My First Bloggiesta!

Welcome to my first Bloggiesta!  I’ve decided to sign-up and makes some progress on this blog and War Through the Generations.

For the War blog, here are my goals:

1.  Get the initial Vietnam War Reading Challenge reviews posted.
2.  Link the books on the WWII list to the Amazon Affiliate page to hopefully generate money to pay for giveaways and shipping.
3.  Add books to the recommended reading list for the Vietnam War Challenge (though I think this will be ongoing)

4.  Check on our guest post submissions for the Vietnam War Reading Challenge
5.  Back up the blog

For this blog, here are my goals:

1.  Add a copyright to my feed (which I just did earlier today–so let’s check this off the list)
2.  Rearrange sidebars to my satisfaction
3.  Ensure all challenge reviews have the appropriate challenge tags, images, and links
4.  Make sure that all challenge book reviews are linked on appropriate challenge pages
5.  Organize Google Reader and makes sure all Vietnam War Reading Participants are in their own folder
6.  Update my spreadsheet of ARC and review books and take stock
7.  Think up some article ideas on writing and editing
8.  Comment on as many posts in my Google Reader as possible
9.  Make sure to post at least the first Virtual Poetry Circle post of the New Year!
10.  Backup the blog

I hope I can accomplish at least some of this over the weekend.  If I even get just the War blog stuff done, I will be happy.

Thanks to Natasha of Maw Books for hosting.

I think I’m going to update this post as I go through the Bloggiesta, so you’ll see more cross-outs as I go along. 

***Update at 6:30PM***

I spent about 1 hour before my nap working on sidebars, woke up at 5PM, and have been working for 1.5 hours on backing up the blog and getting the next Virtual Poetry Circle post ready.  Including the time it took me to read and understand the mini-challenge about adding the copyright to my feed earlier in the day, I’ve spent about 3 hours on bloggiesta so far.  

I’ve started updating the WWII Reading list with affiliate links, but I need a break…so that’s 3.5 hours on Bloggiesta so far.  How are you doing?

***Update 1/10/10***

I’ve made significant progress during Bloggiesta!  I’ve been working on linking the WWII recommended reading books to the Amazon Affiliate page, but this may be a long-term project as it gets tedious and tiring.  

I have checked on the guest posts for the 2010 Vietnam War Challenge and will be drafting the review posts we have thus far from our participants.

In total, I’m up to 7.5 hours spent on Bloggiesta.

Yes, I’m back again and I think I’m done for the rest of Bloggiesta because I want to read some more of my books that are calling to me.  I’ve spent a total of 10.5 hours on blog stuff, and I think that’s pretty good for my first crack at it.  Some of these projects will be ongoing.  

Have fun everyone!


  1. BookChickCity: I'm always looking for ways to improve this blog too. I really want to make it load faster, but I'm afraid to play with the template HTML too much.

  2. Book Chick City says:

    Well done on your first Bloggiesta – you did a great job! I missed out this time by I may join in when it comes around again, although I'm always tweaking things on my blog as I go along, it's a work in progress, I don't think I will ever be happy! 😉

  3. Very impressive list of items you were able to cross off the lists.

  4. Good going! One of these years I'm going to participate in this but changing anything on the blog scares me spitless as I worry about losing everything I've got so far.

  5. Looks like you accomplished a lot! Congrats!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  6. I think I need bloggeista help too. I have my netwire set up with the reader…I like using this. I found I am up to date reading people's blogs more. It's called NetNewsWire.

  7. Good for you! I need a bloggiesta sometime. I want to do it… technically I will need some support to do the things I want to do on my blog. Maybe I will just do a mini sort of bloggiesta…..

  8. Michele at Reader's Respite says:

    oh good grief, you are busy!! Good for you to even have a list of what needs to be done…I can't even get that far, lol!

  9. Nicole (Linus's Blanket) says:

    Good luck with Bloggiesta! I couldn't participate in this round, but it sure makes housekeeping around your blog fun.

  10. My first Bloggiesta too! It's oddly fun, isn't it… my family thinks I'm crazy. Oh, well.

  11. You can do it. Good Luck!

  12. rhapsodyinbooks says:

    Good luck Serena! And I think you made a great choice to start with the backup!!!

  13. have fun getting all your bloggy goals accomplished!

  14. Natasha: That's great to hear that the copyright is working. Thanks for the cheering. I am going to take a break will probably be back tomorrow to do more..I have a major head cold, which is not helping my concentration.

  15. Natasha @ Maw Books says:

    Yay! Welcome to your first Bloggiesta! And your copyright feed came through just fine. I see it! Good luck with all of your goals. I'll be cheering you on.

  16. Have fun organizing!!

  17. Ooh, I wonder if I should add a copyright to my blog posts. Hmm…

    Great goals for you! I have been having a lot of fun with Bloggiesta. My blog looks totally different now than it did this morning!

  18. bermudaonion says:

    It looks like you'll be busy this weekend! Good luck!

  19. Scobberlotcher says:

    Your goals give me new ideas! Thanks and good luck with your new adventures. 🙂

  20. Happy Bloggiesta Serena! and I might bug you someday abt adding that copyright to whatever you said… (my knowledge on this is woefully inadequate – was there a mini-challenge or blog that says how?)
    Thx for commenting at my blog 🙂

  21. I'm glad that you subscribed in Networked blogs…and that Bloggiesta will help you with your blog goals.

  22. thekoolaidmom says:

    I'm working through my blogroll and reader right now, and syncing it with my Twitter, Goodreads and LT accts. I didn't have you on the first two, bu I think I subscribe to this blog on NetworkBlogs on facebook… oh, what a webby mess! LOL.

    Good luck with your goals 🙂

  23. Thanks. Lets hope I can do it.

  24. Shellie (Layers of Thought) says:

    Yeah Serena!