When Anne and I write Blogging Basics posts, I will sometimes do a little research to see what other advice is floating around out there. Honestly, there were some unsettling tips for this topic. One that kept popping up was “don’t discuss religion, politics, or other controversial topics on your blog.” So don’t be yourself? Don’t write what you want to write? I don’t buy that advice and don’t feel it’s a way to “refresh” your space.
To me, refreshing your space means making it a place YOU love to visit. If you can’t stand the sight of it, chances are no one else will enjoy it, either. I wanted to refresh my blog last summer. I was tired of how “clunky” it looked (my own doing). It wasn’t even a space I wanted to visit. So I cleaned up my sidebar and migrated to WordPress.
Here are some other ideas:
This obviously isn’t for everyone and can be a giant pain in the ass. However, I have not regretted one thing about switching to WordPress. And, if you’re savvy, you can do it yourself. It will save you money (but not time).
Get a makeover.
Sometimes you just need a fresh look. Check out some designers and make a change. Change your theme. Change your colors or font. Little changes can go a long way in helping the aesthetic of your space.
Update blog header.
This is something I might do soon. Maybe a new font or an image? Who knows.
Update your “About Me” page.
New readers might take a peek at your “About Me” page to get a little background on you. We want to know who we’re reading.
Add some new plug-ins.
A new feature can give your blog new life. If you have any plugins you suggest, let me know in the comment section!
Upgrade your sponsorship options.
I like to change my offers every few months to keep my ads exciting for me and for the sponsors. I love working with new bloggers, but I don’t want it to be a boring, cookie-cutter experience.
Clean up your sidebar.
Sidebars become cluttered so easily and honestly, blogs with chaotic sidebars turn me off. I find it distracting. And I have fallen into this trap before, too.
Sometimes the best thing you can do is take a break. Recharge. Think about the content you enjoy writing and refocus your energy on that. Stepping back can be good for the soul. Maybe you started as a food blogger but that niche no longer fits. It’s okay to explore and write what makes you happy. Let your creative juices flow.
Make sure to check out Anne’s post for ideas- she just made over her site this weekend! Explore and feel all the envy.
What are your favorite ways to refresh your blog?