Monday, January 11, 2010
See ya, Pedro!
First, many thanks to Natasha at Maw Books Blogs, for hosting a great challenge.
I had a rough weekend. While I accomplished several of the mini-challenges listed below, I had some technical and creative difficulties. For example, I wrote my new Review Policy, but I can't figure out where to put it on my layout. So, it's finished, but no one can see it.
There are a few projects that will be on-going, and I am calling in reinforcements to help me. I like to read and I like to write, but I can not read and write html code!
But, let's not focus on what I DIDN'T finish, let's take a look at what I DID finish, shall we?
Here is a recap of all the minil-challenges I took part in this weekend:
•Pam from Bookalicio.us – There is nothing worse than seeing your post on somebody else’s blog. Talking about blog copyright and what you need to be doing to protect yourself.
•Beth from Beth Fish Reads – Using categories & labels to find what you’re looking for
•Jackie from Farm Lane Books – Do not lose it all! How to back up your blog.
•I added my own "Share This" widget. This is something I've been wanting to do for a while, and something that I've been able to help other bloggers with. It took me two hours to figure out, hopefully it won't take other bloggers half as long!
•Rebecca from The Book Lady’s Blog – 2010 Resolutions. You know you got them! (I have more below)
Part A - Many thanks to Kate at The Never Ending Shelf for patiently trying to help me add tabs. The tabs for easy navigation aren't so easy to add to this blog. I'm still working on it, but I had to thank Katie for all her help!
•Jill at Fizzy Thoughts – Just when you thought the feed reader was halfway managed Jill asks you to visit other bloggers. Google Reader is a little out of control, I need to clean it up.
•Rebecca from The Book Lady’s Blog – 2010 Resolutions. You know you got them! I wrote my review policies and FTC Statements. I still have a few items on my list of resolutions that will be on-going.
•Pam from MotherReader - Blogging is about community, so check out this Comment Challenge (watch for a Mr. Linky to be up on Saturday for you to complete this challenge). I spent a lot of time commenting on blogs this weekend, and it showed me that I need to work more commenting time into my week so I can catch up with other bloggers.
•Chelle from Tempting Persephone – You have some great content. But can people find it? Here’s showing off the best of the best. I changed some things around to include my favorite review of the week on my left side-bar. My book recommendation of the week will link directly to my favorite reviews.
•Ruth from Bookish Ruth – Have you ever had your blog anaylzed? Now’s the chance! My score was not too shabby; however, I'm going to keep it to myself and let everyone know how much I've IMPROVED in the next month or so. I've taken lots of helpful hints from other bloggers on how to improve my scores!
Write New Reviews: I need to write 5 New Reviews this weekend and get caught up. I wrote 4/5 reviews this weekend. Again, I didn't hit my goal, but not too shabby either.
Here are the mini-challenges that I worked on, but are still on-going:
•Trish from Hey Lady! Watcha Readin’? – What the heck are favicons and gravatars and why you should have them. I found out what they are...but I still don't have them. I worked on these, though, for about an hour before I realized I need to complete a few items off my 2010 resolution list before I can truly complete this task.
•Rebecca from The Book Lady’s Blog – 2010 Resolutions. I still have a few items on my list of resolutions that will be on-going.
All in all, I spent around 16 hours on my blog this weekend. I still had time to entertain friends, visit with family, and watch a little football (against my will). I have 4 pages left to read of my next book, so off I go to what I know best -- paper and ink.
Have a great week everyone!