Setting Goals for 2018

Blog Goals

| Twitter |

Current: 654 followers

Goal:  2000 followers

Anyone else feel like a bad blogger when they miss Twitter chats? Every single time I turn up about 40 minutes too late because I’ve forgotten again but hopefully this year I will push myself to use Twitter more.

| Instagram |

Current: 490 followers

Goal: 1500 followers

For someone who used to post daily on my personal during high school, my posting is appalling on my blog Instagram. The appalling engagement probably is not helping but I aim to post more consistently at least!

| Bloglovin |

Current: 147 followers

Goal: 1000 followers

There’s not much I can do for Bloglovin, although I’m sure posting bigger and better content wouldn’t hurt. I also want to start using Bloglovin as a way to read more blogs as I’ve really fallen behind this year.

| Pinterest |

Current: 81 followers

Goal: 500 followers

I should probably start using Pinterest as a viable option for Uptown Oracle. I pin a lot of inspiration photos for my photography (not for my blog though) but I rarely post images from my blog. I might start making Pinterest worthy images for each post? If anyone has any tips for Pinterest or blog post’s please link them in the comments!

| Facebook |

Current: 25 followers

Goal: 500 followers

Has anyone had much success with Facebook without purchasing promotions? I feel like I’m running a lost race here, but maybe this year I’ll be able to improve my feed and encourage more followers.

| YouTube |

Current: 18 followers

Goal: 500 followers

I did start my channel this year, and I did post one video but I disliked it so much I decided to start over in the New Year.

Reading Goals

Read 100 Books – This was the same goal I set myself last year on GoodReads and since I only just made it, I decided that I should keep it the same for 2018.

Keep a reading spreadsheet  – I’ve already set my spreadsheet up ready to start on the 1st January! This will give me one place to include all my book info and my quick positives and negatives. I’ve included the genre’s, publisher, page count etc because I want to create stats next year about what I’m reading.

Read more diversely – The spreadsheet idea led me onto reading more diversely. I’ve added columns for whether there’s POC and whether it has LGBT rep within. I’ve also added what country the author is from as I think reading books outside of UK and US authors is important.

Read more ARCS on time – I have a bad habit of requesting too many e-arcs from Netgalley and Edelweiss, and then there’s too many to read in a short space of time. I’ve set myself up so I’m reading books well before their publication date so I can review on time.

Read a graphic novel each month – Even when I’ve been doing my monthly release posts, I’ve forgotten about graphic novels and comics. This isn’t because I don’t like them (because I do!) but it’s just not been a priority. I’ve decided to aim to read one per month, and also add them into my monthly book release posts!

Personal Goals

Finish up my internship – After 6 months working at EA I am loving it. But I do need to finish in July and I plan on working just as hard until the end to prove that I can do this.

Start off final year of university with good grades – I need to put a bit more effort into my university work when I go back for final year. I really do want to aim for a 1st but if it’s anything like 2nd year I might struggle a bit.

Write every day – whether it’s for a specific blog post or just about different ideas I plan on writing everyday. I have notebooks, my phone and my laptop and no excuse not to sit down and write for 20 minutes!

Save for a house deposit – I already have a Help to Buy ISA but I want to save as much money as possible so I can afford a house when I want to buy. This means saving as much as my paycheck before I go back for my final year of uni.




  1. 31/12/2017 / 10:10 am

    Hey Becky. These are great goals! I’d recommend reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult if you haven’t. It was my favourite book of 2017! I’m also saving for a house, it’s tough isn’t it! Good luck with your goals! X

    • Uptown Oracle
      31/12/2017 / 11:11 am

      That’s a good shout! Haven’t read Jodi Picoult in a few years now. And yes saving for a house is so tough! But hopefully when I get one it will pay off 😊

  2. 31/12/2017 / 11:33 am

    Ohh you’ve set some great goals for yourself. You are heading for a challenging but amazing year! I hope you achieve them all! A 100 books!! That would be amazing. I should really read more. I’m already very proud of myself if I finish 15 books in a year. 🙃 good luck lovely!

    • Uptown Oracle
      31/12/2017 / 11:35 am

      I’m hoping for a relaxing book-full summer this year! Thanks Maud! 😃

  3. 31/12/2017 / 1:05 pm

    Wow these goals are great! I still need to write my goal post but I have similar goals when it comes to reading! Good luck with 2018!

  4. 31/12/2017 / 3:10 pm

    Those are some awesome goals, congrats! You’re about a hundred times more organised than I was going into my final year, so I bet you’ll do really well.

    • Uptown Oracle
      31/12/2017 / 3:11 pm

      Thanks Ellie!

  5. 31/12/2017 / 3:23 pm

    Wow you are really driven and inspiring. I hope you achieve all your goals in 2018.

    • Uptown Oracle
      31/12/2017 / 3:24 pm

      Thank you Juhita!

  6. 31/12/2017 / 4:42 pm

    Awesome goals!! Good luck! 🙂 I personally haven’t had much success on Facebook, but I refuse to do paid posts. I mainly use it to post blog links and other related bookish things. I also make sure to follow other blogs that have their own FB pages, which is really helpful when they’re on a different platform from the one I use (Blogger). 🙂

    • Uptown Oracle
      31/12/2017 / 4:51 pm

      Thank you! And yes I really dont want to pay for promoted posts either!

  7. 31/12/2017 / 6:18 pm

    Awesome goals! I have stuff like this to in my bullet journal and that’s how I stay organized

    • Uptown Oracle
      03/01/2018 / 7:56 pm

      I really wish I had the patience and creativity for a bullet journal – I’m more a spreadsheet person!

  8. 31/12/2017 / 6:55 pm

    Great goals, Becky! I’m also tempted by putting together a spreadsheet, although I still get a lot of satisfaction in keeping a handwritten reading journal for each review. Best wishes for all your 2018 achievements!

    • Uptown Oracle
      03/01/2018 / 7:55 pm

      I downloaded a spreadsheet online and altered it to fit my needs a bit more! I move so often that keeping together all my notebooks is such a chore so a handwritten one isn’t great for me😭 Have a good 2018!

  9. 01/01/2018 / 9:00 pm

    Hey Becky! Awesome to see your goals for the year! If you’re interested in scheduling pins on Pinterest to grow your following Tailwind and Buffer are very useful ☺️ Wish you the best of luck with your goals! 💖

    • Uptown Oracle
      01/01/2018 / 9:03 pm

      Thanks for the advice Milli! I’ll look into them 💖

  10. 03/01/2018 / 1:02 am

    Best of luck for 2018! ❤️

  11. 08/01/2018 / 1:55 pm

    Good luck with your goals for 2018! 😀

    • Uptown Oracle
      08/01/2018 / 8:40 pm

      Thank you Lauren! 😀

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