Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Year Resolutions

I know this post is a little late, considering we're 17 days into the new year! But, better late than never, right?

In 2010 I made a sort of resolution, or goal, to read 100 books, or more. Sadly, I didn't quite make it. I read 41 books. When 2011 started, I decided to make another goal, but not put a number on it and to just see how many books I could read. I did HORRIBLE. I listed only 12 books, but I know I read WAY more books than that! So, alas, here I am, a new year, with new beginnings. I decided to try a book reading goal again this year. I was going back and forth between the numbers of 64 books, and 75 books. I read 41 books in 2010, so to make the goal "realisitc", I'm going to stick with 65 books.

So, in 2012, I plan on reading 65 books.

I've also been slacking on my book review blog. Which makes me kind of sick to my stomach to think about. In all honesty, I feel like the reason I have been slacking is because I don't have a lot of traffic on my blog. I've got 66 "followers" but how many of those people actually FOLLOW me? I've only had a handful of people comment on my reviews, and other things I post. So, it's kind of frustrating. I've got my blog URL posted on social networking sites, including Goodreads and other Bookish sites. I try to participate in Meme's and other activities, but still don't see a lot of traffic. So, if anyone is reading this, my question to you is: How can I get more traffic, more people who are READ what I post, and who comment, on my blog? What has been YOUR blogs so popular?

Another resolution, or goal, I've made is to be more into my blog this year. No matter the amount of traffic, I'm still going to read, read, read and review everything. I will post a review for each book read. Traffic, or not.

So, those are my goals, and resolutions for 2012. What are some of the goals or resolutions you've made this year?

3 comments:

Jana said...

Funny how we keep blog hopping to chat! I've only had my blog since the end of November, so I don't blame you for not knowing about it. Haha.

As for your question on getting people to interact with you and your blog, I've really just made a ton of friends. I jumped on Twitter and followed a bunch of book bloggers, and just started talking to them. I'd post on a lot of other blogs, leaving my URL so they knew where I was. I got a lot of followers that way, and have made a lot of friends. I'm also friends with all these people on Goodreads. I love chatting with them all, and comparing thoughts on books. I've had book clubs with a few of them. I also respond to every comment I receive by going and leaving a meaningful comment on their blog, not just a "thanks for your comment!" kind of thing. Finally, I host giveaways and enter a lot. The more your name pops up, the more people remember you. :) There's so many blogs out there, that you've got to do something to set yourself apart. Hope this helps!

Stephany said...

Thanks, Jana! Those suggestions actually helped a lot! I've done the follow friday, and the book blog hop many, many times hoping to get some traffic. And it has worked for the most part, but I just need more things to do and what not.

I did a giveaway once. It still didn't give me a lot of followers or traffic. But, I might have to start doing them again soon. I also need to get on Goodreads more often to keep track of other people and their blogs!

I think I should start doing Twitter, strictly for book blogger purposes. I might try that too. Thank you for all of your help!

Jana said...

You're welcome! I thought about doing Follow Friday, but I wanted readers. Not just followers. I don't want people to follow me for any other reason, than that they like visiting my blog. I also don't make people follow the blog to enter my giveaways. Book Blog Hops are a great way to get traffic! So many times, you just need to be discovered by someone. I run across new blogs all the time that make me wonder why I hadn't found them already. There's just so many! Goodreads and Twitter are definitely wonderful ways to get followers, so good idea. :)