2020 Book Blogger Goals

Hello 2020! New decade, largely the same old me but with a nice Aussie tan from my winter holiday.

One of my favourite things to do at the beginning of the year is make new years resolutions. I love planning things out, looking ahead at my life in minute detail and deciding how I can improve. I know, my head, a great place to be. Any-who, with the turn of the decade comes a new year and chance to look at back at my former goals and make a handful new ones for 2020. I’m going to start with a quick recap of last years goals.

Get to 600 blog followers

So apparently I started 2019 on 270 followers and I finished 2019 with 780 followers! I’m super proud of that, a 500 follower increase is more than I thought I could achieve. I’m hoping to hit the big three digits in 2020.


Use Goodreads

Oh gosh, I’m still so terrible. I started kind of ok at updating it but I didn’t keep it up at all, I ended manually adding lots of the books I’d read last year. Oops. This year I’m going to track as I go and log on once a week to add a reading update.


Not to Have any Reviews stored over a Month

Yeah this one failed, I read 37 books this year and published about 15 reviews… Woops. Another goal joining the 2020 list, I’m afraid.


Post three times a week

This honestly just got too much. I didn’t have the time to post three times a week and wanted my content to stay fresh and well written (it takes me hours to write posts!). I’ll stick with a minimum of two for 2020, although I have a new and exciting series coming up for you all that might push me to posting three times a week.


Read 6 historical fictions

I managed this one! But, honestly, I think it may have put me off historical fictions. Certainly of the YA variety. I find myself being way too critical when the plot couldn’t have happened, picking up on historical inaccuracies, and I found that a couple of these novels would explore themes of sexism at the time but allow their wealthy main character to be the exception, which grates me a bit. There might be a discussion post in this actually 🤔

Anyway, here’s the historical fictions I read:

  1. Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
  2. Stalking Jack the Ripper
  3. Circe
  4. Rose Under Fire
  5. Huckleberry Finn
  6. Alex and Eliza
  7. Things a Bright Girl Can Do

Complete the Classic a Month Challenge

This started off really great. Until about March. I got offered Muse of Nightmares by a publisher, which was super exciting, and then had to race through Strange the Dreamer and missed a classic and then poof, never got back to the classics. I don’t think I’ll be trying this again but I am hoping to continue to read diversely in 2020.


Read 1 non fiction book

I actually did this! I read Becoming, Michelle Obama’s autobiography and I loved it! I’m hoping to read some more autobiographies in the new year so let me know if you have any recommendations.


Try NaNoWriMo Again

I was unconvinced I’d be able to win this year and I was right, I didn’t quite manage it. But I am pleased that I gave it another go and very happy to have made more progress than last year. Maybe in 2020 I finish it?


Complete the Duolingo Tree

In Januray 2018 I randomly took to learning French and, in January 2019 I had nearly completed the Duolingo Tree. Which was super exciting until they brought out a new update that put me three circle things away from finishing the tree but on only 1 crown (Duolingo people may vaguely understand this). So this update set back put me back to slowly working my way through the tree again. Grrr.


Run a Thing

I ran many 10k things! Well, two official ones and many 5ks with mates. I got two shiny medals and am hoping to do a half marathon in 2020.


Knit Something

I managed to knit my dinosaur toy a little scarf, which I’m very proud of. The goal of knitting a Weasley jumper is quite far away but maybe one day.


And nowwwww, drum roll please, my 10 2020 goals!

  1. Improve on my NaNoWriMo word count
  2. Send at least one of my NaNoWriMo 2019 short stories off to a magazine
  3. Get to 1000 (!!) blog followers
  4. Get to 2000 Instagram followers
  5. Run a half marathon
  6. Do Duolingo everyday
  7. Do something for muscle strength (I’m great at cardio but with the physique of a leaf)
  8. Update Goodreads once a week
  9. Reduce my food waste
  10. Publish a discussion post once a month

Let’s Compare Notes

So there you have it. My goals. Bring on 2020. What are your goals? What do you think of mine? If you have a goals post feel free to drop a link or opinion in the comments!

2019 Goals

From writing my first set of blogging goals I quickly discovered how tricky they are to come up with. I wanted my goals to be balanced: achievable but still an accomplishment. So here we go, a list to achieve for 2019. Bring it on.

P.s. I’m ridiculously pleased with the picture on top of this post. It’s one of my favourite holiday snaps.

Get to 600 blog followers

I’ve really struggled with this number. I want to increase my followers next year but, being a mathematician and all, that goal needed quantifying. At first the number was 500 but then I saw I’m on 270 already and wanted more of a challenge. This might be impossible, but hey why not try.

Use Goodreads

I’m so bad at using Goodreads. This year I’m going to try complete a Goodreads challenge, post my reviews over there and be generally active in the bookish community on that site.

Not to Have any Reviews stored over a Month

I’m so bad at publishing reviews. I don’t know, I love writing them and often type furiously mid novel but then just let it sit in drafts??! Not this year. Every review will be posted within a month of the book being read.

Post three times a week

I currently post twice a week, which I think is why my reviews sit in draft for so long. Hopefully posting three times will get my posts out quicker and be a fun way to get more active on my blog!

Read 6 historical fictions

I really like historical fiction but always seem to get swept up in the world’s of fantasy YA. Hopefully I can strike more of a balance with that this year!

Complete the Classic a Month Challenge

I’ve no idea who came up with this challenge or who else is joining but someone mentioned it on Twitter and it seemed pretty self explanatory. It sounds tough but hopefully I can at least attempt! Because there are so many gems in genres I never seem to explore.

Read 1 non fiction book

I don’t really know if I’d like non fiction or not, I do enjoy some bibliographies so I suppose I can’t know until I try?

Try NaNoWriMo Again

I probably won’t win (I don’t know if I’ll ever win that challenge it is so tough) but just to best this year’s word count would be great.

Some non Blogging Goals!
Because why not share these with you guys too!

Complete the Duolingo Tree

I probably haven’t mentioned this but January 2018 I randomly took up learning French (?) I’m hoping to finish the Duolingo tree (which is all the little blobs of language) by 2020 💪

Run a Thing

I attended Park Run, a group run of 5k that happens every Saturday morning, all through University and have joined the running club at work. But every time someone invites me to run an official 5k or whatever I chicken out. Maybe I could give it a go this year?

Knit Something

I’m a total granny and knit in the evenings. I know, embarrassing, right? I guess I just can’t ever sit still and it gives me something to do. Anyway being the creative flop I am I keep unravelling my work, but hopefully I can achieve something, even just a small square, this year.

Let’s Compare Notes

So there you have it. My goals. Bring on 2019. What are you goals? What do you think of mine? If you have a goals post feel free to drop a link or opinion in the comments!