2014 Resolution




Mari and I started this blog in June. On June 1st to be exact. We haven't been blogging for a full year, but New Years is always a time of great reflection, and so here we are. Reflecting.

Mari

I'm quite happy with the work P.E. and I have done so far on this blog. It's been fun and rewarding at the same time. I've become a better blogger since I've started working with P.E. and I'm proud of our work.

2013 Achievements

  1. The biggest achievement for me, is the fact that we managed to have a post up every day for the past 6 months. It's something that I would never have been able to do without my awesome co-blogger who reads and writes like a machine! 
  2. Our readers. There are 180 of you spread out over multiple different platforms and it's a great feeling to know that people read what we are thinking and writing.
  3. Writing more discussion posts was a focus for this blog because I don't just want to share my thoughts on a certain book, but also discuss other bookish things.

2014 Goals

  1. My first and most important goal is to stick to my goals. I'm one of those people who just can't stick to written goals. I tell myself that I'll clean my room today; the room doesn't get cleaned. So, self control is a priority.
  2. Become more present in the blogosphere and read and comment more on other blogs.
  3. Read more. I'm here blogging because I love reading and reading a lot. However, with my increasingly busy schedule and procrastination skills, my reading has decreased. This year I read 50 books so I hope to maintain that number and then work on increasing it to what it used to be (nothing too fancy 90/year).
  4. Write more and increase the quality of my posts. I don't want to just write a million posts, I want to write a million good and interesting posts. 
  5. Continue our post a day streak!
  6. Become more active on social networks, mainly Facebook and Google +.
Thank you for a wonderful 6 months on The Sirenic Codex everyone. I love reading your comments and talking to guys. I hope we can continue to produce fun posts for you guys to enjoy!

P.E.

2013 Achievements

  1. Making TSC! I learned some HTML and CSS and I used some of that knowledge to customize the website template (mainly fonts and colours). 
  2. I've always been someone that has a deep appreciation for visual aides, so the fact that we have an image slider we maintain, and we have made some buttons for posts and projects impresses me. 
  3. I improved my writing and wrote posts, both long and reviews, that I'm very proud of. 
  4. Community response- Mari already mentioned our wonderful readers, but honestly, thanks so much for reading our blog. 
  5. Being organized. Mari and I have been using Google Calendar and we have always followed our schedule. 
  6. Being able to collaborate with Mari and know that she's committed and always willing to help me out if I'm not able to write a post, or if I forget to do Cover Wars (it has happened); having a partnership and making it work, that's a huge achievement. 

2014 Goals

  1. Read more of a variety of books. I've read 91 books so far this year (as of writing this post, there a re a few days left and I still have time to finish more books!) and although this is the lowest amount of books I've read in three years, I'm very comfortable with this number. I've been rather picky with my books, and I would like to branch out now to some NA or Adult titles. 
  2. One goal I have is to make each and every single post worth reading and entertaining in some way. Whether that's adding humour or gifs, I want people to genuinely like the posts we have here. 
  3. Like Mari, I want to be a better part of the community. More involvement in the blogosphere just through commenting consistently and using Twitter better is a goal. (Shameless plug, but follow us on Twitter!)
  4. I also want to keep blogging. Next school year, I don't know where I'll be, but regardless of that, I don't want to let this blog go. I want to continue the partnership and just continue writing and reading.
  5. I also need to help Mari out more. She's the person that posts all the posts, and she does Cover Wars and is mainly in charge of the slider. I feel bad that she's so in charge of all the day-to-day things and I just truly visit the blog for a few hours every Sunday. I need to make more of an every day commitment. 
I tried to keep this as short as I could, but there's so much to say! I'm glad TSC is a success, and I can't wait to see what next year brings. 

Now, we have a question for you: 

What can we do to improve The Sirenic Codex?

Happy New Year!

-Mari & P.E.

10 comments:

  1. You guys do such a wonderful job! 2013 has been good to you. Here's to an even better 2014!

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    1. Aw thanks! Hopefully we can keep it up, plus make 2014 even better!

      -P.E.

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  2. Great job on all your achievements in 2013! I hope you guys can keep up with all the goals for 2014 :D

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    1. Thank you! They are ambitious, but we're going to work toward them :)

      -Mari

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  3. Sounds like you are well on track to an awesome 2014!

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    1. That's the plan. Happy new years!

      -Mari

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  4. I wish I could make my blog more active on facebook. For some oddball reason way back when I first started my blog facebook marked it as spam. for like a year I tried to get them to make it a non-spam site. There was no one to talk to about this... and nothing ever even happened. I finally just gave up on it. Bummer... but hey.

    Sometimes I wish I had a co-blogger. It would help me keep up more reviews. Can't wait to see what you do in 2014!

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    1. Actually our blog was also marked as spam so I ended up making another email address and starting all over. Facebook isn't the most accommodating, it's too bad that you had that experience.

      Co-bloggers are really great, especially when they're as organized as P.E. :)
      Happy new years!

      -Mari

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  5. You guys have been doing a great job! I love the discussion posts you have here and I hope you'll continue to do that! Also love cover wars, it's a fantastic feature both to discover new books and to ahhhh at pretty covers!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoy it! Especially the discussion posts, because that's pretty much all we're posting for January (we need to read more!). And glad you like Cover Wars too!

      -P.E.

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