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Announcement: 4 Week Hiatus

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I’m going on a hiatus. I’ll be back April 25!

On that note, watch my little YouTube announcement or you can read some of my book blogging goals that I hope to achieve in the following year or next.

Wish me luck!

 

Schedule posts a month ahead

I was good at doing this last year but then I stopped during the summer. Being ahead of my schedule made me less stressed and more organized because then I can easily switch posts around if I wanted. This also means I must write a month’s worth of reviews, memes, and featured posts which take an insane amount of time to write. But I did it before and I can do it again!

 

Go through old posts and update each one individually

My current blog post has a much more visual and creative feel, and I really want to incorporate the reviews plugin in so readers can quickly scan my summarized thoughts if they don’t want to read the entire review.

 

Re-design entire layout and design

I’ve always wanted a more personalized design and look for the blog because right now it’s using the theme that I bought. Like my tagline states: “More than Just Reviews…” I want BO-OK NERD to be an online magazine or resource for any book nerd fan. I have so many ideas that I want to incorporate, so little by little, you’ll notice little changes here or there.

 

Add more organization to the navigation

WordPress is so wonderful for hosting a multi-platform web site that I couldn’t believe I was hesitant to use it when it came out. is old I always find even more useful plug-ins to better my workflow and I love that it’s incredibly user-friendly. I need to add categories right in the menu so everything will be found a lot quickly.

 

Include other types of posts

I admire all the bloggers who have a discussion post every week and the topics they include are so interesting and engaging. And as loyal readers have known, I can be exceptionally opinionated seeing things in black or white. Yet for some reason, I was always afraid to speak my mind considering the backlash that others get. MY THOUGHTS post will be pushed to next month, and that topic will be a touchy one.. PLAGIARISM, COPYING, STEALING IN THE BOOK BLOGGING COMMUNITY

Maintain a schedule

Aim to read as many books per week, and write the reviews right after I finish reading them. I used to do this quite diligently but have lacked the drive to write reviews most recently. It’s also because sometimes I just don’t know what to write about. I get stuck and I have my notes typed up but then I’ll forget it. Then I come back to the note and realize I didn’t even finish the review.

 

Be more picky

I’ve stopped requesting books for review from my contacts only because I have so many I have yet to read sitting on my shelf. I’m determined to make a dent in my to-read pile, but I’m also willing to stop what I’m reading and mark the book as a DNF. Thinking about the amount of time I invest in reading a book I already didn’t like is a waste of time.

 

Organize my email inbox and social media accounts

This might be my slight OCD, but when ever I see my overflowing inbox, it stresses me out. Which is why I must take advantage of syncing my Gmail account to my Outlook program, as well as archiving all the outstanding emails in my inbox.

As for Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Good Reads I also need to find out a way to maintain them all. Right now I try to take advantage of their APIs so if I’m on YouTube (for example), it’ll automatically post a tweet on Twitter with a link to my video which increases more click-thrus.

 

Book Nerd asks..“What are some of your book blogging goals?”

20 Comments

  1. Kristen

    April 18, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Good luck reaching those goals!

  2. Filia Oktarina

    April 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Have a good break!

    I will waiting 🙂

  3. Christina K.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Your ambitious goals make you an awesome blogger!!

    Hope you rocked your hiatus:)

  4. Lisa Richards

    April 15, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    counting the days till your return

  5. Louise at Readers Confession

    April 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    I hope you’re having a relaxing time! Missing your book hauls on Booktube!

  6. Kate

    March 26, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    I MISS YOU ALREADY! But I can’t wait for all these exciting things on your blog! ♥

  7. Kristen @ My Bookish Fairy Tale

    March 20, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Hey hun! Good for you. I’ve thought about taking a hiatus as well.. well I guess I am currently on one but that’s because I am moving and currently have no internet connection! You cannot post properly from a phone unfortunately lol.

    I love your goals. I too am trying to find ways to bring newer and fresher content to my blog.

    I also need to start being more picky about the books I request/accept for review. I find that I am overloading myself with release dates and it is becoming overwhelming.

    I hope you get to relax a bit and de-stress.

  8. Lisa Richards

    March 18, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    hope you get a lot of reading done.

  9. Leeanna

    March 18, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Have a good break!

    I’m still in a reviewing slump, but I’m trying hard to get out of it. I had some that I needed to finish for a MONTH, ugh. I feel like I’m writing the same thing over and over.

    You’ve got some great goals, good luck accomplishing them.

  10. May

    March 18, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Hope you make good use of the hiatus. We’ll miss you but definitely want you to achieve all your goals!

  11. Pamela

    March 18, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    You have amazing goals! I hope you all the best and I look forward to reading your new blog posts! 😀

  12. Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    March 17, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Awww, I’ll miss your posts! But I wish you all the best of luck catching up and even maybe trying to relax!

    And definitely major good luck to your on achieving those goals! I also need to catch up on reviews, cause I read faster than I write, and I for sure buy faster than I can read! lol ;p

    Most importantly HAVE FUN!!! 😀 Hope this hiatus is good for you! See you April 25! 😀

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair

  13. Grace Lo

    March 17, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    While you’re away, I’m sure I, as well as all your readers, would miss you tons! But on the other hand, I’m very excited for all the things you’ve got planned for this hiatus! *hugs* Best wishes for your hiatus! c:

  14. Jaime Lester

    March 17, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Well, you will be missed! I hope you get some of your goals accomplished! Can’t wait to see what you do!

  15. Erika

    March 17, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    This sounds like a wonderful way to get caught up. I’m looking forward to all the new stuff too!

  16. Kristen

    March 17, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Hope you get caught up! I’ve been doing good this year, but staying caught up with reviews is always a goal for me! We’re looking at moving to WordPress in a couple of weeks as well so that will be an adjustment.

  17. AD Starrling

    March 17, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    I’ll be thinking of you hon! Have a good break and see you soon 😀

  18. SweetMarie83

    March 17, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Everyone needs a break from time to time. Life can get crazy and blogging can definitely get crazy – it’s supposed to be fun but it’s a lot of pressure. I need to get better organized, and I’m thinking I might end up taking a break eventually – although I’ve been saying that for ages and haven’t done it yet! You do what you need to do, take the time you need, and we’ll still be here! Good luck with all your goals, and I’ll look forward to seeing you back next month. 🙂

  19. Melissa

    March 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    What great goals…hope you get everything done that you hope too!

  20. Molli

    March 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Hope the hiatus is good to you, Giselle! You definitely deserve a break since you’re working so hard.

    I like your goals! I need to get better at writing reviews once I finish the book/s, as well. I am terrible at that – and then once I DO write the review, I forget things about the book. Yikes.

    So good luck and don’t forget to take time to just chill and relax!

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