Bloggiesta! Let’s Begin the Festivities!

Welcome to the first edition of the Bloggiesta!  A party like none other!

Led by our mascot . . .


Plan.  Edit.  Develop.  Review.  Organize.

(Seriously, is that not the coolest.  Jill thought he needed a name and @SlowTrav on Twitter came through in a big way.)

You’ve been prepping all week after checking out the challenge details.  You’ve ordered out for enchiladas, burritos, nachos and have a great big bowl of chips and salsa.  You’ve broken out the sweats which you’ve paired with a somberaro to match and your huge to do list is sitting dauntingly in front of you.  Take a deep breath, put on the mariachi music, shake out your shoulders and dive in!


How to Party!

When you begin the Bloggiesta challenge, sign in with Mr. Linky and link directly to your introductary Bloggiesta post.  That will let me and everybody else that you have officially begun and we can go share our mariachi tunes and cheer you on.

How many times you choose to update is up to you, but you should keep track of the hours spent on the challenge as well as the tasks that you have completed.  You do not need to write a new post for each mini-post completed, but do include and link back to the challenge host on your final summary post.

On Sunday, I will post a finish line post where you will link up to your final summary post.

Feel free to utilize the Blogging Tips forum for blog help and the twitter hashtag #bloggiesta.


There are mini-challenges!  Twelve hosts have generously offered to host mini-challenges.  Each mini-challenge is geared to help you improve your blog, so they are well worth checking out.

All the challenges will be up for the duration of the Bloggiesta, so you have the entire 48 hours to peruse and complete them.  You don’t have to do them all, but for each one that you do complete with a comment on their post, your name will be entered for a giveaway.


There are sponsors! A fantastic lot of publishers and publicists have generously donated titles to be given away during Bloggiesta! Each challenge completed will enter you, random draws for simply participating, most hours spent blogging, and if you keep track of the number of comments you leave visiting participating blogs, the one who leaves the most will also win a prize.  And along the way I’ll think of other ways to divide the goodies.  I’ll likely throw in some books from my personal stash of giveaway books.

Thank you!  Your support is much appreciated.

Ready, set . . .  let’s bloggiesta!

Have fun!

Sign in with Mr. Linky when you’ve arrived at the party:

P.S. This post is sticky. My personal Bloggiesta posts will remain below this post.


  1. I know I really should have started at 8am local time, but no-one else was at the party then and I was getting lonely.

    So I have made the executive decision to start my personal Bloggiesta at 8pm local time, which fits in with everyone else a little better.

    On to the mini-challenges…

    on June 19th, 2009 at 5:32 am
  2. The mini-challenges sound great! I might participate in a couple, though I can’t join bloggiesta because I have to use this weekend to READ! (horrible isn’t it? – but I am soooo behind).

    on June 19th, 2009 at 5:41 am
  3. [...] interested in joining, visit Natasha at Maw books Blog for the rules. You can also visit the “Sign Up” page to see who joined and what’s going up during those 2 days! It’s a fun 48 hours marathon [...]

    on June 19th, 2009 at 6:03 am
  4. The sun has finally reappeared on the East Coast so it’s the perfect time to party. Bloggiesta is up and running at:
    Good luck everyone!

    on June 19th, 2009 at 6:16 am
  5. Isn’t that PEDRO the most brilliant thing ever?! Love it! Enjoy bloggiesta, and I’ll check in with everyone later …

    on June 19th, 2009 at 6:40 am
  6. Natasha–I’m seriously so bummed I won’t be able to join. The mini-challenges look really great–I don’t subscribe to all of these blogs, but will you be putting up a link to the specific posts so that we can catch up later (if we’re not participating). Next time, I hope!! Hope you guys have a great time.

    on June 19th, 2009 at 6:57 am
  7. Baby’s not here yet, so I’m participating after all! Might as well do this blog upkeep now, it won’t happen once he gets here.

    on June 19th, 2009 at 7:06 am
  8. [...] June 19, 2009 · Leave a Comment Bloggiesta starts today! I’ve still got about 40 minutes until my start time, but unfortunately I have to work this morning so I won’t really be able to start until this afternoon. Check out the official start post for more info about Bloggiesta. [...]

    on June 19th, 2009 at 7:18 am
  9. I’m so excited to be starting!!!

    Trish – Yep, I’m actually going in right now to re-edit some of those links to the actual posts. I’m really excited with the mini-challenges!

    on June 19th, 2009 at 7:27 am
  10. I’m not gonna be able to do the full time but I will get as many of the challenges done as I can! :)

    on June 19th, 2009 at 7:35 am
  11. I just got started! I hope I’m able to get everything done. Thanks for putting this all together! :)

    on June 19th, 2009 at 8:10 am
  12. Great ideas! I have my goal post up — now need to get to work!

    on June 19th, 2009 at 8:37 am
  13. Hola! And buenos dias to Pedro!

    I will be stealthily joining the party throughout the day, since I’m stuck at work for the next 10 hours. But this evening (hopefully after a dinner of motivational Mexican food) I’ll be ready to par-tay!

    on June 19th, 2009 at 8:47 am
  14. Here is my first post. Sorry, Mister Linky didn’t work for me this morning, but I’ll try here later.

    on June 19th, 2009 at 8:49 am
  15. sorry there is my first post.

    on June 19th, 2009 at 8:50 am
  16. Okay, I can’t get Mr Linky to open, so here’s my post…

    on June 19th, 2009 at 8:51 am
  17. Ready, set, GO!

    Bloggiesta begins on the West Coast.

    Here is my Bloggiesta starting post.

    on June 19th, 2009 at 9:04 am
  18. For some reason Mr. Linky doesn’t like me.

    Here is my Bloggiesta starting post

    on June 19th, 2009 at 9:14 am
  19. Okay, the Mr. Linky is not working so I decide to post here. Hope it’s okay!

    Good luck everyone!

    on June 19th, 2009 at 9:41 am
  20. I’m here but no starting post for me yet–must finish my Nerds Heart YA book first! I have things planned with my kids this afternoon, spo I hope I can get started before then.

    on June 19th, 2009 at 9:42 am
  21. Good Luck and Happy Bloggiesta. That’s quite a list but I’m sure you’ll be up to the challenge!

    on June 19th, 2009 at 9:53 am
  22. Mr. Linky hates me.

    My Post

    on June 19th, 2009 at 10:14 am
  23. [...] So Natasha over at Maw Books Blog is doing a fantastic book blogging challenge called Bloggiesta and it’s all about improving your book blog. And as some of you may or may not have noticed I [...]

    on June 19th, 2009 at 10:38 am
  24. and my link didn’t show up.

    on June 19th, 2009 at 10:46 am
  25. My bloggiesta plan.

    Wow, those challenges look fun!

    on June 19th, 2009 at 10:54 am
  26. Can’t get the Mr. Linky to work…but haven’t got any posts up yet, anyway. Just hanging out here and there checking out the progress while I contemplate dinner and how to write my first post ;)

    on June 19th, 2009 at 10:55 am
  27. My starting line post is here:

    Good luck to everyone participating in the Bloggiesta! Natasha, thanks so much for hosting this. It’s a great idea.

    on June 19th, 2009 at 11:13 am
  28. Good luck to everyone!

    on June 19th, 2009 at 11:13 am
  29. This is going to be great! Good luck to everyone :)

    Here’s my bloggiesta starting post.

    on June 19th, 2009 at 11:14 am
  30. I won’t be able to join you. Life has interfered BIG TIME!

    But the ideas put forth on blog improvement are terrific and I have printed them out and keep them nearby.

    Best of luck to all.

    on June 19th, 2009 at 11:37 am
  31. I think if my To Do list looked like that I would wrap up into the fetal position and cry like a baby.

    on June 19th, 2009 at 12:02 pm
  32. [...] Bloggiesta Ole! Pedro is very cute! [...]

    on June 19th, 2009 at 12:11 pm
  33. I haz started. :) I can’t wait to check out the mini-challenges.

    on June 19th, 2009 at 12:20 pm
  34. I started earlier @ 9:30am, Mr Linky wasn’t letting me link. Now he likes me :) Have already written and saved a few posts and am going to try a mini challenge. Then I will hopefully start getting some children’s book reviews saved for later dates. Love this!

    on June 19th, 2009 at 12:36 pm
  35. Annoyed with Mr. Linky :( It’s too trigger happy apparently. Anyway, I’m in. I started about 2. I’m not off to the best of starts. For the first fifteen minutes I wrested with blogger. It was saying “blogger unavailable.” But it was a temporary-ish glitch, I’m hoping. I was able to publish.

    I’m participating with multiple blogs. But I only have one start-up post. Mr. Linky didn’t let me change the top portion so it says the nonsense about Margaret Mitchell. But I think the blog link is the right one for the bloggiesta.

    on June 19th, 2009 at 1:26 pm
  36. The link was wrong. So I added the right one underneath.

    on June 19th, 2009 at 1:29 pm
  37. Hi Natasha! I’m not able to officially participate, but some blog maintenance and book review catch-up is something I’m working on for the next couple of days (week?). I mentioned Bloggiesta in my new post about adding a social bookmarking button to my posts. I see you have already done this!

    on June 19th, 2009 at 1:49 pm
  38. [...] catching up on your blog.  Tidying up loose ends, get ahead on posts, participate in hosted mini-challenges and learn some great blogging tips along the way.  And would I forget to [...]

    on June 19th, 2009 at 4:05 pm
  39. [...] you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic.Powered by WP Greet BoxThis Bloggiesta thing is tough work!  I was hard at work for 6 hours today from 8-2, and while I was working [...]

    on June 19th, 2009 at 4:22 pm
  40. I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again your amazing for having put together this challenge. I’ve been enjoying it immensely thus far and know that I’ll continue to do so over the remainder of the weekend.

    Fabulous work Natasha thank you :)

    on June 19th, 2009 at 4:55 pm
  41. [...] to MawBooks on this page to see a list of [...]

    on June 19th, 2009 at 6:13 pm
  42. Okay – I’m late to the party (stupid job!!), but I’m starting NOW!!!!

    on June 19th, 2009 at 6:15 pm
  43. Maw Books (for our international participants only)

    Everywhere I go it’s only US, or if they’re generous, US/Canada. So it’s always a delightful surprise to see someone has included international participants. :)

    *totters off to do challenges*

    on June 19th, 2009 at 7:50 pm
  44. I’m late to the party, but I’ve been working on my blog for over an hour! I’ve started several draft posts to get ready for posting and I’m cleaning up the sidebar. Next will either work on blog roll or *gulp* read the 700 or so posts in my blog reader.

    on June 19th, 2009 at 8:09 pm
  45. I am late to the party as well. Darned work got in the way, and then I HAD to go out last night, but we are on the way now!

    on June 19th, 2009 at 8:49 pm
  46. My first post/report for Bloggiesta is now up. I’ve done about 10 hours work now.

    on June 19th, 2009 at 9:06 pm
  47. Hi!
    My first entry is posted. I have also done Rebecca’s Mini Challenge. I learned how to do folders at Google Reader, YES!! Looking forward to working on my blog and learning some new bloggy stuff!


    on June 19th, 2009 at 10:44 pm
  48. I just found this “challenge” a few hours ago and I completeed the first mini challenge before I decided to join the party so I signed up now but I have been working since midnight (est)

    on June 20th, 2009 at 12:39 am
  49. I’m arriving late to the party, but I’d love to join. I do have some other things also going on this weekend, but in between things I’ll be doing the Bloggiesta!

    on June 20th, 2009 at 5:36 am
  50. Oops, when I first signed up with Mr. Linky I didn’t put my introductory post. I did now! Can you delete my first one (#79)?

    on June 20th, 2009 at 5:57 am
  51. Hi!

    I’ve signed up, a little late, but been working and just found this post. :)

    Here’s My Bloggiesta Post!



    on June 20th, 2009 at 12:21 pm
  52. Well I’m finally got around to arriving at the festivities.

    Natasha, you’ll be happy to know that one of my tasks is to help you with one of your tasks:

    on June 20th, 2009 at 2:05 pm
  53. i just set up my gravitar, thanks to trish @ hey lady! whatcha readin’?

    thanks so much, trish & natasha!

    on June 20th, 2009 at 5:42 pm
  54. I just signed the Linky again….. I linked somewhere on Friday when we began but just checked the link and I am not on it so linked again. Maybe I linked a different one on your blog somewhere?

    Unsure anyway – I want to make sure I am in as I have put in a ton of hours, completed all the mini challenges and I am pretty excited with my blog that a completely new face and format!

    Thanks so much all the work that went into this. Many many bloggers are going to have more efficient blogs and know more about blogging becuase of this challenge. :)

    on June 20th, 2009 at 6:26 pm
  55. Ahhhhhhh. I ache all over but I have finished all the bloggers’ challenges, apart from getting a blogging buddy. I begged on Facebook and Twitter like the Little Match Girl, but no one cared, and I died, alone, in the cold, along with Hemingway.

    As for your list, I’ve completed all of them bar five.

    Thanks so much for all the work you put into this; I hope you get billions more subscribers because of it.

    on June 20th, 2009 at 10:39 pm
  56. [...] Solstice to all!  I spent part of Friday working on this blog and on my Google Reader thanks to Bloggiesta, an event organized by Natasha at Maw Books.  Her suggestions, and the great mini-challenges [...]

    on June 21st, 2009 at 8:39 am
  57. [...] huge thank you to Natasha at Maw Books Blog, Rebecca at The Book Lady’s Blog, Beth from Beth Fish Reads, Jill at Fizzy Thoughts, Emily from [...]

    on June 21st, 2009 at 10:04 pm
  58. [...] past Friday and Saturday (June 19-20), Natasha at Maw Books hosted the first ever Bloggiesta… Olé!  The idea was to clean out the broken links, [...]

    on June 21st, 2009 at 10:52 pm
  59. [...] 20, 2009 by Gaby317 I’m signing up for this Bloggiesta, as created by Natasha @ Maw Books Blog.  I started quite late but it sounds like a fun and helpful [...]

    on June 21st, 2009 at 11:33 pm
  60. [...] How many updates (if any) you want to do is up to you.  Make it work for you.  Personally, I plan on making a to do list and then crossing off items as I accomplish them.  There will be bloggers hosting mini-challenges as well.  These are great to learn new information.  To get an idea of the mini-challenges last time, check out the list. [...]

    on January 9th, 2010 at 1:06 am
  61. The response to national disaster is noble but it’s a real shame that so many citizens take advantage of the sad situations.

    I mean everytime there is an earthquake, a flood, an oil spill – there’s always a group of heartless people who rip off tax payers.

    This is in response to reading that 4 of Oprah Winfreys “angels” got busted ripping off the system. Shame on them!

    on March 5th, 2010 at 4:48 am
  62. [...] Bloggiesta Starting Line Remember a couple days ago when I posted about the Bloggiesta? Well, it’s here. It’s finally here! It runs from Friday to Sunday with the focus being [...]

    on May 1st, 2010 at 8:25 am
  63. [...] There was also time, surprisingly, to get our collective asses in gear and have a ship-shaping Bloggiesta. [...]

    on May 23rd, 2011 at 6:03 pm

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