Mark Your Calendars for the 2nd Edition Bloggiesta!

Bloggiesta: Pedro Mark your calendars for the second edition of the Bloggiesta on January 8th, 9th and 10th, 2010!  What a perfect time to do some blog housekeeping, sprucing up and prepping the blog for a new year of fantastic blogging.

After feedback from the last Bloggiesta, we will be partying for three days instead of two!  Details are below.

Some of you may be asking what is Bloggiesta?  In short, it’s a blogging marathon.  A opportunity to cross those nagging items off of your to-do list and improve your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing.  Break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music and whack a pinata or two!

What to do during the Bloggiesta?

  • Write reviews.
  • Write backup posts for a rainy day.
  • Write that great post idea from three months back.
  • Work on series posts.
  • Write guest posts.
  • Put out invitations for guest posts.
  • Conduct and edit author interviews.
  • Create template posts for your future reads (ie: title, images, linking, tags, etc,) so you can open up, write review and post without being bogged down with technicalities
  • Clean up your tags, archives, books reviewed list, etc.
  • Create a text file (or Google Doc) of cheat sheets (html codes, post url’s, etc)
  • Improve your blog template, clean up sidebars, add a favicon, install those plugins that you’ve been meaning to do.
  • Add or edit your about me page, review policy, disclosure policy, privacy policy, create landing pages (for example – an about me for Twitter readers page) or any other pages you might have.
  • Any bloggy type housekeeping that you’ve been neglecting.
  • Clean up and update your challenge lists.  Link up your posts with hosts.
  • Make sure all of your social network profiles are up to date.  Brand yourself through those profiles with color scheme, images, etc.
  • Go get a gravatar.
  • Visit the Blogging Tips group on the Book Blogs Ning and find ways to improve your blog.
  • Work on any specialized projects that you may have going.
  • Clean out and organize your feed reader and blog subscriptions.
  • Create an elevator pitch.
  • Make business cards.
  • Find a blogging buddy.
  • The sky’s the limit!

How to play:

  1. The date is Friday, January 8th,  Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th. You can really start whenever you want within that time but official hours are 8am to 8am (wherever you are).  That is a total of 76 hours, of which you should aim high for a total of 18-24 hours spent on the challenge. (I chose both a weekday and a weekend to hopefully accommodate different needs.  The hours spent on the challenge do NOT need to be in a row. Use the entire 76 hour time frame and see what you can do with it.  (I say aim for 24 hours but really if you can only do six, twelve or eighteen that’s fine too. I just like to have something to aim for.)
  2. It’s your call as to how much you want to put into it.  But you have to put something into it or it’s not a challenge. So stay up all night or sleep and take care of kids when you need to.
  3. When you start the challenge, come to this blog and  to the “starting line” post and link to your specific post about beginning the challenge which is posted on your blog. That way I’ll be able to track participants and know who’s really at the party.
  4. 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.
  5. If you are on Twitter, use the hashtag #bloggiesta to join the chatter.
  6. Your final summary post needs to be posted no later than Monday, January 11th. Come back to the finish line and link to your specific summary post.  Your summary should include the number of hours spent on the challenge, what you accomplished, links to mini-challenge hosts if you completed them and any other experiences you’d like to add.
  7. Sign the Mr. Linky now if you intend to join the challenge. I’d like to get an idea of how many people will be participating.  If you blog about the challenge, point them to this post.  I’ll have a starting line post on Friday to sign in when you begin the challenge.  Don’t forget to subscribe, so you’ll be notified of  future bloggiesta posts.


    Sign up (Name and Blog url):

Who can play?

  • Anybody!  While obviously hosted by a book blogger, I’d love to welcome anybody who has a blog who would like to write content or improve their blog to join in.  In addition to adult, kidlit, YA, romance, mystery, historical fiction, non-fiction, and publishing book blogs  any other bloggers are welcome.  Movie blog?  TV blog?  Mommy blog?   Gardening blog?  Photography blog?  All are welcome!

Will there be prizes?

  • Yes!

What can you do to help?

  • Spread the word!   The more we have join the challenge, the more moral support we’ll have during the challenge!  And lets face it.  It’s going to be one awesome party!  And if you participated in the Bloggiesta last time and have any feedback for this next time, feel free to let me know.

By the way – we already discussed this on Twitter but does anybody know the name of our awesome mascot and what his name stands for? Don’t forget to sign the Mr. Linky above.


  1. I am so excited to take part in this Bloggiesta! Its going to be a lot of fun!

    on December 14th, 2009 at 8:31 pm
  2. I know that he is PEDRO, but I forgot what it stands for! And too lazy to go an look it up. I feel like educate is in there somewhere.

    on December 14th, 2009 at 9:34 pm
  3. I learned a few things in the last Bloggiesta so I’m happy to do it again. Thanks for having this.

    on December 14th, 2009 at 11:56 pm
  4. I was just thinking about Bloggiesta the other day. I didn’t do it last year, not officially, but ended up being inspired to do the stuff. I fully intend to be all-in this year :-)

    on December 15th, 2009 at 12:02 am
  5. This is something that would clear MY conscience for sure! Wow, I could get so much done. Unfortunately, there is no way this is going to happen until my kids go to college (ha, they are 10 and 11 now!). I would have to send my husband and kids on a trip to get this kind of time. But I will look forward to all the great stuff that happens with the rest of you!!!!

    on December 15th, 2009 at 5:01 am
  6. OH — I missed the first Bloggiesta, but I think I am free for this one and I definitely want to be a part of the celebration! Thanks for hosting it again, Natasha.

    on December 15th, 2009 at 7:00 am
  7. I’m excited about this! I had to miss the last Bloggiesta because something was going on where I couldn’t participate. This is the perfect time of year to do this.

    on December 15th, 2009 at 8:37 am
  8. Does PEDRO remind anyone else of all those South of the Border signs on 95?

    I’m not sure I can participate (it’s my anniversary weekend and I’m *fingers crossed* hoping that something is being planned for that weekend), but it sounds like fun and something I could really use. Maybe I’ll aim for just Sunday.

    on December 15th, 2009 at 10:32 am
  9. Oh it had to be that weekend. Seriously. Sigh.

    So not going to happen…

    I’ll try to drop in for some cheerleading. :D

    on December 15th, 2009 at 11:16 am
  10. I am so excited that you are doing this again! I was sad that I missed your last Bloggiesta, but this year I am definitely participating.

    BTW: Your mascot is PEDRO for:
    Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize.

    on December 15th, 2009 at 12:50 pm
  11. I’m so excited! I was out of town last time and couldn’t do it. I’m definitely in for this.

    Also, I’ll be putting a notice in my newsletter to help spread the word!

    on December 15th, 2009 at 3:00 pm
  12. I can’t wait! I have so much I want to plan and get done. It’s going to be fabulous!

    Now, only if I could get a babysitter it would be even better…I’m going to have to think about that one.

    on December 15th, 2009 at 3:24 pm
  13. I heard of this (maybe through BBAW), but didn’t know much about it. It sounds exactly what I need to be doing — both on my personal blog and 5 Minutes for Books.

    on December 16th, 2009 at 11:36 am
  14. Prepare Execute D_____ Revise Organize ? I forgot already and I did see the Twitter conversation! Yes, I’m joining in!

    on December 16th, 2009 at 10:00 pm
  15. The timing for this is perfect! My blog is new and I need to spend some time on it to bring it even close to the standards I have seen on many book blogs!

    I return from vacation on the 9th so I will have to start then but I can use jet lag to my advantage and work through nights!

    on December 17th, 2009 at 11:01 am
  16. I’m super excited! Bloggiesta was such fun and great motivation. Looking forward to it :)

    on December 17th, 2009 at 1:39 pm
  17. My first Bloggiesta and all linked up and ready to go!

    on December 18th, 2009 at 6:37 pm
  18. I’m so excited that it’s time for another bloggiesta! I will only be able to participate on Friday because I have company coming over that weekend.

    on December 19th, 2009 at 7:06 am
  19. Sounds like a wonderful idea and will be helpful in getting me caught up.

    on December 19th, 2009 at 2:00 pm
  20. If you want me to host a mini challenge again, I’m in — just help me come up with an idea….

    on December 21st, 2009 at 12:11 pm
  21. Sounds like just the thing I need for catching up on my back(b)log! I need to check my calendar first…

    on December 21st, 2009 at 12:29 pm
  22. I linked to my main page in Mr Linky. I haven’t written a starting post yet. Hope that’s okay.

    on December 21st, 2009 at 12:54 pm
  23. This sounds like the perfect excuse to me to get some blogging done! I’m looking forward to it!

    on December 22nd, 2009 at 9:54 am
  24. I’m IN!

    on December 22nd, 2009 at 11:12 am
  25. I want to shine up my blog. Perfect timing!

    on December 23rd, 2009 at 3:25 pm
  26. I’m so excited for this- I’m hoping to get a lot done. Thanks for hosting it!

    on December 25th, 2009 at 5:33 pm
  27. [...] This post was Twitted by Bloggiesta [...]

    on December 29th, 2009 at 3:28 pm
  28. Ok, I’ve never done this before but my bloggerversary is coming up and I need some suggestions for improving my site. Hoping to learn a lot during this bloggiesta!

    on December 29th, 2009 at 4:35 pm
  29. [...] This post was Twitted by bookjourney [...]

    on December 29th, 2009 at 9:10 pm
  30. This is my first bloggiesta! I am so eager to get started!

    on December 30th, 2009 at 6:14 pm
  31. The first Blogiesta was a huge step for me in my beginning blogging journey. I am excited to be a part of this again. If you need any help with anything feel free to email me. :)

    on December 30th, 2009 at 7:39 pm
  32. Cool! I’ve been falling off the blog wagon recently, need the extra kick in the hindquarters this challenge will bring.

    Thanks to @pookasluagh from the Zen Leaf for pointing this out to me! Not a book blogger, but a Writer blogger. Though I am considering doing a book blog to make me read even when I’m writing…


    on December 31st, 2009 at 1:39 pm
  33. I’m lucky my hubby is self-sufficient and knows how to entertain himself when I disappear into the blogosphere! *So* excited for Bloggiesta!

    on January 2nd, 2010 at 1:04 am
  34. Loved the first Bloggiesta! A great opportunity to put aside some time and take care of business! :D I was such a newbie the first time, this time will be even more fun!

    on January 2nd, 2010 at 10:05 pm
  35. My first Bloggiesta! I’ll have to come up with a list of things I want to do. I’ve got some already just from your list.

    on January 3rd, 2010 at 10:51 am
  36. I was sure I signed up already but I guess I didn’t. I’m in!

    on January 3rd, 2010 at 7:17 pm
  37. Yikes, this sounds tempting and soooo scary. It’s already a busy weekend. Last time I tried to do a blogathon I got caught in a million squadillion other things. =P But I guess no time like the present, eh? Okay. *sigh* I’m in! I’m pumped!

    on January 3rd, 2010 at 10:43 pm
  38. Will be doing bloggy stuff this weekend anyway, so it’ll be great to do it with other bloggers. Count me in!:)

    on January 4th, 2010 at 9:28 pm
  39. Si, si! I’m in! I got my intro post up this morning, and I’m working on a longish list of projects for the Bloggiesta.

    on January 5th, 2010 at 7:36 am
  40. What a great idea – and I love that it coincides with the start of The Comment Challenge – trying to get kid lit blog readers and writers to leave 5 comments a day on different blogs – as a way to build community, find new blogs, and get more visitors and comments on your own blogs!

    I’ll try to mention your Bloggiesta on tonight’s twitter #kidlitchat

    Thanks for all you do,

    on January 5th, 2010 at 11:24 am
  41. Dang, I am not going to be around this weekend so can’t join. That is really too bad, since I enjoyed the previous bloggiesta immensely!

    on January 5th, 2010 at 2:06 pm
  42. This is the first time I have ever heard of this. I will definitely be watching. I don’t know if I will participate this time. I just want to see how it goes. Or. . . maybe I will. Don’t know yet.
    Hmmm . . .

    on January 5th, 2010 at 2:52 pm
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    on January 6th, 2010 at 6:01 am
  44. I came on board (to the blogging community) last year when you were winding up this challenge. Sheila had created posts about it, and I was fascinated. But I didn’t know anything else about it.

    Now, after a few months “blogging around,” I am ready to go!

    I have a lot of blogs (yeah, I’m kind of crazy!), so I’m picking to link to my newest one, since it still needs a lot of work.

    Not that the others are perfect, but I choose to work on the “neediest” one first.

    on January 6th, 2010 at 11:23 am
  45. My first Bloggiesta!

    This is great. I need something to push me into finishing writing my new review policies, the reviews of 5 books sitting on my desk, as well as working out some re-adjustments to my layout (uh oh…let’s hope my content survives).

    Thanks! See you this weekend!

    on January 6th, 2010 at 1:45 pm
  46. I am participating for sure as much as I can. My first time participating let me get so much done. I have a huge list of things I need to do this time around.

    on January 6th, 2010 at 1:55 pm
  47. Remember hearing how helpful this was to last year’s participants, so excited to be taking part this year! Ole! :-)

    on January 6th, 2010 at 3:32 pm
  48. Ok, I’m in….I need to do a lot of work on my little blog! Thanks Shelia and Reagan for posting about this!

    on January 7th, 2010 at 11:20 am
  49. I *finally* remembered to write a sign-up post!

    on January 7th, 2010 at 4:58 pm
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  52. Wow, this has a ton of interest! It’s a really neat idea, too. I need to get my links and such all cleaned up – thanks for the motivation!

    on January 8th, 2010 at 2:04 am
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  55. I have 261 unread blog posts on my blog reader, so I could really use this weekend. I’ll try to take part next time.

    on January 8th, 2010 at 11:18 am
  56. Well, thanks to bloggiesta, I’ve decided to work on a post that I’d been delaying. Come by my blog later to:

    **Read my book review of The Maze Runner
    **Watch a Q&A video with author James Dashner
    **Enter win a copy of The Maze Runner!

    Thanks for sponsoring this event. It’s my first year and I’ll hopefully get even more done this weekend.

    Laura Hartness
    The Calico Critic

    on January 8th, 2010 at 11:28 am
  57. Great idea! Thanks for the push! I need it . . . .

    on January 8th, 2010 at 11:45 am
  58. Thanks for hosting this. I haven’t officially signed up, but I’m loving these posts for the Bloggiesta and the great tips.

    on January 8th, 2010 at 12:10 pm
  59. I’ve joined! I think this will help motivate me to keep up on things for both blogs…thanks for hosting.

    on January 8th, 2010 at 1:05 pm
  60. What a great idea! I’m going to mark my calendar for next year though as I’m supposed to be packing and am currently procrastinating!

    on January 8th, 2010 at 1:18 pm
  61. I just heard about this but I think this might be good for me since I am pretty new to the blogging world. We’ll see what I can do to hone my skills!

    on January 8th, 2010 at 4:34 pm
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  63. It is late Friday and I just found out about this today. I am late joining but want to work on my blog. I have a full schedule this weekend but will make some time for this. Will also look forward to next year if you host it again. Thanks for the suggestions they were helpful

    on January 8th, 2010 at 10:56 pm
  64. Well I got my Maze Runner review, video Q&A and giveaway up! And made a button of sorts for Sourcebooks, the latest publisher for which I’m going to do book reviews.

    Next I’m going to start working on posts to be put up on the blog later this week.

    Chug-chugging away!

    Laura Hartness
    The Calico Critic

    on January 9th, 2010 at 10:06 am
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    on January 10th, 2010 at 4:01 pm
  66. Okay, I missed this completely! And I’m disappointed. But putting that behind me – is this something that is done yearly? Semi-annually? Once every couple of months?

    I would love to join in when it comes around again. It’s a fantastic idea, and I really could have used it. =)

    on January 11th, 2010 at 11:36 am
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