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Friday, March 30, 2012

Bloggiesta!

Another year, same messy blog, same Bloggiesta coming to save my lazy ass.

I have drafted a list (a probably futile one) of bloggy tasks that I need to accomplish before the weekend is through. Be prepared to be amazed/frightened.

  • Find a new template. Something colorful and bright. Something to do with books as well. If anyone knows where to find a good free one (I’m low on funds) or is willing to help me build one for myself, let me know.
  • Announce giveaway winners. Totally forgot in the hazy daze that was March.
  • Sign up for all year long challenges.
  • Add books from 2011 and 2012 to applicable challenges.
  • Create Author Index including website, blog, Twitter, Goodreads.
  • Draft reviews for all undrafted books. And schedule into May.
  • Tweak the layout. Get rid of unnecessary widgets. Add Avon Addicts badge.
  • Tag all read books on Goodreads with descriptive tags.

22 comments:

  1. Ooh, I love your author index idea! I don't have time for it this week, but would you mind if later on, I steal your idea and create one of my own? It would be SO useful to have!

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  2. I love a clean sidebar! I really think we don't need much, and it keep the uploading time great! I'm all caught up on reviews but I need to schedule some more posts. I usually schedule my weekly posts 1-2 weeks in advance so I'm not worrying so much about it. I've got a toddler and he really takes a lot of time. I like to know I don't need to worry about the blog. Marathon sessions are great for me!

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    1. I say that I want a clean sidebar but I seem to attract clutter. It’s a problem.

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  3. Now you reminded me I need to do some sidebar and widgets related things, too. Oh, well. :) Good luck with your goals and have fun!

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  4. Hi there, Grace, this is our first time to join Bloggiesta, and I could already understand what you mean about this event 'saving us' by giving us the much-needed time to really work on a few stuff on our blog. Would also be doing something Goodreads-related. We are also hoping to draft a few advanced posts, but yours is wow! until May?! That's very goal-directed indeed! :) If you're still toying around with reading challenges, consider joining ours - we're hosting the award-winning-books reading challenge. Might be right up your alley. :)

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  5. Looks like you have a lot on your plate this weekend. I won't be able to start bloggiesta until later tonight but I did spend the last few days cleaning up my goodreads account!

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    1. Cleaning out Goodreads is a task I have a real fear of. I wish you much luck.

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  6. Sounds like a lot of people are looking to change templates and layouts this time around, myself included. It's a great goal! Good luck and thanks for joining in Bloggiesta!

    Stumped or need more to-do for Bloggiesta? Check out the New Mini-Challenges and the Past Mini-Challenges to find more!

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    1. A tired layout is the worst. Every time I look at the stark whiteness, I get a bit angry although I love the header and the design.

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  7. I love your list! I could probably help you with a background at least, but I don't know about a whole template (I'm still kind of new to that). Let me know (=
    Here's my list!

    ~Debz @ Debz Bookshelf

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    1. I would definitely love help with a background. It’s mainly the whitness that is causing my frustration. Thank you!

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  8. Good questions about the free templates...I'm not sure...ask Twitter maybe, lol.

    Avon addicts badge...where do I get one of those?!

    Good luck this weekend!

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    1. I will try to ask Twitter again :D

      Tee Hee. It’s a little club of superfans that Avon Romance has put together and it’s a big bunch of awesome. The badge should be up on the sidebar o’doom tomorrow.

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  9. Great list! I'm happy that this came around so I could get my butt in gear, too. I've already cleaned out unnecessary things from my sidebars, but I think I could do more ... Hope you have fun!

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    1. Bloggiesta is a blogging necessity for me. It definitely get my lazy butt in gear.

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  10. I like your blog header and the look of your blog, it's clean, simple, pretty and it looks big. But you've probably tired of it. I know I'm a little tired of my blog look but I don't know what I want to change it to, yet.

    I like your idea of creating an Author Index. I was thinking about doing something like that, too!

    Good luck with it and have fun, Grace!

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    1. Thanks! I am very tired of it but I can't find anything either so I am stuck.

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  11. Blogger has lots of new ways for you to customize your blog now. I've just been playing with the options.

    Buona fortuna!

    I'm Bloggista-ing all weekend! I love to have old and new blogging friends stop by and say hello!

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  12. How are you doing with your Bloggiesta tasks? I like your idea of creating an Author Index. Long ago I started a spreadsheet with my favorite authors' contact info, when they normally released a new book, etc., but I didn't keep up with it. Maybe, I need to brush the dust of it...

    Off the topic: did I read it correctly? You've read 87 books so far and your goal is 500?!? Wow... really that's all I can say. That, and, I am in AWE! I hope you reach your reading goal. I'll live vicariously through you! =)

    Have a productive Bloggiesta day!

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  13. Good luck on your bloggiesta goals! I really like your header. I'm not sure if you changed it yet, but I think it is really lovely.

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