Bloggiesta: Plan of Action

June 11, 2010

This weekend, June 11-13, Natasha of Maw Books is hosting Bloggiesta. It’s a blogging marathon that we can use to improve our blogs alongside other bloggers doing the same thing. In Natasha’s words, “Break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music and whack a pinata or two!” I’ll be joining in for as much of the weekend as I can, since I have a long list of things that I’d like to get done.

I’ve included my list below, so that I can work on checking things off as I go along. There’s just something about crossing out items on a list that gets me going!

(As an aside – like a few other people I’ve seen post about this or say things on Twitter for the last couple days, I, too, got a bit ahead of myself and crossed off a few things before the official start time. I’ve indicated those by using this colour, so that you can see the difference between pre-Bloggiesta accomplishments, and those done during the actual weekend!)

(Edit: As of Sunday morning, I’ve put the remaining items left in this colour, so that I can better see what I have left to get to!)

  1. Edit header on old website to redirect to new onedone! @3:55pm Sunday
  2. Create a posting schedule
  3. Design business cards
  4. Clean out inactive feeds in reader
  5. Set up google alerts
  6. Sign up at blog directoriesdone! @11:45pm Sunday
  7. Analyze my blogneed to look at the data in more detail later, but it’s done!
  8. Find myself a way to comment from within Google Reader
  9. Create a cheat sheet for review posts, month round-up posts, and Reading Roots series postsdone! @4:10pm Sunday
  10. Map out future blog postsdone! @11:30pm Sunday
  11. Fill out application for Book Blogger Appreciation Weekdone! @1:20am Monday
  12. Back up blog – done! @4:25pm Friday
  13. Re-organize lists on Twitterdone! @4:40pm Sunday
  14. Set up post for summer reading challenge
  15. Create a blogger contact list – still filling it out with more details, but at least it’s started!
  16. Add a favicon
  17. Put out invitations for new series – “Reading Roots”
  18. Send email to new blogging buddydone! @9:45am Friday
  19. Come up with a summer reading list/scheduledone! @11:10pm Sunday
  20. Set up draft pages for upcoming reviews (around 40 of them)done! @11:10pm Sunday
  21. Get office space set up to use for blogging
  22. Insert an “original content” notice into RSS feed
  23. Get a “related posts” widget set up
  24. Set up a broken link checker
  25. Clean out starred items in Google readerdone! @3:35pm Sunday
  26. Re-organize folder system in Google readerdone! @9:30am Friday
  27. Put away stray read books from my bedroom and around the apartmentdone@ @3:45pm Sunday
  28. Re-organize challenge tracking as “pages” instead of “posts”done! @3:15pm Friday
  29. Make the challenges pages and review sorting methods work as dropdowns from the top menu – I can’t seem to make the code work right. If anyone can help with this, I’ll be much appreciative … otherwise, I’m giving up.
  30. Carry over my reviews to my LibraryThing accountdone! @12:20am Sunday
  31. Add my Facebook fan page to the sidebardone! 12:15am Saturday
  32. Personalize the social media icons in the sidebar to match the style of my favicondone! 12:15am Saturday
  33. Add an SEO/metatag plugindone! @9:26am Friday
  34. Revamp my policy pagedone! @5:20pm Sunday
  35. Create a rating systemdone! @7:35pm Sunday
  36. Participate in the mini-challenges:
  37. Give different options for sorting reviews instead of just by authordone! @4:20pm Friday
  38. Apply/send emails to at least 2 different blogs to do guest postsdone! @11:15pm Sunday
  39. Go back and update my old reviews with the new rating system I created this weekend done! @9:15pm Sunday
  40. Add a widget to let people subscribe to commentsdone! @2:30pm Sunday
  41. Add a widget to send an email to first-time commentersdone! @2:45pm Sunday
  42. Create an email signature – done! @3pm Sunday

Consider this my “starting line” post! Let’s fiesta!

Time spent on Bloggiesta so far:

  • Friday = 8 hours
  • Saturday = 3 hours
  • Sunday = 14 hours
  • Monday = 2 hours
  • Total = 27 hours


  • Mystee June 11, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Good luck..I hope that you’re able to get a lot accomplished.

  • Gnoe (@ Graasland) June 11, 2010 at 8:20 am

    That’s a long list! Thanks for adding the remark about your pre-bloggiesta cross-offs because you almost scared me 😛

    Good luck!

    • Carina June 11, 2010 at 10:42 am

      Definitely! I got a little over-zealous.

  • Elisabeth June 11, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I really really like your header! 🙂 Good luck with your exstensive list! 🙂

    • Carina June 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks! I was so excited when I found it. It just felt right. 🙂

  • pussreboots June 11, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Good job on completing the RSS mini challenge.

    • Carina June 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you! I didn’t realize that it wasn’t auto-detecting until reading your post!

  • Bobbie June 11, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I like your reading summer list goal. I think I would like to do that also. I have a few tours coming up but I would also like to add some books just for fun. We will be going to Richmond VA for vacation and it may also be a good idea for me to start researching e-books to go with me. Thanks for the idea:)
    Good Luck this weekend!

  • Rowena June 11, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Holy goodness that’s some list you got there but it looks like you’re getting a lot done for your blog and that’s great. Good luck getting the rest of your items checked out. Happy Bloggiesta! Love the look and feel of your blog. You do great work!

    • Carina June 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you! I actually got a lot of it done ahead of time, but that’s okay. More time for more stuff during Bloggiesta!

  • Kristin June 12, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Wow…you certainly have been productive! This is my first time participating and I am having fun getting some things done on my to-do-list and also visiting everyone that’s part of this event.

    I really like the look of your blog – I love playing Scrabble with my husband – great theme!

    • Carina June 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm

      It’s my first time, too! I haven’t had much time yet to go visit other peoples’ blogs, but I definitely think that I’ll get to that tomorrow before Bloggiesta’s over. 🙂

  • Kara June 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Your blog is so crisp and clean…love the theme!! What a great To Do list and you have even reminded me of a few items that I didn’t put on mine.

    Good luck with the rest of the event!!! and Happy Bloggiesta.

    • Carina June 12, 2010 at 10:36 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad my crazy list was useful for someone besides me. 🙂 Happy bloggiesta!

  • Sheila (Bookjourney) June 12, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    That is a great list! Have fun. I really love your blog layout!

    • Carina June 12, 2010 at 10:36 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Lizzy June 12, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Wow, what an ambitious list! I’m impressed by how much you’ve gotten done. It puts my list/work to shame. Good luck with the rest of your list 🙂

    • Carina June 12, 2010 at 10:36 pm

      Keep in mind that a lot of it was done before Bloggiesta really started, because I got all excited and ahead of myself. *blush* Any work is good work!

  • Iris June 13, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Wow, you have a lot of work planned! I thought I had lots to do, but it seems I’m nowhere near your list.

    • Carina June 13, 2010 at 12:04 pm

      Heh, I tend to overbook myself like that. *blush*

  • dw June 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    holy moly that’s quite a list!
    looks like you’re getting through most of it though! good luck on the rest.

    ps. your human test is interesting.. i’ve never seen one like that before… apparently i failed it the first time since i thought it was just cute pictures and didn’t read the directions. ><

    • Carina June 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm

      Aww! I found that before I switched to using a “human test” of some kind, I was getting tons of spam. It was driving me nuts! So I decided on this one, because it’s a little more original than the “captcha” thing.

  • Leeswammes (Judith) June 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Well done! You did so much!

    Also well done for getting a favicon. I still don’t know what that is but I did get a Gravatar, which is similar, I think.

    • Carina June 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm

      Favicons are those little pictures that show up in the internet browser tab on a site – for example, mine is an “R” tile from scrabble, and the one for Twitter is that really easily identifiable blue “t”.

  • Carin B. June 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Wow…you accomplished a lot. If I figure out how the drop down menus work, I’ll let you know. I’m thinking of adding those myself!

    I also wanted to let you know that I now have a sign up for available for my event, Book Read ‘Round the World so you can now go officially sign up. I have one other Canadian blogger so far who also happens to be in Ontario! Awesome! Don’t worry though…I won’t have you guys sending to each other. 😛

    • Carina June 14, 2010 at 9:41 pm

      Yay! I had them sort of working, but not properly – the list was cut off at the bottom, and when I tried to move my mouse to click on things, the dropdown would disappear. I figured the current version is better than it being screwy like that.

      I joined up!