Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bloggiesta Finish!

Bloggiesta Finish Line

Bloggiesta hosted by Natasha at Maw Books Blog finished on Monday morning - it was great to check in on the blogs of the many participants and see all the improvements everyone was making.  Thanks again to Natasha for being a fabulous host!

I had a lengthy list of goals - I didn't complete many of them but am happy with what I did finish. 


Finish my backlogged reviews - I think I have about 4 reviews waiting to be written Finished 1 of the 4

Write post about author event with Pete Hamill - DNF

Write Weekend Cooking Post - it's rare that I cook much so this is not a regular one for me but I finally have something to say! DNF

Write 1-2 bookish posts (not reviews but focus on reading/books) DNF

Blogiversary post and plan giveaway! Done - stay tuned for the giveaway next week!

Immigrant Stories Challenge

This year I am hosting my first challenge - Immigrant Stories - and I am very excited about it. I need to spend some time updating my suggested reading for the challenge and checking in on the participants. (BTW - you can still sign up so join us!) Done!  It was great to see many "new to me" blogs signed up!  Check out the list of participants!  I also updated the list of suggested reading for the challenge - there are some great immigrant stories suggestions on here. 

In addition to my Immigrant Stories Challenge, I plan to sign up for a number of other challenges for 2011 and need to close out all my 2010 challenges
Finish my 2010 DNF challenges post (hangs head in shame) done - will be posting tomorrow

Complete 2011 Challenge sign-up post in progress

Plan books for challenges (maybe this will prevent a DNF post at the end of the year!) not done but I will work on this during the weekend (my own personal Bloggiesta!)

General Blog Tidying

Update my Books Reviewed page (it is woefully behind) finished - here is my list of reviewed books

Tame the feedreader - I need a system people! not done - another task for this weekend

Explore and analyze stats didn't finish - (ok, didn't start).  I have histats on my blog and check the sources of visits and search engine terms but would like to understand more about how I can further analyze my blog because I think it will help me make changes to matter to those that read my blog.  Any stats recommendations?

Enjoy the Party!! this I certainly did as I seem to have spent most of the weekend hopping around blogs and on twitter following #bloggiesta!  It was great to meet so many new to me bloggers such as:

IndieReader Houston
Books Fitness and Other Stuff
Bibliophile Girl
Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing
Randomize Me

I hope new visitors to my blog will continue to stop by!  thanks again to Natasha for hosting another successful Bloggiesta and thanks for all you do for the blogging community!


  1. You had so many goals! I was late to hear about Bloggiesta so I had sort of a mini-bloggiesta, but even I couldn't get everything done. The weekend was just too busy. I'd be interested to hear what people suggest for stats. I'm trying to work with mine as well!