It is 8:20 P.S.T. and time to quit for tonight. Tomorrow is Monday and we all know what that means. I was not going to participate in this initially. I start trial tomorrow and figured I would be pre-occupied with that. But Saturday I took a peak at what was going on and became hooked. I actually learned quite abit this weekend and had loads of fun. If someone asked me what was the best part of this, I would be hard pressed to come up with just one item. What I really enjoyed was the effort a number of people put forward in helping everyone have a better blog. I enjoyed seeing new blogs I had never heard of. And I am looking forward to getting a mentor to help me with some of the coding and technical aspects. While Bloggiesta is a weekend event-the weekend will carry forward with me for months to come as I re-visit some of the challenges to ensure everything is in order or just pop in for a refresher course.
Thank you to everyone who participated. Here are some of my challenges from Sunday and Saturday.
Kristen at Bookworming in the 21st Century has suggested a mentoring/mentee program challenge. I signed up for this one. After grading my blog yesterday I have come to realize that the coding just does not make sense to me. I have lots to learn with respect to the technical aspects of blogging. I am looking forward to this. People in the community have been very helpful-up until a few months ago I did not know how to do collages or put borders around my photos. Michelle at Bleeding Espresso taught me about links. Heather from GirliChef introduced me to a PicNic. All these little tips make the blog more inviting.
Jenn at Jenn's Bookshelves has a great mini-post on coming up with and expanding your ideas. Five ideas I have come up with:
1. New approaches that a different from other posts-eg talk about the author's home town, burial site, place where they received inspiration to write.
2. explore independent bookstores.
3. I have so many cookbooks-start cooking from them and posting the recipes and end result.
4. Do a theme-eg French food/books relating to France.
5. Relate the themes to special days-Valentines Day, Chinese New Year,
Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile has a list of blog directories to submit your blog to. I have started submitting my blog to a few directories.
My Friend Amy suggested getting a blogging buddy to help you through the questions you many have and challenges that sprout up. Sheila from Book Journey will be my blogging buddy. She is also a workout fiend so I am hoping that will rub off.
Trish from Hey Lady Watcha Reading-taught me all about gravatars and favicons. I am still working on the favicon.