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Bloggiesta Finish Line

June 13th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

bloggiestafinish

Thanks again to Natasha at Maw Books Blog for hosting Bloggiesta!

I’ve spent:

Friday-about 4.5 hrs

Saturday-2 hours

Sunday-3 hours

My starting list of to do items:

  • I have a bunch of scheduled book reviews that I want to revisit and revise
  • Need to write reviews of the following books
    • Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder-done
    • By The Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters-done
    • The Dead of Night by John Marsden
    • A Killing Frost by John Marsden
    • Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn-done
  • Set up at least one or two more posts for my Who Would You Pick? series
  • Clean up my tabs-done
  • Link up any missing links of my reviews on the Books Read in 2009 and 2010 pages-done
  • Revisit how and where I really want to post links (Facebook, Book Blogs ning, Twitter, etc.)
  • Participate in the mini-challenges
  • I should probably revisit the metadata mini-challenge that I think took place awhile back because I’ve stopped doing that and need a refresher
  • Update my blogroll again-done. Glad I did this as several of the blogs I listed haven’t been updated in moths.
  • Wrote my Mailbox Monday post for this coming Monday-done
  • Wrote a post about recent book finds-done
  • Wrote a post for There’s a Book new meme called A Bit of Me(Me). -done
  • Write a few rainy day posts for after I give birth-done.  I wrote 3 non-book review posts and scheduled them for sometime in June and July.  Hope to get a few more written up before my July 12 due date!
  • Updated my Coming Soon page-in progress

Question: What are your thoughts about sidebar content? I’ve seen quite a few blogs that have those countdown widgets and the Amazon.com widgets in which you can showcase the covers of favorite books, upcoming books, etc.  I’m debating if I want to add any of those.  Do you actually pay attention to what people put in their sidebars?  Do you find them too distracting?  What kind of things do you like to see in sidebars?  Thanks for the feedback!

Mini-Challenges

I am still waiting to see what the final list of mini-challenges will be but I know for sure I’ll be participating in:

  • There’s A Book’s It’s All About the Numbers mini-challenge-done.  I had signed up for Google Analytics awhile back but never really looked at it again. It was fascinating to see the data collected.  I was surprised to see I actually had people visit my site who were still using dial up and while most of my visits were from people in the US I also had visitors from places like India and Vietnam which was very cool!
  • Cass at Bonjour Cass (@bonjourcass) – It’s often said the best part of book blogging is the community.  Go discover them in this commenting challenge!-Making some good progress on this one although it’s caused my reader list to grow.– done.  I also ended up adding a bunch of new blogs to my reader.  One genre I am hoping to find more blogs in are historical romance so if you know of any good blogs please let me know!

I’ve spent:

Friday-about 4.5 hrs

My starting list of to do items:

  • I have a bunch of scheduled book reviews that I want to revisit and revise
  • Need to write reviews of the following books
    • Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder-done
    • By The Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters-done
    • The Dead of Night by John Marsden
    • A Killing Frost by John Marsden
    • Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn-done
  • Set up at least one or two more posts for my Who Would You Pick? series
  • Clean up my tabs-done
  • Link up any missing links of my reviews on the Books Read in 2009 and 2010 pages-done
  • Revisit how and where I really want to post links (Facebook, Book Blogs ning, Twitter, etc.)
  • Participate in the mini-challenges
  • I should probably revisit the metadata mini-challenge that I think took place awhile back because I’ve stopped doing that and need a refresher
  • Update my blogroll again-done. Glad I did this as several of the blogs I listed haven’t been updated in moths.
  • Wrote my Mailbox Monday post for this coming Monday-done
  • Wrote a post about recent book finds-done

Question: What are your thoughts about sidebar content? I’ve seen quite a few blogs that have those countdown widgets and the Amazon.com widgets in which you can showcase the covers of favorite books, upcoming books, etc.  I’m debating if I want to add any of those.  Do you actually pay attention to what people put in their sidebars?  Do you find them too distracting?  What kind of things do you like to see in sidebars?  Thanks for the feedback!

Mini-Challenges

I am still waiting to see what the final list of mini-challenges will be but I know for sure I’ll be participating in:

  • There’s A Book’s It’s All About the Numbers mini-challenge-done.  I had signed up for Google Analytics awhile back but never really looked at it again. It was fascinating to see the data collected.  I was surprised to see I actually had people visit my site who were still using dial up and while most of my visits were from people in the US I also had visitors from places like India and Vietnam which was very cool!
  • Cass at Bonjour Cass (@bonjourcass) – It’s often said the best part of book blogging is the community.  Go discover them in this commenting challenge!-Making some good progress on this one although it’s caused my reader list to grow.

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2 Responses

  1. Becky

    Looks like you really accomplished quite a bit!

  2. melissa @ 1lbr

    Great job! I try not to put much in a sidebar that’s distracting, but I am probably not the most knowledgeable person to ask :)

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