Friday, June 19, 2009

Bloggiesta Begins

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It's Bloggiesta time. I don't know quite how this is going to go. Since I have four blogs and I plan to touch a bit on all of them...but we'll see how it goes. Becky's Book Reviews. Young Readers. Operation Actually Read Bible. Behind the Scenes with Becky.

My goals include:
  • writing up my Nerds Heart YA post for tomorrow (it's scheduled to post at 8 AM Central)
  • writing up my Library Loot post
  • writing up a Booking Through Thursday post
  • writing up Weekly Geeks post
  • writing up a Sunday Salon post
  • entering this week's reviews at Semicolon's Weekly Round-up
  • writing up my review of Darkwood for the blog tour next week
  • preparing my interview with M.E. Breen for the blog tour next week
  • writing a review of The Vast Fields of Ordinary (though I may not post it til next week)
  • reading stacks of picture books (which won't count) and REVIEWING them (which will). I hope to get through a huge stack of picture books and have several weeks worth of reviews scheduled ahead of time.
  • doing behind-the-scenes maintenance on my challenges. Updating links, counting up books, seeing which ones I've finished, which ones are ending soon, which ones need my attention, and which ones it's time to send out an SOS on :)
  • Wrote wrap-up posts for Spring Reading Thing and Once Upon A Time Challenges.
  • Added blog roll to Behind The Scenes With Becky. It's not complete yet, I'm sure I'm missing some, but it's a start. My goal is to have all the bloggers hosting challenges (at least the challenges I'm in) listed. I'd like to have all the challenge-focused blogs/bloggers gathered together in one place. As I said, I'm sure it's not complete yet. But it's a start.
  • Added scrollbars to a couple of things on my sidebar over at Operation Actually Read Bible. And generally did some maintenance on my sidebars--moving things around trying to get a cleaner look.

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Paige Y. 3:16 PM  

sounds like you're going to be busy!

Natasha @ Maw Books 4:03 PM  

Not only do I also have to write up my Nerds Heart YA post but I need to finish writing up the posts too! Great list.

heidenkind 4:44 PM  

That sounds like a great list of things to do. I'll also be doing maintenance on my site... hopefully. :)

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) 6:20 PM  

I like your list because it doesn't seem so big that it's impossible. It'll be fun to have finished all of it, I think.


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