With 2017 coming in less than 3 weeks, it’s the perfect time to give your blog a facelift and a little bit of organisation here and there to get you started for 2017. Here I’m going to show you 5 things you can do for your blog to start 2017 with a bang.
A new look
Ditch that months old design of yours with a brand new one. It doesn’t matter whether you created your own design or purchased a premade one as long as it’s a fresh new look for your blog.
If you’ve been thinking of taking the plunge or buying a domain name for a while, now is the right time to do so. Here’s a list of my favourite Blogger templates to get you started. I will make one for WordPress themes very soon.
An updated ‘About’ page and sidebar
It’s important to update your About page every few months as your info might be outdated. Maybe you just celebrated your birthday and you’re a year older or you’ve moved houses or your interests have changed so it’s a good idea to give it a little refresh once in a while.
If you didn’t know, your About page is the most visited page on your blog. Don’t trust me? Go check your stats right now. You can also take a new headshot for your About page and sidebar photo to make your blog looks even more professional.
Refresh or remove old contents
Your writing style might have changed over the year and some information on your old contents may be outdated so go ahead and update them. It’s also okay to remove contents that don’t feel relevant anymore.
I’ve removed around 10 posts after I migrated to WordPress so far because they are no longer suitable for my blog. By doing this, I can make sure that my contents are up to date and still relevant to my blog.
Declutter your followings
A few nights ago, I took a few hours to go through my Bloglovin’ followings and just unfollowed blogs that haven’t been updated for months and blogs with contents that I’m no longer interested in.
I went from following 600 blogs to just 200! I have yet to go through my Blogger followings but I will be doing that as soon as possible. It’s mind-blowing to know how many blogs that I don’t read anymore because I lost interest.
Plan, plan, plan!
If you’ve been planning on redoing and relaunching your blog, there’s no better time to do it than right now! Since I’ve only recently redid and relaunched my blog, I’m planning on organising my blog with a spreadsheet created by Hannah Emily Lane.
The spreadsheet has everything I will ever need to organise my blog and I’m so pumped to use it for 2017. You can use a physical blog planner too but I’m just going to use this spreadsheet ’cause it’s easier for me to access and I only have to fill in my blog information.
Here’s what you’re getting in the spreadsheet:
- Blog information + goals
- Post schedule
- Daily to do list (inspired by bullet journalling)
- Blog stats tracker + goals
- Post ideas log
- Finances tracker
- Guest post tracker
I hope you enjoyed and do let me know what you’re planning to do for your blog before new year. Is it getting a brand spanking new design? Or is it finally getting your own domain? Comment down below!