So, today’s post is going to be a little different. It’s not going to be one of my normal reviews*, but instead a short post outlining my goals for 2019 in regards to this blog and my bookish platform as a whole. I’m basing this post around the law of attraction, in that, if I put these goals out into the universe (and obviously actively work towards them!), they will be realised.
*Speaking of reviews: I got accepted to read and review The Girl King by Mimi Yu!! Eek! How exciting!! The pressure’s on a little bit as the Netgalley email I received said the review should ideally be posted by the publication date, the 10th, which doesn’t give me a lot of spare time. I’d better get reading fast!
These are mainly going to be quantitative, numeric goals but I have a couple qualitative ones thrown in as well.
Firstly, by February, I’d like to reach 60 followers on this blog! At the time of writing, we’re currently sitting on 45. Now, that’s a pretty short time frame, but I’m confident we’ll at least get close! I had originally given myself the goal of 80-100 followers, but I always think it’s best to keep your goals lower and more realistic, as it’s always nicer to reach and go above and beyond set goals than to never meet them at all.
Secondly, I’d like to hit 50 followers on the @_princessofink Twitter account by sometime around March. That gives us a bit more time than the main blog follower goal, but Twitter is the platform where I experience the least engagement and have the least followers (I think right now it’s at 30 something). If you have any advice on growing your Twitter, fellow bloggers, please let me know! It’s not a platform I have the most experience with anyways.
Thirdly, in terms of short month- to two-month long goals: Instagram. The @princessofink bookstagram page currently sits with more followers than the blog, at 47, but doesn’t have as many posts (likely because I suck at taking decent pictures and posting consistently, haha). By… let’s say February/March time… I’d like to have 65 followers on Instagram. And be posting better pictures and more consistently! At least twice a week if not more. Can we do that, readers? I hope so. I’ve given into Bookstagram pressure and bought a backdrop (lol) as my house is soooo dark, so having a decent background for my pictures might give me a better chance at having better quality pictures (and more followers).
In terms of quantitative goals by 2019 as a whole, I’m going to try not to be overly ambitious, so I’ll give myself the following targets:
- 160 blog followers
- 100 Twitter followers
- 160 Instagram followers
- Be accepted for at least 8 Netgalley/Edelweiss requests (I know this is out of my control, but it’s still something I’d like to achieve)
- Be accepted for my first physical ARC request! (This is a big one for me! I’d love to start receiving ARCs and be able to trade with others within the bookish community)
Now, my qualitative goals are, by definition, not really measurable, and I only have one: make new friends. Outside of the internet and this blog, my social circle could be considered somewhat lacking, and so I’d love to make new bookish/fandom friends this year. While I may have lost a few along the way, I made two great fandom/bookish friends in late 2018 (if you’re reading this, you know who you are 😉) and would love to be able to talk with more people in the book and blogging communities! Making new bookish friends was one of the main reasons I started blogging in the first place, and it would be lovely to see such a dream realised.
That’ll be all for now! Hopefully when we revisit this post at the end of 2019/beginning of 2020, these goals will have been reached, and hopefully even surpassed.
All my love and happy reading,