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bloggiesta: wrap-up post! January 11, 2010

Posted by Katie in community.

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. 😀
  • 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



1. Sarah - January 11, 2010

Wow-you got a TON done! I’m impressed!:)

2. Lauren (I Was A Teenage Book Geek) - January 11, 2010

Okay, you achieved a *lot*! That’s great going. I’m kind of sorry I didn’t sign up in the end. That said, I did spend time cross-posting reviews this weekend – it takes a while but I think it’s worth doing to spread the word about those titles you love.

3. readingandrooibos - January 11, 2010

Woah! You got a LOT of tasks accomplished this weekend, Katie! Congrats! I look forward to reading your future posts — your tag cloud has plenty of intriguing terms in it. Also, I just want to thank you for stopping by my blog. 🙂 This was my first Bloggiesta and I’m really glad I became involved.

4. Janelle @ Brimful Curiosities - January 12, 2010

I’m very impressed by your list. Wish my weekend hadn’t been quite as busy. I would have loved to participate and get a few things accomplished. As far as blogrolls, once and awhile I do use them to find new blogs or revisit ones I had forgotten about.

Thanks for commenting with the Dr. Seuss book title and page. I’m kind of crazy like that, too. Need the verification. According to the catalog, our library has a copy on the shelf, so we’ll have to check it out this week.

5. Marion - January 13, 2010

OMGAH! Katie I’m so impressed by your list, you got some major tasks acclomplished 🙂 I bookmarked your blog, going to add you in my Goodreads friends – please befriend me :)) – and Im gonna follow you on twitter.

6. Kate - January 14, 2010

I really need to get more serious about blogging and challenges. It is one of my resolutions, but so far 2010 has been made of fail. But it’s still early! I’m inspired by your crossed out checklist!

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