I know that I do. First of all is hitting the goal of 100 books added to my blog. Two is trying to add new authors that I haven't read before and give my readers an idea of what's out there if they haven't found something that interests them.
I think having a good choice of books to read is good. Yes, I have authors I like more then others. But its good to try new things. I had asked some of you to give me ideas of books that I might be interested in reading. Mostly that had to do with authors still out there.
Do you have goals set up for your book blog? Do you read for the reason to just enjoy the book?
I started my blog to keep track of books that I've read and to discuss them with other people who may have read them. It's branched out a lot since then, although it is still mostly book reviews. I like to participate in reading challenges that focus on specific themes or topics to expand my horizons in books and talk to other people about them. I've also been doing groupreads lately, which can be a lot of fun. They're like being a part of a digital blogging book club!
Generally, I just blog about whatever I'm reading, whatever the genre. Having my blog has encouraged me to branch out and explore books that I otherwise wouldn't have known about. Aside from that, I don't really have any major goals.
I read just to enjoy a book. It's something that keeps me busy and keeps my brain going - I can always learn something new or get lost in a book if the opportunity is there - and I try to make it there!
I just joined the website, but my goal is to blog about all the books I read and let other's know of the awesome authors, or not so awesome authors, out there!
You know, I haven't really thought about it yet. My blog is only a few months old so the biggest part was just getting it started. I think it would be good to set some goals like you mentioned. I would like to have 20 new book reviews up by Christmas! The problem I run into is finding the time to blog with life going on. It takes me about an hour or more to do a blog post that contains an interview, review, and raffle giveaway. Then it takes more time to post the reviews on all the sites...B&N, Goodreads, Libary Thing, Smashwords and so on....Do your post take a long time? Or is this just me? I'm starting to think I'm just slow lol
Well, being that I just blog my books on my blog and no where else then it really doesn't take me to long to post.
I got out of prison and went to a different church every week for a whole year! 52 CHURCHES THE BOOK It does talk about religion but it's main purpose was to talk about addiction. It also has some political ideas that I think would help.
I'm going to go check out your book!
My blog is called "Patricia Gligor's Writers Forum." My goals are 1) to write on topics of interest to other writers and readers of mystery/suspense novels. In addition to other topics, which are always writing-related, I share information about authors I admire and novels I've enjoyed. 2) to attract followers in an attempt to develop a readership for my (yet unpublished) novel, "Mixed Messages." 3) to get to know others in the writing community, to read their opinions on the topics I've chosen and to develop friendships.
I read for many reasons,including enjoyment, escape and to absorb how other writers do what they do so I can apply it to my own writing.
I started out with my blog as a place to 1) keep track of the books I have read, and 2) provide a place for people to find a list of clean romance books. I always hated going to the library and only getting to finished a few of the books because they all turned out raunchy. bleh. I do have a goal of making some more money, though I don't make much (it is nice to have a little extra now and again).
As I've done more blogging I have a new goal of helping new authors. As an aspiring author myself (if I ever finish my book that is), I find that I love helping authors advertise and get the word out about their books - whether with reviews, advertisements and/or giveaways. I get a sense of satisfaction to help others and to learn some of the ways to advertise and network that I hope to someday use myself. :D
I didn't start out with targets per se - I started as a means of getting me writing and reading critically, with a view to writing more fiction when I got into a routine. Having said that, once I started little things made me happy. For example, this month I'm on target to have over 1000 visitors to my blog for the first time. This makes me happy, and I know my readership is growing. But when I receive a review copy of a book I've been waiting excitedly for, or when I set down some really good fiction - that's when I am happiest with my blog and all it brings.
Matthew - Bibliofreak.net - A Book Review Blog
My blog is just a little over a month old. For four years I managed a regional portion of a national social networking site for mothers, and in October the site was closed by the corporation. Because I had acted as a concierge for this site, I had to stay quite neutral about everything.... my job was to facilitate, not pontificate. Now, I don't need a soapbox, but it is nice to express an opinion, and with such a shift in my work life it has been the perfect time to launch my OWN platform for that.
I've set a goal of reading and reviewing about 80 books over the next 18-24 months. I read about that much anyway, so I'm enjoying making the activity of reading a bit more goal-oriented. And without a definitive goal, my blog would lack focus. My reading is providing the content of my blog, and vice versa, I suppose! ( And even if both reading and blogging are sedentary, it's a lot less fattening than cooking my way through The Art of French Cooking!) In addition, the books on the list were all purchased at thrift stores, used book stores and sales, yard sales, or cast-offs from friends and family. The ultimate reduce-reuse-recycle!
Like a lot of other folks, the original goal of my book blog was to keep track of books I read and enjoyed. I wanted to focus on scifi and fantasy because those are my favorite genres. At first, the goal was to post once a week. These days, the goal is to post 3-4 times per week. Not 3 or 4 book reviews per week, of course, just 3 or 4 posts, on something!