Bloggiesta Finish Line

Posted in Event at 3:00 pm by Amber

The Bloggiesta Finish Line!

Pedro and his friends are done with Bloggiesta!  I’m not sure how they made it across the finish line with the weekend we had. 

Friday was the giveaway for Liza Palmer’s A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents.  I also listened to her radio interview and called in with questions.  That afternoon I completed the mini-challenge from Jackie of Farm Lane Booksfor backing up blog content.  I already have a WordPress plugin that does this for me on a weekly basis.  Now I know how to do it manually.  And I created a folder for all the pictures on my blog for easy retrieval.  I did begin writing two reviews that were on my to-do list but I did not finish them. 

Saturday I slept in.  Later in the day, I did sign up for the comment challenge hosted by Pam from MotherReader.  The goal is to leave five comments on book blogs a day through January 28th.  This is really harder than it sounds.  A blog may have an interesting name but when I read the content I’m not moved to make a comment.  Other than the content that’s being reviewed, I haven’t figured out why that’s the case.  

My meals had a distinctive Latino flair to them.  Lunch was chicken soft tacos from Chipotle, dinner was red chile enchiladas with chicken and cheese (prepared according to the instructions given in Rick Bayless’ cookbook, Mexican Everday) and my snack was baked scoops tortilla chips with salsa. 

Protecting blog content can be a headache but it’s easier if it’s copyrighted.  I completed the copyright mini-challenge hosted by Pam from Bookalicio.us.  The evening was finished up by sending out  interview questions to one author and starting a second set of questions for a second author. 

Sunday was spent wrapping things up.  I created a cheat sheet for some common posts for the mini-challenge hosted by Danielle from There’s a Book.  Included were html and SEO settings that don’t vary from one post to the next.  It’s been uploaded to my Google docs account.

I didn’t get to do everything I planned but it was time well spent.  All in all I spent about 6 hours on Bloggiesta.  Big thanks to Natasha for Bloggiesta hosting duties.


Starting Bloggiesta

Posted in Event at 11:17 am by Amber

Last night I made a list of all the things I want to accomplish during Bloggiesta.  They fall under three different categories: Book Reviews, Interviews and Story of the Month.


I have the day off work and it started with sleeping in until 8am.  The Resident Corgi was not an early riser this morning.  Now I’m ready to start my day and start Bloggiesta

Looking over the new mini-challenges there are some great ones.  In fact, I’ve already started one hosted by Jackie of Farm Lane Books about backing up your blog.


Bloggiesta This Weekend

Posted in Event at 1:35 am by Amber

Last year I participated in Bloggiesta.  I got a lot done but wanted to do more.  I wasn’t prepared for all the bloggy-goodness mini challenges.


This year it’s three days long and I have Friday off work to start marking Bloggiesta items off my to do list.  The Resident Corgi has an appointment at the groomer to give me some uninterrupted Bloggiesta time.

So… are you up for the challenge?


Bloggiesta Is Coming Next Month!

Posted in Event at 7:39 am by Amber


The holidays aren’t over and I’ve realized Bloggiesta is sneaking up on us.  What is Bloggiesta?  It’s basic a blogging marathon for bloggers of all types.  Last year I created a favicon for my site, created a review policy page, and added plugins – including one to backup the WordPress database!

Natasha Maw at Maw Books Blog hosts Bloggiesta and this is its second year.  This year it will take place over three days – January 8th, 9th and 10th!  If you have a blog it can be motivating to know others are doing the same housekeeping and planning for the next year.  Be sure to watch Natasha’s blog for updates.


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.


Bloggiesta Goals

Posted in Event at 4:08 pm by Amber


Here is my list of items to accomplish during Bloggiesta.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!

  1. Finish adding WordPress Plugins. (SEO Optimization and a mirror are two of them.)
  2. Finish writing reviews.  (That Went Well, The Trap, The Patriot Witch, King Titus, and Dead Witch Walking to start.)
  3. Finish my blog tour/book review policy page.
  4. Finish my May Story of the Month post.  (I’m only a month and a half late getting it posted!)
  5. Review my list of future theme posts.  For instance, last week it occurred to me that I could review a bunch of books with father and child relationships for Father’s Day.  It was a bit late to start for this year.  🙂

Bloggiesta Begins

Posted in Event at 9:35 am by Amber

Have you met Pedro?  (Plan.  Edit.  Develop.  Review.  Organize.)  Isn’t he cute?


Because I’m at work today and have an engagement party tonight I will spend most of Friday planning what I want to accomplish.  I had an idea before but I didn’t make an actual list and I want to see how the mini-challenges will fit into my goals.

If there is any free time at work (ha!  ha! – I make myself laugh) I do have some books with me that have half-finished reviews.  If you’re participating in Bloggiesta, good luck to you!


Bloggiesta Ole!

Posted in Event at 11:02 am by Amber

Natasha of Maw Books Blog came up with the idea to hold Bloggiesta next week from Friday through Sunday to have 48 hours of time to update blogs.  You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! 

While I won’t have the 48 hours available to me due to prior commitments, I will spend quite a bit of time writing some future book reviews (I’ve read the books, I just haven’t completed the reviews) and I’d like to finish my new page regarding virtual tours.  I began the page last weekend and haven’t gotten around to finishing it.

If any of you would like to join me, feel free to do so!

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