Bloggiesta 2013 Goals

Posted March 21, 2013 by Tanya M in Blogging Events / 78 Comments

Bloggiesta is a book blogging marathon that is taking place from Friday, March 22nd through Sunday, March 24, 2013. It’s a great opportunity to catch up on my long to-do list and participate in valuable mini-challenges. The mini-challenges are hosted by other book bloggers who pick a particular topic to help participants with improving their blog.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting new book bloggers and accomplishing some of my goals during the mini-bloggiesta in February.

Here are some of the tasks I would like to accomplish during the full Bloggiesta:

* Write 3 or more book reviews
* Write a Review Policy
* Write up post to donate affiliate proceeds and find other ways to help Reach Out and Read in my community (to accomplish Allison at The Book Wheel’s Mini-Challenge
* Complete as many mini-challenges as I can
* Participate in Twitter chats (Saturday 10am, Sunday 5pm)
* Back up my blog
* Schedule some Top Ten Tuesday posts
* Schedule some Book Blogger Hop posts
* Update challenges pages
* Fix broken links
* Finish signing up for Google Analytics. Go to twitter chat for #blogathon2 from last Sunday or Biannual Blogathon Bash for more info. They are hosting an Itty Bitty Blogathon from Saturday March 23rd at 10am to Sunday March 24th at 10am. I am hoping this goal would accomplish requirements for both blogathons.
* Create new blog header – replace “food” with “books” in tagline since this is quickly becoming more of a book blog than anything else.

* Sign up for an affiliate network- I applied for Linkshare ( and Indiebound so wish me luck that I get approved!
* Sign up for netgalley – I signed up for an account but resisted the urge to surf /request books instead of working on my blog.
* Sign up for Musing of a Book Addict’s Spring Reading Thing by March 24 at midnight. Make a list of books to read in the next 3 months in sign up post and wrap up-post by June 24 at midnight to be eligible for prizes. – Post linked up! You know me and my lists, I LOVE making lists and checking them off.
* Completed Organizing Reviews Mini-Challenge hosted by Lose Time Reading
* Completed Through a Visitor’s Eyes hosted by On a Book Bender to add a contact form to my about me page and make sure all reviews are posted to my Book Reviews Alphabetical List page
* Completed Choosing a New Feed Reader hosted by Picky Girl. Expressed my love for the WordPress Reader and Bloglovin in The Great Feed Reader Debate in order to be eligible for prize giveaway.
* Participated in Twitter chat Friday night 9-11pm
* Completed Update to my About Me page – added a family collage, added a contact form and updated social media links inlcuding Google+ and Bloglovin.
* Comment and network with Bloggiesta participants – I visited 30+ blogs and commented, followed through bloglovin, facebook, google+, pinterest wherever I could…whew! Will try to get to the rest of the sign up participants soon, my laptop and I need to recharge.

I have an addiction to participating in reading challenges and enjoy reading classics, young adult, cultural and historical fiction, nonfiction and recently, audiobooks. I am infatuated with my Kindle which is my preferred mode of reading.

Here are some of my most popular book-related posts from my site so you have a chance to get to know me a little better:

Around the World in 80 Books Reading Challenge
My Life According to the Books I Read 2012
7 Reasons Why I love My Kindle
Review of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Good luck to those participating and look forward to learning as much as I can and knocking some more items off my to-do list this weekend. Ole!

What do you think of my goals? What’s on your blog to-do list? Are you participating in Bloggiesta? If so, leave me a link to your goals too so I can pay you a visit!

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78 responses to “Bloggiesta 2013 Goals

  1. […] behind the scenes organization. Β I worked hard Friday and Saturday getting a lot done and proud to share my list of goals and accomplishments with you.I still have some goals to work on but I made a pretty good dent in my list. Visit my updated […]

    • Thanks Joy, I was pretty happy with my results, I always want to do more but did the best I could. Hope you visit again soon Joy!

    • Thanks Felicia, glad my list helped you brianstorm some other things to do (I hope they were the easy ones) πŸ™‚ I am very intrigued by the Book Blogger Plugin you mentioned and asked more info about it on your post, totally sounds like something I could use.

    • Thanks so much Jessica! The About Me page was one of those that was an albatross around my neck for awhile. I appreciate you checking it out and giving me feedback. I worked hard this weekend and got lots of reading done too! fun, fun!

    • Thanks Logan, you are too kind but I gotta admit, I am glad I got so much done. I was working like a mad woman between requests from the kids. I guess it’s a good thing youngest wakes me up before the sun, great time to catch up on visiting blogs and getting some work done. I’m exhausted though, good night!

  2. Awesome goals! And you’re doing such an amazing job with reaching them. Keep up the awesome work.

    Btw, each year I choose a word to focus on for that year, rather than making a list of resolutions that I can’t keep. Last year’s word for me was Victory and I experienced so many victories, that it is now my all-time favorite word. πŸ™‚ Keep claiming those victories girl! πŸ™‚
    Jenn Soehnlin recently posted..Finding My Blogging NicheMy Profile

    • Thanks Jenn, I appreciate your support and LOVE that your word for the year was Victory. I try to remind myself of small victories everyday so I stay positive and don’t get so overwhelmed.

  3. Great list Tanya!!! Mine’s not as extensive, but it’s a start πŸ™‚
    I’m hoping to catch the Twitter chat this evening (well, in 15 minutes…LOL) and hope my family will give me at least an hour of alone time to dedicate to meeting other participants.

    My Bloggiesta goals are here:

    Have a fantastic one!
    Michelle recently posted..Date night with the hubby and supporting a fellow divaMy Profile

    • I am glad you reminded me Michelle about the Twitter chat or I would have missed it entirely. It’s hard when it’s at dinner time, I had to leave the chat early cause the boys were hungry and my oldest wanted to cook us dinner! Yikes but he did great, even arranged cookies in the shape of a smiley face on the cookie sheet he baked for his dad when our team lost in the NCAA tournament…small victories πŸ™‚

      I paid you a visit as well and glad to meet you.
      Tanya M recently posted..It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? March 25, 2013My Profile

  4. Great job on finish your goals!! I’m still working on mine a bit, I’m not sure I’ll actually finish since I think some of the goals will take me a few weeks instead of a few days but it’s still nice to get most of it out of the way.
    Michelle @ In Libris Veritas recently posted..Sunday Post (47)My Profile

    • Small victories Michelle, I’ll take what I can get these days. Glad you mad a nice dent and I like that you’ll work on these goals past this weekend. Great to follow through on what you didn’t get to. You’ve reminded me I need to add my unfinished goals to my blogging planner notebook so I don’t lose sight of them.
      Tanya M recently posted..It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? March 25, 2013My Profile

        • Thankfully the sun is shining so I am feeling better today, thank you Monika. Amazing how the cloudy skies/rain/low pressure affects my joints. I’m usually on the go and all I could do was lie on the couch yesterday afternoon through the storm. Today, back to normal, thank goodness.

  5. Your goals are great! I always forget to update my challenge pages, I leave it for a couple of months then panic when I realise everything is out of date, haha! I wish I could have participated in the chats, but it just wasn’t to be this time. You’re doing fantastically well this Bloggiesta, and I hope you manage to complete more of your goals today!
    Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea recently posted..Bloggiesta To-Do ListMy Profile

    • Thanks very much Hollie. There are so many details to remember in blogging, hopefully the organizer I did for the mini-challenge will help keep me on track, as long as I remember to USE it! Good luck to you getting your goals done today and I always appreciate hearing from you Hollie.

    • Hi Judith, sorry I missed the chat this morning to have the chance to catch up with you. Is the one tomorrow while you are sleeping? Not sure how far ahead you are of EST. I was working on Blogathon goals most of today, little random things here and there. But kids are going to bed, so it’s Bloggiesta time again! How’s the weekend going for you?

        • I agree Judith, the chats do take time away from being productive on my blog, not like there is enough time in the day to get everything done. Wishing you luck in whatever it is you want to accomplish today Judith, even if that’s just relaxing and reading.

    • Thanks Suey, took a break and now ready to get to the rest of that to-do list. Thanks for hosting a great event as always.

  6. You are doing awesome! I knew that most of my available time would come on Saturday and Sunday so I’m just getting started. I’m inspired!

    P.S. Do you have a way to follow your blog using a RSS feed? I might have missed it and I just wanted to check just in case I did.

    • Hi Alexis! Thanks for noticing my RSS button vanished. I changed my icons to get Pinterest and goodreads and lost the RSS. It should be working now. You’re getting inspired and I’m running out of juice. Doesn’t help that the youngin crawled into bed with us, kicked me as he snored and then woke up before the sun cam up. Need some coffee so I can get back to it.

      Good luck with your goals, gonna pay you a visit.

    • I know what you mean Michelle, I have no will power when it comes to chocolate and reading challenges/read-a-thons. Glad to see you’ve joined Bloggiesta as well. Hope you’re having a productive weekend.

    • Thanks Jenn, sad thing is probably half these things aren’t in my blog planners’ to do-list. I’m gonna have a full notebook just for to-do’s! Hope you’re having a productive weekend as well!

  7. Tanya you’ve got some awesome goals there πŸ˜€

    Is your blog with WP? What’s this comment app that you are using? I cannot seem to get my threaded message working on my blogger so I’m researching other commenting apps, so far I’ve only trialled Disqus but wasn’t so thrilled when all my comments during that week was deleted when I removed Disqus coding from my sidebar.

    I hope to learn some basic HTML coding as it’s painful when I can’t change much on my blog πŸ™

    Have a great weekend and looking forward to reading your wrap up post!

    My Bloggiesta.

    • Hi Angelica, yes my blog is on WP now so I can reply to comments easily (I didn’t install anything). I also installed a plugin called Comment Reply Notification so that users can get an email when I reply to their comment. I started on free blogger and I had to find the code to copy into my blogger template to be able to reply to comments. It’s not the one I used, I remember looking through Blogger help but maybe this tutorial would help you. I am not html savvy by any means but I was able to get it working. I find since moving to self-hosted WP that it’s much easier to design and I usually don’t have to mess with html code, I can usually find a free plugin to get what I want it to do. While my design isn’t fancy, I like it better than the generic blogger template I had before the move. Good luck and thanks for stopping by.I wish you luck in accomplishing your goals as well.

        • Hi Angelica, Well Kathleen at the Biannual Blogathon Bash ( had mentioned in a twitter chat that there is a WP plugin to move Blogger to WP. I did it the old fashioned way by copying and pasting the post from Blogger to WP. I was fairly new and I knew I wanted to go self-hosted. At first, I used a free premade WP template for the design then went to the WP free Suffusion template where you basically customize every element. I created my own blog header and blog button using picmonkey so yea, I guess I did design what you see now. My former blog had gotten listed on a popular blog for RA so when I moved to WP, I did lose the traffic from his site. But I didn’t have too many subscribers and I’m still happy with the community I have now that more actively responds to my posts. Hopefully I helped answer your questions, let me know if you have any others. I’m happy with my move.

    • Thanks Lauren. I was all excited and knocking out the goals. I think it’s time to curl up with Sarah’s Key and wish everyone a good night!

  8. Signing up for Netgalley is a great goal! I still haven’t, first because I don’t have an e-reader so reading on my computer is mildly uncomfortable. I’m also hesitant to request too many books for review. I like reading without feeling pressured.

    Good luck with your goals!
    Briana recently posted..Bloggiesta 2013My Profile

    • Tanya M

      Thanks Briana! I’ve heard good things about Netgalley and I love reading on my Kindle. I agree with you about not wanting to feel pressured. Let’s see how this goes, assuming I will only request something if I have time to review it/meet their deadlines.

    • Tanya M

      I’m with you Alysia, I need a week off to tackle my list too. Guess that ain’t happenin! I’ll take what I can get and do my best. Anything leftover will go right back into my blogging planner notebook. I always have grand ideas of what I’d like to do but trouble prioritizing what should come first. I suppose that will depend on what the block of time looks like that I have to get the task done. Good luck with your ever-growing list too!

    • Tanya M

      Hey Lisa, yes it’s formidable and I’ll be lucky to get a couple of the big ones done. But I keep adding goals and then have one place to look when it’s actually time to start tackling these. Hope you have a great weekend too, you know where I’ll be…at the computer as much as I can when i’m not answering a mommy request.

    • Tanya M

      Thanks Kristin, good luck to you as well. I know what you mean, I think I’ve added 4 or 5 goals so far from perusing other participants’ lists. Oh well, it all needs to get done. Have a good Bloggiesta day #1.

    • Tanya M

      Hi Angie, backing up my blog is one of the goals I added after seeing it on another person’s list. *sheepishly* I’ve never done it. Off to visit you and your goal list.

    • Tanya M

      Thanks Allison. I’ve had that on my to-do list for a couple months ever since Reach Out and Read came to the hospital where I work. I was bummed I could not read to the kids who visited but it was in the evening and had to take care of my own kids, of course. I had looked it up and decided then to do something like this cause I couldn’t imagine those kids not having access to books like mine do. We love to read together. But I haven’t taken the first step to sign up for an affiliate! I know it may not be much but hopefully something is better than nothing. And as you said, I can find other ways to support the program with all the old books we have, gotta make room for some new ones in my kids’ bookshelf. So you must’ve read my mind because this is exactly the sort of thing I’ve been thinking of doing, now’s the time to take action!! Thanks for the motivation.

    • Tanya M

      As my son would say, “I know, right?!” I’ve added probably 4 goals since I posted my original list. You’re welcome Whitney, good luck with your goals!

    • Tanya M

      I am usually running behind, hence why I only have the one post these past 3 weeks, eek! I post immediately but sure would be nice to have some that are scheduled so I’m not always scrambling to post content. Cause it’s so easy for me to get distracted visiting others and spend less time on my own blog. Good luck this wknd Jennifer.

    • Tanya M

      I do want to donate my proceeds but I know it won’t be too much. But hey, every little bit helps a child who might not otherwise have access to books like my kids do. My kids love to read with me, especially the Monster at the End of the Book starring loveable, furry old Grover lately (yea, I do a pretty good Grover voice that keeps them laughing). Even if my proceeds allowed me to donate one Grover book, that’d make me happy.

      I always feel like i’m behind with posting content, hoping scheduling some posts will help me get through some busy weeks ahead!

      Thanks for the good wishes Kristilyn, I’m gonna need it. Good luck to you as well.

    • Tanya M

      Thanks Rebecca…you’ve got a great list too. Looking forward to what bookish events you and Allison are cooking up, great teaser!