Sunday, June 13, 2010

Bloggiesta - My Finish Line!

I got up to way more this weekend than I originally expected and spent a lot of time reworking my blog! I think all told I probably spent 15 hours - way more than my allotted 12! Did everyone else get as much accomplished as they had hoped? I still have a lot I'd like to do over the coming month with my new layout but, as they say, Rome wasn't built in a day and the foundation is there and now I know what I am doing. Thank you to everyone for the positive comments about my layout. I am definitely sticking with it now.

So all told here's what I got up to over the last three days:

  • I redesigned my layout to a three column blog - something I've been wanting to do forever!
  • I also added tabs - I am so happy with this! I'll still be adding to the challenges page over the coming month, plus I hope to add a 'Read in 2009' and a 'Read in 2010' this month too so look for that!
  • In doing the tabs, I wrote a review policy which helped me complete Jennifer at Girl's Gone Reading Mini Challenge. By the way, if any of you have any comments on my review policy, I'd love to hear them!
  • I learned all about RSS feeds and added them to the left hand side of my blog (see em'?!) This is thanks to Sarah at Puss Reboots Mini Challenge. 
  • Danielle at There's a Book ran a great Mini Challenge to teach us about stats. I signed up for Google Analytics almost as soon as I started my blog but I didn't know nearly all of the capabilities it had until I participated in this mini-challenge. Very enlightening!
  • As always, one of my favorite challenges in any blogging event is meeting other great, new blogs. Cass at Bonjour, Cass ran the comment challenge which was a great way to build community!
  • One of my goals was to clean up my feedreader and update my blogroll so I participated in Rebecca at the Booklady's Blog flashback challenge to clean up our feedreaders. 
  • It's always important to back up our blogs just in case so another great flashback challenge tells us how to do just that. Jackie from Farm Lane Books - it's good to do this every once in a while and it's so easy!
  • Ruth from Bookish Ruth had us grade our site. I did and learned lots of valuable ways to improve mine which I will keep in mind over the coming months. 
  • Drea from Book Blather had a great flashback challenge that had lots of articles to teach us useful tips. I really got a lot out of this one. 
  • I did write some back up posts. Not as many as I'd like but the ones I really wanted to get to. 
  • I put out an invitation for guests posts and so far I got one back! Let me know if you have any interest too :)
So all in all I would say it was incredibly productive and I could not have done all of this without the help of Natasha at Maw Books and her wonderful Bloggiesta and the great hosts of all of the mini-challenges. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did! And again, if anyone has any comments on any of the changes I made this weekend, I'm all ears :)


  1. Things look great here, and it looks like you did a great job in the challenge!

  2. Whoo Hoo! Love that you got the header centered, I was digging through the code on mine (but honestly someone else did it for me) and couldn't figure out what centered it. Love the 3 column layout :)

  3. Things look awesome and I'm glad you had fun!

  4. The layout looks great. I love that it is clean and easy to find stuff. Great job on the Bloggiesta!

  5. Fantastic job around here! Thanks for joining the bloggiesta! I'm thrilled you accomplished so much.

  6. Gosh you achieved so much!! I'm very impressed. New layout looks fantastic :)


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