Sunday, January 23, 2011

Bloggiesta Update #4 and Wrap-Up

Day 3 brings an end to Bloggiesta IV for me. This fun event has been hosted by the lovely Natasha at Maw Books.  Overall, I was pretty productive. I was able to spend the whole day working on my blog - lots of housekeeping/organizational stuff going on. It's pretty mundane stuff, but needs to get done and the Bloggiesta is the perfect opportunity to work on it.

Here's what I have accomplished this weekend:
  • Write up a few reviews that I need to post/set up posts for upcoming reviews
    • Wrote and posted 3 reviews
    • Set up post and scheduled posting for 1 review
    • Set up posts for 5 books that are next up on my reading list
  • Prepare a few posts for rainy days  Completed
  • Set up templates for weekly memes Completed
  • Clean-up tags, category lists Completed
  • Update reading log and link reviews to log Completed
  • Clean up and update my challenge lists Completed
    • Also linked reviews done to all challenge lists
  • Add a page listing all reading challenges  - didn't get to this
  • Add an about me page, review policy, disclosure policy, privacy policy - didn't get to this
  • Clean up my Google Reader subscriptions Completed
  • Update Goodreads books read list Completed
    • I added all my books read since 2003!
  • Add book reviews to Goodreads - still need to do this - oh well, another day!
  • Analyze and re-evaluate my blog - I think this is an on-going process, but I did give it some thought and have some ideas for changes to be made moving forward
  • Back up my blog - still looking into this
  • Look into new commenting system
    • I attempted to install IntenseDebate and ran into some problems, so I uninstalled it. I didn't end up reinstalling it - I am going to do some more research into commenting systems before committing to one!
  • Participate in at least 2 mini-challenges - Completed 3/2
    •  Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: Google Forms hosted by Jen at Devourer of Books -you can still enter to win a Starbuck Giftcard by filling out the form - click here.
    •  Bloggiesta Mini-challenge: Footers hosted at  - I added a copyright footer!
    • Bloggiesta Min-Challenge: Organize Thy Books hosted by Jenn at Jenn's Bookshelves - I created a google doc for logging review requests and I added a new tag to my emails in gmail.
Things not on list that I did:
  • Added link to my PaperbackSwap books I have posted
  • Updated my Goodread link on my blog - now showing books to be read
  • Got a button for my blog - compliments of Gina at Hotts Books (thank you Gina - you rock!!!) 

Time spend today: 11 hrs
Current running time: 28 hrs (that's 3 more than I hoped for - YAY me!!!) eyes are killing me from spending so much time in front of the computer, but all-in-all, it was worth it! I got a ton done this weekend and already have a list to work on for the next Bloggiesta! Thanks again to Natasha for hosting this phenomenal event!!!


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