For any blogger, a blog is like a blank canvas not unlike the canvas an artist places on an easel in the hopes with the swipe of a brush, artistic inspiration will strike. Like any artist, a writer and blogger also has artistic flairs they leave behind in their work. But also like any illustrator, flaws creep into these works.
Or they certainly do in my little corner of the webverse.
In the past year or so of my blogging journey, the way I blog has changed. A lot. Of course, the change has been occurring over the seven years I’ve blogged, but it’s only been the last year that the change has been, hopefully, for the better. Much of this has been inspired by reading tips and suggestions from self-help bloggers and bloggers with far more experience than
There are a few goals I’ve recently been working towards in an effort to “clean” up Finding Wonderland. Like anything, our blogs too can benefit from a kind of “spring cleaning.” (Yes I realize it’s technically summer now.) It’s a work in progress that I suspect will take longer than I’d wish, but is still a task I’m committed to. Here are the three ways I’m currently implementing in the hopes of cleaning up the “look” and its archives.
Discussion: 3 Ways I Take on the Task To Clean the Blog
1: Delete that Post | Yes, you did indeed read this right. I have deleted a few posts too. In more than one advice article, I’ve read this is a good practice. So far I agree.
It seems unnecessary to clutter ones archives with old giveaway posts that a. don’t have a good URL so they don’t add anything helpful to your blog anyway and b. they are no longer a
valid post to the evolved state your blog is in today.
Another thing I’ve deleted a few of, is Top Ten Tuesday or other meme posts. This has been a little more painful, but some of them are simply so bad, they no longer seem helpful or relevant to Finding Wonderland’s content.
2: Edit that Post | Most of the reviews or posts in my archives are reviews, and most of them I’m glad to have there. The trouble is, many of them are in desperate need of edits and reformats. This is why, off and on, over these many months, I’ve spent time refreshing and updating posts. This doesn’t mean I necessarily change the conclusion of a post (review or article),
simply that I reedit the words and how it’s said. (I’ve also read, it’s a good thing to refresh a post, and feature it again.)
For instance, far too many of the reviews on here are way too wordy. This means I try to find a way to say the same thing with fewer words. Even with the reviews I have edited, there are still way too many on my list.
Next, while editing the wording, I also take the time to reformat the post. Meaning I match the “look” of the post to the theme I’m currently using. This might include photo placement or links that tells the reader where to find a book or film
3: Remove that Label | Over the years I’ve collected a few too many labels when it comes to tagging my posts. I’m not sure if this affects a blog in the same way that an irrelevant post or images perhaps do, but still… when I see over 600 labels in my label cloud and the fact that some labels only on have one post associated with it, this seems unnecessary.
Bonus! Repair that Link | Though not something I’ve been actively working on, another “spring cleaning” tip is to repair or change links. Sometimes links become “broken” (don’t ask me the technical reason why) or they aren’t up to date for the following reason. If you, like me, have changed your domain to a dot com URL, you’ll discover, many of your links are still operating under your previous dot Blogspot link. I know this is the case with many of my links.
One way a broken link can be detrimental is that it sends readers to an “error” page. That’s not helpful for anyone, especially if a reader is looking for a giveaway or other specific post.
These are three simple ways and tasks I use to help “clean” up Finding Wonderland’s messier corners! Because like any space, our blogs gather dust too, right?!
Do you do anything to update your blog? If so, what are some tips or tricks you’ve learned over the years? Comment down below on how you update or “Clean the Blog” in your webverse corner! I’d love to know your methods.Talking #springcleaning (your blog!). How do your spruce up your space? Discussion: 3 Ways I Take on the Task To Clean the #Blog Click To Tweet
(PS: Let me know down below if you’d like to see more posts like this on Finding Wonderland, and if so, what topics you’re curious about. Feedback is always helpful.)
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