Fresh Start

As much as I love yearly recaps, I am not usually one for new year’s resolutions. But this year I am going to take advantage of the new year and try a fresh start here.

I recently realized that I may have accidentally quit book blogging. My last real review was nearly two months ago. I can’t even muster up enough blogging mojo to write a mini-review.

But that’s okay. I am a different person than I was when I started this thing. I am a mom and that takes up a tremendous amount of my time. And in whatever free time I have, I have shifted some of the priority from reading to other activities, like photography.

So here is what I am going to do. Because I think having a PLAN will help me.

  • I will do my best to resume Sunday Salons where I will discuss what I am currently reading.
  • I am going to write one review a week. I will post it on Monday.
  • I am committing to Wordless Wednesdays, so expect regular photo posts.
  • On Fridays, I am going to talk about something health-related: food, running, dance, yoga etc. I need to be held accountable.
  • I will continue to do a monthly recap. Because I like those.
  • The remaining days of the week will be free days. I will most likely not post anything. But if I want to, I can blog about anything I feel like blogging about. An extra book review maybe? Some more photos? My current views on parenting?

I am going to try my hardest to stick to this for the first three months of 2014. I want to really give it a try. This blog needs to shift topics a little if it is going to survive and I really would hate to see it go. Honestly. This is the direction I’ve been going so I’m just taking it a little further.

If Β I do go missing here for some period of time, please look for me on twitter or instagram. I rarely go missing there.

Do you have any blogging plans for 2014?

18 thoughts on “Fresh Start

  1. Lu January 1, 2014 / 10:07 am

    Good luck on these goals in 2014!! I’m excited to see how it goes and I love the idea of a health post! I need to blog more about that too!


    • Michelle January 1, 2014 / 10:00 pm

      I’m hoping it helps me stay on track with my health goals.


  2. Heather January 1, 2014 / 11:12 am

    I love the idea of incorporating a little structure to the blog. I think something like this would help me too, but I’m not sure exactly how I’d do it. I also love that you’re going to do some health posts! I need to get healthier this year (don’t we all?) so I appreciate that. Happy New Year Michelle!


    • Michelle January 1, 2014 / 9:58 pm

      So far the structure has me excited about blogging again. It seems manageable. Happy New Year to you as well!


  3. SuziQoregon January 1, 2014 / 12:21 pm

    Yay! Love this plan (particularly because of Wordless Wednesday and lots of photography).


    • Michelle January 1, 2014 / 9:58 pm

      I am going to try to post every Wednesday. But you know I am when I make plans. πŸ˜‰


  4. Kailana January 1, 2014 / 1:46 pm

    I am not sure why, but I didn’t have your blog on my reader… I added you yesterday. πŸ™‚ Moving on… I quit book blogging, too. I only got back to blogging at the end of the 2013 because I basically said ‘screw it’ and decided to just talk about whatever. On Thursday’s I have started sharing pictures of the cat. haha. Good luck with your goals for 2014. I look forward to seeing your pictures either on here or Instagram. Happy New Year!


    • Michelle January 1, 2014 / 9:57 pm

      Maybe I need more cat pictures again.


  5. Lucia January 1, 2014 / 1:46 pm

    Sounds like a good plan and I hope it works!
    I don’t have a blog but my blog-related resolution for 2014 is: keep up with the blogs I follow and comment more often. πŸ™‚


    • Michelle January 1, 2014 / 9:57 pm

      You could start a blog in 2014. πŸ˜‰


      • Lucia January 2, 2014 / 1:51 pm

        πŸ™‚ I actually think about it sometimes but I’m not sure I would be able to keep up a blog: last year I made a resolution to write down a few thoughts about each books I’d read in 2013…and I failed!
        Inspired by others’ new year resolutions, I’ve decided I’m trying again this year! πŸ™‚


  6. Anita January 1, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    I like your goals. My only real blogging goal is to be more consistent, and 3 days a week is what I believe I can do. Books don’t have to be the main focus. I like doing a Sunday post on what is going on in life. I started doing It’s Monday What are you Reading, and i liked it. Perhaps I can get in one or two book reviews a week. I have to be realistic right? Good luck!!


    • Michelle January 1, 2014 / 9:57 pm

      I like the Monday What are you Reading posts, but I always feel like Monday reviews get the most views. So I like to post reviews then.


  7. Ti January 1, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    I think this is totally doable but test it out and see how it works for YOU. Don’t worry about us. I feel connected via Instagram so I get my fix.


    • Michelle January 1, 2014 / 9:55 pm

      It is nice to have the “easier” forms of social media to stay connected with blogging is too hard.


  8. Jennifer January 1, 2014 / 11:49 pm

    I love your blogging goals. I think they are realistic and give you the opportunity to be flexible. And honestly, at the end of the day, your blog should serve you not the other way around. I look forward to reading your upcoming posts and finding out how this works out for you.

    I’ve had some troubles blogging lately because I restricted myself too much when really I just need to write. And so my goal for my blog in 2014 is pretty simple: I just want to get my words and ideas out there.

    Happy 2014!


    • Michelle January 2, 2014 / 9:23 am

      Just write. That’s a good blogging goal. I felt to restricted by the book blogger label so here we go trying something else.


  9. Vishy January 3, 2014 / 12:18 am

    All the best, Michelle! You can do it πŸ™‚ I will look forward to reading your Sunday Salon posts. I love them. Happy reading and Happy blogging!


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