Last year, I wrote up a set of goals for 2010. Now that the year has ended, it's time to look back and ask, "How'd I do?"
Last year, I promised myself that I would review more picture books. It doesn't feel like I did. There are so very many wonderful picture books that I meant to feature on my blog, but just didn't get around to. The numbers don't lie, however. In 2009, I reviewed 13 lucky picture books. In 2010, I nearly doubled that number to 24.
I committed to posting on my blog 1-3 times a week. No problem there. I've been very consistent in that regard.
I also promised myself not to over-twitter! No more than a tweet or two a day. I think I may have fallen down on that one... I've grown much more relaxed with Twitter as I've grown more accustomed to using it. Sometimes I'll post several updates to Twitter within a few minutes, other times I won't have anything to say for a day or two, and I think that's fine.
Finally, last year I vowed to ignore the backlist titles clogging up my TBR list and stay more current. I have to say, I found myself completely ignoring this self-imposed dicate, whimsically reading whatever struck my fancy whilst ignoring my ever-growing pile of ARCs. I've said it before, and I'll say it a hundred times, "They write books faster than I can read them." I really should do better in this regard.
So, what's on the agenda for 2011?
Well, more of the same, I suppose. I'd like to continue to review more picture books. Also, more poetry! I'd like very much to stay current and read more things published in the current year. I'd like to blog more -- every day or nearly every day would be nice. I'll start including the month published in addition to the year, on my book reviews.
One thing I'm excited about is the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. What a great way to broaden one's horizons! I'm definitely up for signing on to read 12 books by new authors this year.