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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.

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 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.)

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! 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!

 

Bloggiesta Spring 2014 Sign Ups

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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!

Winter 2014 Mini Bloggiesta Sign Ups!

Bloggiesta MiniW14You asked for it. You got it! We are now doing sign ups for Bloggiesta a week ahead. The point here, of course, is to help us spread the word that the event is coming up. So sign up and spread the word!

Click our About Page to find out more about what Bloggiesta is and how we got started. But basically, it’s a blogging marathon where we get together with other bloggers and fix all those blogging tasks that we seem to put off and off and off.

One of the best things about Bloggiesta is to learn from other bloggers, many of whom are experts in some blogging thing or another. That’s where the mini challenges come in. For our main events (held March and September) we have quite the huge list. For our mini ones (January and July) we keep things simple with just a few. Stay tuned for that list coming up when Bloggiesta begins this Saturday, the 25th. Meanwhile, you can look over the past mini challenge list to get inspiration for what tasks you’d like to work on. Also, this challenge has a master to do list if you’d like to start there!

But now, it’s time to sign up for our current Mini Bloggiesta which happens next Saturday and Sunday, the 25th and 26th.  To sign up, write a post listing the things you’d like to accomplish during Bloggiesta, also known as your To Do List, and link up to that specific post here. Use one of our buttons and link back to us so others can easily find out all about the event and hopefully join in the fun. Also, include your Twitter name in the link below, if you have one, so we can easily find you there.

Oh, and mark your calendars for Saturday night, the 25th at 9 pm Eastern. That’s when we’ll be chatting on Twitter!

Thanks and have fun!

Fall 2013 Bloggiesta Starting Line!

LET’S GET THIS FIESTA  STARTED!

 Welcome to the starting line for Bloggiesta… the blogging marathon created several years ago by Natasha from Maw Books Blog and led by our most awesome mascot PEDRO (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize.)

The idea behind Bloggiesta is to spend these next three days working on perfecting your blog and connecting with other bloggers who are doing the same thing. Spread the word and get all your friends to come and fiesta with us!

HOW TO PARTY

  • Bloggiesta begins now and runs through Sunday night… wherever you are. We don’t have specific starting and ending times…. just Friday September 20 through Sunday September 22… 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 three days to devote to this, but do challenge yourself to put in some good hours to the project.
  • To let us know you are here and officially participating please sign the linky below with a link to your BLOGGIESTA TO DO LIST which you should post on your blog. If you have already done this post… just link to it now. If you have yet to write up your list… do it today and link to it. Please, do not use a link to your blog in general… but to your specific TO DO LIST post! We want people to be able to easily find your Bloggiesta plans. We would also like it if you would add your Twitter handle to your link so we can all easily find you there!
  • 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.)

 HOW TO CONNECT

  • Much of our connection with each other will be happening on Twitter. Be sure to follow @Bloggiesta and the hashtag #bloggiesta. Also, plan to do lots of blog hopping by clicking on participants links found below on the linky. Send lots of encouragement everyone’s way and help out with your expertise on all bloggish things!

 Friday night at 9:00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Eastern time (EDT)

Saturday morning 10: a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Eastern time (EDT)

Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern time (EDT)

 I think that’s it! It’s time to go ahead and link up your starting Bloggiesta posts below like this:

 “Your Name” from “Your Blog Name” (your Twitter name)

For example, mine would look like: Suey from It’s All About Books (@SueySays). And remember, plug in the URL that links up to your to do list, whether you’ve already posted it, or are just posting it today.

 

HAPPY BLOGGIESTA!

 

 

Summer 2013 Mini Bloggiesta Starting Line!

Bloggiesta is a blogging event started several years ago by Natasha from Maw Books. We’ve been holding these blogging marathons twice a year where we have a blast working together with other participants on all the  blogging things that seem to accumulate. Since that blogging stuff seems to accumulate so fast, it was decided to have little mini Bloggiestas in between the main ones! Our first mini one was held in February of this year and now….

Welcome to the second Mini Bloggiesta!

It’s just like main events, only smaller! It’s just two days, with just a few mini challenges, and just the one Twitter chat (Saturday the 20th at 10 p.m. Eastern! @bloggiesta #bloggiesta)

We hope you have fun spending whatever time you have this weekend together with other participants working on your blogs! To join the fun, write a post listing what you hope to accomplish this weekend, and link up here. (Add your Twitter name too, so we can connect with you there!)

Be sure to connect with other bloggers to encourage each other and share all your expertise!

Thanks for participating!

 

Bloggiesta March 2013 Starting Line Posts

IT’S TIME TO FIESTA!

 Welcome to the starting line for Bloggiesta… the blogging party led by our fearless mascot PEDRO (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize.) and created several years ago by Natasha from Maw Books Blog and now co-hosted by Suey and Danielle. The idea behind Bloggiesta is to spend these next three days working on perfecting your blog and connecting with other bloggers who are doing the same thing.



HOW TO PARTY

Bloggiesta begins now and runs through Sunday night… wherever you are. We don’t have specific starting and ending times…. just Friday March 22 through Sunday March 24… 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 three days to devote to this, but do challenge yourself to put in some good hours to the project.

To let us know you are here and officially participating please sign the linky below with a link to your BLOGGIESTA TO DO LIST which you should post on your blog. If you have already done this post… just link to it now. If you have yet to write up your list… do it today and link to it. Please, do not use a link to your blog in general… but to your specific TO DO LIST post! We want people to be able to easily find your Bloggiesta plans.

We would also like it if you would add your Twitter handle to your link so we can all easily find you there!

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.)

 HOW TO CONNECT

Much of our connection with each other will be happening on Twitter. Be sure to follow @Bloggiesta and the hashtag #bloggiesta. Also, plan to do lots of blog hopping by clicking on participants links found below on the linky. Send lots of encouragement everyone’s way and help out with your expertise on all bloggish things!

Be sure to join us for our scheduled Twitter parties! Use TweetChat.com to follow the conversation (and it puts the hashtag in for you automatically!) and see what everyone is up to. Those times are:

 Friday night at 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Eastern time (EDT)

Saturday morning 10: a.m. to noon Eastern time (EDT)

Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern time (EDT)

Plan to participate in as many mini challenges as you can! Give our awesome challenge hosts lots of link love and ask them lots of questions!

 I think that’s it! It’s time to go ahead and link up your starting Bloggiesta posts below like this:

 “Your Name” from “Your Blog Name” (your Twitter name)

For example, mine would look like: Suey from It’s All About Books (@SueySays). And remember, plug in the URL that links up to your to do list, whether you’ve already posted it, or are just posting it today.


Have fun and get lots done! Party on!

 

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February 2013 Mini-Bloggiesta Starting Line

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Welcome to the first ever Mini-Bloggiesta! Suey from It’s All About Books and myself couldn’t be more excited to be hosting this fantastic event! Below is a little bit of the rundown of things going on, but if you have questions please do get in touch either through the comments, email or even on Twitter. We hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and that you’re all able to accomplish everything you’re hoping to and more!

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How to Fiesta!

Bloggiesta starts now and runs until midnight EST Sunday February 3rd. Participate when and how you want. This is your time to improve on those little things about your blog you’ve been thinking about for months, mark off those long to-do lists and possibly even discover a few great new blogs. Whether you have days, hours or just a few minutes we hope you’ll join us!

Mini-Challenges. We’ll have two posts for you to work through that include a set of four brand new mini-challenges hosted by four fantastic book bloggers as well as a “Back to Basics” challenge hosted right here on the site. Look for those soon after this post goes up.

Update When and How You Want. Some choose to update on a schedule, daily or not at all. At the very least we do recommend posting a closing/wrap-up post to let us know how you did overall.

Sign In Below. Link-up your To-Do List below so that everyone can visit and cheer you on.

Tell Us Your Twitter Name! In the link below be sure to list your Twitter user name so that we can connect with you on Twitter during the event. This is especially great if you want to join us for the Twitter Party or even just ask a question or two. Be sure to follow @Bloggiesta and the hashtag #bloggiesta.

Participate in the Twitter Party! We’ll be having just one party during this mini-bloggiesta, hopefully you’ll be able to join us:
Saturday: 10:00 p.m. to midnight Eastern time (EDT)

Now, Lets Get The Fiesta Started!