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Bloggiesta: Update #2

So far, I've put in about 9 hours of work on my blog since yesterday morning. Here's what I've accomplished so far during this Bloggiesta:
  • Made list of things to complete during Bloggiesta
  • Registered My Book Retreat on Technorati
  • Researched mini challenges and chose two to participate in: Write Your Blogging To-Do List and Your Review Policy
  • Updated review policy ~ completed mini challenge
  • Assessed both blogs, looking at popular pages and labels, as well as other stats; also set some short and long-term goals and created to-do list ~ completed mini challenge
  • Researched the way other blogs use Pages
  • Looked at other blogs’ review policies to get ideas on what to include
  • Updated templates for both blogs ~ a couple times each since the first templates I chose messed up the images
  • Created pages for My Book Retreat: About Me, Review Policy, My Reviews
  • Updated challenge pages
  • Created alphabetical list of all reviews that appear on My Book Retreat ~ you can see this if you click on the My Reviews link at the top of the page
  • Reorganized TBR list in a simple Word table
  • Wrote CSN Stores review
  • Wrote review of Because I am Your Daddy for What My Child Is Reading meme
I'm going to work some more tonight, and of course tomorrow. Here's what I still plan to work on:
  • Clean up my blog email
  • Create a list of publicists and other contacts, along with the books I've reviewed for them
  • Create links on sidebar to authors/publicists
  • Create list of article ideas for the Triangle Mommies blog
  • Publish Flag Day post on Triangle Mommies
  • Review/clean up sidebars on both blogs
  • Review/revise categories on Book Retreat
  • Review/revise list of topic ideas for Just Playin’ Around
  • Create button for Summer Reading Challenge I’ve decided to host
  • Write up announcement post about Summer Reading Challenge
  • Review followers list, and visit their blogs
  • Contact authors/publicists re: guest posts
There are a few other things on my original to-do list that I may get to, but these are my main goals for the remainder of Bloggiesta. How are you doing with your list? Are you checking things off and getting things done? And what do you think of the new templates? What do you like? What don't you like? Should I try something different?


  1. What a HUGE accomplishment :) Congrats! Look forward to seeing your challenge for the summer reading!

    Hoping you get it all done but know that no matter what you have accomplished much :)

    Have a blessed weekend

  2. I'm impressed and jealous! You've done a good job. I wish I had been able to put as much work in on my blog. Seeing how far you've gone, I'm sure you can get the remainder of your list done. Keep up the good work!

  3. This is my first visit and I love the look of your blog! It sounds like you've gotten a lot done. I just had one big thing on my to-do list that I'm still working on.


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