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It’s that time again! Hosted by Natasha from Maw Books Blog, it’s time to spend the weekend sprucing up the blog, creating, and crossing off lots of things I want to do on my blog. Actually, I don’t have that much to do – mostly reviews – but I love this event too much to not participate. I’ll be popping in now and then to say hi and hopefully do some housecleaning. If you see weird and random posts, you have been warned! Oh, and if anyone has a good button for LibraryThing, it is the only one that I am still missing and would like to complete my set!

  1. Check broken links.
  2. Website Grader
  3. 7 reviews. 
  4. Back-up blog and template.
  5. Add TBR list to LibraryThing. At 351 books, not including audios, this is going to be a HUGE undertaking.
  6. Mini-challenge participation:
    • The new year is a perfect time to reevaluate your blog. On blogging goalsAmy from My Friend Amy (@myfriendamy)
      • My blogging goals – I have such a love/hate relationship with this term. I love blogging and feel that it does represent who I am and what I am all about. I spent a large majority of last year exploring that route, redesigning the site, coming up with a new name and a new brand. I played around with content. This year, I want to let it sit and see what happens.

        I was hit hard by my domain name change. It has taken me over six months to get my subscribers back to pre-change levels, but I know that my overall readership is down. I want to work on this. I want to write non-review posts that are from the heart and get people thinking, if not talking. I want to write review posts that are known for being honest and fair. I want readers to trust me and seek out my opinions. If 2010 was all about improve the superficial parts of blogging, 2011 is all about the content.

    • 10 things bloggers should not doHannah at WordLily (@Wordlily)
      • This is SUCH a great challenge. Based on a guest post on Daily Blog Tips, Hannah asks us to review our own attention to these ten Don’ts and rate ourselves on each one. Here’s my self-evaluation:
        • 10. You Must Not Throw Mud Around. I never understand why someone would want to do this. Nothing is secret or anonymous in the Interwebs, and throwing mud is a sure-fire way to have it backfire on you horribly. I’ve been known to speak my mind about certain things, but pointing fingers is not in my power. ~ 5
        • 9. You Must Not Have An Unreadable/Unnavigable Site. – I’ve worked hard this year to ensure that my site is readable and navigable. I feel that I have accomplished this quite well. Is it perfect? No, but it is an area I feel I can leave alone for now to work on content. ~ 4
        • 8. You Must Not Ignore Networking. – The best part of blogging IS networking. Why would you NOT want to network? With my new job, I may not be able to spend as much time networking as I want to, but I certainly network as much as possible when I can. ~ 4
        • 7. You Must Not Ignore SEO. – Seriously, peeps, if I can learn SEO, then so can you. It does work. Again, is it perfect? No, but anything is better than nothing when it comes to helping improve your ranking in search engines. ~ 3
        • 6. You Must Not Fail To Update Your Blog Regularly. – I definitely have this one covered. ~ 5
        • 5. You Must Not Be Another Blogger. – I understand the lure of this one but have never felt the urge to succumb myself. I love having a vehicle to be myself, even if it means showing everyone my silly side or my love of all things Twilight. While I wouldn’t mind others’ stats, I don’t want it enough to be anything other than me. ~ 5
        • 4. You Must Not Expect Success Without Promoting. – Nothing comes for free, and this is just as true for blogging as it is for everything else. It takes time and energy and putting yourself out there to succeed. I may not be able to spend as much time as I would like to promote myself, I do recognize the importance of it and do as much as I can in my limited blogging time. ~ 4
        • 3. You Must Not Scrape Another Blogger’s Content. – I will make you an promise right now. I will never do this one. It is plagiarism and just plain wrong. ~ 5
        • 2. You Must Not Ignore Your Readers. – I love my readers and never take them for granted. They are in my thoughts as I write my reviews, as I design my posts, as I write other posts. There are so many other bloggers out there that I am fully cognizant of and love the fact that my readers spend time with my blog. I feel honored and blessed for those who stop by and say hi, share their thoughts or provide me support. ~ 5
        • 1. You Must Not Expect Results Overnight. – Amen. I devote a lot of time and energy on my blog, and any success I’ve gained has come over time. ~ 5

Edited: I’m finished! I may have neglected my comments and my e-mail, but that’s okay. I now have posts scheduled for the next three weeks, so I should have plenty of time to catch up on everything else. Unfortunately, I never did get a good button for LibraryThing, but I’ll be keeping my eye out for one.

I hope everyone else was just as successful accomplishing everything they wanted to complete!

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