Thursday, January 1, 2015

Looking Ahead: 2015

Happy New Year, people. Yay, 2015! The past year was an eventful one for me in real life. I have written, as far as I am aware, A Year in Review posts for every year since I started my blog. But this year, I don't want to look back. I have been a terrible blogger for the last couple of months, but for that to change, Tabula Rasa needs to reach back to its roots and be that blank slate again.

When I started this blog, I had no clear goal in mind. Or, only one to speak of. That I had to write and see how it went. It went wonderfully. I've come to realize that it's not easy maintaining a blog for so long. I've seen people close up shop and leave over the years. Many blogging friends I had back in 2011 haven't blogged for a while now. I briefly considered giving up on Tabula Rasa entirely, because this busy year I realized the blog had sort of met its purpose: made me open up.

The reason I'd started my blog was that I was too shy, too afraid of confrontation, that I couldn't express my opinions and trust myself to stick to them. I'd be wrong if I said I'm wholly different now as I realized only the other day, but I have changed considerably. It's time now either to rewrite the purpose of the blog or to shut it down. It is heart-warming to have everyone I've explained this to tell me I shouldn't do the latter.

So, clean slate. Tabula Rasa is going to be a proper book blog now, more than a string of meandering opinions and realizations. The blog needs to be organized now. I've spent the whole of last month mentally charting out a feasible plan. Here's a basic idea of what every month of 2015 will have me posting (the at least is implied for each:)

1. Two book reviews, fiction or non-fiction
2. One short story (or graphic novel or audio book) review, easier done than novels
3. One books or reading related post, or a Top Ten Tuesday list
4. One TV, movie or radio fiction-related post (this is still kind of in the works)
5. One book review or book related guest post

That's five posts per month that I have to write and one I have to somehow acquire. That's not bad for a start, I can't wait to see how it goes. The key may be to schedule posts in advance. Here are things I won't do: take part in book tours, participate in all the readalongs and reading events I usually participate in, stop blogging. The last is the most important, I won't stop blogging. That's my resolution for the new year: do everything to keep the blog alive, it's worth it. What are your blog plans this year?


Unknown said...

For a moment there I thought this was good-bye. I'm glad it isn't.
Good plans, I agree, and wish you luck.
My only plan is to write more - more book reviews, more stories. I have other plans as well, but those I'd rather at least start on before I make them public.

Viktoria Berg said...

I am glad you will continue blogging, but I understand your feelings. One changes, and the blogging needs to change too, but it can be hard to see how, when one has a formula that seems to work. It´s nice to have readers, after all.
Personally, I am just going to continue as I have done in the last six-month (erratically, to say the least) until I know how the rest of my life is going to turn out. There will be changes. One thing will be constant though: reading your blog! :-D

Priya said...

Delia - I keep thinking about it, but I always come back to the blog. I do look forward to more stories from you!

Viktoria - Thanks, that's great to know. I can't say my blogging won't be just as erratic too this year, but it shouldn't hurt to make a plan!

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