, add a favicon, install those plugins that you’ve been meaning to do.
  • Add or edit your about me page, review policy, disclosure policy, privacy policy, create landing pages (for example – an about me for Twitter readers page) or any other pages you might have.
  • Any bloggy type housekeeping that you’ve been neglecting.
  • Clean up and update your challenge lists.  Link up your posts with hosts.
  • Make sure all of your social network profiles are up to date.  Brand yourself through those profiles with color scheme, images, etc.
  • Go get a gravatar.
  • Visit the Blogging Tips group on the Book Blogs Ning and find ways to improve your blog.
  • Work on any specialized projects that you may have going.
  • Clean out and organize your feed reader and blog subscriptions.
  • Create an elevator pitch.
  • Make business cards.
  • Find a blogging buddy.
  • The sky’s the limit!

My goals for Bloggiesta:

I will devote 24 hours to Bloggiesta, depending upon my work schedule and whatever plans get forced upon me.During this time I will:
Write at least 10 rainy day reviews.
Schedule at least 18 Waiting on Wednesdays
Workout the details of Unicorn Week
Put out invites for guest posts
Create a post with links to all of my reviews
Create a post asking for people who want to be interviewed.
Update review policy.
Create a contest policy.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. So when is Bloggiesta???

    Oh and those goals – very big,good luck to ya! I've been slacking on my reviews also. Haven't been the usual speedy reader.

  2. Juju at Tales of says

    You go girl. Quite the admirable list 🙂

  3. Bookalicious says

    Great resolutions and I love the idea of Bloggiesta!

  4. Love number 3! I feel horrible when I don't get to reviews in a timely manner, so that's a very good goal to make!

  5. Fantastic, ambitious goals! I am IMPRESSED! 😀 Good luck!

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  7. Great list and good for you! I'm terrible at resolutions and don't bother with them anymore. I have plenty of improvements to make though and hope to buckle down with my blog this year. Good luck and best wishes for a wonderful new year!

  8. Jess13angel says

    Good luck with your resolutions and goals, have a happy New Year** =)

  9. Sheila (Bookjourney) says

    Great post and fantastic resolutions! Happy New Year – see you at the Blogiesta!

  10. SO EXCITED that you'll be doing the bloggiesta!!!!

  11. Good luck!

  12. Debbie's World of Books says

    Great 2010 goals and Bloggiesta tasks. I got so much done last Bloggiesta it was great. I definitely want to try and squeeze in some time this go around. I seriously need to work on some reviews and posts.

    I also want to comment on more blogs in 2010. never enough time for everything 🙂

  13. Good luck with your goals for the new year. I have some of the same, mainly with the reviewing things immediately. If I put it off or start something new, it is so much more likely that I will never, ever get back to the book to review it. I drive myself nuts with that.

  14. Sheila (Bookjourney) says

    Stopping back in to say again to have fun with the bLoggiesta!

  15. Rebecca @ The Book Lady's Blog says

    Happy Bloggiesta, and thanks for sharing your 2010 goals with us! I, personally, am very excited to learn about Unicorn Week. That sounds simply delightful.