BLOGTOBER Day 9: Booktube goals

This post should have gone up yesterday, because that was my official one year anniversary on Booktube, but I got too excited about beautiful book covers – oops!

I’m not someone who likes setting goals or targets for this blog or my channel, because if I don’t achieve them then I feel horrendously deflated and uninspired. That then makes me less likely to achieve any goals I set myself in the future… It’s a sad cycle.

Writing a post like this is really out of character for me, but I thought for once I’d go ahead and try manifesting positivity. We’ll see this time next year whether I manage to stick to these goals, or whether I’m making a huge fool out of myself by putting these out here…

1. Figure out an uploading schedule

My first year on Booktube has been… a mess. I’ve missed posts, I’ve uploaded things out of order, I’ve gone from posting a few times a week to hardly posting at all for a month. It’s one of the perks of being a parent: sometimes the children just will not let us film, and sometimes Sean (my patient, loving partner and video editor) doesn’t have time to edit our videos because there’s too much to squeeze into a day.

Ideally, I’d like us to have an uploading schedule where we post a few times a week – possibly on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays – and those are the consistent days for our posts. Having listened to advice from big Booktubers, having a schedule seems to be one of the best ways to grow your channel, so this is something easy we can put in place (and hopefully stick to).

2. Hit 100 subscribers

100 subscribers might seem like a small target, but in my first year on Booktube I only gathered 10 subscribers. I’m grateful for all of them – and if you are one of those subscribers, thank you so much for letting me inhabit your little corner of the internet! – but I would love to grow that number, even if just a little bit.

This will probably be helped by having a posting schedule, so if I manage to achieve goal #1 then goal #2 should be pretty easy, but I’m not going to count my chickens before they hatch.

3. Get 100 views on a video

Again, a small target, but I would rather set myself small, achieveable goals than aim for the moon and end up plummeting through space to my death. That’s the metaphor, right?

My Bookopoly TBR got nearly 100 views, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to hit that milestone at some point in the next 12 months.

4. Create a TBR game

One of the most fun parts of Booktube is the TBR games that everyone plays. I watch them all – Wheel of TBR, Bookopoly, Play Your TBR Right, TBR Pursuit, Dart Attack and countless others – and I absolutely LOVE them. I played Bookopoly for Bookoplathon at the start of September and had so much fun – even though it was ridiculously stressful – and I’d love to be creative enough to make my own TBR game.

In fact, I’ve just had an idea while writing this… You’ll have to wait and see if it works!

5. Continue having fun

This is probably the most important goal for me. When I first started Booktube my anxiety was still pretty bad when I was in front of the camera – I’d pretty much have a panic attack as soon as Sean suggested filming, flip out and refuse to do it, then calm down after an hour and feel like a right idiot – but now I really enjoy filming.

It’s hard to find the time to blog (this whole post has been written with a very wriggly boy on my lap, attempting to use/eat/smash the laptop) but sitting down in front of the camera and talking about books for 10-20 minutes is much more manageable. I love talking about books – I’ve been doing it for six years now, so I should probably enjoy it! – and as long as my channel continues to be fun for me then that’s the only thing which really matters.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Do you have any goals for the next year? If so, share them down below – I’ll meet you back here in 12 months to see how we all did!

See you tomorrow,