Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ready, Set....Olé

Bloggiesta starts today! This is a marathon blogging event hosted by Maw Books where book bloggers unite in a common goal to update and organize their little corners of the web.

I have a ton of items on this weekend's bucket list:

1. Weed the feed (delete blogs from my Google Reader that are no longer active or no longer interesting).

Whew! This took hours. But I culled about 100 blogs from my feed, cutting those I follow by almost 25%. Another huge step toward reordering my priorities. I don't have time to scroll past all those posts everyday.

2. File remaining blogs into correct feed folders.

I'm proud to say every single blog I follow is now placed in its appropriate folder. The biggest folder? Inspy Book Bloggers, of course. But Mainstream Book Bloggers and Writing Blogs make a pretty big showing too.

3. Update contributors page to reflect my new blogging partners.

4. Type and schedule Kristin Billerbeck's interview.

Just got this done under the wire. The post runs tomorrow.

5. Contact an author for February's Outside the Author's Studio.

Check. Just waiting for a response.

6. Create logos for the two new features I've had in mind (being intentionally vague here).

Never mind. I think I'll have to get at least one of the feature buttons custom designed because I'm having a hard time coming up with a photo I'd like to use. This might delay the introduction of the features for a little bit. I put out feelers for a designer.

7. Write and schedule introductory posts for the new features.

8. Make sure all my reviews are published at Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

Geez Louise, I did not realize I'd fallen so behind with posting reviews at the big three. I'll try to be better, but I'm not opposed to a gentle nudge from authors in the future.

9. Update the About Me page.

10. Update the url in my email signature

11. Publish my blog on Kindle (or at least look into the process).

Done. Edgy Inspirational Romance is coming to a Kindle near you. You'll have more info in 72 hours.

12. Create a few rainy day posts.

13. Update labels.

Check back this weekend to follow my progress!

Whew. I'm bleary eyed and exhausted, so it's time to throw in the towel. I didn't finish everything on my list but I got some pretty big projects done like the Kindle and the feed weed. I participated in one bloggiesta challenge too. Overall, this was a successful weekend. Now I could use a siesta!


  1. Hi Joy!

    I'm thrilled that you are participating in Bloggiesta! Do let me know if you need any help or have any questions.

  2. Love your list! I've gleaned a few ideas too, so thank you. Her's my list, if you're interested. Hope you have a great time!

  3. You have such a list! LOL Hope you accomplish it all. I, for one, look forward to reading your posts. Happy Friday! :o)

  4. Phew, I'm exhausted! :P It feels to get such work done, though right?? I need to go write my blog for next week... :)

  5. I like your list, looking forward to seeing the blog afterwards. Doesn't it feel good just to MAKE the list? Now onwards to do it! I should probably do something with my e-mail signature too.. it's boring.

  6. I have an award for you at my blog!! You can pick up here: , but if not, that is completely fine! Just want you to know you and your blog are appreciated.

  7. Wow, you have a lot to do this weekend. I'll be interested to see what your new features are.

  8. I wanted to let you know you've had some great stuff up lately. I usually find myself reading blogs in clumps lately and I enjoyed catching up. Especially the interview with Michael Phillips and hearing about your new contributors. Can't wait to see what you have in store for 2011!

  9. @Natasha- I'm excited to be participating this year. I was an unofficial particpant last time. It was fun to watch everyone's progress.

    @Tina- I'm heading over to take a peek next. I've barely lifted my head from this computer since this marathon started. But I'll return your visit soon.

    @Larri- You are such a sweet friend. Thanks for stopping by. :)

    @Casey- I'm exhausted working on it all. But hopefully once I clean house I'll be set for a while. Thanks so much for thinking of me with the award!

    @Wallace- Hello! Thanks for stopping by. The email signature is pretty easy to fix. I wish all my tasks were that easy.

    @Julia!!!!! Where have you been my friend? :) Thanks for sticking with me. I know how busy life gets. One of my features is actually inspired by our little visit this fall. More info to come...

  10. Joy, Now you really have me curious. Can't wait to see :)


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