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My 2024 Goals | An Accountability Post

Happy New Year! 2024 is here, a brand new book is open in front of us, ready to be filled with memories and adventures! Today’s blog post is purely for accountability purposes. I’m only setting a few goals for the new year and YOU are going to keep me accountable.

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My Words for 2024

While I love the idea of picking one word for the year, that’s not me. So I’ve picked one focus word for each category of my life. They are:

  1. Retain
  2. Grow
  3. Reflect
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My 2024 Bookish Goals: Retain

I am scaling WAY back in 2024. I will not be setting a Goodreads goal or trying to keep up with all the other bookstagrammers out there reading hundreds of books a year. That’s just not sustainable for me.

Mindful Reading

I’ve read so many amazing books since finding the book blogging community. But I don’t remember most of what I’ve read. In 2024, I will be focusing more on slow, mindful reading, as well as annotating while reading. My main goal for 2024 is to retain what I’m reading and be able to gush about my favorite books for years to come.

It’s Ok to DNF

One of the biggest changes I’m making in 2024 is being ok with DNF-ing (not finishing) a book. I’ve had the hardest time giving up on a book, even if I don’t enjoy it, and it puts me in a serious reading funk. So this year, I’m going to be giving each book a fair shot (25-30%) and if I’m not enjoying it, I’ll set it aside.

No hard feelings.

My Reading Challenge

I’ve hosted reading challenges for years (not always the same ones). But I’ve never completed one (or really even participated in it past March or April). This is mostly because I’m a moody reader.

My reading challenge goal for 2024 is to actually participate in my own reading challenge (and do some fun mini events on social media for those who have already signed up).

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My 2024 Blogging Goals: Grow

This one isn’t a shocker. Of course I want to grow my blog in 2024. Except this goal is more about being strategic with my blog, social media, and even my Etsy shop.

Pinterest

As the majority of my social media traffic is already coming from Pinterest, I will be focusing my efforts on growing that in 2024. I’ve used Pinterest off and on for a few years but never really used it consistently. I don’t yet know what that looks like so it’s still a work in progress.

The Blog

The biggest thing about growing my blog is staying consistent in posting. Without fresh content, there’s not much to grow. So my goal in 2024 is to continue posting 1-2 times a week. I’ve been maintaining this schedule for the past couple of months and I think it’s sustainable for me.

Email

As a reading challenge host, my biggest spike in traffic is always at the end of the year, when readers are making goals and picking out their next-year challenges. The same was true this year, even though The Booknerd Lifestyle is still a baby blog.

What I’ve done so far: I’ve created several opt-in freebies (including the 2024 Booknerd Backlist Reading Challenge printables) and an entire Resource Library.

What I will be doing: Promoting my Resource Library and freebies everywhere I can! My biggest goal for 2024 is to grow my email list.

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My 2024 Journaling Goals: Reflect

I’ve never made journaling goals before but there are a few things I want to do in 2024. Right now, I’m going to say my one word for this category is Reflect, though that could change. (If you have any that fit it better, let me know! This one feels a bit off).

Bullet Journal

I’ve stayed away from bullet journaling because I’m great with computer artsy but not so great with hand-drawn artsy. But I’ve also seen how effective they are for people who want to build habits. So, with the help of some stencils, printables, and lots of washi tape and colors, I’m giving it a go! (I’ll be tracking my bullet journal journey right here under the Journal With Me category).

Reading Journal

2023 was FULL of gorgeous reading journals on Bookstagram and the teensy artsy part of my brain really wants to jump on this train. I haven’t yet decided how in-depth I’m going but I’m planning to use the same notebook as my bullet journal – I’m using this spiral notebook because I think the spiral rings are going to give me a little bit more space for papers and add-ins.

I’ll be making more trackers throughout the year but if you’re joining the 2024 Booknerd Backlist Reading Challenge, I’ve already got a few made up!

Bible Journal

I’ve read so many books but I’ve never read the Bible cover-to-cover. I’d already made plans to get back to reading it (I’ll admit I haven’t made it far) in 2024 but then I stumbled on an Instagram post that gave me the kick in the pants I needed to move forward. Katelyn (from @bookcasebeauty) is going to be reading through the Bible in 2024 and sharing her reading schedule on Instagram.

I probably won’t complete this goal in a year but I’m aiming for consistency.

I’ll be using this CSB (in)courage Bible in 2024 because I love the extra space at the bottom of each page for notes. I’ll be doing a full review after I’ve used it a bit more so keep your eyes open for that.

If you need a gentle nudge (or full-fledged kick in the pants), check out @bookcasebible on Instagram and join in! And if you’re already reading through the Bible (and journaling, as well), let me know! I can’t wait to connect with others and share this incredible journey!!

Happy New Year 2024!!

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My 2024 Goals for Accountability

And now the Accountability Portion

To stay accountable to myself, I will be updating this blog post once a month, throughout 2024. If you’re interested in following my journey, check back on the last day of each month to see how I’ve done with my goals.


January 2024 Update

January went by so quick this year! I ended up in a major reading slump and, while I started multiple books, I didn’t finish any. Zero books read in January … yikes!

As for blogging – I did a bit better there. I published 7 blog posts in January, with a two-week gap in the beginning/middle. In the second half of January, I maintained by 1-2 blog posts a week, so I’m pleased with that 😁

Journaling … yep, I did nothing in January. I did create a printable reading journal, which I’m super excited to be adding to my Etsy shop, but I struggled to really enjoy bullet journaling. While I love making printables for bullet journaling, being that rigid/structured just isn’t for me. I guess I’m a moody journaler, too.

February / March 2024 Update

So, I forgot to update in February (and March isn’t quite over). But let’s update for the both of them.

In February, I published 8 blog posts, maintaining the 1-2 per week so yay! I also decided to host an A to Z Reading Challenge this year, along with my backlist challenge.

As for reading, I was still in a pretty solid reading slump and only ended up reading one book – FALLING FOR MR. BAD by Melissa Foster – in February. So far in March (we’re about a week from the end), I’ve read 2 books and am looking to finish another 2 (for blog tours / review teams). So that’s definitely an improvement.

Journaling … nothing again. My reading journal just needs formatting and it will be ready to offer to my email list and sell in my Etsy shop, but it just hasn’t been a priority. I haven’t done any bullet journaling because I know I just don’t like it (although, as I said in January, I love to create printables so other people can enjoy bullet journaling).

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16 Comments

  1. I don’t do resolutions however I like to pick a theme for the upcoming year! This year my theme is “to be fearless”. Hopefully, it will encourage me to live a little more adventurously.

  2. I enjoyed reading through your goals and your attitude towards them for 2024 – you’ve given me some ideas also. Wishing you much success this year!

  3. I’m absolutely fascinated by your idea of using words to guide your year! ‘Retain,’ ‘Grow,’ and ‘Reflect’ capture the essence of what we all aspire for in various areas of life.

  4. These sound like great goals to try to meet this year. I’m considering upgrading my Tailwind account again. I loved it but dropped it because something changed. Can’t exactly remember it was several years ago since I used it. It now has some cool features to create extra Pinterest graphics.

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