Friday, 30 March 2012

Bloggiesta 2012 Update #1

Mini-Challenge #1

So today I've concentrated mainly on SEO-ing my posts. I knew a few bits about it, but now thanks to April I know more about it. It took me a while to sort because the options I needed in the Blogger interface to insert metatags weren't visible, but I then realised I needed to switch to the new version of Blogger.

I realised lately that I wasn't getting as many hits from search engines as I could, so this was especially helpful for me.

These are the five posts I chose to work on - 

Book to Movie #1: The Great Gatsby (December 2012)
Review: The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler  
Review: Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant series #2) by Ben Aaronovitch 
Review: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark 
Books My Boyfriend and I Have Argued About: Harry Potter and the Deathly Silence 

Mini Challenge #2

I'm a ridiculous procrastinator in absolutely everything, but especially when it comes to writing blog posts. That's why one of the mini-challenges for the Bloggiesta was so useful - all kinds of helpful tips to keep you on track :)

Read about the Five Tips To Write Book Reviews Faster! 

I used these tips to write my review of Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. It took way less time than normal even though it was a hard book to review.

Tidying up my sidebar

This was one of my self-set goals and I've now completed it. I hate having cluttered sidebars - I just don't want my blog to have tons of buttons advertising giveaways. It doesn't bother me on other blogs, but it's not for me.

So I played about with the organisation and now I've got it mostly even. There's still a long tag list, but I can live with that :)


  1. Argh, I really need to start tagging my posts. What does SEO-ing your posts mean? Sorry, I'm a bit behind all this techno talk...

    1. SEO is Search Engine Optimisation. It means altering your posts so that search engines like Google can pick them up more easily.

      Hang on a second, and I'll link you to the post I used...

      try that :)


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