Monday, March 12, 2012
Biannual Blogathon Bash: Finish
Today was the last day to participate in the Biannual Blogathon Bash, and while I started late and then came down with the cold that could turn anyone's head into mush, I still had fun and completed a few of my goals. I even looked into a few of the mini-challenges and had fun with those.
Here is what I accomplished from my to-do list:
* Add current giveaways on sidebar DONE!
* Find more places to promote giveaways, share links, etc. DONE!
I did a little research and joined two Goodreads groups that I didn't know about before:
Advanced Review Requests /& Giveaways
It looks like a great place for readers, bloggers, and authors to connect.
Free Book Giveaway
This is similar to other giveaway groups I have joined in the past and follow, but there are more members here. I'm really glad I found this one too since it will give my author guest much more exposure.
* Write at least 3 reviews from my finished books for review pile PARTIALLY DONE
I didn't get the chance to write any more general reviews this weekend, but did remember that I have a mini-review sitting on my desktop, already there to go.
* Write reviews for at least 2 children's books PARTIALLY DONE
I wrote one review for a children's book which is all ready to publish on blogger.
* Cross-post all of my reviews to goodreads profile DONE!
I did this!!! I accomplished this task on the first day. I had about 20 reviews still to cross-post to Goodreads, but I could not remember which ones I needed to do, so I actually had to check every single one of the books on my archives list to make sure I wasn't missing any. I think from now on I will have to cross-post all my reviews the moment they get published. This took at least 2 hours of my time to fix!
* Mark all dates on calendar when posts will appear PARTIALLY DONE
I only managed to get March's calendar and a little of April's done, but now I know what I should be working on each week which will make my life much easier, at least for a little while.
These are the mini-challenges I looked into during the weekend. There is a list of all of them here. Some of them were just fun and some of them were
Name our mascots:
This was a simple little challenge, just to comment with the names we would want for the mascots. Winter Blogathon is a snowflake and Summer Blogathon is a sun. They are both very cute. I came up with Sunny and Snowflake...not very creative, I know ;)
I looked into this, read the whole post to see what Alexa is all about and how people go about improving their Alexa rank. But after thinking about it, I decided it's just not for me right now. I would be spreading myself too thin with all the social networking and having two blogs, two twitter accounts, etc. I wouldn't be able to accomplish very much in my spare time to make it worth my while. I am glad I know about it now so that I can do this in the future when I do have time.
Organizing Your Email:
This was by far the most helpful post on blogging tips I have read in months. I am so glad that I clicked on this one. I am so disorganized when it comes to email. I get so many, sometimes it's hard to know where to start and by the time I finish with one batch, there are ten more. It's not even all "junk mail" I just need to delete either. Callista's tips are so helpful and I'm going to keep this one bookmarked so I can keep improving my organization and save time for the side of blogging that really matters. Here is what I accomplished:
I finished the mini challenge which was to delete 50 emails from your inbox. I spent some extra time and went back all the way to December, deleteing 200 emails I no longer needed to keep.
I figured out how to use my email system to filter incoming mail to different folders. I now have at least one incoming email I get 1-2 times daily, going into its own folder. I don't need to look at them, but I do need to keep them. That saves me extra time every day to look at 1-2 other emails.
I finally have an email signature! Hooray! Now I no longer have to type in my blog names and link them manually each time I want to make sure a reply has them in the email - they are both automatically there. Callista also talked about using the signature box as a template when you are sending out emails that are all the same (for example, accepting or declining to review a book). This is a great tip and is going to be a wonderful tool to get all my replies accomplished in a fast, efficient way.
Well, it seems from above like I accomplished more then I feel like I accomplished (if that makes sense). I got a lot out of this experience and can't wait to do it again in the summer. I will also continue to put into practice the tips that I found through the mini challenges and take the time to look into the mini challenges I wasn't able to yet.