Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Book Blogger New Year's Challenge of 2014 - What Are Your Blogging Resolutions for 2014?

What Are Your Blogging Resolutions for 2014?

This is the first day of the Book Blogger New Year's Challenge, and here are my blogging resolutions for the upcoming year:

Convert to Wordpress: My first resolution for 2014 is to convert Dreaming About Other Worlds to Wordpress. Using Blogger as a platform has worked reasonably well, and I've learned to work around a lot of its limitations to do things that I want to do with the blog. But doing odd things to get around the limitations of the platform you are using can get a little tiresome, and I suspect that some of the things I have done serve to make this blog a little unstable. At the very least, I'm straining the limits of Blogger's capabilities. And so my primary goal for the upcoming year is to move this blog to more congenial grounds.

Clear My Review Shelf: My second resolution for 2014 is to make a dent in my review shelf. I have a substantial backlog of review copies that I need to read and review. For a variety of reasons, 2013 was not a good reading year for me, and I was unable to get to several of the books that have been sent to me for review. I aim to rectify this situation in the upcoming year and read and review every one of the review copies that have been languishing on my shelves.

Advance Blogging Projects: My third resolution is to make progress on, and possibly complete, some of the large number of blogging projects that I have started but not completed. I started blogging about the episodes of the HBO series Cathouse a couple of years ago, and never finished getting through the series. I have also begun projects to blog about Farscape and Star Trek: The Original Series, both of which have stalled. And of course, I have my long-term project of trying to read and review all of the winners of the Hugo and Nebula Awards. My goal for 2014 is to make substantial progress in all of these projects.

Build Blog Infrastructure: My fourth resolution is to get more of the background work done on the blog. Although I have been slowly filling in the gaps in the Authors A-Z page and the Book Award Reviews page over the course of the last couple of years, the progress has been going very slowly. For 2014, I plan to complete the projects of getting them up to date.

Fix Blog Issues: My fifth resolution is to fix a number of niggling issues with the blog, mostly involving formatting of older posts and some of the fixed pages. For example, the Book Reviews by Series page is woefully incomplete at this point, and needs substantial work. I hope to take care of this, and issues like this in 2014, even though I am reasonably certain that no one but me will notice the changes.

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  1. When you move to Wordpress, I suggest buying the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin - it's well worth the money and makes backlists for you like Reviews, Lists by category (such as author interviews, etc). It's kind of a pain to move things over to using this plugin, I'm still working on reviews from years ago to get them up to date.

    Weird plug, but we made the move 2.5 years ago and learned quite a bit. Kate wrote some posts on the move under our Let's Chat category.

    Good luck on all of your goals!

    My Blogging Resolutions

  2. I have a lot to work on my review shelf too! Hope we both get ahead this year!

    1. @Jay Riv: I hope to get through all the books currently on my review shelf before June. We'll see how well that works out.