It’s Bloggiesta time, hooray! (And if you haven’t signed up, there’s still time!) One of the biggest chores on my blogging to-do list is catching up on outstanding reviews. I’ve read the books, hopefully I took some notes, but the post is likely not started, let alone finished or scheduled. This mini-challenge will hopefully help you accomplish that goal.
(Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Yum.)
I thought it would be fun to set our levels based on the plate of nachos Bloggiesta seems to call for.
Can’t Eat Just One (so, at least 2)
Let’s Split It (50 percent of your outstanding reviews)
Licking the Bowl Clean (getting them ALL done)
Pick a level, leave a comment saying at which level you’re committing, and then go write and schedule those reviews! Credit will be given only for fully finished posts — no sticking your notes in a draft post and calling it done. Get it fully formatted, too, the works. Don’t forget to check back in with your progress (a link to the blog post in which you share how successful you surely were).
Tips for if you get stuck of if the going gets tough:
• Work backwards (Start with the book you’ve most recently finished. It’s likely to be easier to review, which will help build momentum.)
• Take breaks often.
• Feel stuck in a rut? Break free! Abandon the usual format or template.
• Conversely, Get all the formatty stuff done all at once and then come back and fill in the content.
• If you’re really, really having a hard time, maybe ask your readers to ask you questions about the books. Answering the questions in your post may help get you going.
Do you have any review-writing catch-up tips? Dish!
I had declined to join the Bloggiesta (a blogging fiesta, a fun time to work on your blog while others are working on their blogs), but now it’s here and I can’t stay away. I’ve got some bloggy projects that I was planning to tackle today anyway, so what the heck, right? My list is pretty short, partly because I don’t want to guilt-trip myself. But also because I think Saturday and Sunday are going to be pretty busy as-is.
- update sidebars
- update links on Books Read
- write post for Saturday
- update pages
- rewrite About?
- draft, schedule baby knits post
There’s plenty more I could add, but like I said, I don’t want to overwhelm myself. If I get extra ambitious, I’ll add things here and cross them off as they’re completed.
(Bloggiesta, created by Natasha, is being hosted this time by Suey and Danielle. It’s not to late to join in the fun!
Welcome, fellow Bloggiesta-ers! 10 Things Bloggers Should Not Do is a guest post by Onibalusi Bamidele on Daily Blog Tips, and the content is beneficial for newbie bloggers and the more *ahem* experienced among us as well.
To entice you, a brief excerpt:
10. You Must Not Throw Mud Around
9. You Must Not Have An Unreadable/Unnavigable Site
8. You Must Not Ignore Networking
7. You Must Not Ignore SEO
Now, the challenge.
- Read the post, 10 Things Bloggers Should Not Do.
- Rate yourself (on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being muy excellente) on each point. How are you doing?
- Brainstorm examples of what you can/will do to improve your ratings in those areas that could use improvement. And/or:
- If you feel you’re doing particularly great in one area, share examples of how you’ve reached such excellence.
Once you’ve done that, post it on your blog and come back here to leave a link, or at least share the highlights in a comment here.
On to a better blog! Happy Bloggiesta!
Edited to add: One of the many articles about search engine optimization (SEO) for blogs, from ProBlogger.
I’ve got a bunch of stuff to do this weekend, and I’m thrilled that I finally get to participate in Bloggiesta! If nothing else, this post serves to tell you not to fear if things get a bit wonky in these parts over the weekend; I’ve got my head under the hood and will hopefully get things tuned up and in better shape than they were before!
• patterns page I didn’t do this exactly, but what I did implement is more than a stop-gap.
• catch up on archiving words
• draft and schedule words posts into the future
• alpha by author review archive?
• attempt fiber arts top-level page, sted knitting (is it even possible? Not sure.)
• Start drafting content for daily Lenten posts (So excited about this!)
• redo about page
• revamp review policy Neither of these is perfect yet, but they’re improved.
• WRITE REVIEWS
The biggest (read: most urgent) task is to:
• finish stuff up for Rene Gutteridge Week (next week, eek!)
Other stuff accomplished
• Email best practices mini-challenge at Hey Lady
• Bookshelf organization mini-challenge at Jenn’s Bookshelves
• Wrote a fiber arts / finished object Friday post.
• Setting goals mini-challenge from My Friend Amy
I’m also excited to be hosting a mini-challenge for this Bloggiesta!