I just completed my first Blogathon. What a fun, productive and exhausting experience it was! Kudos to Kathleen for organizing such a fabulous event!
For me, this event represented an opportunity to set aside a few days to focus on tasks I’ve needed to do for quite some time but have been putting off, either due to lack of time or lack of desire (sludging through back posts? ugh!) What I did not anticipate was all of the fun I would have meeting other bloggers via the wonderful activities that Kathleen built into the event – or the depth of the educational opportunities via the quality of the mini-challenges!
My final task for this event is to share what I accomplished this weekend. Well, 54 hours later, here is what I’ve done:
1. Improve Site Functionality – Completed
- Backed Up My Computer and Blog
- Upgraded to WordPress 3.4 and Catalyst 1.5.1
- Upgraded to Broken Link Checker 1.5.5 and Jetpack 1.4.1
- Ran Google Speed Tests; Increased Score 33 Points
- Installed Six New WordPress Plugins
- Updated 80 Posts (moved photos to WP; updated/removed bad links)
- Set Up System For Inventorying Posts
2. Improve Site Navigation – In Progress
- Began To Redesign Sidebar
- Created Site Map – Link Is On Footer
- Added Pinterest Plugin To Sidebar Featuring Pins From Select Boards
- Begin To Streamline Site Map Categories
- Began To Build My Navigation Bar
3. Improve Search Engine Optimzation (SEO) – In Progress
- Researched and Optimized 80 Posts For SEO
- Read Info On Site-Level SEO For Future Implementation
4. Participate In Special Blogathon Bash Activities – Completed
- Completed Seven Mini-Challenges (see list below)
- Attended Two Twitter Parties
- Participating in the Rocks and Roses Blog Evaluation
5. Mini Challenges And Other Activities – Completed
During the blogathon, I wrote three posts and completed seven mini-challenges:
- Boost Your Blog Design With No Budget
- Create A Favicon For Your Blog
- Do Follow vs No-Follow
- How To Write A Better Tweet On Twitter
- Get Your SEO Started
- Improve Your Alexa Rank
- Make Twitter Work For Your Blog
I will be working through the remaining challenges in the weeks to come. All of the bloggers who took the time to create the mini-challenges did an outstanding job! If you are looking for some fabulous information on how to improve your blogging skills, visit the Mini-Challenges list!
If you missed out on this event – or were on the fence about whether to participate – I would highly encourage you to join us in the future!
WINTER BLOGATHON DATES
January 25 through 28, 2013
I hope to see you there!