I resisted the urge to title the post “Goooooaaal”, but it was a near thing.

I don’t know whether it is a good thing or not, but I am (generally) a driven person. I love goals and to-do lists. At the same time, they need to be self-imposed, because I get a bit petulant when someone else tells me I have to do something. I don’t want to be told what to do. Clearly, I’m only 13. Hopefully the followings goals I set for myself prove to be attainable, yet challenging. It should make for an interesting year.


^^Just stick me here.^^

10. I’ve had a FitBit for about a month now and I’d like to get into the challenge part of it a bit more. I’m naturally competitive and typically active, but I can’t seem to get past 11,000 steps in the natural progression of my day. Anyone out there have a Fitbit? Any advice?

09. I want to find a balance and direction with the blog. I like to think of this as a diary of what I read, but I notice reviews have the fewest comments. That is okay, but one of my favorite parts of blogging is the community, so at the same time it matters…

08. I’ve gone gluten free (this will theoretically help with my arthritis), which makes me a miserable, cranky person to be around. Can we discuss the wonder and brilliance of freshly baked french bread? Regardless of such merits, french bread is out. Quinoa is in.

07. I’d like to incorporate a wider variety of reading. This last year was spent almost exclusively with darker, adult fiction and I’d like to switch that up a bit. I want to include a little bit of YA and generally read across genres, everything from romance to crime to sci-fi.

06. Always, always, always. Comment more, check in with blogs I follow more, etc. This will always be on here.

05. Keep reading statistics. I was inspired by Shannon at River City Reading’s charts and graphs and I’ve started using this template made by Leah at Books Speak Volumes.

04. Interact more on social media. Instagram is really the only one I keep up with and I feel like I miss so many important/useful/fun conversations on twitter.

03. Take a road trip. Kentucky is pretty high up on my list.

02. Keep up with the maintenance portion of my blog better. I pretty consistently fall behind on updating my list, review, and other indices.

01. Keep reading. Shocking, I know.

What are your goals for the next year? For more blogging goals, go here.

(Image found here, that is my preferred, though highly unlikely road trip.)

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  • Catherine

    Great goals except…maybe road trip it to Seattle? I’ll buy you coffee and quinoa (so sorry to hear abut the gluten and feel your pain- if I had to give up bread I’d be more difficult to live with than I already am).

    I’m on the data bandwagon as well. I have Shannon’s template- she really needs to start charging for it! Beyond that, I’m goal free in my blog bc I already did a big overhaul. Ooo…wait, can I count that as a 2016 goal and cross it off my non-existent list?! 😉

    • Rory O’Connor

      I may be in Portland this June! Maybe a mini-road trip from there?!

      And your new blog layout looks lovely!

    • Rory O’Connor

      And the blog overhaul totally counts, cross it off!

  • Lianne @

    That photo is lovely <3 Gah, I need to travel somewhere soon, it's been too long!

    I'm always impressed by bloggers who put together comprehensive and visual statistics of their reading. I wish I kept detailed track of the things I read outside of the titles and crossing them off my TBR list xD

    Best of luck with your resolutions this year Rory! 🙂 My TTT

    • Rory O’Connor

      Good luck to you too!

      And I’m in desperate need to travel sometime soon, preferably somewhere warmer. I’m going to Chicago next week, and I don’t think it will be warmer….

  • Christine @ BookishlyB

    I’ll invite you to the next challenge I start. The days I accumulate the most steps are those when I run. It sucks, but it’s true. On days where I work, walk Sawyer to the park, and then run for a half an hour before bed I can clock in at almost 20k steps. One part ridiculous, one part awesome.

    I suck hardcore at twitter. I think I’ve accepted it.

    • Rory O’Connor

      Days when I work are usually my hardest because I sit at a desk. I walk during lunch, but I still maybe only get 5k steps in, which is not enough to reach 15k by the end of the day. I ‘m going to have to reconsider my approach…

  • Laura Frey

    Looking forward to reviews of different genres. I recently read a bit of erotica, so that was different. And not bad, either! Thinking about how/whether to review…

    • Rory O’Connor

      You should, because I’m curious. I’d read it if you recommended it!

  • Chrissi Reads

    Commenting more is always a goal that I try to achieve! Good luck with your resolutions.

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thanks, you too!

  • Cait @ Paper Fury

    Keeping up commenting and blog hopping is a goal of mine for this year too. xD I kind of have slacked off answering comments these last few weeks so…ONTO THAT. hehe. XD Oh oh and good luck being gluten free! I HEAR YA. I’m gluten free…actually all grain free, mostly dairy free, and sugar free. -_- Life is difficult, to say the least. (But at least chocolate is still in. LIFE IS SAVED.)

    Here’s my TTT!

    • Rory O’Connor

      Answering comments has been on my goal list forever, and I’ve just gotten better with it recently. It’s not always in a timely fashion, but it happens.

  • Naomi

    I’m no good at social media. I don’t even have a twitter account, and I’m rarely tempted to get one. I find it hard enough to keep up with what I’ve got. It’s probably a good thing that I don’t know what I’m missing. I also have no data except for a notebook and pen. For now, I’m okay with that. I like to see everyone else’s stats, though!
    Good luck with the gluten free diet – that would be tough. Especially with kids.

    • Rory O’Connor

      I have a twitter account that does a fantastic job tweeting my automated tweets, I wish I could find the time (or drive, really) to get on and interact, but it always falls by the wayside.

      The gluten free diet is not my friend. I haven’t been on it long enough to feel the benefits (30+ days), but I have been on it long enough to feel miserable and hungry. And my kids think pasta and bread are the best things ever, so I’m still cooking it and weeping quietly as I do.

  • Jancee Wright

    Where in Kentucky? That’s where I live!

    • Rory O’Connor

      I really want to visit the Red River Gorge area!

      • Jancee Wright

        Awesome! I live fairly close to there, in Lexington. I’ve never been personally, but I know a ton of people who love it. And if you like pizza, Miguel’s is apparently the place to go in that area!

        • Rory O’Connor

          I LOVE pizza. If I had a food soul mate, it would be pizza. If I make it there, I will definitely check it out.

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay’s Library

    Good luck with your goals! I need to be better about updating my blog pages, and I’ve been considering creating a Facebook page for my blog and/or getting on Twitter since it seems like lots of awesome bookish stuff happens there. I’m pretty proud of myself for getting better at reading and commenting on blogs this past year — it helps that I finally sought out and found some people with similar reading tastes! I also branched out into some new genres, like sci-fi, fantasy and graphic novels. I highly recommend “Red Rising” for science fiction, and the “Saga” series if you want to try a graphic novel!

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thanks! I’ll have to check out Red Rising, I love a good sci-fi novel.

  • Melinda

    Great goals! If you want to diversify your reading, you could try the Book Riot challenge. I did it last year and, while I’m not one for challenges, I thought that one was especially good for expanding my reading boundaries. It’s also on 24 items (and you can decide if you want to double-count books), so it is totally manageable.

    • Rory O’Connor

      I’ve thought about it and even read it over, but i know I’d struggle in a few categories. Maybe that’s the point, because it would be harder for me…

  • Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves)

    Reviews are my least commented on posts as well….and probably the least pageviews too. I’m trying to do more minis – those seem to do better – and some spoiler discussions. And – I hope you don’t give up your darker adult fiction entirely…you are my go-to source for that! I added the Ed Tarkington to my TBR bc of your 2016 debuts list and now it’s getting all kinds of good buzz. I plan to get to it…sometime this year. Hopefully soon!

    • Rory O’Connor

      It’s a weird conundrum. Some of the reviews I do are because the publisher gave me a copy, so I feel obligated to review it, but at the same time, those posts seems to fall into the void.

      And I would never give up dark fiction entirely! It’s my favorite!

  • BrownBooks&GreenTea

    Interacting more on social media is a big one for me. I’ve just started my instagram, and I’m having so much trouble making real friends on there. Same with twitter. We’ll see what 2016 brings for me. Good luck with your list!

    My TTT:

    • Rory O’Connor

      Me too. I’ve been on all social media for a while, but I haven’t made a lot of actual friends (a lot of the followers seems like spam). I’d especially like to grow my instagram.

  • Jane Whittingham

    I’m definitely going to try and apply a few of your resolutions this year, as well. I want to be more involved in the book blogging community, by writing comments and following new blogs. Branching out is also a bit of a struggle for me – I typically know what I like, and stick to it! Hopefully this will be a year of growth and exciting new things for all of us. 🙂

    • Rory O’Connor

      That’s my problem too, I’m so set on what I love, that it’s all I usually read. So I am hoping to branch out and learn to love a little more, or at least discover a few new authors.

  • SDCB, Steph

    These are great goals. GF will most likely help with your arthritis. It helped with mine anyway, although I was miserable at sticking to it. Best of luck with that and all of your other goals in 2016.

    • Rory O’Connor

      I’m hoping I get used to eat, because right now I’m a complete grouch. I saw someone eating a donut the other day and thought I was going to die (or steal it). I’m being dramatic, but darn it do I hate it.

  • Kathy

    I really like your goals and wouldn’t be hurt if I incorporated a lot of those in my own life. I wish I knew where my fitbit is. I tracked my steps and stair climbing for about six months, took the fitbit off one night before bed, and never saw it again. I would like to participate more in Twitter chats and just tweeting more in general. I’ve thought about tweeting my thoughts as I read, but I’d have to stop reading to do that, and I don’t even like to stop for taking notes anymore. lol

    • Rory O’Connor

      I wear mine all the time (except for the shower), it took me a while to get used to sleeping with it on, but I enjoy the stats on my sleeping pattern.

      Twitter chats are high up on my list to join in one. I saw I missed the #boutofbooks one recently and was disappointed (of course, I’m not participating, but I WANT to).

  • Katie McD @ Bookish Tendencies

    Great goals! I *never* thought I would really get into Twitter, and reluctantly joined last year when I started my blog. Shockingly, I really enjoy it! It’s a quick way to engage, and have a fun little conversation that likely wouldn’t happen within blog comments or anywhere else. I DO love all your insta photos, so keep those coming for sure!

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thanks. IG seems to be the only place I can manage to keep up with, Twitter may happen, it’s a goal after all (but likely the one I’d let go first).

  • Christy

    Hope you get to take your road trip! I’ve never been to Kentucky, though it borders the state that I live in (Virginia). I have such a dilemma about book review posts – I feel like I haven’t really properly finished with a book until I’ve reviewed it. But yet, they do get very few comments, unless they are very popular books of course. Mini-reviews do seem to do better in attracting comments.

    • Rory O’Connor

      Haha, I feel a little bit of the same. Unless I post about reading it, I feel like the book gets forgotten. I may consider mini-reviews too.

  • Marisa @The Daily Dosage

    I don’t read as many *dark* books as you but still my fair share. I felt like all the books I recommended last year were harder to push. If you find a decent romance, please share! Also, I have no clue why I can’t get into Twitter. I try to comment but there is no response. It’s like talking to myself and I do that enough. There must be a peak time? And as I’ve said before your pics on Insta are some of my faves! The Shannon Stats/Graphs/Charts are absolutely the greatest and hope to keep better track this year.

    • Rory O’Connor

      I struggle with romance, I want to like it, but I don’t want anyone to be an idiot either…

      Twitter is not my friend. Right now, pretty much the only things I have going up are my automated posts, but whenever I log on, I see I missed a fascinating conversation 6 hours ago and it’s so disappointing. It seems to follow east coast time a lot (where a lot of the blogs I follow are).

  • Shannon @ River City Reading

    Can’t wait to see how your stats all turn out at the end of the year – it can be so fascinating to see!

    • Rory O’Connor

      I’m really, probably unnaturally excited. Only 12 months to go…

  • Jennine G.

    I’ve only had my Fitbit for a few days and I do love it. I’ve only just broken the 5,000 steps goal and reached 6,000 the day after. I don’t see how I’ll ever hit 10,000 steps in an ordinary day! But having it there does make me aware enough to push myself when I wouldn’t have even thought about it before. If I think of anything, I’ll get back to you!

  • Jo Elliott

    Good luck with all of your 2016 goals!

    My TTT:

  • Ciska van der Lans

    Love your goals. Good luck with the fitbit challenge. I am still considering getting one but am scared of the results 😉

  • Julianne – Outlandish Lit

    Love these goals! I’ve been using Leah’s chart since the beginning of last year (though I changed some parts of it) and it’s the greatest. I hope you enjoy it and have a great 2016!

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