Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize.
So here we are at the end of Bloggiesta. I have learned and completed so much in these past few days and I am excited to implement these ideas into my blog to make it more functional and overall a great book blog!
June 2010 Mini-Challenges:
~Kim and Jackie at the Blog Improvement Project : This challenge showed different sites to take your blog to the next level and making effective lists. I am definitely signing up for their year-long event as well.
~Jennifer at Girls Gone Reading : Review Policy. I cleaned up my policy and make it more clear and concise.
~Sarah at Puss Reboots : RSS Feeds. I already had an RSS icon, but I did add my RSS to my header too, I did not know how to do that previous. Thanks Sarah!
~Pam from MotherReader : Be Brave! For this one, I drafted an email to independent book stores in my area to join up with me to support their business via advertising on my blog.
~Danielle at There’s a Book : Stats. For this challenge, I fixed my Google Analytics page with my new domain, and now I have a better idea how to view my stats.
~Cass at Bonjour Cass : Commenting. I went around to many blogs this weekend and put meaningful comments on their postings. I saw a lot of really great blogs that I added to my RSS feed too!
~Rebecca at The Book Lady’s Blog : Feed Reader. I cleaned up my feed reader and labeled each feed : "Book Blog Name (Name of Blogger)" to make it more uniform and informational.
~Jackie from Farm Lane Books : Back up your blog. I backed up my blog and set an alarm on my phone for every two weeks to back up so I can always refer to previous templates if (heaven forbid) something happens to my blog.
~Trish from Hey Lady! Watcha Readin’? : Favicon & Gravatar. I have heard these phrases before but I never really knew what they meant. So I set up both for my blog!
~Michelle from GalleySmith : Anchor text. How to make the most out of your link love. This was a fun challenge! From now on I am going wisely use my anchor links.
~Danielle from There’s a Book : Cheat Sheet. I created a *cheat sheet* with templates for my memes and reviews.
~Pam from Bookalicio.us : Copyright. I added a 2010 Copyright to the bottom of my page!
~Amy from My Friend Amy : Blogging Buddy. I asked a fellow blogger to be a blogging buddy of mine, and she said yes! Be sure to visit Meaghan at A Bookworm's Haven.
~Jenn from Jenn’s Bookshelves : Brainstorming Topics. I created a graph to *extend* my posts further into great content posts. Five of these ideas are:
- Helpful hints on book blogging
- Favorite book themes
- Informational posting about supernatural creatures
- Featured literary couples
- Expand on current (or just read) subjects in books that interest me
~Beth from Beth Fish Reads : List and opinion posts. I got a lot of new ideas from this challenge. One idea that I got is to create a series of opinion posts on "Why I Love.."
~Emily from Emily’s Reading Room : Vanity alerts. I set up Google Alerts for my blog name and address.
Deborah from Books, Movies, and Chinese Food : Elevator Pitch. I pretty much perfected this at BEA when I had to explain my blog to a ton of people. This is what I said:
Drea from Book Blather : Learn a New Tip or Two. There is a WEALTH of information at this post and the links included. I read a few and I am going to bookmark the rest for later.
Ruth from Bookish Ruth : Webgrader. I was actually surprised that I got a 79/100 for my website grade! I appreciate all of my readers and I hope to get a higher grade as the years progress.
Lynn from Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile : Blog Directories. I requested to be added to Kidlitosphere Central & Fyrefly's Book Blogs Search Engine. I am already a member of Book Blogs Ning and The YA Book Blog Directory.
Kristen from Bookworming in the 21st Century : Blogger mentoring program and forum. I joined The Bloggie Cult and linked a *hint* on the forums for newer bloggers.
Here are my completed Tasks (outside of those for mini-challenges):
- Write reviews.
- Write backup posts for a rainy day.
- Write guest posts.
- Clean up and update challenge lists.
- Visit the Blogging Tips group on the Book Blogs Ning and find ways to improve my blog.
- Revise business cards.
- Make 3-month posting calendar
- Detailed rating system
- Catalogue books
- Completed memes several weeks in advance.
Total Hours: 24.5 hours!
Total Comments: I did not keep a good record but I think I made about 40 comments throughout the whole weekend. :)
What I liked best: The challenges! They were so informative and I feel such a great triumph that I accomplished so much to make my blog the best it can be!
Constructive Criticism: I don't really have much for this time around. This was my first time participating so I am not sure how others were run. So I would say nothing right now.
Thanks to Maw Books for hosting, and all the mini-challenge hosts! Until next time, Ole!