Hi, friends! Today’s post is about a very relevant topic in the blogosphere: revamping old posts. Revamping your old blog posts is so important, especially if you’ve been blogging for a long time. As you continue to add new posts, your old posts will get lost underneath them. You don’t want those posts you worked so hard to be forgotten! So here are a few ways to bring new life to your old posts, and to not let them get lost underneath all your new ones!
Perform Maintainance on Old Blog Posts
It’s a good idea to perform a general maintenance on your old posts. Doing some of these things will help you further polish your beautiful post:
- Check for spelling/grammar errors
- Make sure all your links are working
- If the picture that goes with your post is out of date or if you have changed your picture/graphic style, it’s a good idea to create a new graphic for it.
Happy New Year, friends! I’m so excited for this year. I have a feeling it’ll be a great one. In the few months leading up to the New Year, I was thinking about what I could do starting January to improve my blog. I read a bunch of blogging tips on Pinterest and took notes from them. I considered changing the way I blogged just so I could follow these “rules”. After a while, I decided against it. I reminded myself that this is MY blog, and I can run it however I want.
This New Year, I want to blog my way, not the way everyone says I should. I know it’s ironic, since I love to write about blogging tips. But once you’ve been involved in a creative endeavor long enough, the “rules” begin to become optional. The “rules” are only there to teach you the basics, but after a certain point, you can bend and twist them. Creativity is all about putting your own spin on the “rules”.
Hi friends, I recently read a post by Sam from Smart Twenties about the difference between being a consumer and a creator. Sam raised a great point that caused me to think about my own feelings on this issue. With access to so much material, it’s easy to be a consumer. You have as much consumption material as you want. Being a creator, though, is a different story. Creating requires time and effort. Specifically, for bloggers, there are so many posts out there on how to run a successful blog. You can read them all, but if you don’t take the step to become a creator rather than a consumer, then those posts won’t help you.
Note: In this post, I focus on blogging as a creative project, but these principles can apply to any creative project (ex: writing, graphic design, music, videos…)
Limit your consumption
Consuming from other sources is a good way to get ideas for your own projects and to help you improve your ideas. Consuming information from blogs or from other educational sources can help you improve your craft. For example, reading articles about how to run a successful blog will help you improve your blog…
Hi, friends! I’ve seen many of you talking on Twitter and Facebook about useful plugins, so I put together a list of plugins to help you improve your self hosted site. I personally use these plugins often and love them. Here are some plugins to improve your blog.
Have you ever had trouble commenting on a blog that uses a different platform than yours? I’m a WordPress user, and sometimes it’s difficult to comment on Blogger blogs. Plugins like Disqus or Commentluv that work across multiple platforms solve this problem. So even if someone is using a different platform, as long as they have Disqus, it’s easy for anyone to comment. It’s also organized and aesthetically pleasing.
Hi, friends! I’ve been reading posts about how bloggers create high quality blog posts. The knowledge I’ve learned from these posts has inspired me to write a part 2 to my popular post “How to Create Great Content for Your Blog”, about a blogging process that’ll help YOU produce a high quality blog post. Here is the way to construct a great blog post, from start to finish.
Outline Your High Quality Blog Post
- Bullet point outlines: The first step to writing a high quality blog post is writing a “bare bones” outline in bullet point format. These bullet points can become the post’s headings. Starting with an outline keeps the post organized and makes sure the ideas flow logically.
- Do your research: It’s a good idea to do a quick search on Pinterest to see what has already been written about this topic. This helps make sure you’re not copying someone else’s post, and it can also provide inspiration for new points to cover in your own post.
- Divide the post into headings: Once the headings are established, use sub-points to add details to support your main points (like in a high school English class!). Then, turn the sub-points into complete sentences. These sentences will make up the paragraph that goes underneath that heading.
- Transfer to paragraph form: When you feel the post has enough detail, remove the bullet points and sub-points to make the outline look more like a paragraph.
- Add the intro and conclusion: Don’t forget to write the introduction and conclusion/call to action for your post. I’d recommend saving this part until the post is in paragraph form, because it’s much easier to introduce and conclude a post that already has some sort of substance. At this point, the outline should start looking like a blog post.
- Proofread: Edit and proofread your post for spelling and grammar errors.
- Proofread again: Read it over one more time, but this time, look at the “big picture.” During this reading, make sure the post, as a whole, is coherent and makes sense. At this point, the actual text of the post is finished!
Hi, friends! I’ve noticed that many of you are considering the switch to self hosted on WordPress.org. I was afraid to take the plunge and spend money on my blog, but a few months ago, I finally did. It was so worth it! I love the freedom that self hosted provides. Making the switch is a big decision, so I wanted to help those who are still on the fence. Here are a few reasons you should consider the switch to self hosted.
Your content belongs to you.
When you’re on WordPress.com, your content belongs to them. You are at their mercy in that they can deactivate your blog at any time if they believe you have violated their terms of service. When you are self hosted, your content belongs to you and only you…
Hi, friends! We work hard on our blogs because we want them to be the best they can be. However, sometimes, there are some little changes here and there we can make that could improve our blogs. I’ve visited many blogs over the years and there are a few particular things I repeatedly see that could be improved. Here are some ways you can improve your blog.
To improve your blog, make your text bigger
One of my biggest pet peeves in the blogosphere is when people use a microscopically small font size. Small fonts are hard on the eyes. When I see a post written in a small font, it makes me not want to read the post. That’s why I use a size 18pt font for my posts and an even larger size for my headings.
Hi, everyone! Something I have personally been working on is creating great content for my blog. Readers often say that great content, like long posts, are the most helpful to them because these posts are the ones that are thorough, detailed, and discuss the topic in depth. I want to be as helpful to you as possible, so when I read that a few weeks ago, I wanted to start writing longer posts. When I first started blogging, my posts would average around 200 words. Now, they average around 400 or 500. This is a big improvement, but it’s nowhere near the recommended 1,500 words. Clearly, I still have a lot to learn. The tips in this post are as much for me as they are for you. So, here are some ways to lengthen and add details to your blog posts.
Make it easy for your readers to apply what you’re teaching them
The first step to creating great content is to help your reader apply what you’re teaching them. First, show them WHY they should apply it in the introduction of the post. Set the stage for the post by telling them how they will benefit from the information you’re about to give them. What’s in it for them? Why should they spend their precious time reading your post? THAT is how you hook a reader in. For example, if you’re doing a DIY tutorial, tell them how beautiful the end result will look and how easy it is to get such a pretty result in just a few minutes…
Hi, friends! A common problem among us bloggers, and writers in general, for that matter, is writer’s block. It’s devastating to have all this motivation to write but no ideas to put that motivation into action. It hurts me when I see fellow writers say that they have no ideas, because I know that they’re so full of creativity and potential.
Here are a few ways to get out of the writer’s block rut and put your inner creativity to use. Let’s think up some great blog post ideas!