Friday, September 28, 2012

It's Bloggiesta Time (2)

It’s Bloggiesta weekend!  Bloggiesta is a semi-annual weekend for bloggers to devote time to their blog.  Some people use it as a time to play catch-up or work on some blog design ideas, other people network and take-on mini challenges, learning new blogging skills.  Everyone creates their own To-Do list and posts updates throughout the weekend.  So, this is my Bloggiesta starting line!  I am off to read-up on the mini-challenges and make my do-to-list for the weekend.  This post will be updated throughout the weekend as I have a chance to work on the goals.  I will also have an after-Bloggiesta post to sum up my thoughts.  For those of you not blog-related, bear with me and look for new and exciting changes soon.

My To-Do-List:

1.  Schedule my 100th post with my very first giveaway!  I’ve been blogging for almost a year and am very proud to reach 100 posts.  I can’t think of a better reason to have my first giveaway!  I am in the dark here, so I would love any suggestions/ideas!

2.  Update past reviews into GoodReads.  Link reviews/books to .

3. Add a rating system for book reviews.  Add a sidebar widget to explain rating system.  I tried to do this last Bloggiesta too and have discovered that while I like stars on other people's blogs, it's just not for me.

4. Schedule posts / reviews – my goal:  Write a bank of TEN posts!  (Very ambitious for me.) 4/10 complete!  I have a few others started - making good progress!

5. Write post about games and activities that promote Literacy, STEM, and learning.

6. Make a list of at least 5 books each of YA, MG, and PB that I want to read.  Request from library or load onto e-reader!  Make a commitment to read one YA or MG a week. Made a list including 5 of each.  I'm almost done with my MG read for the week too!

7. Participate in Mini-Challenges and Flashback Challenges. (see below) 1/4 complete!

Mini-Challenges/Flashback Challenges:

Get Personal from Once Upon a Story encourages us to and write posts about ourselves. (@NoVaLibraryMom) DONE!

Tips for Setting Up Guidelines and Policies from Girl Who Reads shares loads of on our blogs. (@Girl_Who_Reads)

Flashback: Five Ways to Spiff Up Your Book Reviews from The Bluestocking Society helps us make the best out of our reviews: adding stars, links, and photos. (@thebluestocking)

Flashback: How to Build Readers for Your Blog Through Commenting from Book Journey encourages quality commenting. (@bookjourney)

For more information or if YOU are 
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  1. This looks awesome! Good luck! :)

  2. I'll be updating as I go, too. I'm horrible about sticking to my list. Good luck!

  3. Good list and good luck. Yay to almost reaching 100 posts that is very exciting.

  4. I like the challenge to read one YA or MG book a week. My wife and I are expecting our second child in a little while or I might just join you in this challenge.

    ~ Michael<><
    The Color of Sound

  5. I try to do one MG or YA a week. Most weeks I'm successful, but it's amazing how hard it is to fit it in around the kids (and my need to sleep). Hence, why there are so many picture books on my site. I read those WITH the kiddos!

    Hope you're having a great weekend!

  6. Yay on getting to 100 posts! A giveaway is a great way to celebrate that, make sure you use a company that has free shipping or good prices for it (like the book depository).
    Good luck with the rest of your goals!