Bloggiesta!

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Bloggiesta’s finally here! If you don’t know, Bloggiesta is a yearly blogging event where bloggers come up with a to-do list for improving their sites while having fun with mini-challenges and Twitter or Google chats. For the first time ever, the event lasts for an entire week, perfect for bloggers like me who need all the time they can get.

Here’s my to-do list:
Back-up blog. Done.
• Comment on 20-25 blogs this week including a few new-to-me ones. So far, I’ve left comments on at least 10 blogs.
Change blog’s theme. Done. That was easy.
Read two books. You can’t review a book if you haven’t read it. I’m halfway done! I just finished The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.
• Write two non-Sunday Salon posts.
• Come up with a list of possible topics.

It’s a small but do-able list. Now I’m off to get to work.

Are you participating in Bloggiesta?

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Bloggiesta!

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At the very last minute, I’m deciding to participate in Bloggiesta. My schedule is jam packed with things to do so I’m making my list tiny and doable.

 

To do list:

Participate in Kim’s Blog Post Bingo and MotherReader’s Be Brave mini-challenges.

Write one review.

Back-up both the Chunkster Challenge and this blog. done

Set up the April Mr. Linky for the Chunkster Challenge.

Read a book.

Change my blog’s theme. That one was unexpected but I love the new look.

Email bloggers about guest post.

Return emails to publishers.

Update my “about me” page.

Update review policy.

 

Good luck to everyone participating in Bloggiesta!

Saturday Update: I’m taking a day-long Bloggiesta break to do homework. I’ll continue Bloggiesta tomorrow. I hope everyone’s having fun with the event.

Bloggiesta Starting Line

I’m late to the party but I’ve decided to join Bloggiesta. The blogging event, which encourages bloggers to come up with a to-do list that they want to accomplish, is going on all weekend. I have some homework and housework to do so I’m not going to participate the whole three days, just try to do as much as I can.

My to-do list:

  1. Write three reviews.
  2. Write a Weekend Cooking post.
  3. Draft my Sunday Salon post.
  4. Come up with a reader survey. (My first ever.)
  5. Read How Children Succeed by Paul Tough.
  6. Read one ARC.
  7. Make a blogging schedule for October.
  8. Comment on 40 blogs.

That’s my list. Are you participating in Bloggiesta?

 

UPDATE THE FIRST

Since yesterday I have:

  1. Left comments on 20 blogs
  2. Wrote one review and posted it for A More Diverse Universe
  3. Posted my first survey ever. Yay!
  4. Participated in two Bloggiesta Twitter chats. I learned more about Stumbleupon.
  5. Played with Stumbleupon more. I’m still a little bit confused about it. I think that needs to be a mini-challenge during the next Bloggiesta.
  6. Came up with 21 things to do on my blog in October.
  7. Updated my Netgalley account with the reviews I’ve read and hadn’t told the publishers about.

That’s pretty good. Now I’m hoping to finish one more review for next week and write my Sunday Salon post. If you’re participating in Bloggiesta, how are you doing with your goals?

Bloggiesta, bloggiesta, bloggiesta!

Bloggiesta is back and it’s being hosted by Suey over at It’s All About Books and Danielle at There’s a Book.  In case you don’t know, the event is pretty much an annual blogathon. Bloggers dust off their to-do lists and spend the weekend accomplishing all the things they’ve been waiting to do. Plus, there are fun mini-challenges to keep everyone moving and motivated. The event starts this morning and ends Sunday night.  It’s not too late to join, sign-ups are here.

My to-do list:

  1. Write six reviews. ( 2 done, a million more to go.)
  2.  Back-up my blog.
  3. Take 20 pictures to use in later posts.
  4. Find a new theme.
  5. Finish two books. (What’s a book blog without the books?) (Finished one book, There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff. Now I’m in the middle of The Fault is in Our Stars by John Green.)
  6. Write a sticky post for April.
  7. Update blog pages.
  8.  Brainstorm at least 10 ideas for posts.
  9. Look at my blogging goals and see how far (or short) I’ve come so far this year.
  10. Participate in three Bloggiesta mini-challenges.
  11. Write two posts about something other than books.
  12. Figure out posting schedule for April.
  13. Find poems to share in April.
  14. Comment on 20 blogs. (10 down.)
  15. Figure out my blogging goals for April.

My list is a little ambitious but I started Bloggiesta a few hours early, so I’m off to a great start. Are you participating in Bloggiesta?

2nd Update

It’s day two and though I feel like I’m on a roll, I still have so much to do. I’m finding that once you start working on your blog, new ideas come to you and there’s this excitement about all the changes and new possibilities. With each new idea, that’s one more thing to do to my to-do list but I refuse to complain. Bloggiesta is the perfect time to put all of your ideas on paper.

It’s Time for Bloggiesta!

Time is flying by so fast that it’s now time for Bloggiesta once again. For those who don’t know, Bloggiesta is hosted by Natasha over at Maw Books. It’s an event where bloggers of all kinds participate in an effort to improve their blog. Bloggers come up with ways to improve their blog and try to accomplish as many items as possible on their to-do list. The event is all weekend long and a great way to catch up on blogging chores. Here’s my to-do list:

  1. Write four reviews
  2. Read two books
  3. Write at least two bookish posts
  4. Clean up tags
  5. Update nightstand widget
  6. Work on future projects
  7. Brainstorm future blog posts
  8. Comment on at least 20 blogs and I’m still going strong!

My list is pretty small but I think it’ll keep me busy all weekend. Good luck to everyone doing Bloggiesta!

Sunday Salon: A Year of Blogging Deliberately

So about two weeks ago I wrote a post about my reading goals for next year called A Year of Reading Deliberately. Since then I’ve been thinking about my blogging goals also. I started blogging about three years ago after I found out about the Southern Reading Challenge on Maggie’s blog, Maggie Reads. I wanted to talk about the books I’ve read and join in the discussions that were going around the community.

Though I’ve enjoyed being a part of the book blogging community, lately I’ve thought about giving up blogging. It hasn’t been as fulfilling as it’s used to be. It started to feel less like a hobby and more like school and I no longer felt passion or enthusiasm to keep going. So I’ve been seriously thinking about if I continue blogging, what I want out of it and also why should I keep going.

For the past week or so, I’ve been having a mini Bloggiesta of my own, updating my pages and links while searching the internet for inspiration to keep blogging and maybe change the focus of 1330V and also the way I blog. I’ve found articles and interviews, transcripts, posts from some of my favorite bloggers, and more that has given me back my enthusiasm.

My list of things I want to do with this blog is long and one that I’m going to constantly go back and revise. But here’s a few things my readers can look for in 2010:

A Review Policy. I’ve noticed many review policies on some of my favorite blogs. Since I’ve started receiving review copies myself and start asking for copies, I think it’s time for a policy of my own.

Different focus on reviewing. Instead of giving a critical review, I’m going to start focusing my reviews of my reactions and experience with the books I read. As usual, if I don’t have anything to add in the discussion of a book, I won’t write about it.

Number of reviews. By writing about my experiences with a book, the pressure for a perfect review is now off of me. I plan on writing at least two reviews a week.

Focus. I don’t think I’ve always been clear about the focus of this blog. I read many books of different genres and for different age groups. My focus is to write about well-written but lesser known books. These are the books I usually gravitate to when picking books to read. There’s no need to review the most talked-about books. Instead I’ll focus on the books I love that haven’t received much attention.

So that’s a few of my blogging goals for next year. What about you? Do you have any blogging goals for next year?

Bloggiesta Begins!

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After having an emergency this morning I can finally start on Bloggiesta. My initial plan was to start this morning but I was unable to. The only thing I’m changing about my plan is that I won’t be working on my blog as much as I said I would. I need to relax and take it easy, so I’m only working on my blog for about ten hours.

Now I’m off to write some reviews.

[Update 1]

I’m including updates with this post so I don’t clog up anyone’s feed reader or my own blog. I just finished cleaning out my Google Reader. I unsubscribed to the blogs that haven’t posted an entry in the last two months or that I’m no longer interested in. To the blogs I’m new to, I added the blogger’s name. This mini-challenge hosted by Rebecca at The Book Lady’s Blog took me almost three hours. It was a lot of work but no longer will I be wasting time scrolling through certain blogs. Now I need to catch up on blog reading and posting comments.