I’m participating in the Book Blogger Organization Challenge, which runs from January 1 through June 30. The challenge will be focusing on different areas each month.
Tomorrow I will talk about February’s focus, but first let’s see how I did in January.
In addition to the challenges I had already committed to, I signed up for Contemporary Conversations, a March event. Since I read mostly contemporaries, this is the perfect event for me. I’m not sure I’ll have anything other than reviews, but I’ll see if I can think up some discussion topics and try to keep my memes related to contemporaries as much as possible.
I’m struggling to remember (which really means not be too lazy) to update my challenge posts with books as I read them. It doesn’t help that I’m falling behind on reviews, but I need to get better at this. I did catch up yesterday, but I want to update as I go, not all at once.
This is obviously going to be an ongoing project. I did pretty well up until the last week of the month, when I suddenly had NOTHING scheduled ahead of time and I was also tired and didn’t feel like working on posts at night. I ended up writing several posts in the afternoon and posting them right away or that night, something I hate to do.
The Good: I’m definitely catching up with ARCs (although I can’t resist getting more!) and my Netgalley ratio is now exactly at the recommended 80%. I don’t have any pending requests either, so I’m only going to go up from here! (For now, anyway.) I’m doing pretty well with my 2015 challenges. The hardest part for me has been remembering to update the lists with the books I’ve read that qualify for each challenge.
The So-So: I haven’t reviewed every book I’ve read this month, but I am working on them. I even did a DNF roundup of mini-reviews for some of last year’s DNFs and I’m considering doing another mini-review post for 2014 books that were not DNFs. I have a stack sitting here on my computer desk that I’m ready to get rid of (see “10. Purging books” but I don’t remember enough about most of them to write full reviews.
The Bad: Commenting. I am SO behind. Scheduling, which I already talked about.
I can’t really categorize the “participate in more swaps” goal. There were a couple I wanted to sign up for in January — OTSPSecretSister (which is much more than a swap but I had it in mind for this) and the Chaotic Goddess Books ‘n Bloggers Swap but for personal reasons I decided to sit both of them out. They each have another round coming up later in the year so I’ll reconsider then.