I posted my Bloggiesta to-do list on Friday morning. It wasn't very long, but it was pretty heavy on time-intensive post-writing, so even as I put it together I wasn't sure I'd be able to accomplish it all. And then Natasha had to mention the mini-challenges, and I thought about trying out a few of those too - hey, they were mini-challenges, right? How much time could they take?
Some of them took longer than others. I spent about 8 hours on Bloggiesta this weekend; I was at work all day Friday and out of the house on Saturday morning, and my family actually wanted to see me for some time this weekend (go figure!), so I did have some limitations. I didn't get as much of the writing done as I intended, but diverting some of that time to mini-challenges was worth it, for other blog-related reasons.
I won't restate the whole original to-do list here - why dwell on all of the things I didn't get done? Let's just celebrate the Bloggiesta accomplishments!
- Drafting my next two posts for the LA Moms Blog was actually my first priority, and I got that done on Friday night. I'm supposed to post there twice a month, so I now I'm set into July - plus, I've got ideas in the works for the next couple of posts after that! Momentum is good.
- I set up drafts for six book reviews, which means I've actually planned my reading for the next few weeks - that never happens! I'll just need to write my discussions, rate the books, and add in links to other reviews. Head starts are good.
The mini-challenges weren't part of the original plan, but some were both irresistible and useful:
- Rebecca at The Book Lady’s Blog proposed some helpful suggestions for cleaning up the ol' feed reader.
- Emily from Emily’s Reading Room suggested that setting up Google Alerts for your blog is good - I've got 'em now.
- Deborah from Books, Movies, and Chinese Food asked us if we had an "elevator pitch" for our blogs. I didn't, but now I've got a start on one, at least. What do you think?
The 3 R's: Reading, 'Riting, and Randomness associates with book blogs and mom blogs, but it's not entirely one or the other, and it's a little more than both. The content includes book reviews and discussion, personal essays, commentary on social issues and popular culture, and the occasional "stuff I (or my family, or my dog) did" post. Hopefully, you'll find something that interests you in a mix like that.
- Trish at Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'? pitched bloggy branding with favicons and gravatars, and assured us that they weren't hard to create, either.
- Ruth from Bookish Ruth recommended using Website Grader to - well, it's probably obvious from the name of the site.
I don't have a lot of experience with these bloggy marathons, either - this was my first. I am amazed by the folks that can dedicate giant chunks of their weekends to these things! Even though we had a window twice as big as the 24-Hour Read-a-Thon, I couldn't devote a lot of hours to Bloggiesta. I work full-time, and there's only so much of my "normal" weekend stuff I can put on hold; and I have a feeling my family might not entirely appreciate my spending so much time with my MacBook and not with them. Given that, I probably should either avoid mini-challenges or decide to focus on them, with a much shorter to-do list for myself!
But having said all that, Bloggiesta was good! Thanks to Natasha for creating and hosting such a fun event, and I hope this won't be the first and last time! Hopefully, I'll be able to get more actual writing done the next time, though.