Friday, January 8, 2010

Bloggiesta Ole 2 The Beginning

Hosted by Natasha at Maw Books Blog.


Five hours of re
ading blogging suggestions and mini challenges, and deciding on goals. Too much work involved in mini-challenges for me I'm afraid but I'd love one of those copies of The Swan Thieves. The results of all that thinking?


***I will only do features I can reasonably keep up with at least cost to health and time, are best at doing, or get the most readers appropriate to my blog interest - literary fiction.

To wit:

-Library Loot Wednesday - family schlepps home library books every week anyway
-My Favourite Reads Thurday - can use older reviews, save energy
-The Sunday Salon - include books read and tbr that week and current read, covers whole week in one post-sorry J. Kaye. I'll do What Are You Reading Mondays when I don't get a Sunday Salon done.

***Post memes much earlier than I have been-the night before at least. Leaves time and energy to get around to all links posted the day of.

***Link all reviews to challenges and other generous bloggers (Semicolon's Saturday Review of Books etc.) immediately after posting them. Otherwise I will forget.

***Answer all comments, and visit every commenter's blog (I'm faithful about this part but do not always comment when books or subjects are out of my areas of interest).

***Make a Reviews by Author page.

This is where my readers come in:

***Invite people to guest post. I did this before and it helped me so much when I was not up to writing reviews. Consider yourself invited. Email me if you're interested, I have lots of ideas.

***Find a style of writing short but informative reviews that I can do during periods of lucidity and effective pain relief. Show Me 5 Saturday for example. I'm open to suggestions.

***Find a blogging buddy. I want spelling or grammar errors pointed out, even clumsy wording. I'm open to constructive criticism from anyone about aspects of blog content or appearance. So feel free everyone please, at any time. In the comments are fine unless you prefer email. You can all be my blogging buddies-as if you don't have things of your own to do.:)

Fiddley things:

***Fix labels- simplify, reduce number of labels on posts, fix labels on review posts, set up labels for 2010-don't know how that last would be done.

***Clean up links to reader/followed blogs. Eliminate defunct blogs and those of other interests who have never responded. I am desperate for space, Blogger has a limit and I continually find new good book blogs with no where to put them-unless someone knows a trick I don't. Bookmarking is just not handy enough for me.

After Bloggiesta:

*****Mail out book prizes (and profound apologies) to those still waiting.

*Think about making an About Me page.

and Siesta...


  1. I see you are making plans torecreate your blog. What a challenge! I never feel comfortable giving others advice/constructive criticism when my efforts could use help. I like your blog and look forward to seeing what you do and reading more reviews!

  2. Good luck with all of your great goals!

  3. Sounds like a good plan for the Bloggiesta. Have fun! :)

  4. Some of your goals are mini-challenges! But no worries, you'll be entered for prizes simply for participating already. Good luck and have a great time!

  5. I am also trying to figure out how to go about making 2010 posts.
    Oh Wow! I just moved my blog to blogger. I'm wondering how much space they allow!?

  6. LOL! No need to apologize whatsoever. As you know I am cutting way back on a lot of reasons are different though. No matter, I'm all for consolidating. Makes life easier on the blogger.

  7. I'm possibly interested in guest posting. What did you have in mind? Email me.

  8. Good luck with all of your goals! Sounds like you have several great updates planned. Have fun!

  9. This makes me super happy to be doing the mini-challenges. Somehow your blog never made it into my Google Reader, so when I was doing Fizzy Thoughts' mini-challenge, you popped up. Yay!! You're tucked in nicely into my GR :-) Happy day! :-D

  10. I'm feeling like I need to add a siesta to my own list. Your promise to visit all your comment-ers blogs is truly inspiring. I'm trying to be better about participating in the community. You've definitely given me a new goal.

    Good luck with your manifesta!

  11. Ole! I hope that you are having fun this weekend with bloggiesta. I have a home improvement project that I am working on with a friend, so I wasn't able to join in this time around.

  12. good luck with bloggiesta! :-) I'm just watching from the sidelines this time!

  13. *Sharon: That's one of the things about book bloggers that I was surprised to discover and I really like. They are usually careful not to criticize much, and don't want to hurt anyone's feelings-even in reviews I find. Thanks for the good thoughts.
    *Sheila: Thanks, I'll be over to see how you're doing.
    *Natasha:I'll have to go over those mini challenges again. It's the physical part that's difficult for me, making posts. I'm crippled by pain and rheumatism.Not knowing how to things on the computer really slows me down and limits me too. As you can see my "goals" are not so much about what to blog but how to blog enough to keep my readers. Thanks for coming by, I don't know how you keep up with it all.
    *Joyful: Don't worry, Blogger allows 300 followers-then they won't let you add any more until you remove some. It's more than enough for most people. I'm just a regular reading fool-it's the only thing I can do-literally.
    I've had blogs in other places. Blogger is the easiest I've ever found. I had to leave Open Diary because no one would explain how to do simple things. They assume you know how or you wouldn't be on the computer lol You'll be fine here-I'll be over to look at how you're doing.
    *J Kaye- thanks.*Bermudaonion may the Queen of commenting but you are the Queen of blogging-I don't know how you do it.
    *John-I am thrilled and will be in touch. What I like to do is use older reviews of books that I've read myself. It's a pity these thing we work so hard on are read by only a few people and then generally forgotten. I love reading older posts-They should be reposted sometimes I think.
    *Alexia561: Thanks for cheering me on.
    *thekoolaidmom: Well I'm glad you did that task then-it was good for both of us.:) Thanks for letting me know.
    *Katie:Commenting is a tough thing to balance-I'd rather do that than work on a post-it's physically easier and I love hearing people talk about what they're reading. I seriously want to comment more and post less. Thanks for lettingme know you got something from my post.
    *Kathy,*Marie,*Nicole:Thanks for cheering me on-especially when you're not even doing Bloggiesta and are busy with other things.

  14. What great goals! Hope you are enjoying Blogiesta!

  15. Great goals! I did just a little work this afternoon, and now I'm "rewarding" myself by visiting other participants to see what they have going on.

  16. You write lists like I write lists! Love it! I'm late (as usual) to commenting on Bloggiesta, but one of my goals is to be better at following through and commenting on everything that I say I will!

    Great blog! :-)

  17. What a great resource!



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