I haven’t ever thought about moving the blog forward more just blogged week to week and slowly the blog grew. I tried different things some worked others didn’t over time. But the blog has got to the stage and as a fellow blogger noted the other day about seven year which is the age of this blog I maybe need to start dangling a carrot and maybe neaten a few loose trails on the blog. When I started the blog I had no real idea of how to blog and over the years my knowledge has grown but I have also never gone back and neaten things off on the blog. So I started a page of Winston’s goals to try and reach some totals blog wise like reviewing 100 french books and 50 German books both of which i am fairly near too and could be reachable this year. How do you keep yourself going when you have been blogging for a long time. I not losing interest in the blog I just find it has maybe come an endless cycle of doing the same thing week in week out and maybe by setting goals I can change that some what . I also feel I have lost a little influence on twitter the last year or twonot sure if it is me being less involved or just twitter is different now than when I first joined it.I sometimes miss Translationthurs  and I started it, I need to try and be on there a bit more .



13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Max Cairnduff
    Feb 04, 2016 @ 10:31:08

    I think it’s a tribute to the idea that translationthurs can now happen without you. Credit is nice, but your goal was to help promote translated literature and to achieve that it has to take on a life of its own. It’s good it’s done so; it’s a success on your part.

    Otherwise, eh, blogging’s a hobby. I think your goals should be focused on whatever helps make it rewarding to you.


    • winstonsdad
      Feb 04, 2016 @ 10:34:55

      I love that it runs every week with or with out me Max it is great see how in the seven years of the blog things have slowly changed for translated fiction these goals are fun


  2. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Feb 04, 2016 @ 10:31:23

    I think it’s good to have *some* plans, Stu, although I don’t like to have too many because I prefer to read where my mood takes me. I’m doing the Hesse Reading week with Caroline, and the 1938 club will be later in the year. Just some small challenges here and there are nice to bring some variety.


  3. Tony
    Feb 04, 2016 @ 11:21:31

    Although some people are very down on having plans, insisting that you should always read what you feel like at the time, I’ve always found that having goals stops you from avoiding books you want to read instead. It’s good to have an area to specialise in as the more you read from a country, or by a specific author, the more you understand and the more enjoyable it becomes (e.g. my Korean reading). It’s hard to fit everything in at times, but I’m glad I’ve got a few focuses that I can continue with while trying different writers and cultures around them 🙂


  4. TJ @ MyBookStrings
    Feb 04, 2016 @ 16:46:47

    I most enjoy the readalongs in the blogging world, and reading with others keeps things fresh for me. But my blog is way younger than yours. I love to make lists and goals, but I rarely stick to them, so I never take my goals too serious. For what it’s worth, I always come here first when I want to check out translated fiction!


  5. heatherdpear
    Feb 04, 2016 @ 19:16:08

    Hi Stu, I’ve been blogging since 2007 so I know what you are talking about. I take a step back every so often to remind my self of why i am doing this. I don’t make any money, I don’t get more than a few free books, but it does give me peace of mind and enjoyment which is what I wanted. if I can help others along the way, then that’s fantastic. Sure, I’d like more followers, but just because they click to become a follower, it doesn’t mean they actually read the posts all the time. I’ve tried giveaways, but they seem to attract people who want something for free. Stay true to yourself, read what you want and most of enjoy what you are doing.


  6. Lisa Hill
    Feb 04, 2016 @ 19:23:07

    I’m in the ‘no real plans’ camp. I have some vague ambitions, which is not quite the same. Long term, I going to read all the Miles Franklin and Booker winners, and all the Nobel novelists; I’m going to read & blog all or most of the bodies of work of some major Australian authors; and I’ll keep sauntering through 1001 Books I Should Read Before I Die – and so on. I’ll also keep reading new releases from Australia and around the world, as I always have, some of that being translated fiction, of course.
    IMO there are people who have goals and plans and achieve them (but probably miss out on other things along the way because they’re so focussed on their goals); and there are people who have goals and plans who achieve some of what they set out to do: some of these feel great about their achievements and the others feel guilty about what they didn’t do. And then there are people like me who are clear about what they want to do and what they like but never set goals or make plans and just do stuff as it comes along, feeling reasonably contented most of the time and occasionally slightly rueful that more could have been achieved… my way suits me because it gives me room to move in any direction I like, to be flexible and responsive and to drop anything I’m not enjoying or that I think isn’t important any more.
    I learned long ago on a management course that you should know your own personality and not get swayed into doing things that other personalities think you should do. So I say, do your own thing, Stu!


  7. BookerTalk
    Feb 05, 2016 @ 01:47:11

    Lisa’s comments resonated with me. I see plenty of bloggers who make extensive plans and stick to them. If that works for them then I salute them. I’m heading more Into the camp of having areas of interest and some broad goals but am also giving myself flexibility to go off piste when I feel like it. Do whatever suits you best Stu


  8. whisperinggums
    Feb 05, 2016 @ 03:58:33

    I think Lisa’s got it in one – know your own personality and do what suits you. People can be very sure that their way is the right way whereas really it’s only the right way for the sort of person they are.

    Re Twitter, I know I’m not active there, but I’d say that chances are it has changed. Most new social media platforms change somewhat as they settle in and people start to work out how or whether they want to use them. Also, more platforms appear so people start to spread across them. (Instagram, different to twitter I know, but fulfils some similar function, for example). This plethora of platforms is a real bother to me – some like to communicate via SMS, some via email, some via Google +, and so on. It’s so hard to keep track of everyone!

    Anyhow, if you want to have some goals, go for it. No-one here will castigate you if you don’t achieve them, but we’ll all cheer you if you do because it will mean you wanted to do it and you did.


  9. WordsAndPeace
    Feb 17, 2016 @ 05:10:22

    Le French Book has also some great mystery writers, for instance Frédérique Molay: http://www.lefrenchbook.com/paris-homicide-series/


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