Bloggiesta progress — distracted but not a total loss

When Bloggiesta #4 was announced I figured that since my weekends are usually lacking in plans, the weekend from the 21st to the 23rd of January would be free. Secure in my not-much-social-life, I signed up with Mr. Linky. Of course, weeks after this, my brother tells me he’s coming to NY for a wedding and plans to crash at my place. This was still not a problem for Bloggiest because dear brother said he was going into the city most of the weekend. Sounded like I’d just see him at night.. great, I can still do Bloggiesta!

My first indication that my weekend plans would not be as I expected happened when the brother called on friday. First of all, the flight was later than he initially told me, so instead of taking the train to our place, he wanted me to pick him up at JFK (easily the WORST AIRPORT in North America to have to drive to).  So. After work on friday, I spent all of an hour improving my blog before I had to drive to @&#&@ing JFK. By the time we got home it was about 10pm. I worked for another 20 minutes on the blog, but that was about it.

Then on Saturday, instead of running off to the city with his girlfriend, the bother brother asked if we could all go into NYC together and check out the Natural History Museum.

These are my brother’s pictures. I am the responsible one in my family.*cough*.

Anyway, silly times were had and also brunch was eaten (quite a good Eggs Benedict), but no Bloggiesta was happening.

I left the city early but got home around 6pm. I worked on Bloggiesta again for an hour or two, but around 8:30, the brother and his girl called to be picked up at the train station. As soon as we did the pick up at the train station became a munchie run to the White Castle in Yonkers.

This led to:

I deeply regretted eating as much as I did right after eating it.

OK, I STILL pulled my laces up and worked on my blog after this! This deserves credit I say! We went to bed at 1am. I worked for an hour.

What I’ve done so far:

  • I’ve created a wishlist 2011 page on the wordpress blog. I also created a wishlists parent page which explains what the wishlists are, and now the child wishlists from 2009 onwards are dropdown from that parent page.
  • On the livejournal blog I updated all the broken image links that happened when vox went down (vox is where this blog originally resided and where my images were hosted until I ported everything to wordpress at the end of last year). In the past 2 days I managed to edit ALL the posts from August 2008 to May 2007 and fixed all the links. Very tedious and I kept sighing deeply. I’m glad it’s over.

What I’d still like to do:

  • Work on my About page
  • Work on a review

I didn’t really have huge goals for Bloggiesta and I’m pretty happy with what I’ve done so far, particularly when I’ve been multitasking. I also had a lot of fun reading through my old entries from the first year of having this book blog. My voice has changed a lot — my first reviews had a more enthusiastic, off-the-cuff voice and now I think my reviews are more formal and diplomatic. My reviewing has definitely evolved. There are some reviews I did that I wish I worked more on (I have a bunch of reviews when I first started where I just started using bullets), or was less snarky. I also forgot that when I first began this blog I rated the books on a scale of 1 to 10. There are quite a few reviews I reread and quite liked though. Like my review of Liz Berry’s Easy Connections and Easy Freedom. And my review of Sherry Thomas’ Private Arrangements which makes me laugh a little bit now. I was obsessed with the hero and heroine being apart for 10 years.

9 thoughts on “Bloggiesta progress — distracted but not a total loss

  1. I like the new layout and background, though not strictly Bloggiesta-related, I’m guessing?

    And I’m liking the wishlist pages – excellent idea, and one I admit I hadn’t noticed before.


    • Thanks! Yeah, I was thinking of changing the theme for Bloggiesta and I got so enthusiastic about it I did it a weekend early!

      Yes, the wishlist was something I did one year so I could remind myself that I plan on buying X books, and I continued doing it after that because I found it personally useful. Bonus: it’s a way for people to see what my tastes are.

  2. Oh my, how many people ate all that White Castle food? I’ve never tried White Castle because I’ve only been to the West Coast and I don’t think it’s available over there. It’s impressive that you were able to squeeze in time for Bloggiesta even though it seems like you had a pretty full weekend. That wishlists page is a good idea! I keep my wishlist in Goodreads.

    • Um. 4. For 30..ish items. Sliders, chicken rings, onion rings and clam thingies.

      In our defense, the sliders are pretty small. But still. Yeah. I need to get on the treadmill.

      I’m getting a lot of comments on the wishlist. Didn’t expect people to like that so much! And wow, you have a lot on your wishlist on goodreads. I have one on Amazon that’s much longer than the one on my blog, but that’s more of a “maybe” list and this is a “it will be bought” list.

  3. LOVE this post!!! The pics of you and your bro are great. Very expressive! 🙂

    I’m impressed with all you got done on your blog, too! I sometimes go back and reread old posts on my blog, too and get a kick out of what I wrote. 😉

    I haven’t had a White Castle burger in about 15 years. Almost exactly, too, because I recall my husband’s cousin visiting us when my oldest was nearly a year old and insisting we do a White Castle Run while he was in the area. Funny how I remember that.

    Anyway, enjoy your blog updates!

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