Goodbye, 2019. Hello, 2020

Happy new year everyone!

2019 was… something. It was a hell of a year, to be honest, which is why I didn’t have the motivation to even think about a year-end post/summary. It feels like 2019 lasted a full decade, considering all that went down.

Anyway. I wasn’t going to write a new year post and intended to jump straight into a book discussion post about this weird book I read sometime last year (won’t spoil which book but let’s just say that for a book published in 2015 its slut-shaming was gratuitous and unabashedly virulent). But whenever I opened my blog I just couldn’t shake off the feeling that it was missing something. I don’t know why when I rarely add anything to my blog. Eventually I realized what felt so off. Without a post welcoming the new year, my blog felt like it was still stuck in the old one. I know that sounds lame and nonsensical but somehow I just couldn’t ignore it. I don’t have much of an audience here in my blog but I am really big on sentimental spectacles for myself. Heck, I’ve been blogging for so long purely because I wanted to document my boring life over the years.

So even though it’s about a week late, here it is. My 2020 post. This thing won’t have much of a structure, I think. I’ll do a quick review of how I fared in 2019 (a resounding meh) but I’ll mostly just talk about my plans with this blog of mine, which aren’t much considering my inconsistent blogging schedule.

2019, A Quick Overview

Overall, I gotta say that 2019 was a pretty decent year for me and my blog. I wrote so much more than in previous years and even had a semi-consistent posting schedule.

I also got involved in six different blog tours for these amazing books last year. And half of those books were penned by Filipino authors! It was a real honor to be able to read books before they were available to the public.

Another blog thing I’m proud of was my Book Talks and book reviews. I wrote quite a lot of bookish posts last year and a fair number of them I’m actually proud of. I’m especially happy with my Magonia Book Talk and To Kill a Kingdom discussion post. Writing them was really fun and rereading them wasn’t as painful as I’ve come to expect.

I started this Sequel Sunday series last year too but I quickly lost steam in the middle of the year. Still, I managed to write a couple of them so… meh, I guess?

Although I failed that little blog series, at least I hit my goal of 125 books for my 2019 GoodReads Reading Challenge. It was tricky reading 2-3 books every week but a couple of strategic reads (meaning, short and sweet books) and straight up binge reading helped me stay on track until I reached the finish line. To be honest, for the month of December I read mainly YA pulp fiction (often less than 200 pages) which made it really easy for me. Plus they were books discussed in old episodes of Teen Creeps, one of my favorite podcasts. So, really, it was like killing two birds with one stone.

The last thing that happened in 2019 that I want to talk about is, of course, NaNoWriMo. I’ve talked about this before but I actually won NaNo last year. I wrote 50k words for my novel! I didn’t finish the book – 50k words in and I’ve just gotten to Act 2 – but it’s a great start. I was especially happy at how relatively painless last year’s NaNoWriMo was. I actually knew what I was going to write every time I opened my word doc so writing 1.6k words a day was doable. Turned out, I am a plotter, not a pantser.

2020 Blogging Goals

While I really enjoyed writing Book Talks and in-depth book reviews, I think I’m not going to be doing those types of posts anymore. Mainly because I want to focus on writing my WIP this year. I want to finish my first draft before the end of the first quarter and I feel like those long form bookish posts take up too much time and energy. I’ll still write bookish posts – I have 2 in my drafts right now – but I guess I’ll prioritize my WIP over them for now.

I’ll also probably take a break from signing up for blog tours. I joined Kate’s Spellhacker Blog Tour this month but after that I’m done… unless…?

My Reading Challenge goal is five books fewer this year for the same reason. I considered going for 100 books to hit that sweet 3 digit number but then I looked at my TBR shelf and knew I wanted to read more.

Lastly, and this doesn’t really have anything to do with my blog but I’ve also challenged myself to watch 50 movies this 2020. I don’t know why but it takes me a really long time to finish a movie. I get so easily distracted that I’m lucky to sit through a regular feature length film within a day. This year I’m aiming to watch one movie a week. I watched Spider-Man: Far From Home on Netflix last Saturday and I gotta say that it was a pretty great way to start the year.

This was a lackluster 2020 post but at least I managed something, right? I really want to write more for myself this year. Finishing a first draft of a novel has been my goal since I was 12. This year I think I have a pretty good shot at finally achieving that childhood dream of mine. Fingers crossed!

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