Bloggiesta Results

Bedtime for me! But I got a lot accomplished in the Bloggiesta!

Crossed off 8½ of 11 Goals,
Completed 10 of 12 Mini-Challenges,
Gotten more organized,
Learned a lot of new things,
And had FUN doing it!

My Total Time Spent On Bloggiesta = 17 Hours 45 Minutes!!

My goals

  1. Get at least ten reviews written up to keep for the future. I’d like to always have a bank of posts available to withdraw from. Almost had it - 6 out of 10 Isn’t Too Bad
  2. Place my review books in order of publication date to make it easier for picking out what needs to be read, and when.
  3. Update my list of books reviewed on my blog.
  4. Update my challenge progress for this year. I’ve been terrible at keeping track of what books fit into what challenges.
  5. I already have templates for most posts but I need to clear out the old and unused ones from my blog publishing program.
  6. Also de-clutter, delete or finish up posts that are sitting in my drafts folder.
  7. Clean-up, re-organize my sidebar.  Fix dead links.
  8. I’ve been playing with some logos to use in my blog, header, other social sites. I’d like to either come to a decision or look into some of the artists I know and order something.
  9. Try to find a more recent picture of me that miraculously doesn’t have me wearing a hoodie, making faces, or looking like a punk. Not Much Luck Here – I Seem To Like My Hoodies!
  10. Update About Me and perhaps think up something in terms of review policy/guidelines. Any help or recommendations on policy would be so, so welcome! Yeah I Left The Hard One Till Last
  11. Google Reader. I cannot even put into words how much of a mess that damn thing is. I need badly to remove old subscriptions, read interesting posts I’ve starred and add blogs that I read but forgot to subscribe to.

 

Bloggiesta Mini-Challenges

  1. Rebecca at The Book Lady’s Blog - Getting out from underneath the feed reader.
  2. Beth from Beth Fish Reads - On lists and opinions.
  3. Jill at Fizzy Thoughts - Just when you thought the feed reader was halfway managed.
  4. Emily from Emily’s Reading Room - Are you talking about me?
  5. Deborah from Books, Movies, and Chinese Food - You have a blog?  So tell me about it.
  6. Lynn from Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile - Get listed.
  7. Jen from Devourer of Books - Wow. I wrote that when?  Let’s update.
  8. Amy from My Friend Amy - I need a friend.
  9. Trish from Hey Lady! Watcha Readin’? - On favicons and gravatars.  Huh?
  10. Michelle from GalleySmith - Anchor text.  You mean there’s a way this *should* be done?
  11. Andrea from Book Blather - Authorities?  What authorities?
  12. Ruth from Bookish Ruth - You’re going to analyze what?

Time Spent & Goals Accomplished On Friday

2:00 – 4:00
(2hrs)

Startup post, update reviews lists, cleared out drafts, updated templates.

4:15 – 5:15
(1hr)

Visited and commented other bloggiesta participants. This will also help to complete a mini-challenge of Jill at Fizzy Thoughts - Just when you thought the feed reader was halfway managed.

6:00 – 7:00
(1hr)

Wrote 2 reviews for future use.

7:30 – 8:30
(1hr)

Drafted out 2 graphic novel posts for future use.

11:30 – 1:30
(2hrs)

Cleaned up, re-organized and added folders/tags to google reader. This worked to complete the mini-challenge of Rebecca at The Book Lady’s Blog - Getting out from underneath the feed reader.

Time Spent & Goals Accomplished on Saturday

8:30 – 9:30
(1hr)

Took some time and read through some articles on blog improvement/strategy that were part of the mini-challenge of Andrea from Book Blather - Authorities?  What authorities?

1:00 – 3:00
(2hr)

Worked out exactly what I’m looking for in regards to a logo/brand pic. Sketched something out, searched for examples or style/color, wrote a description of what I want. And sent out an email to a few creative minded friends. Also looked into local freelance artists. I also asked for some smaller graphic component to use as a favicon which was part of the mini-challenge hosted by Trish from Hey Lady! Watcha Readin’? - On favicons and gravatars.  Huh?
Feeling good about this, even if I don’t have a finished product, it’s one step closer.

4:00 – 5:00
(1hr)

Did some more bloggiesta blog-hopping.

5:15 – 5:30
(15min)

Re-did my google alerts using tips from the mini-challenge by Emily from Emily’s Reading Room - Are you talking about me?

5:30 – 6:00
(30min)

Updated all my listings on various blog catalogs which completed the mini-challenge by Lynn from Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile - Get listed!

6:00 – 6:30
(30min)

Gathered up, organized and shelved all my review books in one place.

7:00 – 8:00
(1hr)

Wrote 2 more backup reviews for future use.

8:15 – 8:30
(15min)

Analyzed my blog to find out problem areas and how to improve as part of the mini-challenge put forth by Ruth from Bookish Ruth - You’re going to analyze what? I learned the importance of meta-data and that my domain expires in 8 months. And I need to figure out more about a 301 redirect – which basically means that my blog name is recognizable with or without the www. before the main title. My total grade = 85/100

8:30 – 8:45
(15min)

Learned all about anchor text and how it is very useful to use when posting links. This was part of the mini-challenge presented by Michelle from GalleySmith - Anchor text.  You mean there’s a way this *should* be done?

9:00 – 10:00
(1hr)

Took advantage of another mini-challenge and went back over some of my older posts to fix up spelling errors, unaligned pics and broken links. Thanks for this challenge go to Jen from Devourer of Books - Wow. I wrote that when?  Let’s update.

11:30 – 1:30
(2hr)

Tackled my challenges and updated everything, discovered I had signed up for challenges and not read anything yet (o.O) Now I am more organized and have a better idea of what I need to do!

2:00 – 3:00
(1hr)

Drafted out an opinion blog post for the mini-challenge by Beth from Beth Fish Reads - On lists and opinions. I also worked on a few list style posts using notes from my various scraps of notepaper I found throughout the house!



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21 comments:

Haiku Amy said...

Wow! It looks like you got a lot accomplished for Bloggiesta. Good Job. Your blog looks good.

Louise said...

Wow also from me - what a lot of stuff you accomplished :-) Your blog is one of the new-to-me blogs that I cannot wait to check out more in the future.

infiniteshelf said...

Wow, you accomplished a lot! Congrats! I just discovered your blog through this event and I love it, so expect to see me around in the future :)

Lezlie said...

Nice job! All of you participants seem to have gotten so much great stuff done!

Lezlie

imbookingit said...

Wow, you got a lot done!

Congratulations on a productive weekend.

Beth F said...

Way to go. I can't believe how much everyone did.

bermudaonion said...

This was a great weekend for you!

Sheila said...

I am out traveling through the internet this morning visiting fellow Bloggiesta sites.

I really like your layout, it is fun and eye catching!

Congrats on your accomplishments during the challenge, looks like you got quite a bit done! :)

Nan said...

You got a lot done! I love how you organized what you got done in chart form with time frames. Super job!

iwriteinbooks said...

Wow! Your event recap is so incredibly organized! You got an amazing amount done. Congrats! It really is amazing how much was accomplished this weekend. I wonder if there's a way to add up the total stats from every participant...

Melanie said...

Congrats on getting so much done! It's amazing how much a person can get done when they put their mind to it. Looks like you'll be set with posts for a while!

AnimeGirl said...

WOW! That was one amazing recount!
Well done!
I wish I was that organized, I kept doing like three things at a time.

Great job with Bloggiesta

naida said...

wow, you go girl! looks like you did great.
I wish I'd heard of Bloggiesta sooner, it would have been fun to join.
http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

Kristina said...

Looks like you accomplished a whole lot!!! Congrats! I hope Natasha does this again soon, I wanna play!!

Icedream said...

I am so impressed! I made a favicon, that's it, LOL. I didn't sign up even though I really needed to. I will have to hold my own personal bloggiesta. :D

Heather said...

Wow, you got so much done this weekend!! And you were so organized! I am so impressed. Your blog looks fantastic.

softdrink said...

I don't think I'd recognize you without your hoodie.

And I think we qualify as blog buddies. We've certainly supported each other as we bag on blogger. And you're one of the few bloggers who swears as much as I do. It's a match made in heaven. :-D

avisannschild said...

I'm impressed at how much you got accomplished! Congrats!

Nymeth said...

Congratulations on all your accomplishments, Joanne!

Trish said...

Holy cow that's a lot crossed off the list! I didn't get to participate, but I'm STILL looking at everyone's lists and posts to add things to my own list. Now I just have to find the time to do all that crud.

Congrats on your accomplishments!

Natasha @ Maw Books said...

You are so organized! I'm so impressed! I'm not so organized and barely commenting on wrap up posts. I hope you'll forgive me. Fantastic job!!!!