It’s Mini Bloggiesta this weekend, January 25–26!
Bloggiesta is a twice-yearly event when book bloggers around the world devote even more time than usual to sprucing their blogs, especially to doing the niggling things that would never get done otherwise. But two Bloggiestas a year was not enough, so by popular demand, the valiant organizers – Suey from It’s All About Books and Danielle from There’s A Book – set up two Mini Bloggiestas, and regular Twitter chats. Follow @Bloggiesta on Twitter, and join the Saturday night chat using the hashtag #bloggiesta, at 9 p.m. EST.
New to Bloggiesta? Check out the About page on the Bloggiesta blog.
Mini Bloggiesta To-Do List
Fix categories again (e.g. Move Cape & the Islands to sub-category of Massachusetts) DONE – I converted all the countries from tags to categories. I think this is reversing something I did the last time I reorganized categories, so I may change it back next Bloggiesta if my category list seems too long and unwieldy again.
Change Akismet settings on the advice of April of My Shelf Confessions (@shelfconfession) DONE – A recent barrage of spam messages (hundreds per day) seems to have abated, but with a little change to the code given to me by April, I’ve told the Akismet plug-in to empty the spam folder daily. (Thank you, April!) If you’re interested in plugins, I found her post My Favorite WordPress Plugins to be very helpful during the last Bloggiesta, and followed a lot of her recommendations.
Go through other plug-ins and widgets to make sure they’re up-to-date DONE
Delete plug-ins and remove widgets that are no longer in use DONE
Add a book list to Book List page
Set up a giveaway for Giveaways page DONE – Enter the $15 B&N gift card giveaway here!
Schedule two reviews and/or reader’s advisory-related posts
Thank my most frequent commenters from 2013 DONE – Thanked my most faithful commenters through Twitter: Charlie at The Worm Hole, Candace of Beth Fish Reads, Care of Care’s Online Book Club, and Jennifer of The Relentless Reader. Thanks again, girls, if you’re reading this!