You heard me: dust off your blog! Or your website, if that’s where your writing stuff is laying about.
Here’s the thing. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to do a little house-cleaning. And by house-cleaning, I mean getting your web presence in order. (I suppose you could actually get your home in order, too, but I’d probably be the last person to give tips on housework.)
The best part is that it doesn’t take a ton of your time. Just check all the links you have listed. Do they take readers to where they’re supposed to go? You’d be surprised at how often website domains change names (or maybe not, if you’ve noticed that I changed my domain name here at the blog). And if you come across an inactive site or blog or link you’ve listed, get rid of it. There’s no point in keeping clutter around.
And then, spruce up things a bit! Have you kept the same old, same old links to your work? A visitor might think you haven’t produced anything since 2007! So add your new stuff, a touch of color here and there, maybe rearrange your favorites, freshen things up.
In a half hour or so, you’ll look around and think, “Wow. It looks completely different up in here.” And besides, you know how much everyone loves a sweet-smelling blog.
Yikes! Either you’re reading my mind or you’ve been looking at my blog and web site! I soooo need to do this> And it might be time to redo those writer business cards too!
Oh, I LOVE re-doing my business cards, Gail! Good luck with the cleaning (and such)!
Gladys needs to stop sticking her bill into my business. Who is she to show us up by sprucing up your blog?
Seriously, I DO need to dust things off and pitch some stuff. Hopefully that will happen soon.
DO it, Sioux! It’s really easy–(’cause honestly, Gladys is a little lazy.) 🙂
What do you mean it doesn’t take much time? I’ve been spending hours working on this very thing! Of course, I’ve never been called a speed demon. It’s a good thing you have Gladys helping you. 🙂
Cathy, what do you mean it doesn’t take much time? I’ve been spending hours working on this for three blogs. Of course, I’ve never been called a speed demon. It’g great that you have Gladys helping you!
I want to thank you and Gladys for giving me a swift peck-kick.
Nag, nag, nag. LOL Your advice is good, as always, and I’ll put the “dusting off” on my list of things to do for this week. I haven’t checked my links since the last time you reminded me to do it. 🙂
Oh, Gladys is so cute!!! And you must know what you’re talking about because your blog always looks so great. I DO need to get this done!
Yes, I plan to do this—actually starting school to learn about web stuff (and I hope to create a new site when I’m finished learning), so… it’ll just take some time.