Ah-ha. Blogging slump. Giant backlog of reviews. Lots of housekeeping to do.
OBVIOUSLY, I should sign-up for Bloggiesta. I need it really bad!
I have to work part of the weekend, so I shouldn't bite off too much, but the definite TO-DOs:
- WRITE. REVIEWS. Lots of them. I have a huge backlog thanks to writing and sick mom (Mom is doing much better - the parents called me from Savannah, GEORGIA, the other week because they took a surprise trip to celebrate the end of radiation treatments - a little warning, parental units, please otherwise I worry unnecessarily).
- Back-up the blog (haven't done this in donkey's years).
- Write post for April Literature by Women book (the moderator skillz are in the toilet, too).
- Suey has a nice Goodreads widget that counts up her reading challenge there. I like it - must investigate Goodreads site to find the code.
- Find widget/linkage for my Posterous account so I don't have to cross-post all my pictures, only the ones I really, really want to.
- Redesign header picture. I like it but the books seem a bit too one-note (no offense, Prydain and Lloyd Alexander). I have the fancy D-SLR now and a Photoshop Express account so I ought to use it.
- Buy a mouse for my laptop. The touchpad is fine for basic navigation but sometimes my tap-taps just aren't fast enough or the drop and drag gets a bit wacky (PS Express editing is crazy-awful with the touchpad). Mouse will help with that.
- Investigate new Blogger theme. I've had my current template layout since the beginning of The Blog and it is non-customizable. Interpretation: both columns are too narrow and can't accomodate even the Blogger-designed widgets in places. Drawback: I can use basic HTML but I don't know doodle-squat about CSS, etc. I am willing to learn - is there a good book anyone recommends?
- This post on Mashable discusses how to use Pinterest to promote your blog and track your content. I lurve Pinterest. Must investigate.
- Go through the Google Reader and remove the blogs with dead URLs/updated URLs.
- Check prices on Photoshop (I queried the Oracle of Twitter about Photoshop vs. Elements - only Hannah answered; she was in the affirmative on PS so I will check it out).