Bloggiesta 2012

30th March 2012

You know how websites sometimes say *Down for scheduled maintenance between 03/30/12 and 04/01/12.* Consider that this blog this weekend. It’s time to hang out with PEDRO and Plan, Edit, Develop, Review, and Organize. Natasha from Maw Books created Bloggiesta, and it’s a fantastic idea. This year Suey from It’s All About Books is hosting along with Danielle from There’s a Book.

For non-bloggers, I apologize for the down time, but I hope to improve The Picky Girl site. I’ll be out of town tomorrow anyway, so I’ll try to do as much as I can tonight and Sunday. If there’s anything you’d like to see on The Picky Girl or anything you’d like to change, let me know.

In keeping with the rules, here’s my to-do list (I’ll mark off as I get things accomplished):

  • Go through recent posts and make sure photos are credited, linked, or acknowledged.
  • Link book reviews to Goodreads and Shelfari. [From July 2011 to present.]
  • Learn a bit about SEO and try to incorporate it a bit more. [Thanks to April at Good Books & Good Wine.] And lots of help from Lulu at Regular Ruminations and various other helpful tweeps. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Create Word document with URLs to ease trackbacks and linking to other accounts.ร‚ย  [Back 6 months.]
  • Update Review Directory.
  • Create favicon and Gravatar. [Per Hey Lady! Whatcha Reading Mini Challenge.]
  • Try to figure out why some bloggers have categories that show up under Google, but mine is more random. Figured out why, but will take some work with SEO and time for this to happen.
  • Update Bloggers I Follow page.
  • Installed LinkWithin, a plugin that adds related posts after my signature. [Thanks to Carina from Reading Through Life.]
  • Take photos for Fridays at Home posts so there is no last-minute scrambling. Schedule several. (Create a page?)

Reviews I’d like to finish or draft:

  • One Pink Line by Dina Silver
  • Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli
  • The Iguana Tree by Michel Stone
  • Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
  • Asylum by Patrick McGrath
  • Kino by Jurgen Fauth
  • Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie
  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness


  • Just found you through Bloggiesta–I like the mix of stuff you do here! Good luck with your goals–I look forward to reading more from you in the future!

    • Thanks so much, Kristi! I just checked your blog out too. I love finding new blogs. So fun. Glad you got your sidebar working. I’m feeling pretty darn productive. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Great list of goals! Thanks for the reminder that I should probably update my review directory as well! I really enjoy Bloggiesta, so am hoping to get several things done this weekend. Good luck, and hope you have fun!

    • Thanks! And you are most welcome. I try to do it as I go, but it doesn’t always happen. This is really pretty fun just sitting here geeking out and doing blog stuff. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wow!! I thought I has a ton to do!! And you have done sooo much already. That is so cool.

    Love your blog design ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks so much, Alysia! I worked hard last night, but I’m heading out of town today so can’t do much. Have fun, and good luck!

  • Anonymous

    You’ve gotten a lot done! I decided to try to create my own social media buttons because of your post a few weeks ago. We’ll see how that goes.

    • I tried. I’ll be out of town today, so I had to. If you give up on the social media buttons, go see the Etsy shop I linked. She’s inexpensive and quick.

  • You started off really well! I’ve not done anything on Saturday yet and it’s 1pm already. We just have to work on it when we have time. But that’s fine.

    • Thanks, Judith! Unfortunately, I’m heading out of town for the day in a couple of hours, so I won’t be able to do anything else until this evening. That’s partly why I worked so late last night. Good luck today, and enjoy!

  • Looks like you are doing awesome on your list. Keep it up and have fun!

    • pickygirl

      Thanks! I have had such a great time. Thanks for all the work. This has been amazing in terms of getting things accomplished and learning new tools and info.

  • Vidya Tiru

    WAY TO GO! Loved the first two lines on your post – You know how websites sometimes say *Down for scheduled maintenance between 03/30/12 and 04/01/12.* Consider that this blog this weekend. !!
    i am glad to have tomorrow….@LadyInReadVT

    • Thanks so much! Well, I figured I needed to explain for those who have no idea what Bloggiesta is. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m glad to have tomorrow. Good luck and have fun!