You might remember that at the beginning of last year I wrote a post listing my 2014 goals and resolutions for The Mile Long Bookshelf.
It's been a year. Did I achieve my goals?
- Reach 500 GFC or Bloglovin' followers.
I said "or" because I remember thinking that there was no way on earth I could reach 500 on both GFC and Bloglovin' in a year. Well, I'm happy to say I did it! I currently have 578 on GFC and 646 on Bloglovin'.
- Reach 500 YouTube subscribers.
This is the one that I really, really didn't think would happen. My channel had been growing so slowly and, at the time of writing that post, I wasn't even sure if I was going to carry on booktubing long enough to get that amount. Clearly I did carry on, and I'm currently really close to 800 subscribers. You have no idea how surprised I am that I achieved this goal.
- Get to 200,000 page views.
200,000 is a number I picked at random and it had no relevance to my stats. That's pretty obvious to me now, seeing as I passed this goal by over 100,000. Sorry to go all hipster fangirl on you here, but I can't even.
- Reach 200 newsletter subscribers.
Uh, I did that too. Yeah, I don't know how either.
- Read at least
100 8070 books.
As you can see, my original goal was 100 books. Then 80. Then 70. I did actually achieve this on December 30th and ended up having read 71, but I'm not sure if it counts seeing as I had to keep lowering my goal. This year has been a real struggle for reading and I have no idea why. I really, really hope 2015 is better for this.
- Take more time over editing my videos.
I've definitely done that! I got new editing software shortly after making that resolution and, while I'm not always happy with how I act/look/talk/whatever in my videos, I'm nearly always happy with how I've edited them.
- Improve my reviews.
I'm really not sure if I've done this. There's no way I can tell. Do you think my reviews have improved at all in the past year? I think it depends on the book I'm reviewing.
- Write more personal posts.
Tick. If writing a post about something very personal that I'd been keeping secret for over a year at the time doesn't count as writing a personal post, I don't know what does! There were lots more, including a fun one full of photos from my holiday.
- Say 'no' more often to blog tour requests, except those I am genuinely excited about.
- Stop accepting review books unless I desperately want them and know I'll read them.
I think this has gone relatively well, and if I could be bothered to count the books on my TBR pile, I'm sure I'd be able to count them on two hands.It's definitely less stressful this way, and I've also been reading more of my own books rather than review books, lately.
- Keep track of the ARCs I receive, with their review deadlines etc.
I did this for January and February and then gave up. Remind me never to make this resolution again, because it's waaaaay too time consuming.
So, out of 11 goals and resolutions, I only failed at 1 and a half. I'm really, really surprised! Not sure how well 2015 will go, as I've set myself some pretty high targets, which you'll see here on the blog very soon.
Thank you for letting me appear on your screen occasionally, and I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!
Do you set goals at the end of the year?