March 2015 in Review

I finished nine books this month:

Princeless by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by M. Goodwin (graphic novel)
This Side of Home by Renée Watson (YA)
Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff by Walter Dean Myers (YA)
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, narrated by Bronson Pinchot (middle grade, audiobook)
The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom (adult)
52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody (YA)
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (YA)
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (children’s lit)
Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates (adult lit, non-fiction)

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Housecleaning: Bloggiesta-style

Bloggiesta-S15I am super behind on everything (and by everything, I mean grading, of course). Still and all, I am going to try to carve out some time to do stuff around my blog for Bloggiesta. I’m digging the fact that it’s a week this time, so I can really do 15-30 minutes a day on some stuff.

My to-do list:

1. Import reviews from old blog — I forgot I had started a blog over at blogspot when I jumped into book blogging and was trying to figure out where I wanted to hang my hat. As such, I want to get those posts/reviews over here so everything is all in one place.

2. Make a button for roundup posts — for visual interest, you know.

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Winter 2015 Mini Bloggiesta

BloggiestaI didn’t plan to participate in this weekend’s mini bloggiesta, yet here I am doing little things around my blog. So, this is me, making it official.

My to-do list:

1. Make my front page easier to scroll by adding “read more” links to the posts on the front page. (This one was inspired by my students. We did our blogging lesson, and a couple of them said how hard it is to navigate blogs with really long posts on the front page and that it’d be better/more attractive if it was only a preview.) √

2. Change 2014 to 2015 in my copyright widget. √

3. Change my theme. √

4. Schedule 2-3 posts. √

5. I have actually already read through skimmed some of the mini challenges, so I may go back and pay more attention to them–especially the meme and creative book reviews posts. √

Good luck to everyone on finishing your to-do lists this weekend!

UPDATE:

I finished everything on my list, including finding a theme that I’m happy with for now and scheduling two posts. New semester = new students blogging every week, and I plan to blog along with my students, so I’m glad to get a head start on that.

I’m already thinking about tasks I can accomplish for the next, week-long, Bloggiesta. Hmmm.

Bloggiesta!

So, I decided at the last minute to sign up for and participate in Bloggiesta. I have no plans for this weekend, so the timing is perfect.

My planned to-do list:Bloggiesta Spring 2014

  • participate in the PicMonkey challenge to make some buttons for my new/ongoing features
  • update my 2014 challenges list with books read
  • update my reviews by author page so that it’s current
  • write four or five posts I have swirling around in my head
  • participate in the Blog Post Bingo challenge
  • update my about page
  • do something about my layout–not sure what yet
  • investigate a different hosting service since hosting w/Wordpress limits what I can do with my blog

That list is a little insane, and I realize I probably won’t complete all of those items, but I should make a pretty healthy dent.

Excitement!

Finish line update:

  • I wrote two posts, not four or five. I’m still calling that complete.
  • I think I found a solution to my layout problem, so that’s a plus. Looking at getting a theme from Creative Whim when I switch my hosting
  • I’m still not sure what hosting service I’ll use yet. I need to get more feeedback from some trusted peeps on that one.

And that’s that. All in all, a rather successful weekend. I was also able to participate in the last Twitter chat, which was a lot of fun. Thanks so much to Suey and Danielle for all their hard work in organizing and hosting such a great event!