Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 5 January, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 36 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Resolutions We Have For 2016 (can be bookish, personal resolutions, “I resolve to finally read these 10 books, series I resolve to finish in 2015, etc.)

Happy New Year to my fellow book bloggers! To prepare for this post this week, I decided to take a peek at my resolutions from last year to see if I succeeded in doing some of what I listed. I have to say I succeeded in some bits (got through Middlemarch (review) at long last, whoo-hoo!; and I have something of a schedule when it comes to replying to comments now 🙂 ) and totally missed the mark on others (*ahem*book buying*ahem*) so you’re going to see some repeats here for 2016 😉

Starting with the book-related resolutions:

  1. Re-Read! — This ties in with the second point, but there’s a few books on my shelf I’ve been meaning to revisit for some time (I was a big re-reader growing up). Surely with my blogging schedule filled up for the first few months of the year (I know, I know, how did that happen? :3 ) it should be incentive for me to finally revisit them.
  2. Buy less — I don’t know what happened in 2015, I swear O_O Book-buying ban in effect until Easter again this year *cue tears and gnashing of teeth*
  3. Get back to reading more classics again — Granted, I read quite a number of short stories, novellas, and plays last year but strangely enough I read far less classic litearture last year compared to previous years. I hope to rectify this matter this year as I do have a number of classics that have been sitting long on my TBR queue waiting for me (i.e. Wilkie Collins, Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady, some of Thomas Hardy’s books to name a few) (and resolution #2 should help matters along 😛 )
  4. Try and read the books longest on the TBR pile first — This is 50/50 since I’m such a mood reader but I am hoping to at least chip through the TBR queue from the oldest first. For example, Guy Gavriel Kay’s books have been sitting on that queue for a couple of years now, as well as Patrick Rothfuss’ The Wise Man’s Fear and Almunedas Grandes’ The Frozen Heart. I will read them this year! Hopefully *fingers crossed*

And now for some blogging-related resolutions for this year:

  1. Reorganise…everything — I actually started this over the Christmas holidays, starting with small things like merging categories and getting rid of plugins I don’t use. I think I should be done by the end of the month?
  2. Logo? — My blog’s been around for almost a decade now (celebrating my ninth blogoversary next month!) and I’m thinking in efforts to prettify the blog that maybe it’s time to devise something of a logo? (especially as I’m pretty settled with this url now)
  3. Expand out — I didn’t talk about this last year but I was thinking about this. It didn’t take off or go any further than I wanted it to as I was preoccupied with completing my programme but I do want to offer my writing/editing services on the side in some form (whilst working on/finishing my current writing projects). Plus this discussion post by Ashley @ Nose Graze has me thinking. I’m not sure how I’ll go about any of the ideas that’s half-baked in my head but we’ll see where the year takes me?
  4. Work on the email subscriptions feature — Sort of ties in with resolution #1 for blogging, but the email subscription feature is actually a recent thing here on the blog. I’m actually not sure what it looks like when you guys receive the updates (I think it’s the same as the WordPress emails) and I’ve been meaning to take a look into it and see if there’s any way I can improve it (again, given that it’s attached to Jetpack on WordPress and all)
  5. Figure out a new way to follow blogs — I’ve been using Bloglovin to keep track of the blogs I visit, but I haven’t been logging in to it lately, not to mention I don’t like all of the changes that it’s made in the past year so I’m thinking of just following the blogs I visit regularly by email or something. Not sure yet what works best for me but I’m definitely looking for a change.
  6. Facebook: keep or no? — This has been an ongoing see-saw for me as to whether or not Facebook has actually brought new readers to my blog or not. It doesn’t help that I don’t log in often enough to check what’s happening there (not to mention all the changes) but it may go. I don’t know. Thoughts?

And finally, some writing-related resolutions:

  1. Finish editing your (main) writing project — Oops, sort of tapered off from editing the third draft of my writing project. Surely this final draft will be THE draft?
  2. Unsubsribe from a few writing-related accounts — I follow a lot of writing-related Twitter accounts and blogs and I realised in the last year that rather than they being helpful in my writing journey, they’ve been rather…I’m not sure what’s the word, but as sensible as their advice is, I find it to be more discouraging than encouraging. All around not really helpful? So I plan on unsubscribing from the lot of them (except K.M. Weiland because her advice does help *owns many of her structuring books*) and stick to that one piece of advice Neil Gaiman once gave: “You write. You finish what you write.” Edit: Done and done 🙂

And those are my resolutions for 2016! What are your resolutions for the year?


36 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. Hallo, Hallo Lianne,

    I am thrilled to bits seeing your post today because Top Ten Tuesday is one of the memes I’m returning to this New Year! The topic today fits well with the post I am composing for my Year End Survey, too! What serendipity!

    I wrote a bit of a glimpse towards what I am blogging about earlier today on an author blog:

    Re- reading is definitely on my list too as there are certain books I’d love to re-examine as much as read at a slower pace then I had the pleasure of originally! This is one reason I am scaling back the number of blog tours I am taking this year, as although I love hosting them, I want to expand myself in a few new directions; part of which is being revealed this month as I am now working directly with publishers a bit more frequently than before. You especially will enjoy the story behind how I did this… as technically you inspired the path I took!

    Yes!! A thousand times YES!! I, too want to re-inspire my own return to the Classics! I am quite determined this is the year I am reading War and Peace, too! I am hoping someone will want to read it with me, as I need a reading partner who will nudge me and help me stay inside the text. You know, like with tweeting me, etc? I want to do weekly checks with my readings again on Weds so this would be a part of that too. I even decided to do Austen in August without the organised event as Adam stepped down. I’ve tried for three years to focus on Austen, and this is my year!

    I added a page about my beta reading under the heading My Bookish Life, in my top menu, plus I am reaching out to take Freelance projects for this as well. I would love to beta read more! I think our blogs and online spaces evolve as we go forward. I hope that your pursuits take off as well… Reminds me, I want to add a Resource page for cross-referencing those I know who offer these services.

    I love Bloglovin but I am going to overhaul my whole follow list and sort out how to merge those I follow with the bloggers I follow on Twitter, as I created a list to get updates, etc. My whole problem was a clear lack of time these past few years, as I had too much on my plate to juggle. Thus, now I can resume where I left off.

    I cleaned up my email subscriptions and removed my extra presences online, in order to focus on: my blog, Twitter, Riffle (I want to create my lists and re-join the discussions), Leafmarks (such a blessing to organise my outside of being a blogger/reviewer), and the book blogosphere as I want dearly to be an active commenter again!

    Here’s to a rockin great year for both of us!

    By the by, the link I clicked to share with you is wicked lovely Historical Rom in the Western genre that I was especially grateful to have read in December! I know you are discovering HistRom for the first time, so if you want a well-conceived story with a breadth of heart, look no further! Also, I think you’d appreciate the syle of INSPY Ms Steele writes, as it’s the kind I champion the most myself!

    • Hey ya Jorie, thanks for dropping by! Sounds like you have a lot going on at your blog right now & otherwise–exciting stuff 🙂 It would be nice to streamline my activity a bit and focus on the big areas: my blog, Twitter, GoodReads, and now Riffle. We’ll see whether I keep the FB page or not, but I think publishers are interested in that when it comes to requesting eARCs (not that I do much of that these days).

      Best of luck getting around to War and Peace! I’d love to revisit that book one of these days, lol, but right now my priority to revisit amongst the classics are Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White and Cervantes’ Don Quixote (helped fund the 400th anniversary edition that came out last year and I’ve been waiting until my exams were over the crack it open. But alas, plenty of other books on the TBR pile to get through too!)

      Thanks for the book recommendation, Jorie! Best of luck with all your resolutions this year and everything else 🙂

  2. First off, congratulations on 9 years of blogging — wow!

    So many of these really resonate for me too, Lianne. More time to re-read — well, actually, I managed to do a fair bit of that this year, but sometimes at the expense of books I had agreed to review, which is not okay. So fewer review books should help, and that’s already one of my resolutions. Reorganizing everything and cutting back on what I follow via Bloglovin, Twitter, etc. are both terrific ideas, and I thank you for the suggestion; I’m informally adding them to my resolutions too.

    Good luck to you with all of them, and especially with expanding out and offering various services. I hope that works out splendidly!

    • Thanks so much Lark! It’s strange how 9 years have gone by since I’ve started book blogging at some regular rate xD

      Best of luck with your reorganisation! And that sounds like a plan re: requesting less review books to re-read more 🙂

  3. It’s good to see a classics goal on your list, along with so many other lists this week! I have been reading more of them myself and have found the most memorable stories among them. I wish you all the luck with your goals in 2016!

  4. I’m such a mood reader too, and it does make it hard whittling down the TBR mountain sometimes. Good luck with your resolutions! And congrats on 9 years! That’s awesome. 🙂

    • It does! Sometimes you’re in the mood for a genre that you don’t have on your TBR pile and then you’re in big trouble, lol.

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  5. Great batch of resolutions – good luck! I like the idea of reading the longer TBR books first, although I don’t know that I’m disciplined enough to follow through. Some of your blogging questions/thoughts are on my mind too. I have FB for my blog, but do almost nothing with it. It doesn’t bring new followers, but since my blog posts are shared automatically, I don’t really even think about it for the most part. How to follow blogs is an ongoing challenge. I don’t pay that much attention to my Bloglovin daily updates anymore — there’s just too much to whittle through. I have a whole bunch of blogs that I follow by email, but I”m thinking I need to pare the list a bit, because it’s getting overwhelming. I suppose I should try just using the WordPress reader regularly, but haven’t so far. Anyway, happy 2016! Wishing you another wonderful year of blogging and reading!

    • Thanks so much Lisa! I’m thinking of activating the share option to FB re: my posts to see if it might generate some more traffic, but otherwise I might consider closing my FB page before the end of the year.

      I did a clean-up of the blogs I follow on Bloglovin sometime before the end of last year and I still find it difficult to wade through, especially after being absent from logging in after a few days xD

  6. Buying less is definitely on my list. I really want to utilize the library more–but then, I have so many unread books in my TBR that I don’t really need to even do that at this point. And maybe that should be my focus. And it will be, once I get caught up on my review books.

    I use Old Reader to keep track of the blogs I follow and it suits me well. They switched to a pay system if you have over so many blogs you follow (which I haven’t required), and so I haven’t felt the need to look elsewhere.

    Good luck with your goals, Lianne!

    • I think I used Old Reader for a while back when Google Reader first went defunct and everyone migrated elsewhere but I found it updated a lot slower than Bloglovin. Perhaps I’ll revisit it again.

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  7. I’m actually planning on buying more books this year! I never ever buy new books, but now that I have a regular job, I’m giving myself leave to actually buy books that I didn’t find at a library book sale. It’s kind of nice to have some books that don’t smell like a library’s basement!

  8. Great list! I really need to re-read some books. My TBR list feels so long that I have been putting off re-reads for ages.

    I should probably tackle some reorganization, but realistically it will probably be pushed off until the end of the coming semester. 🙂

    • Agreed, I’m hoping that by tackling by TBR list head-on that it’ll free me up to re-read books I’ve been meaning to get around to for ages 🙂

      Best of luck with reorganising! 😀

  9. YES to rereads, buying less, reading classics and cleaning out the tbr pile of those books that have been on there for AGES. Smart plan with doing half blogging goals and half reading goals^^ I wish I’d have done that too now LOL though at the moment, I can’t think of a ton of blogging goals >.< Good luck with all of these Lianne!

    • Aww thanks! I think the idea to divide my goals that way came out of the fact that I couldn’t think of 10 reading goals for this year, lol xD

  10. Great goals, Lianne. As a non-Facebook user, I suppose I don’t have an opinion on way or another on that, but I do see other questioning whether or not to let it go, so perhaps it isn’t where the happenings are nowadays!?

    As for reorganization, that is a big task but it’s a great feeling when it’s complete.

    Best of luck with your 2016 goals, Lianne; I hope you accomplish them all. Thanks, as always, for visiting Dreaming Under the Same Moon. 🙂

    • Yeah, I’m hearing a few similar questions from other bloggers about Facebook; I think the demographic is different over there . I might try using the “Revive Old Post” plugin I’ve been using on Twitter over at FB, keep it about for about 6 months and see if there are any changes. Otherwise, I think I might close it before the end of the year. We’ll see.

  11. Good luck with all your goals Lianne, I think they’re all great ones 🙂

    I’ve also been thinking about the subscription thing a bit, I don’t like the format that my emails get sent out in (it ignores the UBB coding so just shows as a code bracket, not the information the code includes :/) I need to find a way around it but haven’t put much effort in yet.

    I think an alternative way to follow blogs is a good idea too! I use bloglovin’ but I don’t actually utilise it very often so it seems almost pointless. Emails might be the way to go!

  12. Kudos to you! All of these goals seem super practical and worthwhile, and you’ve made them seem manageable as well! I also want to try re-reading, but we’ll see if it actually happens haha. I hope 2016’s a great year for you and congrats on blogging 9 years, damn!

  13. We’ve got a lot of things in common, Lianne. Ii want to reread, and I’ve been flip-flopping with FB (love/hate it), AMONG OTHER THINGS! The email subscription is something I’m studying too. Oh man, Blogs are such little monsters aren’t they? 🙂

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