Showing posts with label bloggiesta 2012. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bloggiesta 2012. Show all posts

Monday, October 1, 2012

Bloggiesta Wrap-Up

Technically, Bloggiesta wrapped up yesterday, but this weekend was crazy!  In between trying to spiff up my blog and connect with more readers, I was cheering on the Hubs at his 5k race, making blanket forts for the Lil Dude, and hosting a big playdate at our house.  There was a lot of cleaning involved afterwards...
Anyway.  Despite all that, I DID get a lot done for Bloggiesta!

-I tried out my new layout, and despite the issue I'm having in the comments section, I like!

-I created a Review Archive for my header

-I made a Gravatar, thanks to Jenni Elyse's mini challenge

-I used HubSpot to grade and evaluate my website, thanks to Smash Attacks Reads' mini challenge

-I challenged myself to do 2 blog-things out of my comfort zone (read/review a steampunk novel, and write to a publisher to request a review copy!), thanks to Jen from YA Romantics' mini challenge

-I started creating a schedule for my reviews and posts, thanks to On A Book Bender's mini challenge

-And I networked with about a billion new readers, thanks to all the Bloggiesta Twitter chats and comments!

Overall, highly productive weekend!  And I'm looking forward to the next Bloggiesta in March.

Until then...any suggestions for a good steampunk novel for someone who's never read one?

Friday, September 28, 2012

My Bloggiesta To-Dos!

Today is September 28, which means it's the start of Bloggiesta 2012!  OLE!

Bloggiesta is an opportunity for book bloggers to find motivation for those blogging tasks they need to work on--whether it's post creation, layout changes, networking activities, or whatever.  Plus, it's a great way to meet other bloggers!  It is kindly hosted by There's A Book and It's All About Books.

I'm a first-time Bloggiesta participant, and while I don't have a TON of time to devote to it this weekend, I do want to put in some time here and there to spruce things up at The Well-Read Redhead. Here's my to-do list:

1. New layout.  New, new, new.  As you can see, I cheated and started on this yesterday while I had a few extra minutes.  My old one was a generic Blogger layout, and while this one isn't my ideal, it's a start...certainly more interesting than the original!

2. Create a master list of reviews and get a link to it in my header.

3. Create an organization system for the upcoming books I need to read.  Now that I'm getting ARCs and blog tour participation, I need to keep better track of what books have a deadline, and what ones I'm reading for fun.

4. Organize my Google Reader.  I love reading all of your blogs, but my reader's gotten out of control with all the new ones I keep finding!

Those are my tasks.  I'm hoping to participate in a couple of mini challenges as well.  Happy Bloggiesta!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bloggiesta 2012!

In the few weeks that I've been book blogging, I have been insanely impressed by the excitement and enthusiasm of the book blog community.  I knew that fellow bloggers were out there, but I had no idea how many great opportunities there were for me to engage with them!

I just found out about Bloggiesta, a weekend-long book blogger event that focuses on bringing bloggers together to encourage each other to spruce up their blog spaces and share new ideas.  Being new to the scene, I think this sounds like a great opportunity to expand my lil site, and also meet some of my blogging compadres.

So, I'm signing up today!  It runs from Sept 28-30.  Check out the info over at There's A Book to find out more and get registered!
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