The first post of 2016 had to be about writing as that is the most important thing for me this year apart from my regular job. The new year started off with a bang and not much of a hangover, so I have been thinking clearly and know what all I want to do this year. No, I'm not listing down my resolutions here. Hell, I don't even have them. My writing has gone through a lot over the past seven years (yes, it has been seven years!) and I need to start taking it more seriously now and be true to myself and what I think. I see a lot of discussion on Facebook regarding blogging and what are the changes to be made for the new year. I read every comment like a silent spectator and I did nod when I agreed with what someone had to say. Blogging somehow has become a way of life for me, and I'm going to make the most of it this year.
So the goals for 2016 are:
Write what I want: More than 1000 posts on my blog and every single one of it has my heart, blood and soul. Actually, except one. There is only one post on my blog that was written with a gun pointed to my head. The rest of all is my opinions and my thoughts, no matter how silly they were. This year I'm going to focus on what I want to write and write about it only. I'm not going to follow a trend or do what others are doing. I have never ever done that and I will not do that this year as well. I'm going to write about what I want and I don't care what people think about it. Over the years I have learnt that no matter what I write, there is at least one person who gets offended by it. In that case, I might as well as do it right eh?
Personal posts: Sometime last year I decided to not write much about my personal life. It was a momentary decision and not something that I believe in now. My blog is a personal blog, and its needs to have a personal touch to it. Like I said above that I'm going to write what ever I want to and this would include personal posts as well. I have nothing to hide in my life as I know what I'm doing and why I'm doing it. So this year there will be a lot of personal posts on the blog about the wonderful and the moronic people in my life. And as usual if you feel that a character in the post strikes a chord with you, please go through the LOL Disclaimer before picking the phone and creating havoc.
Washing dirty linen: As much as I am not a fan of washing dirty linen in public, some people get on to every last nerve of my body making me want to trash them. I am a firm believer of tit for tat. I treat people the way they treat me. So if someone is talking dirty about me behind my back, I'm not going to be worshiping them either. But this year I'm going to show them the finger and keep them away from my blog. My blog is too precious to be tainted by eccentric characters. Also, there are other ways of giving it back to people.
Book reviews: I plan to read at least thirty books this year, but I will only review books that stand out for me. In a good way or in a bad way. I'm going to continue writing my book reviews the way I always have. I cannot do a simple review. I always do a detailed review and talk about what I liked and what I did not. The most important thing while it comes to book reviews for me is honesty. My review is always a honest take on what I felt about the book. I cannot sugar coat my words or cut down on what I have to say just to please the author. I know a review is like a huge motivation to an author, but if I'm spending my money and time on reading a book it needs to be worth it. If not, I obviously am going to complain. A good blogger friend of mine had recently reviewed a mediocre book and raved about it. Which is funny because I had had a talk with the same person regarding the book and we had laughed about the zillion shortcomings in the book. But apparently the author was a friend and hence the blogger was bound to give a five star rating. Safe to say, I lost respect for that blogger. Which is a pity because there was some decent writing on their blog. But this thought doesn't let me click on their blog link when ever I come across it. I don't want to be someone like that. My views, my thoughts, uncensored. That's how my book reviews are and shall always be.
Fiction & Poetry: Poetry has always been the USP of my blog. I'm very happy with my poetry but this year I want to explore more of fiction as well. Be it a stand alone piece or a series. I want to give it good thought and write great stories. I need to complete my pending series soon and move on to other tales that are crowding my mind.
Contests & Sponsored posts: It is no hidden fact that I write sponsored posts and for contests. Contests are fun but more than 90% of the time, the topic doesn't appeal to me. I have never written about anything that I have no clue about just to win a contest. And that will be the same this year too. Unless the topic is good enough and I have something to say about it, I don't find a point in writing about it. As funny as it sounds, my criteria for sponsored posts is the same as well. Unless the product is not something that I know about or have used before, I know that I cannot do justice to it. Yes, I get paid well for writing about a certain product or promoting it but that doesn't mean that I'd do it for everything that comes my way. It needs to strike a chord within me and make me want to talk about it. Else, thank you for the offer but no thank you!
At least 15 posts a month: The target that I had initially set was 20, but I never know when work shall pile up again. So being realistic, I shall be writing at least 15 posts a month. Weekends are for my husband and my home, so I do not write during weekends. I shall try to make the best out of weekdays and come up with some good posts.
Different topics: I usually write about myself or about love. Most of my fiction and poetry revolves mostly around it and I love it that way. But this year I want to write about a wide range of topics. Social issues, travel, fashion, lifestyle, entertainment and random stuff too. I have always noticed that I have a lot to say about a lot of things, but not all of it make it to my blog. But this year, let us see how it looks on the blog.
So there were the goals for my blog for the brand new year. I also want to read up on a lot of blogs and regularly visit and comment on them. Most importantly, I need to de-clutter my reading list and remove the blogs that have become stagnant over the years and also get rid of the blogs that only write posts for contests or promotions. Me liking a blog post doesn't depend on the fact that I like the person or not. Or I know the person or not. Sometimes a complete stranger's writing leaves me in awe while a good friend's post leaves me cringing. Such is the magic of the blogging world and I am so proud to be a part of it. My advice to all the bloggers out there will be the only advice that I myself follow.
Stay true to yourself and write what ever you want.