Once a Year Blog Maintenance
Are You Up to Date?
By Jacqui Murray
For most writers I know, life zooms bywith few breaks to pause, glance aroundat the surroundings and clean up theclutter and confusion that grows likemold from our everyday authorial life.The end of the calendar year was a goodtime to do that, when many of us wereblogging less, posting almost nothing,and had less commitments andobligations than would fill our usualweek.Have you seen those weeks? When pushcame to shove, they got pushed into mysix (as my soldier friends say) and now
I’m neck deep in New Year’s resolutions, new projects and honey
do’s. No matter. With my
agent planning to send my book out to publishers in 3-6 months (assuming I complete the edits,sigh), I want everything with my name attached to it as extravagant and full of promise as a
sunrise. Here’s my list:
Checked old posts for grammar and spelling. I start with the most-visited articles (underSite Stats) and work my way down
(in case I run out of time). I’ve been
surprised what Ican catch with a fresh eye
Checked my blog’s sidebar for out
-of-date and no-longer-relevant widgets and links, and
new pieces (like awards I’ve received and links
to share with readers) that add to theutility of my blog. I even moved the pieces around to give a fresh look to my seven blogs.
Checked my list of ‘pages’. Sure, I’m on top of the Home page, but are the others still
relevant? Is their information up to d
ate? Umm, no, especially my profile. I’ve grownsince I last updated it. I also cleaned up a few pages that I’d thrown up
planning to cleanup when I had a few extra minutes. And, I got ideas from e-colleagues and added a WIPand a Publishedpage as well as Contact forms so readers could notify me if there was a
WIP they’d like to know about upon publication.
Checked the appearance of my blog on a smart phone and an iPad to see if they required
adjustments to display better. Truth, I’m not techie
-smart enough to do anything aboutissues. Luckily, nothing struck me as impossible to deal with.
Checked my blog in different browsers to see if I should recommend one over the otherfor best-viewing. I checked Firefox, IE and Chrome
all looked fine.