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Looking for Mini Challenge Hosts for Bloggiesta in September!

Whether you are new to Bloggiesta or an old timer, we’d love to have you be a mini challenge host! If there’s something you feel you do well, or are a little bit of an expert in, write a blog post and teach the rest of us how! Then challenge us to actually DO something. Post this challenge just before Bloggiesta starts and let the fun begin! You can offer a prize if you want, we leave that up to the individual hosts.

If you have been a challenge host in the past and would like to “upgrade” your challenge to be more advanced, for those bloggers needing an extra push, we are looking for hosts willing to do such a thing. We are getting feedback that we need some more advanced challenges. If this sounds like something you are interested in, we want you!

Either way, let us know. The best way to contact us is to send an email to with your idea, or your plans to upgrade an old challenge.

The dates for Bloggiesta will be September 18 to 21… challenge posts will need to go up on Wednesday the 17th.

We look forward to hearing from a bunch of you! It’s fun. I promise!

Thanks for your help. You’re all awesome.

Bloggiesta Business

Hey everyone! I hope you had a good mini Bloggiesta this past weekend. Sorry I had to pretty much bow out from running things here to attend (and speak at!) my grandma’s funeral. Then we immediately came home to host a Japanese student for this week and so went right into entertaining mode.  Life is crazy but fun!

Thanks so much to Amanda who took over the reins for the chat on Sunday!

Sorry there was no official starting line (other than the sign up post) or ending line, link up, but I figured it was a small enough event this time around that it wouldn’t be too terribly missed!

And now, we can start looking forward to the main fall Bloggiesta happening in September! It will be here before we know it! The dates on the sidebar still show a three day event, but we’ll actually start on Thursday and have four days to party, like we did back in March.

So the dates for the upcoming Bloggiesta will be September 18 through the 21. Mark your  calendars and spread the word! I’ll be looking for mini challenge hosts in just a couple of weeks, maybe mid August we’ll get that process started, so if you are interested or have a great idea, please let me know.  Send an email to bloggiesta AT gmail DOT com.

Thanks so much for participating! I bet you all have the spiffy-est blogs around!


July 2014 Mini Bloggiesta Mini Challenges!


Our Summer Mini Bloggiesta starts tomorrow! We have several awesome NEW mini challenges for this Mini Bloggieseta. Click on the links below to check them out and add them to your to do lists. Some of them will have prizes, but not all.  Most of the links will be live Friday, if not, check back Saturday when the event officially starts.

Have fun!

Remember to join in the fun by linking up your To Do Lists here!

Don’t forget, there are many old challenges from past Bloggiestas that you can also work on. Find the entire list here.

Also, mark you calendars for the Twitter chat to be held on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time.


Mini Bloggiesta July 2014 Sign Ups

Are you feeling the need to freshen up your blog? Here’s hoping so, because it’s time once again for a Mini Bloggiesta!

Join us this next weekend, July 19 and 20, for a fun gathering of bloggers, working feverishly to fix and freshen up their blogs! There’ll be a few new mini challenges, so stay tuned for that list on Friday, but you can also work on any of our past challenges. It’s a perfect time to catch up on challenges you missed during previous Bloggiestas!

We’ll be having one, just one, Twitter party on Sunday, the 20th at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. You know you want to join us because Twitter parties are awesome. Use the hashtag #Bloggiesta and follow @Bloggiesta.

Meanwhile, create your To Do Lists and sign up below, linking to your lists on your blog. That will let us all know who plans to join us! (For ideas to get you going on your lists, check out this past challenge.)

Also, spread the word! Grab a button, let your blogging buddies know it’s happening and persuade them to join the fun!


Bloggiesta Spring 2014 Finish Line

Well. Sadly, our blitz of blogging like crazy has come to an end. I hope you all had a great time and got tons done! Let’s do this again sometime, shall we? (Mini Bloggiesta will be in July, the next BIG one will be in September. See sidebar for dates.)

If you’d like to link to your wrap up posts, or your updated To Do Lists, sign up in the the linky below. We’ll have a simple feedback form up in the next day or two so we can learn how your experience went. If you have ideas for future mini challenges, you can let us know there.

Thanks so much for participating!


Bloggiesta Begins Now!

Mark, get set, go! Start working on your blogs now! (Ha, I know many of you have already jumped the gun and have been working feverishly already!)

Here’s a few things to remember about the way Bloggiesta works.


  • Bloggiesta begins now and runs through Sunday night… wherever you are. We don’t have specific starting and ending times…. just Thursday March 27 through Sunday March 30… 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 four days 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 just 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 up their summary posts (or crossed off lists.)


  • 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! This year we are having themed chats. Here’s the schedule:
    • Thursday March 27 @ 9 p.m. Eastern:  Social Media and Your Blog
      Friday March 28 @ 4 p.m. Eastern: Technical Aspects of Blogging
      Saturday March 29 @ 11 a.m. Eastern: Organization
      Sunday March 30 @ 8 p.m. Eastern: Book Blogging and Misc.
  • 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 heart!


Mini Challenges for Spring 2014 Bloggiesta

Bloggiesta1S14Are you ready to get busy working on your blogs? To help you in this endeavor,  we are offering the following mini challenges:

Social Media

General Blog Improvement

Getting Organized

Challenges Specific to Book Blogging

As you click through you’ll discover several hosts are offering prizes in connection with their challenges.

Give all our hosts lots of love and participate in as many challenges as you can. If you have problems or questions regarding their challenges, contact them on their blogs or twitter. They are here to help!

And thanks to all our awesome hosts! You’ve all come up some amazing challenges!

Happy Bloggiesta everyone!


Bloggiesta Spring 2014 Sign Ups


Welcome to Bloggiesta! We’ll officially get started next week on Thursday, March 27, but today (and all this week) you can sign up and let us know what you plan on accomplishing during our four day blogging fiesta.

If you don’t know where to get started, you can find a sample To Do List here.

Most bloggers use the time to do pesky tasks that they are always putting off. Things like fixing the header, adding sidebar content (or deleting!), catching up on archive lists, fixing labels and tags, learning how to finally do… whatever it is you’ve always wanted to do!

For more ideas, check out our past mini challenges here. You can always work on those things you missed from previous events.

Our new list of mini challenges will go live sometime the day before the event on Wednesday March 26. We have some awesome things planned! Stay tuned!

Also, be sure to add the Twitter chats (#bloggiesta) to your calender. This year we are going to try something different and have themed topics for each chat. But feel free to chat about anything blogging related at any and all of the chats.

Here’s the schedule:

Social Media and Your Blog: Thursday March 27 @ 9 p.m. Eastern
The Technical Aspects of Blogging: Friday March 28 @ 4 p.m. Eastern
Organization and Time Management: Saturday March 29 @ 11 a.m. Eastern
Book Blogging/Misc. Blogging Improvement: Sunday March 30 @ 8 p.m. Eastern

We’ll also be having a Google Plus On Air Hangout Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern. You’ll learn more about that from Amanda’s (On a Book Bender) Google Plus Mini Challenge. We hope you’ll join in the fun!

And now, the To Do List linky. Please sign up using a link that goes directly to your To Do Lists! Also, if you are on Twitter and would like other participants to be able to find you there, add that just after your name. Thanks!