January 19, 2014

The Relentless Mini-Bloggiesta To-Do List




It seems that the Bloggiesta event shows up just when I need it to. I don't have any HUGE projects to tackle but there are a few tweaks I'd like to make here on ye olde blog:
  1. Update my review policy 
  2. Figure out and fix the glitch in my search gadget
  3. Blogroll...update or delete? 
  4. Cross post latest reviews on Goodreads & Amazon



There are some blog-related organizational things I'd like to get done as well:
  1. Organize my Pinterest boards
  2. Organize Twitter. Do some following and unfollowing
  3. Organize Bloglovin'. I'm incredibly behind on reading blog posts. I need to start fresh and prioritize.
  4. Sift through friends on Goodreads, delete inactive friends
  5. Do a bit of research on making my Facebook page more engaging


It goes without saying (but I'm saying it) that I'd really like to:

  1. Visit and comment on as many blogs as I can 
  2. Meet some new-to-me bloggers
  3. Make it to the Twitter chat on Saturday night
Are you signed up for Bloggiesta? What's one of the things you hope to accomplish?

56 comments:

  1. I've never participated in a Bloggiesta before, but I need to update my review page so I think I'll take part in this one.

    Good luck!

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    1. Did you decide to play along, Melissa? Hope so!

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  2. Oh gosh, I really need to do some work on Pinterest and BlogLovin, too...but those are some serious tasks I might have to save for the big Bloggiesta. Work it like JLaw!

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    1. Those are definite time-sucking tasks. If I don't get to them I'll save them for the main Bloggiesta :)

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  3. Wow! Your list is definitely ambitious! A lot of organizing! About removing your blogroll, personally I love looking at blogrolls, but I may be the only one. I actually click on quite a few blogroll links! I looked into revamping mine to show most recent posts, but haven't found the right WP plug-in or widget to do what I want yet. Good luck!

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    1. A few people have asked me not to remove my blogroll ;) I guess I'll leave it and just make a few adjustments. I'm pretty sure I have some inactive blogs listed, etc.

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  4. Good goals! I will be out of town this weekend, so no Bloggiesta for me, but if I were doing it I'd have some of these on here. I really need to get my review archive updated... it's woefully behind.

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    1. There's always the main Bloggiesta ;)

      I try hard to keep up on my archives because it's a giant job later if I don't!

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    1. I hope I can tackle most of the items on my list :) Thanks!

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  6. I like your organizational list. I need to do all those things too! And tweaking is the perfect way to approach the mini Bloggiesta. Love it! Thanks for joining in the fun!

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    1. Thanks, Suey! I'm always happy to join in the Bloggiesta fun!

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  7. I just signed up too! Good luck with all of your tasks.

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    1. Same to you, Chrystal! Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Your lists seems ambitious! Good Luck. Your videos are great!

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    1. Thanks so much, Pat! I'll probably need the luck ;)

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  9. I've been meaning to organize my Pinterest boards too. One of these days. Maybe. Good luck with your goals. And have fun :)

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    1. Maybe ;) Ha ha, I hear you! I'm sure that the Pinterest organizing is going to be painful. Argh ;)

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  10. Ambitious list, my friend! I'm sure you'll make oodles of progress and be all amazing, as per usual. I cleaned out my closet this weekend, so I feel like I can skip all other cleaning and organizational activities for like... The next year or something.

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    1. You're just the sweetest gal in all the land :D Way to go on the closet cleaning. That's a lot of work, you deserve a cleaning break ;)

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  11. Good stuff! I got rid of my blogroll. I was deplorable at updating it (because I depend on Feedly for my reading), and I follow SO many blogs.

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    1. I'm hoping if I update it this weekend I won't have to for a while. HOPING! ;)

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  12. Great goals! I'm in the same boat with several things (Bloglovin... I am SO behind on reading blogs... I just cannot keep up. And I've already prioritized into some I read more regularly and some I check in on when I can. Eeep.) I'm thinking of doing Bloggiesta, too. Just wish it wasn't on the weekend -- that's my hubby-and-me time.

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    1. That's what I'm going to have to do, prioritize the blogs I follow. It makes me a little sad because I want to read and comment on ALL of them. But, I can't.

      Maybe you'll be able to play along when the main Bloggiesta comes along :D

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  13. Best of luck, it's a good list. It took me a while to sort out my search function but I used a difficult-to-implement code so hopefully yours is quite easy :)

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    1. I don't know that I'll be able to fix it, but I'll be able to tweak the set up...or my designer will, I should say ;)

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  14. What kind of glitch are you having with the search gadget? The search function on my blog wasn't pulling up any results (even when I KNOW there's something to pull up) so I have a new code that I can share with you.

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    1. That's exactly what's happening here, Brianna. But I don't want to mess with code :( I have a designer who does all of that stuff. I wish I were more knowledgeable!

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  15. Lots of great things to work towards here! I feel like I'm forever returning to all my social media pages to clean them up, follow/unfollow, make new connections, etc. Twitter is so overwhelming for me! It seems more of an ad agency than a place to be able to connect in an organized fashion.

    Good luck!

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    1. Twitter can be overwhelming! I keep changing my mind about what I want to use it for. More for my blog? Personal connections? Ack! One of these days I'll figure it out, lol.

      Thanks, Caitlin! Thanks for visiting too :)

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  16. Good luck on your list!

    I've been really wanting to clean up Twitter myself, but I honestly don't even know where to begin! If you come up with any pointers, please share!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Tif! If I figure out a way to clean up Twitter I'll be sure to spread the word :D

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  17. Good luck with all your goals! I hope you have lots of fun :)

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    1. Thanks, friend! Are you playing along?

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  18. Don't delete the blog roll - I use it!

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    1. LOL! I keep hearing this ;) I guess I'll just clean it up a bit :D

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  19. Ah. Yes, I need to clean-up my Bloglovin' account too. I can't wait to see how your research on Facebook effectiveness goes. :)

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    1. It's going to be a painful process...cleaning up Bloglovin' I mean.

      I sure hope I can figure out a way to make FB work for me again. It used to!

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  20. There's always so much to do, isn't there? Good luck and have fun!

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    1. There really is! A book bloggers work is never done, lol

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  21. I really need to organize my pinterest boards better. Thats what drives the most traffic for me so better get it in better shape. Good luck with all your goals!

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    1. I wish I knew what drove most of my traffic. I'm no good at the stat side of this ;)

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  22. Ooooh. The big keep or delete the blogroll debate. That's a tough one.

    Btw, I've always thought you've done a great job with FB. I think the trick is to post things similar to what people's friends post. So you're less a business/page and more likely to interact? Dunno. FB made some stupid changes to its algorithms.

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    1. Thanks so much, Amanda :D

      FB changed it all up and now I'm at a loss. I don't know what works anymore. I have much fewer likes and views now :( It's a bummer because I used to have such great interactions there!

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    2. Honestly, I think they're moving to a pay-to-play model for more views, so unless you pay (and I wouldn't), you likely won't see an increase in views. (But I've also heard that people using ads are still seeing fewer views overall.) I'm not really sure there's anything definitive that DOES work.

      One of the biggest flaws in the algorithm is that upvote updates with likes and comments, but that fails to consider that we may want to see posts even if we don't "engage" with them. (Someone mentioned this yesterday and it's true. I like seeing what's going on in my feed without liking or commenting and I don't want to like or comment in order to keep seeing stuff.)

      At the very least, it's a good reminder not to put all your eggs in one basket. I have FB to have it at this point, but I don't use it as much as I did. Twitter seems to be a stronger forum for the reading community.

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    3. Yep, that's exactly what I figured. They want my money. Forget that.

      I really like Twitter but I mostly interact with other bloggers there, lol. I love you guys but I'd love regular readers too ;)

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  23. Hi! I love how you added GIFs to your post! I'll have to try that sometime. I hope I can clean up my sidebar and finally update my Review Index. If you're at the Twitter chat, I'll see you (chat you?) there!

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    1. Hi Bethany :D When I first started my blog I wanted to use GIFs but I had NO idea how. It's easy! You insert them exactly like images. Tah dah!

      Thanks for stopping, hope to see you at the chat!

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  24. Terrific list! I'd really like to work on some Pinterest re-organization, too. Maybe Sunday!

    Joy's Book Blog

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    1. Thanks, Joy :) I have the feeling that I'll be doing most of my blog work on Sunday as well. Good luck to you!

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  25. If your FB page is not engaging enough then mine is in a stupor! I love your updates- great photos and thoughts.

    As for the blogroll- mine is of bloggers I know and whose blog/social media I like.

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    1. Thank you :) I used to have so much fun with my FB page. It was so nice to engage with other readers. Now it's really difficult. FB changed things up and it stinks. Ah well, I'll keep the posts coming in the hopes that some will still see and enjoy them!

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  26. I can help you with your search box. Blogger got rid of the widget so you have to use a work around. I can help you with that if you need it. Good luck with your goals!!

    Angie
    My Bloggiesta Goals

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    1. Thanks for the help, Angie :) I'm going to forward the info to my designer. I'm chicken to do it myself, lol

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  27. I have so much to catch up with on Bloglovin' too, and I've got a similar problem with one of my widgets which is a pain. Good luck with accomplishing your goals this weekend.

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    1. I've been working on Bloglovin' on and off all day today (Sunday) What a pain ;)

      Thanks for your well wishes, and thanks for stopping by!

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