Monthly Archives: January 2013

Goodreads Reading Challenge

The reading challenge renewed my interest in Goodreads. Before they started them a couple years ago, I had already started tracking them here on this blog. I just was not very consistent about it. Goodreads became a good place to make links to direct people looking for more information about the book. But it meant searching for the book, copying and pasting information, to build the page, and easily making mistakes.

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Ezra has
read 0 books toward his goal of 52 books.



Just by marking books as read in the Currently Reading block on the home page, the books get that finished date which counts for the challenge. I was already marking books as currently reading and read, there was no change to my workflow. Instead of constantly copying information to my reading page, once a quarter when I do a progress review, I can easily figure out what books I read.

I also usually have 3-5 books going at any one time. Crazy, I know. But that is me.

Ezra’s currently-reading book montage

Reaper's Gale
Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales
Twenty Years After

Ezra’s favorite books »

Share book reviews and ratings with Ezra, and even join a book club on Goodreads.



from Rants, Raves, and Rhetoric v4

Resolutions 2013


    1. Read 52 books. In 2012, I read 54. In 2011, I read 56. Both were over 21,000 pages. (Reference) Unlike prior years, I do not think I am going to state specific kinds of books to read or come up with a list beforehand. Though, I have started a list for 2013.
    2. Post 180 blog entries. Yes, this is smaller number than last year’s goal. However, I only managed 143, so maybe this is a more realistic goal.

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Resolution Progress 2012: End

Today is the last day of the year, so where am I with those 2012 goals?

  1. Reading goals should be at 100%:
    1. Complete unfinished novel series. 23.1 of 28 done or 82.5%. So I missed.
    2. American History and Decision Making. 10 of 10 done or 100%. So done.
    3. Science. 13 of 13 done or 100%. So done.
    4. Read 50 books. I have read 54 of 50 or 108%. So done.
  2. Publish an average of four blog posts a week. This post makes 143 of 208. That is 69%. So I missed by a long shot.

I guess three of four on the reading goals is not bad. The Book of the Malazan series page-wise is about a long as Harry Potter twice over and only counts as 9 books. Over the year I only got through five of them. The Wicked series was so terrible, I just could not bring myself to finish.

Back in the first quarter on blogging, I was a bit ahead. Then life happened. A death in family was the first interruption. Then my brain became overwhelmed with work. Organizing my thoughts enough to blog became difficult.

Looking at the blog’s stats, I was getting way more traffic in the beginning of the year with three 600+ pageview pages in January. Here in December, none peaked over 150 pageviews. Maybe if I post more and comment more on others, then I can boost traffic?

from Rants, Raves, and Rhetoric v4