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Friday, March 30, 2012

Bloggiesta - The Plan

So, here are my goals for this weekend. I don't know how much I will complete - I happen to be WAY behind on reading for reviews that are upcoming VERY, VERY soon. But I will try to still work in some of the tasks.


  • Update my Review Policy page -add a section about contest rules
  • Work on my calendar/scheduling for April
  • Create an Upcoming page
  • Finally create my Amazon store button (or maybe get help from my boyfriend on this one)
  • Update my To Be Reviewed widget and I Recommend widget
  • Update some links for my recent reviews
  • Create an actual description for my rating system
  • Respond to review request emails
  • Clean up my Google Reader subscriptions
  • Work on SEO
  • Consider Pinterest usage for the blog
Bloggiesta is being hosted at It's All About Books.  Click on the link to go to the starting line and participate.  I will cross out as I complete goals.

Challenge Updates


Pinterest @ Joy's Book Blog - added a board for Author Interviews, Reviews in 2012, and Weekend Cooking.  Also added a follow me on Pinterest button to the sidebar.  If anyone needs an invite to Pinterest let me know!

5 Ways to Spiff Up Your Book Reviews @ The Bluestocking Society - some helpful hints - ps. if you have been looking for HTML to add stars to your reviews, check out the website!

Get Noticed by Search Engines (SEO) @ Good Books and Good Wine - I updated one post, my review of The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick for ease of searching.  However to update all my posts is going to take forever and be a labor of love.


Windows Live Writer @ The Reading Housewives of Indiana - I might try using this for my posts - but it will take some getting used to.  UPDATE - I wrote and prescheduled my first post through Live Writer and it was actually very easy!  Here is a screen shot of my sample post in Windows Live Writer:


Summary/Wrap Up: I was able to get more tasks completed than I expected too and still get some reading in too.  I still have a lot to work on in terms of my SEO - that will be a long project.  I however didn't finish the one thing that was my #1 goal for this - revising my review policy.  I will get to it sometime this week.  Another great bloggiesta.  Thanks everyone for hosting challenges, giving advice and dropping by!





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14 comments:

  1. All of those sound like worthy tasks. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you! I managed to get more of them done than I expected and a lot of reading too. Real commitment!

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  2. Okay, where are my threaded comments? Is Blogger offering that option now?

    It sounds like we're in the same boat. I have a ton of reading to do as well, but I couldn't pass up this chance to do some organizing and clean-up. Actually accomplished several things today. I was surprised! Good luck with all your tasks. You have a good list there. =O)

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    1. Blogger is offering threaded commenting now - there is a simple change that you have to make and then it should work. Mine took a few days after I made the switch for it to start working. Check out this post from Coffee and a Book Chick - she tells you how to do it and there are some helpful tips in the comments - http://www.coffeeandabookchick.com/2012/01/sunday-salon-blogger-introduces.html

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  3. That is a great list! I have not even thought about my Goodreads account. What do you think of Caching Fire so far? I just finished it.

    Good luck on your bloggiesta list!

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    1. So far, I am only about 100 pages in, and while it is good, it is slow going for me. At least more so that the first book was.

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  4. I really need to look into the Amazon Affliates program. Hopefully I will find some time this weekend. As I visit everyone participating, I keep finding new things to add to my blog.

    Good luck with your to-do list!!!

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    1. I do the same thing! I started out with a very small list and then as I visited more blogs this weekend I kept adding things to the list.

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  5. I like your list and as a blog follower and glad that you decided to omit the upcoming subjects.

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    1. I didn't omit the upcoming subjects - I created a tab at the top of the blog which will sort of act like a calendar. I'm going to list dates that I am scheduled to participate in different blog tours or have giveaways or if I am hosting a week long event. I'm not going to list everything, but the big things that I want people to know about and make sure they come by for.

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  6. Great list Heather. I didn't officially join Bloggiesta, but plan on doing some cleaning up on my blog as well. Write posts, start new ones, etc. It's like doing cjores around the house. Hope you also get some reading time in as well :)

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    1. It is like doing chores. I start keeping a list a few weeks before Bloggiesta begins of ideas I want to do.

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  7. Wow, looks like you got a lot done! I cleaned up my reader this weekend as well.

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    1. I am surprised by how much I got accomplished!

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