For the past few years, I have been working to try and improve this blog. I want to make it more fun for all of you to read and deliver interesting, original content. But I also want to make it feel less like a chore for myself. Blogging is a lot of work, and I don’t make any money doing this. So it has to be fun because this is essentially a very time consuming hobby.

I have been blogging at Adventures of a Bibliophile for seven years now. Which is really crazy. And I don’t want it to become stale. I want to grow and try new things and step outside of my comfort zone a bit. I am really happy with how far I’ve come and what my blog has become. But there’s always room to grow, so I like to set goals for myself each year that I want to focus on.

This year, my main goals are to work on forming better habits surrounding blogging and to be more creative with my posts. I want this blog to be more fun, but also feel like less work for me. I have truly loved being part of this community and just want to make it a better experience for myself. To that end, I came up with three goals I want to work on this year. Unlike my reading goals for 2022, these aren’t really trackable, but more just things to focus on. Hopefully I am able to work towards them and this blog improves as a result.

Here are my blogging goals for 2022:

Be better at writing posts in advance

I really want to work on being more on top of writing and scheduling my blog posts. I plan most of my schedule out in advance, and yet I still find myself writing them at the very last minute the night before. Which is not fun, and makes it harder to take breaks when I need to. I have not been super great about this so far in 2022, but I definitely want to work on getting into that habit. I think it will make it easier to maintain this blog and keep a consistent schedule (I post at 12 am PST Mondays/Thursdays). I want to be able to take breaks when I need them without there being huge gaps in content.

I think this will also allow me to spend more time on the posts that do take a while to write or research. I don’t want to feel rushed about getting things done, because they’re probably not the best quality posts. I just want to get to a point where I’m on top of things so blogging isn’t such a source of stress in my life. Because it is fun and I really enjoy being part of this community, but my procrastination makes things a lot more stressful than they need to be.

Part of this is definitely going to be starting my monthly wrap ups early in the month so I can update as I read instead of racing to talk about everything before the post goes up. Because I definitely procrastinate on these, and I regret it every time.

Be more involved on social media

This year, I want to work on posting on social media more often. I know bookstagram is huge now and a lot of people are transitioning away from blogging and more into Instagram and TikTok. I don’t want to do that, because I really enjoy blogging, but I do want to be a little more involved. I’ve had an Instagram for this blog pretty much since the beginning. I kind of tapered off with posting the past couple of years. And I started to get back into it, but the algorithm does not like my posts (my last two posts this week got like three likes). But I think I want to play around with it a little bit more and maybe make some fun content there. It’s just a lot of work and I’m tired. So we’ll see how it goes.

If you want to follow me, my Instagram account is @advntrsofabibliophile. You can also follow me on Twitter @biblioadvntrs. If you’re not following me via this blog (because I know not all of you are on WordPress and email can be annoying), Twitter is a great place to do so because you’ll get notifications of my new posts as soon as they go up! You can also follow my cat on Instagram and TikTok @lokiwiththethumbs. He is way more popular than I am (and I’m okay with that because he is very cute).

Write more creative posts

My reading experiments were a big hit last year. But I have no plans to do another one anytime soon. I found they not only got in the way of me reading what I wanted to read and actually enjoyed (I read a record number of books I hated last year), they made it a lot more challenging to meet my personal reading goals. And as much as I loved doing the posts, I didn’t have all that much fun doing all the reading for the posts. I have really loved the last few weeks of just reading whatever I want to read, and I want to continue that (at least for the majority of my time).

However, I do want to come up with creative posts like those and just make this blog more fun – both for me and for all of you. Not sure what that’ll look like yet (suggestions are welcome – what do you want to see?), but I am brainstorming ideas and looking for inspiration. I have really enjoyed stepping away from what book blogs are “supposed” to look like (no more review posts!) and just doing things I find more interesting and exciting and enjoyable to write. So I definitely want to continue in that direction and hopefully come up with something good.

I have a few small ideas, but am definitely spending time this month focusing on research and coming up with things I’m interested in exploring through posts. So definitely let me know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see from me!

I know this was kind of a short post, but I did want to keep this list fairly short. I think it’s easier to focus on a few goals at a time and work towards creating habits before moving on to something else. Also, the point of this year is to put less pressure on myself, so having a larger number of goals would probably contradict that.

I hope this is a good year, and I’m excited to see where I can take this blog! Hope you’ve all had a good start to 2022 so far! Thanks for reading!

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20 thoughts

  1. I was doing the same thing in terms of scheduling posts but then writing them last minute. I am trying to change that this year and so far have been able to get 2-3 days ahead, which has been a load off. I also expanded onto Instagram. Just followed you! 🙂

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    1. Yeah, I’ve been a little better about it lately. Trying to at least get a week ahead of schedule (I have them planned out, just need to write them). It helps a lot. And thanks! Followed back 😊

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  2. We share the same goals! I too would like to schedule my posts more reliably, instead of putting things up till the very last minute. And reading through your comments, I’m happy to discover that it’s a common thing. Anyway, wishing you all the best with this path you want to take.

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  3. Excellent post, Stephanie! And echoed SOO many of my own thoughts/problems. Seems the more I try to streamline, the more behind I get. Enlisting the help of my hubby has helped a little but then took a step back because I lost the use of Later (for Instagram). It’s a PIA to list for me anyway–and I’m apparently incapable of posting stories. Less time for social media and I wanted more. Having to finish the review posts by 11:30 pm makes for a less than stellar post–the opposite of what I wanted. Blogging is a full-time job. The rewards few but I keep trying. Interested to see your updates as you push through the year.

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