Bloggiesta: Update THREE


Saturday, June 20th @ 9:30 PM

I accomplished a lot today. I will not hit my goal of 18 hours for this challenge, but at the time I set that goal I did not know I would be working all day on Friday. So given my change in plans, I will be very happy if I get to 14 hours for this challenge. And I am accomplishing a lot…although I had hoped to do more of the mini challenges. I will be getting up early tomorrow to do some more blogging before the deadline of 8:00 AM!

Total Amount of Time Spent on Event TO DATE: 12.0 hours

Total Mini Challenges Completed:

  1. Ruth from Bookish Ruth asked us to analyze our blog using this a website grader. My results were a score of 98.2 which according to HubSpot’s algorithm ‘has calculated that this site scores higher than 98.2% of them in terms of its marketing effectiveness‘ AND ‘ ranks 18,020 of the 1,038,724 websites that have been ranked so far.‘ I was pleasantly surprised! But there are some things I could do to score higher including adding a Meta Description to my blog title and submitting articles to which I will probably do.
  2. Lynn from Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile encouraged us to get our blog listed on one of the many, many social networking sites (she has listed a lot of them with links if you are interested!). I decided to get listed with BlogCatalog. It was free and easy to do!
  3. Jen at Devourer of Books asked us to spend some time updating old posts, fixing mistakes, and correctly bad links. We had to do at least 3 pages. I used a great tool from Firefox which allowed me to quickly identify bad links on each page. Unfortunately I learned a hard lesson while doing this – apparently each time I updated a post and used a new date for the post, it changed the link! So I had a TON of bad links for my 2008 reading journal. I’ve corrected them up through June (most of them are links to the challenge posts) which took me 3.5 hours!!! Yikes! BUT, I have also corrected all links on 3 other pages as well. This looks like it is going to be a long term project…but at least I’ve made a start.
  4. Amy at My Friend Amy challenged us to find ourselves a blogging buddy. Michelle at 1 More Chapter is a great blogging buddy to have…we already share a blog at Notable Books, and I post to Michelle’s spectacular Novels Now blog (along with some other fantastic bloggers). We also seem to share a lot of reading challenges. Michelle is an amazing blog designer and knows code…and she has been incredibly helpful to me on more than one occasion …she made my beautiful header and got me started when I got my own domain, and today she spent a good part of her day creating a new look for me (please drop by and see what you think). We’re not formally blogging buddies, but I feel like we connect in that way…I hope Michelle feels the same way!
  5. Rebecca at The Book Lady’s Blog challenged us to clean up our feed readers. I went in and deleted several blogs which are no longer active and made a nice dent in my numbers. I still need to do more, but I’ve made a good start.

How Am I Doing On My List? (partially complete highlighted in RED, completed are slashed out)

  1. Update and add to my THE LISTS pages (I’m moving lists from this site to here and will be closing that blog at the end of the year)
  2. Create Sunday Salon post for the 21st
  3. Wrote an acknowledgment post on A Novel Challenge blog for an award
  4. Respond to all comments left on my blog
  5. Create Mailbox Monday post for the 22nd
  6. Create Friday Finds post for the 26th
  7. Migrate Women Writers posts from that blog to this one (I will be closing my Women Writers blog by the end of the year since I seem to never post new content to it) – I’ve decided to keep these posts as drafts and re-post them to my blog when it seems the right time to do so.
  8. Create 2 to 3 Women Writers NEW POSTS for a rainy day!
  9. Create a summer reading post.
  10. Create a Noteworthy News post.
  11. Clean up broken links on my blog – Thanks to Lesley from Lesley’s Book Nook who emailed with a Firefox Add-on called Link Evaluator, this part of my list got a whole lot easier. Thank you, Lesley!! I have analyzed the following pages and fixed the broken links on them: Reviews, 2009 Reading Journal, The Lists (not individual lists, but the page where it lists the lists!), and up through June on my 2008 Reading Journal.
  12. Organize my challenge lists.
  13. Update blog links in my right side bar – this is going to take longer than this challenge allows. I am going through my Google Reader and deleting inactive blogs; then I will begin adding new links to my sidebar. There does not seem to be an easy way to link/share my blogroll in my feed reader…which is what I would like to do since I have so many blogs I follow.
  14. Catch up on reviews – I posted a review of my latest read (Love Begins In Winter) to my blog and to Novels Now; and updated all my challenge links, links to other blogs, review page, and Library Thing for Love Begins in Winter AND for What The Dead Know.
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    • laura on June 21, 2009 at 02:23

    I’ve enjoyed following your progress in this challenge, Wendy. And I learned some things, too. I love the Firefox Link Evaluator and have already used it to clean up a few areas of my blog. And I like your new look, too … thanks Michelle!

    • Diane on June 21, 2009 at 02:47

    You are really making great progress on your Bloggiesta Challenge (not that your fabulous blog needs improvement). BTW..thank you for the thoughtful comments about my Blogiversary, it is appreciated.

    • Kathy on June 21, 2009 at 06:16

    I’m so impressed by all you managed to get done. Way to go!

  1. Wow, You got a lot done congrats. You blog looks great.

    • Lezlie on June 21, 2009 at 06:32

    14 hours is a lot! Nice job!!

    • Wendy on June 22, 2009 at 06:48

    Laura: Isn’t that Link Evaluator awesome? Michelle was SO generous with her time helping me this weekend – and I love what she did!!!

    Diane: Thanks for your kind comment!

    Kathy: There is still so much more to do!

    Shannon: Thanks!

    Lezlie: Thank you 🙂

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