March 30, 2012

The Bloggiesta List: Update #5

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Ola Senors! (I took French not Spanish.) Welcome to my Bloggiesta To-Do list. If you don’t know what Bloggiesta is you can find out about it on Suey’s blog post. This is not the list of snacks (not yet), but the list of all that I plan on getting accomplished on Bloggiesta weekend. 
    • Update Review Archive
    • Delete or rewrite saved Drafts
    • Update About Me page
    • Clean up sidebars Added an email subscription icon- the envelope, it’s so cute!
    • Clean out email accounts (and answer neglected emails: working on it)
    • Create Pinterest RSS feed as described on Mashable
    • Reinstall Ligit Widget for monetization
    • Make sure to update Blogher advertising network info is up to date
    • Make sure Google Analytics is working correctly
    • Save blog
    • Figure out how to fix sitemap, if possible (I might need help with this)
    • Do a few Bloggiesta challenges (Jacinda, April, Joy, Penelope)
    • Clean up Google Reader and Twitter Follow list
    • Write a review
    • Added: Changed Template
    • Added: Create Text Templates in WLW for blog features

I will be updating this post as I complete tasks or mini-challenges throughout the weekend. I’ll also be posting Mini-Challenge updates below this break. This is the first time I've used a "Read More" break on my blog!

Mini-Challenge #1: {Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge} What is Windows Live Writer and How Can it Help You? | The Reading Housewives of Indiana

WLW example

For this challenge, I set up WLW and produced this blog post. I’m still playing around with it. Unlike a lot of people, I don’t mind Blogger’s interface. I’m used to it and don’t find it hard to use. I am liking that I can adjust photos and the Title Link plug-in is nice though. I’ll have to play around with it some more but so far so good.
Mini-Challenge #2: Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: Get Noticed By Search Engines
April’s challenge was for improving SEO of blog posts. I learned a lot! Thanks, April. I picked my Born to Run review for this challenge. First, I found these keywords to add to the post “books on running.” I added these words “Other books on running I’ve reviewed” with a link to an older review of Run Like a Mother. Next, since I already linked to April’s review, I asked her to link to mine. SmileThen I added ALT text to the image of the book and a meta description of the post. Hopefully I’ll see more hits on that post!
Mini-Challenge #3: Pinterest — Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge | Joy's Book Blog
Joy’s challenge was to learn about and join Pinterest. I’m already a Pinterest user but because of my template change I lost my Pin It button. I reinstalled that and pinned my post from yesterday. Plus I started following Joy.
Mini-Challenge #4: The Reading Fever: Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: Sidebar Help...What do you REALLY Need?
Penelope encourages bloggers to clean up sidebars. I deleted a few things and moved some stuff around.
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35 comments :

  1. Hello fellow bloggiesta participant. Just dropping in to wish you luck with al the work :)

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  2. Good luck! My list is long too. I've tried out Live Writer before and didn't see that it was better than my wordpress editor, but I will definitely have a look at the mini-challenge.

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    1. I'm starting to like WLW. It's been very helpful for updating this post.

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  3. Have you updated to the new Blogger interface yet? I can't stand it, and don't see a way to switch back to the old one, so I might be finding something I can use to post without having to use it (I have a Mac so I can't use Live Writer).

    Good luck with all your Bloggiesta to-do's!

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    1. Yes, I've been using it for quite awhile since I use "Blogger in Draft". It took getting used to but now I prefer it.

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  4. Good luck! I hope you get a lot accomplished!

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  5. Looks like you've already accomplished several items on your to-do list, way to go! Good luck with the rest. :) Happy Bloggiesta!

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  6. Good luck. It looks like you've had a great start!

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  7. I like the new template! You've already done so much already. And I can't believe I don't have "back up blog" on list. It hasn't been that long, but still a great thing to remember to do!
    Yay bloggiesta!

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    1. It's a simple but important thing to do!

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  8. You are doing awesome! I cant wait to dig in but need to run and do a few things up town. I have some bigger projects to tackle but so fat have done a few challenges... and commented and played on twitter ;)

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    1. I got a lot more done on Day 1 but once I have the family here it gets harder.

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  9. Thanks for completing my challenge! I'm so happy it's a hit!

    April's post is a lifesaver!

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  10. I'm SO learning Windows Live Writer this weekend. I've begged my husband to show me how it works!

    Good luck on your list! Ole!

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    1. Good luck! I hope you get the hang of it.

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  11. This is a pretty sweet idea - I think I will participate too. First I gotta translate my vague mental to-do list into specifics, though.

    Colleen
    heartacheintobeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. It's a great opportunity to get some things done.

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  12. I like how you put your mini challenges at the bottom of the post! You've already done so much, good luck with the rest. :)

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  13. Happy Bloggiesta! Looks like you're already well on your way!

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  14. Great list! I'm looking forward to what you end up with when you look into the Pinterest RSS feed.

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    1. If I have time for that one, it looked a bit daunting.

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  15. You are really doing awesome at Bloggiesta!

    Also I just updated my review with your link :-D YAYYY!

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for hosting the challenge.

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  16. Looks like a great list, and that you're already getting quite a bit done. Huzzah!

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  17. You've been doing great with your to-do list! Way to go! I'm thinking I need to go over and check out the WLW post. The last time I used it I didn't really like it, but it looks like it's been updated. May have to see how it looks! Good luck and thanks for joining in Bloggiesta!

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  18. Woohoo! You've gotten so much done. Congratulations, Chris :)

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