"A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking." Jerry Seinfeld


Evidence 003: Bloggiesta

Once a year, the weather in Cleveland becomes too dicey to chance my 25-miles-one-way drive to work. Today is that day and with Bloggiesta, the timing could not have been more perfect. Bloggiesta is in its second year and is a time for bloggers to get all spruced up for the new year. For new bloggers like myself, it's the perfect time to tweak the things my betas and first readers have noticed/suggested for my blog. Below is a to-do list -- I'll report back on Monday, but you'll see a few cosmetic changes if you hang out with me this weekend!

Bloggiesta To-Do List
*Troubleshoot comments link (done, but now dates disappeared)
*Outline social media business card w/elevator pitch for blog
*Update Twitter & personal FB with blog links (done)
*Create review policy (done)
*Goodreads account "what I'm reading" widgets
*Create favicon/gravatar (done - not what I expected)
*Become a member of Book Blogs ning group
*Create labels list (done)
*Do as many mini-challenges as possible
*Go through the What Book Is That tips post (done)

That's from the original list - I'll edit to add more as the weekend continues.

Setting Goals
The strengths of this blog will be its consistency. I love my CSI-type theme and I'm excited to use it and write often. My reviews will be honest and timely. I plan on staying dedicated to this blog and its subject matter. I plan to write about my store, my co-workers, the books we sell, and why supporting local business is so vital to a community. My challenges lie in making sure the daily bookstore responsibilities don't overwhelm me and my dedication to keeping this updated. The other major challenge is getting this blog to stand out against all the other book blogs that already exisit - I think I need to find a stronger nitche, or a better way to market myself in order to make a name for myself.

I plan to write twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays. I will advertise on Twitter, via email, and on my personal Facebook. I am also going to ask a coworker to help design a social networking business card that I can use for my bookstore connections. I would like to get more involved with my local NaNoWriMo group that will continue to meet during the year. I would also like to begin networking with other book bloggers on a more regular basis. I'm also planning to stay current with my 2010 Genre Challenge...I just need to finish the fiction I'm reading now so I can start!


Solvang Sherrie said...

Wow, I've heard of snow days for school, but for work? The store didn't even open?

I live in sunny little Solvang and we have a great independent book store where everybody knows us by name :)

Yay for indies!

Natasha @ Maw Books said...

Don't you just love it when things go your way. Good luck with the Bloggiesta!

Kelly said...

You have a very thorough plan! Good luck! My children were very disappointed that they didn't have a snow day today!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

You earned some extra time today! Nice timing with the Blogiesta! I could have used one of those days! Have a lot of fun!

Rebecca @ The Book Lady's Blog said...

Welcome to Bloggiesta, and thanks for sharing these fantastic goals! Consistency is certainly key, as you've pointed out here, and I'm thrilled to see another bookseller blogging. That's how I started, too. Good luck in 2010!