Thursday, January 20, 2011


It’s already time for the fourth edition of Bloggiesta! Are you a blogger? (With apologies to those who are not).  If so, this event is just for you! Bloggiesta is scheduled for January 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. The beginning of the year is a great time to evaluate your blog, see how you’re doing, and get re-energized for the rest of the year!
Some of you may be asking what is Bloggiesta? In short, it’s a blogging marathon.  A opportunity to cross those nagging items off of your to-do list and improve your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing. Our awesome mascot Pedro (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize) is ready to break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music and whack a pinata or two!  It’s nothing short of an awesome fiesta!

What to do during the Bloggiesta?

  • Write reviews.
  • Write backup posts for a rainy day.
  • Write that great post idea from three months back.
  • Work on series posts.
  • Write guest posts.
  • Put out invitations for guest posts.
  • Conduct and edit author interviews.
  • Create template posts for your future reads (ie: title, images, linking, tags, etc,) so you can open up, write review and post without being bogged down with technicalities
  • Clean up your tags, archives, books reviewed list, etc.
  • Create a text file (or Google Doc) of cheat sheets (html codes, post url’s, etc)
  • Improve your blog template, clean up sidebars, add a favicon, install those plugins that you’ve been meaning to do.
  • Add or edit your about me page, review policy, disclosure policy, privacy policy, create landing pages (for example – an about me for Twitter readers page) or any other pages you might have.
  • Any bloggy type housekeeping that you’ve been neglecting.
  • Clean up and update your challenge lists.  Link up your posts with hosts.
  • Make sure all of your social network profiles are up to date.  Be consistent in those profiles with color scheme, images, etc.
  • Go get a gravatar.
  • Visit the Blogging Tips group on the Book Blogs Ning and find ways to improve your blog.
  • Work on any specialized projects that you may have going.
  • Clean out and organize your feed reader and blog subscriptions.
  • Create an elevator pitch.
  • Make business cards.
  • Find a blogging buddy.
  • Analyze and re-evaulate your blog.
  • Back up your blog.
  • Learn more about blogging, read great articles, get inspired.
  • Make sure you have properly copyrighted your blog and know what to do when somebody reposts your material.
  • Brainstorm blogging topics.
  • Manage your feedreader.
  • Help other bloggers, answer questions, share your expertise (let’s face it – this is the best part of Bloggiesta!)
  • The sky’s the limit!
This is my first year, and so I haven;t really decided how many tasks I will accomplish yet. Part of it depends on my workload, and as I haven't registered for classes yet I don't really know what my load is. I will update when I have a better idea :) For those who want to join, go to the original post here!


Okay, I have officially decided on my list for this! How much of it will actually get done... well probably not much. I'm LOADED on homework this weekend :( But anyway, here we go!
  • Series posts
  • Guest post template
  • Guest post questions
  • Review template
  • Clean up sidebar
  • Create book blog
  • Clean up personal blog (transfer posts)
  • Elevator pitch
  • Update Goodreads shelves
Well I already made my book blog,  The Librarian's Bookshelf! So please please go check it out :) I will slowly be setting it up so it's more pretty, and I have a poll over there that I would love for all of my readers to vote on!

Hopefully I can get some of this list done....

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