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July 2014 Mini Bloggiesta Mini Challenges!

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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 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!

 

Mini Challenge Hosts Needed for Bloggiesta in March

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!

* Picmonkey
* 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
* monetizing
* BookLikes
* 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
* BookTubing
* 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!

Mini Challenges for Winter 2014 Mini Bloggiesta

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We have just a few challenges for this Mini Bloggeista event. That’s so you can do them all! And if you need more, you can access all the past challenges here.

How to Create an Image Map from Monika at A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall. (@lovelybookshelf)

The B-Word: Branding  from Amanda at On a Book Bender. (@bookbender)

Facing Your Edelweiss Fears from Shannon at River City Reading. (@rivercityreadin)

Back to the Basics: a flashback challenge from Bloggiesta (@bloggiesta)

Have fun working on your blogs!

Don’t forget to join us for the Twitter chat on Saturday at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Bloggiesta Fall 2013 Mini Challenges

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.

Enjoy!

GENERAL BLOGGING

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

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

 

Sign Ups for September 2013 Mini Challenge Hosts!

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:

*Using G+
*Picmonkey
*Facebook: yes or no?
*Making blog business cards
*How to chose which bloggers to follow
*Feedly vs. Bloglovin’
*NetGalley vs. Edelweiss
*Headers
*WordPress vs. Blogger
*Twitter platforms
*Tumblr
*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
*Basic code
*Understanding stats
*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! (bloggiesta@gmail.com)

Summer 2013 Mini Bloggiesta Mini Challenges!

Mini Challenges for the Summer 2013 Mini Bloggiesta are:

 

Commenting and Networking  brought to you by  Tanya at  Mom’s Small Victories (@momsvictories)

Organizing Your Books brought to you by Kate and Kristen from The Book Monsters (@TheBookMonsters)

Easy SEO Tweaks brought to you by Amanda from On a Book Bender (@BookBender)

Vlogging Challenge brought to you by Celine from Nyx Book Reviews (@CelineNyx)

 Blogger Domain Help brought to you by Monika of A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall (@lovelybookshelf)

Alt Motives brought to you by Samantha from Spamantha (@CyV)

Remember, you can also access all the past mini challenges at this link, and work on any that you missed before!

Thanks to all of our wonderful challenge hosts! You are awesome!

 

Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow for a Starting Line post and a linky for your To Do Lists!

Also, the Twitter chat will be Saturday July 20 at 10 p.m. Eastern. Please join us!

And don’t forget to have fun!

 

Mini Challenge Hosts Needed for Upcoming Bloggiesta!

Calling all bloggers! It’s time to think about our next Bloggiesta event coming up in just two weeks on March 22-24! Which means it’s also time to find our mini challenge hosts!

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!

You are all so creative, it’s a blast to see what ideas you come up with.

Here’s a little list, though, to get you started. These are some things that were discussed and suggested during our Twitter chats last time:

 

  • Moving a Blog from Blogger to WordPress
  • SEO (maybe we need several with different levels or steps?)
  • Google Reader vs. Bloglovin vs. Feedly …
  • Increasing Followers
  • Page Updates
  • Writing Reviews
  • Sidebar Updates
  • A “getting to know other bloggers” challenge


As a challenge host, you should be prepared to post the challenge the day before Bloggiesta begins, March 21, (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.

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! (bloggiesta@gmail.com)

Mini Bloggiesta Mini Challenges

Since this is a MINI Bloggiesta, instead of having a huge list of challenges, we’ve decided to have just a few simple news ones and then also link you back to challenges from the past. Hopefully that will give you plenty to pick and choose from.

New Challenges:

Clean Up Your Blog! hosted by Bloggiesta

Write Some Reviews! hosted by Bloggiesta

Comment Love during Bloggiesta!  hosted by Tanya Patrice at GirlXOXO (@iAteApie)

Tricks for getting your review posted on Goodreads and Amazon hosted by Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit (@shanynlee)

Marketing Your Blog hosted by Faye at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts (@daydreamin_star)

Cleaning Up Sidebar Content hosted by Tif at Tif Talks Books (@tiftalksbooks)

Past Challenges:

Challenges from Bloggiesta September 2012
Challenges from Bloggiesta March 2012

Flashback Challenges
More Flashback Challenges

That should give you plenty to work on! So get to it and have fun! OLE!

Also, don’t forget to come chat on Twitter (#bloggiesta) with other participants on Saturday, February 2 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern!

The “Basics” Mini Challenge

As Bloggiesta hosts, we’d like to challenge you, during this Mini Bloggiesta weekend, to work on two very basic blog tasks.

1. Clean up your blog! You can do something specific (check out past challenges for ideas) or just simply look at your blog with new eyes (pretend you are a first time visitor) and analyze what it looks like. Do you need to delete a few cluttery items? Or add something that’s missing? Or rearrange how things are laid out? Look around at other blogs you like and see the sorts of gadgets and widgets and images they have. Does it look cluttered? Or perfect? Use that as a guideline of how to clean up your blog.

2. Write a Review! If nothing else, use this weekend to catch up on reviews. Do you have a backlog of awesome reviews just waiting to be written? Now is the time! Get it done! No more excuses!

Let us know in comments which one (or both) of these tasks you were able to accomplish. Good luck!