Saturday, January 9, 2010

Bloggiesta update!

Hey, it's day 2 of the Bloggiesta!

Yesterday I did a lot of behind the scenes stuff, as well as seeking out new bloggers and fulfilling my Comment Challenge requirements.

Behind the scenes work: did one of the old mini-challenges, analyzing my blog. I scored 44 out of 100, losing points because I didn't have meta-tags and because I had too many images and they all were alt-tag-less. The first part, adding meta-tags, was easy enough, and putting them in raised my score to 55 overnight! But the images...I have no idea where the analyzer is getting that idea. I think it didn't like the Goodreads "To Read" widget I used to have...but when I got rid of it, my image number magically rose from 18 to 36. So I'm kind of giving up on that part.

I've also made some templates and cheat sheets for posts like Teaser Tuesday and Nonfiction Monday, as well as common links like the BBYA 2010 nominations page that I usually search Google for every time I post. Hopefully this will increase my posting speed!

Plans for today:

  • Clean up tags. I'm pretty happy with the tags I have now, but I know that as I've added tags over the year, that means that early reviews may not have all of the applicable tags!
  • Organize widgets and link lists - I've already started this one this morning by getting rid of my Goodreads to read widget, since I haven't been using Goodreads much lately and it was hopelessly out of date. I want to go through my links at the bottom of the page and make sure they're all for blogs that still update regularly, and add new links that I've discovered (since I think I've updated those lists...twice in the past year? Waaaaaaaaay overdue!)
  • Get started on some commentary posts that I've been sitting on. Review posts I can type up in the morning before I go to work, but commentary posts take a lot more work, so I want to get a backlog of those!

Hope my fellow bloggers are having a good weekend!

UPDATE: 6:15 pm. It took 2 hours and 45 minutes, but I've gone through all of the posts on the blog and updated the tags! New tag added: supernatural. Renamed tags: dance (became dancing) & twists on the tale (became stories retold - going for clarity here). New posts added to the class, WWII, war & awards tags.


Michelle said...

I'm impressed that you have a plan for organizing your blog! For me it's mostly a seat-of-your-pants operation.

Margo Dill said...

WOW-I am impressed too. I'm not even sure if I know what some of those things are that you are doing. It's back to Wordpress for Dummies for me! :)


NatalieSap said...

Hello from a fellow Bloggiesta participant! It's easier to get motivated when I see others working on their blogs too, so thanks. :)

Angela Craft said...

Michelle - there's definitely a lot of work being done by the seat of my pants! That's why I made this list - it makes it a little more organized than the giant Tasks list I've set up in Gmail.

Margo - I have no idea what to do with Wordpress, so you're ahead of me there!

Amused said...

Great work! I also spent time cleaning up my tags for the Blogiesta!

Jan von Harz said...

Thankfully since I just started blogging I didn't have too many post to change labels on. Two hours just on labels wow

Alexia561 said...

Looks like you're doing pretty well with Bloggiesta! I'm still working on cleaning up my labels. Hoping to finish a few more challenges today as well. Good luck!

Margaret Ann Abrahams said...

Great tip about web grader - I'm definitely going to analyze my blog. I try to be strategic, but - I'm not as consistent as I'd like to be. Thanks!

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