2015 was very quiet on the blog towards the end of the year. I took a break from it, read some (a lot) of books without giving myself the pressure of reviewing them, thought about the kind of content I wanted to share on the blog in future and, actually, whether I wanted to keep going at all.
I've decided there's a definite YES to the question of continuing, but I have to admit I was feeling a bit demotivated by the end of last year. There were a mixture of reasons behind this, many of them life-related: work, personal pressures, general "doing other things", deadlines etc etc. Reading once again became my "switch off and escape for an hour" and I didn't want it to be another thing to tick off the list. So, I haven't posted a review in a while, and I think it's done me a lot of good. It's also given me a lot of space to think properly about what I want to do here! Which leads me to my goals for 2016...
Mab is Mab has been a book blog for about 4 years. However, for a while now I have been feeling the pull towards more of a "lifestyle" set-up. I'm not about to start sharing "tour my living room" posts, but I have interests, hobbies and passions that are JUST AS BIG as reading, and I'd love to share and connect in those areas too!
I'm coming up with a bit of a strategy that will allow me to do this without diluting any of my content, and I hope my readers will enjoy the new themes. If not, I'm going to make it easy to just tune into the book posts, so please don't leave! ha!
2. Get back to reviewing books, and review smarter
When I have the time to do write reviews, I really enjoy it. Last year I was tweeting things like "I have too many reviews to write - ARGH" and I don't want to end up there again, dreading the work! So this year, I am going to review selectively, and I'm going to update my review template. My reviews for 2016 are going to be snappy! I'm creating some formats I will trial, because I want them to still be very informative for people deciding whether to invest time/money into a book - but I also want them to take less that 15mins to write and be FUN to read. I also still want them to open up discussion for those who have already read the book. I think that's possible with good planning. Stay tuned!
3. Share creativity
I started this last year but didn't get very far before taking the break. I am a designer, and creativity is in everything I do. I want to extend the themes of Mab is Mab to share more artwork, stationery reviews, creative series' and feature more artists, makers and designers!
I do a cosmetic design update to my site almost every year, but this year I'm going big. I want to completely rebrand in order to support the change in theme, and I'm debating a name change... THIS IS SO HARD. I've had Mab for YEARS. I'm not sure what the next incarnation will be yet. Any ideas on this much welcomed!
5. Get my business started - for real this time!
This has been a goal of mine for more New Years than I'd like to admit. I change my mind about what it's actually going to be all the time. This year I'm going to commit: design services and stationery. So there you go - quote me on it ;) Launching 2016.
So that's it! What are your blogging goals for 2016?