Friday, June 11, 2010

Bloggiesta Begins

The Bloggiesta is officially underway now. It feels as though I've already been at it for days as I began intensive prep for it immediately upon learning about it Tuesday. I posted my I'm-joining post in the wee hours of Thursday.

Part of my prep was a task list but I made it with an eye not just to what could reasonably be expected of myself this weekend but with a focus on getting as many of the known tasks in the list so that I could collect info and links related to them during the Bloggiesta and progress could continue at a steady pace into the future. And I've already started on the organizing of my notes as a natural fallout of the prep. But none of that counts for the official Bloggiesta I suppose.

But here we are with it already kicking off and now I have to get some sleep or risk burning out by Saturday afternoon or sooner. So it may be late afternoon or early evening before I can return.

Meanwhile below is my extended task list. Any suggestions, pointers, links, advice, explanations etc? Related to what's in the list and/or what isn't but should be.

My task list so far:

Blog hop the Bloggiesta bloggers leaving lots of comments & asking questions
Participate in two memes minimum

Spend several hours visiting and commenting on this weeks two memes--It's Monday! What are You Reading and Library Loot

Get bookmarks ready to mail to RIF mini-challenge winners from April read-a-thon as money for mailing will be available soon. . Establish that I have all contact info, mailing info, color and design preferences etc. and everything matched up to correct person. Sorry gals for this taking so long. Am tres embarrassed

Organize Joystory Whiz (my note and draft ap see WhizFolders Pro label)

Study--Learn--Organize notes so progress can continue beyond weekend:

  • search out and read tips about blogging effectively.
  • take notes in Joystory Whiz in organized manner
  • collecting the advice with the links, banners, buttons, graphics, etc to do the suggested task.
  • create a task list of these tasks in Joystory Whiz &/or Master Task List Whiz with recommended do by dates
  • collect 10 book blogs to emulate and study, follow, scavenge buttons & links & challenges & meme etc. off sidebars and footers

Advice to watch for or solicit:
  • working with template
  • social networking hows and whys
  • how to get review copies. lots and lots of them
  • labels and tag clouds

Set up HTML cheat sheet in Joystory Whiz with common tags for use in posts and commenting
  • the href tag for linking text
  • italic, bold, strike, underline
  • table

Get Joystory listed in several blog directories
  • Which ones? Can't think of the names of any off the cuff. Suggestions?
  • Watch for their logos on blogs thruout weekend--collect names and links

Enter some giveaways

Write 2 Reviews

Organize Book Review Whiz (my note ap see WhizFolder Pro label if curious)
  • streamline the process for reviewing:
  • make templates for book reviews--NF & Fiction
  • collect links, reviews, blubs and quotes, author photo, trailers, excerpts, book covers and other media associated with 5-10 TBRv
  • edit any close to ready book reviews and collect their associated media
  • make a start on rough draft for several recently read books
  • idea is to create backlog of ready-to-go reviews that can be posted on days there's no time for writing
Update Joystory Portals esp the Book Review Portal

Organize 2010 Reading Challenges
  • Create Portal Page for Reading Challenges (Saturday's post?)
  • Sign up for several more
  • Watch for even more while blog hopping
  • update reading lists for challenges already engaged
Organize my GoodReads shelves and add to them. Add reviews
?Does it make sense to join Library Thing as well or is that redundant?

Organize photo files
Join flikr or similar photo site
Take photos
  • of books & writing materials for illustrating posts and or new template
  • of bookmarks
  • of Merlin (my cat)
  • of anything that might make a post illustration
  • join Wordless Wednesday?
Search out and label post from before label came available in 2006

?Learn about use of social networking combined with blogging and if warranted make task list for. I'm so clueless about this I don't even know how to ask the questions let alone make a list of tasks. Any help regarding this would be appreciated.

Template tweaks and tucks:

Replace wordy paragraph in masthead with: Story Is My Joy

add pages to blog
  • an about page
  • book review page
  • creative writing by Joy Renee page
  • Challenges page
  • handmade bookmarks page

reorganize sidebar
--add and substract from blogrolls
--weed dead links
--put buttons in sidebar for challenges, blogs
--put currently reading box(s)
--?find out how to add 3rd column to my current template.
---~or should i get new template
--?find out how to add link widgets with scroll bars for archives, blogrolls, etc

reorganize footer:
--?find out how to add link widgets with scroll bars and put some blog rolls down there
join more rings?

?Get gravitar
?Get favicon

8 tell me a story:

Bonnie Jacobs 6/11/2010 6:45 AM  

Good morning, Joy Renee. The timing is perfect for you to make changes on your blog template because Blogger is now offering us new designs. Go to your DASHBOARD and find a new button called DESIGN -- oooooh, I started to do that so I could tell you what to look for next and discovered that we can find DESIGN at the top of our own blog pages, too. Fantastic! Check it out as you think about new things you want. I (obviously) haven't had time to learn much about it yet, but it may have something you want. Have fun!

Elisabeth Marie 6/11/2010 6:58 AM  

Oh my gosh that is an insanely long list. If you get it all done, I'll have to make you my new hero. lol Good luck! :)

Jamie 6/11/2010 8:24 AM  

Have fun sis. Don't forget to breathe while at it.

Mystee 6/11/2010 11:17 AM  

Good luck..I hope that you're able to get a lot accomplished.

Natasha @ Maw Books 6/11/2010 8:46 PM  

I must admit that you have one of the most detailed lists I've seen yet for Bloggiesta. I love that you know exactly what you want to achieve. Many of the mini-challenges will help you with a lot of them (directories, gravatar/favicon, etc). Let me know if you need any help at all and I'd be happy to answer questions. I'm tweeting from @bloggiesta this weekend!

Sheila (Bookjourney) 6/12/2010 3:27 PM  

Good list Joy - hope you make a huge dent in it! :)

Kristi 6/12/2010 5:53 PM  

You have a wonderfully detailed list! Hope that you accomplish everything that you hope to this weekend.

Unknown 6/13/2010 1:21 AM  

I like that you know exactly what you want to do. Good luck!

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