Since I did not see a Starting Gate for this Mini-Bloggiesta, I have brought my To-Do list forward, and will be tracking my progress here.

What are you doing for this event?

Here is my To-Do List, crossed out as I finish things:


To-Do List:

  1.  do two mini challenges 1)  Decluttering Sidebar, Debz Bookshelf; Digital Decluttering, Books a True Story
  2.  change or fix one thing on your sidebar  Removed three outdated elements
  3.  add a page (about me, contact, policy, etc) Added page on favorite reads; updated Favorite Blogs page
  4.  change one thing on your layout and/or look (Changed header, background, and tagline)
  5.  comment on other Bloggiesta partipants blogs
  6.  participate in at least one Twitter chat





Welcome to our Mini-Bloggiesta!  Here’s what I’m doing for Mini-Challenges:

Branding:  On a Book Bender hosts this challenge.

Challenge: Answer #1. If you want to do more, proceed to #2 and #3. Comment with what you did.

1. How well does your blog name reflect what your blog is about?

I think the title Serendipity is reflective of the first novel I published, which is what this particular blog is about:  An Accidental Life. 

The blog highlights the various themes of the book (dysfunctional families, foster care, Central Valley).  The tagline carries the theme further.  The blog is also a place to reflect on my reading and blogging journey, another repeat of the theme of  “life’s unexpected twists and turns.”

The novel is part of my presence here…and the blog header images and background images reflect themes from the novel and the tagline.

2. Create a tagline.  My tagline is “Life’s Unexpected Twists & Turns,” which tells us a bit more about the book.

3. Look at the name you use to leave comments. Change it to reflect your brand. For example, “Amanda @ On a Book Bender” is more recognizable than just “Amanda.”

My name “Laurel-Rain Snow” is my pen name on the novels I have created.



Back to Basics, hosted by Suey

1.  Clean up the blog:

I removed several widgets, leaving the primary ones that showcase my first novel and which help readers connect to me.

I did not do the second item (Write a review), as mine are all caught up!

Here is an updated list for this Mini-Bloggiesta:

 do two mini challenges  Done!
 change or fix one thing on your sidebar  Done!
❏  add a page (about me, contact, policy, etc)  Added a Page:  Excerpt from An Accidental Life
 change one thing on your layout and/or look Done!  New blog header, background, & theme
❏  comment on other Bloggiesta partipants blogs Done!
 participate in at least one Twitter chat Done!





I’ve been ready for awhile now.  And just to get things going, here’s my to-do list…and I may add to it as I go along.

1.  Review pages and delete those that are no longer relevant;DONE!

2.  Update sidebars, removing old and outdated images and links;DONE!

3.  Participate in mini-challenges and learn how to improve my blogging skills;DONE!

4.  Check out new widgets that might work for my sidebars; (n/a for WP that is not self-hosted

5.  Visit lots of blogs- at least ten per day; (I will keep visiting through the weekend!)DONE!

6.  Change tagline for this blog;DONE!

7.  Change the theme here and add new blog header and background.DONE!

8.  Make new blog button DONE!

Additional Tasks:

9.  Update the Blogger sites (Rainy Days & Mondays, and Story Corner)  DONE!

10.  Add new blog headers and backgrounds to those sites;DONE!