Sunday, April 01, 2012

Bloggiesta Wrap Up

I'm so bummed that Bloggiesta has come to an end. I got so much done!!!

First I want to say a big THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Suey at It's All About Books and Danielle at There's a Book for hosting this. I first participated in a Bloggiesta about six months after starting my blog and found it to be so helpful! I did one more after that and then didn't see anything about it again. I am so glad I saw that Suey and Danielle have taken over hosting duties.

I ended up accomplishing much more that I thought I would. Here's what I did:
  • Write up a few reviews that I need to post/set up posts for upcoming reviews COMPLETED
    • Wrote a total of 6 reviews, 2 of which have already been posted and the rest will be posted in the next few days
    • Set up posts for next 3 reviews - now I just need to write my thoughts on each
  • Evaluate current review format - look into possible new format STARTED
    • Added Discover the Author links and Purchase the Book links to bottom of reviews
    • Still trying to decide what else, if anything, I want to change
  • Clean up tags, category lists COMPLETED
  • Update reading log and link reviews to log COMPLETED
  • Update my challenge lists and link reviews COMPLETED
  • Add an About Me page that includes review policy STARTED
    • Created separate Review Policy page and posted it
    • Am still playing around with an About Me page 
  • Clean up my Google Reader subscriptions  COMPLETED
  • Update Goodreads tbr read list  COMPLETED
  • Update blog roll COMPLETED
  • Prepare posts for upcoming Book Blogger Confessions questions COMPLETED
    • Set up and answered question for 4.2.12 post
    • Set up post for 4.16.12, have outline for answer, need to still tweak
  • Prepare questions for upcoming Q&A's with authors; send out COMPLETED
  • Decide whether to do review archive by author and/or title  COMPLETED
    • This took me the majority of the day today to do, but I am quite happy with the result - it is posted.
  • Analyze and re-evaluate my blog - This is an on-going task
  • Participate in at least 2 mini-challenges 
Things done that were not on my original list:
  • Prepare Month in Review: March post and post
  • Prepare IMM post and post
  • Prepare It's Monday post
  • Changed wording in commenting section
  • Figured out how to adjust the width of my columns (special thanks for Jessica at The Midnight Bookworm for the tips on this!)

Time spent today: 12.5 hrs.
Current running time: 30.5 hrs. (that's 10.5 more hours than I hoped for - YAY me!!!)
All in all it was one productive weekend and I already have another list of things to do for the next Bloggiesta, which will be September 28-30. Now I am excited to visit everyone and see how much they got done and see if I should be adding more to the new list!!!



  1. Looks we had some of the same goals... but then you had way more goals than I did. ;-) Congrats on all you got accomplished!

    1. Thank you! I'm amazed myself at how much I was able to get done.

  2. Looks like you accomplished so much! That's fantastic! Congratulations! It's such a great feeling, isn't it? And, double kudos to you for getting more done than you had planned!

    1. Thanks! I was obsessed with finishing my list and then as I saw other bloggers lists, I couldn't help adding some more things.

  3. I was bummed that it ended too, but had tons of fun and got lots accomplished! Congrats on getting so much done! Am impressed you were able to finish six reviews, as I only managed one. Never thought of keeping track of the time spent on Bloggiesta - great idea!

    1. I think I got the idea of keeping track of time spent from one of the previous bloggiesta's - someone else did it and I liked the idea.

  4. Oh my gosh, you had such a long list and got so much done! Not that anyone would want to host it so often, but I could sure use a Bloggiesta about twice as often!

    1. I find them to be the most productive weekends - I don't feel guilty just working on the blog (and not reading) because everyone else is working on their blogs. It's always great to see what everyone else is doing and helps keep me motivated throughout the event.

  5. wow, you did great!! It seems like a lot of us needed to clean our Google Reader, it's such a boring task and needs time to complete it. Anyway, congratulations! Hope to see you on next bloggiesta :)

    1. I think I need to spend a whole day organizing my google reader - I don't have any folders and I think if I did, it would help. I'm trying to get to my reader each day so that it doesn't pile up! I have already started my to-do list for the next bloggiesta!

  6. Whoa you got a lot done! Cleaning up your Goodreads TBR list is a good idea. Mine is a huge long list in no particular order at all :) I liked the Pinterest mini challenge, too. I use it, but I expanded it to include fun blogging and book stuff as well. I should have done the commenting challenge, too. I'm not as good as commenting as I should be. I can't believe how much time you put into your blog this weekend! That's so awesome! I wish I had been as productive as you!

    1. Thanks! I found the commenting challenge to be very helpful - now I just need to continue it all the time!


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