While the official start to the January, 2010 Bloggiesta Challenge does not begin until tomorrow, I decided to take advantage of my snow day yesterday and get a jump start. I am SO excited at what I was able to accomplish.
First of all, I have desired to have tabs at the top of the header for about 8 months now. I think it is a professional way to allow readers easy access to useful information. I emailed a few fellow bloggers who have done this in the past, and they assured me that the process is relatively painless. I used the wonderfully helpful sites of Blog U and Exploding Boy and in about 90 minutes I had a look that I wanted. I am sure that I will continue to play around with the layout and perhaps tweak a few things, but for now I am thrilled to have this much accomplished.
The other blog enhancement that I have wanted to add is the feature that links readers to other related posts on the site. It took me a while, but I finally discovered that it is a downloadable widget called Link Within and it is incredibly simple to use. In less than 5 minutes I had updated my blog to include what I think is a very handy tool. I know that I have enjoyed following these links on other bloggers‘ websites, and I hope that it is an added benefit to my site as well.
No need to worry about the Bloggiesta weekend, however, as I still have plenty of items that I hope to accomplish:
- I have a minimum of 4 book reviews that I need to write (and I hope I haven’t waited too long and my short term memory has forgotten the necessary details).
- I can also begin to organize my reviews in a manner that is easy to navigate. Ideally I would like to have one book review page that lists the books by title (and perhaps by author) rather than by the year that the book was read. I don’t think the current system is very user-friendly.
- I can also start to think of future posts and perhaps get a jump-start on writing them, as I know that my free-time will be greatly reduced once school is in full-swing.
I want to thank Natasha at Maw Books Blog for hosting this terrific challenge at such an opportune time. I think this is a great way to start a blogger’s New Year on the right foot.