Sunday, June 21, 2009

Blogietsa Finishing Line

Hello all!

So after 14 hours of working on my blog I've done the following!

  • Finished ALL the mini-challenges
  • Due to those challenges:
  • Cleaned up my feeds/reader/folders on Google Reader
  • Made a back-up post for a rainy day using a list post where I talked about how awesome libraries are (see my blog on a later, rainy day for that post)
  • Added at least 20 more blogs to follow and commented at least 40 - 50 times total.
  • Set up a google alert for my blog and young adult book blogs
  • Came up with an elevator pitch, which I used to help revamp my about and later on use in meta data
  • Added my blog to some lists YA Blagosphere and YA Book Blog Directory
  • Changed my background, updated links, made my blog reviews look nicer, reformatted pictures, changed my layout, added a few widgets, and much more
  • Made a book blogging buddy and actually we spend like two hours chatting about our blogs last night while we worked on ours.
  • Got a flavicon and gravatar woot!
  • Anchored text correctly :) Had to go and change a bunch of stuff on my old blogs!
  • Read a bazillion articles (or so it seemed) on improving my blog and found myself rewriting some old blogs so they were more well-written.
  • Got my site graded - a 36 to begin with and worked for a few hours on meta data and a billion other things (still don't completely understand certain parts...) and raised my score to a 55.
I really had a ton of fun doing this and learned buttloads. As a newer blogger, I didn't know a lot of the stuff discussed and was glad to go about fixing what needed to be fixed. I didn't really expect to spend more than 8 hours on the blog and was surprised when I had clocked 14 - by then my head was aching and my TBR pile was glaring at me in disgust.

Which now reminds me that I have two book reviews to post. :)

A blogger's job is never done.


  1. Great job! I love the background!
    I noticed that you're a librarian in IL-I used to live in Chicago after college (and I went to school in Bourbonnais). Are you going to ALA? I'm hoping to meet up with other librarian/bloggers while I'm there! I think there's a blogger meetup session I added to my planning calendar thing.

  2. Congratz! Lots of work done, that is awesome!

  3. awesome job! i leaned about so much too! i had no idea on some of that stuff! i got the favicon all figured out! thanks!

  4. Great job Kristen! Sorry, I'm so late in leaving a comment. 14 hours is fantastic, especially if you only expected 8. Thanks for playing!

  5. I hope I accomplish as much as you did during bloggiesta next weekend!!


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