Hasta la Bloggiesta!

It’s time to close for me folks! Bloggiesta ends here for this edition. So here’s the bottom line.

My tasks:

  1. redo the blogroll — DONE, sort of: this is a never-ending task
  2. deal with the great tag-to-category haul — DONE, at least the categories are fine now
  3. finish the review backlog — DONE! I know there are still a couple of non-reviewed books, but those are waiting for me to read some more.
  4. write and schedule some more posts — DONE! Ok, just one post written and scheduled, but a full list of ideas for Italian posts to come.
  5. contact three bloggers to whom I have to ask/propose something – DONE and received an answer from two of them already
  6. set up the linked within widget – NOT DONE, because it’s not available for wordpress.com
  7. take time to write older Travel with books posts — NOT DONE 😦
  8. learn to comment more and better — NOT DONE 😦
  9. organize my sources for ideas for the Italian section — NOT DONE 😦

All in all I am happy with what I managed. Three posts over the weekend (and two for my other blog) is already over average for me, and I managed to do most of the housecleaning tasks I had set. (I am sorry about not commenting more, though. But I have a feeling that things were mostly happening in Twitter anyway.)

My mini challenges:

  • Beth’s categories/tags challenge: I finally have the categories I want!
  • Jessica’s spiffed up reviews challenge: see my levanter cloud image in the Gibraltar review? That’s it!
  • Melanie’s faster reviews challenge: it resulted in my review of Rome Burning
  • Beth’s opinion/list post challenge: I have scheduled an opinion post for tomorrow, stay tuned!
  • Emily’s fresh content challenge: I made up a ideas for future posts (but it’s secret… no spoiling the fun!)

And the rest:

I am set with a lot of things to do, now I only need not to let it go. We’ll see how it goes.

Thank you to our wonderful hosts! See you next time for more Bloggiesta!

ETA: I wrote the above before the official end-of-Bloggiesta post was published. Now that I’ve seen it, let me add a couple of things.

  • I appreciated the idea of Bloggiesta and it did turn out very useful, I’m glad there will be another soon-ish!
  • At the same time, for me it was quite a lonesome experience (despite a boom in visits and some comments). I know most of the activity was on Twitter, but am I the only one not twittering? (I really have no time nor sympathy for either that or Facebook…)
  • As for mini-challenges, I’d love to see one about organizing one’s reader and one’s sources for ideas, more in general. I guess there was something on those lines in past Bloggiestas, but I’d like a new take on it. And hosting one next time? Who knows… Maybe! I don’t know if I will be able to attend, but I will consider it.

And until next time: September 28, 29 and 30!

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