Friday, January 21, 2011

Bloggiesta! 4th Edition

It's baAack!
One of my favorite times of the year...

Bloggiesta! is a weekend event (in this case, January 21st - 23rd) for bloggers to help motivate blogging, hosted by Natasha at Maw Books Blog. I have been participating in the event almost since it started (since the second edition), and always really enjoy it. For the first time, this year I have been able to block out most of my schedule for the weekend (though I do still have work today) - I have turned down dates and even requests to help at church, yet I still feel a mild sense of depression over the fact that I was not able to get all my schoolwork turned in before this weekend. 
...Note to self - Task 1 on the to-do list this weekend : Stop trying to be Superwoman.

Natasha's list of suggested things to do during Bloggiesta! weekend:
  • Write reviews.
  • Write backup posts for a rainy day.
  • Write that great post idea from three months back.
  • Work on series posts.
  • Write guest posts.
  • Put out invitations for guest posts.
  • Conduct and edit author interviews.
  • Create template posts for your future reads (ie: title, images, linking, tags, etc,) so you can open up, write review and post without being bogged down with technicalities
  • Clean up your tags, archives, books reviewed list, etc.
  • Create a text file (or Google Doc) of cheat sheets (html codes, post url’s, etc)
  • Improve your blog template, clean up sidebars, add a favicon, install those plugins that you’ve been meaning to do.
  • Add or edit your about me page, review policy, disclosure policy, privacy policy, create landing pages (for example – an about me for Twitter readers page) or any other pages you might have.
  • Any bloggy type housekeeping that you’ve been neglecting.
  • Clean up and update your challenge lists.  Link up your posts with hosts.
  • Make sure all of your social network profiles are up to date.  Be consistent in those profiles with color scheme, images, etc.
  • Go get a gravatar.
  • Visit the Blogging Tips group on the Book Blogs Ning and find ways to improve your blog.
  • Work on any specialized projects that you may have going.
  • Clean out and organize your feed reader and blog subscriptions.
  • Create an elevator pitch.
  • Make business cards.
  • Find a blogging buddy.
  • Analyze and re-evaulate your blog.
  • Back up your blog.
  • Learn more about blogging, read great articles, get inspired.
  • Make sure you have properly copyrighted your blog and know what to do when somebody reposts your material.
  • Brainstorm blogging topics.
  • Manage your feedreader.
  • Help other bloggers, answer questions, share your expertise (let’s face it – this is the best part of Bloggiesta!)
  • The sky’s the limit!

For more information and if YOU would like to sign up for this fourth edition of Bloggiesta! click here.

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