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Hey, Bloggiesta! March 2013 Edition

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The Finish Line

This post has gotten a little wonky, trying to do updates while also not adding new posts. At this point it’s in reverse order, with the most recent stuff at the top. Whatever. That’s not really important.

I think I had a pretty successful Bloggiesta. I ended up with 17 things on my list and managed to cross off 11 of them and partially complete another four. I’m most happy with the fact that I got my About Me and Review Policy pages updated. I also added a contact form with a plugin, which will be nice to have.

But that’s about it. I’m blogged out. Happy Bloggiesta, everyone!

Update #2: Sunday noonish

Woo! I got my e-mail basically cleaned out. That feels awesome. I wish I were better at staying caught up on that. I also got my review spreadsheets up to date (I have two, one for books I’ve read and one for books I have plans to read). So it looks like this afternoon will be full of reading, writing, and researching for various projects. I found a great post by a fellow book blogger about switching RSS/e-mail subscribers from Feedburner that I’m going to look into this afternoon.

Update #1: Saturday evening

I’ve had a pretty good Bloggiesta so far. The first few tasks on my list (#1 through #5) didn’t take nearly as long as I thought they would, which is exciting. I spent some time this afternoon reading, and now I’m going to work on some mini-challenges.

First, Google Reader Replacement Options: After going through all of the reader options Jenn highlighted, I think I am going to stick with my initial switch to Feedly. I don’t love the interface and it is a little frustrating that you need to install it on different computers, but of the options it has best mobile app (I read a lot of blogs on my phone). However, I’m still looking to see how The Old Reader works (I’m waiting for my feeds to import).

Second, Declutter Your Sidebar: I moved things in my sidebar around to get the ad in the second column closer to the top. I also took out a widget for recent comments and added a widget to show recent reviews. My sidebar is still really text filled though; I’m not sure what to do about that.

For the rest of the night, I’m going to try to work on projects #9 (e-mail) and #10 (research) before going back to my book.


bloggiesta Hola! This weekend is the Bloggiesta, a weekend blogging marathon designed to help book bloggers tick off those silly blogging tasks that get stuck on your to do list. One of the ways I manage to fit this blog into my life is that I avoid doing blog maintenance regularly — it ends up being a time suck when I’d rather read or write book reviews.

But that also means I sometimes have to take a day or two and really catch up on these little nagging projects so the rest of the time I can blog without worry:

  1. Update my About Me page
  2. Update my Review Policy
  3. Catch up on comments
  4. Update LibraryThing
  5. Edit and schedule: Review: The Girls of Atomic City
  6. Write and schedule: #readbyatt: Update the Third
  7. Read a book
  8. Write and schedule a review of that book
  9. Clean out my e-mail
  10. Research for Book Riot post
  11. Review plugins and see if there are any I should add/replace
  12. Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: Google Reader Replacement Options (response here)
  13. Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: Through a Visitor’s Eyes
  14. Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: Declutter Your Sidebar!
  15. Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: How to organize your reviews using Excel (I already have a review spreadsheet, but I want to look at her ideas to maybe update mine, and get caught up with the spreadsheet)
  16. ADDED: Add tags to old posts
  17. ADDED: Research FeedBurner alternatives

That list looks much longer than I thought it would… Oops. Anyway, that’s what I’ll be working on this weekend. Feel free to check back at this post over the weekend to see how I’m doing — I’ll be crossing off projects and adding any updates here. Happy weekend!

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  • Vasilly March 23, 2013, 9:43 am

    You’re doing great already with two things done! Good luck with everything.

  • jenn aka the picky girl March 23, 2013, 9:55 am

    Great list! I’m getting a late start, but I have so much I want to do! I’m grateful it’s gloomy out today. Now I feel no guilty staying in and working on the blog. Now I need to get crackin’…

    • Kim March 24, 2013, 6:59 pm

      That is one positive spin on the weather here in MN — it’s so cold and winter-like that I have no desire to be outside 🙂

  • Rebecca @ Love at First Book March 23, 2013, 11:17 am

    Great start to Bloggiesta!!! Good luck with your goals!

    Here is my Bloggiesta To Do List!!!

  • bermudaonion(Kathy) March 23, 2013, 12:10 pm

    I wish I had time to participate in this – my blog needs a lot of work. Good luck!

  • Jennifer March 23, 2013, 4:48 pm

    Look at you missy! Zooming through that list 🙂 Good for you!

    Have a great weekend Kim, happy bloggiesta!

  • Allison @ The Book Wheel March 23, 2013, 7:35 pm

    De-cluttering email is always so horrible! It’s like reorganizing categories -_- I hope you check out my Bloggiesta To Do List or join my mini-challenge about getting involved!

    • Kim March 24, 2013, 6:59 pm

      E-mail is the worst. It multiplies the more effort you put into it.

  • Briana March 23, 2013, 9:06 pm

    These are all great goals, and it looks as if you’re accomplishing a lot! I don’t use Google Reader, but I can understand all the stress. I’m glad you found a replacement you like!

    • Kim March 24, 2013, 7:00 pm

      I’m getting more used to Feedly. It’s just frustrating to be replacing a thing that was working fine for me because no other thing works quite the same. I’ll get over it eventually 🙂

  • Laurie C March 24, 2013, 5:12 am

    I like the idea of Feedly’s mobile app, too. Great list! I have had a lot of family commitments interfering with Bloggiesta this weekend, but I’ve devoted a few extra hours to techie stuff like reducing/combining my post categories (a daunting prospect, but I’ve figured out how I want them to be, at least). Good luck with your list!

    • Kim March 24, 2013, 7:01 pm

      Feedly’s mobile app is pretty good, although it’s not as intuitive as it could be. I keep clicking the wrong things. But a mobile app is essential for me, so it’s a trade off I guess.

  • Joanna March 24, 2013, 6:39 am

    I never do these kinds of things either and I never seem to be able to do bloggiesta either! I really need to add tags and caegories to older posts though, I only recently copped onto what those are for!

    Good luck with the rest of your list!

    • Kim March 24, 2013, 7:02 pm

      I made a conscious decision some point early in my blogging that since I had a finite amount of time, I had to prioritize. Blog maintenance is at the bottom of the list, but it’s nice to devote some time. Maybe you can do a personal bloggiesta another weekend?

  • Charlie March 24, 2013, 7:48 am

    Good going so far! I hadn’t thought of organising reviews beyond scheduling, a very good idea.

  • Melissa @ Melissa's Bookshelf March 24, 2013, 8:18 pm

    Hope you accomplished everything you wanted to this weekend! I’m still working on my last task — trying to visit every blog participating in Bloggiesta!

    Here is my Bloggiesta To-Do List.

    • Kim March 25, 2013, 8:04 pm

      Wow, that is ambitious! Good luck!

  • Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll) March 25, 2013, 6:18 pm

    It looks like you had a productive Bloggiesta!