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BLOG HAPPY | Blog Spring Cleaning

March 19, 2014

BLOG HAPPY | Blog Spring Cleaning - The Feisty House

Spring is the perfect time to take stock of what’s going on in your life and make adjustments. It’s when we participate in “spring cleaning” and tidy up our houses to get rid of all the clutter from the previous year. Spring is a great time to clean up your blog, too. Take a weekend to really focus on some “blog spring cleaning” and get your blog nice and clean for the new year. Here are a few ways to get your “blog spring cleaning” started!

 

5 Ways to Do Some Blog Spring Cleaning

1 // Repurpose older posts and turn them into new content. You can make an old post new again by refreshing the text and putting it on your Facebook page, or doing an “update” post. This is also a good time to see what posts were a hit in the previous year, and see if you can turn those type of posts into a new series on your blog. Give the people what they want!

2 // Speaking of the people, Spring is a great time to survey your readers.  Use a survey not only to find out want your readers want, but WHO your readers ARE. Are they single or married? Do they have kids? Are they entrepreneurs, or do they work a traditional 9 to 5? What kind of income do they have? Do they spend their money on the things you blog about? All of that information is so helpful in determining what kinds of posts you should write for the rest of the year.

3 // Make sure you’re still in love with your blog’s branding and aesthetic. If you are, then make sure all your posts have a consistent look and feel that matches your branding. If you aren’t in love with your blog’s branding anymore, it might be time for a little facelift. There are tons of ways to beautify your blog for free, or you can shoot me an email and we can talk through a few upgrades!

4 // Go through your email! Delete what you don’t need and clean out that inbox. Organize your emails into categories so that you can easily find an old email later. This is also a good time to reach out to people you haven’t emailed in a while and pitch your blog to new outlets and new brands.

5 // Organize your Twitter feed into lists. As a blogger, you probably follow a ton of different people, brands and media outlets on Twitter. That can get really overwhelming really quickly. Plus it’s easy to miss out on something you may find really important, like answering a question from one of your readers, or following a conversation between some of your #BloggerBoos. Lists allow you to focus on one topic or group of people at a time, so that you’re seeing and responding to only what’s relevant for you at that moment. I have always SUCKED at Twitter, but now that I’ve organized the folks I follow into lists, I’ve gotten much better!

What are some other ways that you clean up your blog for Spring?

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I launched The Feisty House in 2009, and I’ve learned a thing or two about blogging since then! I share lots of tips here on the blog as part of my BLOG HAPPY series. But if you’ve read through my posts and still want some more help getting your blog started, let me know! I absolutely LOVE helping a new blogger find her unique voice and create a space that reflects who she is and helps her connect with other like-minded individuals. If you’re a blogging newbie, take my BLOG HAPPY Workshop! I can help you figure out everything from branding and finding your niche, to how to use social media to engage your new followers (and grow your readership!) to choosing a platform and learning how to design a beautiful blog on your own! Send me an email, and let’s work on making your blog your happy place!

Photo Credit // Willyverse

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  • Whitney ‘Nic’ James

    Great tips! I’m in the process of Spring Cleaning on the blog and my social media sites too. Even something as small as a header or layout tweak can make all the difference!

  • Awesome tips! I totally need to spring clean my blog and life! LOL. But seriously, this year for me is one of renewal and just making sure everything follows my visions for my blog. Thanks for sharing.

    • You’re welcome. I feel you on spring cleaning for LIFE lol.

  • Now THAT is a great idea!