It’s Sunday night and I’m about ready to cross the Bloggiesta Finish Line. Below is the list of goals I created and the progress I made:
Schedule post about my All Hallows Reads plan. Done! Look for that later this week.
Schedule three mini-bite reviews. Done! I wrote them, scheduled them, and even started on a fourth one.
Blogroll Overhaul mini-challenge. Done! I started off with 10 links on my blogroll. Said goodbye to dead link for Coyote Con, removed an author I no longer really follow and added links for Beth Cato, one of my writing friends, and several writer-friendly sites: NaNoLJers, NaNoWriMo and World Weaver Press. I ended up with a total of 12 sites. Additionally I updated my Biography page which hadn’t been updated since 2009.
Update three of my blog templates. While reviewing my templates, it seems I only have two templates. One is for book reviews and the other is for Mailbox Monday. I didn’t update either one.
I had limited time this weekend but managed to participate in two chats and get some things done on my blog. Overall I’m pretty pleased with the time and effort I put into it. I even had a badge created for a new feature on the blog. I hope you’ll like it!
What exactly is Bloggiesta? It’s been around several years and while the timing has changed, the mini-challenges and events have evolved, the focus of Bloggiest hasn’t changed a bit. It’s about giving your blog some love and attention in ways you may not do often. In the past I’ve setup SEO Keywords on old posts, organized/scheduled posts, generated post ideas, learned how to revitalize old content, prepped for author interviews, updated my WP plugins, typed reviews, and so on.
Each Bloggiesta has mini challenges to inform and give you a chance to put this new knowledge to use. I’ve had a hankering to work on the blog as of late and the timing of Bloggiesta couldn’t be any better.
I didn’t get to stop by all of the mini-challenges but this was a great Bloggiesta.
Here are some of the mini-challenges I was able to complete:
On a Book Bender’s mini-challenge on Organization and Scheduling Posts. I came up with a new posting schedule. And I printed off some calendar and weekly pages to get me through the rest of the year. They are now in one of my binders which I can look at weekly to know what I have ahead of me. Lastly, I learned about a handy dandy new plug-in called Duplicate Post which should cut down on my review posting time.
Smash Attack Reads Grade Your Website. It’s been years since I graded my site. I dropped way down to 67% due to mostly social media. Imagine me speaking in my best shaky old lady voice, “Back then the grades were all about SEO, not about social media!” Yes, I’m resistant to Klout. Probably because I see a stream of messages in a row on Twitter where people gave or received Klout from someone. It feels like spam to me.
Jessica of The Blue Stockings on Revitalizing Old Content. I’m sure a plug-in might help to highlight old reviews but what I’m walking away with is a plan to highlight old author events. For example, I’m a big fan of the Thurber House so each time I post about one of their events I can include links to some of my past posts.
Have you ever participated in Bloggiesta? It’s a weekend dedicated to getting bloggy things done. Over the years I’ve made a gravatar, placed copyright notices on the site, and tagged my old blog entries among other things. (Yes, that was something like two years of posts!)
This time Bloggiesta is being run by Danielle Smith of There’s a Book and Suey of It’s All About Books. Even if you aren’t a book blogger, you’ll find the mini-challenges relevant.
This edition of Bloggiesta is over for me. It looks like Pedro and his friends made it to the finish line before I di. Let’s review the weekend:
Review posts from 2009 for missing SEO information. (I’ll save 2008 posts for another time.) Update: Finished January and February 2009. Halfway through March 2009. It looks like I started using my SEO All In One plug-in in June 2009 so only a few more months to go.
Type up author interview questions for late June post. Update: Researched previous interviews so I don’t ask the same questions. Half of the questions have been typed up.
Type up five book reviews. (I have more I can write but I’ll shoot for that as a minimum.) Update: One book review is ready to post.
Updated all of my WordPress Plug-Ins. I didn’t realize four of my plug-ins needed updated.
Overall I spent 5 hours working on items for bloggiesta. The most mind-numbing of all was trying to update my SEO information for 2009 posts. Fortunately, the blog cheat sheet from the last bloggiesta helped me. Each month I have recurring posts and my blog cheat sheet has the SEO keywords associated with those posts so those were the easiest posts to update.
Check to see if your blog or website has a feed. WordPress has one for the site. I also have a feed with feedburner but haven’t done anything with it.
Set up a feed if it doesn’t.
Set up a subscribe by email option. Haven’t figured out how to do this. I also installed two different feedburner plug-ins. One was recommended by Google and the other was not tested with my version of WordPress. Neither worked and I had to deactivate them to get my site looking normal again.
Validate your feed. I know the WordPress feed works because it’s what I use on my Ning pages and Yahoo to know if it’s updating or not. Although I don’t have the feedburner address linked anywhere, the current site content did appear when I checked the link.
Put an RSS icon that linked to your feed and another for your email option. This involves messing with the code in my sidebar which I’m none to happy about doing on a Sunday at 10:30pm at night. It took me months to get my site to say on all my pages that it’s powered by Corgis and have it look right. Programming was not my strong suit in my computer classes.
Add the RSS feed to your header so your browser auto-detects the feed. Again, more programming. Puss Reboots was kind enough to provide the code but I will have to mess with it another time.
No progress to report for Friday. I spent the entire day at the doctor’s office and work.
Here’s what I’ve done so far for Saturday.
This afternoon we went to an early showing of No One Knows About Persian Catsfollowed by lunch at Cuco’s!
Cuco’s is one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in town. It was originally a grocery store with a small restaurant. Now it’s all restaurant with several shelves of grocery items. They are big soccer fans and we expected it to be packed because of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Instead, it was mostly new university graduates and their families.
Almost 7 hours later I am still full from lunch. I planned on making chipotle meatballs tonight from my Mexican Everyday cookbook by Rick Bayless. There is nowhere in my stomach to put them.
I’ve spent about an hour and a half on bloggiesta so far. You’ll notice I’ve completed a few things that weren’t on my original list.
Review posts from 2009 for missing SEO information. (I didn’t add my SEO plug-in until sometime that year. I’ll save 2008 posts for another time.) Update: Finished January 2009 and started on February 2009.
Type up author interview questions for late June post. Update: Researching previous interviews so I don’t ask the same questions.
Type up five book reviews. (I have more I can write but I’ll shoot for that as a minimum.)
Updated all of my WordPress Plug-Ins.I didn’t realize four of my plug-ins needed updated.
Are you ready to join Pedro in a weekend of blogging fun? Our friend serves as a reminder to: Plan. Edit. Review. Organize.
From experience I know it’s impossible for me to keep up with all of the mini-challenges during the weekend and I work on Friday which cuts into my time. That’s why I’m writing this post Wednesday night (and sleeping while it publishes) with my goals. 🙂
Review posts from 2009 for missing SEO information. (I didn’t add my SEO plug-in until sometime that year. I’ll save 2008 posts for another time.)
Type up author interview questions for late June post.
Type up five book reviews. (I have more I can write but I’ll shoot for that as a minimum.)
After work on Thursday I will go to the grocery store to buy some food for this fiesta. The menu includes tacos, chicken with rice and meatballs. All recipes are courtesy of Rick Bayless.
Pedro and his friends are ready to see everyone again later this month (next week!) for Bloggiesta. Natasha at Maw Books Blog hosts Bloggiesta to help bloggers of all kinds improve their blogs. So what do bloggers accomplish during Bloggiesta?
All kinds of things. You can:
Write future blog posts.
Work on a series of posts.
Setup a favicon for your blog.
Get your blog graded and make improvements.
Clean up your tags or categories.
Change your layout.
Those are just a few of the things you can do this June 11th – 13th. Every blog needs a little facelift or maintenance. During the last Bloggiesta I made recipes from my Rick Bayless cookbook to keep the mood going. I may do it again this time. It’s a nice break from being on the computer.
It’s Monday once again. A big thank you to Marcia at The Printed Page for hosting Mailbox Monday. In case you’re not familiar with Mailbox Monday, it’s a meme that can make your TBR pile bigger. Participants note which books arrived in their mailbox (or email box) during the week. Then we all look at the other entries and figure out which books we want to read.
This week I unexpected received a copy of The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris. I don’t keep a list of which books I’m expecting but I generally have a good idea of what is on the way. Since most of my books come from the publisher or publicist there is usually a trail of emails. In this case, it took me about a day to remember. I won this as part of Bloggiesta!
What arrived in your mailbox this week?
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