See all those checks! I did a lot during Bloggiesta. The only thing I didn’t manage at all were writing posts, but I was kind of in a techy mode, so that’s okay. I’ll get back in a writing mode this week, I’m sure. Of course, a number of these barely touched the surface of what I could be doing with them. Going a little deeper into what Google Analytics has to offer is on my list for the next Bloggiesta.
Here’s what I did (as I remember it — I may have forgotten a few things):
- Watched dozens of people join Pinterest, as part of my challenge for Bloggiesta: Pinterest — Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge. I still need to “follow back” some of the people who followed me — I’ll get to that later today.
- Commented on dozens of blogs. And, still want to do more of that today — making sure I comment on everyone’s blog who commented on mine over the weekend. I joined both of the comment challenges: How to Build Readers for Your Blog Through Commenting at Book Journey and Bloggiesta: Let’s Fiesta…Together! A Mini-Challenge at There’s a Book.
- Hung out on Twitter a lot, monitoring the #Bloggiesta stream, including at least part of all three chats. They were so much fun! While I was at it I did this Twitter and Your Blog mini challenge at Katie’s Book Blog so now my posts automatically pop up on Twitter and my Facebook page.
- Set up Google Analytics, with a lot of help from this vintage mini-challenge at There’s a Book: Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: It’s All About the Numbers. I wrote about that here: Bloggiesta — Google Analytics.
- Set up FeedBurner: Bloggiesta — FeedBurner. And, set up an email subscribe form in my sidebar.
- Since Google Analytics and FeedBurner took new plug-ins, I counted them as completing Jenni Elyse’s challenge: Plug-ins for WordPress Sites.
- Learned how to embed YouTube videos on my blog in response to the mini-challenge at Splash Of Our Worlds: Bloggiesta Mini Challenge: How to Embed a YouTube Video… and size it for your blog. This was quite late on Friday night so I indulged myself in the choice of video: Bloggiesta — Gratuitous John Barrowman YouTube Video.
- Put social media icons in my sidebar, thanks to another mini-challenge, Bloggiesta! Mini Challenge: How to put Social Media Icons on Your Sidebar at Adventures 2.0. Here are the details about that: Bloggiesta — Social Media Icons. While I was messing with my sidebars, anyway, I also decluttered them with the help of The Reading Fever challenge, Sidebar Help: What DoYou Really Need!.
- Prepared for the premier Readers’ Workouts weekly exercise check-in by learning to use Mr. Linky thanks to Book Butcher’s challenge, Ole! Bloggiesta Challenge: MisterLinky. (Ack! I just edited my post about Mr. Linky, Bloggiesta — Mister Linky, to update the link and lost my Mr. Linky. It was there, I swear. Now, I know to be careful about that!)
- Further prepared for the premier Readers’ Workouts weekly exercise check-in by designing a logo for it. And then designing a second one. Bloggiesta — Readers’ Workouts. Watch for this to go live tomorrow! And please join us!
- Completed the Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: Mobilize! at The 3 R’s Blog: Bloggiesta — posted from my iPad.
- Updated the page count of a book I’m currently reading after I learned how from Janicu’s Book Blog’s Goodreads Challenge.
- Played around with, but didn’t complete, at least two more challenges: What is Windows Live Writer and How Can it Help You? at The Reading Housewives of Indiana and Get Noticed by Search Engines at Good Books and Good Wine. I want to come back to both of those and most of the others, too!
I am so grateful to Danielle of There’s a Book and Suey of It’s All About Books for hosting this Bloggiesta and everyone who hosted mini-challenges and everyone who participated in Twitter and (especially) answered my questions, and everyone who tried Pinterest due to my challenge. Lots of gratitude this morning! And, I’m especially grateful that we’ll be doing it all again September 28, 29, and 30.
I’ll do the drawing for the Pinterest challenge winner later today. Good luck to all who entered!