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bloggiesta: wrap-up post! January 11, 2010

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Well, another fabulous Bloggiesta hosted by Natasha of Maw Books Blog has come to the close!

The verdict? I spent thirty-nine hours on the challenge.

Managed to make three update posts: Bloggiesta Day One!, Bloggiesta Day Two!, and Bloggiesta Day Three!. And made a separate post to keep track of all of the mini-challenges: Bloggiesta Mini-Challenges.

And one last time — the to-do list of accomplished items:

  • Make a Blogaversary button and link it up in the sidebar.
  • Update my challenges section. I have four challenges I haven’t updated over there and a couple of posts to link up.
  • Awards — several of you fabulous people have passed on blogger awards to me and I absolutely fail at putting them up/acknowledging that I’ve received them. I’ll fix that.
  • Information about “Where I Read.” Now can be found under the “blog” tab. :D
  • Need to update my sidebar buttons.
  • Creating book review templates for all of the books that I’ve read, but don’t have templates for.
  • Doing my monthly round-ups for September, October, November, and December. I’ve been lax about these!
  • Going back through my ARC reviews and linking up my library catalog if they received the book by now.
  • Making a Twitter button.
  • Moving my blogroll to its own page; making sure links are still correct and working; double-checking Bloglines vs. blogroll to add/delete bloggers.– Side thought — do readers use blogrolls anymore?
  • Update my lists on Twitter/clean out followers for spambots. [Used great tool TwitBlock available here.]
  • Get a better subscribe link right up front in the blog.
  • Make a “my posts elsewhere” area to link where I’ve guest blogger, interviewed, and what weeks I’ve participated in.
  • Double check my publication dates area for accuracy. Add any other reads I’ve wishlist-ed on Goodreads.
  • Make a “contact me” page with email, links to social networking tools, etc. Under “contact” tab.
  • Clean up tags.
  • Update my Debut Author Challenge reading list.
  • Mini-Challenges from 2009> Yep, all twelve of them. It was a TON of fun, but a lot of work. I’m so glad I did it.
  • Mini-Challenges from 2010.
  • Business cards. I looked into this, but as I’m thinking about going to self-hosting, I’m holding off on ordering business cards until I make a decision about self hosting.
  • Join more challenges and link them up as well. (This was so not planned…)
  • Clean up categories vs. tags.

And the didn’t accomplished list:

  • Cross-posting reviews to Goodreads, LibraryThing, and Amazon.com.
  • Schedule posts for as often as I can.
  • Run my 2009 statistics & make post. Make reading goals.

All of these are MINOR things — I accomplished everything major I wanted to do. I am so pleased with this go-round at Bloggiesta. Mark your calendars for June 2010 for the next one! I’ll be there. ;D

bloggiesta: day three! January 10, 2010

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And we’re on day three of Bloggiesta! I could really use some cheerleading today, as I am exhausted. But I still have a lot to accomplish from my list. Here’s the current update:

  • Make a Blogaversary button and link it up in the sidebar.
  • Update my challenges section. I have four challenges I haven’t updated over there and a couple of posts to link up.
  • Awards — several of you fabulous people have passed on blogger awards to me and I absolutely fail at putting them up/acknowledging that I’ve received them. I’ll fix that.
  • Information about “Where I Read.”
  • Need to update my sidebar buttons.
  • Cross-posting reviews to Goodreads, LibraryThing, and Amazon.com.
  • Creating book review templates for all of the books that I’ve read, but don’t have templates for.
  • Doing my monthly round-ups for September, October, November, and December. I’ve been lax about these!
  • Going back through my ARC reviews and linking up my library catalog if they received the book by now.
  • Making a Twitter button.
  • Moving my blogroll to its own page; making sure links are still correct and working; double-checking Bloglines vs. blogroll to add/delete bloggers.
  • Schedule posts for as often as I can.
  • Update my lists on Twitter/clean out followers for spambots. [Used great tool TwitBlock available here.]
  • Run my 2009 statistics & make post. Make reading goals.
  • Get a better subscribe link right up front in the blog.
  • Make a “my posts elsewhere” area to link where I’ve guest blogger, interviewed, and what weeks I’ve participated in.
  • Double check my publication dates area for accuracy. Add any other reads I’ve wishlist-ed on Goodreads.
  • Make a “contact me” page with email, links to social networking tools, etc.
  • Clean up tags.
  • Update my Debut Author Challenge reading list.
  • Mini-Challenges from 2009> Yep, all twelve of them. It was a TON of fun, but a lot of work. I’m so glad I did it.
  • Mini-Challenges from 2010.
  • Business cards.
  • Join more challenges and link them up as well. (This was so not planned…)
  • Clean up categories vs. tags.

Once again, I’ll be updating this post, or you can follow my progress live on Twitter — @katietweetsya.

Hours Twenty-Three through Thirty-Nine

  • Information about “Where I Read.” Now can be found under the “blog” tab. :D
  • Creating book review templates for all of the books that I’ve read, but don’t have templates for.
  • Moving my blogroll to its own page; making sure links are still correct and working; double-checking Bloglines vs. blogroll to add/delete bloggers.– Side thought — do readers use blogrolls anymore?
  • Make a “my posts elsewhere” area to link where I’ve guest blogger, interviewed, and what weeks I’ve participated in. Under “contact” tab.
  • Make a “contact me” page with email, links to social networking tools, etc.
  • Double check my publication dates area for accuracy. Add any other reads I’ve wishlist-ed on Goodreads.
  • Update my Debut Author Challenge reading list.
  • Join more challenges and link them up as well. (This was so not planned…)
  • Business cards. I looked into this, but as I’m thinking about going to self-hosting, I’m holding off on ordering business cards until I make a decision about self hosting.

And whew, I’m done with this Bloggiesta. Wrap-Up post coming shortly!

bloggiesta: day two! January 9, 2010

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Welcome to day two of Bloggiesta hosted by Natasha of Maw Books Blog.

For those of you keeping track, here’s an updated list of what I’m still trying to accomplish.

  • Make a Blogaversary button and link it up in the sidebar.
  • Update my challenges section. I have four challenges I haven’t updated over there and a couple of posts to link up.
  • Awards — several of you fabulous people have passed on blogger awards to me and I absolutely fail at putting them up/acknowledging that I’ve received them. I’ll fix that.
  • Information about “Where I Read.”
  • Need to update my sidebar buttons.
  • Cross-posting reviews to Goodreads, LibraryThing, and Amazon.com.
  • Creating book review templates for all of the books that I’ve read, but don’t have templates for.
  • Doing my monthly round-ups for September, October, November, and December. I’ve been lax about these!
  • Going back through my ARC reviews and linking up my library catalog if they received the book by now.
  • Making a Twitter button.
  • Moving my blogroll to its own page; making sure links are still correct and working; double-checking Bloglines vs. blogroll to add/delete bloggers.
  • Schedule posts for as often as I can.
  • Update my lists on Twitter/clean out followers for spambots. [Used great tool TwitBlock available here.]
  • Run my 2009 statistics & make post. Make reading goals.
  • Get a better subscribe link right up front in the blog.
  • Make a “my posts elsewhere” area to link where I’ve guest blogger, interviewed, and what weeks I’ve participated in.
  • Double check my publication dates area for accuracy. Add any other reads I’ve wishlist-ed on Goodreads.
  • Make a “contact me” page with email, links to social networking tools, etc.
  • Clean up tags.
  • Update my Debut Author Challenge reading list.
  • Mini-Challenges from 2009> Yep, all twelve of them. It was a TON of fun, but a lot of work. I’m so glad I did it.
  • Mini-Challenges from 2010.
  • Business card.
  • Join more challenges and link them up as well. (This was so not planned…)
  • Clean up categories vs. tags.

(I’ve completed ones shown strike-through, and bolded ones are items I added during Bloggiesta.)

Hours Ten through Twenty-Two 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. with a break for dinner.

  • Need to update my sidebar buttons.
  • Doing my monthly round-ups for September, October, November, and December. I’ve been lax about these!
  • Making a Twitter button.
  • Clean up tags.
  • Mini-Challenges from 2010.
  • Clean up categories vs. tags.

It doesn’t look like a lot just on the list there, but it’s a ridiculous amount of work to literally go through every entry on your blog three times over! I’m so excited to be done with this and to have my blog in tip-top shape.

Once again, I’ll be posting updates to this entry (which doesn’t show up properly in feed readers…you only get the original post, folks), or you can live follow the party on Twitter at @katietweetsya!

Going to bed now. I’ll see you tomorrow!

bloggiesta: mini-challenge post! January 9, 2010

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Here’s where I’ll be keeping track of the mini-challenges I’ve completed throughout the weekend!

Flashback Mini-Challenges

  • Rebecca from The Book Lady’s Blog inspired us all to clean out our feed readers. It took me nearly an hour!
  • Beth from Beth Fish Reads prompted us to write either a list or opinion post — I’ve chosen to save my list of the top fifteen influential books in my childhood/YA reading for a rainy day, but keep an eye out for it eventually.
  • Jill from Fizzy Thoughts had me trying to find ten blogs I had never seen before to comment on! Tons of fun.
  • Emily from Emily’s Reading Room taught me to set up Google Alerts for my blog title and URL.
  • Deborah from Books, Movies, and Chinese Food encouraged us to create an elevator pitch about our blog. 100-150 words. Mine was “Rock-star young adult librarian blogging about young adult books. Expect book reviews, library musings, and special features at Read What You Know.”
  • Lynn from Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile gave us some great links to get listed at blog directories. I was already listed at three of them and applied for a couple more.
  • Jen from Devourer of Books reminded us to make sure our top posts and pages were typo-free. (I caught five typos in mine…embarrassing much!)
  • Amy from My Friend Amy reminded us to get some blogging buddies to help us out!
  • Trish from Hey Lady! Whatcha Reading? showed me how to get both a Gravatar and Favicon. And provided instructions for WordPress, YAY!
  • Michelle from Galleysmith enlightened us all by telling us about proper anchor tags for links. Please click this link — it’s so important for blog rankings!
  • Drea from Book Blather asked us to read five blog tip articles. I have a lot to work on — but most particularly, I’m going to try and respond to comments on my own blog more often.
  • Ruth from Bookish Ruth gave us a NEAT tool to help grade our blogs. My blog wound up getting a 89% and I’m now trying to find out if I can add metadata on a WordPress.com blog. I have instructions for WordPress.org, but not WordPress.com.

And I’ll be coming back tomorrow to work on the other challenges for this go-around at Bloggiesta. Going to go update the “Day One” post before heading off to bed!

And day two!

2010 Mini-Challenges

  • Rebecca from The Book Lady’s Blog asked us this time around to make a list of 2010 goals. This was already on my Bloggiesta to-do list, so it was a great challenge for me. My goals are as follows:
    1. I want to post reviews more timely. I’m constantly struggling with a backlog of reviews. (I’ve still got books from OCTOBER to review.)
    2. Part of what I wanted to blog about where the library aspects in my life — connecting teens with YA books. Haven’t done much of this and would definitely like to change it.
    3. I work in a 75% Latino community. I constantly struggle to find Hispanic YA books. My teens mostly read paranormal romance, so that’s what I mostly read. I want to discover at least ten Hispanic authors — review them on the blog, add them to my library’s collection, and booktalk them.
    4. I want to comment more on my own blog to create a dialogue here.
    5. I really, really want to come up with another kind of feature. I like “Where I Read” and I liked the Sweet Valley High discussion between Mandy and me, but I want to create a more regularly scheduled feature and invite others to play. I have no ideas how to accomplish this or what I want to do.
    6. Continue using book-related community networks (like GoodReads, LibraryThing) and community events (BBAW, Bloggiesta, etc) to keep inspired and motivated!
  • Pam from MotherReader has an amazing Comment Challenge to participate in starting this weekend and going until January 21st. I’ve already found eight new blogs to add to the feed reader. I may have to re-clean the feed reader after today!
  • Danielle from There’s a Book gave us permission to make a cheat sheet to make blogging easier. I now have a beautiful Google Doc with my review template in it. It’ll come in handy tonight where I get all my reviews ready to write!
  • Pam from Bookalicious explained about how to create copyright notifications for blogs. Unfortunately WordPress.com is super limited about what you can do, so I had to do a bit of tweaking — got a Creative Commons License and signed up for a free service to help me find out if my content is reposted elsewhere. Other WordPress.com users can find a very helpful blog post at Lorelle on WordPress.
  • Beth from Beth Fish Reads asked us to clean up our tags and labels. This was such a long challenge to complete, but one that I sorely needed to complete. I am so happy about how things look now and feel like I really accomplished A LOT.
  • Jackie from Farm Lane Books showed up how to back up our blogs! It literally took me ten seconds, so I have no excuse for not doing this more regularly!
  • Karin from Karin’s Book Nook hosted a mini-challenge about cleaning out dead links. I used the W3C Link Checker and found no dead links! Yay me!
  • Chelle from Tempting Persephone has a great mini-challenge to allow you to highlight some of your favorite blog posts. You can now find three of my favorites in the sidebar!
  • Kristen from Bookworming in the 21st Century co-hosted a challenge with Kate from The Neverending Shelf about their newest group, The Bloggie Cult. I joined and left a post about Twitter widgets — my favorite widgets!
  • Jenn from Jenn’s Bookshelves asked up to expand on our last five posts into five new ideas for blog posts. Here are mine:
    • In My Mailbox – A monthly feature based on the new release book I’m looking forward to most.
    • Bloggiesta Mini-Challenges – Hosting my own challenge.
    • Where I Read – As much as I love taking pictures of reading in awesome places, I should take some pictures of me reading in the more normal places.
    • Classic Reviews – Write/find few more of these.
    • Review – I mentioned thinking that teens would enjoy the book more which got me thinking about having actual teen reactions on my blog. After I booktalk my reviews (which I do), get a couple of quotes from my actual teen readers.

And that’s the ballgame — I’m all done with the mini-challenges for both rounds of Bloggiesta. It’s been such a fun process, but I’m exhausted now! Going to update my Day Two post and then hit the hay. One more day of Bloggiesta fun coming your way tomorrow!

bloggiesta: day one! January 8, 2010

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Here’s where I’ll be posting my updates throughout the day about what I’ve been accomplishing for Bloggiesta!

My original list:

  • Make a Blogaversary button and link it up in the sidebar.
  • Update my challenges section. I have four challenges I haven’t updated over there and a couple of posts to link up.
  • Awards — several of you fabulous people have passed on blogger awards to me and I absolutely fail at putting them up/acknowledging that I’ve received them. I’ll fix that.
  • Information about “Where I Read.”
  • Need to update my sidebar buttons.
  • Cross-posting reviews to Goodreads, LibraryThing, and Amazon.com.
  • Creating book review templates for all of the books that I’ve read, but don’t have templates for.
  • Doing my monthly round-ups for September, October, November, and December. I’ve been lax about these!
  • Going back through my ARC reviews and linking up my library catalog if they received the book by now.
  • Making a Twitter button.
  • Moving my blogroll to its own page; making sure links are still correct and working; double-checking Bloglines vs. blogroll to add/delete bloggers.
  • Schedule posts for as often as I can.
  • Update my lists on Twitter/clean out followers for spambots.
  • Run my 2009 statistics & make post. Make reading goals.
  • Get a better subscribe link right up in the blog.
  • Make a “my posts elsewhere” area to link where I’ve guest blogger, interviewed, and what weeks I’ve participated in.
  • Double check my publication dates area for accuracy. Add any other reads I’ve wishlist-ed on Goodreads.
  • Make a “contact me” page with email, links to social networking tools, etc.
  • Clean up tags.
  • Update my Debut Author Challenge reading list.

Hour One: (1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.) Lunch Break

  • Make a Blogaversary button and link it up in the sidebar.
  • Moving my blogroll to its own page; making sure links are still correct and working; double-checking Bloglines vs. blogroll to add/delete bloggers.
  • Update my lists on Twitter/clean out followers for spambots. [Used great tool TwitBlock available here.]

And that’s it for hour one. I’ll update this posts as I go for the night!

Hours Two through Nine: (7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.) Friday Night

  • Update my challenges section. I have four challenges I haven’t updated over there and a couple of posts to link up.
  • Awards — several of you fabulous people have passed on blogger awards to me and I absolutely fail at putting them up/acknowledging that I’ve received them. I’ll fix that.
  • Going back through my ARC reviews and linking up my library catalog if they received the book by now.
  • Get a better subscribe link right up front in the blog.
  • Mini-Challenges from 2009> Yep, all twelve of them. It was a TON of fun, but a lot of work. I’m so glad I did it.

Also, in visiting other people’s blogs, I wound up adding a few things to my list. Like…the mini-challenges which I had completely forgotten to put on there in the first place.

Feel free to check back to see my progress or follow @katietweetsya to watch it live!

bloggiesta (take two)! December 26, 2009

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It’s Bloggiesta time — mark your calendars for January 8th-10th! I am so excited that Natasha from Maw Books Blog is hosting another Bloggiesta — you have no idea.

[For those who are new to Bloggiesta, you can find a wonderful information post here at Maw Books Blog. Or the quick summary: it’s a ton of bloggers working to make their blog better while in good company.]

And now, I present a half-thought-out list of things I intend to do during that weekend:

  • Make a Blogaversary button and link it up in the sidebar.
  • Update my challenges section. I have four challenges I haven’t updated over there and a couple of posts to link up.
  • Awards — several of you fabulous people have passed on blogger awards to me and I absolutely fail at putting them up/acknowledging that I’ve received them. I’ll fix that.
  • Information about “Where I Read.”
  • Need to update my sidebar buttons.
  • Cross-posting reviews to Goodreads, LibraryThing, and Amazon.com.
  • Creating book review templates for all of the books that I’ve read, but don’t have templates for.
  • Doing my monthly round-ups for September, October, November, and December. I’ve been lax about these!
  • Going back through my ARC reviews and linking up my library catalog if they received the book by now.
  • Making a Twitter button.
  • Moving my blogroll to its own page; making sure links are still correct and working; double-checking Bloglines vs. blogroll to add/delete bloggers.
  • Schedule posts for as often as I can.
  • Update my lists on Twitter/clean out followers for spambots.
  • Run my 2009 statistics & make post. Make reading goals.
  • Get a better subscribe link right up in the blog.
  • Make a “my posts elsewhere” area to link where I’ve guest blogger, interviewed, and what weeks I’ve participated in.
  • Double check my publication dates area for accuracy. Add any other reads I’ve wishlist-ed on Goodreads.
  • Make a “contact me” page with email, links to social networking tools, etc.
  • Clean up tags.
  • Update my Debut Author Challenge reading list.

And that’s only off the top of my head! I can’t imagine what the list will look like after I start jumping into challenges…

Make sure to sign up if you’d like to participate! Or mark the weekend down if you want to cheer me on! (Because I’ll need it!)

bloggiesta! June 21, 2009

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When I found about about this awesome blog updating challenge, Bloggiesta, I was really excited to participate and get started. And then Illinois got hit with major weather patterns, knocking out a bunch of power and generally causing chaos. I have this major fear of being on the computer while during a storm, so my laptop was shut down during the technical time of the challenge. But I’m catching up today!

My To-Do List:

  • Finish the 48-hour challenge reviews!
  • Clean up the blog page.
  • Get an author page up.
  • Write review policy.
  • Integrate Library Thing.
  • Post reviews on Amazon.com & LT.
  • Clean up titles.
  • Update tags & catergories.
  • Write my “In My Mailbox.”
  • Come up with a place for challenges.
  • Get an RSS feed.
  • Clean out Bloglines updates that I’ve been keeping around for ideas.
  • Update “read” and “pub. dates” pages.
  • Comment on seven new blogs.
  • Return comments from last week.

We’ll see how all of this goes!

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