Bloggiesta is Coming Up FAST! Mark Your Calendars for June 11-13th.

Bloggiesta: PedroMy apologies for what is a very short notice announcement.   I lay blame on my recent camping trip, Book Expo America and Book Blogger Convention in regards to not getting the date publicized earlier.  Totally my fault.

The third (can it really be the third time already?!)   Bloggiesta is scheduled for June 11th, 12th, and 13th. Mid-year is a great time to evaluate your blog and see how you’re doing.  I can’t wait to get re-energized for the rest of the year!

The timing of the January Bloggiesta was very well received.  As this event is held every six months, I’ve decided that January’s Bloggiesta will be bigger than the June Bloggiesta.  The June Bloggiesta will have fewer mini-challenges and fewer prizes.  I also suspect we’ll have fewer participants as the weather is nice outside and we are all vacationing or out playing.  BUT that’s not to say that we’re not going to have an awesome time here shortly.  Expect great things.  Accomplish great things.  There will still be awesome mini-challenges and prizes and we’ll still be partying like nobody’s business.

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.  Be consistent in 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, June 11th,  Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th. 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, 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 end of the day Monday, June 14th. 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. THE FIESTA HAS STARTED! GO DIRECT TO THE STARTING LINE POST TO SIGN IN! 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.

88 comments


  1. So excited this is coming up! And it’s the weekend my husband is away on a business trip, too, so I have no other obligations!

    on June 1st, 2010 at 10:03 am
  2. Great idea for those of us who get into blogging funks. I’ll make the enchiladas verdes.

    on June 1st, 2010 at 10:22 am
  3. Well, poo. I won’t be able to play. :( I’ll be working on my final which is due the 13th, plus son’s boy scout twilight camp thing is that weekend. Will try to drop in and check out the fun.

    on June 1st, 2010 at 10:44 am
  4. Been down with poor health for a while. Hope Bloggiesta helps get me blogging again. I learned a lot during the first two and am looking forward to doing it again.

    on June 1st, 2010 at 10:56 am
  5. Can’t wait to get to some nagging tasks that I keep putting off.

    on June 1st, 2010 at 11:24 am
  6. I didn’t realize this is a 6 month thing – January was my first. So I’m very excited because I need to do some work on my blogs!

    on June 1st, 2010 at 12:21 pm
  7. Looking forward to my first bloggista!!! Thanks for helping me organize myself :)

    on June 1st, 2010 at 12:46 pm
  8. I have linked on Mr. Linky and will be doing a post to generate some more interest in the event.

    A post on how to host an event or challenge with Mr. Linky would be wonderful.

    Perhaps some information on feeds? Thanks!

    on June 1st, 2010 at 1:07 pm
  9. I’ve just signed up for my 2nd Bloggiesta and posted about it on my blog. I’m looking forward to this and am off to make my to-do list for the weekend.

    Thanks for hosting this event!

    on June 1st, 2010 at 2:35 pm
  10. Yey! I was wondering what the exact dates were! I hope to join in the fun. There’s always lots of blog housework to do.

    on June 1st, 2010 at 4:53 pm
  11. Yay! I missed the one in January by a month, but heard great things about it, so I’m pretty excited to be able to participate in this one.

    on June 1st, 2010 at 5:09 pm
  12. Hi, this is my first Bloggiesta. I signed up and will spread the word.

    on June 1st, 2010 at 7:55 pm
  13. I might participate again this year if I can cull my thoughts together about what I want to accomplish after that long week in NYC and all the catch up I’m trying to accomplish.

    on June 2nd, 2010 at 7:43 am
  14. Your blog is telling me to introduce myself, so I thought I’d leave a comment to say “hi”.

    I had never heard of Bloggiesta before, but it sounds like a good way to improve my blog. I haven’t signed up yet, because I’m not sure how busy I’ll be that particular weekend. I’m hoping to have enough spare time to work on my blog & participate!

    on June 2nd, 2010 at 8:01 am
  15. I’m so very excited! I really got started on my blog during the first bloggiesta so I missed out…I cannot wait to party and share in the fun with this one! AND learn all the things I haven’t been able to figure out yet (like mr. linky)
    Thanks for hosting! I’ll be sure to post some fantastic southern margarita recipes during the event!

    on June 2nd, 2010 at 8:45 am
  16. I’m so sad to be missing this. That’s the only weekend in June that I am not free. Ah well, another time!

    on June 2nd, 2010 at 8:55 am
  17. Dang! I’m out of town this weekend. What a great idea! I’ll definitely RT.

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

    on June 2nd, 2010 at 9:45 am
  18. Boggiesta just sounds so much fun! I’m definitely going to try and get lots of posts planned and scheduled because I’m having a baby and I want to be able to keep my posts coming!

    on June 2nd, 2010 at 5:04 pm
  19. I just linked up! I’m excited.

    on June 2nd, 2010 at 7:35 pm
  20. I will be participating mostly via twitter. That weekend will be really busy with work and family commitments so doing a bunch of blogging will be out of the question. Anyone who needs help with html, css or other bloggy things can find me via twitter (@pussreboots)

    on June 2nd, 2010 at 11:44 pm
  21. Looking forward to joining in the fun! I can think of lots of things that need doing at my blog.

    on June 3rd, 2010 at 2:45 am
  22. [...] friends are ready to see everyone again later this month (next week!) for Bloggiesta.  Natasha at Maw Books Blog hosts Bloggiesta to help bloggers of all kinds improve their blogs.  So what do bloggers accomplish during [...]

    on June 3rd, 2010 at 3:48 pm
  23. Woo Hoooo! I think this will be fun :)

    on June 3rd, 2010 at 4:24 pm
  24. I’m brand new at blogging, but this looks like fun and I’m sure I’ll learn tons.

    on June 4th, 2010 at 12:15 pm
  25. I’d like to participate, I am a newbie blogger and could probably use the time to tap into others’ expertise.
    I’ll be spending Saturday and maybe part of Sunday at the Printer’s Row Lit Fest in Chicago, so I don’t know how much time I’ll be able to commit — but I will see what I can do.

    on June 4th, 2010 at 12:16 pm
  26. First time i’m going to participate! :D

    on June 4th, 2010 at 12:17 pm
  27. I’m not sure how much time I’ll have, but I definitely have some bloggy housekeeping to do!

    on June 4th, 2010 at 3:02 pm
  28. My very first Bloggiesta. I can’t wait!

    on June 4th, 2010 at 7:46 pm
  29. Is multi blog cleaning okay? I’ll just use one blog as base for my post and link off it if that’s okay?

    on June 5th, 2010 at 11:12 am
  30. [...] Bloggiesta is next weekend, hosted by Natasha of Maw Books. I’m really want to participate but I haven’t signed up yet since it’s my last weekend with Ben for awhile before he goes off to grad school for the summer. [...]

    on June 6th, 2010 at 7:35 am
  31. My blog to do list is long and I’ve been looking for time to schedule in my calendar to start working on it. So, this comes at the perfect time for me. This will be my first time participating. I’m hoping to get a lot accomplished.

    on June 6th, 2010 at 3:34 pm
  32. Count me in ?

    on June 6th, 2010 at 5:15 pm
  33. Yay, signed up for my first ever Bloggiesta!

    on June 6th, 2010 at 8:06 pm
  34. I am going to participate for the first time! I won’t have a whole lot of time to devote to it, especially since I am only blogging a little bit right now, but I am hoping to spend some time working on rebranding Reading and Ruminations until I can get back into the swing of things.

    on June 6th, 2010 at 8:44 pm
  35. [...] up:  Bloggiesta!!! It’s next weekend.  If you are a blogger, you are invited!  Are you [...]

    on June 6th, 2010 at 9:40 pm
  36. I did Bloggiesta last year and found the advice and posts really helpful. And the camaraderie was great. I plan to join again this time. Thanks!

    on June 6th, 2010 at 10:05 pm
  37. [...] it would be fun for BIP participants to join in with another great blogging activity — the Bloggiesta hosted by Natasha at Maw Books. The Bloggiesta is a weekend-long blogging marathon, which Natasha describes as: Some of you may be [...]

    on June 7th, 2010 at 6:37 am
  38. I’ve been on a blogging hiatus again lately but this may be just what I need to get back in the groove. Looking forward to it!

    on June 7th, 2010 at 7:42 am
  39. I joined Bloggiesta in January when I was a brand new blogger and I learned so much during the event!

    I am looking forward to doing this again!

    on June 7th, 2010 at 11:32 am
  40. This sounds like a fun way to get organized…count me in! I’ll be putting together a post to post on my blog tomorrow.

    on June 7th, 2010 at 12:15 pm
  41. [...] more ideas? Check out Maw Book Blog’s Bloggerista Challenge! It’s a great event that gives you ideas on how to plan your blogging life.  Remember, [...]

    on June 7th, 2010 at 2:50 pm
  42. hi ,will try and join in as much as i can over weekend ,new to this

    on June 7th, 2010 at 4:50 pm
  43. Looking forward to my first Bloggiesta. I posted about it on Sunday.

    on June 7th, 2010 at 4:59 pm
  44. I just found this and boy do I ever need it!! I have a huge list that I haven’t been able to get to.

    on June 7th, 2010 at 5:14 pm
  45. I’m looking forward to this. I’ve been blogging for awhile, but my blog needs some sprucing up. I hope I’ve come to the right place.

    on June 7th, 2010 at 5:55 pm
  46. I will try to participate. I defintiely need to catch up on some things!

    on June 7th, 2010 at 11:29 pm
  47. [...] you’ve got your sombreros out because it’s going to be a blast! If you haven’t done so yet, sign the Mr. Linky to let me know you plan on being [...]

    on June 8th, 2010 at 12:03 am
  48. [...] should keep me plenty busy!  Do you want to join in?  Head on over to Natasha’s blog and sign up. *whispers*  I hear there will be prizes! I would love it if subscribed to my RSS feed. Thanks [...]

    on June 8th, 2010 at 8:13 am
  49. This is my second time participating and can’t wait to get started…have tons of reviews to write and some other housekeeping chores to do!!!

    on June 8th, 2010 at 8:33 am
  50. I don’t know how much I’ll be able to participate, but I know there are some things I want to work on in my newest blog. That’s the one I signed at Linky.

    on June 8th, 2010 at 11:52 am
  51. Yay! I just signed up. I have a lot of things I want to catch up on. Thanks for hosting this Natasha. Sounds like fun :)

    on June 8th, 2010 at 1:33 pm
  52. [...] are two library loots that just had to be written! The Bloggiesta (hosted by Maw Books Blog) is next weekend. June 11-13th. I look forward to participating in [...]

    on June 8th, 2010 at 1:55 pm
  53. I really need to wrong on templates for posting and such so I can post faster and more often. Also, need to start thinking of my next phase and how to put that in blog form…

    on June 8th, 2010 at 7:31 pm
  54. I’m a newbie – both to book blogging (less than a month) and now to Bloggiesta! I’m looking forward to it! ;-)

    on June 8th, 2010 at 8:18 pm
  55. [...] almost Wednesday again…  Tuesdays have a way of sneaking up on me.  One of my goals for Blogiesta this weekend is to get some of these posts written and [...]

    on June 8th, 2010 at 8:33 pm
  56. Ole! Can’t wait for this, even though it is our wedding anniversary this weekend. Still, there will definitely be time for Bloggiesta-ing! Thanks for hosting again, Natasha!

    on June 8th, 2010 at 9:21 pm
  57. I just discovered the goings on! I’m involved in another project right now, but this gives me good reason to wrap that up and concentrate on my blog!
    Thanks!
    Julie

    on June 8th, 2010 at 11:15 pm
  58. Too bad the public holiday here this weekend is Monday not Friday! If I had three entire free days I might actually get through my entire blogging to-do list. I can’t wait to get started and see how much I can actually do.

    on June 9th, 2010 at 7:23 am
  59. I’ve only been blogging a few months and not only do I need direction, I need to get organized so that when I’m overwhelmed I don’t disappear for days.

    on June 9th, 2010 at 9:47 am
  60. Looking forward to it! Love some motivation.

    on June 9th, 2010 at 11:16 am
  61. I had such a blast the last time that I can’t wait for this one!!

    I need to do some blog cleaning and catch up on tons of reviews.

    Ole’!!!

    on June 9th, 2010 at 1:49 pm
  62. Hey, I’ll be participating again this year! I didn’t realize there was a January one too, lol. I’m so out of it.

    I’ll be posting my Bloggiesta post at midnight Fri (into Sat), just because of how my blogging schedule is working out.

    I’ll be sure to use the hashtag since I’ll be doing my updates on Twitter rather than the blog.

    SO EXCITED!! :) I’m hoping to get a lot done.

    on June 9th, 2010 at 2:22 pm
  63. Yay! I’m so glad that I can participate. I loved last year’s Bloggiesta, it made me completely prepared for a few months. I have a lot that I’m going to work on, I can’t wait to see all of the blogs afterwords. And I signed up on the Mr. Linky.

    on June 9th, 2010 at 2:47 pm
  64. This will be my first one. I’m very excited! :D

    on June 9th, 2010 at 6:10 pm
  65. I am in but I accidentally left the wrong url, so I entered the right one underneath it. So sorry.

    on June 10th, 2010 at 2:56 am
  66. I am definitely in. I have a to do list to clean up after a month of blogging and to get me ahead for the next month!!

    on June 10th, 2010 at 4:49 am
  67. January was my first Bloggiesta as well and I’m looking forward to this one. :) I’d like to spend some time writing future posts, exploring new blogs, and cleaning up my feed reader.

    on June 10th, 2010 at 5:57 am
  68. Can’t wait!

    on June 10th, 2010 at 6:02 am
  69. This is my first time and I am very excited. It looks like a great way to learn more efficient blogging. I am always looking for new ways to improve my blog. Also, I am looking forward to making more bloggy friends:)

    on June 10th, 2010 at 6:03 am
  70. I’ve only been blogging for less than 2 months so this is an ideal chance to improve my blog!

    on June 10th, 2010 at 7:33 am
  71. This is my first time and (my as I posted here.)I couldn’t have learned of it at a more synchronous time as there are so many tasks I’ve known for awhile I need to tend to and many more which I’ve realized I need help with. This sounds like the perfect answer to both.

    on June 10th, 2010 at 8:06 am
  72. Just signed up for Bloggiesta for the first time. Really excited about learning more about blogging and see what other people are posting about their Bloggiesta time. I do keep up maintenance on my blog, but there is always something that needs doing!

    on June 10th, 2010 at 3:56 pm
  73. Really looking forward to it!

    on June 10th, 2010 at 6:30 pm
  74. This will be my first time participating – I can’t wait~!

    on June 10th, 2010 at 6:55 pm
  75. [...] will be my first time participating in the Bloggiesta hosted by Maw Books. And, my blog could really use some tender loving care. Not familiar with what [...]

    on June 10th, 2010 at 7:02 pm
  76. I wrote a post about participating in Bloggiesta and signed up through Mr. Linky… I’m so excited! I have SO MUCH to do with my blog! What a great idea!

    on June 10th, 2010 at 7:21 pm
  77. [...] Glad you asked. Here’s a quick rundown: Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon hosted by Maw Books Blog from June 11- 13. All those things that you wanted to do to your blog but never had the time can be [...]

    on June 10th, 2010 at 7:22 pm
  78. Yippee, I have joined the party. This is my first Bloggiesta and I am a new blogger! I am so excited. Looking forward to the fun and making my blog a nice place to visit. Thanks for doing this!

    on June 10th, 2010 at 7:44 pm
  79. [...] doing the Bloggiesta thang this weekend!  This will be my first voyage into this blog clean up, perk up, improvement [...]

    on June 10th, 2010 at 8:35 pm
  80. My first Bloggiesta, and I think it’s such a fabulous idea! I’m excited, but a bit daunted by everything that I could be doing…I’m sure that it’ll be a blast though!

    on June 10th, 2010 at 10:35 pm
  81. [...] REQUIRED: Be sure you’re linked up as a Bloggiesta participant (go here to do that). [...]

    on June 10th, 2010 at 10:35 pm
  82. Wow, I’ve never heard of Bloggiesta-what a great idea! I’ll be out of town at an Irish dance competition. Why is it that everything good happens on the same weekend? Have fun!

    on June 10th, 2010 at 10:39 pm
  83. [...] on Sunday.  In between these commitments I am planning to spend some time participating in the Bloggiesta.  It’s not too late to sign [...]

    on June 11th, 2010 at 6:51 am
  84. Count me in! I’m signing up. This is my first time. I hope I do it right :)

    on June 11th, 2010 at 5:12 pm
  85. I’m a newbie and heard of you from Kristen (Peace, Love and Museli). Great idea to get some long overdue things done! Thanks for the idea and the challenges!

    on June 11th, 2010 at 5:23 pm
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    on June 11th, 2010 at 6:53 pm
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