This week’s Top Ten Tuesday with the Broke and the Bookish is my top ten bookish or blog related (I like to say blog-ish) resolutions.
I, in case you didn’t know, am super anti-resolution because I don’t see why one needs to make all kinds of lofty plans just because it is a new calendar year. That being said, I also don’t see anything wrong with some reasonable goal setting. I did it last year and it did lead to some productivity (an a lot of unmet goals). So, I will set some new goals and draw comparisons to my old ones from 2013 as well.
- I have already set up my Goodreads ticker to try to read 67 books this year. That was also my goal last year and I didn’t make it. I got to 47. Given how ridiculous surviving the later half of PGY1 was and all of the other things like research and having a life and such are, I feel like that was okay. That also means I will try again this year.
- Last year, I set a goal to read 5 relevant journal articles from my specialty per month. This one was an epic fail. I have a new goal to just plain read 5 journal articles per month, including ones for whatever project or rotation I am working on. Still learning, but more feasible.
- Read all of the books I have yet to read on my own shelves (and on the Child’s shelves). Sounds simple. I did a decent job of catching up on my TBR list last year, but it just gets longer and longer.
- Read some “useful” non-fiction. Realistically, I read a ton of non-fiction… All of those medical textbooks for work. But, I want to read some other stuff. With our Christmas Chapter’s money, Patrick and I bought a couple Christian living/marriage books. I feel like they are a good place to start. But also things like biographies, information about non-medical (or medical) history, discoveries or events. Even practical things would be nice.
- Regular Bible reading. I said I wanted to do that last year and it was a big struggle. It is important, so I want to keep working at it.
- Read a variety of genres. This seems easy because I like a variety of genres, however it is easy to get in a rut. And, I was pleasantly surprised last year by a few books that I wouldn’t have naturally chosen, like Ender’s Game, 11/22/63 and Anna and the French Kiss. I know I can probably be surprised again.
- Use my Kindle. Patrick got me a Kindle for my birthday and although I have mixed feelings about the concept of an e-reader, I quite like it. The problem is that I still tend to be drawn to paper books and keep buying them. The e-reader is so convenient, I really need to embrace it more. Particularly when it comes to travel and such.
- Keep blogging. I was posting daily but have slowed down on that partly because I felt like I didn’t have much to say, partly because I had less time and partly because of other priorities. I still love blogging, but it is a challenge to do sometimes. I want to keep it up, maybe not as regularly, but with some consistency.
- Be a social blogger. I am not really a social anything. I used to read and follow a ton of blogs, but have cut back because I haven’t had time to seek out new things or read that much online. I’d like to get back to doin that a bit more.
- Writing of the non-blog-related kind is important too… Not that I am writing a novel or anything, but I do want to submit my current research for publication at some point in the next year and maybe a case report or something. That all requires writing time too.
What are your blog and bookish related goals for the year?