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Spring 2016 Finish Line!


And…THE END!  At the end of today another Bloggiesta will bite the dust!  Here’s hoping everyone accomplished a lot and learned new things!

If you’d like to write a wrap up post or simply link up to your crossed off To Do Lists, you can share here in this linky.

Thanks for participating! Thanks to all the mini challenge hosts! And to our Twitters hosts! This event would not have happened without you. You are awesome!

Let us know in the comments if you have suggestions for mini challenges or future events. We’d love to get your feedback.


Monday Chat: Getting to Know You


We had a fun chill chat this afternoon. Mostly it was a casual getting to know each other sort of thing. But one question was asked that had answers we thought you’d be interested in:

What do you like to see when you visit other blogs?

  • passion and excitement
  • thoughtful posts
  • interesting discussions
  • someone who wants to engage and connect
  • Top Ten Lists
  • fun and funky reviews
  • personal posts
  • a good About Me page
  • unique posts, stuff you don’t see every where else you go
  • cake!
  • a personality
  • someone who reviews comics and graphic novels
  • a distinctive voice and POV
  • creative writing
  • a feed that’s easy to add to a feed reader
  • someone who fangirls about books
  • someone who likes the same books as me
  • someone who has weird taste like me
  • a blog were people are commenting and connecting in comments

Stay tuned for the next chat Tuesday at 7:00 pm EDT!

Starting Line: Bloggiesta Spring 2016

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!


  • Bloggiesta begins now and runs through next Sunday night… wherever you are. We don’t have specific starting and ending times…. just Monday March 21 through Sunday March 27… 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.


  • 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:
      • Monday March 21: Kick off chat hosted by Suey from It’s All About Books at 4:00 pm EDT
      • Tuesday March 22: Plan Your Blogs hosted by Suey from It’s All About Books at 7:00 pm EDT
      • Wednesday March 23: Edit  Your Blogs hosted by Jenni from Jenni Elyse at 9:30 pm EDT
      • Thursday March 24: Develop Your Blogs hosted by Emily from Emily Reads Everything at 8:00 pm EDT
      • Friday March 25: Write Reviews hosted by Jenni from Jenni Elyse at 2:00 pm EDT
      • Saturday March 26: Organize Your Blogs hosted by Rachel Noel from Purple Owl Reviews at 9:00 a.m. EDT
      • Sunday March 27: Wrap Up/Feedback hosted by MC from Blame It On the Books at 10:00 a.m. EDT
  • 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!

Have a great week getting all your bloggish business done!

Spring Bloggiesta 2016 Mini Challenges


Even though Bloggiesta doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, we are giving you the links to the challenges now so you can continue to plan your week.  Some of these challenges have prizes and giveaways, so be sure to click through them all!

We are trying something a little different and have added a couple of interactive challenges this time around. One of them you’ve hopefully you’ve heard about already this week since we had sign ups for placement in a mastermind group. That one will be ongoing thanks to Stacy from The Novel Life. If you still want to participate, please contact her. If you signed up, you should have been assigned a group and can now start interacting and working together.

The other one, hosted by Aloi from Guiltless Reading, is a place to link up if you’d like others to hop around to you blog and give a critique during the week of Bloggiesta.  Check out the link for more details.

Thank you to everyone who stepped up to host a mini challenge. Our list is  a bit small this time around, but they are all awesome! Please show them all a lot of love!

Tool Tutorials and Organization

Book Blogging Challenges

Daily Challenges by Tanya Patrice from Girlxoxo (check out her blog each of these days for a new daily challenge)

  • Monday: Participate in a  Book Blogging Meme
  • Tuesday : Clean out your Feedly
  • Thursday : Use Buffer to schedule blog posts from other bloggers and spread the love
  • Friday – Host a Reading Challenge

New This Event: Interactive Challenges


Be sure to contact our hosts if you have any questions about their challenges! Have fun and enjoy!


Spring Bloggiesta 2016 Twitter Chat Schedule


The perfect way to connect with other participants during Bloggiesta is to join one of our Twitter chats. We’ll be having one every day at different times to hopefully accommodate different time zones. These times are shown in Eastern Daylight time. If you need to convert to your own zone, please click here.

Thanks to Jenni, MC, Emily and Rachel Noel for helping out with hosting!

All the chats will be hosted from the @Bloggiesta account and will be using the #Bloggiesta hashtag. Be sure to use the hashtag so we can all see you! We’ll be following the theme of PEDRO: Plan, Edit, Develop, Review, Organize for each of the days.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Monday March 21: Kick off chat hosted by Suey from It’s All About Books at 4:00 pm EDT
  • Tuesday March 22: Plan Your Blogs hosted by Suey from It’s All About Books at 7:00 pm EDT
  • Wednesday March 23: Edit  Your Blogs hosted by Jenni from Jenni Elyse at 9:30 pm EDT
  • Thursday March 24: Develop Your Blogs hosted by Emily from Emily Reads Everything at 8:00 pm EDT
  • Friday March 25: Write Reviews hosted by Jenni from Jenni Elyse at 2:00 pm EDT
  • Saturday March 26: Organize Your Blogs hosted by Rachel Noel from Purple Owl Reviews at 9:00 a.m. EDT
  • Sunday March 27: Wrap Up/Feedback hosted by MC from Blame It On the Books at 10:00 a.m. EDT

We hope you join us!


Spring 2016 Bloggiesta Sign Ups!


It’s only a week until Bloggiesta starts! Which means it’s time to sign up!

So what do you want to do on your blogs during our week long Bloggiesta?

Write and schedule a pile of posts?

Add a new feature?

Change up your layout and design?

Switch from one host to another?

Learn about a new app?

Connect with other bloggers?

Catch up on links and lists?

All of the above?

Make a list! Write a post! Then come back and link up here! We can’t wait to see what everyone plans to do! Also, be sure to check out one our mini challenges which needs participants to sign up and thus has started early. If you’d like to be part of a blogging mastermind group, head on over to The Novel Life and sign up to be matched with your group.

If you need more ideas for a To Do List, check out this past mini challenge. You can also get many ideas from looking over our past challenges. Once your list is complete, write up a post and link up here. Be sure to check back soon for Twitter chat dates and times!


Announcing Bloggiesta Mastermind Groups!

Today we are announcing something new for the upcoming Spring 2016 Bloggiesta! Many of you have asked for it and now, you’ve got it!

Yes! For this upcoming Bloggiesta you can now sign up to be part of a blogging “mastermind” group. This means you will be matched with several other bloggers who are also looking for feedback and interaction regarding their blogs. Sign ups start now and will last through this week, and then next week when Bloggiesta starts, you’ll connect with your group and begin feedback and critiques.

Sound fun? Sound like something you’ve been looking for and needing during Bloggiesta?

If so, please go visit Stacy at The Novel Life! She has taken on this effort of creating these groups as special mini challenge! All the details and the sign up form can be found on her blog.

We hope many of you take the opportunity to participate and use this as a new way to connect with other bloggers and get feedback about your own blog.



Help Wanted for our Upcoming Spring Bloggiesta March 21-27


The week long Spring Bloggiesta (scheduled for March 21 to March 27) is fast approaching. How would you like to participate? Here’s a list of ways you can help make this event happen:

Be a mini challenge host. For this week long event we’ll need at least 15 mini challenges, but we’ll take more if there’s an interest. We have need of challenges that are geared toward the advanced blogger, as well as challenges geared toward those just starting out. We also like challenges that fit all bloggers, as well as challenges specific to book bloggers. Some recent requests for challenges are (and hopefully we’ve deleted the ones that have been done. Sorry if a few got missed!) :

  • FTP for backing up your blog
  • making a calendar/spreadsheet of book releases and ARCs
  • MailChimp tutorial
  • what does your host do? (Help for self hosted bloggers.)
  • Tumblr: do we want one? Do we need one? Please, someone explain!
  • How to make your blog Pinterest friendly
  • social media strategies
  • how to make your own stock photos folder
  • how to join and/or create a Twitter hashtag conversation
  • customization for Blogger
  • Google groups
  • more on Google+
  • dealing with email requests
  • how to make Twitter really work for you
  • how to make the most of your free blog
  • try a new reviewing style
  • how to contact publishers
  • blog hop reviewing
  • anything “harder” for those who have been blogging longer
  • how to host your own blogging event
  • how to use Buffer
  • host a challenge that matches up blogging buddies
  • host a challenge that gets people to critique each other’s blogs during the event
  • let us know how to use the coolest new app/feature/site that you can’t live without
  • any other idea you have that you would love to share!

If you’d like to host a challenge, please send an email to with your idea. You will need to post the challenge on your blog the day before the challenge begins which is Sunday March 20.

Be a Twitter chat host. We’ll plan to have at least one Twitter chat each day during this week. We need have them at varying times during the day in order to catch people in all times zones. If you choose to help, you will be provided with the login to the Bloggiesta twitter account and run the chat from there.  We’ll brainstorm some daily themes and then have each chat fit that particular theme. (We’ll have a kickoff chat, and a wrap up chat and then five themed chats in between.)  You’ll need to come up with questions to ask and keep the discussion going for an hour. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in doing, please send an email to 

Be a Twitter Chat recap writer. For the past few Bloggiesta’s we’ve written up a summary of the things we’ve discussed during a Twitter chat. If you’d like to participate by observing the chat, then writing up this recap (that day) and emailing it to us to post on the blog, let us know by sending an email to

Be a Bloggiesta Twitter account monitor. Or in other words, be the person manning the Bloggiesta Twitter account for a day, afternoon, or evening to respond to people and retweet questions and etc. You’d be given the login info and be ready to man the account for your allotted time.  Sound fun? Let us know at

If any of these sound like something you’d like to do, or if you have mentioned already that you’d like to do a specific challenge (and we don’t remember) , or if you have another great idea of something you think we should be doing, please send us an email!

Thanks so much! We look forward to a great event.


Winter 2016 Mini Bloggiesta Mini Challenges


Since it’s a MINI Bloggiesta this time around, we only have a small list of mini challenges, but they are all awesome. Be sure to give our challenge hosts lots of love!

Here’s the list for you look over and decide which ones you’d like to work on.  If nothing strikes your fancy, be sure to check out the list of past challenges here and use the opportunity to catch up on one of those.

Winter 2016 Mini Bloggiesta Mini Challenges

Aloi from Guiltless Reading: Clean Up Your Email

Tasha from Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Books: Keeping Your Info Private

Brittany from Book Bumblings: Creating and Writing Processes to Stay Organized

Kathleen from SMS NonFiction Book Reviews: Rafflecopter Giveaways

Emily from Emily Reads Everything: Bullet Journaling

Katie from Doing Dewey: Planning Your Posts