Goals for 2023

It’s been a while since I’ve paid attention to this website or this blog, and this year I want to change that. Regardless of the audience, I want to start blogging again, for me. Previous updates have been sporadic, only once or twice a year or so, and many of the older posts have been reverted to draft form because I simply don’t care for them anymore. It’s hard to believe I’ve had this site for over a decade, but here we are! This post will just be a simple overview of things I want to do with this blog moving forward, along with the general goals I’ve set for myself this year.

Book Reviews and Music Spotlights

I want both of these features to remain. One of my goals this year is to read 24 books. That may not seem like much, but I’m a lapsed reader. I used to read voraciously, but for the past several years I’ve hardly picked up a book at all, instead turning to narrative video games for stories or reading articles for non-fiction and to keep up to date with things going on in the world.

This year, I want to take steps to change that, but as is usually best with these things, I’m taking small steps to begin with. I’m allowing graphic novels as well as novels, and I’m starting with shorter books, around 200 pages or less. So far, I’ve stayed on top of my goal as I’ve finished three books in January, and you can see them at my Storygraph, which I’m using to track my progress through the year.

All that said, I want to keep writing my small book reviews here, in part because it’s a fun writing exercise and also because it’s just a nice way to talk about my experiences with reading this year. My first review is up, of Tokyo Ueno Station by Miri Yū. I won’t review every book I read this year, but I do want to try to review as many as I can, particularly if it stands out to me in some way.

Another type of post I’d like to continue with here are the music spotlights, of which I only have one posted thus far. This was an older post, but I really enjoyed spending time with one of my favorite bands through writing it, and I hope to do more of those in the future, so look for that coming up soon!

Other Personal Goals

Honestly, there isn’t much else that I’d like to do on this blog, aside from just writing more personal posts and maybe covering my favorite pieces of media that I enjoy throughout the year. I do have a small list of personal things I’d like to accomplish this year, and I’ll share that below:

  • Learn to crochet amigurumi
  • Learn to embroider
  • Write a short story
  • Bake once a month
  • Get into an exercise routine (preferably biking)

Perhaps at the end of the year, I can revisit those goals and see how I’ve done with them. For now, I’ll end this before it gets too long. Here’s to 2023 and hoping, like the rabbit, it will be high-spirited.

Just for fun, here’s a photo of me now, and at the end of the year I’ll add another to show how/if I’ve changed:

2 thoughts on “Goals for 2023

  1. Welcome back, Alyssa! The Hiatus Monster claims us from time to time, because life happens. But I’m looking forward to seeing you back in action. It doesn’t matter how many times you quit. The important thing is that you start again and chase your dreams. Keep pushing forward, you’ve got this!

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