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
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
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:
Books Fitness and Other Stuff
Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing
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!