Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bloggiesta: Final Thoughts

Bloggiesta was perfectly timed for me. I'm house-sitting so I had a lot of free time this weekend and was able to get a lot accomplished. I hosted the Grade Your Blog Mini-Challenge and was absolutely overwhelmed by the participation. Many thanks to Natasha for a great challenge topic, and thank you to everyone who stopped in and took part in the challenge!

Here are my stats for Bloggiesta:
Day One: 9 Hours
Day Two: 11 Hours

Total Time: 20 Hours

Mini-Challenges I Completed:
The Book Lady's Blog - Clean Up Your Feed Reader
Emily's Reading Room - Google Alerts
Devourer of Books - Update a Key Post
Galley Smith - Creating Effective Anchor Text
(I did my own challenge, too, of course, but I don't think that counts!)

  • Finished formatting and published my Review Archive.
  • Added a contact form to my Contact Page.
  • Wrote and published an About Me page.
  • Formatted HTML for over 30 upcoming reviews.
  • Organized my Google Reader and removed over 20 feeds that haven't updated in the last six months.
  • Caught up on comments here at Bookish Ruth a little bit (I still have a lot of comments to attend to and I want to get around to comment on other blogs as well. I'll continue working on this over the next few days.)
  • Prepared four Quotable and four Wordless Wednesday posts in advance.
  • Wrote and scheduled two book reviews.
  • Updated my 100+ Book Challenge post.

I wish I could have participated in more of the mini-challenges and written more reviews, but I'm very happy with the progress I made. I thought my Bloggiesta was going to come to a screeching halt on Friday afternoon. I was diagnosed with shingles on Tuesday, and on Friday I was feverish and in a lot of pain. I took two long naps that day and the extra sleep made a big difference. I'm still not 100%, but I feel much better.

I really enjoyed being able to communicate with other participants on Twitter thanks to the #bloggiesta hash tag. I got a lot of great feedback from other bloggers throughout the challenge. I also enjoyed seeing what other bloggers were working on this weekend. I'll be undertaking several projects that other participants completed during Bloggiesta. I want to change to a three-column layout sometime soon, update more of my book challenge posts, fix my favicon so it shows up in Firefox again (It's showing in Internet Explorer but not FireFox), and re-write my Contact page with more details for authors and publishers.

Bloggiesta was a great experience, and something that I will definitely participate in again. I just hope the next one is a little longer. I got so many ideas from other bloggers that I wanted more time to implement them!


  1. OK, I'm really impressed you got all of that done while dealing with shingles!

    And I think doing your own challenge counts!

  2. You got a lot accomplished! Way to go!

  3. WOW! You got a ton done. I am glad I got my Nerds Heart YA books read and reviews done at least. And I've been going through my google reader too, trying to visit blogs I've been neglecting for awhile.

  4. I think you did great! :)
    Like you, I'll continue with my own Bloggiesta in the next weeks. I really enjoyed working on my blog and improving it, and watching other bloggers do it at the same time made me realize just how much I could do to make mine better! I got new ideas, new links, new projects!
    Also, about your favicon : I use GoogleChrome and I don't see yours either :( I don't know why that is, since I see mine...?

  5. Great job, you did get a lot finished. Sorry about the shingles, I'm glad you're doing better. My mom had those a year or so ago and it wasn't too exciting.


    Love YA books or know someone who does? YA Book Carnival all week long if you want to stop by and check it out.

  6. You did great! Hope u r feeling better.

  7. I'm glad you're feeling better. Your About Me page turned out really great! I love the Disney character analogy; that was a great way to start out. I was always jealous of Belle and her library too. ;)

  8. Great job on the challenge! I am enjoying stopping in and seeing the participants blog sites. I really like your layout.

  9. Ruth you did a fantastic job. I was only able to partially participate in your mini-challenge but I'm looking forward to delving deeper into the results my grade report gave me. I think that will be a much larger project over time. I want to be able to concentrate on the outcomes and optimize the results and this past weekend only allowed me to work peripherally.

    Congratulations on crossing that finish line.

  10. Wow, you got a lot done! Congrats!

  11. You did such a great job! Congratulations! :D

  12. You got so much done.Congrats!!
    I also did mine but ended up putting name in the wrong place I think.But it was my first one and will know more for next time.I cannot wait for the next one!!

  13. Sorry I'm so late in saying thank you so much for participating! Your mini-challenge was fantastic and you got a lot done. And over 30 reviews formatted? That's impressive.