My experience writing this post is a good example of why I am not moving forward in my blogging goals. This post is scheduled to go live on Wednesday at 8:00 pm. I started writing it on Sunday. By writing I mean I gave it a working title and saved it as a draft. I like the visual of having my posts there, just waiting for me to write.
Well, this post has been waiting three days. Nothing exciting has happened, just the normal busyness of everyday life. Work, family, work, running, work, work, work. I’m not making excuses (well, I kind of am), it just is what it is. I work 8-10 hours a day, commute an hour a day, prepare dinner every night, run a few days a week, and try to fit in some time with my husband during all of that. After all of that, I try to squeeze in some quality writing. So the actual blog improvement time has gone by the wayside so far this year.
Oh, I’ve made stabs at it. If you’ll recall, I signed up for Blog Genie’s Blog Improvement Challenge. The first module is very important and is scheduled to be completed in January. As of February 6, I’m about halfway through. (Rita, if you’re reading this, first of all, thanks for visiting my blog!, and second, I promise to do better!)
One improvement that I am pleased and proud about is my new theme that was part of the package when I signed up for the Blog Improvement Challenge. I love the clean and professional look.
I also joined Katy Widrick’s 28 Day Blog Challenge. The challenge is to use the 28 days of February and make small changes each day. Katy even started the ball rolling with a list of 28 suggestions. While I have a few ideas rolling around in my head, I have yet to take action or even write them down before now. (Katy, if you’re reading this, thanks for visiting my blog!, and I really am taking the first steps right now.)
Without further ado, here is a short list of some of the changes I plan to make during February. They are in random order, I’m writing them down as I think about them.
1. Update my “About” page.
2. Create a new header.
3. Clean up my sidebars.
4. Update my “Recipe” page.
5. Check the content on all of my pages. Is it outdated? Is it still relevant?
6. Create a Media Kit.
7. Update my twitter profile and photo (it’s never been changed!)
8. Take a look at my facebook page. Update as needed. Change profile and header photos
9. Take a look at my “share” settings for my blog. I’ve added automatic sharing over the course of time, so it seems that right after I publish a post, there are three or four automatic updates to twitter, facebook, and others. Annoying I’m sure, to my readers.
10. I have business cards, now I need to use them!
11. Add a little “about me” intro on my home page.
12. Make sure that my blog is sitemapped correctly. I have worked on this, but I’m still not happy with how it shows up in google.
13. I’m always talking about learning about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). This month I will take steps, read articles, books, study, so I can understand, then follow through on steps to improve my SEO.
In addition, I have three modules to complete in the Blog Improvement Challenge, which will drive me to make improvements and changes in the design, function, and content of my blog.
Now that I’ve written a few things down, I am excited to get started. Now I have small, achievable goals that I can work on. Hmm, what should I do first?
Are you a blogger? Are you working to make improvements and changes in your blog? Have you joined 28DBC?