Bloggiesta Finish Line…whew!

My initial (short and kinda lame) list of things to accomplish:
  • Catch up on reviews on Goodreads
  • Catch up on reviews for Amazon
  • Complete as many mini challenges as I can
  • Visit and comment on participating blogs 

The nice thing about a dinky little list? It was easy to get the items done and crossed off!

Everybody is doing it! It will make you feel good!

But you bloggers foiled my easy-peasy plan! As I visited your starting line posts and saw your groovy plans my list kept growing! So thanks, ya big jerks.

Here are the extra little tweaks that you all inspired me to do:
  • Created a specific blog email address (
  • Updated my reading map
  • Updated my About/Contact/Review Policy/Classic Club pages
  • Learn how to schedule posts! For heaven’s sake. I don’t know why I struggled with this. Thank goodness for the internets! 
There were the mini challenges as well. (Fun and informative!) What did I accomplish you ask? Read on…
I learned about new feed readers from Jenn. I wasn’t a user of Google Reader so I wasn’t in a panic like many of my fellow bloggers. But I was in the market for a new way to follow my fave blogs so I signed up for Bloglovin. So far, so good! 
Allison from The Book Wheel challenged us to get involved with a bookish charity. (Love!) I’ve registered for LibriVox and Books for Soldiers. Also, I think it would be fantastic to read to seniors at one of my local nursing homes. 
Donna from Book Wookie taught us how to become a Book Depository affiliate. My application is pending.

Amanda from On a Book Bender urged us to look at our blog through the eyes of a visitor. This was very helpful! This will be an ongoing project for me. I’d like to set up a review archive. I need to talk to Jennisa, my blog designer, about setting up a new page for me.
I love Suey’s challenge! She encouraged us to get to know our fellow bloggers. That is one of the best things about this weekend isn’t it? I met some new (to me) bloggers by hopping around. This community kicks ass. 
Deb from Debz Bookshelf motivated me to declutter my sidebar. I removed a few things and I’m still considering the removal of others. Do I really need a list of post categories? I would appreciate some feedback on this! (Be honest, I can take it!)

April from Good Books & Good Wine helped me get going on Stumbleupon. I’ll be frank: I don’t know what I’m doing! I’d love to get a button on my blog but I can’t seem to figure it out. If anyone has a tip for me that’d be great.

Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit reminded us to cross post our book reviews here there and everywhere. I caught up with my reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. I’m considering doing the same on Barnes & Noble. Mostly because Rebecca is pestering gently encouraging me to do so. 
There are some things that I still need to work on. I hope to find the time to get to them very soon.

  • Label posts (Ugh)
  • Update book blog board on Pinterest 
  • Make business cards/bookmarks/etc.
  • Consider joining in with Top Ten Tuesdays
  • Create feature graphics for memes, etc.
  • I might change my Goodreads goal for 2013 because:
You have read 52 books toward your goal of 125 books.
Awesome, you’re 24 books (19%) ahead of schedule!
Thanks for reading my Bloggiesta babble. I hope you all had a fun and productive weekend! 

Follow on Bloglovin  Hey look, the Bloglovin’ button! I can get it into a post! (I’d rather not have to add it every time though. Hmm, I’ll keep working on this)

It’s Bloggiesta Time!

Welcome to the starting line for Bloggiesta… the blogging party led by our fearless mascot PEDRO (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize.) and created several years ago by Natasha from Maw Books Blog and now co-hosted by Suey and Danielle. The idea behind Bloggiesta is to spend these next three days working on perfecting your blog and connecting with other bloggers who are doing the same thing.

I don’t have much of a to-do list going into this Bloggiesta. 

There are a few specific things I’d like to accomplish this weekend:

  • Catch up on reviews on Goodreads
  • Catch up on reviews for Amazon
  • Complete as many mini challenges as I can
  • Visit and comment on participating blogs 
Big whoop right? My list usually grows as I participate in mini challenges. 

Are you participating? I hope to see you around!