Earlier in the week, I signed up for Natasha at Maw Books Blogs’ challenge called Bloggiesta. In a nutshell, the challenge, which ran from 8 a.m. Friday until 8 a.m. today, was to catch up on your blog.
I planned to spend 10 hours, which was a lofty goal on a weekend where I already was committed to helping out at two different places for a local festival and a work assignment last night on top of that. Needless to say, I didn’t come close to reaching that goal.
Out of 13 books, I reviewed three and started on a fourth review, but didn’t finish yet. The three I reviewed, all in one post were books by Donald E. Westlake:
- Somebody Owes Me Money by Donald E. Westlake
- The Hunter by Richard Stark
- The Ax by Donald E. Westlake
Stark is one of many pseudonyms Westlake uses.
The fourth book on which I started a review was Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie. I will attempt to get that one done later today.
I did accomplish two other things as part of the challenge:
- I added a badge to my sidebar: Weekly Geeks. I had it there previously, but somehow within the last couple of months, I accidentally deleted it. As it was the first meme group with which I started, and to which I periodically contribute, it is a necessity that it be there.
- I had my blog graded on a site called Website Grader as part of a mini-challenge set by Ruth at Bookish Ruth. I received a 93 percent grade for this blog. I also had my humor blog, Unfinished Rambler, graded and it received a 94 percent.
Total time spent on the whole challenge: about four hours, including twittering about grading system with Ruth and others. While well short of the 10 hours to which I challenged myself, I am glad to have just spent some time on this blog as too often I have neglected this blog for Unfinished Rambler, which in contrast is a silly dalliance to this.
Footnote: One of the things I wanted to do as part of the challenge was to organize my Google Reader, including adding author and book blogs of people that I follow on twitter. That will continue today and throughout this week. I also want to work on commenting on other blogs. To that end, I’m off to comment on at least 10 wrapup posts and also hopefully along the way those who also participate in The Sunday Salon. Maybe I’ll see you over at your blog along the way.