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Bloggiesta: Wrap-Up

I'm so excited! I've accomplished so much more during Bloggiesta than I had expected. Thank you to Natasha at Maw Books Blog for hosting this event! It was my first time participating and it was so rewarding! Thanks also to those who hosted the mini-challenges I joined. I didn't devote much time to mini-challenges, but I did manage to complete:
  • Comment Challenge at Mother Reader ~ commented on 10 blogs new to me
  • Footers at Bookalicious ~ added footer to My Book Retreat
I also finished tons of work on my blogs. I worked for 5 hours on Friday, 3 1/2 hours on Saturday and 5 hours on Sunday, for a total of 13 1/2 hours. Here's what I accomplished:
  • Made lists of things to work on during Bloggiesta
  • Updated profile and published on both blogs
  • Wrote and published Review Policy for My Book Retreat
  • Cleaned up labels on both blogs
  • Reviewed stats and visitor paths
  • Posted What My Child Is Reading for this week
  • Researched other memes/challenges to join
  • Signed up for new challenge and posted about it
  • Signed up for Book Blogs and browsed forums
  • Changed template for Just Playin' Around blog
  • Started cleaning up sidebar on Just Playin' Around
  • Created a calendar printable and published on Just Playin' Around
  • Created bulleted list of why I blog (for each blog) to help me focus better
  • Updated blogrolls
  • Reviewed and updated blog settings
  • Updated challenge posts on My Book Retreat
  • Finished cleaning up sidebars on both blogs
  • Wrote 10 comments on blogs new to me to complete the Comment Challenge
  • Added footer to My Book Retreat for Footer Challenge
  • Commented on blogs that have commented on mine lately
  • Researched future topic ideas
  • Wrote sample letters to publishers
  • Created spreadsheet for tracking 2010 reading and challenges
  • Updated font sizes on My Book Retreat
  • Responded to email responses to comments
  • Created list of books to review soon
  • Wrote and posted Science Sunday post on Just Playin' Around
  • Wrote drafts of future posts
  • Set up file to keep track of books I learn about on other blogs
  • Created spreadsheet with list of topic ideas for Just Playin’ Around
I did not get around to creating a new banner for Just Playin' Around, nor did I send out emails to publishers as I was hoping. But I got so much done, I'm sure I'll have time to do those things later. Check out the Bloggiesta Finish Line to see what everyone else accomplished!


  1. Congrats on the big finish - you did really well. I love the Bloggiesta for getting down and doing all the detail work.


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