We had our final chat on Sunday afternoon. Everyone took a moment to say what they’d accomplished this bloggiesta which ranged from scheduling reviews to switching to MailChimp. Lots of participants took advantage of the mini challenges and seemed to really enjoy them. Thanks again to those who hosted!
Much of the time was spent soliciting ideas for future mini challenges. We came up with this list:
FTP for backing up your blog
making a calendar/spreadsheet of book releases and ARCs
what does your host do? (Help for self hosted bloggers.)
Tumblr: do we want one? Do we need one? Please, someone explain!
all about giveaways and Rafflecopter
How to make your blog Pinterest friendly
social media strategies
Some suggestions for future Bloggiestas:
more week long ones
a month long one with themed weeks
setting up blogging buddies during Bloggiesta
having a blog critique or peer review session
release challenges slowly over the course of the week/month instead of all at once
brainstorm to do lists with other participants pre-event
have achievement badges
keep up the recaps!
Dates for next year (subject to change) were announced:
Winter Mini Bloggiesta: January 16 and 17
Spring Week Long Bloggiesta: March 21 to 27
Summer Mini Bloggiesta: June 18 to 19
Fall Bloggiesta: September 15 to 18
Maybe we’ll make the fall one a week long too. I’m not sure about a month long event at this point. Will ponder!
If you have any other suggestions or ideas, please comment here. Also, we’ll post a simple feedback survey form very soon. Thank you to everyone for participating!
Wow, we had a fast crazy chat this morning! I wasn’t hosting so I should have been able to take awesome notes, and I tried, but still, I think I missed a ton of stuff! Oh, and thanks so much to Rachel Noel for hosting today! She did an awesome job!
Here are some of the things we talked about:
have a few brand colors and a few accent colors
color is the unifier of your blog, brings things all together
Ole Ole! It’s time to blog and fiesta… BLOGGIESTA! Welcome to all our new comers and all our old timers! We are so excited to have everyone participating with us! If you are new to the party, this post should help you get started. And if you haven’t done so already, be sure to link up your To Do Lists on this post here. That’s how you’ll let everyone else know you are here and participating!
HOW TO PARTY
Bloggiesta begins now and runs through Sunday night… wherever you are. We don’t have specific starting and ending times…. just Thursday September 17 through Sunday September 20… wherever and whenever you are in the world!
Plan to spend as much time as you can working on your to do list and completing mini challenges. Don’t worry about having the entire week to devote to this, but do challenge yourself to put in some good hours to the project.
Feel free to update your progress any way you see fit. You can simply cross things off your list, or write a couple of update posts. We will have a Finish Line Post link up here on Sunday for anyone wishing to link them up. Twitter is a great place to shout your progress too.
HOW TO CONNECT
Much of our connection with each other will be happening on Twitter. Be sure to follow @Bloggiesta and the hashtag #bloggiesta.
Be sure to join us for the Twitter chats. They are a blast! We’ll be having themed chats again. Here’s the schedule:
Also, plan to do lots of blog hopping by clicking on participants links (See the sign up links here.) Send lots of encouragement everyone’s way and help out with your expertise on all bloggish things! This is a big part of the whole idea of Bloggiesta!
Be sure to participate in as many mini challenges as you can! The new ones are listed here, and previous challenges are listed here. Give our awesome challenge hosts lots of link love and ask them lots of questions!
And that’s about all there is to it! Go forth and blog your hearts out!
Bloggiesta officially starts tomorrow, but in the meantime, here’s our brand new mini challenges! We have awesome ones! Most of these challenges are ones you the participants have requested through feedback given after past Bloggiestas. Look them over today and have fun adding to your to do lists. Many of these challenges have prizes and giveaways, so be sure to click through them all!
Similar to our last big Bloggiesta, we’ve decided to have themed Twitter chats focusing on different aspects of blogging. Our theme words this time are: Words, Interactions and Visuals. Hopefully those are self explanatory! If not, come to the chat and see what everyone else thinks it means.
Below please find the schedule for the week. Mark your calendars and join us when you can! If you are part of the Google+ and/or Facebook groups, these will be official events and you’ll get a lovely reminder.
I can’t believe it’s time for another Bloggiesta! This one will start next week on Thursday September 17 and run through Sunday September 20. We’ll have a Twitter chat each day of the event. We’re still working on figuring out those details so stay tuned for a separate post with that schedule.
In the meantime, write your To Do Lists, post them on your blogs, and come link up here! Be sure to link to the actual post with your list, and not to your blog in general. We need to be able to find your lists!
We have a sweet group of mini challenges lined up for this event. Those will be posted sometime the day before we get started, on Wednesday September 16. You can also work on doing any of our past challenges found here.
If you need help getting started on a To Do List, here’s a master list that you can copy and paste and change up to fit your needs.
I look forward to seeing all the things you plan to do!