As I sit here distracting myself with my blog from the frantic fretful search I am conducting to find the misplaced journal I wanted to use this year, I think about things I should do.
[Found it. I was quite fretfully frantic for most of the day. It had fallen in the recliner where you really had to brave sticking your hand down the crevice to see if you could feel a book and not old gummi bears or something... WHAT A RELIEF!]
Like, clean up my categories.
Like, remember to click if a book is DEBUT and if on the 1001-Books-I-Must-Read-Before-I-Die.
To limit my embarrassing habit of over-exclaming!
To not get annoyed that the list of 1001-Books-I-Must-Read-Before-I-Die keeps changing.
To re-do my Google Reader.
To visit everyone who visits me and to say something if I got something to say.
To not get hung up on not having anything impressive to comment.
To comment anyway. So there.
To actually open and check my Google-Reader rather than bounce around the blogosphere willy-nilly prompted haphazardly by random thoughts of “Oh hey, I haven’t visited Oh’s blog in awhile…” or whichever blogger’s name that pops into my head – prompted by the Universe, I’m sure.
To add my books-done-read to my alphabetical listing page.
To visit the blogs of the tweeters I most tweet with.
To remember that I have books on my iPad; hiding inside my Kindle app and iBooks app. I tend to go stand in front of my bookshelf and let the physical books scream at me for attention.
To be committed to the idea that book blogging is FUN.
To not sit at the computer for long periods of time.
To find an adequate audiobook listening device before the first lawn mow is required this spring. Even earlier would be great! My husband swears he gave me his mp3 player but I am sure I gave it back to him… I don’t want to buy an iPod just for audiobooks but I don’t have any idea what I should do with this dilemma. Like twitpics – have you ever researched how to post a pic to twitter?! I was dizzy with all the options and the arguments in the comments on a HOW-TO post somewhere.
To put post-it notes in every newly acquired book I get that tells me who gave it to me or where I bought it or … you know, stuff I will want to remember and sort in December.
To read EVERY BOOK on my shelf right now that somebody loaned me or gave me.
To list the above so I know what I’m getting into.
To have fun.
To stop caring what other people think of me. (To grow up.)
To realize that I can only control my own thoughts and actions and not those of another and if I find I’m misunderstood, I deal or move on.
To remember to have fun.
To silence my inner-book critic when reading something I might discern as ‘silly’ and just enjoy the ride. To silence my inner-doubter as to books that intimidate me and … enjoy the ride.
To read more books and go see the movie.
To read more books over 100 years old. Or just one. I’m good with that.
To go on a bookstore tour of Boston.
To stay above and away from any book blogging fray*.
To be kind to animals.
To be concerned with reuse, recycle, and re-something else I can’t remember but try to be green. [REDUCE.]
To continue noting words in my readings that make me go “hmmm”. And to incorporate vocabulary into posts.
To support and cheer and rally for and encourage my wonderful book blogger pals when they need me. I hope you let me know if you need me.
To attempt to READ during a Read-A-Thon in addition to cheering.
To read when I can but not feel pressured.
To possibly consider creating and actually posting a vlog. I promise to wear my pie earrings.
To support my local library and local indie bookstores.
To share books and give away books, at will.
To never drink and tweet.
To be free to add to this list or decide against doing any of these listed items.**
To write a letter every single day. If you want me to send you letter, you know what to do. (tell me where to send it?)
To just have fun.
To be GENEROUS of SPIRIT.
My blogging and life manifesto***.
* fray – noun (the fray) a situation of intense activity, typically one incorporating an element of aggression or competition.
** Gotta always leave an OUT. ;)
*** manifesto |ˌmanəˈfestō| noun (pl. -tos) a public declaration of policy and aims.