Every few months I will change things up around our house. I'll do a declutter, I'll add or take away a piece of furniture, or I'll change the way I organise something in hopes to make life even smoother for us. Doing these things always leaves me feeling refreshed and motivated. After all, we are all ever-changing, so our surroundings should be too, including our blogs!
We are not the same people we were a few months ago, and your blog should always reflect that. There's nothing wrong with growth, in fact I think it will only help you. The more real you are on your blog, the more people will relate to you and trust you. So, next time you feel like you've entered a new stage in your life and you need to change some things around, here are a few blog-related things that you should consider!
UPDATE OLD BLOG POSTS.
I honestly think this is one of the best decisions ever, and I am (very, very) slowly in the process of doing it myself. When I started this blog back in August 2016, I took awful photos, the layout of my posts was different, and I didn't really know what I wanted to do with The Small Adventurer just yet, so everything was all over the place. Whilst I have gone back and deleted some of my old posts that I felt really didn't add anything to the world, I generally believe it's best to just go back and edit your old posts.
Upload better photos, improve your vocabulary, link to newer posts that may be related to the same topic. You never know what post of yours someone might stumble across one day, so you want to make sure that, no matter what post it is, the reader will be instantly intrigued about you and your blog and want to read more. If they find an old post with grainy photos and outdated information, they are going to exit that tab and move on, which is not what we want!
UPLOAD NEW PHOTOS.
Whilst I mention this in the point above, it's not just old blog posts that could use new photos. Perhaps your about page, sidebar, or even your gallery page if you have one could use some newer photos. Especially if you've been blogging for some time, you don't want your readers to become acquainted with an old, outdated photo of you or it might confuse them. Plus, this gives you an excuse to dress up and take some fun photos of yourself if you want to!
EDIT THE INFORMATION ABOUT YOURSELF.
Once again, you are ever-changing, so the information you give people about yourself needs to be ever-changing as well. I edited my about page many times before I realised what was needed and what wasn't. I used to list things about myself that had nothing to do with this blog, which really isn't going to help anyone.
Whilst it's fine to put in quick and quirky facts about yourself here and there (my about page features my Subway order, for example), including things like "you can find my head stuck into a book 24/7" is a little pointless if you don't talk about books or reading on your blog. This is just my personal opinion, but I would expect most things that are mentioned in your about page - especially ones that you claim to love so much - to make at least some appearances within your blog content. Otherwise, it's just unnecessary.
CHECK THAT ALL YOUR LINKS STILL WORK.
I have heard that there's plug-ins that do this for you, but I am pretty sure they're not available on Blogger (if I am wrong, please let me know! I'd love to be use one), so this task could be quite a tedious one, which is why I prioritise my link-checking. I make sure that all the links on my blog's home page - and any pages that those links link to - are correct and working. I also like to double-check any posts that get a particularly high amount of traffic have all correct links; these are also the posts you want to go back and add links to newer posts to as well, to drive the traffic to your newer content.
I know how annoying it is when I find a great blog and/or post, and the links are broken, or lead to a site that doesn't exist anymore. If this happens too often I will simply leave that page and find a new one, as will anyone else who stumbles across a page with broken links. Even if your information is really interesting and helpful, your links are still extremely important!
EVALUATE YOUR CONTENT.
I did this quite a bit last year. I got rid of blog post series that weren't as popular as others, that weren't as fun to write anymore, or that I knew I was writing for all the wrong reasons. For example, I used to write a weekly post about the things I bought at a thrift store. It was fun to research each item and find out what I saved by buying it second hand, but it made me spend money every single week on things that I didn't really need, so I scrapped it. I also used to set monthly goals, but I fell into a routine of setting really easy goals and not challenging myself, simply because I knew how easy those posts were to write. That's not the kind of person I wanted to be, so good-bye monthly goals!
Around this time, I also realised how passionate I was about baking and creating. It gave me an entire newfound drive and love for life, so I knew I had to do more of it, and I knew I had to share those adventures on here. Now, I would say I am mostly a baking and DIY blog (still a little short on the DIY content, but I'm getting there!), and it feels great to have those topics in mind to work on and brainstorm content for. When I realised that I didn't have to cover every single topic in the world, my overall plan for my blog became a whole lot clearer, which enabled me to learn more about myself as well.
There you go, five simple ways to give your blog a subtle makeover and ensure that it is always refreshed and relevant to you and how you live your life. After all, you are the brains and heart behind your blog, and that should be reflected in every aspect of it. Don't be afraid to let it grow and change as you do!
Until next time,