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Monday, January 18, 2016

10 Ideas to Refresh Your Blog

10 Ideas to Refresh Your Blog

January is a tricky month for most of us, the first week sees us all brimming full of enthusiasm - good times. Then slowly but surely such attitude wears off - bad times. It is normal, the cold weather can be demotivating and sometimes, one to many new plans can bog you down - not to mention the sudden flurry of January bills. If you are finding it all a little overbearing and have yet to get back into the swing of blogging, perhaps I can be of assistance?

The festive period came and went in a flash, on the 31st of December I found myself frantically scrawling a list of things I wanted to achieve and resolve in the following 12 months. As it goes my personal life and goals are going rather well but I did struggle fully getting back into the swing of blogging - bizarre, as it has been an almost daily part of my life for so long. If you are in a similar predicament, here are the ten little steps I found myself re-visiting in the last week or so...

10 Ideas to Refresh Your Blog

1, Try something new, not only will it add something extra to your site but it will give you something exciting to look forward to and master. For me it was creating a weekly newsletter, yes not a brand-spanking new idea for many sites but something I had never got around to do doing.

2, Create a new photo set up: be it a few new props or a new background, switching things up may help to get the creative juices following and the words pouring from your fingertips.

3, If you can afford it (I can't stress this enough, do not dig yourself into a financial hole for your blog)or are html code savvy, why not try re-jigging your blog layout? I always find a new layout or a few design tweaks helps to spur me on and more often than not makes me fall back in love with my site.

4, Don't force it - if you can't bring yourself to write and/or life gets in the way, know that it is more than okay to have a day off. Not everyone has the time nor need to blog daily and even the biggest blog-come-online magazines/machines have days off. It is okay to rest, the best ideas come with patience and not a slap dash attempt to fill your page because you feel you need to. Trust me on this one.

5, I'm hesitant to use the term digital detox but a break away from social media and the online world can be beneficial, especially when you feel overwhelmed. The online is wonderful but can be truly distracting; if you find your head swimming full of ideas that are seemingly going nowhere, switch off your phone and computer, take a step back and find a notebook - yes go old school. Empty your brain onto paper, free up a little space and see what ideas spill onto the paper. Not only will you sleep better, you may just find yourself feeling refreshed and full of enthusiasm for your site once again.

6, Reach for your camera - I always, always take my photographs first for any blog post, and this is not just to ensure I snap any new product in its pristine, new glory. Rather sometimes when playing around with products/props and my camera in general, I'm not thinking about post ideas, the lack of pressure allows the ideas to flow freely. Two birds, one stone.

b, Sooner or later, most of us will develop our own photography style and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However if you are feeling stuck in rut, why not try switching up your photo set up? Be it a new background (paper is a cheap option), adding a new prop or two, or simply going for a crisp, clean set up - a few minor tweaks may help you see your blog in a new light.

7, Organise your site - y'know all those little, pesky jobs you promised yourself you would get around to doing and have yet to do so? Well now is the time; be it updating your about page, removing unused and dated widgets or simply adding labels to your posts, do it and do it soon. I can't tell you how great it feels to have your house in order.

8, Get someone else to look at your blog - if ever something is bugging you about your blog and you can't quite put your finger on it, ask a loved one to give you a little feedback. A fresh pair of eyes will offer you new insight and prevent you from being overly critical.

b, On a similar note if you are struggling with post ideas why not ask your readers what they want to see from you?

9, Look through old posts - I don't necessarily believe in deleting old blog posts, after all they are a great way of tracking growth and in the case of some of my musings - comedy gold, seriously they are terrible. Past posts offer insight or where you may have went wrong, what you'd like to improve and sometimes provide an old idea that could be expanded.

b, Past posts can also be used in the opposite sense, you could use them to look back and see where you went right: be this post ideas, style or even topics. It isn't always about change.

10, Forget about numbers and stats - if I could only offer you one piece of blogging advice for the next 11 months it would be this. I understand that to an extent we all want our blogs to grow for various reasons, but obsessing over how many hits you receive a day, and/or how may followers you have will improve nothing. Stress will not bring new readers to your blog, use 2016 to create the best content you possibly can and don't let it become a number game.

Above all else, don't sweat it; you've got this.

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39 comments:

  1. I'm planning a big blog revamp in the next few weeks, after exams are over. Thank you for your tips! You have given me a few great ideas :)

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  2. Really love your ideas, I would totally recommend Etsy for cheap layouts. I paid £1.12 for mine, yeah it's not perfect, but it's much better than the basic one :) would really recommend there if you don't have the money to spend on a personalised one :)


    (Oh and your new layout looks fab on a phone!)


    Http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

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  3. I needed this at the moment. I was in a bit of a rut before Christmas, then had a bout of inspiration but coming back to normal life and work just took it all away. I always write first and take photos later, but I will try and do the opposite for my beauty posts. I am sure that knowing the pics are ready will make it a lot easier to get those posts scheduled! Thanks a lot!

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

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    1. YES I COULDNT AGREE MORE SO HELPFUL !!!!
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  4. These are all amazing ideas, asking someone else to look at your blog is great! I always ask my sister to do so haha

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  5. Thanks for this xx

    www.ashrealasitgets,blogspot.com

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  6. I actually do the same thing with photos first before writing! I find it so much easier that way :) And I kinda do do it for the pristine condition ahhaha x

    Katina | www.katinalindaa.com

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  7. Brilliant article, just what I needed to read! I can't wait until January is over though lol xx

    http://www.whatrosiewrote.com

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  8. 8 is such a good point. Casting a fresh eye over your blog can make a huge difference and there are plenty of blogger groups on Facebook with critique threads. There are also a few free sites online that specialise in UX and get strangers to give a 2 minute analysis of your blog. I found them so useful!

    Jess
    Philocalist.co.uk

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  9. These are such great tips. Many I need to follow Joy to The World

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  10. These are really great tips, thank you! I often find that I get stuck in a rut when it comes to blogging but these are some really great ways to keep motivated! x

    Chantalle | cece & grace

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  11. such sound advice - couldn't agree more on all of these points and definitely try and practice them all more.

    elisha-mae I wear this?
    www.elisha-mae.co.uk

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  12. I definitely find changing up your style a little is always inspiring, especially if you see a big improvement!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  13. I got sucked into the numbers game and put unnecessary pressure on myself to achieve unrealistic goals. I had a big break last year from blogging and have come back to it this year with a whole new outlook and perspective. The best thing is I'm enjoying it again! xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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  14. This is such a good post! I'm with you - I always take photos first. I usually have a post idea in mind, but sometimes I find the writing flows better when I have the photos ready to tell a story.

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  15. Love your last tip especially: forget the numbers. That can certainly be difficult, especially as I've just started blogging and seeing the numbers go up bit by bit each month can be exciting. But I think it's important to remember that blogging is a personal endeavor (at least for me!) and to think of why you started blogging in the first place.

    Thanks for sharing!

    https://apnuyen.squarespace.com/

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  16. What great tips and o found rearranging my blog background and set up made me really happy with them so that's a good start. Might have to get into the other tips too.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  17. i am similar to you, i always take the photos first! also thinking of buying a layout for my blog!
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

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  18. This is great advice, thank you for sharing your tips!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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  19. For one of my newest posts, I changed my photo layout!

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

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  20. You've gave me some great blog inspiration! Going to change my layout now and a few things to my blog, thanks for the help:)
    Denbraberbeauty.blogspot.com
    Demi xxx

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  21. Love this post, definitely will be doing some of these! x
    graciousghost.blogspot.com

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  22. These are great tips for a new blogger like myself! http://livingblissfullybalance.weebly.com

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  23. Really lovely ideas ideas and blog!

    http://anotherfreakyblog.blogspot.com.es/

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  24. Some fab tips here! I've just renamed my blog and done a bit of a redesign and it left me feeling so inspired :)
    I've just signed up for your newsletter, too :D

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  25. I love this! I went through a blog lull last year, so I revamped the design and it really helped :)
    sirensandbells.co.uk x

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  26. some great tips here! I just spent the whole day photographing products and redesigning my blog, it's definitely helped me feel more motivated to keep to a schedule and get back into blogging! megsbeautycorner.blogspot.co.uk x

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  27. Great ideas, I've just started blogging and these tips are really helpful to me! :)
    Winona

    winonawu.blogspot.com

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  28. I love your comments in the beginning of the post!!My thoughts in the start of the year was like ''yes,i will make it,this will be my year'',but now not so sure haha Those tips sounds really good,especially those about photography i think that will come on handy ^_^

    xoxo Afrodite ~ BubblyBeauty

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  29. Great tips! Paradoxically, taking some time off blogging can be really helpful for our blog, because it helps us come up with new ideas.

    http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.com/

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  30. This is such a useful post. I love it!

    www.elegantanchors.blogspot.co.uk

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  31. Love this post! So motivating and helpful. I always take my photos for a blog post first too - I find it gets my creative juices flowing as well! X

    http://www.kathrynskatwalk.com/

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  32. Love this post! So motivating and helpful. I always take my photos for a blog post first too - I find it gets my creative juices flowing as well! X

    http://www.kathrynskatwalk.com/

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  33. Amazing post, so many helpful tips. I got in a rut with my writing and ideas during a busy period that extended from mid Jan to the end of Feb. I stayed off my blog and didn't post on Instagram, but I've come back so refreshed! Number 10 is one I struggle with a lot, something to work on this year for sure. xx

    Daniela | MissNewBeauty.net

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  34. Thanks for this great post! Sometimes I put too much pressure on myself with my blog or social media, I have to remind myself to just relax and not worry so much! Then I take a little break and I'll always feel so much better after. Most of the time my stresses/worries are all for nothing!

    xo Marie
    www.mariestateofmind.com

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  35. good tips as usual!
    xx
    Cary | http://c--makeup.blogspot.it

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  36. I really need to start taking better photos for my blog, but I just can't create that atmosphere. I really need to plan a new layout for my blog as well.

    Thanks for the tips!

    http://beautystanbul.blogspot.com.tr/

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