Challenges

My 2015 Challenges

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I am making changes to the blog and me as a blogger. One of these things are that I’m joining for reading/blogger challenges. This is the official post for all my blogging challenges, and I will be making a page so you guys can find it easily. Now to the part that guys are dying to know my list of challenges.

List of 2015 Challenges that Last a Year:

Be a Better Blogger hosted by Book Bumblings

What it is?

Maintaining a blog means a lot more than just writing. And that’s sometimes hard to see when you say, “I’m going to start a blog to write about books.” Fast forward to a year later, and your blog to-do list is as long as a Harry Potter book.

You need to schedule posts, email authors links to your reviews, and oh! Your tagging situation is out of hand. Not to mention that new plugin you’re dying to try, and the new theme you want to customize.

This challenge isn’t just about blogging. Because blogging isn’t just about blogging. It’s about getting things done. Most book blogging challenges are focused on reading and reviewing books, which is obviously important. Your blog design can rock, but it’s pointless if you’re not publishing new posts.

But it’s easy to lose focus and forget that writing is just one part of blogging.

How Be a Better Blogger Works?

Every month, we’re going to tackle one item on that never ending to do list of admin stuff. Update your social media bios? Done. Organize your Goodreads shelves? Completed. Revamp your newsletter? On it.

Be a Better Blogger isn’t about cranking out posts or reading more books. It helps you become a more organized, productive blogger. It will help you improve your blog as a whole.

Each month, we’ll all tackle the same task, like starting or revamping a newsletter. You have the whole month to do it, whenever you’d like. Knock it out in one day, or spend 15 minutes a day working on it for a week. Whatever’s easiest for you.

How to Participate?

On the first of each month, I will post the first linkup for the challenge. This post will explain the task for that month, advice and tips for completing it, and links for tutorials and other places to find help.

Then, you complete the task and write a blog post about it. Talk about, for example, what was on your About page before and after the challenge to update it. Talk about how long it took to revise, if you ran into any difficulties, and your favorite part of the new one. Your challenge post can just be like a journal…word vomit all you want to say about the challenge.

Add a link to that post into the linkup, and boom, you’re done. Print

What it is?

• Runs January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015. You can join any time.
• The goal is to read at least twelve (12) books from the library. Twelve should be easy, that’s one a month. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you.
• Any format will work for this challenge (print, ebook or audio) as long as you checked it out from the library it counts.
• Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).
• Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, including re-reads. The goal is to support your local library and save money.
• To join this challenge, grab the 2015 Snagged @ The Library Reading Challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads (so as long as you have a dedicated shelf and Felicia has created a Goodreads group), Shelfari (I’ve created a Shelfari group. You can join and post your progress within the group), or BookLikes, etc., for the 2015 Snagged @ The Library Reading Challenge. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.

Levels?

1) Dewey Decimal: read 12 books
2) Thrifty Reader: read 24 books
3) Overdrive Junkie: read 36 books
4) Stalking the Bookstacks: read 50+ books

New to You Reading Challenge

What it is?

This one is super flexible.
Basically…read something “new” to you in 2015 and review it.

This can be a debut author.
A brand new to you author.
And old favorites “debut” book.
A new series.
A first time reading a new genre (ex if you read your first New Adult book)
or any other new that crosses your path

Everyone is welcome to join–blogger, author, reader
Any genre/heat level is fine.

Levels?

Level 1– 6 “new to you”s
Level 2– 12 “new to you”s
Level 3– 24 “new to you”s
Level 4– 36 “new to you”s
Level 5– 48 “new to you”s
Level 6– 72 “new to you”s
Level 7–100+ “new to you”s

The 2015 Re-Read Challenge

What it is?

1) This challenge will run from January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015. The sign-up linky will remain open until the end of January, but join at any time by adding your intro post to any monthly re-read recap linky.
2) Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it’s a re-read.
3) We will have two giveaways – one at the six-month point and one at the end of the year. Giveaway details posted closer to the halfway point!
You don’t have to follow our blogs to participate or be entered in the giveaways.

How To Participate?

1) Re-read some books!
2) In the first week of each month, we will post a re-read recap on Belle of the Literati and So Obsessed With that includes a linky that will be open all month. Write a post detailing what you re-read the last month, and add the direct link to our linky to be entered in our giveaways.
3) If you write any re-read reviews (it’s totally optional!), add those to the monthly linky for additional entries (one per post) in our giveways.
4) If you miss a monthly post, just link up your reviews and/or recap in the linky during the next month.

How to Join?

1) Write a post about joining The 2015 Re-Read Challenge on your blog. In the post, include the banner, a link back to our sign-up page, the number of books you’d like to re-read and list some books you’re hoping to re-read for the challenge.
2) Add the direct link to your sign-up post in the linky below.
3) Optional: Put the challenge button in your sidebar (grab link available at the bottom of the post).
4) DONE. It’s as easy as that to get started.

My list of books?

  • The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
  • House of Night by P.C Cast & Kristin Cast
  • The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentourt
  • Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Denazen Series by Jus Accardo
  • Angelfire Series by Courtney Allison Moulton
  • Sweep by Cate Tiernan
  • Immortal Beloved Series by Cate Tiernan

So that’s it for my all long list of challenges.

My Monthly Challenges List:

What it is?

Are you ready for a Better Blog? Why not join others in a 31 day challenge of awesome? Do one task a day, or pick one a week. This is for you to increase your blog traffic, make your blog more user friendly, or just increase your awareness of your blog’s needs.

How to participate:

The daily topics/tasks are below, each day will be a different focus. How-to and tips will be posted on parajunkee.com each day, in correlation with each task. Visit parajunkee.com each day to get pointers on how to take care of your task, and join in the discussion. Or just do the tasks on your own schedule in your own time-frame.

Daily Topics/Tasks:

(Updated to reflect future post titles)
Day 1: Let’s Get Commenting
Day 2: Time for Spring Cleaning
Day 3: About Me Refresher
Day 4: Top Commentators
Day 5: Friendly Feedback
Day 6: Planning Ahead
Day 7: Highlight Your Popular Posts
Day 8: Recycle Your Posts
Day 9: Social Media Checks & Balances
Day 10: Email Signatures
Day 11: Forums & Such
Day 12: Menu Systems
Day 13: New To Your Blogs
Day 14: Your Competitors
Day 15: Idea Journal
Day 16: The Buddy List
Day 17: Gals & Missions
Day 18: Social Network…Go!
Day 19: Change it up
Day 20: Reader Survey
Day 21: Blogger Love Note
Day 22: Check under the SEO Hood
Day 23: Pros & Cons of Blogging
Day 24: The Big Interview
Day 25: Blog Schedule
Day 26: Share a bit…
Day 27: Target Audience
Day 28: Contact Info
Day 29: User Friendly
Day 30: Brainstorm Time
Day 31: Put your blog to the test.

So this is it guys. For now maybe. I can’t wait to start.

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