At the beginning of each year, it’s traditional for me to set some resolutions around the blog, and then see how I did at the end of the year.
2018 is no different and the results are below, following each original resolution repeated in black bold.
Increase subscribers to this blog to 950, excluding twitter followers
Subscribers are over 900, but not to 950, so I’m getting there
Increase annual page hits to this blog (to 6500)
I’ve not done too badly in this area, considering I’ve not been posting as frequently as before. The change in tweeting does seem to have helped as my numbers are close to last year. By the end of the year I got 5279 page views, certainly up from what I got for 2017 (4661), but not quite to the 6500 mark.
Increase twitter followers to @brumnordie (to 950)
Not quite there, but I have increased followers to over 770 (it’s still wobbling a little). Also, in October, I decided to revive the @BXBrum twitter account. After the Bookcrossing unconvention in Ipswich and the general unspoken belief by many that we’re losing members at both meetings and uncons, I decided to try and do my piece, and at least let people know about things and maybe have some new members come along. Between October and December I increased followers to BXBrum from 120 to over 180.
Read and review 60 books. 50% to be paperbooks or audiobooks. I wont do a specific challenge this year – I did pretty badly last time I did one, so I wont set myself up to fail this time!
Not there again this year at 32, but I have certainly had a better ratio of paper books
Get my Netgalley ratio into the 70% range (from 63%).
Not quite there, but up to 65% – few books requested, more books reviewed!
To aid in reading the books that I already have there will be a moratorium on requesting books from Netgalley or LibraryThing, and reviewing books I already have!
I’ve certainly cut down on my requests from Netgalley, and stopped requesting all together from Librarything. I did continue to request a couple of books from Netgalley, usually from authors I had read before. The majority of books were read within 3 months of requesting and my review rate has moved up slightly to 65%.
A change in iPad allowed me to go down my list of books and send down only Netgalley books. Therefore every time I read an ebook, it should be a Netgalley book.
Post at least once a week
Nope, didn’t happen. Sometimes it would be several weeks without a post.
Make use of sharing with Facebook groups as appropriate.
I found several groups, such as “Undervalued English Women” and “First edition” and took part – even shared!
Make better use of twitter, including the analytics, scheduling content.
Ok, partway through the year, I decided to change tack slightly and be more targeted in my content. So: December was Christmas, Feb was Romance, May was comics etc. It did show that I am lacking in content for some of the subjects, which was interesting. I might try this again next year.
Also, Hootsuite has changed the way it does its drafts several times this year, and the second time made me bite the bullet and create tweets in a spreadsheet, with options for subjects. So I can narrow down content based on whether it’s a Romance, Crime or Comic Book etc.
Take part in twitter chats such as #Blogtacular #bookbloggers etc
Blogtacular seemed to have died in terms of regular twitter chats, and the move to Facebook hasn’t been the success Kat wanted.
I’ve also started building up a content and twitter schedule, with details of various conversations through the week or the month.
Ensure about and contact details are maintained and up to date.
After an unsolicited generic review request, I tidied up my About and review policy pages. I even wrote a post about it!
Make use of scheduling and planning software as appropriate.
See above regards to the scheduling software.
Take part in blogging challenges, such as Bloggiesta, as and when I remember!
ArmchairBEA didn’t happen this year, and Bloggiesta have had issues as well, so this didn’t really happen.
Look to do more non book related posts – get out into Birmingham more and write about stuff! This includes stuff at the museums etc.
I did go out more, but didn’t blog about it – when I started writing about it, I found it difficult to write a blog post about it. Reviews went on TripAdvisor instead!
Do more posts about sewing, my cross stitch and quilting in particular. I’m not putting numbers on this.
I didn’t do the quilt show this year, but did take photos of Wips, shared them, and did tweet a lot about sewing
Comment more on other people’s blogs – I’m not going to put a number on this as it’ll be a nightmare to track. Just “do more”.
No numbers, but I have tried to do at least as much as I did last year
Release more books via Bookcrossing, either in OBCZs or via RABCKs
This is something I definitely did. I went to the Uncon, took possession of the bookshelf in the office, moved books around at meets, and took charge of the BXBrum twitter account. The Bookcrossing site has also had a facelift, making things easier to use on mobile devices, and it has given me the excuse to check out and promote some forums.
Start making my own media (photos etc) and make use of them in posts
Not only did I take more photos, but I also used more in my posts!