Wednesday, 4 March 2020

2020 Challenges: February Update

2020 Challenges: February Update

2020 Challenges: February Update

February just flew by, so it's time for an update on my progress for the various challenges I'm taking part in.

I had a slower month as we all came down with a nasty flu. Lots of time resting in bed away from my computer, and unfortunately with evil headaches that made reading difficult. Needless to say I didn't make the progress I'd hoped for. 

You might also like: 2020 Challenges: January Update

The Blog Audit Challenge 2020

This is a challenge I created aimed at improving our blogs. You can find full details here in case you missed the introduction post. The goals for February were all related to information. 

About page

I only made a few small changes to my about page, although I do want to update the photos on site in general as my hair has grown and so it feels right to do an update so what you see on site matches my current look. I'll probably do that when we work on the graphics part of the Blog Audit Challenge

Legal Disclaimers

This part took some research. I updated my legal disclaimers and policies not that long ago, but these things tend to change quite often and so it's important to stay up to date with the latest rules. 

Resources page

This is the task I dedicated most time to this month. My resources page left a lot to be desired so I'm super happy to have finally taken some time to work on it. 

I decided I wanted to use my resources page as a way of categorizing some of my blog posts as well as highlighting some of the affiliate programs I'm part of, and some of the tools I use on a regular basis. 

It's definitely more functional now than it was before. It's a work in progress that I'll be adding to as I move forward with my blog so hopefully it'll turn into a useful hub that readers can come back to time and time again. 

As I've worked on my resources page I've been thinking about additional resources I could add to make it more valuable to my readers. I've come up with a list of files I plan on creating and making available through the page in the near future. 

As a side note, I failed to post on all the days I'd decided on when I did my post schedule as part of the January tasks. I'm still planning on trying for 3 times a week, but may modify it to twice a week if I still struggle to post without illness as an excuse. 

The Audiobook Challenge

This challenge is was originally designed to be done just in January 2020. Well, that didn't happen. I checked with Eline from Lovely Audiobooks and she said that's totally fine for carry on and do it as a year long challenge.

2020 Challenges: February Update The Audiobook Challenge 2020

Audiobooks listened to this month:
  • Agatha Christie: An Autobiography, narrated by Agatha Christie
  • Les Liasiaons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos, narrated by Adjoa Andoh, Janet McTeer, Elaine Cassidy, Morfydd Clark, Edward Holcroft, Dominic West, Una Stubbs.

The A to Z Reading Challenge

Next up is the A to Z Reading Challenge. I started off slowly this month but caught up toward the end of the month. I did finish Stone Cold Heart though with is 471 pages long. Note to self: choose shorter books if you want to make faster progress. 

2020 Challenges: February Update The A to Z Reading Challenge

Books read this month:

S - Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear
K- Killing Me Softly by Bianca Sloane
U- Us, In Pieces by Tasha Cotter and Christopher Green

Armed with a bingo

Like I just mentioned above, I should make more calculated choices when picking books. Stone Cold Heart was a long book but fell short of the 500 pages that would have got me two boxes in the Armed with a Bingo challenge... which means I now need to read another longer book.

2020 Challenges: February Update Armed With A Bingo

Books read this month:
  • A book which was a gift/borrowed: Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear (I won a copy of this in a giveaway and so I'm counting it as gifted)
  • A book about friendship/family: Killing Me Softly by Bianca Sloane (A thriller but both family and friendship are strong themes)
  • A book written in a format other than third person: Us, In Pieces by Tasha Cotter and Christopher Green (written mostly in emails, texts, and letters).

2020 Challenges: February Update

Write comments
  1. You are so organized - I covet your skills!

  2. Great post and amazing organize skills I so wish I can be this organize like you. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

    1. Thanks Katiria. I'm trying to be more organised in general this year.

  3. I've never even heard of some of these challenges! They sound awesome, and sounds like you had a good reading month

    1. Thanks. Yeah the month didn't start off great but caught up a bit by the end of the month.

  4. That's a lot of challenges. I'll be honest, I just can't be bothered with challenges :-)

    1. I find challenges help keep me motivated and give me focus 😊

  5. I can never complete challenges. Good for you!

    1. Thanks Kathy. I'm feeling quite good about reaching my goals for these challenges this year.


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