Bloggiesta: The Finish Line

I’ve reached the finish line for Bloggiesta!  Following is a recap of everything that I accomplished in 15.5 hours over the weekend.

On Day 1 (3.5 hours):

On Day 2 (6 hours):

  • Participated in the mini-challenge hosted by Bookish Ruth and ran my site through Website Grader.  I received a website grade of 80 and a blog grade of 56.75.  I see lots of items to add to my to do list to improve my grade, such as metadata, investigating del.icio.us, and ensuring my site and my social networking profiles are synced up!  I am really impressed by this resource. 
  • Finished one of two outstanding book reviews and scheduled for posting.
  • Created a contact page/review policy, which checks off my participating in the Girls Gone Reading mini-challenge
  • Updated my About page to provide a little more meat and a link to my Contact page
  • Spent about an hour visiting and commenting at Bloggiesta participant sites as part of the mini-challenge hosted by Bonjour, Cass.  There are so many wonderful blogs out there!  Over the weekend, I took time to visit more that 20 new blogs, leaving comments on about 10.  Don’t worry though – I’ve subscribed to many more so that I can come back for a visit!
  • Reorganized my reviews page to sort by my rating and then alphabetically.  Hoping that this will allow readers to easily discover what books worked for me.
  • Reviewed the RSS mini-challenge at Puss Reboots to make sure that I was set up correctly.  I’m good!
  • Created a favicon based upon the instructions in the mini-challenge hosted by Trish at Hey Lady!

And finally, on Day 3 (6 hours):

  • Updated my review calendar so that I know what is coming up over the next few months
  • Created post placeholders for all reviews that are upcoming
  • Completed the mini-challenge hosted by Jackie at Farm Lane Books by creating a backup of my blog
  • Completed the mini-challenge hosted by Jenn at Jenn’s Bookshelves by coming up with new posting ideas
  • Completed the mini-challenge hosted at Emily’s Reading Room and set up Google Alerts for my site.  Now I’ll find out if anyone is talking about me :-)
  • Cleaned out my blogging email box (if only that had magically organized my work email too!)
  • Organized my contact list
  • Sorted through outstanding review pitches and requested two new review copies
  • Worked with Mari from Bookworm with a View to decide what will follow Anna Karenina as a reading series.  Stay tuned for more information and participation details in a future post!
  • Put feelers out for my first author interview, and did research on bookblogs.ning.com for the best approach to interviews.
  • Completed the second of two outstanding book reviews and scheduled it to post.
  • Established a book review template

Again, I can’t say thank you enough to Natasha from Maw Books Blog and the mini-challenge hosts.  It was a great weekend!

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