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Bloggiesta Day #3 Update — It’s Over!

What I did today:

  • Cleaned out my Google Reader — I had over 700 posts to get through.  I skimmed through many posts and cleaned out some of the subscriptions.  I feel so much cleaner.
  • Prepped quote wednesday/top ten tuesday posts for next six months — Well, it’s half down.  I have the templates ready and scheduled through March.  Now I just need to add the content.

Unfortunately I didn’t get everything on my list completed.  But I think I made some great headway on my goals.  10/14 done!  I plan on continuing with my goals throughout this next week.  Overall I didn’t really engage in mini challenges or connect with other bloggers, but I did like the opportunity to focus on my blog.

My goal list (even if it’s a bit ambitious):

  1. Clean up various pages (About; Quotes; Blogs; Review Policy; Thankfuls; RCs) √
  2. Clean up right hand column √
  3. Prep templates/posts through December
  4. Recheck reading challenge spreadsheet/update posts and right column √
  5. Update Day Zero Project (page and actual website) √
  6. Clean out GoogleReader √
  7. Connect with other bloggers
  8. Make review templates for books in TBR piles
  9. Get books prepped for giveaway (October 5th…)
  10. Prep quote wednesday/top ten tuesday posts for next six months √
  11. Update Music Monday spreadsheet √
  12. Add series to book reviews with links to my reviews √
  13. Transfer over paper TBR list to spreadsheet √
  14. Add TBR spreadsheets to GR shelves √

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Posted by on October 1, 2012 in Books, Life

 

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Bloggiesta Day #2 Update

What I did today: After the crazy progress that was yesterday, I figured today would include a slump.  But I did finish writing my HP reviews last night and started reading Persuasion.

  • Updated Blogs I Love page — This was a chore.  First I had to go through my Google Reader subscriptions to get rid of the nonactive blogs and non interesting to me anymore blogs.  My total went from 399 to 325!  Then I had to organize those blog subscriptions into categories.  Finally I added them into my Blogs I Love page.  This is a task that I have really been putting off for months.  It feels great to get it checked off the list.

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2012 in Books, Life

 

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Bloggiesta Day #1 Update

What I did today:

  • Updated my Music Monday spreadsheet — So I don’t repeat songs, I’m trying to keep track.  Once I finish  my 101 favorites list, I want to highlight some artists/songs that I haven’t featured yet.
  • Transferred paper TBR to spreadsheet — Now I have my entire crazy ass long TBR list in a spreadsheet that’s easily organizable.  That was quite a project, but I’m glad it’s all done.
  • Added TBR spreadsheets to GR shelves — Well, this is mostly done.  I got most of the likely TBR books in GR and ready to be added to the currently reading shelf.
  • Cleaned up the right hand column — Updated a few of the percentages and challenges (especially the perpetual challenges).
  • Recheck the reading challenge spreadsheet/update posts and right column — Everything should be updated and ready.
  • Updated most of the pages: About, Inspirational quotes, review policy, thankfuls, reading challenges.  I also deleted the projects I love page as it was hopelessly outdated.  I still need to update the Blogs I Love.
  • Updated DZP — Finished updating the page on my blog and the projects site.
  • Added series to book reviews with links to my reviews — This took awhile, but I finally finished.  Now I just have to remember doing this for future reviews.

I am amazed that I got through this many points today.  Granted they were probably the easiest and quickest points on the master list.  Now on to the harder/more involved points.  I decided to add some of my mini challenges to my update posts to make them easier.

Organization and Scheduling Posts from On a Book Bender

After some tinkering and tryouts, I think I’ve finally landed on a weekly blog schedule:

  • Monday — Music Monday
  • Tuesday — Top Ten Tuesday
  • Wednesday — Quote Wednesday
  • Thursday — Thankful Thursday (sometimes)
  • Friday — *open*
  • Saturday — *open*
  • Sunday — Sunday Salon

Reviews get posted whenever I finish them.  Life posts and random nonsense get posted whenever, but I love to use some of those to fill in the open Friday and Saturday slots.  This has helped me keep myself on track.  I don’t ever have a week where nothing is posted.  I like the stability of a weekly routine.

I learned a while back that I needed to keep a running calendar for all my posts.  While I do like using digital calendars for appointments, classes, etc, I can’t use them for blog posts.  For those, I actually write out the days of the month in a notebook.  Then I add all drafts/routine posts.  When a draft is in WP, it gets one half of an X.  When I finish a post, it gets the full X.  At a glane I can see what I’ve done and what I need to finish.  It also helps me space out nonroutine posts instead of accidentally bunching three posts on one day.  My crazy notebook looks something like this:

Note the crazy scribbles and nonsense in there.  The highlighted are posts that need to be finished for this week.  It doesn’t usually look like this, but sometimes…  I’ve also added templates for my routine posts.  I have templates for:

  • Book reviews
  • Monthly wrap-up posts
  • Top Ten Tuesday posts
  • Music Mondays
  • Sunday Salon

These have helped me so much stay consistant.  I love organization, when I can keep on top of everything…

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Books, Life

 

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Bloggiesta’s Here! Run for cover!

This is my first time joining Bloggiesta.  Before now, I just didn’t have much to my blog.  Now my blog has grown and grown.  I think I have some projects lined up just for this event.  My goal list (even if it’s a bit ambitious):

  1. Clean up various pages (About; Quotes; Blogs; Review Policy; Thankfuls; RCs)
  2. Clean up right hand column
  3. Prep templates/posts through December
  4. Recheck reading challenge spreadsheet/update posts and right column
  5. Update Day Zero Project (page and actual website)
  6. Clean out GoogleReader
  7. Connect with other bloggers
  8. Make review templates for books in TBR piles
  9. Get books prepped for giveaway (October 5th…)
  10. Prep quote wednesday/top ten tuesday posts for next six months
  11. Update Music Monday spreadsheet
  12. Add series to book reviews with links to my reviews
  13. Transfer over paper TBR list to spreadsheet
  14. Add TBR spreadsheets to GR shelves

Many of my goals are background and my own organization issues.  They probably won’t be many visible changes to the blog, but hopefully these goals will get me organized and ahead in my routine blogging.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Books, Life

 

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Bloggiesta’s Just Around the Corner

From It’s All About Books and There’s a Book:

Fall is a busy time of year with school starting and with a number of other blogging events going on, including Book Blogger Appreciation Week (don’t miss this!), but we wanted to give everyone some time to focus on those small tasks that fall by the wayside during busy times. Bloggiesta is the perfect event to check off those to-do lists and also get inspiration going into the wintry months! It’s also a great opportunity to connect with other bloggers you may have not met before or haven’t talked to in awhile. We’d love to have anyone interested to join in the fun!

Remember, the level of commitment during Bloggiesta is up to you. We’d love for you to find lots of time to devote to blogging with us during those three days, but if you have just one day that you can join us, or even just a few hours of one day, please do not hesitate to sign up.

If you decide to participate in the Fall 2012 edition you can expect:

  • to spend time that weekend (as much or as little as your schedule allows) working on your blog
  • to create a to do list to share on your blog and link up with other participants
  • to hopefully participant in several mini challenges and learn something new
  • to connect with other participants through blog hopping or twitter
  • to make new blogging friends!
  • to come away at the end of the three days with a spiffed up blog!

A few of the topics we’ve already had interest in through our mini-challenge sign-ups (now closed):

  • Scheduling Posts and Organization
  • Increasing Blog Traffic
  • Using a Variety of Applications in Conjunction with your Blogging. (ie. Evernote, Microsoft Access, etc.)
  • WordPress vs. Blogger
  • Discussion Posts…How-to
  • And many many more!

This is my first time joining Bloggiesta.  Before now, I just didn’t have much to my blog.  Now my blog has grown and grown.  I think I have some projects lined up just for this event.  Tentative goal list:

  • Clean up various pages (About; Quotes; Blogs; Review Policy; Thankfuls; RCs)
  • Clean up right hand column
  • Prep templates/posts through December
  • Recheck reading challenge spreadsheet
  • Update Day Zero Project (page and actual website)
  • Clean out GoogleReader
  • Connect with other bloggers

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2012 in Books, Life

 

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