My Bloggiesta Wrap-Up


So I didn’t get to spend nearly as much time on Bloggiesta as I had hoped. In fact my weekend plans abruptly changed on Thursday evening and I ended up not being at home hardly at all. However, I was able to get a few things done.

Here is my original list:

  • New layout √
  • Work on my review index
  • Schedule some posts
  • Clean out my Google Reader √
  • Work on a blog calendar √
  • Whip up a few more recipe posts √
  • Find better social media buttons √
  • And anything else I can think of

So what exactly did I accomplish?

Well, I found a new layout (what do you think?) which happened to have social media buttons integrated in it (a twofer, lol!)

I cleaned out my Google Reader. I was only able to clean out the subscriptions that were inactive. I had also hoped to go through the posts I had either starred or saved in order to write down book recommendations – but I didn’t get that part done.

I got my recipe posts scheduled for every Thursday through November 1st. And I’m going to make 3 new recipes this month and will be able to schedule them as I make them. I plan on starting to participate in the weekly Weekend Cooking event from now on.

And I worked on my blog calendar. I was able to get it all put together and I’m very excited about it!

(I used PicMonkey to make that super cool collage – a tip I learned from Trish (@TriniCapini) via Twitter during Bloggiesta!)

Overall I’m quite pleased with the progress I made on my blog – even if I didn’t have half of the time I anticipated having when I originally signed up. I’m a little bummed that I wasn’t able to work on my review index at all – that really needs to get done, ASAP! The only posts I was able to schedule were my recipe posts – I had hoped to get a few other things scheduled, but it didn’t work out that way.

Either way I had a great time. Maybe next time I will be able to do a little bit more (including more socializing) but I did find some great new blogs that I’m going to have to spend some time exploring 🙂

Watch for a Garrett 4 month update tomorrow 🙂




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Woo-Hoo, today is the day. Bloggiesta begins 🙂

To quickly recap, here’s what I hope to accomplish (or at least try to since my weekend plans changed abruptly yesterday and I won’t be home nearly as much this weekend)

  • New layout – HOORAY! I finally found one I liked – please let me know what you think about it 🙂
  • Work on my review index
  • Schedule some posts
  • Clean out my Google Reader
  • Work on a blog calendar
  • Whip up a few more recipe posts
  • Find better social media buttons – I got a two for one – I was able to find a new layout that included some social media buttons!
  • And anything else I can think of

I’ve already got a head start on a blog calendar, but I’m still putting a few finishing touches on it before I will be ready to showcase what I’ve got 🙂 Plus Trish at Love, Laughter, Insanity has this as a mini-challenge and I want to read through her ideas before I finish it anyway 🙂

My goal is to have recipes scheduled every Thursday for the rest of the year – I already have the next 3 ready to go! Hooray!

Now I’m off to take care of baby Garrett —- uhhh, work on my blog, haha! (This is going to be a very hard weekend for me to participate as much as I had hoped to, but I’m determined to make do with what I’ve got)



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Well, finally! I’m actually going to get to participate in Bloggiesta! The last few times it’s been going on I haven’t been able to participate for one reason or another. But this time I will get to. Although probably not as much as I would like to – since I have Garrett and that’s my dad’s birthday weekend and we will have to go up to my parents house for his party one day. Either way, I will get to participate and I have a lot of things I want (READ: NEED!) to accomplish!

So here’s my list of things that I want to accomplish:

  • New layout – yeah, I’ve about gotten sick of the design that I have right now. It’s time to get something new in here.
  • Work on my review index – I went crazy a long time ago and deleted the entire thing – without making a back up. (STUPID, STUPID, STUPID!) I wanted to change the format of it. But now I have managed to put the list back together, however I still have to link all my reviews back on it now.
  • Schedule some posts – Things like Top Ten Tuesdays already have the topics listed for future dates. I want to browse through those and see if there’s anything I can schedule. Plus I have some review books that I need to go ahead and get the post formatted so I can be ready to just start typing the review portion rather than the whole thing.
  • I need to clean out my Google Reader – I know this technically is not part of my actual blog itself, but I haven’t done this in ages, and I know I have a lot of subscriptions that are no longer active – need to get those out of there and get some new subscriptions in there instead 🙂
  • I want to work on a calendar of sorts to keep around the house so that I can see what I have coming up on the blog as well as what I need to get to – just something to help me become a little more organized and hopefully help me post some stuff.
  • Whip up a few more recipe posts – I have quite a few recipes that I have recently tried and I want to be able to post one new recipe a week … so if I could get some of those posts scheduled it would be a help.
  • I desperately need to figure out how to get some buttons – you know, like the “Find Me On” type of stuff – Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Paperbackswap, ETC. I know that WordPress has a particular theme that has that already built in but I have stumbled across another book blogger who has the same exact theme and I really don’t want to “copy” her theme just so I can have those particular buttons, lol.
  • And anything else I can think of – I’m not good at making lists. I tend to forget things that need to make the list. So whatever else comes up, I hope to accomplish 🙂

This is probably a bit much for me to tackle, considering I have a 3.5 month old baby (who will be celebrating turning 4 months on Sept. 30th!) and a birthday party that weekend. But that’s okay – whatever I get done will be fine for me 🙂

Definitely looking forward to participating!!