Bloggiesta Summary

Posted in Event at 11:22 am by Amber

The Bloggiesta Finish Line!

The Bloggiesta Finish Line!

 Here’s my list of things I wanted to get done.  Items crossed off have been completed.

  1. Finish adding WordPress Plugins. (SEO Optimization and a mirror for LiveJournal are the two I had to finish.)
  2. Finish writing reviews.  (That Went Well, The Trap, The Patriot Witch, King Titus, Dead Witch Walking, and Death’s Daughter.)
  3. Finish my blog tour/book review policy page.
  4. Finish my May Story of the Month post. 
  5. Review my list of future theme posts. 

Mini-Challenges Attempted

Bookish Ruth on Website Grader which grades your site for SEO (search engine optimization).  I did this earlier in the month and my grade raised from 82 to 86.  During the weeks between grades I added the All-In-One-SEO plugin and added metadata information.  I also signed up for Technorati where my authority rating has fallen from 30 to 33.  (The lower the number the better.)  Technorati uses the number of links going to your blog in the last 180 days and I figured out one reason why my rank lowered.  I was a blog tour stop for Secrets to Happiness but didn’t add my own link to the list of tour stops.  Other tour stops came by to get the code for their own sites but my link was left off.  Lesson learned.  🙂

Another mini-challenge hosted by softdrink consisted of making new connections by visiting 10 new blogs to us and leaving a thoughtful comment.  There 85 participants and not all of them were book related blogs so I got to visit some new sites.  This mini-challenge was not completed.  I did go to 10 new blogs but I only left thoughtful comments on 6 of them.  Here are the sites I visited and left comments:
Lou’s Pages
Confuzzled Books
Muse in the Kitchen
Chain Reading

Beth Fish Reads on Blog Improvement.  Write a post (opinion or list) and save it for a rainy day.  I was reminded I want to do a post about book formats (hardcover vs. trade paperback vs. mass market) but I didn’t actually start writing it. 

Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile on Blog Catalogs.  The challenge was to add your blog to a new to you blog catalog.  I was already a member of most of the book related blog catalogs so I signed up for bloglistings.net which I hadn’t heard of before.

Devourer of Books on updating a key page or post.  I completed this mini-challenge without knowing I had completed it.  One of my goals was to finish writing my book tour and review policy page.  While I did that, I checked out my bibliography and biography pages to make sure they were still accurate.

Michelle from Galley Smith regarding anchor text.  If you haven’t learned about anchor text this is very informative.  I completed the challenge successfully, I might add!


For lunch yesterday my husband and I went to Cuco’s, one of our favorite restaurants.  I had the Al Pastor and Chorizo tacos which were both new to me.  And of course I ate a lot of their chips and salsa.  It’s important to take time to eat during a challenge, right?  Altogether, I spent about 10 hours on the challenge and left a dozen comments on various blogs.  It was a lot of fun!  A big thank you goes to Natasha at Maw Books Blog for hosting the Bloggiesta challenge and her husband for making the badges for the challenge.

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  1. Sheila DeChantal said,

    June 21, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I am out visiting blogs this morning of those who were fellow Bloggiesta Challenge participants. It is fun to see what everyone accomplished.
    Happy Blogging!

  2. Amber said,

    June 21, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    How sweet, Sheila!

  3. Wendy said,

    June 22, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment yesterday 🙂 Wow, you did A LOT in just 10 hours…congratulations!!!
    .-= Wendy´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday – June 22, 2009 =-.

  4. Natasha @ Maw Books said,

    July 5, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    I’m really late in stopping by and leaving a comment on the wrap up posts. For technorati, actually the bigger number the better. So that’s good you went up from 30 to 33!
    .-= Natasha @ Maw Books´s last blog ..Unite or Die, How Thirteen States Became a Nation by Jacqueline Jules, Illustrated by Jef Czekaj =-.

  5. Amber said,

    July 5, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    That makes sense now. I notice now your Technorati authority is 206 and you’ve been blogging a lot longer about books than I have. 🙂

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