Spring cleaning your blog: a few tips

Yes folks, if you live in the southern hemisphere, the days are getting longer, the birds are hard at it, and it’s time for spring cleaning. Perhaps your blog could do with a tidy out and a freshening up? Here are a few ideas to get you going.

  • Are you running your blog platform’s latest version? If it’s WordPress, you’ll see a reminder in your dashboard. Do it. Now.
  • Check your list of plug-ins. Do any need upgrading? Do it. If you have any inactive plugins, consider tossing them.
  • Dig out some old blog posts and consider updating them, if appropriate. Now either republish as a new post, or tweet or Facebook announce the original.  It will send new readers your way.
  • And speaking of old posts, what about considering bundling related posts together in a series? Download the excellent Series plugin and announce the release of your new bundle to the world.
  • It’s kind of cosmetic-only, but think about a theme or colour change for your blog. Alternatively, add a new widget to freshen up the look of your home page. Maybe a featured content gallery header to showcase those related posts? Yes, there’s a plugin for that too, called unsurprisingly Featured Content Gallery.

I’m sure there are lots of other ideas out there, but I reckon once you get going on these five, you’re going to find lots more for yourself … you know how it is when you start a big clean-up!

… and from Ogden Nash, a little poetic paean to Spring (a couplet actually) called ‘The Dispassionate Pagan’

Spring is sprung, the grass is riz.

I wonder where the boidies is?

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