It’s time to start planning our next Bloggiesta to be held September 17 to 20! The first thing we need to do is to come up with mini challenges and find bloggers to host them! Are you willing? Is this the year for you? Have you pondered an idea for several times now and really really want to share it? Now is the time!
If you have an idea, please send an email to Bloggiesta AT gmail DOT com. If you want to host one but don’t really have an idea, here’s a list of some suggestions that have been made in Twitter chats and through the feedback form.
Let us know ASAP if you are interested! Challenges will be posted on your blog the day before the event starts, on September 16. Hosts can provide a prize/giveaway on their own if they want, but it is not required. Hosts should also be participating in general in the event that week and be available to answer questions from those participating in their challenge.
Thanks so much for your help and participation!
Here’s the list of some ideas:
copyright with regard to images
Flickr’s Creative Commons and/or Unsplash.com
how to make your own stock photos folder
how to add personality to your blog
how to join and/or create a Twitter hashtag conversation
customization for Blogger
getting email under control
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
If you have other ideas for challenges, but don’t necessarily want to host one, leave a comment here, and I’ll add it to the list.
Calling all Bloggiesta participants! Here’s your master list of current mini challenges! Hopefully you can find something that’s just what you’re looking for. If you have questions, don’t be shy, ask the host! And if it’s your thing, some of the challenges have giveaways! Sweet.
Have fun checking them out and adding to your to do lists!
Bloggiesta Mini Challenges Spring 2015
Organizing and Simplifying
Kassiah from Pretty Sassy Cool has a tutorial on Getting Organized with Trello.
Amanda from On a Book Bender challenges us to Simplify Blogging.
Brittany from Book Bumblings shows us how to Create a Blogging Schedule.
Belle from Ms. Bookish shows us how to Create a Treasure Trove of Blogging Ideas.
Andi from Estella’s Revenge has some ideas on how to Organize your Feed Reader.
Lindsay from Nighttime Reading Center challenges us to Pin Your Author Interviews.
Stacy at The Novel Life shows us Eight Not-to-be Missed Podcasts.
Katie from Doing Dewey has a plan for tracking our Diversity Reading Goals.
Joy from Joy’s Book Blog teaches us How to Make Memes.
Jessica from The Bluestocking Society teaches us how to Create a Blog Style Guide.
Suey from It’s All About Books has a Twitter Chat Tutorial.
Tif from Tif Talks Books challenges us to re-discover some Past Bloggiesta Mini Challenges.
Shannon from River City Reading helps us to Improve our Disqus Experience.
Alysia from My Little Pocketbooks shows us how to Retrieve Lost Comments from Disqus.
Our Winter 2015 Mini Bloggiesta starts tomorrow! We have several awesome new challenges for this Mini Bloggiesta. Click on the links below to check them out and add them to your to do lists. Some of them may even have prizes!
There’s still plenty of time to link up your To Do Lists too. Find the linky at this post.
Be sure to join us for the Twitter chat on Sunday at 2:00 pm Eastern time, #Bloggiesta!
Thanks for participating and don’t forget to have fun!
January 2015 Mini Bloggiesta Mini Challenges
How to Optimize Your Blog for Email Sign Ups from Brittany at Book Bumblings. (@BookBumblings) Learn about email marketing and making an email list.
Making Infographics Using Piktochart from Valeria at A Touch of Book Madness (@ TouchBookMadnes). Another blogging tool to learn about!
How to Write More Creative Book Reviews from Leah at Books Speak Volumes (@Leah_BSV). Ten book review prompts!
Master List of Book Blogging Memes from Tanya Patrice at GirlXOXO (@tanyapatricexo) See which ones you are or want to be participating in!
Five Easy Steps to an Index Page from Jessica at The Bluestocking Society (@thebluestocking) It’s time to make an index page!
Another Pinterest Project from Suey at It’s All About Books (@SueySays) Create a Books Read board and pin your reviews!
It’s the eve of yet another Bloggiesta! Welcome to the party! Below, you’ll find the list of our current mini challenges. Here’s hoping you see something you’ve been dying to learn how to do! Or something that inspires you to learn things you’ve never dreamed of!
Have fun clicking around and exploring and adding to your to do lists. Please be sure to thank all our wonderful hosts! They spend lots of time making these awesome challenges for you!
Amanda Shofner has a challenge giving us even more lessons on Google+. She’s calling it Google+201. For last Bloggiesta’s first Google+ challenge, check out Google+101 here. (@amshofner)
Wesley from Library Educated brings us a tutorial on MailChimp. (@whoffs)
Allison from The Book Wheel teaches us how to make anchor links. (@TheBookWheel)
April from The Steadfast Reader gives some hints about writing a negative review. (@steadfastreader)
Come and learn about browser extensions from Brianna at The Book Vixen. (@TheBookVixen)
Berls from Fantasy is More Fun brings us a challenge all about Flickr! (@BerlsS)
Katie from Doing Dewey teaches us all about Riffle. (@DoingDewey)
Stephanie from Cover 2 Cover shares her book organization tips with us. (@GoreLenore)
Becca from I’m Lost in Books has many Instagram tips for us. (@imlostinbooks)
Aloi from Guiltless Reading encourages us to make a book map! (@guiltlessreader) Aloi also has an awesome blogger template giveaway going on for Bloggiesta. Be sure to check that out!
Stacy from The Novel Life teaches us how to work with a blog designer. (@thenovellife)
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.
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.
Are you ready to get busy working on your blogs? To help you in this endeavor, we are offering the following mini challenges:
General Blog Improvement
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!
Hey everyone! It’s time to plan the next Bloggiesta! We have a few willing souls scheduled to host some mini challenges, but we need several more. Instead of having a long detailed sign up sheet, we were hoping those interested could email us and we’ll talk about what you’d like to do.
We welcome your own ideas of course. But if you need some suggestions, here’s a list of topics that we noted from past feedback forms and Twitter chats… things that people are asking for!
* Facebook for your blog? Yes or no.
* Business card tutorial
* Feedly vs. Bloglovin’
* Header tutorial
* WordPress vs. Blogger
* Are About Me pages necessary?
* Twitter platforms
* FTC rules and disclaimers on review posts
* how to use social media
* ideas for great blogiversary celebrations
* a list of blogging conferences
* challenge bloggers to share their top five tips and tricks
* task management apps
* Pinterest for bloggers
* Instagram for bloggers
* how to do author interviews
* Photo formatting tips for Blogger blogs
If any of these look like something you can teach to other bloggers, comment here with your email, or simply send us an email at bloggiesta AT gmail DOT com.
We hope to hear from all you awesome bloggers!
Happy Bloggiesta everyone! We have some awesome challenges for you all this weekend! From cleaning up all your digital places, to using Goodreads, to brainstorming, to making all sorts of lists, and many other how to’s in between! Hopefully you’ll find lots you’ll want to try and go and do!
Don’t forget to check out all the past mini challenges here and add any of them to your to do list also.
How to Host a Giveaway hosted by Kristen from The Book Monsters (@TheBookMonsters)
What is IFTTT and How Do I Use It? hosted by Brianna from The Book Vixen (@TheBookVixen)
Link Love: Give Good SEO hosted by Amanda from On a Book Bender (@BookBender)
Brainstorming for Post Ideas hosted by Alysia from My Little Pocketbooks (@lilpocketbooks)
How to Use Google Analytics hosted by Tanya from Girlxoxo
Digital Decluttering hosted by Jessica from Books: A True Story (@BooksATrueStory)
Bloggiesta Master To Do List hosted by Suey from It’s All About Books (@SueySays)
How to Choose Which Bloggers to Follow hosted by Dalene from Date With a Book (@Datesbooks)
Favorite WordPress Plugins hosted by April from My Shelf Confessions (@shelfconfession)
Book Blogging Heroes hosted by Book Bloggers International (@bookbloggersint)
How to Host a Digital Book Club hosted by Rebecca from Love at First Book (@RebeccaScags)
How to Make Goodreads Work for You hosted by Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide (@bookaddictguide)
50 Bookish Things To Do Before You Die hosted by Allison from The Book Wheel (@TheBookWheel)
FEATURED PAST CHALLENGES
How to Use Pocket hosted by Brianna from The Book Vixen
How to Back Up Your Blog hosted by Brianna from The Book Vixen
How to Use Voki hosted by Kristen from The Book Monsters
Our next Bloggiesta event coming up soon on September 20 to 22 and we’d love to have YOU be a mini challenge host!
A mini challenge host is any blogger willing to write up a post that challenges Bloggiesta participants to learn or accomplish some sort of blogging task. It can be simple or a little more involved. It can be anything you have expert knowledge in, or something you’d like to research and learn yourself then share with everyone. It can be anything you think would help other bloggers improve their blogs and blogging experience in any way!
To help get you thinking, here are some things that have been suggested in feedback after the last event:
*Facebook: yes or no?
*Making blog business cards
*How to chose which bloggers to follow
*Feedly vs. Bloglovin’
*NetGalley vs. Edelweiss
*WordPress vs. Blogger
*How to be a better writer
*How to brainstorm for post ideas
*Adding disclaimers to review posts
*Learn how to guest post
*Keywords and SEO
*How to better use social media
*How to host a giveaway
*Reviews: what it needs vs what people want
If any of these things sound like something you can teach other bloggers, sign up! Or if you have your own idea about something, sign up!
Remember, as a challenge host, you should be prepared to post the challenge the day before Bloggiesta begins, Thursday September 19, (so we can gather your links) and then be available throughout the event to help and encourage those participating in your challenge. You are welcome to have a prize associated with your challenges…or not, we leave that up to each individual host.
Also, we love to include past challenges in our mini challenge list! Let us know if you’ve hosted before and would like to update your post to be included in this event.
If this sounds like something you’d like to do, please fill out the form with your info and ideas. Let us know if you have any questions! (firstname.lastname@example.org)