It’s Bloggiesta time!

Bloggiesta Spring 2014

Okay, the fact that Bloggiesta started on Thursday and I am only just posting about it on Saturday evening shows that I don’t have a whole four days of intensive blog updating planned, but I do have some goals for the next 24 hours and have already been hopping around looking at other people’s Bloggiesta plans and challenges.

So: what is Bloggiesta? It’s essentially a collaborative spring clean for book bloggers (except that there’s more than one per year, so they’re not all in spring, but this one is, so the analogy works this time). Some people do a complete redesign or overhaul of their site, others post useful hints and tips about blogging, most of us just tidy up a bit and have a natter on Twitter. Whatever way you use it, if you’re a blogger it’s a super useful reminder to get round to those mundane tasks or small changes you’ve been putting off or just to gather info/opinions from fellow bloggers.

Here is my to do list for this weekend, which is probably massively overambitious, as this is largely a brain dump!

1. Update my TBR with all my guilty new books I’ve bought (shame face).

2. Update my About Me page as part of the Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: Are About Me Pages Necessary?

3. Investigate a new theme for the blog that can actually handle threaded comments and replies properly.

4. Write some notes for a review of the book I finished this morning.

5. Sort through the rest of the photos I took on holiday and process those relevant to (a) a post about Amsterdam and (b) a post about Anne Frank.

6. Write posts about Amsterdam and Anne Frank.

7. Join in at least one Bloggiesta chat on Twitter – well, I didn’t join in any official chats due to timezone difference but I did chat with other Bloggiesta folk on Twitter, which basically counts, right?

8. Back up blog (I almost forgot to include this – thank you Whitney for the reminder!) – this caused me great hassle as my blog host had changed some settings and our internet connection has been flaky this weekend, but I got there in the end! Possibly at the expense of ticking off some other things on this list, and also a little part of my sanity.

9. Update my Popular Science Reading Challenge page.

10. Read!

Sorry to non-bloggers if this is all boring. It’ll be back to business as usual come Monday, don’t worry! For fellow bloggers who haven’t yet joined in Bloggiesta, it’s not too late, see?!

4 thoughts on “It’s Bloggiesta time!

  1. Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll) March 29, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Great list! Looks like ambitious for 24 hours — go you!

  2. Kristen March 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Looks like a great list! I like that you included reading. I should have, I need to finish a book for tour next week and I’m only on chapter 6. 🙂 Have fun!

  3. Jessica @ Books: A true story March 30, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Did you ever find any good themes you like?

    Creative Whim has a bunch of really affordable ones and they have threaded comments and are mobile friendly too. Tweet me is really popular because you can customize everything.

    https://creativewhim.com/shop/category/wordpress-themes/

    Studiopress has great themes, too but they are a little more pricey. I have one of these and I love it.

    http://www.studiopress.com

    You made great progress on the rest of your list!

  4. Kate Gardner March 30, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Joy Yes, turns out it was overambitious, but I’m still pleased with how much I got done.

    Kristen Reading might be the goal I did best at in the end!

    Jessica Thank you! That’s super helpful. I’ll do some investigating later in the week (it’s now midnight and I have work tomorrow) but I really appreciate having a place to start.

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